Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

The winner of this giveaway is commenter #147, Nancy D, who said her favorite handmade item in her house is “The Afghan my grandmother knit me when I was a kid.”

Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

I’m so happy today to be part of the blog tour for Kelly McCants’ new book At Home With Modern June!  The photos in her book look like my dream home.  Bright, happy but also vintage-inspired, evoking memories of years past and favorite loved ones.

Kelly McCants is also known as the Oilcloth Addict, and oilcloth and laminated fabrics make a strong showing in this book.  It’s not just slick fabrics though.  She also uses cottons and vintage linens to create charming vintage-inspired home décor.  At her shop, Modern June, you can find a wide selection of oilcloth, laminated cotton and chalk cloth. She also sells notions to go with these fabrics, as well as finished goods for home and baby with the same charming retro style you’ll find in her book.

In At Home With Modern June, she shows how to make 27 handmade projects for your home.  She covers every area of the house:  Kitchen and Dining Room, Living Rooms – Inside and Out, Bed and Bath, Closet and Pantry, and Creative Space.

This gorgeous shower curtain is one of the projects you can find in this book.

Review and giveaway: At Home With Modern June

You can see more sneak peek photos here and watch a preview trailer here.

There’s not a single project I don’t like in this book, but my favorite has got to be chicken scratch apron.

Chicken scratch is embroidery done on gingham, using the squares of the fabric as a guide for the stitches.  In her introduction to this project, she shares the story of her grandmother she affectionately called Grr.  Her Grr would wear an aqua gingham apron stitched with a chick scratch pattern.  After her Grr died, her aunt sent her a copy of the pattern that her Grr used to make the chicken scratch design on that apron.  She shares that same pattern in the Chicken Scratch Apron project in this book.  Not only is this a beautiful tribute to her beloved Grr, her story illustrates the reason why hand items should be in our homes and used throughout the course of our day.

Other favorite projects of mine are the eyelet placemats from chalk cloth, the candy knot guest towels stitched with French knots to look like the sheets of candy buttons, the lined baskets, the ironing table with hanging pockets, and the fold-up sewing supply case.


I’ve got a copy of At Home With Modern June – PLUS a small bundle of chalk cloth that’s enough to make two of the no-sew placemats seen in the book – to give away to one Craft Gossip reader.  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here telling me about a favorite handmade item in your house.

I’ll choose one comment at random as the winner.  Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 7th: Stash Books
Wednesday, April 9th: Craft Gossip
Thursday, April 10th: Apronista and Pretty Prudent
Friday, April 11th: Whipstitch
Saturday, April 12th: Craftypod
Sunday, April 13th: Sew Mama Sew
Monday, April 14th: Grow. Make. Eat.
Tuesday, April 15th: The Painted Home
Wednesday, April 16th: Finding Home 
Thursday, April 17th: Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict


  1. Linda Davis Siess says

    When one of my sons was small, I had him copy a saying onto a piece of white-painted wood, and then I went over his pencilled handwriting with a black Sharpie. I love seeing his little-boy penmanship – the plaque is hanging in our entryway. (It says, “God bless all those that I love. God bless all those that love me. God bless all those that love those that I love and all those that love those that love me.”!)

  2. Maria Torres says

    I am very proud of the dog bed I made our pet dog Precious. Whenever she lays down to get comfy my daughter who just turned 3, will lay down with her:) I enjoy watching my hand work being worn down with regular use.

  3. Sue Gardner says

    One of my favorite items made by hand in my home are a valance and curtains in my laundry room made from a table cloth and napkins.

  4. ValliM says

    Just made a new spring/summer wreath for my front door, so loving it right now. Plan on making some new curtains for the house.

  5. Tamie says

    One of my favorite handmade items is a quilt that a friend made for me when my granddaughter was born. She said to keep it at my house for when she comes over. We were just using it an hour ago. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

  6. Alyssa says

    I love my infant son’s handmade quilt. It’s cute and snuggly and even after he’s long outgrown it he can pass it on to his children or keep it as a reminder of his Grammy.

  7. Robin says

    I love the hand quilted quilt that I made for my husband before we knew we were going to be married; so now we share it!

