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Book Review: Everyday Embroidery for Modern Stitchers

When I got an email from C&T Publishing showing their newly released books, I had to smile.

I was a product of the 70s.  Embroidery was big back then and oh my, did I ever love doing it.  I had a jean jacket that I was constantly adding a new embroidery motif to.  I just loved that jean jacket.

This isn’t my actual jacket but mine looked something like this…

Vintage 1970s Hand Embroidered Denim Jacket | Embroidered denim jacket, Embroidered  denim jacket vintage, Vintage denim jacketMine had a row of flowers across the back near the bottom.  I LOVED stitching on it.  Back then McCalls and Simplicity had iron-on motifs and I was always wanting more motifs to iron on and stitch.

This is the pattern that I had…I did some Googling to find it.  Oh my, I got more than the 65 cents worth out of the pattern.

Simplicity 6597 Vintage 1970s Embroidery Transfer Yellow for Denim
My dream was to have my jean jacket look just like the gal’s that is in the picture.  I wish I still had it to show you all.  It was so fun.

So, imagine my joy when I saw the book that C&T is publishing…Embroidery.  Notice the big yellow flower on the back of the jean jacket?


My 12-year-old self is coveting it.  It would have been a great addition to my jean jacket.

The book is Everyday Embroidery for Modern Stitchers written by Megan Eckman and is full of fun motifs.

The book shows how to make several different projects and then lets you mix and match motifs to projects.


Here is a little more info from C&T about it.

Get started with embroidery! Sew 15 fun projects that are approachable, practical, and awesome

Go retro, mystical, or botanical with 50 themed embroidery ideas to iron on or download and print

Mix and match motifs to choose your own adventure—even embroider your own apparel

Embroidery projects you can finish in a day or a weekend
Stitch something awesome today! From the creative mind of Megan Eckman come 15 edgy and fun embroidered projects to sew. Just choose your designs, iron them on, and stitch along the lines. Mix and match 50 on-trend designs like crystals and succulents to decorate accessories and home decor—even personalizing the things you already wear and love like denim jackets and canvas shoes. Download the simple embroidery pattern outlines to print as many times as you want, or use the included iron-on transfers. Just dipping your toes into embroidery? With handy stitch guides and practical advice, even beginners will be able to start a project today and finish by the weekend!
Get started with embroidery! Sew 15 fun projects that are approachable, practical, and awesome
Go retro, mystical, or botanical with 50 themed embroidery ideas to iron on or download and print 
Mix and match motifs to choose your own adventure—even embroider your own apparel

There were lots of cute things.


As I said, my 12-year-old self really wanted this book.

But, alas.  I turned 55 and jean jackets with cool embroidery aren’t the thing and now I’m into cross-stitching.  It was a cute book though…and if you have a 12-year-old in your life.  Buy a jean jacket and a book like this along with embroidery supplies might be just the thing.  Who knows…maybe 43 years later she’ll be writing a blog post and feeling nostalgic about her 12-year-old self and her mad embroidery skills.

You can find the book HERE at C&T Publishing.
You can also find it HERE on Amazon.

Quilt Book Review: Quilter’s 10″ Square Precut Companion

C&T Publishing sent me a quilt ebook to review, Quilter’s 10″ Square Precut Companion by Jenny Doan and Missouri Star Quilt Company.


The book is nice but I would classify it as better for someone who has quilted before.

Here’s the table of contents.

It looks like you will get a lot from the book…and you do but…I want to make a word of caution. If you are a beginning quilter and need/want detailed instructions, this might not be for you.  If you have sewn a few quilts, I think you’ll do just fine.

Each quilt is only two pages long.  I took pictures of the computer screen so you could see….  The first page show the block and tells how to cut one block.


The second page shows…
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Quilt Book Review: Beyond the Tee

It’s been slow getting quilt books in for me to review.  It’s something I love to do but haven’t had many books lately.  I love doing the reviews and seeing what’s new and you all seem to enjoy them too.  I ended emailing Martingale to see if they were still offering the program for bloggers to get review copies.  I haven’t heard from them yet.  Hopefully, they still are.

I do have a book from C&T Publishing that I thought was a great take on T-shirt and memory quilts.  It is called Beyond the Tee:  Innovative T-shirt Quilts by Mary Cannizzaro & Jen Cannizzaro.


The title is a little misleading as some of the quilts are not made from T-shirts.  Some are made from men’s ties or even baby clothes….not just T-Shirts.

Here is the table of contents….

There are nine quilts in the book.  If you check out the quilt below, you’ll see that this quilt is not made from T-shirts.

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Quilt Book Review:

Last week I told you about a T-shirt quilt book.  That got me looking at other T-shirt quilt book and I stumbled across this one….Terrific T-Shirt Quilts:  Turn Tees into Treasured Quilts by Karen M. Burns.


I was really impressed with this book…I think their ideas for quilts are great.

This was a fun way to use different sized logos from the shirts….

This was a cute quilt made from the clothes of a little boy…


…and this one cute for a little girl… Continue reading