Book Giveaway – Sew a Modern Home!
9.12.2014

There aren’t many things about my job that I love more than meeting some of the amazingly talented authors and bloggers out there. Melissa Lunden is no exception! When her new book came across my desk, I knew that I needed to meet this incredibly talented person! Her design aesthetic is chic, classic, and, in my opinion, not so modern that it can’t work in most homes. I found her quilts to be stunning, and some of her smaller projects to have just the right amount of fun and flair to them.

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My associate, Dawn, later informed me that not only did Melissa write this fantastic book, she also has a website where she blogs and sells some delicious patterns! Check it out here: www.lundendesigns.com

When I reached out to Melissa about her new book, I immediately knew that she and I would be friends. She is so gracious, humble, and totally excited about this new step in her career! I wanted you all to get to know a little more about Melissa, so I asked her to send over a little bio about how she got her start in quilting, and what inspires her when she designs. Here’s what she sent…

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Hello! I am so excited to introduce myself and to talk a little about my book, Sew A Modern Home. In addition to my book, I have a sewing pattern company called Lunden Designs. I grew up sewing but really fell back in love with it hard after a trip to a fabric store in San Francisco over a decade ago. You know you have a problem when you are buying fabrics when you don’t even own a sewing machine. ; ) Fabrics are one of my biggest inspirations. I love combining them and am always designing in a way to show the prints off.

The idea for this book really came from wanting to decorate my home and make it a place that is full of personalized items made with beautiful fabrics and colors. And like most quilters and sewists, I am also constantly making presents for family and friends. I wanted this book to be full of projects that would be perfect for anyone’s home, whether the reader was making something to keep or a special gift. The projects purposefully range in size and complexity so the reader has plenty of options.

Another major inspiration for this book and the projects is my daughter, Lila. I love making her stuffed animals, bedding and clothes. My mother made all of my Halloween costumes when I was child and I love continuing the tradition of mom-made projects. Hearing her tell people with pride that her mom made her something makes my heart pretty happy.

Thank you so much for allowing me to introduce myself and to share my book with you! I hope it is inspiring and leads to lots and lots of gorgeous projects.

She’s so delightful!

I’m pleased to announce that Melissa has offered one of our readers a personalized signed copy of Sew a Modern Home. If you would like your shot at winning, simply answer the following question in the comments: What is your favorite color combination?

We will select a winner on Thursday, September 18th and announce them here on Notions and on our Facebook page. Good luck!

Fine print: No purchase necessary. Contest valid for residents of the US and Canada only. One entry per person. You must provide a valid email address to be entered. Your email address will only be used to contact you if you have won. Entries must be posted on this blog post to be valid. If you win, you will have seven days to respond to our email. If we don’t hear back from you, we will select another winner. 

 


83 comments

  1. Joyce Mitchell - September 12, 2014

    My favorite is greens/blues/purples – thanks.

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  2. Sara Medd - September 12, 2014

    My favorite combination is orange and blue in all its permutations. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. Diane O - September 12, 2014

    Purple is my favorite color. You can put so many other colors with purple and it looks great. Thanks.

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  4. Kate Delahunty - September 12, 2014

    Currently I like blues paired with yellow. But it seems to change with the season.
    Thanks.

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  5. Liz Foster - September 12, 2014

    My favorite combination is anything with gray – yellow and gray, pink and gray, aqua and gray, green and gray….. I could go on. Love it all. Melissa’s book is going on my wishlist. Thanks.

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  6. Carol Palmer - September 12, 2014

    I grew up near Ann Arbor, Michigan so my favorite color combo is blue and gold.

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  7. Linda Reed - September 12, 2014

    My favorite combination is black and white

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  8. Carolyn Montgomery - September 12, 2014

    my fave color combo is teal plus any other color.

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  9. Leslie little - September 12, 2014

    My favorite color combination is purple and blue colors but anything with purple I love!

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  10. Penny Wells - September 12, 2014

    Shades of gray with soft blus or greens.

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  11. Heidi - September 12, 2014

    Purple and green!

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  12. Mary Dowell - September 12, 2014

    My favorite color combination Oh that is a hard question to answer, I love all colors but looking around my house I tend to use shades of green and pinks a lot, but I love blue and browns, reds with gray to black combinations, Oh I just love combining colors in fabrics into quilts and projects.

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  13. Susan Fischer - September 12, 2014

    Green and Black
    Browns and Orange
    Purple in a variety of shades
    Let’s just say all colors!