  8. afet says

    I want to bring to turkey something different to go to classes and ask the teachers to try teach me tecniques but I need examples to show the teacher. I recently moved to turkey n trying to keep busy and trying to make friends. Id love to win your book n would b honored in showing it off in turkey 😉

  9. Becky Cooke says

    Several years ago, my crafty sister-in-law made me me a quilted table runner out of scraps of oriental material. It is so beautiful that I keep it on my dining room table year round.

  10. julia carter says

    My favorite project are my hand embroidered dishcloths, they are bright and cheery and i absolutely love using them :)

  11. Chrissie says

    I love the trade show display shelves that I got for free from Princeton University and cut it to fit my wall, sanded it down, painted black and put back together and then taugh myself to sew and made curtains attached with tabs hung from a tension rod at the top. All my cookbooks, craft books and sewing books are all behind the curtain and everyone always asks where I got my amazing wall unit from

    I had no idea when I started but it worked out

    It was all downhill from there and I’ve immersed myself in non stop projects ever since. I love having hand crafted things in my house.

  12. Kathleen Hartley says

    My favorite handmade items are the quilted treasures my mom has made for me over the years.

  13. Amy K. says

    I have many quilts – one made by my great grandma long before I was born, a few made by my mom using blocks & scraps from that same great grandma, and some all new, also made by my mom. They are an amazing & beautiful connection between generations.

  14. Renee says

    Right now, my favorite hand made item is my teapot cozy. Not only is it cute as can be, but it keeps my tea (or coffee) steaming hot for at least an hour longer.

  15. Heidi D. says

    My favorite handmade items are the plates and bowls I’ve painted with different patterns to match the seasons and mark special times from the past. Love this book. Can’t wait to get a copy to add to my bookshelf!

  16. Pamela Perna says

    I love anything I can create with my mom’s fabric. She past away last year and I got all of her treasured fabric. I made a quilt for my bed and I treasure it. The whole time I worked on it her fabric even smelled like her! Now I have a little bit of her with me always. :)

  17. Helen Collins says

    I just learned how to sew about 3 years ago. When I made my first bag & sold it, I was pointing out the flaws of the bag & how I sewed crooked. My supervisor who bought the bag said to me, “I love the bag, make me more!!”

  18. Marcy says

    I love all of my handmade table runners that I can change with the seasons.
    I’d love to win this book and add to my handmade things.

  19. Linda Webster says

    Four of my friends each made 3 original applique/pieced blocks for me and I put the blocks together for a wall quilt. The blocks are amazing – a house with a fabric door that opens, Santas with quilted beards, reindeers, and stars. This quilt is one of my most treasured items.

  20. melissa says

    My favorite handmade item is the quilt my grandma made. It inspired me to make my first quilt, which finally happened last summer.

  21. Delaine says

    My favorite hand made item is a flannel rag quilt that I made – one for me and one for my husband. Thanks!

  22. Shelly says

    I love the blackout curtains I put in the kids’ rooms. They’re not fancy, but they let me (and them) get some extra sleep in the summer!

  23. Linda Rumsey says

    Hard to choose as I’ve knitted lots of cushion covers and blankets for various rooms. But probably my favourites are two Beatrix Potter cross stitch pictures I made when the children were little.

  24. Christine B. says

    I have a wall a/c unit that was installed in a window opening in my master bedroom. Some of the original opening is covered with wood…so not-so-pretty. I have a little quilt made to the size of the opening that covers the ugly parts while using the a/c unit, then extends down to cover the entire unit during the months it’s not in use.

  25. says

    The most favorite handmade items in my house are the quilts. They are in every room of the house. We use them everyday for naps to snuggle under while reading books. They had a wonderful pop of color.

  26. Karen Ponce de Leon says

    I love the retro look that you do. I always feel more comfortable in the old. Keep up the good work bring us ideas with the materials that are now available.

  27. says

    My favorite handmade item in my house is the rag quilt I recently made for my daughter. It’s probably my favorite because of how much SHE loves it.

  28. Ruth says

    My favorite handmade item is the latch-hook Christmas tree skirt. It’s beautiful, but it’s made even more special by the person who spent all the hours making it.

