Pretty patchwork + 8 out-of-the-box ideas for quilt blocks (+ giveaway!)

Think beyond the quilt! Sew classic blocks into beautiful quilts; then feature the same block design in a variety of pretty accents and accessories. Perfectly Pretty Patchwork will show you how!

Perfectly Pretty Patchwork

Author Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty by Hand invites you to join her in making 16 captivating projects—eight quilts and eight fun accessories—including . . .

An Irish Chain quilt with a pretty pillow to match:

Irish Chain projects

A Honeybee table topper with a sweet little tote:

Honeybee projects

A Dresden-inspired quilt and purse:

Dresden Plate projects

And five more pretty patchwork pairs.

Never made totes, purses, or other dimensional items? No worries—Kristyne has packed Perfectly Pretty Patchwork with tips for those who are new to sewing dimensional items.

We’re excited to have Kristyne as our guest writer to tell you about the inspiration behind her new book.

Kristyne CzepurykI’ve been a quilter for 30+ years, but I’ve been a maker for even longer. I started sewing as a little girl, and then discovered quilting when I was 19. Quilting became my creative outlet for several years. But I accidentally wandered into a whole new world that combined patchwork and quilting with other sewing projects.

It all started when my second baby was born and I wanted to make myself a pretty diaper bag. That turned into more bags, smaller pouches with zippers, and all sorts of dimensional sewing projects made with patchwork.

For well over a decade now, I’ve spent a lot of time employing my quilting skills to make things other than quilts. I wrote Perfectly Pretty Patchwork as an invitation to quilters and sewists to rethink their exceptional talents with fabric and thread, and to consider interesting ways to exercise their creativity by making something other than a quilt.

From Perfectly Pretty Patchwork

The book features eight traditional patchwork motifs, including Flying Geese, Irish Chain, Baskets, and Mill and Stars, and shows how these timeless, beautiful designs can be used in both a quilt AND a dimensional project.

From Perfectly Pretty PatchworkDon’t get me wrong, I love quilts. They are a lovely combination of functionality and beauty. Each quilt is an expression of the maker’s design aesthetic, talent, and personality. But there’s something appealing about smaller objects that really captures my imagination and drives my desire to create. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always been attracted to small things. Perhaps it has something to do with the time required to make something smaller. I’ve gifted many small patchwork objects because they’re quick to make and more affordable to construct than a large quilt. Small projects satisfy my need to play with fabric and to choose from an endless library of patchwork designs to suit my mood and creativity.

Mill and Stars
Mill and Stars

If you’re looking to branch outside the realm of quiltmaking, Perfectly Pretty Patchwork has a lot of inspiration and technical information to help you cross that bridge like I did. Try a pillow cover to enhance your home decor, zippered pouches to store everything from notions to makeup, a tote to carry portable sewing projects or beach-reading material, pincushions to adorn your work space, needle books to organize your tools, and simple quilt blocks that will become a piece of art in your home. I’m sure you’ll find something that sparks your imagination and desire to make something out of patchwork that is, well, perfectly pretty!

See more from Perfectly Pretty Patchwork >>>

What can your pair of hands create? This beautiful project collection will inspire you to discover just that!

Perfectly Pretty PatchworkWe have a copy of Perfectly Pretty Patchwork to give away to one lucky winner today! Will it be you? You’ve got to enter to find out! To add your name to the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What kinds of dimensional items have you sewn before?

  • Totes, purses, and other bags
  • Pincushions!
  • Needle books and other sewing keepers
  • Quilts only—so far!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start sewing with Kristyne, order Perfectly Pretty Patchwork at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook for FREE.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Louisa, who says:

“I’ve made everything on your list, bags and pincushions are my favorites as they take so little time compared to to a quilt, although I love quilts.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Louisa—congratulations!


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