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October 5, 2010

Hello, readers! Who doesn't love to win prizes? We sure hope you do, because every weekday from now through October 15, 2010, we'll be giving away great books to build up your sewing library!

Today, we're giving away copies of Amy Butler's Style Stitches with autographed bookplates to FIVE lucky winners.

 

 

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THE WINNERS ARE:

Commenter name: Sarah

What a beautiful book. Amy's projects are so fun and creative. My
sewing insight is to always enjoy your sewing :-) Really, every time
I'm in a bad mood and I start sewing, bad things start happening -
broken needle, crooked hem, the list goes on. So I've learned to make
sure I'm in a good mood if I plan on sitting down to work on a project.

Commenter name: Meg M

i used to sew a lot more than i do now (made my prom dress my junior
year of high school). i don't typically make a ton of sewing projects
in a month or year, but lately i've been knitting and felting purses
and sewing linings and zippers into them. i really think the zippers
and linings give the purses a professional, finished look. i've been
considering making a Halloween costume this year...i would LOVE to sew
some purses using this book! thanks for the chance to win!

 
Commenter name: Pam

What great projects to use specialty fabrics!

 

Commenter name: karen

I sew when I have time.... so sometimes there are a couple of projects
a month, and sometimes tons.  Of course, it depends on the SIZE of the
projects too!  I'm mostly a quilter, so they take quite a bit of time!

 

Commenter name: tuhraycee

I'm a newbie so I'm proud if I finish one or two small projects a
month. I read dozens of tutorials a day though to build up my
motivation!

THANKS EVERYONE!

 

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post and share your sewing insights! Talk about this book, tell one of your favorite stitching tales, or answer this question: How many sewing projects do you typically complete in a year? A Month? A Week?

The deadline for entries is today, October 5, 2010 at MIDNIGHT ET.

Winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: To be qualified, you must create a user name if you haven't already. Anonymous posts cannot be considered for entry.  One entry per person, please.  Duplicate entries or multiple entries from the same user may be deleted.  Thanks! 

*If you experience technical difficulties posting your comment, you may email your comment to blog(at)fabric.com to be included in the random selection process.

 

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140 Comments

These days, I am lucky to complete 8-10 projects a year. I am a busy woman! I want to make a few things- purses, coin purses, and a jacket this year.

Here's my attempt to try to win.

pick me pick me! :o)

I REALLY, REALLY want to win this one!
I just downloaded a FREE pattern from that book and it's soooo cute. I'm dying to know what else is in there!

You don't want to know how many sewing projects I complete in a year. I am a sewing machine since I quit my job to stay home with the kids.
Check out my blog to see some of my work:
http://www.colescornerandcreations.blogspot.com/

I'm sewing doll clothes to sell @ a craft fair .... so I've been sewing a lot.

I love Amy Butler!!!!

I've sewn for 20+ years. It is my escapeism!!! I always try and learn something new for each project. While remembering that using some heirloom techniques don't cost anything. LIke using pintuckes, rouchings or blanket stitches or a hand quilting stitch, like Tahari uses.

Amy Butler fabrics and patterns have kept me sewing like a mad woman! I have completed about 10 projects in the past 2 weeks--a majority of them with Amy Butler's mark on them somewhere (if only she did baby fabric...then 100% would be AB influenced).

Please, please pick me!

What a beautiful book. Amy's projects are so fun and creative. My sewing insight is to always enjoy your sewing :-) Really, every time I'm in a bad mood and I start sewing, bad things start happening - broken needle, crooked hem, the list goes on. So I've learned to make sure I'm in a good mood if I plan on sitting down to work on a project.

I've always enjoyed sewing, for me it's a relaxing, creative experience that I wish I had more time to do. Amy Butler's fabrics are fantastic!
Thanks!

How about "How many sewing projects do you dream about finishing in a year"?

Actual finishing and dreaming about finishing are miles apart in my life. LOL!

