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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Jenny said...

using pleats looks like it can be a lot of fun!

Potpourri said...

Sooo many great ideas I would love this book.

Elisabeth said...

I love the ruffled trim on that quilt!

noodledogknits said...

I love this! Having homemade touches around the house makes my heart so happy!

Laura said...

I'm with you; I love that pillow!!

Tiara said...

yes please! I follow both blogs. there is not a project in this book I don't want to try, but am especially excited about all of the different flowers! thanks so much

Cheeky D said...

I love the white and grey blanket. Chic yet precious!

kbzelazny said...

The book looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win it!

QuilterLaura said...

Oh, love that bag with the big pink bow, it just screams spring!

Robin noteverstill said...

I would love to learn how to do all those gathers and ruffles!

Marion said...

Holy cow! Sew much to choose from... sew little time ;)

Jen said...

Oh, I love the gathering on that bag! So cute.

Eli said...

There are so many projects to choose from. I would love to make the yellow wreath. It looks fabulous. Thank you!

Izzy said...

I love the pillow! But everything looks so pretty, hard to choose!

Alexis said...

I must make that bag in the last picture. Love it!

Alexis
frogsarecool at gmail dot com

A.J. Dub. said...

I would love love love this book! I love the tote with the gathered accent and the grey and white baby quilt.

Ginger said...

The book certainly looks like it has some lovely fresh ideas...and my Birthday IS next month. = )

Jennie P. said...

I really love the pleats on that quilt! Awesome!

Steph Jacobson said...

Ruffles, pleats & gathers??? I'm in love! I really like the bag with the big pink bow.

Dani said...

Looks like a great book~

herd1fan87@gmail.com

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I love the gathered blue flowers and the baby quilt. Actually all the project are very appeling and pretty, but those two are the ones I could use the most right now. Thanks for the opportunity. I'll buy the book for sure if I don't win!

Christine said...

Loving that last shot, the bag with the bow!

notes of sincerity said...

Good Morning Amy. :o)
I have this book and may I just say *I love it*.
Vanessa did an amazing job with her gorgeous creations
and instruction, so that we too can create something
lovely. :o)
Have a wonderful day.
hugs, Trish

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I love the gathered blue flowers and the baby quilt. Actually all the project are very appeling and pretty, but those two are the ones I could use the most right now. Thanks for the opportunity. I'll buy the book for sure if I don't win!

Julie said...

The bag on the cover is my favorite! I've been wanting to make myself a fun bad and this looks perfect! I especially love the flower detail.

EM said...

I love the pillow! It would go great on my ruffled bed!

Irina said...

I like the cushion and the pleated finished of the quilt... the book looks great. thanks for the chance!

dolores said...

I'm always looking for a new idea for a bag and really...that pillow with the ruffled insert would be an amazing bag...making the ruffled part a pocket!:)

Budding Violinist said...

Loving, loving, loving the preview of this book already. :)

Biz said...

Now that my little one is 6 months old I finally feel I have time to sew, this book looks like its chocked full of ideas!

Alyssa said...

Pick me!!! This book looks wonderful!

Marci said...

Love, Love, Love the pleated edge on the quilt! Looks like a great book! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it!

B Greene said...

I love the pleated edging on the quilt. That would be so adorable for a baby quilt :-) Thanks for the chance to win!

Shelly said...

Looks like a lot of great projects! Thanks for the giveaway.

LilyKGonzales said...

I love the idea of a pleated ruffle instead of plain binding! On the other hand, that is a lot of work when you are nearing the finish line!

Jacklynn said...

I just love the bag with the pink tie - I would make that first. Thanks for the give away!

Amber said...

I'd love to try the pleated edge quilt or that cute bag with the big bow..... super cute!

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Ashley said...

neat book, I wouldn't mind making a few of those pillows.

Shelbi said...

I absolutely love the pillows. I would love to make some for my couch! I really appreciate the giveaway!

