Thursday, February 27, 2014

Uncommonly Corduroy Book Tour

Hi everyone,
You may have noticed the Uncommonly Corduroy Book Tour Stop button in my sidebar this month. Today is my day to host the tour and I've been looking forward to doing a review.
The book is by Stephanie at Loft Creations it's her first and there are 17 beautiful projects that are showcased using a mix of the softest corduroy and regular quilting cotton.
The photography in the book is just stunning. Many of the projects are named for family members and it's fun to read how each title came about.
The front section has tips for quilt making, bag making and there are tips on using corduroy.
As those of you who have already sewn one of Stephanie's patterns will know they are clearly explained and a dream to follow.
I was lucky enough to play a very small part in testing a couple of the bag patterns. The first is a medium sized bag called Just Jane. Below is the bag Stephanie made with the picture as it appears in the book.

"Images from Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy, Martingale, 2014; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved."



and here is the one I made. I only wish my pictures were as good as the ones in the book!
The bag I made uses a mini charm pack by Moda but you could easily use your scraps for this project.



I also pattern tested the Sister Sharon purse. Here's the picture from the book which is also shown on the front cover




and here is one I made using regular quilting cottons



and I also made it a second time with the button accents using the corduroy fabric.



back view



Any of the patterns in the book can be made in regular quilting cotton but if you've never tried sewing with corduroy then I would encourage you to try it. It is beautiful to work with and there are so many gorgeous corduroy fabrics to choose from.

To see all of the images and projects in the book go here

So now for the good news. Martingale have very generously offered a free copy of the E-book version to one of you.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which project in the book is your favourite and why. I will draw a winner on Tuesday March 4th.
Good luck everyone and as Stephanie says "corduroy is not just for pants" so I hope you'll give it a try.
The book tour continues with the last day being tomorrow

Book Tour Schedule:

February 19 -- Stephanie at Loft Creations
February 20 -- Martingale at Stitch This
February 21 -- Candace at Squash House Quilts
February 22 -- Carrie at A Passion for Applique
February 23 -- Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
February 24 -- Char at Cloth Stitched
February 25 -- Mary at Needled Mom
February 26 -- Linda at The Quilted Pineapple (Linda will be sharing up close and personal details about quilting on corduroy)
February 27 -- Margaret at A Sampler of Stitches
February 28 -- Ulla at Kotkarankki

Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Margaret

Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner of the e-book was #19 Dolores in Canada.







60 comments:

Shirley said...

I think my favourite is your charm pack bag. Love the colours but I do like the black amd white spotty bags.

Peg said...

Hi Margaret, great post as always, I love your version of the bag the top fabric is so pretty and the suede is a gorgeous tone.
My all time favourite in the book would have to be the bag on page 7, I love both yours and the original colour version.
Things are progressing ok here, another little problem the hospital need to sort but I'm staying positive.
Take care

Peg x

Lynn B said...

Ooooo Margaret, you should open a bag shop, seriously you would sell them so fast!!!! I loooove visiting your blog and seeing all your wonderful creations.

Teresa said...

bellissime le borse che ci proponi, tutte strepitose.
Teresa

Lesley said...

I love the Jane bag. Your version is gorgeous!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Gorgeous bags Margaret, I really love your black and white version!
There are some brilliant quilts in the book, I love the monochrome one. one of these days I'm going to make a quilt!!!! :)
V xxx

Wendy said...

I love the patchwork bag, that would look fabulous in corduroys

Ulla said...

Your black and white little purse is very elegant! I think I will try the Just Jane bag next. - My turn tomorrow, I'm so excited.

Renea said...

I would have to say the Dear Jane bag is my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Prairie Stitcher said...

I love the purse, Margaret. I haven't made any purses or totes for years but think I'm going to try this one....in corduroy. Thanks for letting us visit.

Margaret said...

Wow, you are amazing! Love seeing your beautiful bags from this book. The top one is definitely my favorite. Beautiful!

Heather said...

Wow! Those are all gorgeous! I always love the bags you make. :-)

pam said...

I am loving the 'Just Jane' bag. I might have to give that one a try. Having a great time visiting everyone on the blog tour. It has been fun. pam

Vicki H said...

I love the Just Jane bag you made. I need to be on the lookout for corduroy now.

Judy said...

It's hard to pick just one favorite. I've seen so many that I like.

Lisa said...

I think I love the Dresden on the cover ! I love it!

Rebecca said...

Got to go with the bags!...I do not know which ones but that all set my heart a pitter patter.

delaineelliott said...

All of the projects in the book look fantastic, but I think I like your version of the Just Jane bag the best! Your are very talented.

Dolores said...

You've done a great job with the bags. I like the use of corduroy in the second one. It just adds a bit more softness. I think my favourite project from the book would have to be the turquoise and green star quilt.

Kathryn said...

I think corduroy would be great for bags because they would wear so much better.

VickiT said...

