Category: Books with #CreativeGoodness

Just Be Claus, a book review (and a Giveaway)

Today I want to share insights about “Just Be Claus”, by Robin Kingsley (Bird Brain Designs, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Catch the holiday spirit with simple and practical hand-embroidery projects starring St. Nick himself. These 24 whimsical projects are guaranteed to keep you in stitches!

  • Enjoy easy-to-stitch projects that make delightful gifts and festive decorations
  • Stitch charming holiday decor, including tea towels, pillows, pincushions, wall hangings, and more
  • Create custom projects by mixing and matching simple, classic Christmas embroidery motifs

 

About the Author

Robin Kingsley enjoys living and working in her California home and third-floor studio. Her collection of vintage needlework tools and treasures is tucked on shelves and in cupboards, and you can see her love of these goodies reflected in her work. When she’s not playing in the studio or traveling to shows, Robin can be found in her garden, another source of design inspiration. Even when hectic, every day is fun as she plans new designs, stitches new models, and develops patterns and kits.

MY REVIEW

Robin Kinglsey of Bird Brain Designs is a very talented designer who is well known for her whimsical stitchery designs for redwork, machine embroidery, wool applique’ designs, and much, much more.  And, she is also a fabric designer for Maywood Studio.

Just Be Claus has an absolutely perfect name for Robin’s new book.  It  is packed with 24 fun holiday hand stitchery projects that are all absolutely perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for gifts.  Projects include:  bobbin ornaments, tea towels, mug rugs, hot mats, button hole loops, table runner, stuffed santa (folk art doll), mini pillow, pincushion, wall hangings and more.  And, these projects range in size from 3 1/2″  x 6 1/2″  to 23 1/2″  x 36 1/2″.

Included in this book is a great chapter on embroidery basics (stitchery includes:  backstitch, cross-stitch, french knot, lazy dazy, running stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, herringbone stitch,feather stitch and tassle stitch.

I think this book is perfect for confident beginners that want to learn to create stunning stitchery projects, but also a “must have” book for those that enjoy stitchery projects and want to make beautiful handmade items for the holidays.  I also think this would be a fun book for Quilt Guilds, or even Quilt Shops to create challenges and/or workshops to make items in this book for swaps, Christmas gift exchanges, even holiday fundraiser bazaars.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book, as well as a bundle of Robin’s latest fabric line, Just Be Claus, by  Maywood Studio.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.

 

You can find Martingale at:
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You can find Robin (Bird Brain Designs) at:

www.birdbraindesigns.net/
https://www.facebook.com/BirdBrainDesigns
https://www.pinterest.com/BirdBrainDesigns/

Jo’s Little Favorites, a book review (and a Giveaway)

There were several new books published by Martingale this Spring, all packed with creative goodness.

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Today I want to share insights about “Jo’s Little Favorites II – A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts”, by Jo Morton.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Popular author, Moda Fabrics designer, and small-quilt expert Jo Morton returns with another collection of favorite patterns that you’ll be delighted to stitch. Whether you have a handpicked collection of reproduction fabrics just waiting to shine or want to discover new favorites, you’ll love sewing and displaying each pretty little patchwork gem!

  • Decorate your home with little quilts–artfully styled photos will inspire you
  • Improve your accuracy with Jo’s tips for precise patchwork sewing
  • Helpful hints include instructions about how to quilt each eye-catching project

About the Author

Well known for her “Jo’s Little Women Club” patterns, Jo Morton is a quiltmaker, fabric designer, teacher, author, and lecturer. Her use of color and design, as well as her fine stitchery, give her quilts the feeling of having been made in the nineteenth century. Her quilts have appeared in numerous magazines, and she’s made several television and online appearances including on HGTV’s Simply Quilts, PBS’s Love of Quilting, and The Quilt Show.

