Thursday, April 12, 2012

my new favorite sewing book {giveaway}

I've mentioned a couple of times that we're renting a furnished house for a year. We didn't bring a stick of furniture or any home decor items. Needless to say I got busy really quickly adding some fun accents to make the place feel a little more like our home. I bought fabric to make a bunch of throw pillows for the sectional, and I finished a couple, but until last month still had a pile of fabric and pillow inserts sitting in my craft room.


I visited my friend Vanessa of V. and Co. the last time I was up her way (she's another recent Iowa transplant) and she was sweet enough to give me a copy of her new book, Make It Sew Modern. Lucky me! It is amazing. I love every project and all her little sewing tips and tricks. She is such a pro (check out her newest venture--online sewing classes!). I love the little bits of texture she uses in her projects, and the book was just the inspiration I need to finish my pillows. . .

 . . .like these cute rosettes! I knew I wanted this design, but I didn't know exactly how to sew them on as I went. She had a similar project that showed it step-by-step. Yahoo!
 

And her perfect pleating tutorial helped me with this one. She did it waaay better than the way I was going to do it.


If you don't own this book yet, it's your lucky day! Vanessa gave me a second copy of Make It Sew Modern to giveaway to one of our darling readers! Check out Vanessa's blog (as if you haven't already), and leave us a comment with your favorite V. and Co. project and you'll be entered to win. Yea! Do it by Wednesday, April 18, 2012 or you'll be too late!

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Cori said...

I LOVE the houndstooth quilt!

Mandy said...

I would love a copy of the book! My favorite V and Co project is the Baby Life quilt. So sweet!

Kady said...

I really liked the hand appliqued petal tote! I am just learning to sew and her site is awesome. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Andrea, said...

I really like the Faux Pleated Pillow. It looks like it would take some time but the pay off would be great to add color and texture. :)

shelly said...

I love Vanessa's Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat baby quilt.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I absolutely love Vanessa's work. Her ruffle skirt is on my current spring to-do list, but I love all her projects.

Jennifer said...

My favorite is the Shag Pillow! Love how your pillows turned out!

neubiewaters said...

don't even have to look...it's the hounds tooth quilt hands down...love that thing!

Liz said...

i love her houndstooth quilt!

Melody said...

I love her faux pleated pillow! It's amazing!

Rachael said...

Enter me please! I love their heart printed bag, it's such a gorgeous statement piece!

Nancy said...

What? No comments yet? I love V&Co. I have been a follower of hers for a while and love her quilt patterns.

Erin Caple said...

Love the Abby Bag and the Just Dandy Quilt. Thank you!

Erin.e.caple@gmail.com

Kevin and Rachel said...

Those pillows are amazing! I would love the book so I can learn to make that beautiful rosette pillow.
- Rachel F

amconner85 said...

I have, also, been dying to make a rosette pillow for our master bedroom. I have attempted it but have been unsuccessful. Would LOVE to win Vanessa's book so I can get my craft on! :)

Chelley said...

Her houndstooth quilt is my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway!

Becky said...

I love V and Co! My favorite is her mini zigzag quilt, I have been planning on doing it myself. It's adorable.

Jenn said...

I LOVE the gathered heart pillow. So gorgeous!

Aimee said...

I love the rosette pillow that you did! I'm excited that it's in her book!
Count me in!

ellen said...

Pillows; lots of pillows!

Leslie W said...

Lovin the just dandy quilt!

Schmath said...

My favorite is the argyle quilt.

Karen T said...

Your pillows look great! Making your own throw pillows can really warm up your space, and make it your own, and these definitely do that! Love the chance to win this book looks like something I need to add to my sewing library!

Page said...

Oooh...I would love to win this book! What beautiful projects and patterns! I love that rosette pillow!! I also love her Abby bag pattern, and the valentine's pillow she made...I'm going to make one for my baby girl's room. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Helen A. Town said...

I love the gathered pillow with flowers tutorial. Thanks!

:)

Little Ella Lu said...