All the bags you've made are so pretty. I like the bag shown in her book and it was one of the projects I wanted to make. I also love the scarf. I think I'm going to make scarves first so I can start getting presents ready for next Christmas.

That Dresden quilt is beautiful though so I really want to make one like that.

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Messy Karen said...

my favorite is your pink version of the sister bag. it seems a nice way to showcase a precious fabric and i have plenty of that.

cookie said...

I would like to be known as the bag lady in the neighborhood and a great start would be the 'Travels with Lou'. Love your fabric selections and your blog. Thanks for sharing with us and encouraging us to use corduroy.

Candace said...

Hi Margaret, your versions of Stephanie's patterns are beautiful! I'm so happy she has shown us how to work with corduroy - it really is a dream!
Cheers!

Carol said...

What pretty bags you've made, Margaret--I always enjoy coming here and seeing your lovely creations :)

Caz said...

The pinky version of the Sister bag is my favourite, not too big! Just Jane is fab too!

Tammy said...

I really like the Sister Sara bag, that would be a great bag to run out and about with, got to farmers market in the summer, etc.

angelasweby said...

Margaret, what a wonderful way to showcase this book. Your photos are so inspiring. I'm sure you've increased the sales enormously with your creative interpretations of the patterns
I adore the Just Jane bag and love your fabric choices. The Sister Sara tote looks perfect to grab and go. It's big enough to put in those few extra things but slim and neat enough to be carry comfortableY. Eye catching and very useful. There really is no end to your talents :-)

Christine M said...

I love the bag you made with the mini charms, Just Jane I think it's called. I haven't sewn with corduroy since my boys were very little and I made them pants! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

JANET said...

I like the quilt named Fairlane. I like the black with the hint of color, plus, I used to drive a '57 Ford Fairlane! Brings back memories every time I see it.

Carol-Ann said...

Great bags made in lovely fabrics, love them both.

Rhonda Davis said...

I'm finding it hard to pick just one favorite...I want to try them all!!! I haven't sewn with corduroy ever...now I would like to give it a try. Thanks for the great review and the chance to win!

jody said...

Wow!.... I really like this bag, i will have to look at the pattern but wearing it cross-body it would be a perfect thrift/garage sale bag!! Love this Book! Fun to see the patterns made up different ways!!

Carrie P. said...

Love your versions of Stephanie's bags.

Barb said...

Lovely bags. My favorite is the one made with the tiny Moda fabric!

Needled Mom said...

Your work is just beautiful. Isn't the photography amazing in the book?

Bonnie H. said...

I love the Just Jane tote bag made with charm packs. One can never have too many tote bags!

KMSC said...

I love your Just Jane bag!
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DebraKay Neiman said...

I love both bags, but I have some printed fabric like your first bag and I like the black and white. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Yvonne said...

Love your bags and would love to win the book so I can make one. I have some beautiful purple corduroy to use.

Yvonne W said...

I just love the way you do your bags-- esp the red one--looks absolutely gorgeous. I have not sewn with corduroy-- will have to give it a go when I manage to find some.

Roberta said...

Margaret you truly are an amazing stitcher/sewer. Love the bags and I especially love the Sister Sharon bag done in the black and white sampler fabrics

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Your bags turned out great! They are beautiful. I would love to win the eBook...thanks for the chance.

Hilachas said...

I like all your tote bags! That new corduroy fabric sounds so interesting. I'd love to own that book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Linda R said...

You did a great job with your bags. Is that really a lemon tree. I have never seen a lemon tree before.

DuAnne said...

The bags are lovely! I like the one with the writing on it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book! I'm anxious to try my hand with corduroy.

Charlene McCullough said...

Love all the bags you've made. Would love to win the e-book so I can try one. Enjoyed reading your blog.

Brigitte said...

All your bags are so great and I have already put this book on my wish list.

suemac said...

Love your choice of fabrics for the bags. Very cute.

Jowyn Jenson said...

My favourite project in the book is the blue scarf and matching bag. Because I loved the colours and I love corduroy!

Anonymous said...

Beautifull!!!!!
As always
Françoise

Andrea said...

Gorgeous bags. I do love your colour combinations.

Ellee said...

Your bags are beautiful! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

babiesdoc said...

I like the little sprouts quilt
it just looks happy and spring like as i watch it snow from my window

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Margaret. You are such an excellent seamstress. You make the most beautiful creations.. I love them all. I reckon you could sell any of them in a second.. Have a super wonderful week.. Hugs Judy

Michelle said...

Oh my the black and cream one is just lovely xx

Annette-California said...

Beautiful bags. Love all your work.
love Annette

VALIE said...

I love your bags, especially the black one ! You are so talented and creative for sewing. Never mind you are not stitching, when you are making such lovely bags instead !
Asking a favour : will you send me again the references for the fusible fabric that you use to "strengthen" the fabric in the huswives ? I still have a little left, but not much, and I cannot remember the name to order some online. Thanks in advance !
Hope you are having a beautiful spring. Val

Татьяна said...

Very beatiful!!!