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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Get Out the Craft Books

It's been a long time coming, but I finally finished a project I've been working on for several months {note: it didn't take several months to complete...just sat around that long!}.  And I finished it just in time for Craft Book Month at Craft Buds.  I seriously love craft books, even if I don't make anything from most of them, I love pouring over the pages and imagining what I'm going to make!  So, continue reading for all the details of the month long craft book celebration {read carefully...there are some amazing prizes involved!}.

Back-to-school season means its time to hit the books. Craft books, that is! We love craft books for their inspiration, stunning photography and crisp, glossy pages. Hard covers or soft, we just love craft books, and we know you do, too!

All month long in September, our friends at Craft Buds will celebrate sewing, quilting and all kinds of craft books by shining the spotlight on new releases, interviewing authors and editors who make the magic happen and giving you a chance to win.

Blog Hop

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory DockMe Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & OllieSew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric SeedsThe Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxesStitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie's KornerA Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designsmissknitta's studio
Monday 9/10: Sew TaraClover and Violet <--That's me!
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantasticamylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia JednoiglecTwo More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane QuiltsDon't Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful LifeLRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face DesignsCanoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me GreyFreshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay SewsThe Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest ThistleSew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitchesimagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet DesignsThe Plaid Scottie

Week Four
Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October, 1!

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.


1) One entry per person.

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2012.

3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2012 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description.

No time to create a project? This month, just follow Craft Buds and comment to win some new craft books and lots of giveaways! We'll also have expert Q-and-As to show you what it takes to write a craft book, from the initial idea to the layout, photography and the actual printed product.

To help kick off the Craft Book Month contest in style, Fat Quarter Shop is helping us celebrate with a big giveaway! One winner will take home a $100 gift certificate to shop for some new fabric, craft books and notions.

Ten winners will get a new craft book to help work out that creativity! This is the perfect excuse to make that project you've had your eye one, but haven't carved out the time for.

Fat Quarter Shop is giving away 1 copy each of Quilts from the House of Tula Pink by Tula Pink, Sewing ModKid Style by Patty Young, Skip the Borders by Julie Herman, Stop Go Quilt Sew by Angela Yosten and Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.

Craft Buds is giving away 1 copy each of Modern Basics by Amy Ellis, Reinvention by Maya Donenfeld, We Make Dolls! by Jenny Doh, New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry by Margot Potter and More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making by Chris Franchetti Michaels.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! The kickoff giveaway ends Wednesday, 9/5 at 11:59 ET, when we'll randomly choose 11 winners. Good luck!

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  1. I love crafts that catch my eye with colour and appeal!! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Lots of pictures and diagrams of making the product, are what catch my eye when browsing thru a new craft book. What a fun blog hop!

  3. I like a craft book with at least one large, clear photo of the finished product and accurate step-by-step instructions!

  4. I love to find interesting ways to organize my craft room and usually look for interesting projects to sew for that purpose. Judy C in NC

  5. I have a craft book addiction! Thanks for the chance!!

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  7. I loved this series last time it ran - was it really a year ago? I've used a number of books this year including Zakka Style and Sewing for Boys so am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing.

  8. I love new craft books! they could be old but they're new to me!

  9. What a great and fun idea....I have sooooo many craft books, and like you I read them more than I make anything from them. Of course, I always start out with the best intentions ;P
    Some of my favorites are the Thimbleberries books and the Tilda series - I love both of them just for their photo styling :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  10. I love craft books that have easy to follow directions and have things that I actually want to make and will use! Right now my favorite is Scrap Basket Sensations. :)

  11. I loved Japanese crafts book. Although it's written in Japanese but the diagrams very easy to understand.

  12. I love quilt books! Usually the older the better!

  13. I love craft books that don't revolve around one single design but rather feature a lot of different projects. And modern fabric!

  14. I love craft books, Sew Serendipity is one I have used a lot, it is full of patterns. I have "Thread and Bobbin" and "One Yard Wonders" that I have been wanting to make something from, guess I'll make a birthday present for my sister this month!

  15. I love looking through craft books. This should be fun!

  16. I really like looking through Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. An older favorite is Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.

  17. Love that top/dress! Thanks for being a part :)

  18. I love craft books that have lots of detailed instructions, and a large clear photo of what is should look like. What I love also is full size pattern pieces included, and a photo of the make done in an alternate colourway to get another perspective of it.

  19. I like lots of pictures and a range of projects for different abilities!

  20. I love craft books with lots of pictures and instructions! Bright, cheery craft books too!

  21. I like craft books that have quick, but cute projects and are practical. As I don't have a lot of time to start and finish a project with a houseful of littles.

  22. The books that catch my eye tend to be the ones I see on blogs, honestly! I haven't purchased very many yet but the ones that are on my Amazon wish list are mostly ones that have gotten great reviews in the blogosphere. :) I like to let other people try them out first, I guess!

  23. I love craft books that give clear instructions, and also include alternative options so you can use what you have on hand and make it your own! I also like books that have several projects in it, that coordinate with each other. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. I love Back to Charm School! awolk at rogers dot com

  25. This is the best thing! I have a bunch that I have just to look through, but have been needing an excuse to try out! This will be perfect! Quilting or sewing books are my current favorite!

  26. My favorite craft books are basically on sewing,embroidery, cross stitch and crocheting. One of my favorite among many is "Gifts to Make for Your Baby:100 easy-to-make toys, outfits and nursery items" which I bought when i had my first baby in 1996.

  27. Because I am new to knitting books with new techniques and different patterns of knitting have been catching my eye lately. However it is usually quilting that I awe over the books. They always have such different patterns from what I would usually think to do.

    Thank you for the opportunity of the giveaway!

  28. Any craft book with fabric has been my new love! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. I think my favorite craft book is Fa La La Felt ! The projects are so cute and do-able, plus there are very few that I'm not interested in, which is not always the case ! Wonderful giveaway!

  30. Thanks for the encouragement to get the crafts going....great for winter projects. I do like a good craft book with great pictures. Love the Fat Quarter Shop!

  31. I love getting new ideas from craft books! They are such an inspiration. I would love to try some hand embroidery.

  32. I don't have many craft books, but I love ornaments and little bags, so I'm always looking for new ideas for them. Thanks for the fun!

  33. I guess this means I have to get a project I've just started done this month, thanks for the push!

    1. So, now that I've read the question, let me add that I love craft books that teach me a new technique.

  34. My favorite craft books are basically on sewing and crochet. I love full size patterns included in the book. I want to learn quilting.

  35. Quilting books are my favorite! I like books with lots of great pictures and easy to follow instructions.

  36. I love any sewing or quilting book with lots of pictures and projects!

  37. I love a craft book with pictures and directions that are easy to follow.


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