In 1980, Jo took her first quilting class, and in 1985 she created her first “made to look old” quilt. She determined early on that if she ever hoped to make all the quilts she wanted to make, they would have to be small, a size that works perfectly in her compact 1929 bungalow.

Visit JoMortonQuilts.com to learn more. Follow Jo on Instagram at joquilts.

 

MY REVIEW

The projects in this book range in size from 11″ x 12 1/2″ to 49″ x 55 1/2″ and all have easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  And Jo has a chapter where she shares her favorite techniques for little quilts.  With 15 small quilt patterns in this book, that would be great for use in your home and/or for gifts, this book really is an exception value when you consider how much it costs for a standalone pattern.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your local quilt shop, but don’t forget you can also find it online in Martingale’s store, as well as Amazon.  As always, should you not find it in your local quilt shop let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  It is such a new book that they may not even be aware of it.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

To celebrate the release of Jo’s new line of fabric with Moda and the release of her new book, Martingale is hosting a giveaway on their blog “Stitch This” where you could win a copy of this new creative book, as well as a bundle of Jo’s new fabric.  Click here to find out more info and enter.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Jo Morton at:

http://jomortonquilts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jomortonquilts
https://www.instagram.com/joquilts/
https://www.pinterest.com/jomortonquilts/boards/

Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy and a Quilt-a-Long

This week I hope to inspire you to learn, or improve your free-motion quilting skills.  I continually find inspiration from experts with FMQ, but I also try to stay aware of any new opportunity to learn and improve.  Today, I want to share insights about a new book as well as a fun quilt-a-long.

 “Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3, by Lori Kennedy” was recently published by Martingale. 

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Discover  how to machine quilt creative designs the easy way. More than 60 striking quilting motifs are at your fingertips in this comprehensive visual guide to free-motion machine quilting. Lori Kennedy takes you through each step of the process with easy-to-understand instructions and a multitude of clear, close-up photos so you won’t miss a stitch.

  • Learn to quilt dozens of unique and clever motifs, including flowers, animals, zigzags, swirls and twirls, and much more
  •  Give your next project that irresistible pop of texture you’ve been looking for–many of these designs aren’t found in other quilting books
  •  Convenient lay-flat spiral binding makes the instructions easy to follow while you quilt

About the Author:

Lori Kennedy is an incurable doodler and quilting fanatic who loves to help quilters add fun and personality to their quilts with whimsical designs. Lori is a Craftsy instructor and a Bernini Ambassador. She writes the My Line column in  American Quilter magazine and can be found on her blog, TheInboxJaunt.com, offering “Tuesday Tutorials” and daily inspiration.

My Review:

This book is absolute a “must have” for any beginner interested in learning free-motion quilting, but also an excellent resource for any quilter that enjoys FMQ and wants to learn more motifs.  There are 61 creative FMQ motifs in this book, which includes 400 excellent step by step images with easy to follow instructions to help you learn to stitch these designs. I also love that this book is spiral bound, allowing it to easily lay flat.

Considering the price of this book, it is an exceptional value thus if you are only going to purchase one book on freemotion quilting this year, this should be the book you get.  

 Lori also shares her expertise to help you determine the scale of a motif, planning travel stitching, achieve the perfect stitch and much more!

Did I Mention a Quilt-A-Long?

 This week, Lori has kicked off a fun quilt-a-long where she’ll also be sharing free tutorials, every Tuesday. The quilt design is perfect for learning a number of beautiful free-motion quilting motifs and would make a great quilt for your home, or for a gift. I’m looking forward to this QAL very much and hope you’ll join the fun too!

You can find Martingale at:
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http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) at:

http://theinboxjaunt.com/

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Blue & White: Living With Textiles You Love (And A Giveway)

Today I want to share insights about a very inspirational new “coffee table” book published by Martingale this month, as well as a giveaway.    

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Blue & White: Living With Textiles You Love, by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson is the 3rd “coffee table” book ever published by Martingale!