Katharine said...

I love that little pillow with the ruffles!

Molly said...

I am with you on the pillow! I am dying to make it now. I would love to win this book. (It was just my birthday too!)

The Glue Spot said...

I love the grey and white quilt. The subtle details...too cute. I would be elated to win! Thanks.

Meggie said...

Please enter my name in this special giveaway..I would love to have this book. I am trying to adjust a pattern for the perfect handbag for my daughter. This book would help.

Amy T said...

I love the bag with the bow in the last picture. That would be such a fun summer bag. My daughter is learning to sew and we might try this as a fun project. A girl can't have too many bags, right? ;)

Mindelicious said...

That gathered square pillow is a real beauty! Thanks for the chance!

Lynette said...

Ruffles! I Love Ruffles! I so need a granddaughter so I can ruffle all kinds of pretties! Thank you for the giveaway! I am a follower of V and Co. blog.

Malmbergs said...

Love the projects in this book. Lots of inspiration. Thanks!

barberg@sbcglobal.net

Sue said...

Definently the gathered throw pillow. I have never tried gathers and this would look great on my couch. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Melanie said...

Oooooohhh... the bags! I love the bags!
Thanks!

Patty said...

I LOVE bags. And the 25th is my birthday. How awsome it would be to win. Thanks

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I just love bags, but I also love pleats and gathers, so combine the two and I'm all in! Great projects!

MGM

Suvi said...

The pillow was love at first sight, and the pleated edge on the quilt is adorable!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the tote bag that is on the cover. Great looking projects. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

I love pleats and ruffles in bags! I would love to win a copy!

Dree said...

I love that pillow too!

pkrueger said...

The bag on the front of the book is really cute. Thanks.

foodmathquilts said...

Thanks for sharing these sneak peaks! I am inspired to try more ruffles after using a bit of gathering to fit the skirt to the bodice of a dress I am making ( my first!) this is quite a leap for me since I love the neatness of rotary cut squares and HST's.

Thanks,
Sarah

Jen said...

Wow, thanks for the opportunity to win this givewaway! I've been looking for a good pattern/tutorial for gathered throw pillows. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Heidi ;) said...

Yay! I love the pleats. Thanks for the giveaway!

Missy Shay said...

I like the fabric flower and that totebag with the bow is so cute! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
missysaprons@yahoo.com

Diane N said...

I like all the bags shown! (and the ruffled quilt...and the pillow...) I'd love the book! Thanks for the chance

Lis said...

I'm really liking that pleated trim on the quilted baby blanket!
lisamcgriff(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jessica said...

I'd love to win this book. I love Vanessa (as only one can from reading another's blog) and was sooo excited to see she is know a teacher on Craftsy!

Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com said...

I love the pleated pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

Gill said...

This looks a great book! I love the bag on the front cover!

Nedra said...

I'd love a copy of Vanessa's book. The only thing that would make it more wonderful is if Vanessa was the model. She is so pretty, they really should have used her. (although the model they chose is beautiful too!)

nicole said...

i love the trim on the quilt! beautiful!! thanks for the giveaway!

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

I love the ruffles! Feminine and fun!

Kelly O. said...

that quilt with the pleated ruffle binding is amazing!

iluvmybugs said...

The throw pillow is adorable, as is the tote with ruffle, etc. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
~Terry~

Nicole said...

Oh, I love pleats! I need to learn to use them more in my own sewing!

Lindsay Conner said...

I have this book and LOVE it! My favorite project is the pleated edge baby quilt. :)

Alyssa said...

That grey and white throw with the pleated border is GORGEOUS!!! Want it.

Allison said...

I'd love to win! The ruffle trim on that quilt is adorable.

bnh123 said...

I love the ruffled edge of the quilt. So pretty!

Elsa said...

I like the pleats on the edge of the quilt or any kind of pleat at all!
thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to have the book!

Phyllis said...

I would love to win the book. There are lots of things I'd like to make, but the tote bag would be first.

