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Book Review: Modern Designs for Classic Quilts

Today, we are excited to have a guest post from Elizabeth, with a review of the book Modern Designs for Classic Quilts. Take it away Elizabeth!

Happy Thanksgiving Craft Buds friends! I’m Elizabeth from Inspire Me Grey, and on this day of traditions and celebrations, it seems like the perfect time for a little review of the new quilting book Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson. With this book, Kelly and Andie celebrate traditional quilt designs by giving them new twists in modern fabrics, layouts and creative designs.

Full disclosure: This in no way affects my feelings about the book, but Kelly is a friend of mine – like, a real-life friend and not just a blogland friend. We go way back – to birth, really. Her parents are my godparents, and Kelly and I overlapped a couple of years at the same university. It was fantastic to discover that we have quilting in common, and I’m thrilled to review her (and Andie’s) book for Craft Buds.

So back to the review. I really like the “hook” of this book. Some quilting books are just patterns and projects with no common thread to really hold them together. What makes this one special is the connection of classic designs done in new ways. Kelly and Andie take things like flying geese, coins, hexagons and Dresden plates and do some really cool things with them. They also provide a great primer on basic techniques, including this split-screen of how they each handle matching straight seams differently. (No pretending that everyone does it all one way here! Yes, you have options!)

My personal favorites (and recent additions to my “must make” list) include this spotty kaleidoscope pattern and Andie’s Midtown Girl:

I took the book with me on vacation last week and my mom picked these Dresden plates as her faves:

Full disclosure: Elizabeth is a real-life friend of mine, and she is not kidding about this book. I’ve also take a look, and this has to be one of my favorite quilting books of the year. Love the quilts, fabric, patterns, illustrations . . . It’s a must have!

Hop over to Elizabeth’s blog to see a quilt-in-progress from the book.

Blog Tour!

Monday, 11/5 Andie & Kelly, AndieJohnsonSews & Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Tuesday, 11/6 Lindsay of CraftBuds
Wednesday, 11/7 Jill of Darling Jill Quilts
Thursday, 11/8 Faith of Fresh Lemons
Friday, 11/9 Tracy of Generation Q
Saturday, 11/10 Angela of Quilting is my Therapy
Sunday, 11/11 Shannon of Stitch Craft Create
Monday, 11/12 Laurie of Scarlet Fig
Tuesday, 11/13 Kaysie of KZJo’s Studio
Wednesday, 11/14 Jessica of A Little Gray
Thursday, 11/15 Mary of The Tulip Patch
Friday, 11/16 Deborah of Whipstitch
Saturday, 11/17 Lindsay of The Cottage Mama
Sunday, 11/18 Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful
Monday, 11/19 Carla of LollyQuiltz
Tuesday, 11/20 Thomas of Thomas Knauer Sews
Wednesday, 11/21 Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics
Thursday, 11/22 Lindsay & Liz Rea of CraftBuds & Inspire Me Grey
Friday, 11/23 Sarah of The Last Piece
Saturday, 11/24 Andie & Kelly, AndieJohnsonSews & Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Cara of Cara Quilts

Review: Project Life Clementine Edition

Review of Project Life Clementine Edition

Have you heard of Project Life? I first heard of it when one of my favorite fabric designers, Heather Bailey, announced that she was going to be designing a collection of journaling cards for Project Life, and I headed over to see what the buzz was about. Apparently, I’d been living under a rock, because the photo journaling community is filled with people who are giddy each time PL announces a new collection.

Project Life Clementine Edition

In a nutshell, Project Life offers scrapbooking alternative for busy people! If you are interested in photo journaling but don’t have the time to search for coordinated papers, stickers and embellishments, all you have to do is purchase a Project Life Core Kit, filled with journaling cards, and the specially designed photo sleeves, as well as a 12 x 12 scrapbook binder.

There are also digital Project Life kits, which you can link to your Shutterfly account and use for digital scrapbooking.

Project Life Clementine Edition

The cards have different designs on each side, except for the first page and last page cards. Those have suggested placement diagrams on the back, so it’s very easy to just jump right in with Project Life, even if you don’t have any experience with scrapbooking.

