See, a little problem I’m having is that I assume you know all about the book and it’s contents, but it’s wrong to assume, isn’t it? I think it’s mostly because I’ve spent so many hours pouring over this work that I think you guys know everything already, right? Wrong. Ever talked with someone who thinks you already know all the details when you really don’t? It’s hard! So I’m going to fill you in on a bit of the details of my book.
The book contains a lot of projects. Yup, a lot. At least it feels like that to me. There are 23 if you’re counting and some have multiple parts to them = lots of sewing fun!
Bags! Of course there had to be bags.
[Bucket Bag project]
4 bags and 6 wallets, clutches, and cases in all.
[up & down quilt project]
4 quilt designs plus a picnic blanket.
[Patchwork Bench project – yes, you built it all yourself AND it’s fun!]
5 projects including pillows, floor pouf, basket, and a patchwork bench
[Women’s Tunic project – I’m excited to make many more for this summer]
There are 2 women’s garments sizes XS-XXL, the dress on the cover is one and this comfy tunic is the other.
In fact, at some point in time I just lost track, yeesh. I need to tack a list on my bulletin board or study or something. I’m sort of kidding, but in all seriousness, I think there’s something fun for everyone no matter what kind of projects you like to sew!
Each project has ideas you can incorporate to make it your style. That’s the whole premise of the book (besides making a nice variety of projects) is to make them how YOU want, add your own creative twists. There’s no rules for sewing really and I know from seeing what you’ve made using my tutorials and patterns in the past, that you love to take artistic license and make each project just to suit you (or whoever – if you’re making a gift). Along with full instructions and lots of illustrations, I give a few ideas and suggestions for each project on different ways to mix things up and make it your own.
The book is set up with the lovely styled pictures in the front and the instructions and illustrations in the back. There are two large pullout sheets at the back of the book that contain all the pattern pieces you’d need. I do suggest tracing these pieces using Pellon 830 or your favorite tracing paper, it’s perfect for keeping everything organized and in the right spot when you need it. So pick up something for tracing if you don’t have it on hand already.
[instructions page excerpt]
[pullout pattern pages]
I hope that gives you a little peek into my book and I hope you’ll be excited about it and make some beautiful things!
Lastly, I want to thank my family for being there for me through the thick of it. Without their support and love it just wouldn’t have happened. I also want to thank my friend Holly (Holly DeGroot Photography) for doing half of the photography, I could not have done it without her!
Please check your local quilt shop for the book, if you can’t find it there you can find it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I will be adding signed copies to my shop hopefully within the next few weeks. Oh, and if you have the book already and have made something, share it on flickr or on Instagram using the hashtag #handmadestylebook so I can see what you’ve made (my favorite part)!