Little Girls, Big Style: The Giveaway

I have been working on this giveaway forever. Like, since I started working on Little Girls, Big Style. I have always loved hosting giveaways and this one is even more special to me for rather obvious reasons. And I’m especially excited to be taking part in Sew, Mama, Sew’s annual Giveaway Day (be sure to check out the link and see all the amazing blogs/shops taking part).

Here’s what you’ll be winning from me:

• An autographed copy of Little Girls, Big Style.

• Two yards of Pellon Easy Pattern for tracing the patterns in the book.

• Some fun trims from my stash for using with some of the projects.

• A Clover Chaco Liner chalk marking pen.

• Three one-yard cuts of fabric (fun multicolored owls on white 21-wale cord by Robert Kaufman, Euro-style mermaids from JoAnn and the prize from my stash: Little Elfi from Germany).

• ModKid Little Chef pattern, which I tested for the lovely Patty Young.

• Indygo Junction Petal Blossom Bag designed by Violet Craft, which is the most recent thing I’ve sewn.

• A Starbucks Frappuccino cup and gift card. Starbucks was my office-away-from-home while I was working on the book and I spent many an hour there, writing without the distractions of home (or the Internet).

• An autographed copy of Jenn Cristy‘s Hotel Confessions. Not only was this the soundtrack of my book-writing days but I actually did the photography, CD packaging design and merch design while I was writing the book. You say “crazy;” I say “multitasking.”

This giveaway is open until U.S. residents until Dec. 17 at which time I’ll select a winner using (Sorry, international friends! I will do a book-only giveaway just for you after the first of the year.) To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post. Yep, it’s just that easy.

And don’t forget you can still enter the giveaways on the Little Girls, Big Style blog tour (continuing through Dec. 15) to win a copy of the book. Check out these blogs for your chance to win there:

What are you waiting for? Get commenting!

Market Goodies

Just a few things I brought home from Market. I still have a bag full of promotional stuff — mostly brochures and fliers — but these were some of the things I thought I’d share.

