September 4, 2013

Craft Book Month - Blog Hop

Craft Book Month

Good Morning! and welcome to the 3rd annual Craft Book Month blog hop. This is my second year on the blog hop, and I am excited to be back! When Lindsay asked if I would like to participate again, I knew exactly what book I wanted to showcase: Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. I have been a long time admirer of Allison's. So many of her patterns make my never ending to-do list. Earlier this year I used her Scout pattern to make a quilt for my Grandpa. You can read about that here.

Allison in her booth at the Spring Quilt Market, Portland 2013.
debuting her new fabric line: Wallflowers

Growing Up Modern. This is such a wonderful book for anyone sewing for a child. The introduction offers great direction in making the quilt top, finishing the quilt and even some tips on how to use up your scraps!
Though this book is geared toward children's quilts, most quilts include sizes crib-twin, and could easily be adapted for a larger size, if needed. While looking through this book, I had a hard time deciding which quilt to make for the blog hop. In the end, I went with the first quilt that caught my eye. Tumble.


Once I decided which quilt I would be making, I had the perfect bundle in mind. And lucky for me, it was just the right amount of fat quarters. I wanted to make this a quilt that any child could use, and combining my love of gingham, went with the 1/8" rainbow gingham fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs.

I made the crib size, measuring 49"x50". This quilt went together so quickly! I had all pieces cut in just a couple of hours, and with strip-sewing, had the top sewn in about as much time.

I started quilting on it the next day. But .. had a few thread problems, that resulted in having to check my machine in for repairs. Not knowing when my machine would actually be fixed, I wondered if I would get the quilting done before my day on the blog hop. Luckily I got my machine back on Friday and was able to finish up the quilt by Monday night. Whew! That was a close call :)

I went with a simple geometric design connecting the corners of the inner and outer squares, then rounding out the middle from corner to corner. A little bit of dense quilting in the sashing and this quilt is complete!
I am loving the way it turned out.

What's your favorite craft book? Do you have one on your wish list?
This month, you can save an extra 25% off all craft books in the shop. Enter promo code craft2013 at checkout. (all sales final. ends 9/30/13. must use promo to get discount)

Be sure to visit each blog during this hop and see what these talented ladies are up to.
You'll also want to link up your own projects made from a craft book. Plus, it's your entry to win some amazing prizes ... like a signed copy of Growing Up Modern!
(full schedule, rules and link up information below)

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Hop: Week One
Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched inColor
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds /Pile O Fabric
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet

Week Two
Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
 Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten 

Week ThreeMonday 9/16: SewVery / Craftside

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to winprizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1! 

Don't forget to link up!
To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it,etc.


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013. 
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back toCraft Buds/Craft BookMonth in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.

 Craft Book Month at Craft Buds


  1. such a pretty quilt, I love the rainbow of gingham. I am a craftbook addict!

  2. That is nerve wracking to be at the last moment finishing it up, but all that work was so worth it, such a beautiful quilt!

  3. I am in love with your beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. I hate last minute quilting because it makes me so nervous, but your quilt turned out beautifully. I love the gingham--it makes it so young and fresh and fun!

  5. Love how you used gingham, your quilt looks great.

  6. What a fresh, fun quilt! Thanks for sharing.

  7. It's so cute Sarah! Great job, and thanks for being a part of Craft Book Month again this year!


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