Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Modern Holiday Blog Tour and Giveaway

As a fabric designer, it is such an amazing feeling to see your fabric made up into projects that people have put so much love and time into. When Amanda Murphy contacted me last year about possibly using my Brr! collection in a quilt she was working on for her new book, I was absolutely over the moon. And today, I'm happy to be sharing some sneak peeks from Amanda new book Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects Quilts, Stockings, Decorations & More



The book is filled with beautiful projects and some really fun embellishing approaches. My favorite is the Brr! quilt... (No shocker there!) but I'm itching to try some of the other projects too. 




The back. Squee!!

The stockings are definitely on my list! I would love to make them up using my new Holiday Sweet Tweets. I'm especially fond of the 1st two stockings and see loads of fun possibilities fussy cutting some chairs and tweets. :)






And now for the giveaway! If you'd like to win a copy of Amanda's book, just leave me a comment here and let me know what your favorite thing to sew is for the holidays. Please leave your comment before Wed morning 7/22/13 and make sure you leave me a way to contact you. (If the winner is from the US, a hard copy of the book will be shipped from Stash publishing and if the winner is international, Stash will email an e-copy.)

To prep for the holidays around here, I'm getting ready to start on some new pillow panels for my Etsy store. Remember these guys? I was thinking of bring them back and I'm hoping for a few fun new designs as well...I'll just have to see how well the creative juices flow! Any requests?!



85 comments:

Sonja Simmons said...

I love to make fun gift bags and fill them with goodies, I get to play with my fun Christmas fabrics.

Jane said...

I think I'd like to sew ornaments...immediate gratification. Thanks!

Gill said...

I love to sew runners and cushion covers!

Deb said...

I love to make origami ornaments - it's all hand sewing and a nice portable project. They come in handy as a small gift or decoration on a package.

Katherine McNeese said...

I haven't made a new Christmas quilt in a while and definitely feel it's time!
thanks for the giveaway
[P.S. WED is 7/24]

M.W. said...

I love to sew quilts and stockings.
Shawn

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love ot make fancy tea towels and hanging towels for the kitchen - a nice hostess gift for the hard-to-but-for person in your life!!!

Sandy D said...

Every year I make a lap quilt and use them as the main decorations. Less lugging out of boxes and I love the look of them.

Beth said...

My favorite thing to sew is little bags or purses. They are quick & fun to make. Table runners are fun too.

Kathy C said...

I like making potholders and placemats so that my kitchen can be decorated for Christmas too! kcannon@anwsu.org

drmithome said...

I like to sew personalized gifts during the holidays.

Nancy said...

Stockings!

mvink said...

I always sew pj pants. This year I'm going to do up some hot pads and mug rugs! So excited. I love the designs in this book. Thank you for the chance!

Jacklynn said...

I love to make Christmas stockings, they're quick and a nice way to decorate for the season. Thanks for the give away!

Carrie P. said...

Amanda is so talented. Her new book looks awesome. That label is too cute!
One of my favorite things to sew at Christmas are ornaments. Pot holders are always fun too.
That polar bear fabric would be really cute in a table runner.

craftykat said...

I love sewing little presents for the kids - with 6 nieces and nephews and 2 of my own I always like to give them something handmade

Kathryn said...

I like to sew practical things - shoe bags for traveling, tote bags, scarves.

Vicky P said...

I love making gifts for family and friends. One of the gifts we make is plum raspberry jam with a homemade ornament. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

HI! I LIKE TO MAKE CANDY FOR CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS! QUILTED PLACE MATS ARE NEAT TOO! THANKS FOR A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

LJ said...

My favorite holiday sewing project is a new grandbaby Christmas stocking. I'm finishing up two more - that will be a total of 9 grandkids' stockings. I do love to make gifts for Christmas.

Kelli said...

My favorite thing to sew for the holidays is gifts. I try make (aka sew) most of the Christmas gifts I give each year. Sometimes that could be a quilt or runner, or even bag or doll.

Lisa Marie said...

I love making lap quilts and they are a favorite holiday gift. I've been making them all summer. I also make up some totes and table runners for when I need a quick gift.

Lou said...

I make small gifts for my bee and other 2 groups I belong to. This year embroidered dish towels:)

Tamie said...

I am determined to learn to sew zip pouches for gifts.

Sahmy said...

I love to sew quilts for the holidays. Thank you for the giveaway.

Phyllis said...

I like to sew ornaments!

Sharon Dawn said...

My favorite things to make are holiday pillowcases! They are fun, easy and everyone can use one..or two!!

Love your fabric designs!

Wanda said...

I love to sew pillows and quilts for the holidays. Love your Brrr fabric. I have to go see if I can find some!

lauraquilts said...

My favorite Christmas sewing project is making Christmas tree skirts. I've made patchwork, log cabin diamonds, and more. Very enjoyable to make, and very well received by the person I gifted them to. Right now, I'm working on some simple Christmas lap-sized quilts.

Kathy MacKie said...

I like placemats and mug mats.

mary mahoo said...

I love sewing cushions & table runners! Thanks for the chance to win.

Miss Nancy said...

I like to sew placemats, table runners, mug rugs, and any fabric that has a cardinal bird on it. Thank you for this chance to win a fun holiday quilt book.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Darlington Gal said...

I always love to sew quilts....even for the holidays. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Barb Price said...

as i have nothing sewn for the holidays i would have to say, everything, but i do have a quilt on my todo list.barbepriceatgmaildotcom

Judy1522 said...

