Meet the hedgehogs + a book feature and giveaway! YAY!

Last June (as in June of 2010) I was perusing the site of Crafty Planet and saw that there was a call for entries for their next book…they needed projects made out of one yard of fabric to feature of their upcoming book which was a sequel to One Yard Wonders (A book which I had lovingly made most of the projects in and was proudly displayed in my sewing room downstairs)! :) I knew that I just had to come up with something to try and see if my first ever pattern could be published in a book. So, later that night I sat down at my sewing machine and started cutting, sewing, cutting, sewing, ripping out and sewing some more. Out came the Bartholomew Bookends! :) WOO!

I quickly submitted the patterns and photos to Trish and Becca at Crafty Planet! And much to my surprise, they were going to be featured in the next book, coming out November of 2011! :) WAHOO! I did a happy dance around my kitchen and then proceeded to call my husband babbling with excitement (followed by a celebratory bowl of ice cream of course! :)

SO, now comes November of 2011 and look what appears at my doorstep; FABRIC BY FABRIC ONE YARD WONDERS! TAA DAAAAA! I have to say, that this book has some fabulous projects for the kids, your kitchen, yourself and your friends. It is CHALK FULL of idea for gifts and working at your sewing machine on a lazy December afternoon! :)

OH–and the best part, I am able to give away one copy of FABRIC BY FABRIC ONE YARD WONDERS (and you’ll also receive a few other goodies from my little collection of plush toys)! Isn’t that amazing!? And I just love to hear about handmade gifts that people give and since it’s the Christmas season, I would love to hear about anything handmade that you have received that just LOVED for Christmas! :) So, leave a comment below and tell me why you would just die to have the book or what your favorite handmade gift was! I’ll use to select a winner on Monday December 26th (that should give you all enough time right?! :)

So, get on it, start dreaming about all the one-yard projects you can make and leave a comment below! :) Merry Christmas everyone! :)

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Oh yes, and one more AWESOME thing, check out the blog tour of the other contributors! They also have giveaways and other fun things to say about the book, so be sure to follow the links as the blog tour continues! :) YAY!

UPDATE – WINNER IS CHOSEN FROM RANDOM.ORG as #4, Ms. Laura Jansen! :) I’ll be emailing you soon Laura to get you the book! :) YAY!!!! Thanks to everyone for their comments and awesome ideas on handmade gifts! :)


  • December 21, 2011 - 9:47 am

    LisaVH - This book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

  • December 21, 2011 - 9:58 am

    amorette - these bookends are adorable- and i love that they are also useful! we are in dire need of bookends in this house! this book looks chock full of wonderful stuff- i would love to have it.
    my favorite handmade gift is what my sister is giving this year to my son- a felted board of letters based on the book “chicka chicka boom boom”. she rocks.

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Cindy Maier - Congrats Emily! The book looks wonderful and I can’t wait to get my copy. Merry Christmas :)

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Laura Jansen - I LOVE your hedgehogs!! I totally need you to give me lessons, everything you do is so awesome :) This awesome book might get me started!!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:33 am

    CIndy Skalicky - You’ll be much too busy taking care of the littlest Steffan to be making anything..this Gwamma would be happy to help you out! (hint!) Love you, Miss Em!!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Katie Sloma - Congrats on your first published pattern!! Jake actually got me a sewing machine for Christmas and I just started my first project last night – making a teeny-tiny apron for my goddaughter for Christmas. I’m loving it so far, and would love this book!! And the fav handmade gift I’ve received would have to be this cozy fleece blanket Jake’s mom made for Christmas a few years back. It’s my go-to cuddler :) So happy things are going so great for you, my dear!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:44 am

    athena p - Oh my. A) I am SO proud of you. This is amazing! eeeek!! B) I actually plan to resolve to make more *stuff* for my girls next year. I’ve got the clothing part down pat, but it’s time to stitch them toys. FUN things. My four year old would *love* that hedgehog. SOOOO cute. C)I never win, but thought I’d enter any way. I have the first copy of One Yard Wonders – a dear friend gifted it to me for my 30th birthday, and it’s one of my favorite craft books. I’d love to add this one (Especially since YOU are in it!!) to my collection!!

    way to go, friend.
    SO happy for you!!!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:46 am

    Tiffany Rebecca - I LOVE the hedgehogs.. congrats on your success!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:54 am

    Tonia Jeffery - I would love to learn more about fabrics and a book full of fun projects would be a great way to do that!

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:55 am

    Jenna D. - That is so great! I love handmade gifts. A good friend from my sewing classes gave me a handmade jean quilt for my baby that will arrive in January, it is the sweetest gift that anyone could have given me.