Project Life Clementine Edition card, what's included

Each kit comes with more than 600 cards. The journaling cards come in two sizes (3 x 4 and 4 x 6), and you can choose an assortment of cards with sentiments and blank space for you to write in your own notes.

The layouts look great just as they are, or you can dress them up by adding your own scrapbooking stickers, stamps or embellishments! Just add them to the cards before you slip them in the photo sleeves.

The only part of this kit that confused me was how to create a “spread” of pages, left and right. Because of the way the sleeves are designed, you can only slip photos into one side of the page. To use both sides, I flipped one of the photo pages upside down, but then I realized I could just leave the page as is and slip the journaling cards in through the back of the page. You can also still use both sides of the photo sleeve, since most of the cards are double-sided. Just slip a colored card (or a second photo) behind each of your photos to hide the back.

Here is a page my mom and I created with photos of a family trip to a log cabin. It was really simple to put together, and since we had more photos than needed to fill the four large slots, we layered some photos on top of the smaller journaling cards.

These playing cards that come with the kit inspired a trip to the new casino near my parent’s house. Can you believe my mom walked out a winner? Look at those Triple 7s!

I really enjoyed Project Life and am excited that I got the opportunity to review it! [I received this product free of charge, but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.]


If you are looking to get into scrapbooking but don’t have the time or money to buy a lot of supplies, Project Life, really is a good deal, considering you don’t have to have any special punches, cutters, papers or other tools to get started. Before I tried this kit, I wasn’t sure if Project Life was something I’d get into. But putting together these pages is a great family project to do with your kids (no mess!), and the cards are so pretty that it makes you want to take photos and get them printed, just so you can play! It’s all about documenting the little moments of life.

What about you? Have you heard of Project Life, or given it a try? Do you develop or print your photos, or store and share them digitally?

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts + Giveaway!

Today, we are continuing the fun of Craft Book Month with a Q&A from two authors of a modern quilting book that you are going to love! Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson are co-authors of the new release Modern Designs for Classic Quilts: 12 Traditionally Inspired Patterns Made New (F+W Media). We are thrilled to help them kick of the blog tour of their book, which begins today.

Ladies, congratulations on the release of your new quilting book! How did you both meet, and can you tell me a little bit about your blogging and how that played a role?

Andie: I work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Bone Marrow Transplant unit. Kelly works at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. The two of us met through the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and became fast friends. It was just one of those instant connections!

We both have the same love of traditional quilts but are really excited about the modern scene that’s been booming over the last few years. We do have blogs (AndieJohnsonSews and Stitchy Quilt Stuff) and enjoy them as both a creative outlet and a way to expand our sewing circle of friends. Our blogs have given us a voice in the sewing community, and we love being connected to sewists and quilters all over the world.


Can you tell me a little bit about how you got this book idea off the ground?

We were at a sew-in event one Saturday and started talking about why we love quilting, and realized we both had very traditional quilting backgrounds but love the modern aesthetic. The idea for our book was born out of that conversation. A few weeks later over coffee, the book outline was nailed down and we started putting together a proposal. After a lot of back and forth and some crazy twists of fate, it was acquired through F+W Media.

Were there any surprises along the way when it came to the work that goes into writing a book?

Shockingly, the surprises were few. We worked so well with each other, and our editors and our publishing company staff were great at guiding us through each step.

Andie: As far as the projects go – creating pieces that I thought would be scrutinized by quilters who bought the book introduced a tiny sliver of self-doubt. I’m used to creating what I want when I want to please me, so when going through this, I put a lot of pressure on myself, which kinda sucked some of the joy out of the process. But overall, it was a pretty amazing experience.

Kelly: Coming from an editorial background, it was fascinating being on the “other side” of the writing process. I had no idea how personal this book would be, how much I would agonize over it. I also can’t even tell you how surprisingly emotional it was to see the book for the first time!

Do you have any advice for someone looking to write a craft book? What lessons have you learned along the way?

Concept is everything. We happened to have an idea that was timely and on trend with what’s going on in the quilting community. We both have experience in writing patterns and we’re been quilting and sewing for years, so we felt confident that we could execute the design, patterns and writing of the book. Also, it really helped that we knew people in the industry.  If you have a great concept with lots of project ideas and can provide examples of your work, submit to a publisher! You never know what can happen.

