October 1, 2011

Sew the Perfect Gift

A long time ago (or so it seems), Mary Green, the Editor-in-Chief of Martingale & Company, e-mailed me about an exciting new book in the works, and asked if I'd like to contribute a project.  Being a huge fan of Martingale & Company, I naturally said yes.  Who wouldn't, right?  They're so good at what they do, and they're absolutely great to work with. 

This week, a package arrived at my door.  When I opened it, I gasped when I saw this: 
Sew the Perfect Gift.  Inside this book are 25 delightful projects that you can make for gifts.  25!  How many times have you thought of making a gift for a friend, teacher, sister, or neighbor, but thought you wouldn't have time?  Or thought they wouldn't like it?  This book is full of really nice (and quick) projects from some of your favorite designers to make for everyone on your list -- pillows, quilts, reuseable lunch bags, a bracelet, journal, purse, scarf, and many, many more beautiful and useful gift ideas.    

I really like the "It's Easy to be Green" section where you'll find ideas for upcycling materials and making eco-friendly gifts.  The projects throughout the book include very detailed instructions and illustrations, so if you've been thinking of trying a new technique like using wool, fusible materials, sewing a zipper, or embroidery, just choose a project and try it out.  While you're making an extraordinary gift, you can learn a new skill.


And to get you started on your gift-making (just in time for the holidays!), the lovely folks at Martingale & Company sent a copy of Sew the Perfect Gift for me to share with you.  If you'd like to get busy making your super-special gifts, just leave a comment here, and tell me what kind of gift you'd like to make.  I'll choose a winner from the random number thingy on Wednesday.  If you can't wait until Wednesday, it's available in quilt shops and online. 

Have a good weekend.  I'll see you Wednesday!

Kim

71 comments:

Little Island Quilting said...

I think a small bag is always useful although I am also drawn to the apron I can see in your mosaic!

Cathy said...

I really like the cover pincushion and it looks like there are several things in the book I would actually make.

KatieB said...

I like the Christmas tree wall hanging - I like most of what I see in those pictures! Looks like this book will be a winner.

Jennifer said...

I am always looking for quick things to make for teachers and I am sure there are several ideas in this book!

Leah said...

Those table toppers are looking spiffy. They make nice gifts. Thanks for posting all the goodies in the book. It looks fantastic!

Carol said...

I love all of those projects. I would like to make the purse and the eye glass case. And the Christmas tree wall hanging and the table toppers. As you can tell I want to make several of these projects and would be thrilled to win this book.

Debbie said...

Of course I saw several things I would "gift" to myself! I like the little apron...I wear one like that when I longarm so that would be a nice gift. I also really like the holiday chair cover for me!I think there are some fun ideas in this book.

Melanie said...

I'd love the book... I have the "girls" christmas party coming up...I'd like to make something proving quilting is awesome and that moves me past "Oh, you quilt"... to the Oh I want to win Mel's gift-- 'She quilts..."...

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

All the projects look wonderful! I'd start off with the rooster in the bottom row, but I'd also like to make the other things in that row. I know the perfect recipients! Thanks for the chance!!

Sam said...

What great little gifts, I'd love to have the book.

James-Linda said...

NEAT BOOK!
I'D LOVE TO DO A CHRISTMAS TABLE RUNNER FOR MY DAUGHTER! THANKS SO FOR SHARING! HAPPY STITCHING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Sally said...

I would like to make aprons for my friends. The book looks like it has a lot of really neat ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heartsdesire said...

Love the tea pot wall hanging and also the knitting bag. With so many great projects, it's really hard to make a choice. Thanks for your generous giveaway.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I'd love to make the flower pincushion ( i'm mad about pincushions) and the lovely table runner...and everything else. The book looks fantastic!!!

Patty D from NC said...

I usually like to make small bags for gifts. Thanks for chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I can't limit myself to one from this book, there are several I'd love to put together to close friends!
Conny from Red Deer

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm thinking pillows. I love the leaves design. I'd like to make them as gifts and put their initials appliqued or embroidered on the back.

Kathy said...

I'd make the small quilt at the bottom (2nd in from the left) for myself! The colors are wonderful!

Annette said...

What a beautiful book. Congratulations on being a part of it. I would love to make those little quilts.

Jana said...

I would like to make journal covers for my daughter and for my friends. Some pincushion would be great idea also. But as I can see there are many ideas we can choose from.
The book looks great!
Jana

May Britt said...

I must soon start to make christmas gifts for my family and friends and I see a lot that can be fun to make for them here. Like the table runner with circles and the wall hanging with trees. Love them :)

Carol said...

I have a pin cushion fetish these days!

Linda said...

I love the quilt in the middle of the bottom row. It might be a gift to myself though!

Rosa said...

I love the christmas tree wallhanging and the runner.

Loveday's Day said...

It all looks so neat. I would love to have this book. Thanks for giving me a chance to win it.

Anne D said...

What a gorgeous book. Thanks for the chance to win.I want to make table runners as I think I can actually finish some of these.

Vicki ♥ said...

