Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle + Giveaway Closed

Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool's style is nothing short of inspiring. We drool over her fabric collections and admire her timeless appliqué quilt patterns. We are thrilled to have her on the blog today to chat about her first book, A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, which celebrates her romantic and vintage inspired aesthetic. Keep reading for a closer look at her book and a giveaway!


As I prepare for the release of my first book A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, it seemed fitting to share a bit about the process and a few things I’ve learned along the way. In 2007 at the International Quilt Market in Houston I had just released my first fabric collection, Sweet Escape for FreeSpirit Fabrics and was approached by F+W Media about writing a book. My company was very young and so were my two sons, so I kept her information and put the book idea on the back burner. A few years later, it all fell into place! Timing is everything, and it is important to wait for a time that is right for you.


The book features 20 charming, useful and beautifully sewn projects for the home that reflect my vintage and romantic inspired aesthetic. The projects range from quilts, (both patchwork and appliqué) to embroidery and simple sewn projects. The task was rather daunting, but I realized it must be how some people feel when they look at one of my appliqué quilts and don’t know where to begin. I decided to take my own advice I often give my students and that was to take it one step at a time.


Writing A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle has been one of the coolest things I have done in my creative career and in the process I have learned a few things. I have learned to take time to smell the roses. Stop, catch your breath, feel good about what you have accomplished. Spend time with those most important to you and spend time doing what you most enjoy.


I feel incredibly blessed to work in a field that I have a tremendous passion for while I raise my two children. A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle is a compilation of all that I have learned along my creative path. It has been quite a journey. My hope is that it will inspire others to create. I am proud and honored to share it.


For a chance to win one of THREE copies of A Sewn Vintage Lifestyle, comment below letting us know how you add a touch of vintage to your life. A winner will be chosen on July 11, 2013. Good luck!

UPDATE, Dee, Peggy and Teachpany are our lucky winners!  You have been contacted via Email. Congratulations!

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Nancy said...

I have a few vintage items in my home.

Mimi Becky S said...

Thank you for introducing Verna and her beautiful fabrics. I would love to win a copy of her book...first project may be the cushion shown on this posting.

Rose said...

Verna makes beautiful thing and she is a beautiful person, inside and out! I've had the pleasure to meet her. So glad to see her attain another goal! Can't wait to get her book!

Carmen N said...

I'm hoping I didn't miss this giveaway - it was posted yest (7/11) and said it ended 7/11?

I am very much into vintage, antiques, etc. Modern and contemporary just don't fit our style. I love crocheting doilies - and that adds a simple vintage look.

Kathryn Knox said...

Hi! I have some vintage fabric from my Mother.and from my Aunt I have what was called a bed jacket( you wore this over your gown when ill and in bed to cover up for company) also I have a few vintage dishes and chacheys (sp). Love this fabric so beautiful and just takes your breath away. Thanks for the chance.

Suzie H said...

I own various items passed down through the family as well as a collection of vintage pillow cases that I'm saving for different projects and to be used in the home.

Lisa said...

We bought and are restoring and 1952 house, it's pretty vintage!

KT said...

I keep things my grandma passed down. Makes me feel like she is here and its vintage!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I like to sew vintage-y things :)

Mary Jane Link said...

Our home is filled with vintage items from family members who mean so much to us, my mother-in-laws china cabinet, my grandmother's silver tray, my aunt's kitchen rooster and so on. Every time I look around our home I am filled with memories, the projects in this book will be a beautiful addition to our memories.

Chris said...

I love vintage kitchen tools and textiles. I inherited some from my great grandmother and I love them! Also, vintage sewing supplies, especially wooden spools.

Carrie P. said...

I love vintage things especially linens. I have some crochet dollies and pot holders hanging in my kitchen.

Helen said...

I have a small collection of old Royal Albert china, which I love to use for a traditional afternoon tea.

mherath said...

I have quilts from my husband's grandmother. I also hve some vintage furniture and pic.

Barb said...

My collection of depression glass adds just the right touch of vintage to my home.

Lavonna ZWB said...

I love antiques and try to decorate my home with them whenever possible.

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I have dishes from my great-grandmother's, but that's all vintage I have so far. Maybe it's time to add some more. Thanks for the chance!

GranChris said...

I mix old and new all the time. It's fun and challenging sometimes. I can't wait to see your book.

quilt455 said...

I just love any vintage. My sewing room contains a vintage singer sewing machine from 1890; a vintage sewing machine cabinet along with a vintage wooden sewing basket/case. Just to name a few of my favorite things. I just love this book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Pink Scissors Design said...

I enjoy searching antique fairs for unfinished quilt tops and creating them into something beautiful to add to my home.

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

Anita said...

Love Verna's work and vintage style! She is such an amazingly sweet, talented person! I add vintage into my life by surrounding myself with things that remind me of the past, or look well loved, like old dishes, vintage sheets, sewing machines, anything cute :)

SheilaS said...

I LOVE the first quilt shown and all the rest! They are beautiful! First I am married to a very vintage husband, age 84, who always inspires me to make more quilts. :-) Then, everything in my house actually is vintage having collected from my gmas, parents and other family and so most of my quilts reflect that era.

Pinspot said...

Well, I'm headed out the door to an estate sale, now! ha ha. Hopefully I'll add a touch of vintage from something I find there.

Linda V said...

I decorate with lots of vintage items. We have an Oak "ice box" as an end table. And most of my quilts are vintage-looking. Thanks for the giveaway

mvink said...

A quilt I have. I love vintage fabrics and include them in projects. Thank you for the chance :-). The projects and fabrics are gorgeous!!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What beautiful items! Your book looks wonderful! I like keeping things from my folks and from my childhood out and around me. I think it's important to remember those that taught me handwork and crafts and to share it when I can.

Thank you for a super giveway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon Wright said...

My sister Bev made a beautiful vintage quilt for my late husband when he had cancer it has Ps 23 lovingly embroidered on it. I have it draped over a chair in my lounge. How blessed I am to have wonderful memories of him within the quilt & also to still have my very special sister. Xx

Debbie said...

My bedroom is vintage style. I have old charcoal pictures hanging in old frames. I'm in the process of making a quilt for my bed in soft, floral vintage patterns. For me it's just so relaxing and puts me in my comfort zone.

apple blossom said...

beautiful quilt...vintage through home decor is lovely thanks

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