Jeanne W. said...

I love her stuff! So cute and fresh. Hope I win!

pennydog said...

Exciting! Thanks for the chance to win!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I'd love to be entered in your generous giveaway! I think I'd love to try making that pillow. The idea of adding ruffles to quilt squares is something I've always wanted to try. (I saw a pattern once that intrigued me!)
Thanks again!
Donna

Stephanie said...

I'm all in. :) The real question would be which project would I make FIRST.

Mauri said...

Ooh, I've been wanting to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the chance to win it. And Happy Birthday!!!!

twelve30 said...

Love Vanessa's gray & white quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.
twelve30(at)gmail(dot)com

Johanna said...

Hmm....bags always grab my interest.

tabbiegirl said...

I'm intrigued by the pleated edging on the quilt! The bags look great, too!

RaeLyn said...

I love Vanessa's flowers, and the bag on the last page you showed, awesome.

Thanks!

Led By A Child said...

The pleated pillow is super cute, and I love the bag on the cover! Fingers crossed....

Jamie Lee said...

I really like the cover bag, the design and colors of it. Thanks!

Laura said...

I like the bag on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lorrie said...

I read her blog and so impressed with her projects.

Jennifer said...

Wish it was my Birthday but I'd love to win a book anyways!
jenn dot barclay at gmail dot com

the mrs said...

I love all of the bags Vanessa comes up with. The two pictured here are no exceptions.

Deb said...

I like the pillow - I've been meaning to try a textured quilt top for a while and just haven't found the right project.

Cossebooms said...

Oh, I love it all! I really like the pillow or the bag, so fun! pfh04@msn.com

Erin said...

I love that quilt towards the bottom with the ruffly edges. So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ann said...

Love that pillow. The added textures are so fun.

Xana said...

I just love the preview of this book already! I want it!!!!

Shannon said...

Love that pleated edge quilt!

hollymade said...

I like the pillow, it would look great on my couch.

Nicole said...

also love that pillow, but I may have to add some stripes...

Polly Primrose said...

I think that pleats can look amazing but I am truly scared of them!! I would love to attempt either the cushion or the quilt

Allison C said...

Pleats look like fun!

Suburban Stitcher said...

I like the pillow and also the little flower pin. Too cute! Do I get extra points if my birthday is next week? Maybe it would arrive on my birthday :)

meghanredmond said...

I would try to make the purse from the cover first! mredmond@swrsd.org

Kathy said...

I LOVE the 2 solid color throw pillow with the POP the pleated fabric in the middle it gives out. WOW, I have to have this book and go crazy making these beautiful items in it. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!! :)

Cindy said...

Looks like a wonderful book! I would love to make some of those ruffle pillows-so frilly and cute!!:) Thanks!

Larry said...

I have been ooggling her book ever since she posted it on her blog. There are so many thing I want to make in it that it is hard to pick one. Right now however, I am thinking about a quilt so the quilt with pleats intrigues me. Tell Vanessa thanks and thanks to yourself as well. -Nancy (blackie_85@hotmail.com

Julie in WA said...

Gathers for ruffles I can do. But I've never done perfect pleating! That would be an awesome thing to learn!

Agnetha said...

Looks like a beautiful book full with wonderful ideas!

Deanie said...

I have a bag fettish what can I say? That's what inspires me from this book, you can never have too many bags right? deanie.dreams@gmail.com

Emily said...

I'd love to get my hands on this book! The pleated pillow looks interesting to me.

Sallie said...

I really like the bag on the cover. Thanks for the chance!

Kristi said...

The pleats on the blanket look so lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

Christie said...

I am a fan of pleats and in a quilt!

yorkie mom said...

Love the flower! crossing my fingers. March 24th is my birthday! Thanks for a chance.

fenna said...

Love the pleating and ruffles!!! Would absolutely love to win this book !!! :)

MollyP said...