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Nathalie - Holy Moly! Not only featured in the book, but ON THE COVER!!!! CONGRATS!!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Brittany R - Major congrats, Em! I love the first book and have used it many times when I needed a quick gift. :)
    It’s so fun to see all the exciting things going on for you. I can say I knew you when! ;)

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Jess Albers - Congratulations on being published! They are cute little guys :) I have an aunt who would love all your projects! Can’t wait to tell her all about everything (and this book!) See you soon!

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Dena - Emily, you seriously never cease to amaze me! Your creativity has no end. I would love to receive a copy of the book because I need to learn to sew! I can only handle the basics, currently.

    I’m trying to think of handmade gifts I’ve received but the only things that come to mind are the dolls and clothing my mom made me throughout the years. Me and Maren both got handmade bunny dolls for our 7th or 8th birthday from my mom and both named them Bonnie Bunny.

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:55 am

    Shayna - I should be selected because I saw your cute bookends featured on the morning news :) Woot! Also, because I am loving learning how to sew and make my own fun things for myself, others and little JuJu.

    <3 love you and congratulations on Bartholomew(s) making the book!

  • December 21, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    MindyS - Congrats! I love those cute little critters you make! How cool that your first pattern is featured in a fabulous book AND is on the cover! Way to go girl! I would LOVE to get my hands on that book and start diving into the world of sewing! It would be a heartfelt tribute to a close friend I had who LOVED to craft and especially sew! Woo hoo!

  • December 21, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Cindy - Congrats on getting your pattern chosen! Looks great!
    Favorite handmade gift has to be when my older brother made me a little table lamp in his shop class. It’s still in my room.

  • December 21, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    CJ - OMG such a cute hedgehog! I think my favorite homemade gift was when my friend made me a personalized bracelet before she moved.
    I really love making things for people, though.

  • December 21, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Marie Anderson - Congrats EMILY!!! That is such an awesome accomplishment!!! AND your on the COVER! that is just so awesome! I have looked at those books and this year added them to my Christmas list :) I love hand-making things and i think that one yard wonders would be an awesome way to start using a sewing machine and not just hand sew everything (I made my whole family Christmas stockings last year for a total of 10 stockings!)

  • December 21, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Anne Marie - Love your hedgehogs – I am dreaming of this book as I love smaller projects. Actually I love small, quick projects and this seems like the perfect answer to my dream!

  • December 21, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Gill - This looks a great book!
    I love the hedgehog bookends!

  • December 21, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    SewLindaAnn - Okay, those hedgehog bookends are dynamite! I have the first book and I just HAVE to have the 2nd because I would not be complete without the whole set. I love fun books with lots of sweet ideas and I also need to learn more about working with fabrics other than quilter’s cotton. Best handmade gift received, as a Starbucks mug with the insert. My friend put our picture on it and some sweet sayings. Have a great Wednesday!

  • December 21, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Henria O. - Not only do the projects in the book look amazing but I believe this book would be exceptional for parents who want to introduce their children to the world of crafting! There are a few projects that I am just dying to do with my daughters!

  • December 21, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    jessica - awesome awesome!!! these little guys are so so darling! how funny that i poured through the book the other day at crafty planet to find another friend’s pattern and i totally missed your cuties right under my nose on the COVER! super super cute emily!! congrats!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Kristen - I’m hoping to get a sewing machine for Christmas…that is why I would LOVE to win this book!

  • December 21, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Jamie - It was so fun seeing your creation go from an idea, to a project to being published and on the cover of OYW! You are the ULTIMATE of creative and those cute hedgehogs would look darling on any bookshelf.

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:36 pm

    Katina - Love your little hedgehogs, too cute! I don’t receive many hand made gifts because I give so many and people are intimidated to give me anything they’ve made because they don’t think they’ll measure up, or so they’ve told me! But I do occasionally get something and the most favorite thing I’ve received that was hand made was a stained glass heart.

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Cindy A. - That is wonderful news! Congratulations! :)

    My absolute favorite handmade Christmas gift was the year I received a hand me down sweater coat from my first cousin, Retia. It was special because our late grandmother had made it in the 1970’s when Retia was a teenager. She loved that sweater coat and wore it almost every day during her freshman year in high school. Receiving such a treasured gift meant more to me than any store bought item ever could. It is now 15 years later and I still cherish that coat with all my heart.

  • December 21, 2011 - 11:33 pm

    Ali - Your bookends are so adorable! I just took my first sewing class a few weeks ago and can’t get enough! I’m pregnant with my second baby right now (a girl), and can’t wait to make her little outfits and cute things.