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  14. Nancy - September 12, 2014

    Turquoise and gray have become my favorites.

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  15. Mary - September 12, 2014

    I love navy and tan, really any shade of blue with beige/tan. Not as formal as blue and white but just as timeless.

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  16. Dorothy - September 12, 2014

    Purple and greens

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  17. Vicki H - September 12, 2014

    Yellow and grey.

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  18. Linda S - September 12, 2014

    Autumn colours are my favourite. But a little turquoise thrown in helps!

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  19. Kathie L - September 12, 2014

    I love blue and green.

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  20. Peggy - September 12, 2014

    Grey and purple – today anyway.

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  21. Kathy Booth - September 12, 2014

    My favorite color combination is shades of blue to aqua to teal. I love that color family! Second favorite is black & white and a pop of red added!

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  22. Barb - September 12, 2014

    Usually I go with greens, tans, deep red. I’m thinking I need to change things up a little with these more modern quilts!

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  23. Dixie - September 12, 2014

    Today–autumn leaf colors. Orange, red, green, brown…

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  24. Paul Johanson - September 12, 2014

    Right now, green and orange courtesy of some great Hawaiian prints.

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  25. Cathline Ritter - September 12, 2014

    Purples/Lavenders/Lime Green

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  26. Kathy Potts - September 12, 2014

    Thank you for this introduction to Melissa and her book. It looks like there is lots to see and do! My favorite color combination consists of blues and yellows in all shades.

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  27. Dorothy - September 12, 2014

    I love green and grey with a touch of red. Thanks for the opportunity to win Melissa’s book.

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  28. Bellamy L - September 12, 2014

    I love tan, red, and black. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Terry - September 12, 2014

    Sounds like the perfect book to add to my rather small collection! Thanks for the opportunity. Current favourite colour schemes are Blues and creamy beiges.

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  30. Emily Smith - September 12, 2014

    My favorite color combo is mocha brown with light blue and green accents

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  31. Janie - September 12, 2014

    Blues and yellows. Thanks!

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  32. Veronika - September 12, 2014

    I’m loving navy and gray right now!

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  33. Jeneta@PlumJam - September 12, 2014

    I’m not sure anymore! I would like to make a quilt for my bed in orange, blue and grey, so I’ll go with that as my favourite for now.

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  34. Julie McKay - September 12, 2014

    I love red and yellow. Thanks

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  35. Sheila Foster - September 13, 2014

    Currently I am in love with grays, aqua and lime – but this could all change tomorrow, I love them all.

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  36. Kathe - September 13, 2014

    I love working with blues and white. Thanks.

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  37. Mary - September 13, 2014

    I use a lot of pink and green with some purple too!

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  38. Spring - September 13, 2014

    My favorite color combination is pink and orange!! I used it in my wedding and that combo always makes me smile!!

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  39. Garm - September 13, 2014

    I love green and yellows. Then I throw in the right pink or blue or whatever to take into the unexpected. 🙂

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  40. Marilyn Lessner - September 13, 2014

    I love all the trendy new color combo’s, but my all time favorite it blue and yellow. My first completed quilt was blues and yellows and is on our bed now!

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  41. Nancy - September 13, 2014

    Turquoise, teal, or aqua, gray and white

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  42. Donna Sykes - September 13, 2014

    I am currently working on a quilt that is dusty rose and brown and absolutely love it!

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  43. Sarah - September 13, 2014

    My favorite color combination is pink, blue, green, cream and red. All soft versions of those colors in little florals.

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  44. Renee G - September 13, 2014

    My favorite combination is blue and white.

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  45. Kathy E. - September 13, 2014

    My favorite color combination is purple with lime green! I know it sounds awful, but I love the look of it together!

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  46. deb - September 14, 2014

    I love yellow and blue always have for some reason it reminds me of late summer cottage days. Perfect for a cold deep freeze winter.

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  47. Marian Martin - September 14, 2014

    My favourite colour combination is turquoise, bright green and bubblegum pink

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  48. Bonnie - September 14, 2014

    I love blue and brown.

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  49. Kathe - September 14, 2014

    Blue and White! Actually any color that goes with white.

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  50. jackie - September 14, 2014

    My favorite color combination is gray and yellow.

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  51. Vickie Linderman - September 14, 2014

    Fall colors today anyway. Browns rusts greens oranges and yellows are my favorites

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  52. katy c - September 14, 2014

    I am really drawn to a mix of dark green and plum. i just made an ipad case for my daughter with some beautiful batik fabric in a plum and pink colorway. oooo there is too many colors i love to choose!

