The ReSew blog tour ends with luv: Luv in the Mommyhood

Welcome to the final day of the



Today I'm gonna pile you into my cybercar and cyberdrive you over to the "mommyhood" to meet Shannon, the heart and soul behind Luv in the Mommyhood. Crafty? Check. Inspiring? Check. Addicted to Pyrex? Check! Along with her great tutorials, Shannon has a "weekend wishes" series that will inspire you to live your best weekend, every weekend.


Head on over to Shannon's place for a special ReSew Q & A as part of her "Moms in the Mommyhood" feature; then enter for your chance to win a copy of the book!

I want to thank all the creative women on the tour who helped get the word out about ReSew. My little book has sprouted her own wings because of you. I am grateful.

Here's one more look at all the hosts from the tour–some of their giveaways are still open, and there are a couple of tutorials to grab too.

If you've been following along but your luck hasn't panned out, you can purchase your own copy of ReSew here.

Thanks everyone for following along–I hope you enjoyed the tour. It has been such fun for me to meet all of you!


(where you can grab a pdf of my "Elephant Cuddle Cushion" project from ReSew) 


(giveaway open through Thursday, March 10)

(giveaway open through Friday, March 11)



(giveaway open through Saturday, March 5)


(funky felted basket tutorial; giveaway open through Wednesday, March 9)

(giveaway open through March 6)


The ReSew blog tour, day eleven: Make it Do

Welcome to day ten of the



I love the blog we are visiting today. Calli at Make It Do has a philosophy that is close to my heart. She captures it in a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that she features on her front page: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." With tips and advice for not only sewing, but cooking, cleaning, and including your little ones in stay-at-home fun (marshmallow shooters, anyone?), Calli has a gentle way with words and a practical, quiet approach to life that I admire.

Make it do
I hope you'll join Calli today for her review and giveaway of ReSew–I am tickled to hear that she may be raiding her husband's closet soon! Be sure to browse her blog while you're there–she'll inspire you to make your house even more of a home.


The ReSew blog tour, day ten: Crafting a Green World

Welcome to day ten of the



Today's inventive site is going to give ReSew a run for its money! Kelly at Crafting a Green World will lead you into a innovative world of eco-friendly crafts where recycling, upcycling, and repurposing is revered. If you love "re" anything, you will flip OUT over this site. Once you get there, just try to remember to stop once in awhile to eat and sleep. Seriously. Set a timer or something.

Crafting a green world
I'm sharing a special tutorial over at CAGW today–grab your wool sweater scraps! While you're there, be sure to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of ReSew. Hope you'll join us today; I know you'll fall in love with Kelly's really cool, really green site.


The ReSew blog tour, day nine: V and Co.

Welcome to day nine of the



With sharp, stylish designs, straight talk, and a good dose of humor, Vanessa's posts at V and Co. are just plain 'ol addicting. Her Fabric Flower Ring tute and Fabric Bracelet pattern make me wish I would've thought of them first. She's got categories called "It's All About Me," "My Crazy Kids," and "Somebody Shoot Me." Go for the craft, stay for the talk.

Head over to Vanessa's blog and read what she has to say about ReSew. She'll be hosting a giveaway of the book at a later date–she's offered to share her experience with the book by actually making one of the projects from it. Talk about an honest review! Got me shaking in my boots a bit, even.

Hope you'll join Vanessa today! If you do, I bet you'll want to visit her again tomorrow.


The ReSew blog tour, day seven: Resweater!

Welcome to day seven of the



Today, join me for a special ReSew Q & A with Kris at Resweater–and get inspired to transform anything wool into something wonderful!

At Resweater, Kris not only blogs about the one-of-a-kind designs she creates (and shows she made them), she also takes weekly thrift-store trips to find the best wool sweaters, and then sells them on her site at a great bargain. And we’re talking very cool wool: in addition to wool and wool blends, she carries cashmere, alpaca, and yak (!) sweaters, vintage sweaters, and froggable wools and merinos. She's like your own personal shopper for all things wool. Love that!

I wish I lived closer to this fun and friendly gal–I do believe we could really do some damage together at the thrift store. Hope you'll join us today for Kris's Q & A and giveaway!


The ReSew blog tour, day five: I am Momma . . . Hear Me Roar!

Welcome to day six of the



Momma–also known as Cheri–has a roar that you can hear all throughout the craft blogosphere! At I Am Momma Hear Me Roar, Cheri is not only fabulously creative; she truly writes from the heart. Her "Wake Up Wednesdays" are one of the most creative weeklies I've ever seen on a blog. Each week, Cheri challenges you to seek out ways to perform an act of kindness in your community. The posts have completely inspired me to act. And that, I think, is a whole new level of creativity. 

Iammommahearmeroar Her recipe for success also includes a heapin' spoonful of adorable photos of her little boys. I'm such a sucker for that! Head over to ROAR today for a ReSew review and giveaway, all part of Cheri's Soapbox Saturday feature. Thanks, Cheri! I hear your roar.

quilting, sewing

Don’t Miss Modern Basics (and a marvelous giveaway!)