I enjoy sewing quilts to give as holiday gifts.

Lisa E said...

I like making drawstring bags as gifts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I like making my dad a new quilt square for his quilt. I'm stretching this out for as long as possible since he is so hard to buy for. ll_gee at hotmail

allierae said...

This book looks awesome and I love that she used your adorable new fabrics in it.

Marci Girl said...

Every year it changes for me, I don't tend to make the same things twice for the holidays, but I will say a tree skirt I made a few years back is probably my favorite!

Carmen N said...

I don't usually sew for the holidays :(. My friends and family are all really good sewers and I'm just a beginner. So I knit and crochet for them instead :)

Aly said...

This will be my first year sewing for the holidays but I am so loving the pillows in this book! I hope to make some this year!

Karen said...

I love to make quick gifts for family and friends. I am running out of ideas for the guys!

Jessica said...

I love Brr! I love to sew quilts and tablerunners for the holidays!

venita said...

I like to make coasters and tea towels for my friends

charlotte said...

Love those pillow panels. I don't remember them. I love making small things like table runners and pillows and stockings.

Thumper said...

Last year I made a lap quilt for my 4yr old granddaughter using your Brrr fabric. This year I think I'll make a couple of pillows for friends.

Sonia B said...

I've made stockings but have added new family members since then. This book would be a great help. Thanks for the chance.

Joyce Carter said...

For a fast gift, I will make potholders. But my favorite thing to make is a candle mat. Thanks for the giveaway. I really love all the items in the book.

SueAnn W said...

I always like making table runners. I just found an easy quick one online to try! Thank you for being a part of this blog hop!

skeetersaw@comcast.net

aka

SueAnn

Deb said...

I like to make tablerunners! Quick and easy for a holiday gift.

Lisa said...

I'd love to make some handmade stockings :) I've recent gotten into sewing/quilting and am loving every moment!

Laurie said...

I love to make stockings - so easy and fun.

VickiT said...

I love making placemats or table runners for gifts. My Grandchildren will start getting new Christmas stockings each year now that they are getting a little older.

Anonymous said...

Just love the ostrich with the christmas tree! How did I miss that?! I like to make embroidered t-towels as gifts at christmas!
Some cute pillow covers would be great fun!! hdallow@allenmatkins.com.

apple blossom said...

this looks like a wonderful book to have for the holidays. I love making kitchen items for the holidays. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anita said...

I love to sew up pillowcases, they're so easy and cute! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jan Baker said...

I love to sew quilts but this year I need to make a tree skirt.

Tammy said...

I love to sew everthing..lol..But this Year I am gonna be makeing a lot of kitchen towels and mathing hot mits & pads.

missourimel said...

I don't have a particular favorite sewing project. I'm working to get back to sewing and will be glad to just be doing it!

B Greene said...

I love to sew little pouches to give away at Christmas!

Tessa said...

My favorite are Christmas ornaments; great way to use up little bits of Holiday fabrics, and they're a quick project!

supersara20 said...

I love making stockings and I make a quilt for Christmas each year, it is given to someone in my family one year and my husbands family the next.

I'd love to see pannels with a squirrel!

Cecilia said...

I like to make table runners as gifts, but I want to make stockings and tree skirts this year. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Amanda's book.

Angela said...

My favorite thing to make is Christmas tree skirts. I seem to have made a number of those...I need more trees!

hmm...I think that I would love to see your take on the mysterious creature known as mermaid. Aquatic life...that's what I see for you!

jayne said...

I like to make funky Christmas Stockings! And need to get busy on them too!

Karrie S said...

I love to make stockings

Beth said...

I love to make Christmas stockings. All the dogs and cats in our family get them, and last year I started making them for foster kids through the program organized on Lyanna's Purple Panda blog.

Stephanie Rose said...

I love Christmas and would love a copy of this book!

SD and EJ said...

I love sewing drawstring bags for gifts. And I am in love with the stockings I made for my family. Now I need to make one for my new baby!

Tami C said...

I want to make fabric gift wrap this year.

Ria Montefalcon said...

My favorite holiday sewing is doing the Christmas tree ornaments. Feels good to see your own hand work in the tree

Louise Ambrosi said...

Last year it was stockings for my two children, this year it will be a festive rag wreath and advent bunting! I also make bags, so folk will be getting bags of all shapes and sizes for Christmas!

Julie said...

I like to sew table runners with all the great holiday fabric that comes out.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Fabri cgift bags so they can be re=used. Save that environment!!! Ho ho ho!!! And make it prettier using fabric!!!

Michele said...

A couple of cute Christmas wall hangings are in the works. I need some decorations for all these big bare walls. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Love the Christmas trees!
Gillian
Gilliankath@hotmail.com

Lee said...

I love to make wall hangings! thank you! love the Brr quilt too!

Pam said...

I love making Christmas Stockings and would like to make a table runner this year. jmichaelpike@aol.com

Marsha Parris said...

I like making stockings

legato1958 said...

I like to make pillows for the holidays!
Susie
legato1958@aol.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love sewing dresses for my granddaugher for the holidays.

Anonymous said...

I sew all my Christmas presents. I like to make variations of a similar item, and make a special quilt for someone on my Christmas list.
Jackie M.

Pattie Crum said...

Table runners are my go to quick make. This was I get to use all the Christmas fabric I can't stop buying.

Nicole Henke said...

it sounds crazy, but I love to sew table runners and pads for all the tables in our home! quick and easy!

sue said...

A fun book! I like to make gift bags!