Handmade Beginnings

I was so pleased to be asked to be a part of the blog tour for Anna Marie Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings.


At first I thought “hmm… I’m not pregnant and I don’t have any babies (yet!)… will this book be of any use to me?” The answer?  Yes – absolutely!

First of all, we’re all swamped with baby showers and sometimes there just isn’t time to get a whole quilt made, but you want to bring a personal handmade gift.  There are many wonderful options in the book that are certain to be big hits at the next baby shower you head to!

How about some adorable bebe shooooes??


Or a cozy cozy sleeping sack??


And OMG I can’t handle how cute this photo is.  Makes me wanna make loads of little pants for babies this instant!!


And then there are patterns in the book that can be made for anyone – not just babies. Check out both of these bags.  They would work for any number of things non-baby related!



Overall a great book with loads of modern, interesting and varied choices.  Oh and did I mention the photography?  It’s so so good.  Really – it gives the book a wonderful warm and personal feeling that makes you want to sit down to your sewing machine and dive into one of the many included projects!


Maggie agrees completely.

Do you want a copy? Wiley Publishing were generous to get me an extra for you! Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.

Also, click on over here if you want to enter to win a sewing machine!

The blog tour is coming to a close soon, but you still have a couple places to check out. Here’s the details of the whole tour:

May 3 : Craft
May 4: Indie Fixx
May 5: Sew Mama Sew
May 6: Pink Chalk Studio
May 10: Wise Craft
May 14: House on Hill Road
May 16: The Purl Bee
May 18: All Buttoned Up
May 19: Alabama Chanin Journal
May 20: Homemade by Jill
May 21: True Up
May 22: Oh, Fransson!
May 23: Prudent Baby
May 24: Sew Liberated
May 25: Handmade by Alissa
May 26: Hazelnuts
May 27: Petite Purls

273 Responses to “Handmade Beginnings”

  1. Laurie May 25, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I would love to win!

  2. Amber May 25, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    I absolutely love the sleep sack! My daughter would benefit from this, because she is constantly kicking off her blankets!

  3. Leah S May 25, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Love to win this, baby is due in 2 days. :)

  4. Chiska May 25, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Love those little booties!

  5. Sarah May 25, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I love little people and would love a new set of patterns to sew from for them. There do seem to be a lot of them popping up in my life lately…

  6. Susan C May 25, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    The book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to enter.

  7. Sarah May 25, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I so want to win a copy. I loved Seams To Me.

  8. Rosemary May 25, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Need. This. Now.

  9. Elisha May 25, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    We just found out my sister is pregnant and I’m gearing up to make her armfuls of hand-made baby stuff, so this book would be perfect! I’m not going to lie, my luck with any kind of chance-to-win never seems to come through, so here’s crossing the fingers to hoping that statistics will work in my favor. ;D

  10. Katie in Texas May 25, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Kalina May 25, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    What a wonderful book! Am 6 months pregnant with my first–the perfect book for me.

  12. Nicole May 25, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Wow! I was hesitant about the book cause Avery isn’t necessarily a baby anymore….but it is awesome!

  13. Sarah H May 25, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    I am dying to make the dress on the cover. The hooded jacket is really cute too, although it might be outside my skill level for now. Those booties are calling my name though.

  14. Betty May 25, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Fantastic book! Would love a copy!

  15. Bonnie May 25, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Oh yes please! I am dying for a copy of this book!

  16. Audrie May 25, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    The quilt that’s hanging over the crib calls out to me! Soooooo cute :)

  17. DianeY May 25, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I’d love a copy of that book! So many cute projects!

  18. bruinbr May 25, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I would love a copy of this adorable book! I love the sixth times the charm quilt! :)

  19. Valerie in CS May 25, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    *grin* I’ve been chasing this book all over blogland! Would love to win, so thank you for the chance.

  20. audrey May 25, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I NEED those bag patterns. I just need them, lol!

  21. Aunt LoLo May 25, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    This book looks great! Thank you for the chance. :-)

  22. holly p May 25, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    I would love to make some of the things in this book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  23. Sara Wilson May 25, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    So excited about this book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Esther May 25, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I would LOVE a copy of the book!!!

  25. ~Michelle~ May 25, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Thanks for the review – I’m pretty much exactly in your position – don’t have babies to make this stuff for myself, but have a need for baby shower gifts! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  26. Erin M. May 25, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Been following the blogs around. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Emily May 25, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    What a great collection of projects. I love the photography in Anna’s book and would love to be able to win a copy. What a great giveaway

  28. karen May 25, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I’m personally done having babies, but there are others in my life! Book looks awesome!

  29. Cheryl Arkison May 25, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I think I’ve made more gifts for other babies than I have for my own!

  30. rachel May 25, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I am dying to get a copy of this book, my sister is having a baby this winter.

  31. Meg May 25, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve got three friends expecting in the next few months–I’d love to win a copy of this, and get some new ideas! Thanks!

  32. Megan May 25, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I’m contemplating number two so I’d love to get my hands on this book! Anything AMH does is genius.

  33. Morgan May 25, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I love the sleeping sack! So cute!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Mona K May 25, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I am expecting a baby in another month and have been drooling over this book! Would love to get a copy!

  35. Emma May 25, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Wow I love her first book, i would be thrilled to win this one!

  36. TASHA May 25, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Wow love those pants!! As a first time mummy of a newborn little boy ive noticed that there seems to be lots of patterns for cute girl clothes but not much for boys, but those pants are lush, PLEASE pick me :)

  37. Stephanie May 25, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    This book looks amazing. I love AMH and her work is so sweet. Thank you for the review!

  38. Nicole Egerer May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I’ve taken a peek at this book already and I can’t wait to get my hands on one so I can start making some presents for the upcoming baby showers I’m going to. All the projects in there look TOO cute not to make. My friends may be getting a whole lotta gifts after getting ahold of this book :)

  39. Hanna May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win a copy of her book.

  40. Amber May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    What a great giveaway – thanks!!

  41. Erin May 25, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    thanks for the chance to win what looks like an amazing book – i love baby projects!

  42. Amanda May 25, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I think this book looks so cute. I would love to have a copy. I already have several projects in mind!

  43. Kirsten May 25, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I am loving Anna Maria!

  44. Katharine May 25, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    I would love to win a copy of her book… what a brill giveaway… I too would like to try the baby pants and the tunic looks great too!

  45. Donna C May 25, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    I think my first grandbaby coming in December needs me to have this book!

  46. Audrey May 25, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    There are so many lovely projects! I need this book. I want to make that sleepsack so badly.

  47. Susan May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    This book would be perfect to help us prepare for baby #3 (due in September).

  48. Carrie @ Oh Baby O May 25, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for sharing some of the projects! They are truly beautiful. Lovely. Amazing!
    My baby is just about to turn one and we’re planning another in a year or so. I’m also still breastfeeding. Would cherish this book for sure!
    I appreciate the chance to win! Thank you.

  49. Katie May 25, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I want this!!! I love sewing for my daughter!

  50. Theresa May 25, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I’d love to win.


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