I love the gathered pillow with blue flowers is so very lovely.

Jaimee said...

I love the V and Co blog and tutorials. The hand appliqued petal bag is on my crafty queue!

The Wifeyness said...

Honestly, I love just about everything she comes up with! I've made the baby life quilt for a really nice baby shower gift, and I LURVE the flower pin tutorial she's got. Baby Life Quilt, if I had to pick one.

Neeta said...

I fell in love with the houndstooth quilt the first time I saw it!

Amy said...

My fav V&Co project is the Houndstooth Quilt.

Watashi no Uchi said...

Okay, if I wasn't already impressed with the rossettes and the bag she's holding on the cover, when I looked at her blog and saw the amazing quilts, I was done. I'm in love! I hope I get the book, it's just amazing!

RaeLyn said...

I've been drooling over Vanessa's book for some time now. I love seeing some new "sneak peaks" and what you have done with her ideas. Your "home away from home" looks beautiful!

~Erin~ said...

love the mini zig zag quilt!!

Sheila said...

I want to be able to make the same pillow you did with rosettes because I have the perfect fabric for it in my stas and it would look great in my living room!

Jen said...

I love the "go anywhere bag". Super cute!

Maggie Ann said...

Your pillows are so pretty and the purse too. Good for you! I think about making things far more than I do make anything. But, tonight I did some carding and spinning, which is very enjoyable.

Ellen said...

I love her purses, but probably my all time favorite is her composition book cover.

hueisei said...

I loved the Abby bag! So pretty!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Shay said...

I've been dying to get my hands on this book. I love all things V&Co. I hear the girl ruffled dress is really cute and fun to make and would LOVE to make one for my daughter.

robin said...

I'd love the book - that green pillow is very cute!

Cynthia said...

I love the gray houndstooth! It is really different and you could do so many color combinations.

Mhairi said...

As I have over half of the tutorials bookmarked in my "to make" folder I think you could say I am a fan. However, I just saw the fabric ornament and LOVE that so I am claiming that one as my current favourite. I would love a copy of the book as I love her tutorials as they are so easy to follow.

MoodyCatCrafts said...

oh I love a nice crafty book! This one looks lovely

heartsease54 said...

I'm really liking her argyle quilt right now. But I love her purse pattern on the cover of the book too.

Jenn said...

Me, Me, Me!!! I need that pleated pillow! (loves the fabric, too!

Truly Myrtle said...

Oh I'd LOVE to win this book!
I subscribe to V&Co. so am a fan already :)
My favourite? Hard to choose! I am a bit of a bag nut - so any one of her bags!
I'm also keen to make her little ring :)

Jule said...

I like the hand warmers and the easter eggs she made this year.

Ashleigh said...

Love the flirty skirt and ruffle pillow! Oh, and the houndstooth baby quilt! And the eat, play, sleep, repeat quilt... and pretty much everything!

hollysmum22 said...

Love the Abby Bag

Joan and Kevin said...

I love the Houndstooth Quilt pattern!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

The pleated pillow is so pretty, and the green pillow with the roses too!

Katarzyna said...

I love hand appliqued petal bag and shag pillow.

Would love to win this book. Good luck everyone.

Simone said...

love the baby life quilt for moda! I'd really love the new book!

Angela McMicking said...

I love the Abby bag that has the scarf as well. What an awesome site. I love it. thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

I love so many of her projects, one of my top favorites is the baby life quilt.

Sarah said...

I love V&C and have had my eye on Vanessa's book for some time. My favorite project is the gathered pillow with blue flowers.

JB said...

I would love to get my hands on her book. I have been following her for a while. I love all the quilts (baby eat play and sleep) and her accent pillows. They would be fun to make!

Amanda A. said...

Ahh! My favorite? I can't choose--the quilts, the bags, all so darn cute. Would love one of these books!

Sarah said...

The Just Dandy Baby Quilt caught my eye. I'm itching to learn some quilting techniques. Thanks for the giveaway!!

webbwatz said...

