Fabric Flowers from Indygo Junction review and giveaway

I was recently asked if I would like to review Amy Barickman’s (of Indygo Junction) newest book, Fabric Flowers and I jumped at the chance. I love all the fun ideas and techniques (at least 25 different ones) for fabric flowers that are contained in this beautiful book.  It’s such a nifty reference with lots of pretty inspiration and information.
I love to work with wool and wool-felt, so I chose to create the large Spiral Bloom. I used the pattern and method in the book to create this rosette with the contrasting detail.
I also tried a slightly simplified version where I just stitched the outer edge, rather than adding the contrasting wool embellishment. I machine stitched using Aurifil wool thread to give the stitching extra thickness and I really like the result. I think I need to try more with wool thread too.

I really am impressed by the quality of this book – I would highly recommend it if you love creating floral embellishments – so many pretty ideas in one place. The video above gives a nice sampling of the projects and pictures from the book.
If you would like a look at other projects from the book, visit these other stops on the Fabric Flowers blog tour:
2/2/13 – Indygo Junction
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes 
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets 
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron 
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts 
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello 
2/12/13 – Family Ever After 
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff 
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side 
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog 
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara 
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter (moi)
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Project
And today, Indygo Junction is giving away a copy of the book and a collection of Clover Yo-Yo Makers in four different sizes. Some of the projects in the book are designed using the handy Clover products for creating embellishments. I love these yo-yo makers – they are so snazzy and slick – you can make the perfect looking yo-yo’s so quickly.  
I’ve been experimenting creating yo-yo’s out of fabrics besides quilter’s cotton like linen and silky rayons. They turn out so pretty.

To enter to win a copy of Fabric Flowers and a collection of 4 Clover Yo-Yo Makers, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, March 2, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance.

And as a gift to everyone Indygo Junction is giving you 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order with the code FFBK17. Offer good until 5/1/13!

Some weekend odds and ends

 Mother’s Day I decided I needed a corsage to perk up my outfit.
After seeing lots of cool inspiration at the Beehive Bazaar on Friday,
I decided to make one.
So I did. I’m not exactly sure how I did it, I just kind of made it up as I went along to be honest. I was pleased with the outcome.  And when my daughter first saw it she said, “Oh, did you buy that at the Beehive Bazaar?” Which I took as a great compliment.
 Speaking of my daughter, look what that brilliant child sneakily bought me for Mother’s Day. 
(At the Beehive Bazaar, of course!)  I love them!
Here is what I bought at the BB.  A package of vintage trims and some adorable hedgehog note cards. I can’t help you out on the trims, but you can buy the same note cards here!  You don’t even have to come to Utah! She has lots of VERY adorable things there. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)  So you could call the BB a great success. Lots of inspiration and some good loot too.
And while we’re on the subject of vintage trims, every once in a while my Grandma brings me a collection of random things from her house.  I was kind of excited by this lot.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with any of it yet, but I’m excited to have it on hand when the inspiration hits.  Always good to have some burlap on hand.  I’ve been collecting strawberry stuff recently, so I was excited to see that bolt of ribbon.  I love the roll of blue decorative stuff. Guess what it’s on? Elastic! I think it’s so pretty, but I don’t know how to best use it.  Suggestions?
Lastly, our resident artist is back at work.  I guess I need to come up with a better threat.
At least it wasn’t the quilt, right?