  29. Andréa S says

    This is hard but I’d have to say it would be a big , beautiful and bright quilt I made out of the beautiful fabric named “Verna”

  30. Cheri says

    My favorite item in my house that I have made is the quilt I use to cuddle with while watching TV. Bright cheery butterflys! I have been making things for my home for 35 years, but never seem to get things as good as the professionals do! I love what is shown on the cover of the book and would love to be able to create things that nice! I particulary would like to learn about how to do the Chicken scratch embroidery done on gingham. I started out sewing with embroidery and haven’t done it in years, but lately have been considering going back to it and would love to learn this style! Thanks for the drawing!

  31. Laura Mackenzie-Hawkins says

    My favourite Handmade item in my home is the Curtains I made for my son’s room. The council fitted New Street Lighting and we ended up with the new light at the bottom of our Driveway, outside his room. He needed Super Blackout Linings as it was stronger than Daylight and he has Autism. He loves his curtains and now his sleep again. lol

  32. says

    I love the quilt wall hangings and a special quilt from my grandmother.
    I love Modern June. I visit her at The Country Living Fair in Columbus Ohio. I would really enjoy her new book. Thanks for the chance.

  33. Michele T says

    I love the applique quilt that I made for myself… it took 3 years to finish between projects but it is a labour of love and I am so proud of it!!!

  34. Patricia P. Hall says

    I love my homemade napkins because I got to choose the fabrics and make them to my taste. We use them everyday so they make me smile.

  35. Rose S. says

    I love the many afghans I’ve made for my family members to ‘remember’ me even after I am no longer with them — no hurries there, though 😉

  36. Dennis Mullins Sr says

    The one thing has to be the hand made quilts that I made. I was so happy when the first one was done that I had to have another one right away. Thank you for the wonderful book and fabric giveaway.

  37. Kelly says

    I have a set of pillow cases that my aunt gave me when I was a little girl. She embroidered birds and flowers on them and then crocheted edgings for both of them. My mom wouldn’t let me use them (they were too nice). Not only did I use them as an adult, but I wore them out. I have pieces of them framed and in my bedroom. When I look at them, I remember my aunt, her sense of humor, and all the love that when into them!

  38. Peggyann Huffman says

    My favorite handmade item is an embroidered towel my daughter made me as her eye sight was returning to normal after brain tumor surgery. It hangs next to ones made by my mother and grandmother.

  39. Ronnie Gosnell says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this exciting book- I just got a new machine and it would be exciting to try some of these ideas!

  40. Pat says

    Every room in my house has some item that I made.i think that my favorite are the throw pillow and pouf foot stool that I recently made for my living room.
    I love to re-purpose old fabric for many of my projects.

  41. Valerie Zagami says

    I love the painted and covered chairs in my sun room. This book looks great with down to earth and fun projects. Thanks for the review.

  42. Cindy S says

    I made a fabric storage basket with pretty Asian fabric to use in the living room to corral my knitting projects.

  43. TRISHA TERRY says

    my favourite item is a oil and battery stand, small size that my sister made including little batteries and oil cans with old fashioned labels to go with my pedal cars. it is much loved and even more so since she passed away last year at only 57.

  44. ChrisTea says

    It’s hard to choose just one but I’ll say the beautiful hankerchief angel made with lace hankies and potpourri by my mother. It’s on the wall next to me and I love it!

  45. Stephanie says

    A couple of months ago I made a twine-wrapped initial and stuck it on a linen covered canvas. It hangs in my living room and I love it.

    thanks for the giveaway!!

  46. Kathy Davis says

    I have a pink gingham apron that belonged to my Grandma who passed away at age 89 in 1980. It has a cross stitch design. I didn’t know it was called chicken scratch. Thanks for the info. Kathy

  47. Julie Henderson says

    I have a lovely painting done by mom, of some wildflowers in a mason jar. I also have a quilt made by her. I also get a grin from an apron I made from my husband’s dress shirt, for my teen daughter. 😉 Thanks for the giveaway & God bless!

  48. Linda says

    I’m lucky to have a very crafty, hands-on family. We have crocheted items, embroidery, sewn items, paintings, wood carvings, weaving, and handmade instruments. We are always looking for new things to learn and make. My current favorite as a beautiful quilt my daughter made me.