Like the practical ideas one can sew. Faux pleated pillow and love the purses!!! Would love to win the sewing book!! Thanks for sharing!!

veronica said...

that Abby bag is very cute!
and the Just Dandy quilt is very stylish. Love them both!

angelina said...

love those ruffle rose pillows!!!

Sandy said...

I love ALL of her quilts! Would love to win a copy of her book, she is so talented.

Jen M. said...

I love the Abby Bag and the Just Dandy Quilt. Gorgeous!

*kate said...

I'm pretty excited for the introduction to her blog. Thanks! That book looks great. She has so many things I'd love to try. The first thing I'd like to try from her blog is the "favorite purse."

Oooh, I hope I win! :-)

Andie D. said...

Without even looking, I can tell you it's the houndstooth quilt! Love it!

Crafty Gardener said...

Wow, how to choose one project, they are all so lovely. I think I'll choose the little sprouts as I'm really into gardening as well.

CNJ said...

I love the pinwheel quilt. She makes it in a doll size but I'd love to make it bigger.

Alesia McDaniels said...

I love the Houndstooth and Just Dandy quilts. Her pillows are so pretty. Yours too!

The World Through My Eyes said...

V&Co. has so many amazing projects but I love bags and the Abby bag is just my style. Ty for the opportunity to win this book!!!!!Smooches

the undomesticated wife said...

I really need to get back into sewing. I miss it when I see projects like this.

I always gravitate towards scarves, and I love her argyle scarf. It has a fun lattice look. Pretty cool!

Windie said...

love the Just Dandy quilt! so cute!

DebbieH said...

Wow! So many gorgeous projects! I love the bags and cushions but I am drawn back to the Just Dandy baby quilt :)

MommaWard said...

I need to make that Abby Bag!

Mauri said...

I so want a copy of the book! I love all of her stuff, but probably my favorites are the flirty skirt and the faux pleated pillow.

Lyndsey said...

LOVE the ruffled scarf! It's perfect!

Jen T said...

I just bought her Houndstooth Quilt Pattern and can't wait to make a cute quilt!

Monsters33 said...

I love the Abby Bag!
mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lovely Lizzy said...

Ooh I love her blog, and have always loved her houndstooth quilt. I really want to try dying something Ombre like she did on the onesie.
lizzykealamakia@gmail.com

Christa said...

How can I pick just one thing, her work is amazing? But if I must it would be the ruffled argyle quilt, I think my preteen dd would love if I made that in her favorite colours for her bed.

Robb and Carisa said...

I really like the Abby Bag, I love bows! It would be great to learn how to not only know how to sew pillows!

Hannah said...

I LOVE her argyle quite!!! They are all GREAT ideas and just in case I don't win, I'm already planning to get her book because I'm always looking for fresh and exciting ideas for my craft room!

Andrea said...

love the Abby tote

Esther said...

Oh my gosh, would so love to win this book!!!

Her blog has so many wonderful projects, that it is hard to pick a favorite, but I love the heart pillow, so cute!!!

All her bags are wonderful too!!!!

Becca said...

I love all her pillows, but I'd really like to make her braided rag rug!

Bobbie Mackey said...

i fell in love with her blog a couple of months ago. the first project of hers that i tried was the painted heart valentine tote, that i made my daughter.

twelve30 said...

Love the shag pillow. Thanks for the giveaway.
twelve30(at)gmail(dot)com

Holly said...

As for projects - I really like the green shag pillow with the hamster trolling through it. Her site is hilarious! :-) My most most favorite is the image of her with the 2 bags of Nestle Toll House Morsels at her behind! Amen sister! :-)

annemarie said...

Love the houndstooth quilt but all her projects are amazing.

Trevor and Lisal said...

I love her flower pins and her ruffled pillow and her Valentine's pillow and... she is hilarious! Please pick me! Lisal
trevordrn (at) gmail (dot) com

Judy said...

Thanks for the chance to win - So hard to pick just one fav but I am a houndstooth fan - so the houndstooth quilt wins it hounds down. ;-)

Erin said...

