April 18, 2015

Contain It! Blog Hop & Giveaway (Closed)

Contain It! Giveaway -- Enter to win a signed copy at The Inspired Wren

Happy Saturday! I've got a giveaway for you! Click on through for your chance to win a signed copy of Contain It! English Paper Pieced Accessories by Linda Chaney and Laura Gerth of Prairie Sewn Studios.

Let me stop here and inform you that I was given a free copy of this book for the blog hop, but anything I say is my own opinion, of course.

I'm having a hard time paraphrasing a description for this book, so I'm just gonna' let Amazon.com [affiliate link] take it away:
This mother-daughter duo makes English paper piecing 3-D and ready for gift giving. Create structurally sturdy fabric containers using English paper-piecing methods. This mixed-technique and pattern book appeals to quilters, sewers, and crafters. Make elegant desk sets, candleholders, vases, and heart- and star-shaped containers for your home or for gifts.
Giveaway: "Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accesories" by Linda Chaney & Laura Gerth -- Enter to win a signed copy at The Inspired Wren

How cool is that?! They came up with a new technique and then wrote a book together!

I frequently say that I'm going to start quilting when The Peanut no longer let's me sew her wardrobe. But long-time readers of this blog will know I frequently sew personal and home accessories, so these projects are right in my wheelhouse. Not yet having dipped my toe into the quilting waters, I have never tried paper piecing before. This was fun! The hardest part of this project was choosing the fabric. True story. 

Short Cube & Coaster, just two of the many projects from "Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories" | Enter to win your own signed copy at The Inspired Wren
Fabric: On Pointy Mint, Cloud 9 Fabric; Tweety Tweet Blue, Cloud 9 Fabric; and Green Mini Dots, Jules & Coco

The book encourages you to start flat and work up to increasingly challenging projects and is smartly organized to that end. I really wanted to jump right to the Convex Vase, but I listened and started with the flat coaster. Adorable. Quick. Makes me smile every time I put my glass of water down. I really should make a set of coasters, but for now this one is all mine and lives in my sewing zone.


Coaster, just one of the many projects from "Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories" | Enter to win your own signed copy at The Inspired Wren


The one thing I did different from the book is to create my templates out of freezer paper. As I do with all my patterns, I ironed the template in place, carefully trimmed around it, then pulled it up for use again. It was also a breeze to trace the patterns printed in the book by laying the freezer paper right on the pages.

Next, I moved on to the first three-dimensional project in the book, the cube. As I switch colors of thread while sewing a project, I temporarily put the spools on the windowsill next to my machine. They invariably roll off and unspool in the process. This short, little cube has already been put to use corralling those wayward spools and bobbins. As I was creating it, the inner bottom of the cube felt wobbly and looked wrinkly. But that last, well-fit, outer bottom piece created a tautness and gave the full cube stability. Ingenious construction.

The book offers instructions for hand- or machine-stitching. I like the control of hand-stitching for this project -- plus! it makes for a great couch craft [that which you create with your hands while sitting on the couch in the evening watching, or rather listening, to TV]. Terri of  Hexy Lady has compiled a great Flickr album showing the process as she constructed a few different containers. You should check it out!

Short Cube, just one of the many projects from "Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories" | Enter to win your own signed copy at The Inspired Wren
Fun fact: I did not know the terms "fussy cut" or "bury the thread" until this book -- though I frequently do both.

Contain It! teaches a great, new technique and offers patterns to trace for all sorts of 3-D shapes. There are concave and convex vases, heart shaped boxes, tulip-lipped bowls -- the patterns are already drafted and waiting for you to sew. I'm sewing up that Convex Vase next!


There are so many looks and creations you can make from the book.
Check out these other blogs for more samples and more chances to win!
"Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories" Blog Hop from Prairie Sewn Studios

April 13: Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio


April 14: Mrs. Goodneedle of The Strawberry Patch


April 15: Christa of Christa Quilts


April 16: Andrea of Knitty Bitties


April 17: Terri of Hexy Lady


And now it's your turn! One winner will be selected from each blog on the tour. Leave a comment below and tell us your favorite sewn personal or home accessory, then be sure to come back to the Rafflecopter to register your entry for your chance to win a signed copy of Contain It! English Paper Pieced Accessories by Linda Chaney and Laura Gerth. The giveaway ends April 24 with the winner from The Inspired Wren announced here (on this post) April 26. Good luck!

