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. Jill May 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    That book looks adorable and I have lots of babies on the way …. well, not me personally but you get the picture. Booties for everyone!

  2. Sofia Hoi May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I would love, devour, and use this book if I won it! I think I will go take a look at Powells anyways because it looks so colorful and “in” for baby projects.

  3. Rachel P May 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Like you – I didn’t think this book would be for me because I don’t have the babies, yet. Want, but not successful. You’ve convinced me that there’s more to this one…those bags are to die for!

  4. Audrey May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I would love a copy!!!

  5. Rachel May 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Would love to win!

  6. Andi May 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I love this book – and I haven’t even held it in my hands yet! I also love that photo of the baby standing by the dryer – way too cute.

  7. Mary on Lake Pulaski May 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    This is really one book I would love to own now that I am a first time grandmother who sews!

  8. Ann Maddox May 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    This book looks like it has such a variety of projects! Thanks for your review!

  9. Mary May 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I’d love to win this book.

  10. Munaiba May 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Very useful for making ‘new baby’ presents.

  11. Emily Brown May 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    I would love this book. I’m due with baby number 2 in 7 weeks.

  12. Maddie May 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh, I just adore it. I am just beginning my endeavors in sewing. This book would perfect especially with my pregnant sister-in-law.

  13. sy May 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    the projects are so cute :D would love to win a copy.

  14. Anna May 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    I love her fabrics and patterns. I would love to win this!

  15. Nicole Gendy May 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Babies, babies everywhere! I love AMH and I would love to win her book. Thanks!

  16. Jenna May 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    oh yes please! This book just looks fantastic!

  17. traceyjay May 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    this blog tour is so effective!

    I need to get this book (I was going to wait until I was pregnant again… but I’m not sure if I can now).

  18. Kendra May 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    would love a chance to win this book. I have been wanting to order it… :)

  19. Claire - Matching Pegs May 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    I would love to win a copy – I have been drooling over this book for the whole blog tour.

  20. Ellie - Petalplum May 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Is this comp still open? I’m never quite sure with time differences, where I sit…

    This book looks so warm and inspiring. I love Anna Maria – her first book is excellent, and this one looks to equally as beautiful.
    I’ve loved this blog tour – a whole heap of wonderful new blogs to read and discover.

    Fingers crossed I win the book!

  21. sarahjane May 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Count me in, that looks delightful!

  22. Bonnie May 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Fab book, took a look at it at the bookstore today and would love to win a copy.

  23. CitricSugar May 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I am expecting a neic-ew this winter and the more lovely things I make for him/her, the more likely my sister is to name the baby after me! :-)

  24. sam May 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I love those baby booties!!

  25. pam May 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    count me in, I need some baby ideas!

  26. Cristin May 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    What a stinkin’ fun book!! I have an 8 week old and want one of EVERYTHING for little Eli :-) Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Jen May 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    What a beautiful book. I would love to make a couple of these project before my baby girl makes her appearance next month.

  28. Jeni May 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh, it looks wonderful. Count me in!

  29. Melissa May 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    This looks like a beautiful book with so many great ideas. I know all new mamas love handmade gifts. :)

  30. Kate May 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    This book looks so fantastic!

  31. sharon May 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I would love this book
    I really like making things for babies

  32. Karen May 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    So cute! I’m not a mama yet, but I have lots of expectant friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. jeanettesquiltin May 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    Such a nice prize..I want one!

  34. Rebecca S May 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    I love making baby things – and have so many baby showers to be crafting for coming up! This would be great!

  35. grace May 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    yay! i love the projects in this book.

  36. Kim Adams May 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I have so many baby showers to attend, I need this book. It is so very nice of you to give one away.

  37. EmilyBB May 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    this book looks great!

  38. Sarah May 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Oh, I would love this! I do have a little bebe on the way…this would be awesome!

  39. Ninette May 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    OMG – love the pants! I even call my son Mr. Pants! Fingers crossed!

  40. kate May 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    i love that sleepsack. i kinda want one in my size… is that weird? :)

  41. Janine May 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Those baby shoes are to die for the book is an absolute winner

  42. Zrinka May 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Great book; would really like to have it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. izzy inspired May 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Alissa, I am not commenting to win (I have the book already) but to tell you that Isabella has decided that she needs Maggie. She climbed on my lap just as I scrolled down to the picture of Maggie and as soon as she saw her she said “Oh mama, look at that pretty doggy…I want her” and then “mama did you hear me, I want her”. Now I have to explain to her that Maggie has to stay at her house with her mama.

  44. Lindsay May 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to win this book! I can’t wait to try some of those patterns for my pregnant friends (and myself eventually).

  45. lisa May 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    how fun. I’d love a copy.

  46. Jennifer May 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Oh I love those bags! I wish I will win the book! Does wishing work here? :)

  47. Jamie Gonce May 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    I’m dying at Chris’s comment about Maggie! She is pretty darn cute. I’d take her or the book :)

  48. Susan May 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    With 12 grandchildren and one more on the way and the oldest is 7…….I really need this book! And Maggie…….oh Maggie, my pug Lola died one month ago and at every turn I see her!

  49. giselle May 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    The two bags are amazing for any purpose… and OOOOHHH the little booties are priceless!

  50. Renee G May 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of this.


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