If sewing with friends sparks your creative passion, jump-start your next retreat or sew-in with the projects in this well-curated collection. Organize your sewing tools and supplies with nine make-ahead projects; then choose from seven more projects to stitch for fun, alongside your friends. Twelve expert designers share their inspiring ideas for sewists on the go.
- Make everything from equipment totes, a needle case, crafter's apron, and sewing machine mat to striking quilts, place mats, a pillow, and table runner
- Enjoy retreat anecdotes and advice from the pattern designers
- Relax and rejuvenate as you create something fabulous for yourself or your creative friends
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One of quilting's greatest strengths as a hobby can also be a great weakness for those of us who love socialising; it can be, by its very nature, a very solitary pursuit. Quilting groups and retreats are more popular than ever, however, and this encouraging trend is often overlooked by many publications. We're hard pressed to recall more than three books we've recently reviewed that really cater for the social aspect of our craft. However, Make It, Take It addresses quilting with friends admirably, presenting sixteen projects designed to be useful for quilting get-togethers. From the oversize tote bag, to smaller but no less useful items such as the scissors holder and crafter's apron, there are enough non-quilt projects in here to keep things varied and interesting, and the quilts themselves are gorgeous, particularly Lynne Goldsworthy's "Lone Star Circle Quilt". The book's contributors stress how wonderful it is to quilt in like-minded company, and we thoroughly agree. A terrific book, well worth poring over with some friends and a cuppa!
Review from Online Quilt Magazine, April 2015
Krista Hennebury was so taken with her first quilting retreat - sewing, learning, relaxing, more sewing and eating food prepared by someone else - that she has been to over 50 of them and has now been running her own retreats for the last 10 years. Wonderful days away from family and work commitments are a great way to relax and really get some sewing done in an atmosphere of friendship and fun. The 16 projects in this book are planned with retreats in mind, either for work to do while there or for things to take and use. An equipment tote, needle clutch, pillow, apron with pockets for equipment, thread catcher - from the entirely practical to full quilts, table runner and placemats - you'll find a use for them all. Krista assures us that her project-specific tips and tricks enable sewists (isn't that a better word than '"sewers"?) of any level will be able to make any of these lovely items. If you are thinking of a retreat, this book will provide all the inspiration you'll need.
Review from Quilts and More, Fall 2015
Get instructions for nine projects that'll help you organize your sewing tools and supplies and for seven projects to create at a quilting retreat in Make It, Take It. Day retreat host and author Krista Hennebury culled projects and tips from 12 designers to help you make the most of your retreat or sew-in.
Review from Sew News, October/November 2015
More and more quilters and sewists are embracing the idea of sewing in groups. Camps, retreats and sewing parties are a great way to socialize while getting your crafty fix. In Make It, Take It, you'll find instructions and illustrations to create cute and clever projects that help you get organized and take your sewing on the go, such as an equipment tote, scissor keeper. thread catcher and more. Plus, find fun projects to sew with your friends once you get where you're going.
Krista Hennebury dabbled in crafty sewing projects since elementary school. In 2000, she took a beginner quilting class at a local quilt shop and instantly knew she had found her passion. Now, after years of taking workshops, teaching workshops, actively participating in both traditional and modern quilt guilds, and running a successful day-retreat business, Krista is thrilled to be a part of the exciting online blogging community. She makes traditionally informed modern-style quilts and a lot of bags. All of this magic happens in her small sewing-room-with-a-view near Vancouver, Canada, or on retreat with her sewing friends. Connect with Krista at her blog, Poppyprint.Visit Krista's website
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