Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Make It Sew Modern review and Giveaway!

I was lucky to get my hands on a copy of Vanessa Christenson's new book, Make It Sew Modern last week. (It even arrived on my birthday. How's that for awesome timing?) I've been so excited to peruse the projects in this book ever since I first knew of it's inception.
 
And let me tell you, there are some beauties. 
This book is all about creating with texture.
 
And there is a big variety of projects to choose from: bags, wreaths, quilts, home decor, rings and bracelets...
 
This throw pillow is on my to-do list now. I love the simplicity of the two solid fabrics and the pop that little bit of pleated texture brings.
 
The book itself is so pretty - lots of eye candy to get those creative juices flowing.
 
And guess what? Vanessa is generously offering to give away a copy of Make It Sew Modern to one of you readers. It doesn't even have to be your birthday.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. If you want to, share which of these projects intrigues or inspires you most.  Giveaway will close Saturday, March 24 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Happy Belated Birthday!! :) I hope you had a wonderful day! This seems like a great book! Thanks for doing a giveaway! Hope you have a beautiful day! :) xo Heather

Good luck, and thanks again V!

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EHC said...

I too like the gathering projects!

Bern said...

I do lov textural elements in quilts, bags and other sewn item, so I would love to win this book. Thanks for the offer!

pizzaeater said...

I have looked through the book and I loved it. I want to try the ruffled pillow.

Meg said...

Gorgeous ideas! I'm in the market for throw pillows, too, so I like the gathered one you highlighted as well as the pleated one that was hiding on the left of another picture.

Meg said...

I'm in love with the pillow you highlighted as well. I also like the yellow pleated pillow! What gorgeous inspiration!

pizzaeater said...

I would love to have a copy of the book. I would make the pillow with the ruffles.

Meg said...

I'm in love with the pillow you highlighted as well. I also like the yellow pleated pillow! What gorgeous inspiration!

sandyandcosmo said...

I love the pleated throw pillow and would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

sandy dot hardman at gmail dot com

Erin said...

I have yet to make a bag that I didn't love, and I think I would really love to make the bag with the ruffle around it - using some solids and a vintage sheet perhaps...Or that pillow with the pleating is also calling my name. I have the sudden urge to make pillows to pizzazz up my living room. But first I have to get through a birthday party and Easter holidays before I tackle that!

Lyn said...

The book looks awesome!

Angie said...

Oh, I have been eyeing this book! The gathered throw pillow is definitely first on my list!

Michele said...

I love the pleated border/binding on that quilt. I would love to call this biik mine.

Georgi Sears said...

I've got my eye on that Pleats chapter! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book :)

pasqueflower said...

I'm lovin' the pleated edge on the baby blanket, and I would LOVE to win the book.

Summer Killebrew said...

Love Vanessa Christenson's work...I love all the texture she uses. Thank you having a giveaway!

CDR Mom said...

This looks to be an AWESOME book!! I am finally at a place in life where I have a bit of time to develop to sewing interests, and catching these glimpses . . . I AM INTERESTED!

Colleen said...

Would love to use this book for inspiration.

Marcia W. said...

I don't know if this will be a duplicate comment as the first one doesn't display and there wasn't a confirmation message.
From the photos, my favorite section is pleats. The project with the pleated quilt is especially pretty and inspirational.

Naomi said...

I am loving the baby blanket with the pleats. 2 of my best friends are pregnant and those would be perfect as baby shower gifts!

ELNM said...

I love the pillow with the gathered center. I've seen this book - it's beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

kari said...

Bags, Bags and more Bags. Can you have too many? I also love the pleated trim on the baby blanket. I have no idea how to attempt that one!

jack said...

I like that bag on the front of the book!! Thanks for the chance!!

Deb said...

I like the ruffles and gathers - texture....

Roslyn said...

Love them all. Texture adds another dimension. What an exciting book.

Terri in BC said...

I think I would have to try that pillow as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

Mischelle said...

