Guest blog & giveaway: Tanya Whelan’s Sew What You Love

The winner of this giveaway is commenter #66, Deb who said:  “Oh wow, those patterns look amazing! I would love a chance to win this book please.”  Congratulations, Deb!!

Today I’m happy to introduce a very special guest post.  It’s none other than Tanya Whelan from Grand Revival!.  She’s here today to talk about her new book, Sew What You Love.  She’s also going to tell us all about the freebies and giveaway celebrating the release of her book.  Take it away, Tanya!

I’m so grateful to Craft Gossip for letting me talk about my new sewing book, Sew What You Love, the Easiest Prettiest Projects Ever today. The book includes 30 projects for bags, home, childrens items (toys, bedding, clothes) and adult clothing. And comes with three large pattern sheets in an envelope at the back of the book. The projects are really simple and will work for sewers at any level. Also included are techniques and tips for sewing with knits, using elastic thread and bag construction. Basically I really wanted to show projects that were simple, pretty, easily achievable and that people would want to use in their everyday life.

To celebrate the release of my book I have a few goodies to tell you about:

-first, there’s a free pdf download here of the Travel Checkers project from the book

-second, enter a comment here to enter to win a signed copy of the book and 6 fatquarters from my latest fabric collection Sugar Hill


-and finally
, share the Amazon page for my book by clicking “share” on the right side of the Amazon page (under the shopping cart) on your facebook, twitter, blog or website and I’ll send you a free bag pattern download of your choice, the Monterey Market Bag, Metro Bag or Practical Bag. Just email me,, let me know you shared and let me know which bag pattern you prefer and I’ll email you the download.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and creative 2012! Happy Sewing!!




 The Giveaway

 Okay,here’s the scoop on the giveaway.  Just leave a comment on this post and you’re entered to win a copy of Sew What You Love AND a set of 6 fat quarters from Tanya Whelan’s Sugar Hill collection.  I’ll choose one  comment at random as the winner.  Deadline for entry is January 16, 2012 at midnight CST.




  1. Wendy Hayes says

    It is so great to find a new book with such great patterns and ideas! I find it hard to describe the ‘rush’ I feel wanting to make new bags with such great fabric. As an Aussie who visited Monterey for the first time in 2011, the Monterey Market Bag would have to be my choice to make first!! Love it. :-)

  2. Pam Pike says

    Love this fabric collection and would really like to have this book. So many great projects! Thanks, Pam

  3. says

    This book looks so beautiful! If I don’t win, I’m wishing for it for my upcoming birthday. I’m a HUGE fan of Grand Revival fabrics…love to use Darla and Delilah for just about everything. Sugar Hill is such a sweet addition to my alltime favorites! Must get some asap!!!

  4. Nancy says

    Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway! I am in a neighborhood sewing group and this would be a great book to share. We love to be inspired and this looks like just the ticket!!
    I would love to win this for our group!

  5. Isabelle says

    Wow! a wonderful giveaway!!! I would absolutely love to win this bundle! I love the fabrics too!

  6. Sandy says

    Thank you so much for the chance in winning this book and these fabrics!!
    I really want to do the projects in this book.

  7. Michelle says

    The fabric is beautiful and I am looking forward to reading this book and any more that you write. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Dennis says

    Hi thank you for such a wonderful giveaway. I would love to win your book, thank you for a chance.

  9. Shazadi says

    Those projects look great I would love to win that book and that fabric.Its so pretty.It would help me with the quilt I’m making with my mom and to make the projects in the book.:D

  10. erin jewell says

    I wish I may I wish I might win this gorgeous book and fat quarter prize tonight!!!! I just love Tanya’s fabrics and I will be crossing my fingers that I get the book to use them together.

  11. says

    This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway… I’m busy clicking on all the different links and finding so many neat things.

  12. Lisa C says

    I am a huge fan of Tanya’s sewing and love her fabric & projects. This book looks awesome!!!

  13. Gwen Windham says

    The book looks wonderful!!! Having a chance to win a signed copy of the book and 6 fatquarters from my latest fabric collection Sugar Hill is OH-SO-FANTASTIC!!!! I SO love the Sugar Hill fabric!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!! :-)

  14. Dorene Blaha says

    I would LOVE this book! I four little girls and would love to make some of these projects for them. I sew, but have never taking any lessons, so I would love a book that explains the projects in a simple way.

  15. Cathy Byrd says

    Sugar Hill is SOOOO Sweet! I love her fabrics, and an autographed book would be the cherry on top :)
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at

  16. Rebecca Miller says

    Such a fantastic looking book! I would love to win this! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to do just that :)

  17. Indy says

    Ack! So excited looking through the pictures of the book – one of my resolutions is to sew more this year, so this would be great!

  18. Sarah says

    I would love to read your book! I can sew ok by hand but my son just bought me my first sewing machine for my birthday and I have no idea where to start or do first. Maybe your book would give me ideas and The fat quarters would be great.

  19. Laura says

    Wow! This is a super giveaway! I have always enjoyed the art of sewing and Tanya’s fabrics are some of my frequently used favorites!Thank you tons!!! :)

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