I love V and Co. It's been awhile, but I loved her "get the crap out of my house" post/series back in '10.

Thanks!

EFY said...

What a neat giveaway! The gathered heart pillow just makes me ready to sew! Really want to do this project. Blessings

Unknown said...

I adore the braided pillow, the totes and the flirty skirt! Would so love this book and get back to my sewing machine!

Raquel said...

Love,love, love the ruffle fabric projects and the abby bag!
Raquel

Melanie said...

She has so many great things-- but I really love the Ruffle Argyle quilt! I've never quilted-- but it makes me want to start!!

Schaefer Clan said...

the carry all tote with ruffle fabric- wow- what a great blog!

Thanks!
Nancy
schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Erin said...

I like the tutorial on reverse applique, super cute pillow.

Eric and Carrie said...

I have wanted to make her houndstooth quilt from the first time I saw it!
ericwin99atgmaildotcom

Nikki said...

I LOVE the pleated pillow!

Sara said...

I love the Abby tote!

House of Pinheiro said...

I hope I'm the lucky girl as I adored the Abby bag .

Houseofpinheiro(at)hotmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

I love all the pillow patterns! So cute.

Kathryn said...

I loved the Abby Bag, so cute!

LauraH said...

I love all her projects! The rosette pillow is a favorite!

Michaela (aka Mama Michie) said...

Love so many of her projects, but I need a new bag and think I may have to make myself an Abby bag.

ccwheels said...

She has so many beautiful projects. I like her dandy baby quilt.

The house That Can said...

There are way to many that I have been swooning over. I love the canvas tote with ombré petals and the Tshirt ruffle skirt. Oh I hope I win :)

angelique said...

Jersey knit bracelets! So fun and baby friendly!!

aleighoop said...

I love the beach bag and would love to make it, I also like the houndstooth guilt (although since I am an Auburn fan I can not say that I LOVE it). I would however love to make the houndstooth quilt for my sister since she is a HUGE Alabama fan.

Laurel said...

I'm planning to make my daughter a quilt for her new baby doll and was just going to throw something together, but now I can't decide between the Little Sprouts or Dandelion patterns! Guess it's going to be a little more than a basic block quilt . . . ;0)

JulieD said...

Really hard to pick, but i like the applique petal tote! so fresh and springy.

Ange said...

I just love her blog!
I think my favorite is the houndstooth quilt. I think I have a thing for houndstooth..:0)

Creative Thinker said...

I love the Abby bag pattern and hand appliqued petal tote.

Simply AJ said...

I am a huge fan of V & Co! I love her Shag Pillow and plan to make one (or two) for my summer's decor. Last year, I was lucky enough to win a set of her first paper patterns which I have enjoyed! No doubt this new book is fantastic just like Vanessa. AJ@queenofmynest

Monica said...

I like the ruffled argyle.

Sebby said...

love the rosette pillow you featured! I'm dying to try one! hope I win!

sewVery said...

Oh, I love this book! I recently checked it out of my library and made the Picture Perfect Dress and the Market Tote. I'd love to own my own copy!

Carla G said...

My favorite is the Abby Tote! What a great looking bag! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Rainpatter said...

houndstooth quiltl.

Maureen Chandler said...

Oh, I love that rosette pillow - that is really cool. I love the bag on the cover of the book too! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

marlene said...

I love V and Co.! And there's no way to just pick one favorite, there are too many! I really like her mini zig zag quilt! And I've been waiting for her book! I just checked my local Barnes & Noble and they didn't have it yet. Bleh. So thanks for the chance!!

beth said...

I love the hand appliqued petal bag!

Michelle Hudak said...

I adore the ScrapBuster Banner...perfect for all those leftovers!

shel704 at aol dot com

Esther L. said...

I first saw Vanessa's work when she did a quilt tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. While I loved it, her houndstooth quilt completely knocked my socks off! I love how she gives really easy to understand directions for her tutorials--I'm sure her book won't disappoint! Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather said...

