Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Because I Love You Sew Blog Tour + Giveaway!




I'm so honored to be a stop on the blog tour for my friend Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod to celebrate the launch of her new book, Because I Love You Sew, published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T. I'm lucky to know Trish in real life, and as she is another Ohio girl, we are fortunate to be able to get together in person occasionally, although I wish it were more often!  Her new book is such a great glimpse into her life and the love that she holds for both her family and her craft.

Because I Love You Sew contains complete instructions for 17 projects that are designed to give as gifts, although they all can certainly be gifts that you make for yourself, too. Trish has included adorable bags, projects for new babies and children, holiday decorations, as well as items that will become instant family heirlooms, such as the Family Tree Crazy Quilt, which happens to be my favorite project in the book. Here's a fun video that Trish put together to give you a sneak peek of Because I Love You Sew.












Here are two more of my favorite projects in the book, Trish's Sewing Kit, shown above, and her Father Knows Best Bag, below. I just may be making a few of these bags for Christmas gifts if I have enough time!




Trish writes in the introduction to the book, "For me sewing is spiritual, peaceful, and a connection to people in my life whom I have loved and who are gone. It is also a connection to people I love in my life right now, who inspire me, encourage me, and surround me with an energy that absolutely feeds my soul." I love this, and I feel exactly the same way.

Keeping in the spirit of giving gifts, C&T is generously giving a copy of Because I Love You Sew away to one of my readers. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite item that you have ever given as a gift. Please leave your email address as well, if it's not in your profile, so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. The giveaway will run through December 10th at 5 pm ET and I'll pick one winner randomly. 


Be sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour to learn more about the book and for more chances to win your own copy. Here's the schedule:

December 3rd: Heather Jones
December 8th: Generation Q Magazine
December 9th: Sew Cal Gal
December 13th: Bernina
December 15th: Trish Preston

41 comments:

Jackie said...

I love to make zippy pouches as gifts.
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patty a. said...

I make a lot of pillow cases as gifts and try to use themed fabric that matching the recipient's interests.

Jackie Thompson said...

This is my first year to make handmade gifts. I am so excited to give the projects, mostly because of the awesome fabric!

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Cherise Towrr said...

My favorite things to give are the handmade toys or quilts I give my girls. They mean so much because they're made with love. Thanks! cherisetower@gmail.com

fran18 said...

I have made a lot of zipper bags and click-it bags to give away as gifts. If using them for make up, small toys, or quilting objects for quilters on the go, they have been a really big hit. Frances Quigley

Betsy said...

I cross stitched Christmas angels for my mom and she was so surprised.

Gill said...

My very first quilt which I gave to my Mum!

Margaret said...

I gave quilts to all my grand children 2 years ago and they all loved them. Now they are asking for more so I guess next year will be another q

Lisa Marie said...

I have given many gifts that have been a thrill to make and to give. It's hard to say a certain one was my very favorite. But one that was very special was given a few years ago to my great-aunt Hazel. She was about 88 at the time. When I was growing up, she was one of my mom's favorite aunts. But since I moved away and since my mom's death over 20 years ago I seldom see Aunt Hazel. So one year at Christmas we invited her to our family party and I gave her (and others) a quilt I had made. She was always a wonderful seamstress and she was thrilled that I thought to make and give her a quilt. She's over 90 now and still spry as can be!

Beth said...

One Valentine's Day I made quilts for my nieces--same pattern, but fabrics to match each girl's personality. I loved choosing them and piecing the quilts, and I think they each felt the love that went into their quilt.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I was in high school and crocheted my BFF a bedspread, a pillow and made two pillowcases for her 18th birthday. I remember working on it every night and the weekends for months. She loved it and I was so happy, making her happy. This was the first big gift that I made, great memory, hehe.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

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Dawn said...

My favorite was fingerless crocheted gloves for my daughter. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

Janice said...

I think that quilts made for my daughter-in-laws were my best gifts.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I gave my Nana a quilt a few years ago and she still tells me she loves it so this is the best gift I have given :)

Jane said...

Quilts, always. Thanks!

Tabitha Keener said...

