October 1, 2011

Hot off the presses!


Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers just came out a week ago. I guess I have received a promotion to “top designer” because one of the projects is mine! :)

Awhile back, when Martingale put out the call to its authors to contribute a project to a book idea that they had for making gifts, I didn’t let the sun set on the opportunity.

The teapot idea came to me right away when I thought about sewing a gift. You may know that I’ve designed a number of teapot patterns, and I’ve often heard quilters say that they’re inspired to make something special for a friend who collects teapots.

Time for Tea, Have a Cup With Me

Time for Tea, Have a Cup With Me

Here’s my project from the book. It’s a little guy, 14″ x 9″, hung up with rickrack for a little extra touch. The caption says, “Include it with a gift of your time; brew a pot of tea, sit down, and have a long chat with your friend.” That was my thought about making something for somebody you care about.

Here are some more exceedingly cute things from the book.

tic-tac-toeTic-Tac-Toe for Ewe from Cheryl Almgren Taylor.

little-wool-bagsLittle Wool Bags from Karen Clifton.

parsons-chairElegant Parsons Chair Dressing from Avis Shirer.

Sew the Perfect Gift is this month’s prize, thanks to That Patchwork Place! If you’d like to win a copy of this brand-new book, leave a comment here by 7:00 p.m. California time on Wednesday, October 5.

Open to U.S. and Canada shipping addresses only. Remember that if you are subscribed by email, replying to the email won’t get you in the drawing. Instead, click the title of the post and you will be taken to the blog itself. Leave your comment at the bottom of the post.

Good luck! If you don’t win the drawing, I put the book up on my website and you can order a copy there.

By Kay Mackenzie


44 Responses to “Sew the Perfect Gift”

  1. DebrafromMD on October 1st, 2011 9:38 am

    Thanks for a look inside this book. I have a friend that would love the tea pot quilt.

  2. SewLindaAnn on October 1st, 2011 9:45 am

    Looks like fun projects, put me in the hat!

  3. Conny Brusselers on October 1st, 2011 9:50 am

    What awesome ideas. I’d love to have this book in my hands to start making projects.

  4. Sandy A from St. Louis on October 1st, 2011 10:15 am

    Love your project! Teapots are so cute. I also love the Parson chair project. I have 2 slipper chairs in the living room that I could do this for Christmas…Thanks for the ideas & the chance to win!

    Sandy A

  5. Cathy on October 1st, 2011 10:25 am

    The pincushion on the cover looks very pretty and your teapot project is very cute. I think I could find lots to make in this book.

  6. Toddy on October 1st, 2011 10:35 am

    What a great little book of ideas and just in time for the gift giving season. Love the little Tea Pot quilt. I also collect Tic-Tac-Toe things.

  7. Brenda Kroez on October 1st, 2011 11:26 am

    I would love to try some of the projects in the book – thanks!

  8. betsy on October 1st, 2011 11:46 am

    Great projects. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  9. Susan Lorenz on October 1st, 2011 2:07 pm

    I love sewing projects like those shown – book looks really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Diane Kennedy on October 1st, 2011 4:33 pm

    Very Cute! Would love to make some of them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Debbie St.Germain on October 1st, 2011 6:47 pm

    That looks like a fun book, love that pillow, very creative but easy projects and great for the gift giving season.


  12. Erin in MI on October 1st, 2011 7:00 pm

    I love books like this – the projects look great! Thanks for offering it in a give-away :)

  13. Lori Ginsberg on October 1st, 2011 7:26 pm

    What a fun book! Just in time for Christmas too. I love giving handmade gifts.

  14. Dana Floyd on October 2nd, 2011 5:13 am

    The projects look like lots of fun and fast for gift giving.

  15. Donna on October 2nd, 2011 5:27 am

    Sweet wall hanging! Love the sheep.

  16. Marcia K on October 2nd, 2011 5:35 am

    Some very cute ideas. I’m very intrigued by the chair back cover. I don’t think I’ve seen one like that before. I immediately looked over at my chairs to see if they would hold a design like that.. and YES!! :) Happy day. I don’t drink tea, but my momma does, and she would love the tea wall hanging. It would make her very happy.

