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21 Nov

Freebie Friday: Sunflower Square Crochet Block

This morning, I watched this bird walk back and forth on my kitchen window sill. Walk a few steps. Stop for a few seconds. Walk back to the original spot. Then finally take off.

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That’s how I’m feeling right about now: Almost free. I’m headed to southern California this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving and my mother’s 75th birthday with my family–fleeing the biting New York City cold to bask in glorious warmth and sunshine for a week. But I still have to get through the pre-flight dance, which is essentially getting through a daunting to do list before I can take off. I wish I could say I could get through everything and catch up on sleep during the flight. But I don’t sleep well on planes. So I’ll be doing one of my to-dos on the plane. Now that TSA removed crochet hooks from its prohibited list of carry-on items, I’m going to crochet Sunflower Squares to accessorize the Thanksgiving table.

The Sunflower Square pattern is from 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful patterns to mix and match for afghans, throws, baby blankets, and more by Betty Barnden, a collection of 75 triangular, square, diamond-shaped, hexagonal, and circular blocks, all with a floral theme. The book also includes written patterns and color charts, useful techniques, and creative projects.

Crochet 1-2-3 remarks: “You will quickly be creating a beautiful project, whether a basic afghan or a fabulous scarf…This is a book that any crocheter will want.” And for the daily commute or long flight like I’m about to take, the blocks are perfect for crafters “on-the-go.”

Want to try this pattern out, too? It’s Level: EASY. CLICK the image below or here to DOWNLOAD it for FREE. Start crocheting now!

SunflowerimageSunflowers not your cup o’ tea? How about Daffodils? Buttercups? Roses? These and many other varieties are in 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet, which is available at your favorite bookseller.

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14 Nov

Freebie Friday: Reversible Tote Bag

My mood, like New York weather in November, can change on a dime. So how am I supposed to choose a single pattern for my everyday bag? One day I may be feeling gingham, and the next, classic Victorian. One day black, next day plaid. Heck–I may not even wait a day to change my mind. That’s the level of volatility we’re talking about, people.

So you can imagine my elation! Followed by incredulity! Followed by elation again! after seeing this week’s FREE PROJECT: a reversible tote bag that can be designed using two totally contrasting patterns to suit my “flexible” personality. tote freebie 2All you need are two different cotton fabrics, two yards of fusible hemming web, and a spool of thread. The drop-in construction and hidden seams make this tote bag truly reversible, just like your changing mind (hey–it’s our prerogative!).

tote freebie 1This is just one of 30 tote-ally fun projects in the new book Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 Quick and Easy Bags to Make for All Occasions by Helen Angharad Henley, who also happens to be our Author of the Month. This colorful book, which includes a CD of full-size patterns,  guides you through all the possible incarnations of the tote bag, from children’s bags and simple grocery totes to stylish shoulder bags in contemporary fabrics, with patterns ranging from the fun to the functional.

Buy a copy today, and be sure to check back here on Sunday for our Goodreads giveaway.


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7 Nov

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday! Saying that makes me feel a little better already with the weekend almost upon us. Today, our Freebie Friday is from an oldie but a goodie, 130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe. In honor of the holiday season, here are two festive mini quilt blocks for your FREE PROJECT today!

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130 Mini Quilt Blocks: A Collection of Exquisite Patchwork Blocks Using Ready-Made Fabric Bundles contains a collection of beautiful patchwork and appliqué designs, including traditional favorites and brand new ideas, arranged into stylishly themed chapters.

The little quilt blocks have been specially designed to work at smaller sizes—perfect for making quilted projects like little bags, cushions, and potholders that will add plentyd of variety and interest to even the smallest space.
Each block comes with full cutting list and assembly instructions, plus mix and match suggestions to combine with other blocks, and ideas on how you might change or embellish the block design. Inspiring projects throughout the book offer plenty of ideas to get you started.

After graduating in art and design, Susan Briscoe designed hand knits, but it was in Japan, where she studied traditional textiles and kimono design and tailoring, that her interest in patchwork was sparked. She teaches creative textile workshops and demonstrates her work at quilt and textile shows in the UK and internationally. She is the author of several books on quilting, including 130 Mini Quilt Blocks, Japanese Quilt Inspirations, and 200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

Check back on Sunday to find out how to win a copy via our Goodreads!

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Buy one here:

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4 Nov

Project of the Month: Cookie “Jewelry” Box

They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you’re both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you. cookie boxWith this FREE PROJECT OF THE MONTH, you can have your jewelry box and eat it too!

This dainty little edible Byzantine-style box is perfect for holding candy, or a little note for your loved one (just be sure they don’t eat it!). And don’t be daunted by the intricate flourishes in this photo–you can easily simplify the design and omit any filigree work to make a more contemporary box using colored royal icing.

This project is from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-to-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, on sale 11/11. For bakers of all skill levels, this delightful book features 50 projects to try with a wide range of different decorating techniques: elegant cookies piped with royal icing; fun and funky fondant cookies; cookies made with amazing colored dough; even sweet treats built up into awesome 3-D cookie sculptures! The projects are grouped according to the type of icing used, and at the back of the book is a selection of cookie recipes, decorating tips, and a set of templates. With step-by-step instructions and photography, each project features simple, elegant designs that are guaranteed to amaze and delight–just in time for the holidays!

What you need:

  • 6 square cookies for each box
  • medium-peak royal icing
  • squeeze bottle and 2 piping bags
  • gold edible paint
  • pin or toothpick and a fine paintbrush

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The cookies assemble just like a gingerbread house!

 

Want more edible projects like this one? Preorder the book today!

On sale 11/11/14

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31 Oct

Freebie Friday: Origami Jack-o’-lantern!

This Freebie Friday is brought to you by our wonderful marketing intern, Ana Perez!

Ready with only a square piece of paper, or in this case a t-shirt, and some tenacity leads to extraordinary things. Origami to Astonish and Amuse lives up to its name! Jeremy Shafer’s book is the perfect starting point for novices (like me) and origami masters alike. As a beginner, I started with the basic folding techniques illustrated in the book and gradually worked my way toward more challenging models. Aside from the paper crane, I tried my hand at one of the more unique models- the jack-o’-lantern. It bypasses paper and uses a t-shirt! It’s very simple and creates an instant celebratory feeling- perfect for fall. I accentuated the pumpkin shape by reinforcing the middle with cardboard and adding a more prominent stem. I also took some felt and just played with shapes to create a more complete look, but the basic pumpkin is just as fun! So on this Halloween Freebie Friday, I give you the treat of the jack-o’-lantern pattern from Origami to Astonish and Amuse.

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The book is really easy to understand, the illustrations are clear, and the results are so gratifying (a flapping paper crane is such a treat!) The book includes 89 original and classic models including:

A clapping and flapping T-Rex
A Swiss army knife complete with corkscrew
A wearable hat
And so many more!

Jeffery has been making origami pieces since he was ten, making him a great teacher and inspiration. His own style and personality comes out in his original designs, which is what makes them so unique and fun. This book is sure to surprise, and really furthers origami as an art form. Origami to Astonish and Amuse is divided into four sections: Origami Action, Symbols and Signs and Stunning Designs, Models from the Heart, and Origami for the Almost Deranged. Each section begins with models anyone can fold, and progresses to more complex projects. This is a perfect craft book for cold winter days spent indoors!

Try your hand at the jack-o’-lantern project and come back on Sunday to learn how to win your own copy of Origami to Astonish and Amuse.

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

Helen  Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

Cookie Jewelry Box


They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you're both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you, with this free pattern from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-t0-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, you can have your jewelry box and eat it, too!

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