Today I’m veering off the ReSew blog tour path for a moment to share the buzz about another new book with you. It's by an incredibly talented cyber-friend of mine. It’s all about today’s modern style. It’s all about the basics of quiltmaking. It’s all about Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style!

Modern Basics cover
People who’ve been quilting for awhile will instantly recognize the value in Modern Basics. It’s a wonderful collection of go-to quilt designs to stitch up in time for the wedding, the birthday, the holiday, the anniversary. The [insert celebration!]. Simple, sophisticated, fresh, beautiful. You can make them just because, too. For that alone, I say skip the giveaway below entirely and grab yourself a copy here right now!

But today, I’d like to focus on beginning quilters—or those of you would like to be. Amy Ellis is the author of Modern Basics, and she’s one of those rare quilt designers who’s hit on a brilliant combination: simple sewing = stunning quilts. Since I published The Little Box of Baby Quilts in 2007, I’ve had a lot of beginning quilters approach me about how to get started. The same questions come up: “What stuff do I need? How do I choose a pattern? How do I pick colors? Where should I sew? And how DO you sew, anyway?”

Beginners, Amy’s got your answers.

If you’ve been timid about trying quilting, Amy’s friendly, step-by-step approach will warm you up to setting up, and help you let go of any anxiety about giving quilting a try. She makes it so you can get right to the fun of it all. And that’s what creating quilts is all about!

Here are just a few of the “keep it simple” themes throughout Amy’s book, along with a look at the beautiful quilts she’s made.

Start with a design that contains just a few colors.

There are designs in Modern Basics that make color choices an absolute cinch because they use solid-colored fabrics. If you haven’t tried quilting because the choice of fabrics at the quilt shop is overwhelming (common beginner complaint!), try one of these first:

B1058_g02 “Tumbling Cubes.” Three colors. Super-easy sewing. Cool, minimalist vibe.

B1058_g13“Basic Puzzle.” This quilt is created row by row (instead of block by block)
to create a visually complex effect with solid fabrics.

Start with a design that contains simple shapes.

Once you’re ready to play with patterned fabrics, you can jump in and try one of these gorgeous quilts. Each is deceptively simple to make because of the easy-to-sew blocks they contain.

B1058_g08“Modern Maze.” This quilt is made with just five fabrics. Plus, Amy will
introduce you to a modern marvel of a technique in quiltmaking—strip sets!

B1058_g10“Twisted Bars.” This quilt is also made with strip sets. You add a teeny-tiny twist
by tacking triangles to opposite corners of each block. Here, Amy’s created
a wonderful way to ease into using triangles in your quilts. Take
that, triangles!

Start with a design that you love so you’ll finish it!

From first fabric cut to last binding stitch, quilts do take time. They aren’t something you can typically whip up in an hour or two. You have to commit. So you’ll want to make sure you choose a design that you really love. That way, you’ll see it through to the end.

Here are two of Amy’s quilts that I personally will be seeing through to the very end, very soon.

B1058_g12“Modern Mirrors.” Boy, does this quilt speak to me. The unusual color
combination is fantastic. It reminds me of Italian spumoni. Yum.

B1058_g14“Knotted Squares.” The visual intricacies of this quilt are deceiving;
Amy’s made this design very easy to attain. Beautiful and simple.
The best kind of quilting combination.

When you finally have Amy’s book in your hands, I have one last piece of advice for beginners:

Quilting is addictive. Proceed with caution. Adjust the rest of your life accordingly.

Okay beginners and beyond, it’s time for a special giveaway! I am thrilled that Amy has offered to give a free copy of Modern Basics to one lucky winner at the wildcards this weekend. Just leave a comment about this post for your chance to win. (Please make sure to sign in before you post so I have your email address, or include it along with your comment.) Just one entry per person, please. The giveaway will close at 10 p.m. (MST) on Sunday, February 27th. I'll announce a random winner on Monday. Good luck!


And the winner via RANDOM.ORG is:

Comment #75 from Kimberly, who writes:

"After reading you post I really am looking forward to
reading this book and trying her patterns! Please pick me!"

Congratulations, Kimberly! I know you'll just love Amy's new book.

One last thing… I’ve heard so many people say they want to quilt, they wish they could quilt, etc. With Amy’s Modern Basics, it’s time. Amy’s book will smash your intimidation at the first page, so have no fear—get ready, get set, and go for it!


You can learn more about Amy at her blog, Amy’s Creative Side. And check out another incredible creation of hers, The Sewing Summit, to be held in Salt Lake City this October. Can’t wait!

Amy’s blog tour also includes these fun, quilt-loving blogs.

February 21st: Piece N Quilt       
February 22nd: SewCalGal
February 23rd: Old Red Barn Co
February 24th: Terri's Notebook
February 25th: Crazy Mom Quilts
February 27th: BumbleBeans
February 28th: Fat Quarter Shop
March 1st: One Shabby Chick
March 2nd: Canton Village Quilt Works
March 3rd: Diary of a Quilter
March 4th: Fat Quarterly
March 5th: Amylouwho

Follow Amy's blog tour and enter each day's drawing for your chance to win a free copy of her beautiful book!