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  53. CreepingThyme - September 14, 2014

    My absolute favourite colour is red, I love how it can create so many different moods depending on what you pair it with. I’d have to say that currently my favourite colour combination is red, white, and turquoise.

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  54. Amanda Best - September 14, 2014

    I love all colors, but I think my favorite would have to be bright turquoise and medium pink.

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  55. Pam Holland - September 14, 2014

    I love teal and lime green. all shades of blue and green with a little purple thrown in is yummy!!

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  56. Kathy Drinkwine - September 14, 2014

    Green-just about every variation and intensity-then very soft creamy yellows.

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    • Fran Barrett - September 17, 2014

      Living in the greater Seattle area, I love the bright blues and greens. Actually most any of the pure blues, greens with white, and a touch of lavender/purple. In softer tones I’d say some of my inspiration’s comes from some of Monet’s water lily paintings.

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  57. Marilyn - September 14, 2014

    I love greens but lately have been really into the turquoise/yellow/grey combos. Would love to win this book as the patterns look exciting.

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  58. Mary Ellen - September 15, 2014

    That’s a hard question to answer, as I love color! My current favorite is tomato red and turquoise.

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    • Dawn - September 18, 2014

      Hi Mary Ellen! Please check your email, there’s some good news in there. 🙂

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  59. Kelly O. - September 15, 2014

    my fave colour combo at the moment is plum, peach, gold and seafoam and mustard…. crazy I know but it is lovely and girly and fantastically clashy! throw in a little emerald green for a pop of fun!

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  60. Alison Prescott - September 15, 2014

    My favorite color combination is blue and yellow.

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  61. Melissa - September 15, 2014

    My favorite color combination is yellow-orange and brown, but lately I seem to be doing a lot of purples.. especially if they have a bit of red in them… funny how color pallets change…

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  62. Karen L - September 15, 2014

    I love all the colours in their clear, bright and vibrant versions!

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  63. Alexandria M - September 15, 2014

    Currently i love light blues and corals! but i tend to sew a lot of grey and orange 🙂

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  64. Michelle Jude - September 15, 2014

    I’m really liking the color combinations of teal and chocolate brown. I also like pink and brown together.

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  65. Kari Meshak - September 15, 2014

    I love burgundy with teal. I’m also a fan of dark brown with yellow.

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  66. auschick - September 15, 2014

    I love yellow, orange and pink together 🙂 (i’m in the us)

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  67. Janice Davis - September 16, 2014

    My favorite color is a bright blue.

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  68. Sandra - September 16, 2014

    Green and brown are my absolute favorites. Nice earthy colors that go with anything.

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  69. Lina Z - September 16, 2014

    Yellow and Gray = LOVE

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  70. Michele - September 17, 2014

    Blues and yellows, but also pinks/corals/oranges. Bright and happy!!

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  71. Sandra Barker - September 17, 2014

    I love blue and white as sashing for multicolor designs when creating three dimensional quilts.

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  72. Katie - September 17, 2014

    I absolutely love to use black in my quilts. I am a big fan of bright colors, and the black really makes the brights pop. One of my favorite quilts was lime green and black.

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  73. Susan Hollandsworth - September 17, 2014

    I like unexpected combinations of color. A dusty rose with a navy blue or a sage green. Neutral tones with pops of bright color is also fun.

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  74. mindi - September 17, 2014

    Thank you for this introduction to Melissa and her book. And thank you for a chance to win a copy! Right now, I love all of the yellows/browns/oranges/rusts and reds of autumn…in any combination.

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  75. Grace - September 17, 2014

    I love bright colors like citrus fruit and neons accented with stripes, dots, plaids.

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  76. Pat Wilson - September 17, 2014

    My favorite color combination are the warm fall colors, golds, oranges, browns and reds. But then I also love bright crisp red, white and blues.

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  77. Andrea Reaves - September 17, 2014

    My favorite color combinations are Blues, Browns, and Pinks

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  78. Linda Christianson - September 18, 2014

    yellow and grey. Love the ideas in this book.

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  79. Jan Bear - September 18, 2014

    Love warm fall colors — year ’round. That would be coral, salmon, gold, maybe a little of lime. Toasty!

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  80. mary beth nett - September 18, 2014

    My favorite color combination is blue and yellow

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  81. Nancy Whitney - October 2, 2014

    When I look thru the quilts I have made it becomes obvious that Red is one of my favorites. Red and yellow is a happy and rich combination, or red and cream. Thanks.

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