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. twelve30 says

    I have always love your fabrics & would love to win your book! Thanks for a chance.

  2. Susan Mercer says

    Your new book looks like it has many easy, useful projects. I have retired after 35 years so I finally have time to work on my to do list. This book would give me even more fantastic ideas.

  3. says

    love freebies! and the checkers board pattern looks PERFECT for the picnic/beach basket! I’ll try and figure out the amazon thing now :)

  4. Becca says

    I appreciate that you offer these great prizes / gifts. I hope that whoever wins will, in turn, pay it forward. Again, thank you! Great fabrics and book as well. :)

  5. Becky Greene says

    I am so excited about the chance to win your book and the lovely, lovely fabric!!!! Thanks for the chance!

    (Is the deadline really December 16, 2012 or is that a typo? Typo, I hope – who could wait that long :-) )

  6. Roni says

    I love that fabric! Those reds and blues are my favorite color combination (of teh moment) for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway and be blessed.

  7. Shelly says

    I love Tanya Whelan’s fabric and have loved the patterns she’s done thus far. This book looks great and I’d love to win!

  8. Barbara says

    Congratulations on the release of your new book! Your fabrics are very colorful and cheerful. Would love to own both the book and fabrics.

  9. Amy K. says

    Amazing fabric, and I would love to get my hands on a copy of your book! It looks like there are a ton of cute projects in it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Cheryl Serafini says

    What a wonderful looking book, so fresh and full of much needed inspiration. If i win all i need to do is find time….doesn’t come with the book does it???

  11. Bear Maverick says

    You’re bags are such a handy size with a nice wide open mouth- just perfect for my books as I take the subway!

  12. Sarah says

    I’ve been looking forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  13. Nicole Ferguson says

    I would love to get my hands on this book! I have been keeping my eyes open for the perfect fabric to use for the Metro Bag but haven’t found just the right one yet :)

  14. Melissa says

    Wow, what a great giveaway – and the free patterns! I’m looking forward to seeing what other patterns are in the book.

  15. says

    I went Saturday to barnes and noble after reading your sites post about the book but they don’t have it yet:(. I will get it as soon as they arrive. Can’t wait!

  16. Suzie says

    Your book looks divine – it would be a fine addition to my library and as for the fabric who would not desire it for their stash.

  17. nangy says

    OH BOY!!! Would love to win this book and fat quarters! Love,Love,Love youre patterns and so does my 9 year old granddaughter,she already has plans for the fat quarters!

  18. Mary Mac says

    I love the tote bag on the front cover. Love to see what else is inside. The fabrics are beautiful. The colors are just right for my spring projects

  19. Jane S. says

    This book looks like such fun! What a wonderful giveaway, especially with the pretty fabrics included as well. Thank you!

  20. lapreal says

    I have raved to everyone about your collection and book. So easy and fun, my kids love the metro bag! I would so love love love to have some of your fabric! I hope you have a great day thanks!!

  21. Amanda says

    I love Tanya’s fabrics! My toddler’s shabby chic room is done in a combo of French Hat Box and Ava Rose! Hope I win!

  22. Charla N. says

    I already got my copy but would love to pass it on to my mom for an autographed copy from my favorite fabric designer!

  23. Rachel Dow says

    How I would LOVE to win this “prize”!!! ( and how perfect it would be since the deadline is my birthday! ;o) I love, love LOVE all of Tanya’s stuff & would love to have some of her new fabric line!

  24. Melanie says

    Oh my goodness, this is exciting! I am just starting to sew, after many years of being too scared to start and mess up. Tanya’s book is such an inspiration, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  25. Claire says

    To win “SIX” fat quarters is onething which is a great prize, and also to receive a copy of your book WOW that is absolutely terrific. I do hope I can win, thanks for the chance.

  26. Kim says

    Congratulations on the release of your book and thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  27. Rebecca Pheister says

    I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. It looks like the projects will be just what I need to get started sewing again!

  28. says

    I’m 41 and haven’t ever sewed. I was always to serious about breaking the sewing machine. But something got into me in September 2010, so I learned to start quilting. For a long time, (at first) my hands would get sooo sweaty I thought I would give it up but I just stayed with it and I now I love to quilt. I’m still nervous to try the adventure of just sewing but if I was to win the fabric I would get your book and try making something from the book and the gorgeous fat quarters… I think you fabric is sooo beautiful!!!!

  29. Sarah says

    I just love Grand Revival designs – especially the practical bag. I have made several for myself and as gifts. I hope I win!!

  30. adele carieri says

    I’m from Italy, a friend told me about you…your works are amazing , I love them! I’d like to win the book and the fabric, it would be faboulous…<3

  31. Jill Hubbard says

    Ilove your beautiful romantic fabric. Actually made some Christmas stockings with it this year. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Jess Z says

    I would love to receive a copy of Tanya’s book and quarter pack of the Sugar Hill Collection. I enjoyed making her Monterrey Market Bag. Thanks for a great giveaway! mfrapp_83 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  33. says

    I always want to learn new things. My experience with the sewing machine is short but very interesting – i did some “tea-cup” bag and “basket bag” which you can see here and here he he 😀 so Will be GREAT if i can learn more from your book.

  34. says

    I love your fabric collections. French Hatbox was my favorite so far but I’m drooling over Sugar Hill now. Would love to have your signed book and the fabrics as a bonus! I’m anxious to try the ottoman poufs and each one of the bag patterns. You’re a talented lady.

  35. 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. :-)

  36. 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!!!

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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!! :-)

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. Rebecca Miller says

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

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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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