  1. Ten-piece fat quarter bundle of Citronella by Sandra Banava for Robert Kaufman, purchased at Sample Spree on Friday night. I couldn’t resist!
  2. Batik luggage tags from Hoffman California Fabrics.
  3. Sandi Henderson‘s brochure for her beautiful line of patterns. Have you bought yours yet? (I have!)
  4. Flower Fairies flier from the Michael Miller SchoolHouse, introducing the line of fabrics featuring the work of Cicely Mary Barker.
  5. Tina Givens‘ new lines of fabrics for FreeSpirit. She also had her new patterns at Market and I have to say they are some of the neatest, most unique things I’ve seen for kids and women. Sarah ordered all of the existing patterns for the shop and Tina has some more on the way. You’re going to want to check them out. Really.
  6. Apron from Island Batiks.
  7. Super cool purse handles from Hobby & Land. Sheree and I were drawn to this booth and bumped into Jonah there. I swear, I could have spent tons of money if I’d been inclined. As it was, I managed to limit myself to just the one purse frame/handle and just need to pick out the perfect fabrics for it.
  8. Fat quarter stack from Paris Bebe that I picked up at Sample Spree. I’d seen some of the fabrics online and never bought them but there was no leaving them when I found them Friday night. “Buy me, Mary!” they cried.
  9. Trust me when I say you’re going to want this book. Cassie Barden’s The New Handmade is going to be hot, hot, HOT. Lots of cute patterns: bags, things for the home, cute gifty things. Oh, and Cassie is just about the sweetest thing ever! (She comes by it naturally; her mom is just as great!). The little blue thing on top of the book is a fabric cuff Cassie handed out at her SchoolHouse. (It’s also one of the projects in the book.)
  10. Elinor Peace Bailey‘s SchoolHouse was such fun. I can’t even convey how entertaining it was. She is so cool and I have to tell you, she was so willing to give advice and share her expertise related to the business. I was just in awe that someone would do that. This is her new line of fairy fabric for P&B Textiles. I also won a cute little fairy — made by Elinor — but it was appropriated by Miss L. Elinor also showed off a great block of the month quilt that I really liked, made with her new fabric.
  11. Charlotte charm square pack (by Debbie Beaves for RJR Fabrics) with Charlotte’s Applique Blocks pattern.
  12. Heather Bailey debuted her new line of patterns. I went to her SchoolHouse and got to see the finished products in person. These are going to be really popular, I’m sure. I especially liked the reversible purse pattern (and the magnets in the handle are super cool).
  13. Jay McCarroll is my new best friend. Seriously. When I told him my oldest child was almost 18, he told me that he couldn’t believe it because I only looked 25 years old. He gave out a free “Cute Tote Bag” pattern with grommets at his SchoolHouse, and gave out the coolest pins at his booth (in addition to autographing photos of himself). You’re going to see his new lines of fabric for FreeSpirit everywhere after it comes out. It’s just that cute. Kind of Japanese whimsy that will appeal to kids, teens and kids at heart.
  14. My super cool Fabric Addict pin, courtesy of Myrinda at
  15. Brochure featuring Flights of Fancy by Paula Prass for Michael Miller. I will be playing with this fabric for a long, long time. You might recognize the outfit in the bottom right corner of the right page of the brochure. I was so excited that I turned to the complete stranger next to me and squealed, “I made that!” I think she changed seats shortly after.
  16. Patty Young‘s Andalucia brochure and bookmark. Patty is so much fun! Although I think I freaked her out when I tried to sneak off with one of the samples for her booth (Traci has photographic evidence of this, BTW). It was all in good fun, but then Myrinda and I had to duke it out over the outfit and I lost quite pitifully.
  17. Tote bag from the Seven Islands booth after Sarah placed her order for the most gorgeous Japanese fabric. I can’t wait until it comes in!
  18. Robyn Pandolph’s new Sumptuous Living fabrics for RJR Fabrics. They are really lovely and have the most amazing hand. Some of the blue colorway reminds me of Jottum’s Rembrandt line. And there are solids to match!
  19. New Fairy Frost charm squares from Michael Miller, from the SchoolHouse goodie bag.
  20. Magazines from the CK Media booth. I actually went to Mark Lipinski‘s SchoolHouse and he told the most riotous story about buying and wearing a girdle. I was in tears! I had him autograph a magazine for Taffy; he wrote “Quilt naked, Cupcake!’
  21. The new Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion featuring Amy Butler‘s house on the cover. Nabbed in the Amy Butler booth. I was too chicken to actually go meet Amy Butler but I have a magazine. Yep, I’m lame.
  22. Postcard promoting Heather Ross‘s upcoming book, Weekend Sewing. I actually did go introduce myself to her (at the urging of Sarah’s Westminster rep) and had a nice little chat with her. The book is simply gorgeous and full of projects that can be completed in a weekend (or a little less). It doesn’t come out until March, so make note of it now because it’s going to be “the” book to add to your sewing shelf come spring.
  23. Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabin looks like a fun book and I really like the Q Tools Sewing Edge the author demonstrated. It’s like using a Post-it note or masking tape as a guide on your sewing machine except it’s taller and creates a firmer edge for guiding your fabric under the presser foot evenly without pins.
  24. Cute little Flower Fairy fabric bag the folks at Michael Miller filled with chocolate-covered espresso beans for their SchoolHouse. It was the last one of the day and the caffeine was greatly welcomed.
  25. Layer cake of fabrics from Timeless Treasures.
  26. Sample spool of thread from the Provencia booth. I’m looking forward to giving it a try!
  27. Fat quarters of Melissa Averinos‘s Sugar Snap line of fabrics for FreeSpirit, along with a bracelet for the company’s new line of home goods. I have been reading Melissa’s blog for a while an have corresponded with her a little by email and I have to tell you that she is exactly like that in real life. Funny and sweet and very, very real — even admitting in her SchoolHouse how nervous she was about talking in front of a room full of strangers. (She did fabulously, though.) Her line is even more beautiful in person and I can’t wait to start sewing with it. (We actually have a Trendy Textiles launch coming up with it in a couple of weeks.) Melissa was also kind enough to talk with me about my own aspirations and how I should go about making that happen, and I’m incredibly grateful for her advice.
  28. My “I Remember” block of the month quilt set from Rosalie Quinlan Designs. I have had my eye on that pattern ever since Rosie debuted it and I was so excited she had the set at the Melly & Me booth. I also have Melly’s new fairytale-inspired block of the month pattern on the way and can’t wait to make it.
  29. Indygo Junction‘s new Teatime Dress & Coat pattern, which I grabbed at Sample Spree. I really like the IJ patterns. The size range is broad, the instructions are easy to follow and the results are perfect, every time. I love how this pattern looks (they had samples up at their booth) and that the instructions include how to repurpose an old pair of jeans to make the jacket.