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Join expert quiltmaker Laurie Simpson and acclaimed rug hooker Polly Minick on a journey of inspiration and inventive ideas. Explore a matchless collection of stunning quilts, magnificent hooked rugs, and a treasury of one-of-a-kind textiles showcased in a variety of settings, from classic and coastal to Americana. Inspired vignettes are filled with ideas for highlighting textiles that will be right at home with your decor.

You’ll find it all in blue and white: clever decorating tips to bring a breath of freshness to your personal style, rich full-color photographs demonstrating the authors’ advice for curating and decorating with textiles, insight on adding diversity to a two-color palette, and a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind quilts, rugs, and textiles you won’t see anywhere else.

(Patterns not included.)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Polly Minick’s enthusiasm for the art of rug hooking has brought her national acclaim. Her work has been featured in publications such as American Patchwork and Quilting, Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Colonial Homes, Country Home, Creative Home, Early American Life, and Victoria. She is also a highly touted guest lecturer.

Laurie Simpson is a lifelong needle artist whose quilts have been featured in publications such as Country Home, Coastal Living, Architectural Digest, American Patchwork and Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, and the Wool Street Journal.

MY REVIEW:

This inspirational “coffee table” style book is a must have for anyone that loves blue and white, but also perfect for those that enjoy decorating with a traditional style that is timeless.  It is a hardcover book with designs categorized by Americana, Coastal and Classic.  And, you’ll find inviting home decor with plenty of beautiful quilts, rug hooking and plenty of great decorator items that just add that perfect touch to finish a room.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop.  But as this is such a new book, if you don’t find it, do let the store know about it and that you’d like to see them carry it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Stitch This (Martingale’s blog) has a great article about Minick and Simpson, where they also share more insights about their wonderful new book.  Plus they have a giveaway where you could win a copy of this inspirational new book and a bundle of their new fabrics too!  Deadline to enter is May 3rd.

You can find Minick and Simpson at:

http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/minickandsimpson/?ref=badge

You can find Martingale at:
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https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Big Book of Strip Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I want to share insights about another absolutely amazing creative new book published by Martingale this month, as well as a giveaway.    

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The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts, by Karen M. Burns is packed with creative goodness for quilters of all levels.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Cut strips from your stash or gather your favorite precuts to make fabulous strip quilts that shine! Each pattern will inspire you with its remarkably versatile look and scrappy style, easily achieved with simple strips.

  • 60 stunning strip quilts at a great value–just pennies per pattern
  • Choose from sizes ranging from wall hangings and baby quilts to bed-sized quilts, all by top designers
  • Includes projects for beginners and experienced quilters in a variety of attractive patchwork styles

MY REVIEW:

Clearly, with 60 stunning strip quilt patterns in this book, it is an amazing value that you should not overlook.  In keeping with the quality that Martingale stands by, all the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals. Projects range in size of 31-1/4″ x 40-1/2″ to 82-1/2″ x 90-1/2″ and they are all perfect for beginner quilters thru experienced quilters.

The designs in this book would be great to make using fabric in your stash, or purchase new fabrics (yardage you can cut, or pre-cuts/strips).  Don’t overlook the fact these quilts would look great in your home, as well as be perfect for a gift.  You can’t go wrong making these beautiful quilts, but you may want to make many of them over and over again.

 I do hope you get to check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but as it was just released, they may not be aware of it (although I’m confident they’ll see it in Martingale’s booth at the upcoming Quilt Market).  Still, don’t forget if you don’t find it in your favorite quilt shop, let them know you’d like them to carry it.  Of course, you can also check it out and buy it at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.  Lastly, I want to share that I’m predicting this book is going to quickly become a “Best Seller”.  Can you tell I love it!  

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale has shared more insights on this new book and is also hosting a giveaway where you could win an e:copy of this book.  Just be sure to click thru and enter by April 26th.

