Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Make It, Take It, blog hop and giveaway

"Images from Make It, Take It, by Krista Hennebury, Martingale, 2015; 
used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."

Today is my turn to tell you about my project in Make It, Take It, which is a beautiful new book by my friend Krista Hennebury. Krista blogs over at Poppyprint. I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic book with so many excellent contributors.

Krista has run quilting retreats for many years and she used her knowledge and experience to put together a book of projects that compliment the quilting retreat experience. The first half of the book has projects to make to help the quilter take their sewing on the road and the second half of the book included projects to make on a retreat either as a group or on your own. And, all of the projects are just fun to make for yourself or for gifts, whether or not you are actually going on a sewing retreat.

"Images from Make It, Take It, by Krista Hennebury, Martingale, 2015; 
used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."

My project in the book is called the Half Moon Needle Case. If you are like me, you have packets of quilting needles, embroidery needles, needles with large and small eyes, needles that are longer and shorter, and packets of assortments of different needles too. This needle case is designed to allow you to keep your entire packets of different kinds of needles together - so you can find them in your sewing room and easily take them all along on retreats - you know, because you never know when you or your table mate will need that special kind of needle.

Half Moon Needle Case

This needle case is large enough to hold a fair number of needle packets. It can also function as a small project case, holding a small pair of scissors, some thread and other small notions. The felt pockets store pins and function as a pincushion when you are on the road.

Half Moon Needle Case

The continuous zipper holds everything securely in place and the dumpling shape provides a fair bit of room. Before you know it (ask me how I know) you will have zipped in your measuring tape, seam ripper, a small ruler, hexie papers, the kitchen sink and any number of other sewing bits that might need for your retreat or for sewing on holiday, at your guild meetings or even just while watching television or a movie. Finally, I also wanted to make sure that this super simple to make needle book could be a place to show off a bit of really easy improv piecing, some fun quilting and that it would be a circle too - all things that you know I love.

Half Moon Needle Case

This book is also special for me as I met Krista in person first at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London, UK. Yes, two Canadians had to go to another continent to a quilting retreat to meet in person - and we had the best time. Krista is fun and funny, generous and kind, very talented, and a true friend, whether on retreat, working with on her book, or connecting with in person or via the internet.

I have started making other projects in the book too. I took my Double Scissor Keeper to QuiltCon - one of Amy's projects in the book (Amy's post at During Quiet Time about her project is here) and I was so inspired by Berene's video about her project the Ultimate Equipment Tote (go here to her blog Happy Sew Lucky to see it) that I have started pulling fabrics to make one too. I hope to have finished several more by the time I head off to my next retreat.

I get to give away a digital copy of this book - everyone can enter. To do so:

  •  leave me a comment - let me know if you have been to a retreat or sewing day and what you liked most about it. 
  • My followers can have a second entry - leave a second comment letting me know where and how you follow me. 
  • I will randomly draw the winner from the comments on Saturday morning (April 11). 
  • Oh, and please leave me a trail to find you - if in doubt put your email into your comment as if I cannot find the winner I will draw again.
edited: This giveaway is now closed.

If you don't win a copy of Make It, Take It, you can get it at your local quilt store, on Amazon here or at Martingale here.

Also, this is going to be a great blog hop as the contributors are sharing more about their own projects and each has a digital copy of the book to give away - you can follow along:
  • Friday, April 3 Blog hop kick-off: Krista at Poppyprint
  • Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at Stitch this! (check out their Rainbow Round the Cabin staff party!)