Blog Tour!

Monday, 11/5    Andie & Kelly, AndieJohnsonSews & Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Tuesday, 11/6    Lindsay of CraftBuds
Wednesday, 11/7    Jill of Darling Jill Quilts
Thursday, 11/8    Faith of Fresh Lemons
Friday, 11/9    Tracy of Generation Q
Saturday, 11/10    Angela of Quilting is my Therapy
Sunday, 11/11   Shannon of Stitch Craft Create
Monday, 11/12   Laurie of Scarlet Fig
Tuesday, 11/13   Kaysie of KZJo’s Studio
Wednesday, 11/14   Jessica of A Little Gray
Thursday, 11/15   Mary of The Tulip Patch
Friday, 11/16    Deborah of Whipstitch
Saturday, 11/17   Lindsay of  The Cottage Mama
Sunday, 11/18    Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful
Monday, 11/19   Carla of LollyQuiltz
Tuesday, 11/20   Thomas of Thomas Knauer Sews
Wednesday, 11/21   Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics
Thursday, 11/22   Lindsay & Liz Rea of CraftBuds Inspire Me Grey
Friday, 11/23   Sarah of The Last Piece
Saturday, 11/24    Andie & Kelly, AndieJohnsonSews & Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Cara of Cara Quilts

We’ll be back later this month with a book review and a sneak peek at Elizabeth‘s project from the book. If you haven’t taken a look at this book yet, it is gorgeous and the ideal project book for your next sew along!

Giveaway!

F+W Media is generously giving away a copy of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts to one lucky Craft Buds reader! Leave a comment below for your chance to win. For your comment, you can tell us your favorite “traditional” quilt block or pattern. Also, let us know if you might be interested in a sew along for the book. Sounds fun, right?! ;)

We’ll choose one random winner next Monday, November 12, 2012.

Congrats to our winner, #205 Sherri Noel!

Announcing Sew South: A Modern Sewing Retreat


We’re excited to share Sew South, a modern sewing retreat hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts, where you will sew, create, learn, play and connect with other modern sewists and bloggers!

Sew South is a boutique retreat, big on substance and style but small in size for a wonderful, personal experience.

It’s a place to be inspired, relax and learn something new. Come spend a weekend sewing, laughing, and creating. A spring weekend in the South sewing with friends, taking time for yourself, finding your inspiration: That’s the Sew South Retreat!

What’s included?
  • 4 Make & Take workshops including quilting and paper piecing, bag making and garment sewing taught by experienced sewists and bloggers
  • Plenty of open sewing time
  • A fabric field trip to The Little General in Winston Salem, NC
  • A cocktail reception
  • Breakfasts, lunches and snacks during the retreat
  • Fabric and goodie swaps
  • Opportunities to connect with other modern sewists and bloggers
  • A swanky swag bag
Sew South is March 21-24, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Come be a part of our inaugural year! I hope you’ll join us!
Tickets are $275 and go on sale on Wed., October 24 at noon, EST.
This retreat is limited to 50 people so don’t miss out!

Giveaway!

You can also enter the Sew South giveaway at Ellison Lane Quilts, and read more about her inspiration for putting on the event!

Fresh Picks: Halloween Crafts + a Guest Post

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Halloween crafts and recipes, from Craft Buds and elsewhere. From Jack-o’-Lanterns to scary sweets, there’s holiday inspiration all around. Do you have a favorite Halloween craft tutorial? Please share the link with us!

Pumpkin Recipes for fall
10 Pumpkin Recipes: Savory and Sweet

Jack-o-Lantern T-shirt Easy Jack-O’-Lantern T-Shirts for Halloween

No Carve Pumpkins Halloween Halloween DIY Decorations: No-Carve Pumpkins

Owl S'mores Owl S’mores

Halloween Bunting Free Printables Halloween Bunting and Subway Art – Free Printables

unusual costumes for Halloween
7 Unusual Halloween Costumes

Oreo Spiders Halloween Party Food Oreo Spiders Halloween Recipe

Halloween Candy Apples
Spooky Forest Sticks for Candy Apples

Guest Post at Stash Books

Stash Books Projects - Craft Book Month

P.S. We’re over at the Stash Books blog, sharing some reader projects from Craft Book Month! Hop on over to see if your project were featured!

