Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sewing with Oilcloth Blog Tour Day 3!!

Happy Sewing with Oilcloth Blog Tour Day 3 to you all! We've needed to switch things up a little this week. I'll be filling in for Sew Mama Sew today, while they await their copies of the book. (Silly shipping company!!)

In a perfect world an 80 year old tree won’t have dropped on my home on Saturday, I would have internet, and this post would have already been up this morning. I am sorry for the delay, I hate making you all wait.

Today, I wanted to share a few things I did to keep organized and on schedule while I wrote this book. (Of course we can't for get the giveaway! See below for the details.)


MY MOOD BOARD

I used this louvered door in my studio as my Sewing with Oilcloth mood board for months. It helped me keep track of which projects I had finished and which ones needed doing. It also helped me create a balance with fabrics prints and colors. I wanted this book to be a very pretty book with lots of bright and interesting colors.

As I look at it now I see that a few samples changed in the end. One reason for the changes was the editing process. I had the pleasure of working with a great team of editors at Wiley. Some of the these talented ladies tweaked my copy and some the patterns themselves. We also had a team of testers give some of the patterns a go, and we then made any necessary changes.

A few projects changed fabrics because we received new prints in. I wanted to show you all the latest and greatest designer laminates and my new favorite oilcloth in the book. I know how easy it is to fall in love with a fabric, and you will be able to come to the Oilcloth Addict shop and buy exactly what you saw in the book.

MY TRUSTY FILE SUITCASE!

If you were to see me in a coffee shop, library or book store between November 2010 and April 2011, you would have seen me with my trusty Mac Book Pro and this file folder. Within the folders I kept copies of swatches, patterns and print outs for each project.

I also kept any photos that inspired that particular project. Sometimes it was a magazine layout with a great color combination, or a cool hand bag with a great flap. You never know where you’ll find inspiration. It’s fun to take a bit of this and bit of that to create something fresh and new.

I hope you all enjoyed this silly little peak behind the scenes.

Now let’s talk giveaway! I would love to give you a free copy of my book and some free fabric!!! The book is filled with projects for all three of the following fabrics. Please leave a comment and let me know if you want 2 yards of oilcloth, 2 yards of laminated cotton, or 2 yards of chalk cloth.

Happy Sewing,
Kelly

38 comments:

Lesly said...

I think I would pick the laminated cotton, but it is a tough choice! I'm very excited about your book - if I don't win I'll have to buy my own copy!

anneso78 said...

OMG! Laminated cotton all the way! Congrats on the book, it looks really great!

ninjadesigns said...

i think that this oilcloth/laminate craze lately is awesome, it's really given people a chance to think differently about fabric! i would love to try out 2 yards of chalk cloth!

linwood avenue said...

I have never sewn with laminated cotton and would love to give it a try. the book looks amazing and I can't wait to see you at the atlanta country living fair (if you are going :)

Linda Robertus said...

The book looks awesome, congratulations! I would love to win it. I think I would choose the chalk cloth, but it's a difficult choice!

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

Can't wait to see you book. I love all the laminated cottons.

Delores said...

The laminated cotton - would love to try it! And the book will be great - I have some oilcloth waiting for a good project - love to win!

Gorby family blog said...

I've never sewn with laminated cotton before. I'd love to try it out on some projects from the book!

Allison C said...

I just bought some oil cloth and laminated cloth and I have no idea how to work with them! Maybe I could win this book and it will tell this newbie sewer how. I didn't even know chalk cloth existed and even though I haven't used either of my purchased fabric yet I think I like the laminated cotton better. Not sure why...maybe it seems easier to manipulate?

nancy l. said...

I love all things vintage so I'd have to pick the floral oilcloth. I love it!! Your book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win one.

gnlenhardt@juno.com

Melinda said...

I would like two yards of laminated fabric. Thanks for offering this giveaway. Congratulations on your new book.

Kim Bates said...

Of course I want it all!!! I already have my copy of the book and I think I love the oilcloth the best!!! So, I pick oilcloth. I have never sewn with this and would love to make that market bag to take to my local Farmers Market!

