Monday, November 28, 2011

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays

This evening, just a few short days after Thanksgiving and the unofficial start of the holiday season, I'm sitting here enjoying my first bowl of peppermint ice cream of 2011, listening to some Christmas music, and excited beyond words to share some great news with you all ...

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays

Yes, that's my name on the byline ... I wrote a book! And better yet, the book is available right now ... but more on that in a minute.

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays is the second book in the new Pretty in Patchwork series by the publishing team at Lark Crafts. (Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts by my friend Cathy Gaubert was the first, and I still need to blog about my project from that fun book!)

Early pics!
Holiday Surprise Reverse Applique pillow, by Angela Mitchell of Fussy Cut

Pretty in Patchwork brings together handmade items and original patterns and project ideas from a wide variety of sewists and quilters, all united under a single theme. The theme for my book, obviously, is the holidays -- and, more specifically, the harvest and winter holidays of November and December (including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah.)

Early pics!
Sugar Village Tea Towels, by Jennifer Davis of Sugar Stitches

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays features 32 (yes, 32!!) project tutorials from 22 of my favorite fellow crafters and bloggers. The projects range from small ornaments to pillows to quilts, with lots of great ideas in between. They are perfect both for gift ideas for others as well as plenty of great ideas to treat yourself, or to decorate your home for the holidays. From beginning to more advanced sewists, I worked hard to make sure there is something in this book for everyone.

Early pics!
Christmas in the City quilt by ... me!

OK, so this is the part of my post where I name drop. Here's the full list of contributors whose projects are featured in the book, all of whom I invited because I have mad respect for their skill, talent, and creativity:
An impressive list, wouldn't you agree? And let me tell you, they all brought their A-game for this book!

Early pics!
Hedgehog Holidays Patchwork Pillowcase and Stuffed Toy by Nicole vos Van Avezathe of Follow the White Bunny

I am very, very proud of this book. Not only do I feel like it's a wonderfully rich book (did I mention that it includes 32 project tutorials?!), but Lark has established a beautiful visual style with the new Pretty in Patchwork series. I hope that the images I've included in this post -- all taken directly from the book -- speak for themselves! And about those 32 projects, I can honestly say that I don't think there's a "filler" project among them.

Early pics!
Drawstring Gift Bags, another of my projects!

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays will be printed in the summer of 2012, but if you're inspired to sew up some holidays items this season, the book is already available in e-book format, perfect for computers, laptops, and iPads. The best part is that you can browse the entire book -- yes, you can preview ALL of the wonderful projects inside -- by visiting the Zinio page and clicking on the image of the book's cover. You can't zoom in close enough to see the full instructions, but you can literally flip through the entire book, enjoy the beautiful photography, and decide if this book's for you!

Early pics!
Harvest Vine Table Runner by Jessica Kovach of Twin Fibers

I'll be featuring more projects from the book in the coming weeks, and you can be sure I'll be back with more about the book when it's printed in 2012.

I hope you'll consider adding Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays to your sewing & crafting library. If you download the digital version, I'd love to hear what you think of it!

36 comments:

  1. Yay John! I'm so happy for you!

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  2. This book looks super good, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy

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  3. it's gorgeous - so proud of you x

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  4. Looks amazing! Heaps of beautiful projects!

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  5. Congratulations! The projects look so beautiful!!

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  6. Congrats, John!! Your new book looks wonderful!

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  7. Congratulations to you, John...and all the rest. Looks like a must-have book to me!

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  8. Congratulations and all the projects look wonderful! Its on my santa list!

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  9. Way to go, John!! You have so much to offer, and I'm glad you keep finding ways to share it!

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  10. John, I expected your book to be fab but this goes way beyond that humble word!!!!! I cannot wait to buy a copy, just what Christmas was invented for ;)

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  11. Awesome! That's quite a group of contributors!

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  12. Oh, it looks wonderful!! It will be hard for me to wait cuz though I'm fully on board with blogs, I need to own the beautiful books with all the lovely photos! So good to snuggle with...

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  13. This is so exciting!!!

    I'm quite glad that I sent off my Christmas list to my family before seeing this post, because if I hadn't, I would have added this book to my list, and I don't think I can wait that long to make this book mine!

    Friday = payday.....hmmm....ideas... :)

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  14. eep! exciting!!! CONGRATS!! :D :D :D

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  15. So exciting, John! All of the projects you've shared here are beautiful. I especially love Jessica's table runner! I'm thrilled for you and all of the contributors!

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  16. WOW! So many of my most favorite people. I'll definitely be adding this to my wish list and might possibly bring it to the guild and have you autograph it for me :)

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  17. This looks like such an awesome book John (and friends!!). Congratulations, I can't wait to peruse all the projects. I love gift-giving ideas.

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  18. Congrats, John! I just downloaded it and it looks great.

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  19. That is Amazing! A book!!! I love the tea towel!

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  20. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

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  21. How exciting! The book looks amazing, congrats! :-)

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  22. My kind of projects! Small, cute and achievable. Definitely a book to put on my wish list.

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  23. That book looks great! I bought the 100 quilt blocks magazine and have been meaning to look up your blog. I loved your block. Thought I'd look up your blog and I'm your newest follower:)

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  24. You've touched a lot of hearts with this fantastic collection! I love your work, and have been waiting quite impatiently for it to come out. I even went to Amazon to see if I could pre-order it, but it's not there yet. I will be getting it one way or another!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  25. Hi John
    Newbie question for ya (I'm a beginner to patchwork and to e readers!) - I've just bought your book from Zinio and I want to make the harvest vine table runner. How do I get the templates out of the e book ? The reader software doesn't indicate whether the screen is displaying @ 100% and printing appears to be disabled in the Zinio reader software. Am I to trace it off my computer screen? Could you possibly email me a PDF of the pattern piece for the harvest vine @ 100% of the size?
    Thanks so much for your help! It's a great book - I'm very much looking forward to getting stuck into the patterns.
    JoJo (Dublin, Ireland)

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  26. Yay, I just received my copy through Zinio. It looks like a winner! Even though the holidays are just about over, I can be ready for next year. Congratulations!

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  27. Hi John! All of your work looks so nice and clean. Keep up the good work.

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  28. John Im completely in love---with your projects. They are super great. Im a senior & teaching myself with sewing, quilting mostly small things. Thank for sharing. I hope to find all your books?? Wish me luck

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