  17. Kathy O on October 2nd, 2011 6:15 am

    Everything looks fabulous…and perfect for my family and friends. I’d love to win this book and start planning my gifts!

  18. KatieQ on October 2nd, 2011 7:03 am

    Congratulations! It looks like a wonderful book. As a teapot collector, I’m always happy to see projects featuring my favorite things.

  19. Angie in So CA on October 2nd, 2011 7:47 am

    All the projects you’ve shown are neat. I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway and review.

  20. kathy in nc on October 2nd, 2011 8:44 am

    adorable..looooove your teapot, your fabric is so charming too :0) Everything looks fun & darling for holiday gifts. Your are the sweetest!! thanKs so much I enjoy these.
    {{thank you}}

  21. Fran on October 2nd, 2011 9:45 am

    Good idea for a book and great ideas.

  22. Nellie on October 2nd, 2011 9:54 am

    These would be great projects for exchanging at retreats and quilting guild events. Love your other teapot designs, as well.

  23. Carrie P. on October 2nd, 2011 10:34 am

    congrats on having your pattern published. Looks like a great book. I like that chair cover.

  24. Diane on October 2nd, 2011 11:22 am

    I love your little teapot hanging-very charming! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Polly Hada on October 2nd, 2011 11:26 am

    What a charming idea for a book. Looking forward to seeing all the projects. Congratulations for being a top designer. But your readers already knew that!

  26. Jennifer J on October 2nd, 2011 3:24 pm

    Oh, this looks fun! I might have to buy it if I don’t win it!

  27. Stray Stitches on October 2nd, 2011 3:43 pm

    The book looks like it has some wonderful ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  28. Sallie on October 2nd, 2011 4:13 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Lyn on October 2nd, 2011 5:11 pm

    The book looks really interesting and, with Christmas gift making still going on, hope I win it!

  30. Connie on October 2nd, 2011 5:37 pm

    Looks like a lot of wonderful patterns! Love your teapot wall hanging and your photo is perfect!

  31. Bev on October 2nd, 2011 6:31 pm

    Sounds like a fun book to help get the creative juices flowing for the holidays. I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Tina Conner on October 2nd, 2011 6:50 pm

    I just love your teapot applique patterns. I used them from Tea Pots 2 for a design that I created. Can’t wait to get this book and try your new design. I also used your watering can pattern in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks Vol 1 for our Quilt for a Cure block donation this year. Love your work and stories from Willie.

  33. Colette on October 3rd, 2011 4:29 am

    Your teapot project is oh so sweet! Love the idea of your time with it too!

  34. Carol Schlabach on October 3rd, 2011 7:10 am

    WOW! I love the book. Hope I’m the lucky one to win it. Thanks for all the give aways you do…..I really enjoy your blog!

  35. Jane Hannah on October 3rd, 2011 12:50 pm

    Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Tricia Lenz on October 3rd, 2011 9:13 pm

    This looks like a fun book! I would love to win it!

  37. Lorena on October 4th, 2011 4:18 am

    This book looks exciting for ideas. Would love to win one. Thank you for the opportunity

  38. Jen on October 4th, 2011 5:53 am

    Wow, Kay! What a beautiful project you conrtibuted. This book looks like it has a lot of fun projects, I can’t wait to check it out!

  39. Linda Kay Smith on October 4th, 2011 6:58 am

    It looks like this book has some cute ideas for gifts to make – I’m always on the look out for ideas. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Linda Kay

  40. Theresa W on October 4th, 2011 1:41 pm

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway

  41. Marianne on October 4th, 2011 2:41 pm

    This would such a great book to have. Some wonderful projects to dive into.

  42. Teresa on October 4th, 2011 2:47 pm

    Wow this looks like an amazing book. I always look to you for inspiration and fun ideas
    Thank you for sharing

    Teresa Fabozzi

  43. anna lee on October 5th, 2011 4:39 am

    ohh I adore this!
    so cute, perfect fun for this time of year.

  44. Michelle on October 5th, 2011 7:29 am

    This looks like such a fun book, I would love to own it!