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Mar132009

weekend sewing giveaway

Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross is finally here in my hands. I've been waiting patiently to see it. I actually laughed out loud when this cover was chosen because that is ME balancing up in that tree. I never intended to be the cover model, it's just easiest to use whomever is around when you are off in Vermont on a photo shoot, it's a good thing I shaved my legs that morning!

The back of the cover shows some of the projects in the book, a great mix of clothes, bags, aprons, cute ideas for kids, and even a pup tent to relax in when you're all done with sewing. All the projects in the book are easy enough to finish in a weekend.

When you take the jacket off the book you can see one of Heather's patterns from her Kokka line "Rabbits and Race Cars". We thought it was a nice little surprise. 

Heather actually illustrated all of the how-to's in the book, I love her drawing style. To see more of the photos in this book, visit the photo gallery.

Each book also includes two huge pull out pattern sheets for the projects in the book. (And believe me, it was tricky to fit all those projects on there!)

You may not realize that book publishing is a long, slow process. The photo shoots for this book were shot way back in the summer of 2007, and Heather was working on the actual patterns and projects a long time prior to the actual shooting. The photos are then edited, and the manuscript finished and edited. I designed the book last year, between February and July, sending it back and forth with Melanie Falick and her team. So almost a year later it's been printed, bound, shipped, and finally is here in my hands.

And I'm happy to pass it along to you. Leave a comment letting us know your favorite way to spend a weekend, and my little helpers and I will pick a winner Tuesday evening, March 17th. (Comments will close at 8 PM Tuesday PST.. Wow! That's a LOT of comments!)

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Our weekends are spent with each other and usually working on a project or two. Maybe sewing could be a new family project!

By the way, I would be terribly excited to be on the cover of a new book, especially if I was lounging in a cute skirt in the crook of a tree! How fun for you!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Weekends to me are for having very few set plans and having two days ahead of us to spend as a family doing whatever might come up - farmer's market, thrift shopping, naps in the afternoon, big Sunday night family dinner. I like to spend time together.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

i love to spend weekends (when i'm not too busy with work) to spend sewing things for myself. then maybe do a little baking or hang out with some friends. pizza in the evening with some wine and an old movie would be perfect. and a lot of lounging about reading books or magazines. :) i have been anxious to see this book ever since i heard about it. looks fabulous!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Hiking, picnic, snowshoeing, scrapbooking, making crafts, hanging out with my family, walking on the beach...

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Great book! My favourite way to spend the weekend is often influenced by the season...spring and summer weekends are spent at antique and farmers markets, golf courses and home with friends and family. Fall weekends are spend outdoors enjoying the last of the warm weather we'll see for a while (Canada). Winter weekends are spent skating and playing hockey, lots of reading and sewing and snacks by the fire every Friday and Saturday evening. Most of all though, regardless of the season, we spend a lot of the weekend cooking and baking...our truest passion as a couple and a family.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan

My favorite way to spend the weekend is staying home spending quiet time with my family. Not too exciting but refreshing and much-needed most of the times.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca S.

A photo shoot, a project, a clean house, a bike ride or tennis match, good food and sleeping in - that's my perfect weekend. They don't all come together very often, but when they do - perfection.

I'm so excited about the chance to win this book. I've been eyeing it on several blogs!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather{dot}com

Love the legs!

My favorite way to spend a weekend varies by week, but it always involves time alone - a rare and precious commodity these days. Of course, I love to go out for brunch or the park or another urban adventure with my boys, but curling up with a good book all by myself, or going to a movie alone is the best treat ever.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

This book - and your site - are gorgeous! My favorite weekend involves a morning to sleep in, the New York Times and a cup of coffee while my 3-year-old plays happily with her dolls... and then an outdoor activity and the addition of a few extra hours in the day for crafts or sewing or cooking.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commentermichaela

what a fabulous giveaway!
my favorite weekends are filled with family, lots of family, coffee, food, and just plain togetherness.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim

Oh, I am almost desperate for that book, ever since I first read about it (here?). I have some experience sewing, using patterns and everything, but I want to really get doing it all the time. My perfect weekend involves going to the Farmer's Market, then Goodwill, plus 3 or 4 other thrift stores, buying up lots of beautiful fabric and wool in the form of other people's cast-offs, buying bunches of sewing notions, taking it all home, spreading it out, and dreaming up all the things I will do to it all. Beautiful little girl dresses, tailored sweaters, bermuda shorts, skirts for me... I don't really have shelves, so under my piano is a row of stacks of brilliantly colored shirts and sweaters, just waiting for me to doctor them into something marvelous. But I still need help! If I get the book, I promise to donate it to the library, after I'm good and done and have squeezed out every speck of information and memorized the photos. Because then I can share the love, but I will always know where to go when I need it!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah k.

I have been wanting to order this book. It looks great! I had no idea that you were the girl on the cover. How cool!
I love to spend the weekend hanging out with my family. I do wish though that I had an additional day to each weekend to devote to sewing!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I love to be home with the family! On cold weekends, I like to cuddle up with the kiddo and watch movies and eat popcorn. On warm weekends, I like to go for a walk/ride with the kiddo and enjoy the fresh warm air. Then come home and grill some chicken or hot dogs and have a picnic in the backyard!! When the sun goes down, we'll chase fireflies. :)

I'm ready for summer. :)

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlissful Babe

SEWING SEWING SEWING .. a nice little breakfast, some friends, a walk in the sun, a fabulous dinner ... and more sewing.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterfran

Our favorite thing to do on the weekend is enjoy eachother. Pick a fun, interesting way to spend the day strolling about and making memories. Tomorrow's plans include our first family trip to the local flea market! We're hoping to find some fun and quirky goodies!
(excited for the new book!!)

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTess Smith

Pancake breakfast and day at the zoo...
Oh and we LOVE LOVE LOVE Saturday mornings in our pj's just playing with our babies.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Jo

Sleeping in, waking to sunshine, relaxing, reading, creating, spending time with family...

03.13.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjodi

A lot of sewing, a little bit of cuddling with the hubby, movie watching, baking, and SLEEPING!!! That is the perfect weekend for me

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTori

We love to get the children out and about on Saturday morning, to the park or visiting family, wearing them right out. Then while they are recharging, hubby and I enjoy a light lunch and each other's company, then I get on and do a bit of crafting.

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLin

I love the weekends because I am not in a RUSH to get my boys ready for school and other activities. On the weekends we can take our time in the mornings. I enjoy making my boys a hearty breakfast. They love their Egg and Cheese Omelet, bacon, rice ( the Asian in them) and fruit . Then we usually go somewhere as a family. Last weekend the weather was beautiful so we went to the park and had a picnic lunch. Usually as a family we will explore new places since we moved to the East Coast about 7 months ago.
Thank you for the great giveaway! Your blog is just lovely!!!

03.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

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