How to Sort and Organize Fabric Scraps

Organizing Fabric Scraps

In honor of the upcoming the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along at Ellison Lane Quilts, I decided to organize my fabric scraps by color.

Sorting fabric into piles may seem simple enough, but if your current fabric scrap bins look like this, you may be a bit overwhelmed!

Organizing Fabric Scraps
Although I love this vintage box, it sometimes runs over with fabric scraps, to the point that I no longer want to use them. But once sorted, scraps are much more fun to sew with! Here are some tricks I used to get my fabric scraps from a total mess to a pretty, well-sorted bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Scraps that are part of a collection can stay together. I just toss them aside for now. Right: Patchwork scraps that have already been pieced (if you think you might use them again) can go in their own pile.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Long strips of fabric can go in another pile, regardless of color. I like to keep these together for making a quick patchwork string block or you can pull from these to make scrappy long cabin quilt blocks. Right: All of my fabric scraps that are solids, regardless of size, go in their own plastic bin. This is because I make a lot of solids-only projects, so I like seeing them all together.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: I keep a burlap bin filled with all of my white fabric scraps (and also off-white or linen). Right: as you sort, make a separate pile for black or grey fabric, and another pile for brown tones. These neutrals are some of my favorite scraps to have on hand!

Organizing Fabric Scraps

As you go through the rest of your fabric scraps, begin to sort by color groups. Here are my blue, pink and orange scraps. I am sorting mostly monochromatic prints. Monochromatic means that there is just one color within the fabric (or nearly one color).

Organizing Fabric Scraps

You’ll notice that I eventually intermixed my red and pink scraps. This works just fine for storage purposes, and you can always refine your fabric sorting later.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here are my fabric scraps that read as several colors in each print. Instead of trying to sort these, I’m just going to store them at the bottom of my cool stacking tub I got from The Container Store. I didn’t want to spend any money on fabric storage, but since I might be moving soon, I figured I should simplify my fabric stash and invest in a container that I could store in a closet if needed.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here you can see that I barely have any orange fabric scraps. This is okay! Also, my “purple” fabric scraps are more pink/fuschia. Use whichever categories make sense to you.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Ta da! Here are my piles of monochromatic prints. I folded them in any way that makes sense. If you want to cut your scraps into manageable sizes (like 3″ x 3″ squares), feel free to do that now. Otherwise, you can always cut them later, when you’re ready to sew a project.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

I used freezer storage bags to store the piles of colored fabric. Press all the air out of the bags before closing so you can store them flat in your storage bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

My storage bin has a handled tray that sits in the top of the bin, which is the perfect size for storing fat quarters and large scraps. I’ve roughly sorted these prints by color.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

And here is my scrappy storage bin (left) with all of my loose and bagged fabric scraps beneath the white tray! To the right, you can see that my vintage box is once again a manageable scrap bin. (Inside are my solid scraps and scraps that are all from the same collection.) When I’m sewing and have a few new scraps, I’ll toss them in this bin until it’s time to sort again!

Scrappy Quilt Along

I hope you will consider sorting your scraps in time to join the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts! It kicks off October 9 with giveaways, special sales, discounts and all the details to get you started.

Sponsors: The many prizes offered to those of you that join our quilt-along are graciously donated by the following sponsors.



Timeline

Scrappy Stash QAL starts October 9.
Scrappy Stash QAL ends November 13.
Link up finished quilt November 13-15.
Prizes drawn November 16.

Blog Hop

The following fabulously talented ladies have so kindly offered to share their scrap secrets with you as well as helping spread the word about the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along. Be sure to stop by each day and check out their scrap storage!

10/4: Craft Buds <<You are Here>>
10:9: QAL kick-off day at Ellison Lane Quilts!
10/10: Maureen Cracknell Handmade (QAYG tutorial!)

