coverIf the word “applique” conjures up images of Sunbonnet Sue and gingham-checked Scottie dogs, then you haven’t seen the new twist on applique by modern sewists.  

In Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist, Meg McElwee captures the spirit of this new approach with a handful of projects that use simple applique patterns to create items for the home, items to wear, and items for baby. 

Flipping through the book, I found myself saying, “Oh, I am SO making this!”  again… and again… and again.  Standout projects for me were the Capture the Moment camera bag (the color and texture are such a happy departure from the typical black canvas camera bag), and the Funny Animals Children’s Tote (ribbon legs for the critter – oh my!).

As much as I want to keep this book for ever and ever, I’m giving away my review copy to one lucky Craft Gossip reader.  Leave a comment on this post to enter. 

Deadline for entry is midnight CST on February 15, 2010.

By Anne Weaver


69 Comments so far

  1. Sonya on February 8, 2010 9:52 am

    I have heard so much about this book and would LOVE to have it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Carmen on February 8, 2010 10:02 am

    It sounds so much fun and I obviously need it becaue my first thought was… what’s wrong with gingham-checked scotty dogs? *g* :D

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Malin on February 8, 2010 10:04 am

    Oooh, I wan’t too! Thank you!

  4. Tong on February 8, 2010 10:09 am

    It’s so kind of you to offer this giveaway! I’ve been wanting this book for so long, it looks amazing! Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!

  5. Corvus on February 8, 2010 10:12 am

    It looks like a lovely book. Thank you for the chance.

  6. Shelly on February 8, 2010 10:14 am

    I’ve just found Meg’s blog and have really enjoyed her work. I would love to add her book to my library and get to work making her awesome projects!

  7. Tracy on February 8, 2010 10:21 am

    What a wonderful offer! Looks like an inspiring book!

  8. Sheryl on February 8, 2010 10:22 am

    I would love to win this! The patterns look wonderful!

  9. Laura on February 8, 2010 10:32 am

    This book will be used and used again. Thank you.

  10. noa .d. on February 8, 2010 10:38 am

    thank you for a great review and for the chance of winning a copy!

  11. Sandy on February 8, 2010 10:48 am

    I looked thru the preview and LOVED the dark green bag. I hope I win…I hope I win… (*crossing my fingers)

  12. Heather S on February 8, 2010 10:51 am

    What a lovely giveaway! I’d la la LOVE to win!

  13. Gwyneth White on February 8, 2010 10:51 am

    such a great offer!!! thanks!

  14. Sarah on February 8, 2010 10:56 am

    I’ve wanted to get this book for a while now and would love to try out the patterns!

  15. Carolyn on February 8, 2010 11:05 am

    I want this book, big time.

  16. mary mac on February 8, 2010 11:06 am

    I was just looking at that book at amazon. thanks for the review

  17. daisy4given on February 8, 2010 11:27 am

    ooh ooh pick me!

  18. Jennifer B on February 8, 2010 11:32 am

    I have been wanting this book, but can’t bring myself to buy it yet, thanks for the review!!!

  19. melissa on February 8, 2010 11:33 am

    i want this BAD!!!!!

  20. Stacy Marie on February 8, 2010 11:33 am

    There’s an apron in there I am dying to make for a friend’s recipe shower!

  21. Kate on February 8, 2010 11:38 am

    I NEED this book! :) Thanks for sharing it.

  22. Laura on February 8, 2010 11:41 am

    How perfect! I would love to have a copy of it! Sounds like the perfect thing to keep be busy and create a few fun pieces for spring!! =)

  23. Amanda on February 8, 2010 11:51 am

    I’ve seen this book! Oh, I would love to win!!

  24. Megan on February 8, 2010 11:52 am

    Oh, man. I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and fell in loooovvvvve, but my wallet was all, “Uh, how about groceries, moron?” So now I’m well-fed and ready to craft my ayuss off…with that book?

  25. Michelle on February 8, 2010 11:59 am

    I’d love a copy– I’m learning to sew and have spent a lot of time with Amy Karol’s book– and I’ve been hunting around for new challenges to tackle!

  26. Jenn S on February 8, 2010 12:19 pm

    OoooH! This is on my book wish list.

  27. MoniCue in WI on February 8, 2010 12:20 pm

    I read her blog and would love to learn how to applique like she does! Have you ever seen a cheerier skirt?

  28. Julie on February 8, 2010 12:40 pm

    I am already in love with the skirt on the cover!! Would love to see what other treasures are inside.

  29. Jessica on February 8, 2010 12:41 pm

    ooh- I was just looking at this on amazon! It came up after I bought Betz White’s “Warm Fuzzies” (which is incredible). It’s definetly on my ‘to get’ list

  30. Melissa on February 8, 2010 1:19 pm

    This has been in my wishlist for some time now – thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Amy on February 8, 2010 1:20 pm

    Looks like a great book! Thanks.

