June 27, 2010

The Book Winner and a Special Offer for the "Losers"


The winner of the BOOK GIVEAWAY is:
#105: STACEY, who said:

"This would definitely change my life! I could make all kinds of cute dresses... I'm thinking in a suit or linen material, then I can wear them to teach in! :)" on June 25, 2010 10:26 PM

And now for those of you who did not win. Anyone that participated in this giveaway can get a special deal on a signed copy of Sew Serendipity. I am offering a $5 discount off of the current price on my web site. This offer is valid only through Wednesday, June 30 and ONLY for those who "registered" for the book giveaway. This is my little "thank you" for all of the great support you have provided me and the book. To take advantage of this deal, simply complete a purchase including the book at http://www.sewserendipity.com/. In the Comments section of your order, write "Blog Deal" and your blog username. You can also include any special signing instructions in the Comments field. Once I verify your participation in the book giveaway, I will apply the $5 discount. If you pay with credit card, I will adjust your total before processing. If you pay with PayPal, I will issue a refund. Your total at the time of purchase will not reflect this special offer, but I will hook you up with the "blog discount".

I really appreciate everyone that pre-ordered the book from me as well. If any of the pre-order customers feel left out, I have a deal for you too. If you order $30 or more from the website between now and June 30, I will give you a $5 discount too. This offer is only for those that pre-ordered the book from me (I know who you are!). Complete your order and write in the Comments section "Pre-order customer". Once confirmed, I will issue a $5 discount or PayPal refund as appropriate.

Thanks again for the kind words, support, and encouragement. You keep me inspired. And as always....

Happy Sewing!

June 24, 2010

Brace Yourselves...it's time for the BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY!!


Well, the books are here and the preorders are out.....so it seems like the perfect time for a book giveaway! There will be ONLY ONE LUCKY WINNER, chosen by random.org. The early sales and response to the book have been excellent. It is almost surreal for me!

Just to whet your appetite a bit more...here are some more images of projects from the book:

Be sure to leave a comment about how much this book will change your life (well, maybe not your life...rather your sewing life!!) and consider yourself entered for the drawing. The giveaway starts now and will close at noon CDT on Sunday, June 27th. We will announce the winner on Sunday evening.

I have a fab tutorial that will post next week after the giveaway, so stay tuned and as always.....

Happy Sewing!

June 18, 2010

The Fabulous Bari J. Interviews me at Market!

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to share with you the interview I had with Bari J at market. I talked about the book and the new designs for market. This was graciously posted on YouTube by Boutique Cafe. They are the best with pod casts and other live videos with many designers, so be sure to check out their site.

Hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend. I will be back soon with more posts...I am thinking about a fun summer design tutorial for you all....so hopefully my brain will have it all figured out soon.

Until then, Happy Sewing!

June 7, 2010

The Winners!

Hey Everyone,

We have a couple of winners to announce for the giveaway. Sorry that we did not post sooner, as Blogger was experiencing problems all day and I was unable to post earlier as I had wanted.

As stated in the Giveaway, we have 2 winners (as generated by random.org), and they are:

#80 Stephanie, who said:
"I'm so excited about your new book and can't wait to get your new patterns!!"

#17 neighbourhood.gal, who said:
"I can not live without more summer dress patterns. Especially ones that will work with cottons. And those with a bit of vintage feel.
Need I tell you."

Congratulations, girls! Please contact me from this link with your mailing information and I will get your patterns out to you as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone who left a comment. It was great hearing from all of you!

Happy Sewing!!

June 3, 2010

Market Review and a GIVEAWAY!!


Hey All,
It has been CRAZY around here since we got back from market over a week ago. My apologies for not getting this posted sooner, but I had patterns to stuff and orders to ship, so that had to come first. Now that I have that all completed, it is time to share the booth and other stuff with you from market. I know some photos are floating around on Facebook and other blogs, so some of this will be repeats of stuff you have seen somewhere else, but hang with me...there is some real goodness here at the end of the post!

We had a great market. The response to the new designs was fantastic, not to mention how much everyone loves the book. We had two golden copies at market for preview. The photos on the blog here and at the website just aren't a proper substitute for holding the book in your hands and being able to experience it in person. What can I say? Krause did a beautiful job with the layout, photography, just everything about it is perfection! We are still on schedule for shipping at the end of the month, so those of you who have ordered...just hang in there...we'll get those books out as soon as we get them here!

Here's a bit about what I was wearing at market:

Day 1: I am wearing Monique in some luscious cotton from Rowan. These are some Phillip Jacobs prints with a bit of Kaffe Fassett thrown in (the dots)...this fabric is so soft that it feels like voile. It was just a dream to sew with and to wear. I am not normally drawn to vibrant yellows, but I LOVE this fabric!

Day 2: I am wearing the Sophia Trench Coat with the Sabrina Tunic underneath. These are fabulous new fabrics from Moda that were shown at the show called "It's A Hoot". It was designed by MoMo and there are large stylized owls on the print as well as other great elements. I really love the colors and how the large scale print works with the trench coat design. It lets those fabrics really sing! Just an FYI, the coat is made entirely from twills in that line and the dress is made from the regular cottons. It drew a lot of attention and I have to say that I loved wearing it!

Here I am with Gene Stewart from Moda (you can see him over on the right). We were recording a short video about my new designs and book for him to share with customers who couldn't make it to market.

Day 3: I am wearing the Claire Cami Dress. It was our most popular pattern at market...super simple to make and I must say the quintessential summer dress. This one is made from Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet fabric with Michael Miller. I just love that fabric!

We also had some sightings of my designs being worn by other vendors at market...which is always a treat. Here are the girls that were working in the Quilted Fish's booth. They are all wearing variations of my Emaline Skirt. Don't they look adorable?

Here I am with Amanda Herring of the Quilted Fish. We first met at the Pittsburgh market last year and she is a delight, not to mention VERY talented! She has her first fabric line coming out with Riley Blake in the fall and it is fabulous. Be sure to check it out. She is also wearing the Emaline Skirt. See how great it looks on the whole Quilted Fish crew!

Here is Pillow & Maxfield wearing my Torii Tunic in their new fabrics for Michael Miller, Pretty Bird. Don't they look wonderful? I just can't get over how fun it is to see my designs all over the place and know how much people enjoy them. It does my heart good, I tell you.

Last, but certainly not least, here is a photo of my husband Keith and me on the first day of market. This man is wonderful! You should hear (and some of you have) how well he knows the designs. He can talk the talk with the best of them and he does a great job with the orders at market while I am somewhere talking (usually in the aisle or running around when he lets me out of the booth!) None of this would be possible without all of his support. We will be celebrating 18 years of marriage here in a week or so...I am so glad to have him in my life. We make a great team!

Now for the part you have been patiently waiting for me to get to....if you have made it this far in the post, then certainly, you deserve to be awarded.....


I will be giving away 2 SETS OF THE NEW PATTERNS! That is one each of Monique, Claire, and Rachel...so there will be 2 lucky winners as of Monday morning. Just leave a comment about how you simply can't live without these patterns and you will be entered! The giveaway starts now and goes through 11:59 PM CDT on Sunday evening. Winners will be posted on Monday morning....good luck to all and as always.....