Hello! There’s a whole lotta stuff going on today. First, I’m excited to share with you a few peeks at some more projects from my book. The photo above is a the very dandy Mr. Bunny (wearing a bow tie and old man pants, of course), lounging on the Wonky Diamonds Quilt. These are two of my favorite projects. I just love that little bunny with his earnest little face – and he’s so easy to make. Straight lines only! And the quilt was one of my greatest challenges in the book, design-wise. It’s got diamonds with wonky centers, set on point with some tricky angles that make the construction a challenge, and the result is pretty cool (I think!). And of course, the patterns for both are in Sewing in a Straight Line.
For today’s blog tour stop I’m popping over to Grand Rapids, MI, to visit with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood of CraftSanity fame. Jennifer is single-handedly creating a fantastic crafting empire; a journalist by trade, she now blogs, produces a podcast, appears weekly on TV to demonstrate crafts on her local news station, and has even launched CraftSanity magazine, which is available in both print and digital format. Go, Jennifer!!
I’ve enjoyed Jennifer’s CraftSanity podcasts for years. They consist of a long, leisurely interview with someone from the craft world, and Jennifer has such a great interview style that she makes the listener feel as if they’re eavesdropping in on a long phone conversation between friends – about crafts. (Perfect listening material while working on a project!) I was honored that Jennifer asked to interview me for a podcast – the result is almost an hour and a half of my life story, as it relates to crafting and my career. It was a treat to have a chance to take a walk down memory lane for this podcast. So head on over to CraftSanity to read Jennifer’s blog tour post about Sewing in a Straight Line, and listen to the podcast. Thanks for being part of my tour, Jennifer!
And now it’s giveaway time! Up for grabs today is a complete set of fabric to make the Mr. Bunny and his girlfriend Miss Kitty from Sewing in a Straight Line (pictured above), an autographed copy of the book, and an 18-spool set of Coats Dual Duty thread. Good stuff!
To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me who you’d make this kitty and bunny for! (It’s okay, you can admit it if they’d be for you.) THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED; PLEASE SEE CURRENT POSTS FOR CURRENT CONTESTS.
PS: A few other announcements to share:
- Thanks to Crafternews for posting about my book and providing a free, downloadable version of the One-Hour Skirt. So now you can see how it’s made in video, and download the print pattern too. Be sure to keep an eye on Crafternews for more goodies on my book as well as a variety of crafting wonderfulness every day!
- If you quilt and you live near NYC, this weekend is Quilters Take Manhattan! This special weekend-long event benefits The Alliance for American Quilts and features parties, exhibits, fashion shows and more. Check it out!
- Thanks to Craftsy for posting a guest post from yours truly, where I talk about my inspiration for the book – and there is a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line up for grabs!