Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"One Yard Wonders" book review and give-away


~How many times have you been at that little quilting store in some little tucked away town and picked up just a yard of fabric because," you had to have it ...you had never seen it anywhere... and may not ever see it again!!" (gasp)? You may be able to predict from that dramatic re-enactment most of my stash is in increments of one yard.


...Especially because I have so many vintage table cloths and what not. They are always just a yard or maybe a little more. So my peepers are always peeled for projects that can showcase a small amount of "to die for fabric". Needless to say, when recently I got the chance to check out a new book called One yard Wonders, 101 sewing projects, I was pretty intrigued.

~What I found in, One Yard Wonders, was a sewing book that is jammed packed with clever projects that all call for only one yard of fabric( I love this idea) This is a treasury of fun, modern and innovative patterns given to us by Rebecca Yaker owner of Hazel & Melvin's Room and Patricia Hoskins the co founder crafty planet . In a recent interview for better homes and garden's, Team DIY network site
Patricia Hoskins answers the question that I was wondering my self, "How did you come up with 101 sewing projects?"
"One-Yard Wonders is a collaboration not just between Rebecca Yaker, my co-author, and me, but about 70 contributors as well. 101 is a lot of projects! We mostly solicited contributors through blogs, craft forums like Craftster, word-of-mouth, and Crafty Planet newsletters. "


~One Yard Wonders is not just a great book of projects, it also has an invaluable chapter on sewing fundamentals. This section gives you all the basics; from what to stock in what they call your "sewing pantry", to directions for making your own bias tape, and tips on making and using patterns. Plus the diagrams are clear and concise, helping make this a terrific reference book for sewing novices.



~The projects, however cover a wide range of difficulty( making it a great addition to the experienced seamstress's book collection). This book would make a great gift for sure, but the real beauty of this book is it is perfect to make gifts from.

~Other things that make this book THE sewing Book to get for this years gift making/giving season:
*It is spiral bound
*All patterns are included
*It is beautifully photographed with inspirational fabrics and notions.
*Has a wonderful section on the contributors which can function as an online directory for more inspiration

~There really are so many great projects in this book a few of my faves are sprinkled here throughout this review. Believe me it was hard to choose.

~And Now for the big give ~aways....
There are two give -aways that I want to share with you, that involve this book. One is a must enter fabric give-away called Yard of the month sweepstakes that you can enter here by February 28, 2010.(GO LOOK AT THIS IT IS AN AWESOME GIVE-AWAY).
The second give away will be a copy ofthe book One Yard Wonders on this blog next Wednesday Nov 18Th . All you need to do is leave a comment on this post. I will generate a random winner on Nov 18Th . The comments will close at midnight central time on Tuesday Nov17Th. If you want to enter, Please make sure to leave an email address in your comment. Thanks and good luck!!!

48 comments:

BklynMommy said...

Looks 1 yd wonderful!

Mariah said...

I can't wait to make 1 yard projects!

esque said...

How awesome! Please enter me!

Becky said...

Great book!

belle said...

becky and mariah I need emails from you to enter you...thanks

C said...

Fabric, fabric everywhere, what a wonderful book with ideas to share!

two vegan boys said...

I so need this book. Oh please pick me. :) I have so many scraps of fabric sitting around that the dog is starting to think it is his bed. Plus my birthday is this month so that would be even cooler for me to win. This book looks great. As always, your blog is awesome.

www.twoveganboys.wordpress.com

Molly Dee said...

I really need to have the One Yard Wonders book! I just got back from a trip to see my mother and we visited 3 quilt stores in Central Florida where I picked up some one yard cuts - not knowing what I would make with the fabric. Thank you for the post and the chance to win. mollydeepitts@yahoo.com

juliette said...

this would be so practical and useful for me! it's already on my Christmas wish list!

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Debra said...

That book looks and sounds wonderful! Definitely a must have. :)

debcllns@gmail.com

jenniegirl73 said...

Seriously! Loving the leg warmers!
I could do some damage armed with a book like that!!

Jennifer
carpkellys@gmail.com

Stardust_Asphalt said...