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Short Cube & Coaster, just two of the many projects from "Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories" | Enter to win your own signed copy at The Inspired Wren


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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35 comments:

  1. How pretty is that vase and little box?! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. I am currently in a pillow case sewing CRAZE! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. I would love to use this book to make some containers for the house. Fun!

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  4. This book looks so good! My favorite home dec make is the table quilts I use to cover our nice dining room table to avoid any dings or water stains :)

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  5. right now I am in this thing about placemats. everyone is getting them from me. lol soon I want to move to pillows. lol and yes everyone will be getting them from me also. I love to share what I make. it makes me happy to make others happy
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  6. Ren you really made a couple of beautiful projects from the book. These are addicting to make. My favorite to make was the convex with hex base. Don't include me in the giveaway, since I am one of the blog participants and already have the book, lol. Just wanted to stop by and see what you made.

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  7. My fave sewn accessory I have done is the lanyard for my school volunteer name tag.

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  8. I've made plenty of cushion covers and curtains. Lately I've been keen to try bags, boxes and coasters - this book would certainly help me with those ��

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  10. Love the fabrics you chose! My favorite sewn home accessory right now is a table topper I recently made. :)

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  11. I have sewn several table runners for my home and love each one because each is different in colors and design.

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  12. Cushions andblankets are my fave sewn home accessories, I've not sewn containers before - it would be nice to try!

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  13. Cushions andblankets are my fave sewn home accessories, I've not sewn containers before - it would be nice to try!

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  14. I have a series of small quilts for each season... And look forward to changing them out each time.

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  15. wow matching containers to match the decor would be a wonderful book to have thanks for the chance

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  16. I am currently making 50 little zipper pouches for gifts. I love your little box, the colors are gorgeous!

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  17. I have a small pouch which I wear across my body that hold my phone and ear buds. I often wear something that does not have a pocket so this is an easy way to keep my phone close at hand.

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  18. I'm currently hand sewing hexagons together for a quilt. The book looks fabulous with different ideas for EPP.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  19. Curtains that my mom made me when I moved into my first place.

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  20. I made a quilted bag for my kindle!

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  21. I am currently obsessed with making fabric postcards. I send them to family and I swap with other creative people all over. I hang them in the window of my kitchen with each holiday theme!

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  22. I have been making and swapping pincushions.

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  23. I have been making and swapping pincushions.

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  24. Great containers! These would excellent in a baby nursery-useful and pretty. Pick me - I'll definitely use thisbook!

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  25. Ohhhhhhh, the things I want to make. I wait with fingers crossed to see who the lucky winner will be. I hope it's me.

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  26. HELLO, it is my newest little Pincushion ! Red+white to match my machine>Cute! Want to make osme for friends too in EPP ! Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  27. My favorite is a wall hanging that I made at a class at the Oshkosh Sewing and Quilting Expo. It is a landscape with trees. This was so out of my box, but, it came out beautiful.

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  28. My favorites are pillowcases.

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  29. I recently found a very soft sided "box" that has a top that I smocked with my mom's last initial. I didn't realize that I had picked it up from among her belongings when we cleaned out her house. It's very sentimental that she kept it all those years even though the "box" was poor quality.

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  30. I love fabric baskets: they are so pretty and useful!

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  31. My favorite are the pillowcases I make the kids each Christmas. For the last few years, I've been secretly buying the fabric and making pillow cases for the kids. They get to open them Christmas Eve and put them on their pillows before they go to sleep! :) When they go off to have a family themselves one day, they'll have plenty of cases to cover their pillows!

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  32. I am currently enjoying some handmade quilted hotpads, a gift from a new friend. :-)

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  33. I think my favorite accessory that I made was my living room curtains. I used a drop cloth to make them, and added grommets. They turn out very nicely.

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