That is a lovely book and I think choosing one of them to make is a hard decision. But I love the table runner and the christmas tree wall hanger. But then I really like all of them. :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy :) Hugs Vicki x

Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

I'm a pillow/cushion girl, you can never have to many (the rest of my family don't agree)And I really like the look of the table runner with the circles........
I'd love to be put into the draw to win the book

Terry said...

I love to make table toppers, and small gifts. These projects all look so cute! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book! :0)

Madamquiltsalot said...

I LOVE the looks of this book, and I LOVE quick gifts to make. I think I would make whatever the Rooster thing is, I'm a sucker for anything chicken and roosters. Thanks for the chance to win this new book.

Prof. S said...

Oh yay! I'd love to make a bag for my mum and another for my honorary sister, and a little needle case for my friend's son -- who has been teaching himself to sew. Thanks for the giveaway!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi

I'd like to make the knitting bag for my sister - who is a non stop knitter. Probably knits in her sleep!
Cheers
Linda

Jeanna said...

Thank you for the opportunity! I would like to try the reusable lunch bag as well as the journal cover. Although your mosaic has lots of nice ideas.

Summerfield Quilts said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. My mom just started knitting so I would make her a bag to hold her project and I'm also going to make her a wrap to put all of her needles in.

Quilt Hollow said...

I want to make a ton of gifts this year but realizing that it just isn't going to happen! Can I gift the book?! Kidding!!! I want the book!

Vicki said...

The Christmas tree wall hanging but I also like several other projects. I love the understated comtemporary feel of this book. Think it's going to do well.

shauna said...

I love all the projects, but, if I had to choose one it would be the adorable quilt with the flower applique!

Catskill Quilter said...

I would like to make some aprons for Christmas gifts, and also either table runners or placemats.

Sherri said...

I have this book and just love it...great work, Kim!

Eileen {bluebirdluxe} said...

Thank you for a great giveaway! These projects look wonderful! I really really love that wheat pillow! And I love the knit {sweater?} pouch!

QuiltSue said...

This looks a great book. I'd love to make the book cover, and several of the wall hangings, and runners that I can see, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Seams Sew Together said...

I'd like to make the apron and the cushions, they always come in handy for presents.

Hattie said...

I love giving home made gifts. I think the tablerunner is first on my list.

Tatkis said...

This book is wonderful! Oh, I always wanted to sew a bag, and the sheep pillow is so cute :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Brenda said...

I often make tea cozies or table runners. thanks for the chance to win!

Lynn said...

I would make pillows, pillows and more pillows. I love to change pillows with the season. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lynn said...

Thank you for the book review and pictures. There are many cute gift ideas in the book. It's on my wish list.

Lori said...

YOu never said which project you contributed!!

Mary said...

I am always looking for a small gift to make from my stash. Thanks for the opportunity to win, and I am really enjoying your blog!

Mary said...

I would work on journal covers. They are so cute! Would love to sin the book. It has so many cute ideas!! Where to begin!

Trudi said...

Oh, this looks like a really wonderful book, I could definitely make that lovely book cover and some of those runners and toppers :) Thanks Kim!

sandra said...

I am in a swap and have to make eight gifts before christmas and I have really been scratching my head because I don't know this person. Anyway I think this book would definitely help me. Thanks

MamaT said...

Congratulations on being asked to help with this project. It looks like a winner!

Darlene B said...

I like making small table toppers for gifts - quick and easy to make, and yet much appreciated by the recipient!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Talk about delicious eye candy! Which project is yours? I'd like to make either a cushion or the journal cover (bottom right corner) which would make nice gifts for some teenaged girls in my life.

Sallie said...

I love the table toppers on the bottom row. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great looking book!

Donna S. said...

Maybe table toppers or runners. The book looks very interesting!!

Sue K said...

ooh, check out that knitting bag. You can never have enough of those. I want/need to make it. Sure would love the book so I can!

Deanna said...

I had not yet heard of this book. Thank you for sharing, particularly if you end up sharing it with me! :) Thank you for the chance.

One Little Thread said...

Love the table mats and runners and the bracelet. Especially like the idea of "Green" and recycling materials.

Margaret said...

Well it was the pincushion that made me come over and have a look, yet all the projects would suit that someone.

Leslie's Itchin to be Stitchin said...

That looks like a wonderful book. So many projects.

Theresa said...

The purse or journal cover would be a great gift for my daughter. Thanks,

Theresa

gill said...

I love the pincushion on the cover! and the bag in your mosaic

Carla said...

I'm seeing some cute pillows that would be fun to make as gifts. Thanks for the nice give away.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Wow! So many beautiful projects in one book! I really love the table runner with circles. It looks so great and fun to make!
Looks like you'll be making a lot of "soft gifts" for this Christmas ;o)
Happy sewing,
Laila

Glenda in Florida said...

I love gifting little zipper bags, tote bags, and journal covers. Looks like some of each in this book!

MaryAnn said...

I love making bags that can be used for multiple purposes, including lunch bags.

Iris said...

This looks like something I have been looking for... I love to give hand made gifts away at christmas.... Lots of pillow ideas.

Michelle said...

I would make a mini quilt...thanks for the chance!

Linda B said...

What a wonderful book! I have bags of wool scraps to be upcycled, so those are the projects I would like to work on. Thanks for offering this give away.