Hi! I love sewing and actually do it as a part time job. I sell my creations on www.etsy.com. My biggest sellers are crayon holders and ballet tulle tote bags. I love sewing, and actually if I don't sew everyday I start to miss it. I hope I win a copy of this book. It was be great to do some sewing just for me!

Thanks,
Kate

I usually have twice as many projects lined up as I have time to finish! Would really enjoy this book! It is now on my list to look for next trip into town!

I would LOVE to learn how to make these! Winning this book would give me the chance to use my Butler stash is the most creative and beautiful way. Thank you again for the contests!

Love her patterns. Would love to win this book. Thanks.

I've been working hard to get alot done each week. Been working on aprons, I Spy bags and trick-or-treat bags this month.

I complete a ton of projects in a year, but it's never as many as I want! I set my goal this year to do three quilts and I already have two and two tops done. Plus a slew of other little projects in between.

I fit in as many as I can, since I work full time and have two small kids. Although when they are interested in what I'm making and are willing to help (with simple things) it helps out. As the kids get older I'm able to fit more in... not that my list won't always be 10 times longer than what I'm ever accomplished.

My projects seem to take a long time, because I procrastinate. Cut the pattern. Let it sit for a week. Cut the fabric. Let it sit for three days. Pin everything. Let it sit for another few days... etc.
*laugh*
I'd like to have more motivation to actually sit down and finish something all at once!

I tend to take very small or very large sewing projects that range from shorting my pants to making drapes for five windows and a slider!
Pants I do as needed and drapes, maybe one room a year.

Hello - I am a new at sewing and my sister told me about your site. It is a wonderful resource. I would like to quilt and I wanted to start with a small project. So I started with a quilted pot holder. I researched how to bind the edges and found a technique I think I can do. I will give it a try tonight.

I love to sew, but don't always have enough time in the day. I make a lot of things for my mother who is very hard to fit due to body changes in her advanced age. I love making baby bibs with matching burps. I have a lot of friends who call for alterations, so I guess sewing is becoming a lost art. It is so rewarding to start with a piece of fabric and end with something beautiful. Some weeks, I might complete 2 or 3 things, and some weeks I don't have the time to make anything. I love fabric, some might call me a compulsive fabric shopper, but I call it wise shopping. You never know when you might need that particular piece of fabric for something wonderful. Love your site.

Oh, if I could only complete 5-8 projects a year - job and little ones take up my time. I am working on a bunny costume but as soon as that is done I hope to try to make something myself - the Amy Butler rain coat!

Amy Butler is my favorite! I have been sewing her Weekender bag and the Field Bag. Very time consuming.

This looks like it's filled with perfect projects for me and my 9 year old to work on. She's got a pretty good idea of how to sew already, and just needs ideas of what to work on. :)

Lately I've been doing about 2 projects a month, if I didn't work I'd do 2 a week, I love a good project! Bags are my favorite thing to sew, and I love her fabrics!! I'd love this book to try some new bags to make for gifts!

I am rather new to your site and this blog and I love them both! Maybe I will get lucky and win a prize which would be a novelty for me....

Suzanne

Ooh, I would love to win this! I usually complete two or three sewing projects a month. I tend to only sew on the weekends and I've gotten into other types of crafting projects so I lose a few weekends to those.

I have just recently gotten back into sewing again and my list of projects I want to do keeps growing. Right now I'm only doing maybe 1 or 2 projects a month but hope to increase that soon.

i used to sew a lot more than i do now (made my prom dress my junior year of high school). i don't typically make a ton of sewing projects in a month or year, but lately i've been knitting and felting purses and sewing linings and zippers into them. i really think the zippers and linings give the purses a professional, finished look. i've been considering making a Halloween costume this year...i would LOVE to sew some purses using this book! thanks for the chance to win!

In the past year, I have probably averaged 2 projects a month. After I retired, I have been sewing more. I even think about buying a new machine to replace my 50 year old Singer Rocketeer. Since several of my projects have been purses, I would love to win this book.

