Oct 242012

In early September I was reading Nancy Zieman’s sewing blog, and commented on one of her posts, String Quilts—What’s Old is New Again! In that post, Nancy introduces sewing sisters Virginia Baker and Barbara Sanders, promoting their book titled String Quilt Revival. Because string quilting makes heavy use of fabric scraps, Nancy asked her readers to confess how many boxes of scraps they have, and promised a random giveaway—a copy of String Quilt Revival—to the winner.

“This could be incriminating to answer!” I wrote. “Let’s just say that there are boxes and baskets of scraps, and nobody really wants to count them. (I sure don’t!).”

The next thing I knew, I received an e-mail from one of her representatives, telling me I had won the random drawing . I am looking forward to talking more about this book in a future post, when I can share a project that uses string quilting.

The publishing warehouse charged with sending me the book, however, accidentally mailed me Lisa Lam’s A bag for all reasons, a great book that already sits on my bookshelf. I called the customer service number on the company’s Web site, and they apologized for the error, told me to keep the book, and sent me the title promised. Well, that error will now be a giveaway for someone else.

If you are a sewist and like to sew bags (or have aspirations to sew bags), then you have to visit Lisa’s blog, http://u-handbag.typepad.com, which is chock-full of bag sewing tips. The book, of course, includes many of her best tips, discusses basic bag sewing sewing tools that are a must, and includes projects that will set you on the path toward designing your own bags. Imagine learning how to make all of these bags:

  • iPad case
  • groceries tote
  • pouch
  • backpack
  • school satchel
  • purse-frame purse
  • laundry bag
  • baby bag
  • bicycle bag
  • convertible backpack
  • tri-fold wallet
  • vanity case

To enter a random drawing for this book, just comment below. Let me know what style of everyday bag is your favorite. For example, do you like a clutch purse, a shoulder bag, a tote bag, a backback-style purse, a slouchy bag? You’re not limited to these choices; I am simply interested to hear what your favorite type of bag might be. The winner of Lisa Lam’s A bag for all reasons will be announced on October 30, 2012. Make sure you include your email address in the comment form; it will not be published, but I do need a way to get in touch with you if you’re the winner.

For those of you who do not win Lisa’s book, visit her blog or check out Nancy Zieman’s post, Top 10 Creative Designer Bag Sewing Tips. You’ll be glad you did!

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