Erzebat said...

hiyall, sorry about the tree! congrats on your book! If I win I would like the oilcloth. I have lunch bags and coin purse visions dancing thru my head! (mauh) Liz

ImSuanne said...

First things first, congratulations on your book!! I'd like oil cloth, I got to take a peek at your book last week and I immediately decided I want to make the storage bins to help with organization in my closet - It looks like it would be a fun Saturday kind of project, that would be practical and pretty too!!

3girlygirls said...

I would choose laminated cotton. The options are endless!!! Congrats on your book

10d13e5e-d4ac-11e0-84d9-000bcdcb2996 said...

Am so glad I have found a link to your site. Have a little laminated cotton collection and am needing inspiration for uses (a little cart before the horse according to other half) I would love to win a copy of your book or laminated cotton, please :)

Lynn said...

I would love to try the chalk cloth. My daughter introduced me to your site, which I love to explore.

Lisabeth said...

wow! so glad I found your blog (sorry 'bout that tree though!) hmmm... i am such a newbie, but the chalk cloth really appeals to me! and i am so excited to check out your book! If I don't win, I will buy :)

Denise said...

This is super interesting. I just got a suggestions email from Amazon about your book. I had never heard about oilcloth before. Very cool.

Hula Gal said...

Just found your blog through Made and it looks great! I will subscribe on my google reader. I have a stash of traditional oil cloth, some awesome Echino laminated cotton and other lovely laminated cotton that is waiting for me to start sewing up. I have successfully made two aprons with laminated cotton and a wipes case and changing pad. Love it! If I won your lovely giveaway I would want the chalk cloth. I've never heard of it!

MyPaperParade said...

I have been wanting to try sewing with laminated cotton/book. Thanks for the giveaway. Congratulations on the book, sorry about your tree mishap. We took a hard hit too, but so thankful there was not more damage.

kristinorth said...

I would like some of the great new laminated cottons! Thanks for a chance to win!

Kate said...

I'd take any of the three! congratulations on the book! I can't wait to read it.

gill said...

This looks such a great book! I'd love to win a copy!
I've never sewn with laminated cottons/oilcloth so I'd love to have a go!

Holly said...

I hope it's not too late to enter the giveaway ... I would LOVE to have this book! I've never sewn with oilcloth or laminate cotton, so I would probably choose oilcloth.

Thanks!

Barbara said...

I'm drooling over the laminated cotton - I would love to give it a try. Keeping my fingers crossed.

quilary said...

I like the sound of the chalkcloth - lots of potential in that! Thanks for the chance.

mypaperparade.com said...

I left a comment a few days ago, but it has not "arrived" on your blog! Can't wait to check out your book, and would love to get my needle through some laminated cotton!!!! So inspired

memmens said...

Wowee you generous, kind lady! I would love some chalkcloth although it is a tough choice. I've sewn with laminated cotton recently and really loved it!
thanks for the giveaway

SewMentalMama said...

I've just made an art apron from laminated cotton and it is so incredibly wonderful to sew with, but difficult to get hold of here in Ireland. Congrats on your new book, I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

starfishalley said...

I love both oilcloth and laminated cotten.. such a tough choice but this week I guess laminted cotten. So glad to find your blog.

Mims said...

that is a tough choice b/c you have some super cute oilcloth, but i think i'd have to choose laminated cotton. hope your storm cleanup is going well!

Lee said...

What a great looking book! congrats! I would love to try some laminated cotton! thank you!

Kristen said...

How exciting, a book! Can't wait to read it. I would love laminated cotton to try out.

Henria O. said...

I think I'd pick laminated cotton! All of your fabric looks so lucious and yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

~Alesha~ said...

Laminated cotton would be fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

CleverClementine said...

Wow, tough choice! But I think I'd go for the laminated cotton, since it's something that would be completely new to me. Thanks for this opportunity, and good luck, the book looks terrific!

Indianna said...

Oil cloth for me please - I have big plans for a big bag!