Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kitchen Stitches!

I got a copy to review of the new book Kitchen Stitches a couple weeks ago. I wanted to jump right in and make a bunch of these projects! Lots of fun ideas from designers you love, like Kim Niedzwiecki, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, and Melissa Corry - just to name a few!

So I finally had a chance to do some selfish sewing. I made this cute handle cover for our cast iron skillet.


I cooked this frittata recipe the other night and everyone loved it, so I know I'll be using this a lot. Plus it's fun to use some of those scraps of fabrics up!



Brownie wouldn't stay out of the photo shoot. :)



And then I whipped up Jenifer's potholder from the book. This is a whimsical one - looks like a mitt, but isn't. I can't wait to see my husband trying to get his hand into it - ha, kidding! although it would be funny, amirite?



I used some spring-ish colors, even though they are calling for snow - I just can't even think about that! This was a quick little project, and I even added a step by quilting it a little after I turned it right side out. You don't have to, but since I already had my walking foot on, it didn't take any time at all. I also got my block upside down - oops - but whatever, it still works! You could use up some orphan blocks for this too!

This will be a great reference to have on hand for all kinds of gifts and go-to projects.


I love this coupon keeper by Heather of the Sewing Loft! So sweet! There's lots more to see in this book, like casserole covers, aprons, table runners and more. So get a copy for yourself. You deserve it. :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

My turn!

Congrats to Janet, she won the book!

Welcome to the Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour!


I've been fortunate enough to take Jenifer's invisible applique workshop not just once, but two times! We made a different project each class, and she is a fantastic teacher. I'd only tried raw edge applique prior to taking the class, so I was truly a beginner. She has lots of tips and tricks to help you get the cleanest applique for your project.



The instructions in the book are thorough, and it's definitely one I will refer back to again and again. And the photography is beautiful too, always a plus!



The applique projects in this book are fresh and fun. I love the whimsical appeal of some of the shapes.



I'm going to make Kisses in greys and yellows for my cousin Katie, who's having a baby boy! :)

You can read more about Jenifer's quilts and other books at her blog, www.42quilts.com
Here's the schedule for the other stops on the tour!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com (that's me!)
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/ 

If you'd like a shot at winning a copy for yourself, enter using the rafflecopter widget below, and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more chances! The giveaway will end Feb. 22nd. The winner will receive a book if they are in the US, an e-book if they are international!

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If you feel like you never win and you want to go ahead and get a copy, autographed books are available here, or you can grab a copy at amazon.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

the Modern Applique Workbook blog tour

Today starts the blog tour for Jenifer's newest book!


And it is fabulous. If you've ever wanted to learn how to applique, this is the book for you.  Lots of great instructions, and fun modern quilt designs. Check it out over at Bonnie Hunter's blog today, and enter there to win a copy (not on this post)! Here's the full schedule:

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer www.craftytammie.com (that's me!)
Feb. 17: Casey York www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher @ Generation Q magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

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