You can find Martingale at:
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https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

The Splendid Sampler, by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson (and a giveway)

I am a quilter that loves checking out books every time I visit quilt shops, as well as checking publisher’s websites to learn about new books.  Martingale has released another wonderful new quilting block this month.  And, I’m excited to share insights with you today about this new book, packed with #CreativeGoodness.   

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The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks From A Community Of Quilters,  by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, published by Martingale, is a book packed with amazing blocks that will allow yo to create quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and much more, yet allow your project to be very unique.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Join The Splendid Sampler community with a comprehensive collection of very special 6-inch blocks created and shared by more than 80 of today’s most innovative designers.

  • You’ll enjoy trying your hand at 100 eye-catching designs that use a wide range of techniques, including traditional patchwork, applique, foundation paper piecing, and embroidery
  • A number of the 6-inch blocks are shown in two colorways for twice the creativity
  • Be inspired by gallery quilts featuring carefully selected placement options for your Splendid Sampler blocks

MY REVIEW:

This book is compiled from a virtual sew-along on Facebook and the website:  TheSplendidSampler.com that was created with 83 blocks, over a 12 month sew-along.  The book is organized into chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Patchwork blocks
  • Applique’ blocks
  • Foundation-pieced blocks
  • Embroidered locks
  • Quilting basics
  • Quilting gallery
  • Index

Each block comes with easy to follow instructions, as well as great visuals.  While some might question why they would need this book, given so many of the block designs were originally shared for free on-line, there really is great value in this book:  Better visuals, oodles of hints, quilting gallery and much more.  Plus, everything is well organized in this book vs hunting a vast series of blog posts for the patterns.   Think of the free blog sew-along as a group of test quilters and this book is the ultimate quality tested collection of amazing block designs.

This is a handy resource that will certainly help quilters make beautiful quilts, wallhangings, table toppers and more.   The possibilities are endless.  Ultimately I view this book as an exception value, truly packed with Creative Goodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your favorite quilt store.  But as it is so new they may not have heard about it, so do let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Of course, you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting an amazing “Splendid Giveaway where you could win a copy of this book, as well as a bundle of fabrics.  To enter, click on the image below and follow the instructions on the Martingale blog, Stitch This, where you have a chance of being one of 13 lucky winners.  Deadline to enter: April 20th.

 

You can find Martingale at:

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https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Thimbleberries: Quilts With A New Attitude, by Lynette Jensen (and a giveaway)

Today, I’m happy to share insights on a super duper fun new book, by an amazing author, which I believe can help you create endless possibilities of quilted items all with #CreativeGoodness.

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Landauer Publishing has recently released Thimbleberries: Quilts With A New Attitude, by Lynette Jensen.

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

New Thimbleberries® patterns with a contemporary twist! Best-selling designer Lynette Jensen showcases pairs of projects made with her own classic fabrics and Cotton + Steel fabrics – the results are stunning!

Lynette returns with over 20 new Thimbleberries® patterns and a mission to unite fabric lovers everywhere with a whole new way of presenting quilt patterns.

Thimbleberries® Quilts with a New Attitude will feature her own timeless, traditional designs and fabrics as well as presenting them made with fabric by Cotton + Steel, the exciting collaboration of five young designers whose contemporary fabric designs have taken the quilting world by storm. There is something for everyone in the book where tried and true meets new!

About the author:

Thimbleberries is the brainchild of internationally-known designer and quilting authority, Lynette Jensen of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Twenty-one years ago, with the introduction of her first quilt pattern, Lynette transitioned from an avid quilt collector to an accomplished quilt and fabric designer.

Thimbleberries has emerged as a worldwide leader in quilting, sewing, and home decorating. Fabric lines, released several times a year in coordinated collections, consist of distinctive designs, printed on the finest quality 100 percent cotton. Quilt patterns, with easy-to-follow instructions and dozens of illustrations, inspire a bevy of beautiful quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, pillows, and home decorating instructions.