Win Sewing Swag

Can I tell you how excited I am that Craft Buds gets to be a part of this in just two short weekends?

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy has done a fabulous job organizing this event, as a tag along to Sewing Summit!

But wait! There’s more… you can win great prizes, too!

Stay tuned for pics and updates from Sewing Summit!

Until then, head over to Me Sew Crazy and enter to win!

Winners! Craft Book Month

It’s time to announce the Craft Book Month winners! All winners were randomly selected from the 127 entries received. Winners, please e-mail Lindsay@craftbuds.com to claim your prize!

4 winners! $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop: 89 Heidi @ Fabric Mutt, 86 Rachel , 67 Carrie P., 37 Vera
Craft Book Month Winners!

3 winners! Dual Duty XP Thread Set and Anniversary Tin from Coats & Clark: 60 Terry @ Toohey’s This and That, 48 Kristan @ Doodle Do Designs, 44 Sarah Norman

1 Winner! Anna Maria Pearl Cotton gift box, Anna Maria Embroidery Floss gift box and Anna Maria patterns courtesy of FreeSpirit: 17 amylouwho

Craft Book Month Winners!
1 Winner! 6×12 Frosted Ruler, 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter and a 12×18 Double-Sided Self-Healing Rotary Mat from OLFA: 78 Dana @ WaterPenny

1 Winner! Prize Pack from Pellon: 119 Debbie H

1 Winner! Fat quarter bundle of Sweetwater’s new collection “Noteworthy” from Moda, United Notions: 25 Inspire Me Grey

1 Winner! Fat quarter bundle of V&Co.’s new collection “Simply Color”  courtesy of Moda, United Notions: 92 Karen @capitolaquilter

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 winner! Complete collection of 10 sewing patterns from Amanda Murphy Design: 110 Carmen

1 winner! Scrap Basket Sensations book and fabric Wee Folks jelly roll courtesy of Fabric Seeds: 113 Jenelle @ Echinops & Aster

1 Winner! Pieces of Hope fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs: 80 Laurie @ Dodging the Butterfly

1 winner! Three patterns of your choice from SUCH Designs: 70 Joanna@ShapeMoth

Craft Book Month Winners!
1 winner! $25 Shop credit from Zipit: 120 Tiffany

1  Winner! 100 Moo Mini Cards to advertise your handmade business: 66 Lisa Marie

1 Winner! Three Modern Quilt Relish patterns of your choice: 12 Sweet Diesel Designs

1 winner! Little Stitches book from Stash Books: 22 Live a Colorful Life

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 Winner! Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook from Wiley Craft: 50 svetlana

1 winner! Pair of Generation T books from Workman Publishing: 43 Darcy @ Modern Cozy

1 winner! Skip the Borders from Martingale & Co.: 2 Me Sew Crazy

1 winner! Sew Merry and Bright from Martingale & Co.: 13 missknitta’s studio

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 Winner! Heart Felt Holidays and Stash Happy Applique books from Lark Crafts: 124 Becky Greene

1 Winner! Grow Your Handmade Business book from Storey: 97 Brandy Fishback

1 Winner! “Yarn Bombing” book from Arsenal Pulp Press: 90 Jessica

Final FreeSpirit Fridays Winner: #98 Marian
Craft Book Month Winners!

Congrats to the winners, and we hope you’ve been inspired by craft books! This event would not have been possible without our amazing Craft Book Month sponsors:


 

Thanks for joining us for Craft Book Month! Stay tuned in October, when we’ll be teaming up with some other bloggers for a Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along and the Tula Pink Sew aAlong.

Ongoing Book Giveaways:

Improv Sewing (Ends 10/2)

Simply Fat Quarters (Ends 10/3)

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (Ends 10/4)

Craft Book Month: Expert Q&As

Did you miss some of our expert Q&As for Craft Book Month? Catch up with each of them below for some inspiring craft book stories!