I would love this book. The bag in the last picture is adorable. I want to make that.

Mischelle said...

I really would like to make the bag that is your last picture.

KatheG said...

The quilt with the pleats looks really intriguing to make - thanks for giving.

DeeAnne said...

This looks like a book I would enjoy adding to my shelf and actually making a few of the designs. I love the bag on the cover--just my style! Thanks!

cllcraft said...

The book has so many cute projects it's hard to choose, but I'm really inspired by the gathering ones. The pleating projects have lots of possibilities too.

Mev said...

My birthday was yesterday.... Can I get it as a belated present?

Jennyroo said...

I love the tote dressed up with a floppy bow! Also, the aqua flower brooch. So pretty!

Loy said...

Love the bag on the cover of the book. The pillow is a great idea, too.

Carol D. said...

I just love the pleated ruffle around the quilt. When I win, just contact me at csdillman at gmail dot com. Keep smiling!

Maureen said...

I like the gathering projects. Great looking book.

Heidi Staples said...

I can't imagine being able to pick just one project...everything looks gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for the chance to win the book! I love the pleated pillow! Would definitely find more than one project from the book. I actually perused through the book yesterday. Love it!

Saundra said...

I would love to win this book! First off I would like to try the pillow. It is gorgeous.

Debra Lee said...

The pleated edges on that quilt are amazing!

K said...

i have wreath block!

Susan said...

I love all kitchen related sewing projects!

PJ Sheen said...

Any of these projects would be awesome, but I love the bag on the cover!

Helen said...

The green pleated pillow is my favourite. I was looking at buying a couple just like it recently. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Alexis said...

I would love to get my hands on the gathering tips. For some reason, I struggle with that. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I love that quilt! AMAZING:) THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

Kristina said...

MY BIRTHDAY was yesterday - March 20! How wonderful we share a birth month! I love the bag on the cover of the book, and I've always wanted to learn to make fabric flowers too. It looks like the book just gets better after that!

terrieannie said...

I've been a follower of Vanessa's for over a year now and am always excited to see her latest project. She has such feminine stylings without being frou frou. Just a very clean and enticing appeal consistently!

Carla G said...

The bag with the bow looks awesome! I'd love to start with that project. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Wow, I scrolled down and loved the cushion, then I saw the pleated edging on the quilt - I get the impression that I'd like a lot of projects in this book...

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

The quilt with the pleated border is gorgeous, what a stunning idea!

ciccia74 said...

Now i'm loving the ruffles in the book There're many projects.
Thanks for the chance!

lemony lucy said...

Those bags would be first on my list, since I'm a bit intimidated by making bags.

Jodi said...

How Wonderful! Looks like a super book that's inspiring as well as helpful. I love the bag on the cover and the pillows with the pleats. I'm sure there is more in there that will catch my eye as well.

Thank you and Vanessa for a great giveaway and a chance to win an awesome book.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Lucija said...

I love pleats projects!

Manoule said...

The pillow and the quilt are so cute! I would really love this book, I've been following Vanessas blog and I'm loving her projects! Thank you for the great chance!

AddieNCE said...

What a great book! Looks like there are so many nice ideas and a whole lot of inspiring things in there. I'd love to win a copy, but I'll put it on my wishlist anyway ;)
Thanks for the chance to win.

Judy said...

I've had my eye on this book for awhile now - looks great! Pleats - would love to add more style with pleats. So the quilt with the pleats all the way around would be my first adventure. Thanks for the chance.

yenni said...

i love the bag project...^^and thanks for this lovely giveaway

hennies.pennies said...

What an awesome book! I love to learn techniques used in different ways...like the pleated pillow. So clever and chic!!

Maria said...

I would love learn how to incorporate the pleats in to my projects...so pretty!!! thanks for the give away : )

ciccia74 said...

I love the pillow and all the ruffles. Thanks for the chance!

kt said...