I adore a good pleat. The pillow with the inset pleating is lovely. I beleve ruffles are truly a girl's best friend.

Lynn said...

i love the pillow! thanks for the giveaway!

Tracey said...

EEK! This book looks amazing! The ruffles on that quilt are so clean! But i'm also loving that gathered/ pleated pillow! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nifredil said...

I like the bag with gathering. It would be really great to combine aa bag like this with spring clothes.

Andrea said...

Such a great book! But, pleats on a blanket's edge?!?! YES please! haha

Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Andrea - prajaline (at) gmail (dot) com

audrey said...

love the pics of the ruffles. i've always wondered how those can be accomplished! thanx for the giveaway!

Alisa said...

I like the quilt with the pleated edge. Very nice.

vintage grey said...

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

Kulla Klan said...

That looks like an awesome book - I'd love it!

legato1958 said...

I love the pillow with the pleated center!!

sue
legato1958@aol.com

lynaeve said...

thanks for the chance to win!

Amy Sp said...

Ruffles make me so nervous! This book would certainly make me feel more comfortable working with them. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Wanda said...

Wow! There look to be some great projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sharon S said...

I have been eyeing V's book & would love to win a copy. Thanks!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I adore the gathered trim on that quilt! Thanks for the chance to win what seems like a great book.

Lorraine said...

Fabulous giveaway!

Anna O said...

That throw pillow is gorgeous and the pleat-edged quilt is awesome! Happy b'day!! :)

Layne Bushell said...

I love this book and I don't have the confidence to do ruffles, gathers, and pleats. I think I need it so I can learn. I would have so much fun learning ALL of it!!!

Donna said...

Wow, the pleated trim on the quilt looks awesome.Thank you both for the chase to win!

Christie said...

I love that throw pillow, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Caty said...

Oh gosh, those bags are *hands down* the very items that are inspiring for me! I just made my first bag and feel the need to make more! :-) Thanks to both of you very much for doing this giveaway! :-)

Jennie said...

It was my birthday on Sunday - does that count?

LOVE that bag on the cover. My daughter wants one. Okay, I want one too. So pretty - thanks to you and Vanessa for a fabulous giveaway!

Sarah Craig said...

I love that little grey and white quilt with the pleated edging - so very chic! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

Mike Pearson said...

I'm intrigued by the ruffles on the quilt! It really adds spice to the binding! Thanks for sharing!

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

Oh. That pillow does look great, doesn't it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Natalya H said...

I really like the pillow with the gathered fabric in the middle and the bags are all cute!!! This book looks like a definite keeper with a ton of cool projects to make :)

Allison said...

thanks for the giveaway! looks like a great book! the pleated pillow looks fabulous, and would probably be at the top of my list if I win :)

Becky said...

I love it!

Carolyn J. said...

I like the ruffle on the baby quilt....that's a great idea!
and my birthday is coming up.......teehee

Amanda Murphy said...

Love the pillow!

Camberly_and_Caleb said...

I love the pleated edge on the grey and white quilt. So fun!

The Hunter's Prize said...

Ruffles are SO cute! I love the idea of a gathered print on the solid bag, especially with Farmer's Market time coming!

Pontos da Flávia said...

Cool book! And the blue pillow! I love the idea of the pleated patch! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Can I just say that ruffles are totally my favorite? And pleated quilt binding? Yes please.

kkk said...

Love the pillow that is gathered in the center...

Lee said...

I love the baby quilt with the grey ruffled edge! thanks!

Michelle Jensen said...

That sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Donna said...

Beautiful projects! I would love to try some of them. Thanks for this great opportunity to win the book.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Eu ando de olho nesta bolsa da capa,os plissados também fazem cócegas.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh that ruffled pillow looks like something I would like to try.

Aebrimer said...

The ruffle trim is awesome. Would love to try it

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creativepixie said...

The pleated cushion looks so luxurious, and the bags, and the quilt - in fact I want to make it all!