  32. Becky on February 8, 2010 1:25 pm

    Oh, I have had this on my wish list!

  33. Mary Anne on February 8, 2010 1:25 pm

    This book would be worthwhile just for the pattern for that camera bag! I use lots of recycled denim and I can ‘see’ that bag in denim. It sure would be a great book to win!

  34. Lynne on February 8, 2010 1:25 pm

    Wow! That books looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Kelly Wilde on February 8, 2010 1:26 pm

    I love the new twist on an old craft! Fingers crossed I’m the lucky winner!

  36. hands of gold on February 8, 2010 1:35 pm

    love learning anything new! count me in…

  37. Mel on February 8, 2010 2:16 pm

    Oh, thanks so much for the chance!! I’d love to work on projects I’ve read about from this book!

  38. Casey on February 8, 2010 2:18 pm

    I am rekindling my sewing skills and this would be a wonderful help!

  39. Crystal Conklin on February 8, 2010 2:25 pm

    This book sits on my amazon wishlist waiting to be purchased. It would be great to WIN it instead!!! Thanks for the opprotunity.

  40. Jessica on February 8, 2010 2:36 pm

    Oh, that looks divine! Pick me!!

  41. Melinda on February 8, 2010 2:39 pm

    Everytime I go to the book store I flip through this book. It looks so cool! I really shouldn’t buy anything else until I finish what I have soooo…I should win it instead! ;)

  42. Julie on February 8, 2010 3:45 pm

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  43. Francesca de la Rionda on February 8, 2010 3:58 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book. I would love some sewing inspiration.

  44. CraftyMummy on February 8, 2010 4:32 pm

    Looks like a great book – thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Melissa on February 8, 2010 5:35 pm

    The book looks great! I would love to win it!

  46. Sylvia on February 8, 2010 6:02 pm

    Ooh, would love to try applique!

  47. Melissa on February 8, 2010 6:38 pm

    Please add my name to the pot!

  48. Jennifer Ladd on February 8, 2010 7:25 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. edina on February 8, 2010 7:59 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win such a great book!

  50. Cori on February 8, 2010 8:18 pm

    I saw it at the craft store this weekend. Unfortunately hubby made me choose between the book and fabric! This is my shot to have both. Thanks!

  51. Angela Scrofano on February 8, 2010 9:09 pm

    I really enjoy looking and dreaming about the projects in this book everytime I browse through it at the fabric store…I really want it!

  52. Amanda on February 8, 2010 9:48 pm

    Would love this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. turtle on February 8, 2010 11:08 pm

    i have tried to sneak a peek at this book but can never seem to find it in stock! i have loved the pics i have seen posted on line…. yum!

  54. christi on February 8, 2010 11:43 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win this great book!

  55. Grace on February 9, 2010 3:11 am

    oooh I would love to win this, it’s on my wishlist!

  56. Amanda Calloway on February 9, 2010 5:38 am

    Cool book and projects. I would love to curl up with it. With so much snow coming again to MD I need something to read!!!!

  57. Emily on February 9, 2010 7:42 am

    This looks like it’s right up my alley! I’d love to win it!

  58. Bethany on February 9, 2010 8:35 am

    This book has been on my wishlist and I would “sew” love to win it!!!

  59. Liz B on February 9, 2010 8:56 am

    This is such a fun book, thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  60. Kamie B on February 9, 2010 9:06 am

    Aww, that skirt is amazing, what a great give away!

  61. Kelly on February 9, 2010 9:49 am

    I have a hold on it in our library, but it is taking soooooo long! My grown daughters and my 15 year old son decided that this would be the year they all learned to sew. We would get a lot of use out of this book.

  62. Katharina B on February 9, 2010 1:30 pm

    Nice of you! Of course, I’d love to have it too!

  63. carmel on February 9, 2010 3:16 pm

    the book looks great i would realy love to have one!

  64. Kris on February 10, 2010 4:03 am

    I came here after googling the book for reviews and now am so glad I did as I’ve found another crafty blog to read! Thanks xoxo

  65. Line on February 10, 2010 1:43 pm

    Me too! Me too! Oh, yes, I’d love to win!
    Thanks for the chance!

  66. Melinda on February 11, 2010 8:40 am

    This looks wonderful! I would love to win!

  67. Bonnie on February 12, 2010 8:55 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this book, too. Would love to win it!

  68. JenniferB on February 14, 2010 12:20 pm

    Love the skirt on the front- thanks for the chance to win

  69. Karon on February 25, 2011 12:48 pm

    Wow I’ve been looking for good books on sewing, but they’re hard to find. Looks Good, and even a chance to win! Cool!

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