Wow, I think this book would help me significantly diminish all the "one-yarders" I have lying around. Thanks!
becky.liendo@gmail.com

CaySedai said...

I would love this book. I have a nice little fabric stash that needs to be useful.

caysedai (at) gmail (dot) com

jbg said...

Please enter me...it is a great book!!! jengalang@mac.com

EdaMommy said...

This looks like SUCH an awesome book - totally going on my wishlist - thanks for blogging about this, for the info about the sweepstakes, and for my chance in the giveaway! ^_-

EdaMommy said...

Whoops!!! dwan@digitalpark.comc

**Erin** said...

I do that SO much...drives my husband nuts!

Emma! said...

Wow I totally do that too - I have billions of 1 yard increments of fabric stashed away, waiting for the perfect project. This book looks great!

Love your blog!
emmanemhandmade@gmail.com

http://emmanemhandmade.blogspot.com

lauren said...

im really excited about this book, i too have way too many vintage/gotta have pieces...but i think thats a great thing about living in austin- always something to find to work with!

lauren said...

woops, i suppose my email address would be helpful.
hause.lauren@gmail.com

Shorty said...

Wow! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Great giveaway!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Nice give-a-way :) I had not seen that book before. And, yep, I'm one of those people that buy that one yard, because I just must have it :)

Welcome to Lulu's life. said...

Yay! I wanted to pre order this book but have been waiting...so glad you a doing a give away with it.

edethrow@yahoo.com

jenjen said...

Enter me! Enter me! These projects look so lovely! jenjutz@yahoo.com

nerdy said...
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nerdy said...

fabric ideas... wonderful! this book sounds quite rad :)

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My 1st Bambina! said...

Thanks for the book review !
... And for giving one away !
I too buy my fabric in small
amounts so this book will be
a great guide for using some
of my one yards an a great
source for making cute things
on a budget !

My 1st Bambina! said...

(sorry ! forgot email: myfirstbambina(at)yahoo(dot)com

Victoria said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for the review. vlsaustin@hotmail.com

Sue Cahill said...

That looks like a fantastic book for myself and also to use to do projects with my two 12 year old granddaughters.

Thanks for the chance to win such a cool book.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Vikki said...

This book looks wonderful! Thanks!
vfpedigo@gmail.com

kristin borello said...

I am inspired.
kborello@hotmail.com

Debbie said...

I have hundreds of yards of scrap fabric that I love! Please pick me! Thank you for the opportunity. cdebbie@gmail.com

Alexandra said...

A give-away, yay! I feel like I should know this, but does my e-mail show up with this comment on your end? In case it doesn't, alexandraperry@gmail.com.

Jennifer said...

I have a habit of buying remnants that are close to a yard. This could be perfect. It's just so hard to pass up a really good deal on remnants sometimes :-)
-Jennifer
belle31971@gmail.com

Ana said...

Birthday coming up, large stash of one yard lengths, kiddos who appreciate handmade - this one sounds like the one giveaway I can't pass up. Thanks for the chance! - ana.

oceanofstitches@gmail.com

Elisabeth said...

Oh, oh, I want! It looks like a fabulously useful book.

elisabeth@mildlyamusingmusings.com

Laura said...
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Laura said...

(ok, this time with an email address: atomichousewife70@yahoo.com)

teach me how to limit myself to buying only one yard of that "must have" fabric. I always get three... I can stop anytime :)

Harmony said...

cool book. I like the dinosaur especially.

Danna said...

Can't wait! Thanks

Danna

Barbara H. said...

I'm here from the Sew Mama Sew link and started looking around. This sounds like my kind of book! I used to work in a fabric store and have all kinds of remnants and scraps.

Anne said...

wow... so much talent..
an inspiration!!
anneew5@gmail.com

Sakhi said...

Wowie

sakhi.laghukatha@gmail.com

Kalei said...

I have this book and have made the elephant, the owl and my version of the mail organizer. I am almost finished with my favorite of all the projects which is the spats! It is a really great book and I am sort of going through all of the different projects.... one by one.

Term papers said...

Fabric, fabric everywhere, what a wonderful book with ideas to share!