I love the bag on the cover! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book!

pforgerson said...

Oh boy, looks like fun!

mags1179 said...

I love the bag with the big bow! Thanks for the give away!

Cliodana said...

wow great... in love with the bag on the cover of the book! thank's for the giveaway

Libby said...

The pillow with the gathered center caught my eye first ~ then the bag with the pink bow and I can go on more. What a lovely book.

Libby said...

I love the bag on the cover and would probably try that first.

chris said...

Ooo...ooo...ooo! Pick me. I've loved V's blog for years. :)

kate said...

I love the gray pleats all along the edge of the quilt!

Kathy Davis said...

Our 1st grand baby is on the way and a just got a new sewing machine. Could life get any better?? Maybe.. If I am the winner. Thanks for the giveaway.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

LeslieG said...

Great Giveaway! I love the pleated edge to the grey + white quilt. Lovely in its simplicity.
Thanks!

Deb said...

What a great book - my favorite idea was the pleated quilt edging/binding. Wow-nice look - I'd like to try it.

Deb said...

Thanks for a great opportunity - I really like the pleated edging/binding on the quilt.

sydthewyd said...

Oooh... I love love LOVE ruffles! Thanks for the chance :)

L said...

I've never thought of a pleated quilt binding!

tseykora said...

I have been trying to stretch my sewing machine skills beyond just quilting - this looks like the perfect book for both ideas and inspiration. I am almost invision the bag I might make with Moda's California fabric collection.

Beth said...

I think the bag on the cover would be my first project - I think I could fit everything in there!

Gizala said...

This book looks like it is chock of full of great ideas. I'd love to dig in!

gizala01@gmail.com

Stacy said...

I can't wait to see your new quilt idea. I love Vanessa's blog too.

Becky said...

Thank you for the sneak peak...it looks like it's just loaded with fun ideas!

RSHudson said...

The quilt/blanket with the ruffle & the pleated pillow are 2 favorites. Thanks for chance to win! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

Spontaneous Threads said...

The whole ruffles picture is out of this world! Thanks for the giveaway.

hart44 said...

Wow! I would think all my birthday's and christmasses have come at once if I coulld win this wonderful book. Thank you for a chance to win one :) I love the cushion cover :)

Danielle said...

I would love this book! And it is even my birthday! :)

The Harris Family said...

This looks like an AWESOME book with so many great projects! It would be hard to choose the first project, even from the few pictures you posted! Love it and would love to try some out...maybe the crib blanket:)

Kathrynn said...

I think the bow bag is neat. Thanks for the chance to win the book

4c352448-3ef6-11e0-8edf-000bcdcb2996 said...

Love the ruffled pillows

paige said...

Lucky you! I would love a copy of this book. That bag with the bow is adorable.

sandy said...

Hi: I would love to win the book. A friend referred your blog to me as I am a "newbie", and I look forward to reading your tips.
Thank you for the chance to win such a great book swith great projects in it
Sandy

Sewing In CT said...

That book certainly has lots of projects I want to try (now that I've had a sneak peak)! Toni

Charity Lynn said...

The book looks inspirational!

Jen said...

Ohhh, looks great! I love to learn new techniques so this would be awesome!

Amanda&Victorsmom said...

I would like this book, everything looks fun!

{ Heather } said...

What fun-looking projects--I especially like the pleated border of the gray and white quilt. But I also liked the other pleated projects you show ...

Amanda Wells said...

Love to make some new bags!

Annelies said...

Would I LOVE a copy of this book...YES PLEASE!!!!

Ally said...

Oh my goodness I would love to win a copy of this book! I am excited about all the different techniques and playing with all that texture! Looks like there are so many fun projects to try!

Cynthia said...

I really like the bag with the big pink bow, I'm a sucker for bags!!!!

april said...

I adore the purse on the cover as well as the bag with the scarf. The ruffled pillow is yummy too. I need this book...��
Thanks for the giveaway!

jqluo said...

