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Book Blog Bonanza 10/13/10

October 13, 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, FIVE lucky winners will receive a two-book prize pack consisting of Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces AND Pat Sloan's Fast Forward Quilts.


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THE WINNERS FOR THIS ROUND ARE:

Commenter: SewLindaAnn

Seeing finished projects that others have done inspires me to keep going or start a new project. I'm good with sewing "things" like purses, wallets, etc. But putting together blocks with nice seams is a struggle I'm still learning so when I see beautiful quilts it gives me the incentive to keep going. Right now the Spider Web quilts in Halloween fabric are getting to me. I don't even love Halloween, but I love those quilts!

Commenter: AnnieCarie

Georgious fabric always tends to spark my imagination for a project. However quilt patterns and craft ideas gleaned from other sources like magazines and blogs will ultimatly turn into project that I actually finish. It's better if I know what I'm making when I look for the perfect fabric.

Commenter: Chia

I usually find the fabric first before the project. I buy the fabric with a specific project in mind, then it goes into the stash. After some time, I forget what I bought it for. :D

Commenter: Martha Johnson

I am often inspired by fabric that draws my attention and then I look for a book, pattern or inspiration from the internet for how to use the fabric.

Commenter: Renae

I saw a table runner a friend made so today I got some Halloween fabric and made one. I guess others spur me on!



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:

What is it that usually sparks a new project for you? Is it a fabric or yarn that starts the wheels in motion, or do you dream up an idea and then go looking for materials?

The deadline for entries is today, October 13, 2010 at MIDNIGHT ET.

Winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Thursday, October 14, 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! 

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108 Comments

I have recently looked at the Fast Forward Quilts, a friend has a copy. This book is amazing.

I am almost always motivated to start a project by a picture of some sort. Often it is a finished quilt that has been posted to a blog or Facebook. Sometimes I see a fabric collection that I like, but I'm still very new to quilting and definitely don't have the skills to start a project totally from scratch. It would be awesome to win a book. Thanks so much!

I haven't seen this quilting book before, but it looks like a good one, and not being an experienced quilter, I would definitely love to learn from someone that is. I absolutely love fabrics - the look, the feel. That's what sparks my desire to make something. I can remember, when I was young, going into fabric stores with my mom and then going around and feeling all the fabrics. My mind would race with ideas of what to do with it. That hasn't changed.

A new project usually starts with a "feeling" that I need to make ... (fill in the blank) and then I find a pattern. Sometimes I go through all my fabrics that are too "special" to use, and think of what I could make from them. Then I just have to let go and cut. I'm most reluctant to start quilting or home decor projects, so these books would be great resources for me!

Ooooooohhhh I so need these books! Just started quilting and have very little resources!

Well, I have never quilted before, but I recently came across an incredibly awesome collection of fabric and bought a jelly roll of it so that I can attempt my first quilt for my daughter. I have no idea what I am doing, but this quilting book would definitely fix that!

I am motivated by what I see in books, on blogs, in stores, and in nature.

I am usually motivated by my cheapness! I see something I want and typically think "I can do that. Not only can I do that, but wouldn't it be great if it had 'this or that'" Currently, i have more ideas floating in my head than the time to implement them. Maybe someday I'll work some of them out into reality!

Love scrappy quilts---have so much stash it's more than time to sew them up!Thanks!

Sometimes I will see a pattern that jumps out at me, and I will think that I need to make it. Other times I have a spot in the house that needs something, so I go on a search for a pattern that would look good there. I really like to make wall quilts. They are quick!

Fabric, fabric, fabric. I don't need an excuse to buy it. Then when I find a project to make I usually don't have the right fabric so have to buy some more.

Since i am fairly new to the world of fabrics-yarns-beads etc crafting, i usually start a project that i find exciting and fun, something that i would like to have made myself in the first place. So in the beginning i am trying to understand how the project is made, i am looking for information on the materials and the costs, and finally, if all the pieces fall into their place, i start the project with butterflies in my stomach... i am very eager to see how it will turn up, so in the beginning i am working on it for long hours... crochetting lace tablecloths helped me stay focused on a very difficult time of my life, during which i quit smoking as well, so for me, the whole crafting experience mean a lot!!!
thanks for sharing such wonderful gifts!!

I have never done any quilting but I really think I'm wanting to try it out. What usually makes me want to do a project is to see one on a blog or somewhere on the internet and then I have to go looking for the supplies to recreate it.

Everything inspires me. I see a fabric and wow, I know I want to make something with it. I get a lot of my ideas from nature in my garden and looking at all the flowers and colors. I live for quilting and sewing in general. Love all kinds of crafts. I love quilting books. I look at quilting books every night. It relaxes me and gets me even more motivated. I also dab in heirloom sewing. I get my best ideas about 2am in my sleep. The next morning I can't wait to get in my sewing room and put my ideas into fabric.

I can always use some new books and fabric. But I also never have what I need to complete a new project either.

When I see certain fabrics, I get very inspired. Seeing the magnificent work of others also inspires me. Since I am a new sewer/quilter, everything is exciting...especially my seam ripper.

What inspires me is normally a picture. I see something and try to figure out how to make it at home rather than buying it.

Everything inspires me from fabric, patterns, the web, displays in stores, to books, and clothing i see on someone. The plannins is also a great inspiration for me.

For me, it's seeing a project, or something for sale/made, etc and thinking..."I could do that!" It might not always be true...but that's usually how I get started, is with a project in mind, and then I find the perfect fabric, and then I get sidetracked...and then repeat...and the stash builds!

