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Book Blog Bonanza 10/15/10 -- the big BIG finish!

October 15, 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 seven-book prize pack consisting of:

-1 signed copy of Anna Maria Horner's Seams to Me
-1 signed copy of Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings
-1 signed copy of Pat Sloan's Fast Forward Quilts
-1 signed copy  of Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces
-1 signed copy of Kay Whitt's Sew Serendipity
-1 signed copy of Amy Butler's Style Stitches

-1 signed copy of Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones.




COMMENTER: Bermbroro

It blows my mind to watch someone turn 2 dimensional fabric into a shapped garment perfecly shaped to the human body. I love it!


My favorite part of the creative process is choosing the fabric, trying to coordinate texture and colors. I also love looking at patterns too and all the craft/sewing blogs with tutorials and projects.


Has to be the end result! Nothing is more satisfying than a completed & wonderful item that can be used, worn or displayed.

COMMENTER: 3dogs1cat

I learned to sew as child from my mother. Made a lot of Barbie clothes back then! Started sewing clothes for myself, then learned to quilt from mom too. I love every step of creating an item. Picking out fabric and notions. Cutting it out. Sewing it together. It feels great to give someone something you created. Also love the compliments when wearing a garment I created! Theses books would be wonderful!!! :)


I love fabric. For me, my favorite part of the creative process is to hunt for the right fabric for whatever I am making. I like to combine unusual patterns and colors together to get that special, unique look. I love taking seemingly different things and creating something that is beautiful.


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 your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?

The deadline for entries is today, October 15, 2010 at MIDNIGHT ET.

Winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Monday, October 18, 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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My favorite thing about creating pieces is fabric shopping: coordinating colors, textures, and trims!

The designing/drawing, thinking part is my favorite!!!!!

"What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?"

The finished product, of course! But seriously, there is always that point where you know that it's working. Maybe it's when you see the fabrics together or when you turn the project right side out or when the final piece fits perfectly... but there is always a point when you realize it was all worth it. That's the best part :)

My favorite thing about the creative process is realizing I am ACTUALLY creative! Who knew! I'm such a linear thinker about so much that sewing scared me, still does to be honest, but i'm learnign that patterns give me enough FACT to help the linear side and fabrics just reach out and speak to me! I'm loving this learning process!

I like being able to create a garment or item from scratch, and I especially love it when I am able to give something I've made to someone and they really like it! :)

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?

I love the planning, from picking the pattern, to the trip to the fabric store to stroke all the textiles and select just the right color and fabric.
Or going through my enormous stash to find the perfect thing I have been hording.

My favorite thing about the whole creative process? Seeing the smile on someone's face when I hand them my finished piece.

I enjoy the actual sewing. I know people who only like the idea of the finished product. I like perfect seams, matching stripes, straight stitching. I love the details. And I really like adding to my library. =)

"What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?"

The fact that I can make something functional and beautiful to my own specifications.

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?
My favorite part is when you get to sit down with your machine and start your project. I love the feel of knowing that whatever I am making (gift, clothes) was made by ME and done right.

My absolute thing about the creative process is that it allows me (and my family) a little bit more self-sustaining. The satisfaction and pride of seeing something that started out as an idea, made into reality be me is also another of my favorite things.

Sewing...love to sew and be creative, such pleasure of creating new items. Such as a lap quilt I've just put off trying to make...not sure why, I made one this week just in five hours, so pleased, my girlfriends birthday gift. She's not going to use it, wants to frame it...oh, what pleasure it gave me, I'm so ready to sew more and more now :)

My favorite thing about creative process is watching it all come together. Plus fabric shopping, which gives me inspiration. =)

First: What an awesome giveaway!

I love the release of energy and personal time that creativity brings me. I tend to go on "creative benders" and sew obsessively for days then not for a month or so. Being able to make something useful is intensely satisfying.

Love the whole process of sewing, from deciding on a pattern, to picking out the fabrics, there are sooo many wonderful designs, colors, and textures, to working on the project to the grande finsh!!

I love taking something I've imagined and see it come to life. AND I love to see the reactions of others when I do!

I am brand new to the sewing/quilting world and I am diving right in. I love to look at all of the fabrics that are out there and imagine all of the possibilities. I absolutely love color and modern fabrics. My favorite thing about the creative process is coming up with the design of the quilt.

Best thing? The magical something-out-of-nothing effect. The way that the finished product is so much more than the sum of its parts.

I am for sure one of the least creative people out there! I look to books and patterns for my inspiration. I do love picking out fabric though. I think you can really show your personality with your fabrics.

The creative process is a necessary function in my life. It keeps me balanced and sane! I would be immobile from depression if I couldn't work with colors, textures, designs, shapes, etc. And I bring all of that to something that is useful and functional...and beautiful. How great is that?!!

I love how little details combine to make something that is so wonderful. A piece of fabric, some thread, a button, an idea, and ta-da! something that didn't exist except in my imagination comes to life! A small miracle!

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?:

The designing. I get swept up in all the possibilities of 'what could be' :> Then the shopping, whether it be from my already available stash or out in the world of new fabrics and textiles!

I love sewing and the way it unites people. I love the sharing and caring bonds it creates.