Ooh...I really want this book...tried to buy it at Borders the other day and they didn't have it! How many projects do I complete...hmmm. That's difficult to say. I try to average a couple garments a month for me. I sew for others and do machine embroidery, so I am always sewing a couple of things a week for other folks and the embroidery machine is always humming in the background with minimal assist from me. It goes in spurts...when I get a drop from the Fabric Fairy at Fabric.com, my sewing production for me goes way up! :)

My favorite sewing technique is to press my hems before I sew the pieces together.

I feel like I'm a sewing nut these days! Since losing my job two years ago I have become more comfortable surfing the web and finding excellent patterns and fabrics and I've been really impressed with Amy's line! LOVE IT!

Please enter me in the drawing! Projects... well, I start 2 or 3 a month and complete 1. Sooo, I've got a lot of UFO's!

I love to sew. Work on projects daily....Always have another one in mind while making the last.

I just learned what a flounce was and am always amazed at learning new sewing techniques and tools!

Would love this book :)

I am new to sewing...I bought a sewing machine a few months ago and have been teaching myself to use it. So far I've only done a few simple projects to learn the stitches and technique, and am currently working on a doll quilt. I feel like I'm ready to start trying bigger or more complex projects so I am looking for any and all resources to help me do so. I've seen a few bags that I would like to try, this book looks awesome!!

I just adore Amy Butler patterns, I received one at an auction and I thought I can't make this,, well opened up the instructions and I.. made it whoo hooo!

Linda J
VA

I feel like a kid trying to raise my hand higher than anyone else!!LOL Pick Me I'm saying Pick Me!!!! I love her patterns!!

What an amazing giveaway! I am just now learning to sew, and I've been wanting this book so badly! You can see what I've made so far (with the exception of some items I've made to give as gifts that I can't post yet) here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/futurowoman/sets/72157624136879199/with/5005862275/
Thank you! :)

I tend to do projects in groups. Halloween is a time when I usually make costumes for my children. I often make gifts for others at Christmas. In the past I have gone on sewing sprees, making fitted cloth diapers, baby slings and pouches, children's clothing, and nursing clothing for myself.

Beginner I am and the power of sewing I am seeking!
Master Yoda is the key to Starwars, and Amy Butler's book will be the key to my success ^^v

I have been making any kind of bags I can get my hands on playing with color and placement of the fabric is so much fun and how one pattern can look so different just by that is wild. I get about 2 bags done a month.

I am learning to sew actually. I sew by hand and learning by machine. I want the purse on the cover soo bad and my mother in law who sews a lot told me she would help me learn and I could make that bag myself :). I really hope I win a copy I really want to make myself a bag and can not afford to buy the book, my mother in law said she will buy the fabric how cool is that??? lol. I want to start making dresses for my girls and other goodies so bad.
Thank You for such an AWESOME giveaway.
PS
I also do book reviews and would LOVE to post this puppy on my blog for sure :)

I love that bag!!

Alison

To say that sewing if my passion does not come close to it. I sew daily - sometimes 12 hours, sometimes 2 but daily. I have a huge collection of patterns from the mid to late 1800's and my personal area of interest is what I think of as moments in white. From Christening gowns to bridal, I love to see what can be done to and with a plain white piece of cloth. I particularly love to do the handwork popular from those years and like to tweek it to live in harmony with today's life.
I would love to add this book to my library and hope the book fairies are on my side today. Off to work on Halloween - I have 15 costumes and 3 dolls left to the end of the month.
~Kathy

I love Amy Butler! She is so classy!

This is another gorgeous Amy Butler pattern. I really like the round straps and the size of it. I've made several other of her totes and like them a lot. I sure would like to have this book!

I'm quilting and making anywhere from 2 to 6 quilts a week. I quilt every day. I'm making a custom ordered twin quilt now with Moda's blush fabric. It's turning out well.

Karen

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