I'm fairly new but my mom loved the quilt I made her! It was a hard pattern for me but I made it work and I even loved the flaws after it was done. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win a copy so I can learn more!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I sewed a basic baby floor blanket/ quilt for a dear friend's new twin girls! It was the project that got me into quilting and reminded me I need (yes- need) to sew more often! Thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Karrie S said...

I love to give people what they want. Seeing them happy makes me happy. I just started quilting, so I haven't really been able to say that those are my fave things to give (yet)

Sarah said...

My favorite thing to give as a gift was a little soft pink knit bunny in a fleece bathrobe tucked into a purse "bed" complete with a sewn on pillow and quilt. It was completely thought up and made on the spur of the moment, inspired by the little 4 yr. old birthday girl, and she just loved it. I love seeing that look in someone's eyes when they really like what you made and are surprised that it is for them. sarah@forrussia.org

Crickets Corner said...

My favorite thing I gave was a pair of pink camo flannel pj's to my niece. She loved than and still wears them.

Darlington Delights said...

My favorite handmade gift was a memory quilt for my mom. Look forward to the new ideas in the book.

Karen said...

I coordinated and completed a friendship quilt for my best friend's 50th birthday. 50 people signed blocks, and I had mutual friends help me embroider over their signatures. I assembled the blocks, another friend did the quilting, and yet another friend insisted on doing the binding. The entire thing from my first outreach letter was accomplished in less than 3 months. It is a real tribute to how much my friend is loved and turned out beautifully (and it's right here in Dayton :-)).

Melanie said...

I gave my grandparents a quilt for Christmas last year...they loved it!

Barbara Beyun said...

For my parent's 50th anniversary, I had all the Holiday Photo cards we had sent out every year of my growing up printed onto fabric and made into a quilt. My parents hung it on their bedroom wall.

Havplenty said...

My mother was making her 5 children afghans. Mine was the only one she finished before she passed away. I had taken her yarns and worked to make something for my other siblings. I did finish one afghan and gave it to my sister.

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lesleyana said...

i recently finished my first crocheted afghan customized for my younger sister with the crazy bright colors in her bedroom and monkey appliques on the corners. i have wrapped it and shipped it for a christmas gift and can't wait for her to see it!!

lesleyana1 AT yahoo DOT com

Mokki said...

I made some jam jar covers for a good friend of mine a little while ago. She loves making jam and chutney and mincemeat, and we would make it together using fruit we found in hedgerows in the countryside when we lived closer together. It felt really good to give her something to decorate her jars with.

stitchinpenny said...

That will be a difficult choice. I think the thing that comes to mind is a landscape quilt I made for my husband for our 40th wedding anniversary/his birthday/ Christmas. The finish took much longer than expected.

OhioLori said...

Favorite gift ( made for Christmas, was to my not yet Husband...a crocheted blanket for his bed...he still uses it now & then too! :)

Gus and Heather said...

The best gifts to give are the ones you pour yourself into and the receiver is so appreciative and loves it!

Tamie said...

My favorite gift was a mini quilt that I had been eyeing for awhile. Even though I made it for someone else, it was very satisfying to me.

Lisa said...

I have to say the Lorax Quilt I made my Grandson! It has hung in the public library and is now back in his room. He was so excited his quilt was hung. It made me really proud he loved what I made him!

Emily Thompson said...

ooo Id love to win! Knitting hats for my nieces this Christmas!!

Unknown said...

Favorite item I gave as a gift - Weekender bag I made for my WONDERFUL Daughter - she carried it all through Central America and is still her favorite travel bag. Makes me feel SOOOOO proud!
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Tabitha Keener said...

So far my favorite item is a quilt since I'm fairly new. I hope to change it up a little with pillows. Thanks so much!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

pippirose said...

My favourite gift I ever gave was a baby quilt, with cross-stitch blocks.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

My go to gift is a quilt or pillow! The book looks awesome. Thanks:)

DebraKay Neiman said...

Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA! I really loved making a wedding quilt for my daughter. Now I am starting a wedding quilt for my son. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Linda said...

HELLO,it is Quilted Wall Hangings for Christmas! Non-quilters love these as gifts! Thank You for a great giveaway! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Nanaofck said...

When my oldest nephew was born, who is now age twenty-three, I made a hand appliqu├ęd teddy bear quilt for him. It was nine blocks with each bear in a different pose. My sister cried when she opened the gift and I was so happy that I made it.

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