Coming up with something totally unique and perfectly suited for the person I'm sewing/creating for.

My favorite part of the process is being able to take what I learned and create something that is just mine. I love being able to make something that is an original that I designed using the skills I have learned. I love seeing the look on someone's face when they get your gift that says they are just amazed. My daughter especially is one that gets so excited, she will tell all her friends..My mom made this for me. She is so proud. There is nothing better than your kids being proud of what you did.

My favorite part about the creative process is looking at other things people have made and wondering about the technique of doing it and planning how I would make something similar with my own twist!!!

I love the designing and picking out the fabrics :)!!

My favorite part of the creative process is seeing the excitement on the faces of my projects' recipient. Two very close seconds are fabric shopping and watching my fabric and color choices come together to become more than their parts.

I love the feel of fabric under my fingers, the colors, watching something beautiful and useful take shape, the sense of accomplishment when the last stitch is in. The whole process is amazingly satisfying!

My favorite part of the creative process is the process itself. Let me see if I can make sense of this. I love taking a project from idea or "creative seed" to finished product. From drawing my pattern or vision in my little notebook, to picking fabrics, to sewing, to final little details... I love how each step includes creativity. And there are few things more satisfying than looking back on the whole process with a beautiful handmade item in hand.

Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?

I love to create personalized items for my friends and family. But I think picking out the fabrics, putting everything thing together then watching their face light up with joy is what I like the most. Making something espically for them. It amazes me the more I sew and see how something is done the more items I want to make. I always say, "If God gives you the talent and the machines to do it, then do it."

My favorite thing about the creative process is just being creative. lol It just makes me happy. It feeds my soul. I love taking pieces of this and that and turning it into something beautiful and useful. There's nothing better than looking at a finished item and thinking, "Wow! I made that!"

My favorite part of the creative process is ... "from vision to reality! if you can dream it you can sew~achieve it!"

Favorite part of the creative process... I love when you get in that creative zone, the rest of the world melts away and your ideas just fly!

Hmmm...my favorite part of the creative process is that excitement I feel when I've got my project idea and fabric ready to go, and it starts to take shape.

What an amazing prize!!! I think my favorite thing about the creative process is realizing something that I've made myself, and seeing that it's unique and special, rather than mass produced. I especially love to give items I've made to others! :)

What do I love about the creative process? I love the feeling of creating something, of accomplishing something, but I think I love the brainstorming ahead of time the best. I love to think about all the things I want to do, all the ways I can do it, and how to make it beautiful. Then I can run with it and savor that feeling of excitement and creativity.

My favorite thing about the creative process is giving the finished product to someone else! I love giving something that I've actually put the work into creating - it's definitely the most satisfying part of creating and for that reason my favorite part!

For the most part with me, the creative process is just bits and glimpses of ideas and inspiration that build off of one another and I find it exciting to be able to actually hold in my hands this idea that had been lurking around in my mind.

I love the finished product, whatever it may be. It might be something for my daughter that I sewed from start to finish. It may be something as simple as sewing on a button for my husband. Or something like this morning; figuring out how to patch a scissor snip my younger son made in a favorite t-shirt. I love being able to show my family I love them in these small ways.

One of my favorite things about the creative process is being amazed at how it turns out. Sometimes I have a hard time thinking how to do something & suddenly it all comes together & is easier or better than I originally imagined. I do have trouble with colors sometimes - just not enough artist in me. Thanks for all these prizes you've awarded all week. You have made a lot of people happy & it's been fun to see the tips from everyone

The best thing of the creative process for me is the stress reliever and how it takes me out of the fray and into a zone of sorts. Though I only have so much time to do my crafts, I really love to pour my energy into it and forget the pressures of the day while I do it.

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?
Knowing that I am making a one of a kind piece with my own hands...and that it is durable enough to last many years.

I love seeing something I thought of in my head actually become a physical object.

I love seeing the things that I have made in use and people enjoying them.

I first find a pattern I like, then think, shop, think some more about the colors to use. While I am piecing, either by hand or machine, I think about quilting designs. That way I have given the quilting designs a lot of thought while I'm putting the quilt together. This allows me to get started on a project with no worry about the whole finished quilt. I think and do in steps. Thanks for the chance to win!

I love seeing something that I've envisioned in my mind coming together. It is so rewarding after a day of doing other things to have some time to myself to create.

What is your absolute favorite thing about the creative process?

My favorite part of the creative process is that it gives me an outlet. So many things in my life are repetitive, so sewing gives me a way to do something different.

Ah, my favorite thing about the creative process is that I feel a connection with the creative community, both now and from the past. All my female progenitors sewed and/or knit and crocheted. I've been reading Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla Miller,a great book. I love to read about the lives of our country's colonial craftspeople, the details of their work and daily lives.

I have been blessed with a very special talent. This creative talent I have is so relaxing and soothing to my heart and soul. I can make very special gifts for family and/or friends. I also can create anything at the last moment for my children that come home for school or other activities that need a special outfit or costume. I love to end my day after working as Home Healthcare Aid for the elderly with doing my most relaxing and special talent called Crafting. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your blog. God Bless You All!!!

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