I love all of the quilts, especially the houndstooth!

Kristi said...

This book looks like it would be an awesome addition to any sewer's library. I have a blog friend that is currently working on the hounds tooth quilt. It looks awesome!

Stacey said...

The Abby bag has been on my to-sew list forever! Love the design and the size!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

Oh I need this book! I'm getting new couches any day and I need to make some new pillows and other decor for my room. This book would be such a great help.

I LOVE her dandy baby blanket. It would be so cute on a nursery wall!

Sugar Mama's Sweet Bowtique said...

I have been a V and Co. follower for a long time, and her ruffle fabric skirt tutorial has always made me swoon! SugarMamaShop@gmail.com

JennaRuth said...

Love the Abby Bag, and the "create your own wall art." I've been meaning to do that project for years.

Lora said...

I really like the leather cuff bracelet tutorial.

Bronwyn Beazley said...

The houndstooth quilt is always the first thing I think of when I see Vanessa's name somewhere - I just love it.

SallyMc said...

It would be between the Just Dandy and Little Sprouts quilts. Simplicity at its best!

Joyce Comfort said...

I love her fresh ideas, but especially the Little Sprouts quilt. Thanks for sharing another great idea resource!

Connie said...

I just found your site and love so many of your projects and would really really love the book.

marriedfilingjointly said...

Awesome giveaway! I love all her projects but my favorite is the houndstooth quilt. So cool! Thanks!

Julie said...

She's pretty amazing! That book looks so fun.

I don't know if this qualifies as a "project," but I love her dining room before and after. So inspiring.

Jenea said...

I love the rosette pillow, perfect for our bedroom!

tanya904 said...

I am in love with all of the patterns. I am a newbie so I'd like to try the Ruffle Scarf. Thanks for the giveaway
tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

martinmosaics said...

I love the faux pleated pillow! Or, maybe the shag pillow! thanks for a chance to win this great looing book!

Deb said...

It is hard to say which is my favorite! I like the appliqued petal tote I think the best! Very cute things!

Wonderful Whittacres said...

I loved her just dandy quilt -- wish I'd thought of that . . . :)

Heather's This and that said...

I love the ruffle pillow and the bag on the cover of her book!

ivyworis said...

i like her houndstooth quilt. great project and great giveaway. thanks....

Craft-itus said...

I love the Argyle Ruffle Quilt. I love her whole blog!

Becca said...

I love her "Painted Heart Bag" project. My daughter's birthday is in February and she loves making stuff like this. Great idea!

Nana said...

I would love a copy of this book. I love the rosette pillow. So cute!

Amber Elizabeth said...

I want to do everything vanessa does! But my first project will probably be the canvas bag with the applique flower petals, so beautiful and customizable.

Nancy's Couture said...

I love the make a cuff out of a leather belt tutorial and the Houndstooth baby quilt

stemlec said...

I love the hounds tooth baby quilt!

LuckyStarCreator said...

i love the notebook cover tute, i have a feeling i will be making quite a few of these covers to give as journals

Rachel Leos said...

There are so many projects I like. If I had to choose, the Abby Bag and the Just Dandy baby quilt are two of my favorites.

Charlotte said...

The ruffled pillows are awesome.

Karen said...

Lovin' the Just Dandy Quilt. It matches some artwork that I have in my bedroom. I just completed 16 pillow covers for my daughter's outdoor wedding ... sure could have used those rosette instructions'!
Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

Love the wedding ring pillow... It would definitely spice up my drab couch!!

Tiff said...

I like any of the bags - it was hard to choose just one ;)

suzyqt927@gmail.com

Tiff said...

I like the bags - it was hard to choose just one ;)
suzyqt927@gmail.com

Sara Hall said...

I love the Ruffle Fabric Carry All Tote! I think I will put this on my project list :-)

Danielle @ Las Princesas said...

First choice is the tote made with the ruffle fabric. But it was almost a tie with the skirt made from a tshirt. I never sew for myself! :)

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