  • December 22, 2011 - 12:02 am

    Mama Lusco - I have the first OYW book and would love this one, too! Congrats on your pattern being published – they are really cute! I loved receiving a vintage apron my great-uncle had made for my grandmother. It was even hand-stitched :)

  • December 22, 2011 - 12:20 am

    Huey Ming - I don’t think it was a Christmas gift, but I absolutely love the drawstring lunchbox my mom made for me when I was still in primary school. I’d love to get my hands on this book so I can spread that kinda love to some of my favourite people :) Thank you for the chance!

  • December 22, 2011 - 7:34 am

    lee - What a wonderful accomplishment! congratulations to you! I love that I made two picnic quilts for my twin sisters! they are going to love them. Last year my sis in law made me a bracelet – I love it! nothing better than handmade! thanks!

  • December 22, 2011 - 8:32 am

    Becky Greene - I love the hedgehog bookends – just adorable. My favorite handmade christmas gift is a set of three angel ornaments that my sister made for me eons ago. I lovingly find a special spot for them every year. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:01 am

    jess - i’m soooooo excited for you!!!! my favorite handmade gift was the set of bowls my amazing friend Tay made for me several years ago. they are currently being utilized to feed ‘the girls’ because I can’t find cat food bowls quite as beautiful :) …. ps. i’m still so excited :)

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Becky - This book will help me with future handmade gifts! My favorite handmade gift was from my grandmother, who made all the girl cousins (and there were a lot of us!) small doll sized quilts. I still have mine!

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Katie - I think the majority of the handmade gifts I’ve gotten at Christmas are some form of bark (peppermint, peanut butter) and not at all sewing related. :(

    Congrats on getting into the book!

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Michelle - I want to make every project in this book!

  • December 22, 2011 - 10:46 am

    michelle price - I checked this book out the other day! It is gorgeous-love how the sections are divided. I’d love to try some of the home-dec projects!
    stampinmich at yahoo

  • December 22, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    nicole - my favorite handmade gift was when I received a knitted scarf from my SIL. It was cute and fuzzy! :)

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    DebbieKL - Looks like such a great book! My favorite gift I’ve made is my first (and only so far!) quilt for my son.

  • December 22, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    Christie S. - I made a really cute set of placemats this year to give as a gift. I’m hoping to find time after the new year to make a set for myself. This book would be a great addition to my sewing room. I need ideas.

  • December 22, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Dana TM - For favorite handmade gifts, of course I have to go with my kids’ drawings etc, otherwise they would be very unhappy! :)

  • December 23, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Carrie - favorite handmade gift… that is hard, I love to receive handmade gifts so all of them are special. But I think the most treasured is the cookbooks my mom has made for me. All of our favorite family recipes that I now get to pass along to my children.

  • December 23, 2011 - 10:45 am

    Jen McKay - Congratulations Emily! How exciting to have one of your patterns published! I love this type of sewing book with lots of little projects, and I’d love winning a copy of this one because YOU ARE IN IT…and there are 101 new projects to try…How fun!

    I have my mom’s old sewing machine and love making things with it. I think my most recent favorite handmade Christmas gifts was a hat that my sister knit for me. I love giving and getting handmade gifts. They are so special!

  • December 23, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    Neyda - I had my baby boy on dec 1st. I am loving all my homemade blankets & quilts that we received as gifts. Thanks for this giveaway!!

  • December 23, 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Pam Pike - Adorable bookends!! I’ve been following the book giveaway blog tour because I WANT it so bad!!! My favorite handmade gift that I’ve received is a cross stitched Santa that my mother made and framed for me. He sits on our fireplace mantel every Christmas.

  • December 24, 2011 - 12:50 am

    Carla G - My favorite was a knitted sweater that my grandma gave me many years ago. Congratulations for getting your project published. :)

  • December 24, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Liz - This book looks great! Congrats! I’ve been making Riley Blake elephant softies to give away lately. Probably the best homemade gift I’ve ever gotten has been burpcloths. Thanks!

  • December 24, 2011 - 11:18 am

    lorraine - my favorite handmade gift is anything handknit..i loved the cowl that a friend made for me this pretty! :)

  • December 25, 2011 - 4:16 am

    Gill - This looks such a great book!
    I love anything handmade but unfortunately I’m the only one in my family who makes! Although my sister did knit me a hat about 20 years ago!

  • December 25, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Juanita M - Your project is amazing. I have never seen anything like it and that is what I love about this book. I am the only crafty one in my give-giving circle so I haven’t received anything handmade. I have made gifts this year and really love it. Handmade is so special and says “you are important enough to spend time on”.

  • December 25, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    Auntie Dawn - Your creativity is endless. I so wish I had your talents. Your patters will bring joy to so many. Both the creators and the receivers.

  • December 27, 2011 - 2:08 am

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