The Buttermilk Basin book is here! Warmth and whimsy ahead (+ giveaway)

A smidge of vintage, a splash of folk art, a pop of color, and a pinch of patchwork—that’s your recipe for creating the coveted Buttermilk Basin style!

The Best of Buttermilk Basin book

Join bits of wool, cotton, and thread to bring 17 charming projects to life in The Best of Buttermilk Basin—they couldn’t be easier to create. With simple wool-appliqué, embroidery, and quilting techniques, you can adorn spaces with small quilts, pillows, penny mats, a mug rug, and other items for seasonal decorating and everyday living.

Projects from The Best of Buttermilk Basin

We can see author Stacy West’s small, pretty projects tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the home. They’re just the right size (and speed) for heartfelt gifts too.

Folk Art Heart Pillow
Folk Art Heart Pillow

She’s even tucked in some of her favorite recipes—Dill Pickle Pasta Salad and Cherry Cheesecake Dip to name two, nom-nom!

Stacy’s philosophy? Make it fun. Get it done. Enjoy the process! We’re happy to have Stacy as a guest writer today, here to tell you more about her beautiful book.

Stacy WestIt’s {SEW} exciting to have the opportunity to see some of my FAVE pieces come to life in my new book The Best of Buttermilk Basin! This is a book for anyone who loves working with cotton and wool. Combining the two can lead to stunning results, make your projects more appealing, and add dimension. If you haven’t worked with wool before, this is a perfect opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like while learning my tried-and-true fusible technique for wool appliqué.

Autumn Pillow
Autumn Pillow

With a wool bundle or two, Soft Fuse (my go-to fusible webbing), and a few skeins of floss, you can whip up a project for one of your favorite seasons. If you prefer to work in cottons only, go for it! Buttermilk Basin designs are versatile and will turn out just as slick in cotton appliqué. If you aren’t a handwork gal, machine appliqué is another great option. I always say, all you need is a good design to start with! You will find many of them within these pages. From small pillows to tuck here and there to small quilts for your sewing room, there’s plenty to spark your creativity!

Shoofly Pie Mug Rug
Shoofly Pie Mug Rug

Once you get the groove for working with wool, you can start using hand-dyed variegated and twisted-tweed flosses to create more interest in your projects. The majority of the stitching on these projects feature two simple stitches, the blanket stitch and the featherstitch, making these projects very doable! The Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat in this book allows you to get creative with your stitches and see how adding an array of thread colors and weights can enhance your finished pieces.

Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat
Crazy-Stitched Pineapple Mat

Let the fun begin!

The Best of Buttermilk Basin bookThanks for sharing your new book with us, Stacy!

We’ve got a hot-off-the-press copy of The Best of Buttermilk Basin to give away to one lucky winner! To enter the drawing, tell us in the comments:

What’s your favorite season to stitch for?

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 inspired to sew a little something with Stacy right now, you can order The Best of Buttermilk Basin at our website and we’ll ship it to you toot-sweet!


Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Lynne, who says:

"LOVE fall! The crispness in the air has me wanting to stitch and create wonderful pieces to celebrate the season. Buttermilk Basin are favorite go to patterns. Thanks for new ones Stacy!"

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


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