Lynette is also a best-selling author who has inspired a generation of dedicated quilters to feather their nests with Thimbleberries fabrics, quilt patterns, and books. Her books are an excellent resource for all quilters, whether you’re a beginner, or a master.

Thimbleberries products are available in more than 2,400 independent quilt shops. Many of these shops host a Thimbleberries Quilt Club. Club members meet regularly across the United States and around the world to meet in a comfortable, relaxed setting to enjoy the wonderful craft of quilting.

About the publisher:

Landauer Publishing is an independently-owned, award-winning publisher managed by people passionate about books and about bringing high-quality inspirational and creative, techniques and how-to publications to life.  We are all about excellence in content, photography, design, and service to all our customers and to our authors.

MY REVIEW:

Needless to say, I was honestly delighted to see another book by Lynette Jensen.   Each of the designs come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects range in size from 32″ x 32″ to 112″x 120″ and there is also instructions for an 18″ pillow.  This book is also appropriate for beginners, as there is a great section of “General Instructions”, that is very helpful.   With 23 beautiful designs, this book is truly an excellent value.

This  I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’re interested. It is such a new book they might night be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also check it out, as well as buy it online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below by claiming one or more options.  Due to my limited quilting budget, as well as increasing postage expenses, this giveaway is open to US Residents Only.  To clarify, I will ship this prize to the lucky winner with a US address.

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You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
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New Books by Martingale with #CreativeGoodness – How You Might Win A Copy

Today is one of my favorite days, as I get to share insights with you today about new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale, and how you can win a copy.

Martingale works with talented authors to publish excellent books throughout the year.  They’ve just release three new books which caught my attention:

 

 

Simple Friendships, by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

My Review: Easy to fall in love with this new book packed with 14 quilt projects that come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels, at an amazing price.  All of the designs are eye catching, but Liberty Star certainly caught my attention.

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

My Review: Miss Rosie’s designs are always fun and perfect for those that love scrappy quilt projects, but designs also work for those that wish to coordinate.  With 12 favorite quilts from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company this book is an excellent value, perfect for quilters of all levels.  I’ll confess I’m inspired with all the designs in this book.  Definitely a “must have” book for fans of Carrie Nelson, but also a great book for anyone.  I’m confident this is going to be a best seller.

Zen Chick Inspired, by Brigette Heltland

My Review:

Packed with refreshing modern designs, the 12 designs in this book are perfect for quilters of all levels.  I think the designs are also very versatile, to adapt sizes and styles, where the possibilities to create are endless.

There are a couple of ways you can win a copy:

1) Stitch This, the Martingale blog, has a giveaway where you could win a copy of Zen Chick and a bundle of fabric from Moda.  But you need to enter by March lst.

2) Thanks to Martingale, copies of Zen Chick,  Simple Friendships and Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites will be given away as prizes, to participants in the Precision Piecing QAL.  But you’ll need to enter by March 15th.

I hope you can check out these new books at your favorite Quilt Show, but if you don’t find them, do let them know you are interested in them making these books available to their customers.  They are such new books, stores may not yet be aware of them.  Of course, you can also check out these books online at Martingale, as well as on Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider – Giveaway

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new book from Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.  

Cottage-Style Charm – Simply Sweet Designs to Quilt and Embroider, by Natalie Bird

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Once you pick up your needle and thread, you won’t want to put them down! Enjoy stitching small and sweet quilted projects with embroidered accents, including a table topper, pincushion, tote bag, wall hangings, and more.

  • Create decor for your entire home with designs you can customize with your favorite colors and fabrics
  • Add simple embroidery motifs including birds, flowers, hearts, and houses for the whimsical look you love
  • Clear how-to illustrations and beginner-friendly instructions are included

About the Author:

Popular Australian designer Natalie Bird is known for charming patchwork patterns that feature appliqué and embroidery. She is inspired by family and friends, nature, and the world around her. Natalie is also a fabric designer for Clothworks. You can find her at Thebirdhouse.com.au.

