Saturday, September 12, 2015

SWEET TWEETS Blog Hop...


I am honored to be part of this blog hop for my friend, Erin, of the Why Not Sew? blog.  Erin has definitely cornered the market on cute and sweet projects.  She is uber-talented and has stretched herself beyond measure in the last few years…showing versatility and talent with each project she tackles.  I am just so darn proud of her…especially now that she is published! 

Sweet Tweets:  Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds is the title of her book and it is indeed full of sweet projects..all with cute little birds. Erin has mastered the art of raw-edge appliqué, where the free-motion stitching looks like sketching.  She shares her technique and knowledge with us on each one of the 12 projects this book offers. 

Sweet Tweets book cover

For this book tour post, I chose to make the book bag for my granddaughter, Kaylynn.  She is an avid reader and loves bags. 

Erin's bag

The pattern calls for linen, but for this bag, I chose to use a canvas duck for more durability.  And, because I used a sturdier fabric, I omitted the use of interfacing.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow and this bag was quickly put together.  I was a bit nervous about the raw-edge appliqué, not having done any of it previously.   But, I carefully followed the instructions given and am so very pleased with the results.      



I was so excited that I found this cute bird fabric to use as the lining.  How cute is that, hey?



I also made one long shoulder strap instead of two shorter ones…for an over- the-shoulder style.


My Granddaughter has already received this bag and LOVES it.
Thank you, Erin, for including me in your excitement!

I am able to offer a giveaway with this blog hop.  If you'd like to win an e-copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post.  I will draw a winner on Monday morning, September 14.  In the meantime, follow along with the rest of the blog hop to see the other projects being made.  

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The giveaway is over...I apologize for being a day late in announcing the winner.  I am in the process of moving and am travelling with my moving truck.  The winner is...Indianna, who wrote "The lining fabric is just perfect. I love the fact the book has lots of small projects as they are my favourite things to make. Quick and satisfying, especially if there's a cute bird involved."

Please email me at act_collies@yahoo.com with your email address.  Thank you, everyone!


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Here are the others on the blog book tour:
(I am not sure why this doesn't all look the same, but the links are there.)

Tuesday, Sept.8 - Erin (intro post)   Why Not Sew?
Wednesday, Sept.9 - Heidi  Fabric Mutt
Thursday, Sept.10 - Debbie  A Quilter's Table
Friday, Sept.11 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.12 - Jacque The Doodles of My Mind
Monday, Sept.14 - Amy  nanaCompany
Tuesday, Sept.15 - Svetlana  s.o.t.a.k handmade
Wednesday, Sept.16 - Renee  Sewn With Grace
Thursday, Sept.17 - Martingale Stitch This! The Martingale Blog
Friday, Sept.18 - Heather  Vintage Grey Handmade
Saturday, Sept.19 - Clara and Jennie  Clover & Violet
Monday, Sept.21 - Amanda Jean  Crazy Mom Quilts
Tuesday, Sept.22 - Cindy  Live a Colorful Life
Wednesday, Sept.23 - Carla Grace and Favour
Thursday, Sept.24 - Mary  Molly Flanders
Friday, Sept.25 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.26 - Erin, Big Giveaway Post!!!  Why Not Sew?

36 comments:

tink's mom said...

What a great bag. Love the lining too. I've never tried raw edge applique but your work gives me hope.

Phoebe said...

I love the bird with the book! And it's always nice to see different variations on a pattern, so I am glsd you tried a different weight of fabric to share with us. Thank you for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

The bag is absolutely adorable and I'm sure your princess Kaylynn loves it. You are sooooo super talented!!!!
Love, big sister Joyce

Bethany said...

I'm glad you chose the tote and shared your trepidation about raw edge appliqué. I haven't tried it either and am inspired by your fabulous first attempt.

Fernandina Bunny said...

OH! I just LOVE the pattern of the bird, the nifty raw edge applique method, and the finished bag! I, too, have granddaughters and they would be delighted at receiving a bag like this from Nana. They're a few thousand miles away but delight at getting boxes in their mailbox. They share *everything* they receive with their school mates, saying that this or that came from their Nana in America. This would be perfect!!!

Gill said...

I love love your pink version! and I'm sure your granddaughter will too!

Vicki H said...

Very cute bag. I love the ruffle around the top.

Marianne said...

Haha! At first I couldn't figure out out your bag changed from natural to pink and then I saw the first bag is Erin's. I really need to slow down when I read! Both bags are cute and perfect for library trips.

Indianna said...

The lining fabric is just perfect. I love the fact the book has lots of small projects as they are my favourite things to make. Quick and satisfying, especially if there's a cute bird involved.

Lisa Marie said...

The bag is fantastic, I'm not surprised you granddaughter loves it! That lining is just perfect.

moosecraft said...

Now how fun is that! Cute stuff!

She Seeketh Wool said...

Just love the bag and the bird. You do such great work!

Cindy

kelley said...

Kaylynn's bag is wonderful! looks like a fun book...but please don't put my name in for it...I'm a lifetime behind as it is...thinking of you...hugs

Dog Trot Farm said...

Oh I love this bag Jacque...a perfect book bag...I bet Kaylyn has it filled with her favorite reading material...I see the little birdie is reading a book on dogs...Thinking of you...Hugs...

Anita Gambrell said...

I love bags too and yours is great !

Mary Jane Link said...

This is one grandmother-granddaughter duo who would love this bag. And reading about dogs also my granddaughter's favorite topic. Thank you for the inspiration!

mary said...

I love your bag with the matching bird and trim.

Susan McG said...

Love your book bag. The projects in this book look so adorable and I'd love to try raw edge applique.

LeftyOne12 said...

your bag is so cute

anneski said...

Cute bag and I love the birdie fabric you choose super cute and I bet she absolutely loves her bag!

Anita said...

Cute bag with that lovely bird!

Silverthimble said...

What a cute bag!

silverthimble@shaw.ca

Silverthimble said...

What a cute bag!

silverthimble@shaw.ca

A Little White Hen said...

What a cute idea for a bag! It is darling.

Debbi said...

My daughter would absolutely love that bag for her library trips. The bird lining was a wonderful touch!

legato1958 said...

Your "sweet bird" book bag is delightful! I love your adaptations and fabrics!
Susie

Quilt n Queen said...

That is just the cutest book bag...love it!!!

jenni said...

Such a darling book!

Terry said...

I love this, so sweet!

Carol Swanson McCabe said...

Oh my, cuteness! Would love to make that for my reader/granddaughter!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a darling bag. Love that the birdie is reading.

Awesome giveaway!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

KaHolly said...

Oh, my goodness, I've not visited Erin's blog in forever! Her book looks great!

Kathy said...

I know I'm too late for the drawing but I just have to say I adore the little spectacles on the bird!! So cute!!

Simone de Klerk said...

I love the different versions you made of the pattern! Such a lucky granddaughter!

Danette Stankovich said...

Such a cute book. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Susan said...

Your bag is super cute- your lucky grand daughter!

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