Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sweet Tweets Blog Hop

Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, project by Heidi Staples

My enormously talented friend Erin of Why Not Sew has written a darling book called Sweet Tweets: Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds, and I'm so happy to be a part of her book tour today. These pages are full of adorable little projects featuring vintage style patchwork and Erin's beloved little free-motion applique birds. For today's post, I chose to make the Birds & Bees Hot Pad since it featured the hand sewn hexagons that I love to stitch. I pulled lots of favorite new prints for this piece, including many designs from the Spring Cotton + Steel collections.

Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, project by Heidi Staples

Though I didn't have the materials on hand to do the applique in the corners of the pad as the instructions called for, I decided to use the petal templates as a guide for some hand quilting with red Aurifloss thread. I absolutely adore the way it turned out. With a little navy binding to frame the edges, it makes a beautiful giant mug rug for the nightstand by my bed. I can't tell you how much I love seeing it there every day!

Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox, project by Heidi Staples

Erin's book is full of fun small projects, just perfect for the instant gratification sewing that I try to fit into each week. I love how personal each one is, and I especially admire the way she works so many special touches into each piece like optional crocheted borders and the tiniest pieces of patchwork. I will definitely be working from this book again!

You can follow the rest of the tour according to the schedule below, and if you'd like to win an e-copy of Sweet Tweets for yourself, please leave a comment on this post. I'll choose a winner by Friday! 

Tuesday, Sept.8 - Erin (Introduction post) Why Not Sew?
Wednesday, Sept.9 - Heidi Fabric Mutt
Thursday, Sept.10 - Debbie A Quilter's Table
Friday, Sept.11 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.12 - Jacque Brown Dog Prims
Monday, Sept.14 - Amy nanaCompany
Tuesday, Sept.15 - Svetlana s.o.t.a.k handmade
Wednesday, Sept.16 - Renee Sewn With Grace
Thursday, Sept.17 - Martingale Stitch This! The Martingale Blog
Friday, Sept.18 - Heather Vintage Grey Handmade
Saturday, Sept.19 - Clara and Jennie Clover & Violet 
Monday, Sept.21 - Amanda Jean Crazy Mom Quilts
Tuesday, Sept.22 - Cindy Live a Colorful Life
Wednesday, Sept.23 - Carla Grace and Favour
Thursday, Sept.24 - Mary Molly Flanders
Friday, Sept.25 - No Post
Saturday, Sept.26 - Erin, Big Giveaway Post!!! Why Not Sew? 

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations, Margaret!***

52 comments:

  1. What a pretty piece of patchwork. I would love to win the Giveaway.

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  2. It's fun to see the mixture of Cotton and Steel! Great hexies :) I think you sound very wise when you say you try to do some smaller sewing every week. That sounds like a very good idea. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Beth

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  3. What a sweet little project. I always love seeing your fabric choices. Will look forward to seeing more projects from the book on the rest of the blog tour.

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  4. Your project is lovely! I understand why it makes you happy to see it each day. This looks like a cute book, it had me as soon as I saw the birds on the cover. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

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  5. I love your fabric choices and the outline of the leaves. Looks like a fabulous book as Erin's birds are so cute to stitch.

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  6. Very cute little quilt, love the center!

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  7. That is a sweet little project. The red stitching is perfect!

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  8. I love this little projects! So cute and good for practice too!!
    j_dobler@msn.com

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  9. I love anything with a bird on it so I had to click and see the book. There were so many cute projects, I would want to make them all! Your mug rug came out so nice and summery with those colors. Thanks for introducing us to this great book!

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  10. Heidi, I am so glad to read this review. There is more to Sweet Tweets than I thought

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  11. As a new quilter, this book looks amazing! Your project is lovely - love the fabrics you chose.

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  12. I love your cute little mat, especially since you were able to feature that fun apple print in one of your hexies. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. Love your project. I really love those little birds too. Thanks for the chance to win this book

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  14. this is such a sweet little patchwork Heidi - gorgeous fabric selections as always :-)

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  16. It is fun to see the creativity! This looks like a fabulous book and your fabrics you used are really fun.

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  17. I don't need to be in the running for a book as I'm blog hopping too, but cute job on the hot pad/mug rug!

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  18. This is such a cute project! I love that this book is full of quick and beautiful projects!

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  19. Your hot pad is just adorable…love the hexies and hand stitching!!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I love your hotpad! Your fabrics and hand stitching are beautiful!
    Susie

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  21. Love the block! Love the hand quilting!

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  22. Very cute project--love the cherry print on the back too!

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  23. Awesome creation! Thank you.

    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  25. I love this! Exactly what I been thinking of making for gifts for my friends! Awesome blog hop!

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  26. Your project is the perfect showcase for those darling Cotton + Steel prints. Would love to win a copy of this book -- I'm all about the instant gratification projects as well.

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  27. Love these little projects. When you work full time they are a great way to de-stress without being overwhelming like a big project can be. Great fun!

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  28. Your potholder is adorable! Love Erin's work, thanks for the chance

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  29. Love your project, thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Cute. I want to try those hexagons.

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  31. I had not thought of using a mug rug next to your bed. I always have a glass of water, summer or winter. I shall have to make one.

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  32. Cute project. I like the quilting you did.

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  33. The next technique on my list to learn are "hexies". This would be a great first project!

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  34. What a Happy Hot pad/Mug-rug!!! Love your hand stitching on it too! Great job!!! This book is soooo on my Wish List...and would looove to win! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  35. These are my very favorite little projects to work on, especially when i need to take a break and step away from a large project, or if i just need some "me time". This looks like a fun book with cute treasures. Kwarren2985@gmail.com

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  36. These are my very favorite little projects to work on, especially when i need to take a break and step away from a large project, or if i just need some "me time". This looks like a fun book with cute treasures. Kwarren2985@gmail.com

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  37. These are my very favorite little projects to work on, especially when i need to take a break and step away from a large project, or if i just need some "me time". This looks like a fun book with cute treasures. Kwarren2985@gmail.com

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  38. Sweet little mug rug Love the red stitching!

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  39. Cute hot pad, love the red stitching too.

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  40. Such a cute little mug rug for a bedside table; great idea! Looks like this book would inspire fun and creativity would love to win a copy, thanks!

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  41. That's a great idea , to use such a cute mini quilt on your bedside table. I like the look of this book's many cute and useful projects.

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  42. So funny, I just put the book on my wish list about 30 seconds ago.

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  43. I like small projects, too, and especially birds. Thanks for the chance to win.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  44. I love the petals you quilted on this piece. It really added a fantastic finishing touch.

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  45. Adorable! I think I'll sew up a mug rug this weekend!

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  46. Isn't this book unique!, small projects are the perfect antidote to the fatigue after a big quilt. Those birdies are so sweet!

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  47. I've admired Erin's work for a long time! Such a sweet book!

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  48. I would love to win, sounds and looks like the perfect addition to my quilting library!

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  49. Lovely mug rug!!! What a great book full with ideas!

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