Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pretty In Patchwork - Holiday Edition - Craft Book Month

I know that many will be holding there ears while I say this, but..... It's the holiday season!
That's right time to prepare, make decisions, and shop (or sew).
I was pretty excited that Lindsey invited me to participate in this months craft book blog hop. Mostly because it was a good excuse to start on that holiday sewing.
I was pretty excited to be a contributor to John's newest book "Pretty in Patchwork Holidays".
This and many other reasons, made it the perfect choice to share with you.
The photo's are gorgeous!
The patterns are clever!
The people who put this together are utterly AMAZING!
The best part about this book is that it's chocked full of holiday gift ideas.
The first project I choose, was Christina's wine bottle gift bag.
How fun would this be as the "go to" gift for your holiday parties this year?
As you will notice my wine bag is a little different from the one in the book. The part I like best about this book is that it leaves creativity open for you to explore your own ideas and incorporate them into the patterns. Most of them give different options as well if you feel like coming up with a new idea is just not something you like to do.
I have actually made 3 projects from this book, and adore each one to the point where it will be difficult to give them away this holiday season. (of course I will though)
I would encourage you to try out this book if your looking for quick , creative, and fun gifts to give this year. After all handmade is always the best gift.
If that hasn't persuaded you, check out this pickle pattern from John!
Did you know that the pickle ornament is a holiday tradition?
Oh, ok!  I thought that would do it!
Pick up your copy today on Amazon!
Let's get that holiday sewing moving along!
This post is part of the Craft Book Month blog hop at Craft Buds.

Blog Hop

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory Dock Me Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & Ollie Sew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric Seeds The Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxes Stitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie's Korner A Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designs missknitta's studio
Monday 9/10: Sew Tara Clover and Violet 
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantastic amylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia Jednoiglec Two More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane Quilts Don't Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful Life LRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face Designs Canoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me Grey Freshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay Sews The Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest Thistle Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitches imagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet Designs The 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! One entry per person, and all craft book projects must have been completed in 2012. Just create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2012 or later) and link back to Craft Buds 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!


  1. Your wine bag is lovely, I love the fabrics you chose and that you did branch out a bit and make it different. I have to say, I'm LOVING this blog hop!

  2. I didnt know that the pickle was a holiday traditon. Very cool. I love your wine bottle holder.

  3. Eeek!!! LOVE that pickle!!! :) Too stinkin' cute! Looks like a fabulous book and your bag is beautiful!

  4. This looks like a great book! I love the wine bags, and I really had to chuckle when I saw the Christmas Pickle. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your blog.

  5. I love your wine bottle bag - your choice of fabrics and your patchwork embellishment really kick it up a notch - anyone on your gift list would love such a pretty present! I pinned the picture last night for inspiration - I really think you did a gorgeous job on it!


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