Erin Jewell said...

so pretty I love the ruffles section, I want to make ruffled shams

pinksuedeshoe said...

I kid you not I just sketched out a quilt that looks almost exactly like that pillow, but 50 of them all together!

strandkorbtraum said...

the pleated flower or the cushion. I'm generally not much of a ruffle fluffle fan - but I like to pin flowers on my bags and jackets and that would be a new way for me and the cushion is not overly ruffly as it's enclosed and I quite like that effect.

Nena said...

Hello Amy - thanks for the opportunity - I think the shirred pillows are a great idea - and one I will make for our master! - what a brain spark can do for your outlook on a dreary day! Thank you!

Krista Hansen said...

I think the bags and pillows would interest me first because that's out of the norm of my usual sewing. I would love to win! If not I hope to get it for my birthday...in July. Now would be more fun :)

Baye said...

I love the ruffled pillow!

valerie said...

The pleated trim on that quilt is so delightful. I love the attention to detail. Funny you should mention birthdays- my 30th is on Easter this year!

Diann said...

I like the cover bag.

Maryanne said...

the pillow's for me! So cute

Carol said...

The pillow is really special, lovely to dress a bed. Thank you for reviewing the book, it looks excellent.
Carol xx

cooperl788 said...

Oooh, I've been eyeing this book on Amazon; after your review, I'm even more convinced I want it! I love the bag on the cover!

Gemma said...

Love the pleated pillow.

hiyacinth said...

What a clever concept to organize the projects by technique. I am really interested in pleats--I used to love pleated skirts but that was a long time ago! I'd like to pleat some other projects.

Thumper said...

I love pleats...pleats in anything are timeless and cool!

quilt happy said...

love that bag

Jenny said...

I just saw this book in the store and loved it!

Cherilyn said...

What a pretty book! I see lots of things I would like to try. I love the bag on the front cover. Thanks you for the chance to win!

LeAnne said...

I think it's all intriguing. I really like the pleats and gathers.

Fran said...

So many gorgeous projects! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

JustPam said...

I like the pleated "ruffle" on the quilt. Would love to try that.

Terry said...

Oh, very cool. I want to know how to do that pleated quilt binding. How cute would that be on a baby quilt?

Iris said...

I can see many inspiration being taken from the book. Thanks for the introduction and the chance to win.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I like the idea of learning how to use the pleats. I have an old comforter of my Mom's I need to fix with pleats.

Heather S. said...

I am still a very basic quilter so all of these techniques would be amazing to learn!

ME said...

I'm loving that pillow too! This book might go on my amazon wish list.

Amanda said...

I love the projects on the ruffles page. The middle one looks really fun. I love that she talks about how to create texture!

Becky said...

So many things I NEED to make. A beautiful book.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh how sweet! I love the pleated quilt binding and would try that one right away on a doll quilt. I love texture! Thank you for the chance!

Michelle said...

I love her pillows, especially her gathered one.

Katy Cameron said...

I love the look of the gathering section, not least because I'm looking for an excuse to get a ruffle foot ;o)

Thanks for the chance to win :o)

Bronwyn Beazley said...

I just love that pleated pillow. I've got some ideas for incorporating pleats into an all solids quilt now. Plus I just have to make new pillows now!

annemarie said...

I would so love this book - I love her blog and all her projects. Right now learning to quilt is inspiring me.

Leah said...

Love the quilt with the pleated edging... After making a Kilt, I'm not sure I'd attempt a quilt with all that pleating though.

Liz said...

It looks like there are a lot of really fun projects in that book. Way to go Vanessa! :)

Mrs. C said...

Would love to make the bag on the cover!

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Andrea said...

the projects look so fun!! that pillow is so cute

birdWatcher said...

I like the pillow and that bag with the ruffle. Very cute!

Ms. De said...

I would love to have copy of this book! The pillow would be my first project with many more to follow! Thanks for the opportunity!

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