Definitely the fabric first for me. it inspires me to make something, and once I go project searching the fabric might change, but it's always what sets the wheels in motion!

Seeing finished projects that others have done inspires me to keep going or start a new project. I'm good with sewing "things" like purses, wallets, etc. But putting together blocks with nice seams is a struggle I'm still learning so when I see beautiful quilts it gives me the incentive to keep going. Right now the Spider Web quilts in Halloween fabric are getting to me. I don't even love Halloween, but I love those quilts!

Quilting -- my passion!!!!

My inspiration is a little of both. I'll see a fabric & think "that would make a nice skirt". Or I'll have a particular project in mind & search for the perfect fabric.

What inspires me is thinking about the person that I am doing the quilt for. Lately it has been my grandbabies. So I think of what they would like and go from there with the designs, colors, size, etc of the quilt.

My motto: You can never have too many shoes or too much fabric! Luv collecting quilting books/mags and getting ideas from them. I don't always have enough time for projects (finishing them, that is!), but it's always fun getting started! The second book looks interesting as I recently bought a new home and would love some ideas for decorating it 'my' way with things I can make myself.

I love quilt books, and even make some of them. I also have done a lot of home decor sewing, and have a few of those books also. Love new books.

Georgious fabric always tends to spark my imagination for a project. However quilt patterns and craft ideas gleaned from other sources like magazines and blogs will ultimatly turn into project that I actually finish. It's better if I know what I'm making when I look for the perfect fabric.

Usually it's a pattern or tutorial that gets me excited. Then I look for a great fabric to use!

It's definitely the fabric that starts me thinking about the project. Then I go looking for the patterns!

Sometimes I see a yarn that I just love, and try to think of a project to knit or crochet with it. I usually have a project in mind first, and then go looking for the perfect yarn for it.

I get inspired by fabric. I love seeing the finished product and then figuring how the pieces go together. These two books look like they have a ton or great ideas! Thank you for the contest!

There isn't one thing that gets me started on a project, it could be a gift I want to give, the fabric or the pattern. One thing for sure, I collect fabric "just in case" I might need to make something!

I usually come up with the project first, but occasionally fabric has sparked ideas.

Both of these books look fantastic!

Usually I see an inspiration piece either on television, the internet or a craft magazine. That is what usually gets the wheels in motion for me. Then I feel like I can't do anything else until I've given into the inspiration!

Sounds good--it's usually a picture in a magazine or book that jump-starts a new idea. I don't think I've ever gotten an idea just from a fabric alone. Although I do buy lots of fabric without an idea in mind, just liked the fabric and didn't want to lose the opportunity to get it.

Lately I have been motivated by both yarn & fabric with ideas for use in charity projects. I have been knitting sweaters for Knitforkids.org and hats for Children's Hospital in Seattle as well as quilts for Children's Hospital also.

I usually get inspiration by seeing a new pattern - either in books, online, or in magazines. There are so many great patterns out there that I would like to make!

I am so inspired from fabric! I see gorgeous fabric and the wheels just start spinning in my head on how to use it :)

I get ideas for new projects from books, or from our machine embroidery club that meets once a month. I also get ideas from seeing embroidery designs, then finding a complementing fabric - as if they were made for each other. Seems that I have way more ideas than time to stitch them up!

I'm usually sparked by fabric to start a project... or else it's my kids requesting something specific.

Most of the time the fabric sparks a project for me. Sometimes I get a quilt or other pattern and then go from there searching out the perfect fabric to complement it.

My inspirations is usually a combination of pattern and fabric - if I see a pattern that would look well done with some fabric I already have on hand than it appeals to me more because I do not have to spend more money! - Obviously I am in stash reduction mode right now.

First, I usually decide on something I want to knit or crochet, this is usually inspired by something I have seen, either on the rack or in a crafting mag or book. Then I dig thru my stash for the suggested yarn or I will adapt the pattern. My yarn stash contains colors & textures I luv, just waiting for the right pattern!

I love looking for patterns. They inspire me more than anything. I also like seeing the work others sew. That makes me want to sew.

I get tons of inspiration from catalogs - I always see things for my girls in fancy catalogs and think "hey, I could make that for so much less!" Guess that's the cheap engineer in me coming out. :)

It's never one thing that inspires me. Sometimes it's the fabric that I just have to use. Sometimes it's the project I want to attempt. And sometimes I just can't say no when it comes to the grandkids!

I usually find the fabric first before the project. I buy the fabric with a specific project in mind, then it goes into the stash. After some time, I forget what I bought it for. :D

I LOVE FABRIC, especially from fabric.com!!! Each fabric really does have it's own "calling", so to me the fabric usually inspires the project. I might find patterns that I like so I pick them up, but then I will find a fabric that screams to be made into a certain pattern. All fabrics should not be treated equal!

I generally DO NOT dream up a project and then go looking for fabric. That approach usually does not work for me. When I see fabrics that I like, I immediately buy them. Even though I usually have somewhat vague ideas of what I will do with them later, I always have suitable fabrics on hand whenever inspiration strikes! I do craft sewing (mostly 18" doll clothes) and I tend to purchase my fabrics based on price, appropriate print scale, and cuteness factors! Fabric.com offers all of the above!!

Both!!! sometimes a fabric screams out to me and i find a project to use it for but sometimes i go looking for the fabric but sometimes that just leads to frustration and the fabric sends me in a different direction.

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