“Make It, Take it” book review & GIVEAWAY
Well peeps, I haven’t blogged in two years, as I seem to have contracted a spot of “Blogophobia”. And I’ll tell you that if you ever catch this bug, the sure cure is getting a pattern published in a book, as then you’re forced to do a review of said book, thus overcoming your ailment. So here I am! (Apologies for the neglect.)
The book is called “Make It, Take It – 16 cute and clever projects to sew with friends” published by Martingale, and authored by the fabulous Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint fame. She is a dear friend and the person who is pretty much entirely responsible for getting me hooked on quilting. She is also an amazing quilter and organizer of some very in-demand quilt retreats in Vancouver. (Seriously, you have to get on “the list” to get a spot!) Krista put together a circle of lovely quilty rock star contributors from Canada, USA, England and Japan for this book. The theme is retreats – patterns for getting your gear to retreats, as well as projects to make at retreats.
I enjoyed reading everyone’s stories on what retreats mean to them. For me it’s all about hanging out with the lovely community that quilters are. Everyone rolling around in fabric chatting about their projects and giving feedback. It makes me so happy. I always come home feeling chipper!
The pattern I designed for “Make It, Take It” is called the “Ultimate Equipment Tote”. It is a large, quilted tote bag that holds an 18” x 24” cutting mat and all the rulers your little heart desires, plus lots of pockets for extra gadgets.
The first one of these I designed was rather cumbersome and cavernous, as you had to dig in the big gaping bag to find what you were looking for. And I have a lot of rulers! That’s why I went back to the drawing board and finally came up with the idea for a pull-out “easy access” portfolio for the rulers. You just pull it out and open it up to display all your customized ruler pockets, making life SO much easier! I was pretty excited when I came up with the design. The best way to explain how it works is to show you, so here is a video that does that job for me:
There are many other great patterns in this book. I made one of Ayumi Takahashi’s Big Patchwork Tote’s, and even used Ayumi’s new fabric line called Lighthearted. The bag has a nice wide bottom so comfortably fit’s bulky items such as quilts or knitting. I love it!
I definitely will be making a few of the other patterns when I get the time. Be sure to follow the blog hop to see more details from each of these quilty rock star contributors:
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 3 Blog hop kick-off: “http://www.poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com/”
Monday, April 6: Berene at “https://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/”
and Amy at “http://www.duringquiettime.com/”
Tuesday, April 7: Leanne at “http://www.shecanquilt.ca/”
and Felicity at <a href=“http://www.felicityquilts.com/”
Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at “http://blog.shopmartingale.com/” (check out their Rainbow Round the Cabin staff party!)
Thursday, April 9: Krista at “http://spottedstone.blogspot.ca/”
and Krista at “http://kristawithersquilting.blogspot.ca/”
Friday, April 10: Lynne at “http://lilysquilts.blogspot.ca/”
and Cindy at “http://www.liveacolorfullife.net/”
Saturday, April 11: Ayumi at Pink Penguin “http://ayumills.blogspot.pt/”
and Krista at “http://www.poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com/”
Sunday, April 12: Kristie at “http://ocd-obsessivecraftingdisorder.blogspot.ca/”
and Christina at “http://sometimescrafter.com/blog/”
And now for the GIVEAWAY deets:
One lucky reader will win a digital copy of “Make It, Take It” by email.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment telling me what you love about retreats, your fave retreat memory or if you’ve never been on a retreat, what your dream retreat might look like. Comments are now closed. Thanks!
I will pick a winner on lucky Monday April 13, 2015!
Note: Comments need approval on my blog (my anti-spam device) so just send once and it’ll be up soon. And don’t forget to leave your email address so I can find you if you are the winner!