Click here for more insights on this book and author by way of the Martingale Blog, Stitch This.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with sweet projects based on themes of friendship, family, and home.  The projects range from small projects (e.g. Cushions, Totes, Coin Purse, Table Topper, Pincushion, thread catcher baskets) to mini stitchery that are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ to quilts that are 70 1/2″ x 84 1/2″.

All of the projects have easy to follow instructions with great visuals and certainly would make beautiful projects to decorate your home, as well as to give as heartwarming gifts that would be cherished for years to come.  With 10 projects in this book, I feel this book is an exceptional value.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, do let them know you are interested in them making this book available, as it is so new they may not yet be aware of it.

You can find Martingale at:

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https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

You can find Natalie Bird at:

http://thebirdhouse.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/thebirdhouse01
https://www.instagram.com/_natalie_bird_/

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Thanks to Martingale, I have one copy of this new book to giveaway to one lucky follower.  But due to postage expenses and my limited budget, this prize is limited to US Only Residents.  To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to claim one or more entries, as appropriate.  I will notify the winner via email and update this post to reflect the winner, next week.

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9 Months to Crochet

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a new books with #CreativeGoodness from Martingale.  

The New Year is always fun, but even more exciting when you are looking forward to the arrival of a new baby.  On the other hand, it is even fun when one has already arrived.  Babies just make life so much fun.  Of course, it is also fun to make things for babies too!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about a fun new book from Martingale, which has some wonderful projects you can make for babies.


“9 Months to Crochet – Count Down to the Big Day with Crochet! – 25 Projects to Make While You Wait”, by Maaike Van Koert,  is definitely a book filled with #CreativeGoodness and fun projects for babies, as well as the excitement about the arrival of a new baby.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Is there a baby on the way? Spend nine months crocheting a darling collection of infant outfits and nursery gear for boys or girls, including toys, blankets, and pillows–plus stylish accessories and clever organizing options for the new mom. Cute and classic with a modern twist, these eye-catching designs are perfect for welcoming a little one!

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.

About the Author:

Maaike von Koert is a talented crochet designer and author who runs creJJtion.com, a popular website for crochet enthusiasts. Maaike grew up in the Netherlands, lived for a while in Canada, and then returned to the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Floyd the chocolate Labrador.

MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book is packed with absolutely adorable items to crochet for a new baby to wear, cuddle with, as well as to decorate their room.  All of the patterns come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, making this book perfect for a beginner, as well as those with expertise with crochet work.  I hope you can see with I feel this book is such an exceptional value with 25 wonderful projects.  I do hope you get a chance to check it out at your local quilt or sewing center, but don’t forget if you don’t see it, to let them know you’d like them to carry it.  It is such a new book they might not be aware of it.  Of course you can also check it out online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

For those that may not have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, don’t overlook the fun you can have with this book to make handmade gifts for some future baby.  There are so many babies born every year, whose families would love such a handmade gift.  They also make great items to go into baby themed gift baskets for silent auction fundraisers.  But one of my most favorite and common reasons to make baby gifts is for Operation Homefront.  

Operation Homefront is a non-profit program that focuses on helping Military families and Wounded Warriors with financial assistance, food assistance, repairs and so much more.  And, they also host several group baby showers for soon to be mothers, often living away from family and friends, while their husband is deployed and they are having a baby.  If you are not familiar with this program, click thru to find out more info.  I also hope you’ll contact your nearest office and let them know you are interested in making handmade baby items for them to give to these soon to be mothers, or find out other ways you can help these families.  

As there are also many ways to help others, I’m also hoping that if you have a favorite way where someone can make a cute baby item and donate to a good cause, that you’ll share by way of leaving a comment below.  Of course, if you have a baby on the way, or a recent arrival, I’d love to hear about that too!  

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