Mary and Carol of Project Linus, Lark Crafts authors

Kristy Zacharias, Art Director for C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Cynara Geissler, Marketing Manager for Arsenal Pulp Press

Emily Neuburger

Emily Neuburger, Storey Publishing author

Angela Yosten, Stash Books author

Elizabeth Maxson, photographer for Quilts from the House of Tula Pink (F+W Media)

Nicole and Debra, Storey Publishing authors

It’s Sew Emma Patterns and Fat Quarter Shop authors, self-publishing

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner, Wiley Craft author

Are you one of our lucky winners? Thanks for crafting and reading along with us!

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook + Giveaway!

Today’s guest is none other than Anna Maria Horner, designer extraordinaire and author of the new book Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (Wiley). The gorgeous hand-stitching book (I’ve seen it myself, and it is not to be missed!) releases mid-October, but you can pre-order now from Anna Maria or Amazon.

We’re excited to learn a little more about Anna Maria’s new book and her creative business! There’s also a giveaway at the end of this post.

Anna Maria Horner

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

Congrats on your third book release! Where did you find your inspiration for this project, and what do you love about hand stitching?

Thank you so much! I have been making embroidery and needlepoint since I was a little girl. The inspiration to collect projects for a book came about as I was just trying to figure out how I would want these disciplines presented to me as a reader/maker. It was important to me to make a book that could be just as inspiring for the novice as it is for the experienced needlecrafter. And doing that meant making sure there was lots of inspiration for the final usage of a worked piece, whether that be in a frame, a bag or a some fashionable application.

I love hand work. I love the slower pace and the connection that it has to drawing and painting. Simply said I know, but there are many crafts that I like, and only a few I love. Embroidery and other related needle crafts just happen to fall into the love category for me.

Is writing a book similar to designing a new fabric line?

Yes and not really. They are similar in the devotion I develop to each through out the process, but the language is all together different. The language of a fabric collection is almost entirely visual apart from the narrative style I attach to it with the collection name, then print and color names, and so on. I try to propel the story of the collection through those names. I think of a book as a literal conversation between myself and the reader, and in my category of sewing and how-to, it is of course also educational. The book as well has a visual element, which is in part the projects that I develop, but also the photography, how the pages feel, what the fonts look like, and all these things are speaking to the reader as well through the subconscious. So it’s important to me to get them right, so I am making my “story” unique and inspiring the reader.

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

Your designs and your career are inspiring to so many creative people. What lessons have you learned in your career that might help us?

I think having support is a huge bonus. If you have the luxury of not having to be the main bread winner in your house, then it might lighten your stress to take a few risks, or just spend a good amount of time developing your ideas. Then again, I have always found having to win a bit of bread can be pretty inspiring, too. We all work differently, so sometimes your productivity and creativity formulas are more or less a direct product of your environment. If you can, get to know what kind of conditions put you at your best and try to get there as often as possible. You might travel down a path the dries up after a while, but simply continuing to work on something will eventually bring you to what you were meant for, if you’re paying attention.

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

From reading your blog, it seems that you stay busy with family, design projects and teaching opportunities. Do you have any secrets to keeping a work/life balance?

It is not an easy balance, and I do get it wrong sometimes. The hardest thing for me to do is take time to take care of myself. Over this past summer though, I have demanded taking off on a run 3 to 4 times a week, which has left me feeling better than ever. Running has helped me keep my energy where it needs to be for work and for my family, even though it takes time out from both. But the payoff is much bigger than a couple of hours a week. I also find that saving slower-paced projects for evenings when I can work on them in the midst of my husband and kids is not only more enjoyable, but it lightens that daytime load.

Photos: Anna Maria Horner

Those are wise words! What’s next for you?

I always have a new fabric collection (or two) in the works as well as new sewing patterns. After the launch of the book, I will be introducing Field Study Rayons, Voiles and Velveteens, the Escape Artist bag pattern, the Flight Map quilt pattern and also some palettes of tapestry wool to continue growing my needleworks product. And there’s loads to look forward to next year, including some reprints of older fabric favorites and also linens!

Thanks for the sneak peek, Anna Maria! We can’t wait to make projects from your new book!

Giveaway!

Wiley Craft is generously giving away a copy of Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us one thing you’ve learned from our Q&A with Anna Maria. We’ll choose a random winner on 10/4/12.

Congrats to commenter #179, Lori!


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