Loved the projects from the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lynne said...

Well, my birthday is on Sat. when this giveaway closes--this delightful book would be a terrific way to end the day! Thanks!

1lesliehart said...

Ooohhh! I am loving the idea of putting pleats on the edge of a quilt! I would love to win this book!!

Anna Geletka said...

That ruffled pillow is adorable and I love the pleated blanket binding also. (And I'd love a copy of this book, obviously!)

Kylie said...

I really like the pleated edging on that quilt, I'd be interested in trying that on a wall quilt.

Liberty said...

I love the baby quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Janet said...

I love texture. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

Mariel said...

This book looks great! I could really use some inspiration!

Sabs said...

That pillow looks great, as does the pleated/gathered bag. Would def go on my to do list if I won the book!!

nancy l. said...

This book looks like it could keep me busy for a loooooooong time. : ) I LOVE the bag on the front cover!! That would definitely be my first of many projects!

nancy l. said...

This book would keep me busy for a looooooong time. :) I LOVE the bag on the front cover! It would be my first of many projects!!
gnlenhardt@juno.com

Barbie said...

I saw that pillow somewhere recently and it is on my to-do list too! I'm going to make mine out of poly shantung--brown with red in the middle. I'm so excited--it must be on my couch.

Sara said...

I like that pillow too!

kbs2000 said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win the book - it is lovely. the pictures are so crisp and simple - very inviting

Ashley said...

Oh my I think I was intrigued by every picture you posted. I am sure i would find many projects I would like to make. Thank you for a chance to win and Hope you had an awesome birthday!

Donna S. said...

Looks like a wonderful book. I would love it!!

Lindsay said...

I love the bag on the cover of the book.

betty said...

I love all the neat ideas in this book...pillows are my thing to make right now so would enjoy this book!

Quiltingolfer

Elisabetta said...

thank you so much for giving this opportunity, I love bags and baby clothes as well ^^)

Tonya Love said...

What inspires me are the gathered flower accessories and ruffles! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kristine Hanson said...

I would love this, the ruffle edge of the quilt picture looks scary to me! WOuld love the book to show me how :)

Emma said...

I love the bags - I still haven't tried one yet but I am determined!! I also love that flower pin.

Laurel said...

V is so creative. Wow. Would love see more!

Laurel said...

V is so creative. Wow. Would love see more!

Amy said...

Great giveaway - I would love to win so I could learn the finer details of sewing :) Thanks for the chance!! amysalbums2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Emily said...

I love the blanket with ruffled edges! I would love a copy of this book! emilybgale@hotmail.com

Lynn said...

I love the look of pleats, flowers, etc. and know I'd be inspired by this book!

Rachel said...

I love your blog and this book looks like lots of fun!

Laura-Lu said...

It's Bret's birthday and I can think of nothing he'd want more :)

barbara said...

your gathered-panel pillow is good, but i think i like the rows of close-set gathered rows for, i don't know yet - something
like a baby dress or down the front of a shirt for me to wear on MY birthday. yeah!

trillium said...

I like the pleated bag on the cover photo. Pleats are "in" this year.

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

trillium said...

I like the pleated bag on the front cover. Pleats are "in" this season, supposedly.

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

Carolyn said...

I love it! Looks like there are so many cute ideas :)

MaryAnnB said...

Oh, I've been waiting for this book and would love to win a copy! I love the many ideas with the ruffles and the pleats, and would definitely do the pillow first, followed by the cover's bag with the flower! Thank you for the give-away!

Lea said...

This book looks so fun!!! I love the pictures---very inspirational.

lea_elina@yahoo.com

Lea said...

This book looks fantastic. I love the black and white bag with the flower. thanks for the giveaway.

lea_elina@yahoo.com

twelfthzodiac said...

It's my birthday month! There's an adorable little shirt in there that I would love to try for sure!

Lamse said...

Love the ruffle pillow.

Lamse@comcast.net

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