Hi again, When I opened that box from Interweave Press back before Christmas not only did I discover a copy of I Love Patchwork but also a copy of the brand-new book Sew Liberated by sewing pattern–designer and blogger Meg McElwee. I'll be honest: this book was my first introduction to Meg's blog. I'm not sure how I missed it before but I'm glad that I've found it. Sew Liberated ( the blog) is upbeat and chatty and full of great ideas (oh, and super-cute baby photos!); Sew Liberated ( the book) provides 20 sewing patterns with a focus on embellishment techniques such as appliqué, reverse appliqué, and embroidery. There are projects for yourself, your kids, and your home; some of my favourites included the handmade clock face (featuring embroidery, appliqué and mini y o-yos) and the fabric baby book (such a good gift idea!). The things that really stand out about this book (for me, at least) are the patterns – they're full-size, included in an envelope in the back of the book, and there are good size diagrams showing how to lay them out on your fabric – and the how-tos. Appliqué is fun but can be tricky to wrap your head around, and this book provides a comprehensive introduction to several different methods, complete with photos. Excellent. For your chance to win a copy of Sew Liberated, leave a comment on this post. I'm out of ideas today, so just say hello, ask a question, point me toward your blog (or your favourite blog), recommend a book or movie to help me stave off the January blues...whatever you feel like! Comments will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 17; I'll post a winner here the following Monday. Have a great week!