I’m a big fan of Betz White and not just because of her bright, colorful style but also her eco-friendly ethos and her reputation for sewing expertise, something I knew about already from making this travel bag. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be asked to join the blog tour for her new book Present Perfect.
The book is focused on a variety of sewn goods that can be made as gifts for a variety of folks including men (yay!), kids, babies, and anyone moving into a new apartment or house. I jumped at the chance to make this awesome pillow, the Sweet Life Pillow. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to learn the technique for making it. And, of course, Betz White didn’t disappoint. The pillow not only looks fantastic but it also doesn’t skip a step.
Every aspect of its construction is characterized by high-quality craftsmanship. Both the front and the back are quilted and the whole pillow comes together beautifully.
I mean…bam!…look at that bee! So awesome! Never mind that it pairs PERFECTLY with my Melody Miller whole cloth quilt. Serendipity!
As for the down and dirty details: I used bits from my stash as well as fabric from Amy Butler’s latest line Glow, which I received at her color story workshop a few weeks ago (more on that in another post coming soon). The binding is a yummy Anna Maria Horner fabric that was given to my by a lovely friend. I wasn’t sure about adding an orange to the mix but I love it. I did make a few modification but minor, minor ones. For starters, I opted out of putting eyes on the bee, it just looked too hard to stitch two perfect circles. Secondly, I minimized the width of the outside binding, just my preference to keep that smaller.
Present Perfect By Betz White is available from Interweave/F+W or enter my giveaway (more info below) to win a copy! Betz even made a sweet little video:
GIVEAWAY: If you are interested in winning a copy of the book leave me a comment by Monday, 12am EST! Tell me your handmade plans for upcoming gift-giving. What are you making? I love sharing in the crazed making madness of this season. Please note: Only US-entrants can win (sorry international friends) and the book must be shipped to a non-P.O. Box address. Thanks! GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! A random number generator picked #12 and the twelfth eligible comment is from Jane who said:
“Melissa! your pillow turned out so so good! I love it! Those little finger puppets on the front there are really cute too I always end up making bags of some sort or the other…i’ve also got plans to knit a few cowls this winter…hmm….i actually haven’t started my list yet…guess i should do that so that i have time!”
Looks like you have a new book to help you along Jane (as chance would have it Jane is a good friend of mine and crafty co-conspirator. Random that number generator surely is!!).
Be sure to check out the whole tour for a sweet sampling of what is included in the book:
1. Sew Mama Sew – Make & Bake Apron excerpt – Mon, 10/6
2. Stacy Sews – Falling Leaves Appliquéd Placemats – Tue, 10/7
3. House on Hill Road – Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel Set – Wed, 10/8
5. Sew Sweetness – Wool Courier Bag – Fri, 10/10
6. Raspberry Sunshine – Gentlemen’s Travel Case – Mon, 10/13
7. Pink Chalk Fabrics – Pasha Pleated Clutch – Tue, 10/14
8. The Long Thread – Eye Candy Glasses Case – Wed, 10/15
9. Made with Moxie – Cargo Tablet Sleeve Thu, 10/16
10. Bijou Lovely – Coffee Cash Coin Pouch – Fri, 10/17
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11. Flax and Twine – Forest Friends Finger Puppets – Mon, 10/20
12. Imagine Gnats – Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set – Tue, 10/21
Disclosure: This might be obvious but I received this book from the publisher as a part of my participation in the blog tour, my opinions about it are my own.