~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 calledOne 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 RebeccaYaker 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 RebeccaYaker, 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!!!