  49. Tracey says

    I’d have to say my favorite homemade thing I have in my home right now ia a pair of vintage pillowcases I embroidered. I actually used the vintage embroidery floss the instructions suggested. It was fun doing them and they look so lovely in the guest room.

  50. Callie says

    My favorite homemade craft at home is a wreath I made out of the paper flowers I used as centerpieces for my wedding reception… double homemade! :-)

  51. Emily says

    I love sewing with oilcloth and am currently using some I purchased from Kelly’s etsy store to make zipper pouches to give as gifts to my mom’s mahjong group.

  52. KimW says

    This looks like such a cheerful book – I love all of the color! These days my favorite thing to make is crocheted covers for rocks. It sounds kind of odd in words, but they are so pretty, the contrast between a lacy crocheted pattern and the outdoorsy rock. I am surprised how many people admire them – and then ask me to make one for them!!

  53. Theresa says

    My favorite project is a crocheted lapghan which doubles as my cat’s bed cause she loves it so much. We share it!!!!

  54. alison sinclair says

    I love to sew and love working with new patterns, and LOVE actually having the book in hand to be able to reference. I would love this book.

  55. Dee says

    My home is full of hand made items from table clothes to the table itself. Every room has something handmade. My favourite item it usually the one most recently finished. 😉 At the moment that would be a lamp base that I have painted – now I need to do something about a lamp shade…

  56. Gina S. says

    Foot stool i pick up at a thrift shop that i recovered. It’s in my sewing room. I use it to put my feet up when doing hand work or ripping out seams.

  57. Denise says

    I have a quilt made by my great grandma and one made by my grandma. I love them and am thankful I have them. They inspire me in my own quilting.

  58. says

    My favorite handmade item in our house right now is the bookshelf/plant ledge my husband made last weekend. (Pics on the blog if you are curious.)

    Our house is full of handmade things–it’s the best way to add beauty and a loving touch to your home.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Jowyn Jenson says

    My favourite handmade by me, is a simple charm square quilt I made years ago. I use it as a sofa throw, it’s worn well and I love all the different colours that shouldn’t go together, but do.

  60. Peg crescenzo says

    The favorite homemade items are my quilts that I hang and change out with change of season or whenever I decide to change the look.

  61. Elizabethdx says

    I made a bunch of throw pillows, using a different type of fabric manipulation on each. I love seeing them in my living room!

  62. Patricia says

    My favorite homemade items are the embroidered and patchwork potholders I have made for my daughter. They are stained and burned, but that is because they are well used and loved.

  63. Kathy H says

    My favorite handmade item is a cross stitch picture and saying about the sun. My mom did the stitching and my dad made the frame. It is such a precious gift that I have had now for over 30 years.

  64. says

    I love all my homemade Christmas ornaments I put on the tree for the holidays. Many of them bring back memories of when my boys were in grade school. I used to make ornaments for their classmates. When they all grew up I would see one of the classmates and they would tell me how much they enjoyed them. Some have even told me they still have them to put on their tree for the holidays.

  65. Cindy Dahlgren says

    My favorite handmade items in my home are all the doilies my Mom and both Grandma’s made. They are very precious to me.

  66. ten b says

    my favorite handmade item is a quilt my great-great-aunt made for my high school graduation, many, many years ago.

  67. Ellee says

    My favorite handmade item in my home is the clay windchime my son made for me when he was in grammar school.

  68. Bekk says

    Ive made a few animal soft sculptures to decorate my living/work room. Everywhere I look there’s a little mouse or squirrel or dog sitting and looking. That sounds creepy but they’re cute really. :)

  69. Debbie says

    I made a pair of blue printed curtains,for my laundry room window.It’s the first time I made any household decor without a pattern;they turned out perfectly.

  70. Sherril McGann says

    The favorite handmade item in my home is a vintage apron hand made by my Grandmother in the 40’s.

  71. Sue S says

    I have made homemade wreaths that have won blue ribbons at our local fairs. I have made curtains & clothes too. Would love to sew something from oil cloth. Thanks.

  72. Linda says

    My crocheted flowers on canvas… and a framed picture of a vase with embroidered flowers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Jacklynn Grimm says

    The first handmade, quilted thing I made myself is a Christmas tree skirt that I still use every year. Thanks for the give away!


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