2014 Summer Book Club: Sew It! by Allison Nicoll - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

2014 Summer Book Club: Sew It! by Allison Nicoll

Welcome back to our 2014 Summer Book Club. Today, we are featuring Sew It! by Allison Nicoll of Quilting Mumma. Sew It! features sixteen different projects using all precut fabrics and it’s also our July Book of the Month (which means its 20% OFF ALL month long). From jelly rolls to fat quarters, you’ll find all kinds of simple, easy and kid-friendly projects. Allison is here on the Jolly Jabber to talk about her book and what she loves about it!

Q: What inspired you to write the book?

A: I wrote the book to inspire children to begin their own sewing journey. It’s a way to share the joy of sewing with fun projects they will want to make. 

Q: What projects are included in Sew It?
A: There are 16 amazing projects in this book that are made using precuts. They are super affordable and easy to achieve.

Q: What is your favorite part of the book?
A: My favorite part of the book…. Oh, there are so many, I couldn’t choose just one thing.. I love the fresh color palette and the photos, and diagrams are amazing too!

Q: What’s next for Allison Nicoll?
A: Well, I’ve started sketching ideas for book #2, so I am itching to get started on that. I will continue to teach my love of stitching to kids and adults alike, it’s such a blessing to be able to share what you love with others. Check,out what I’m up to by heading to my Facebook page.

It’s time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what projects you love to make with precuts. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 


  1. I typically don't buy precuts because I'm never sure what I'm going to make with them– sounds like this is just the book I need! Thanks for sharing! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

  2. precuts make me happy! I have made quilts, bags, lots of things with them. I teach teens and younger girls to sew & precuts are perfect for them. Thanks for the chance to win

  3. Well so far I have only made one project with precut charm squares, a baby quilt! I loved the ease of already having the pieces cut!!

  4. I love pre-cuts. I've used jelly rolls to make Bargello style totes and lap quilts. I also use charm squares and layer cakes for quilts and bags- such a timesaver!

  5. I'm starting a little collection of precuts and have recently made a Granny Square quilt with a jelly roll. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  6. I love to add embellishments to little girl outfits with pre-cuts or jazz up a tote bag.

  7. I love to make lap quilts for the kids in my extended family using precut fabrics. I chose a fairly simple pattern and the quilts sew up very quickly.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

  8. Love Precuts! I'll like to make Quilts, Play Mats, and ruffle skirts for my Granddaughters~ Thanks for this weeks Book Preview!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  9. Quilts, placemats, table runners, and totes are projects I've made with precuts. My favorite precut is layer cake. Thanks for the book reviews…I'm learning about new designers.

  10. I love to make charity quilts for the Children's Ward at my local hospital. Precuts are just perfect for that!

  11. I like to make Quillows with precuts The fabrics that are chosen for a specific bundle helps out a lot, because I would of never been able picked on my own.

  12. There in lies my problem. I don't know what to do with my pre-cuts! I'm too anxious about having the perfect project or pattern planned, that I can't bring myself to cut into them. Help! As of now, I just admire them as they sit on a shelf…waiting for that perfect idea.

  13. I love precuts because I always want the newest lines of fabrics & this is a way to use them without having to spend a lot of money. I like to make small quilts with them. This book would be great help in teaching my granddaughter to sew.

  14. Truth is I mostly make sewing room decorations with jelly rolls-they're so enticing to me. I do have a quilt picked out for 1 of my many rolls.

  15. I love to make lap quilts from pre cuts. I couldn't believe how quickly it went together when I made the first one.

  16. Quilts, bags, pillowcases…I'm always looking for fun precut projects. They're a great way to get a variety of fabrics for a smaller price! Thanks for the chance!

  17. I love precuts!! I have made baby quilts, large quilts, zip bags, totes, and purses!! I love that you can get a scrappy look that is color coordinated. I went on a cruise in March and used a jelly roll for one quilt project and a layer cake for my second quilt project!

  18. I've made baby quilts with 5-inch squares. I alternate prints with a coordinating gingham, dot, or solid and layer it with a minky fabric. It's so cute, quick and soft.

  19. Would love to have this book! Is already on my Wish List! πŸ™‚

    I love using Charm packs, great fro sooo many things..totes, baby blankets, larger quilts too..kitchen accessories..on & on. Have not used Jelly Rolls yet, and only a Layer Cake once so far.

  20. Love precuts. Use them whenever I can. Love having a little bit of each piece in a collection. Always looking for ideas to efficiently use precuts in a quilt. Cindy

  21. I make EPP hexagons with mini charm packs, table runners and tote bags with charm packs, jelly roll race quilts with jelly rolls and layer cake lemonade with layer cakes!!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  22. I like to use precuts for many of my kitchen accessories or small gifts that I make. I also have a charm pack that I am planning to use for a baby quilt.

  23. I have several precuts on my shelves right now! One is intended for a quilt as you go tote bag and the rest are all for quilts!

  24. I'm new to sewing and am yet to use precuts. This book would be great for some ideas! I love looking at jellyrolls and charm packs, hopefully one day I'll work myself up to making quilts!

  25. OMG…this contest is for me! I love books….I devour books! I actually wanted to be a librarian when I was a little girl. I hoard books, especially quilting books…..it's a combination of my two favorite things. If I won any of these books I would use it to inspire myself to make quilts, totes, mini quilts, pot holders, the list never ends. I am a book/quilting fanatic! And pre-cuts just make things easier πŸ™‚


  26. Precuts allow me to make quick gifts and there so many patterns out there now for precuts. Love your book reviews and would love to win one of them.

  27. The longer I piece the more uses I find for pre-cuts. They are so versatile, color coordinated, and save me a lot of time. I often sew strip sets then get creative. Many of my recent projects are original designs using pre-cuts. I just plain love them – in all shapes and sizes!

  28. It's great that young people have a book to go to for sewing. My daughter didn't like so I hope that I can teach my grandchildren in the future. They are too young right now.

  29. I love making quilts with pre-cuts. Jelly rolls and honeycombs are my favorites. I also like to make bags.

  30. I don't buy a lot of precuts! I usually do yardage! I do love a good jelly roll every now and again!! I have a few patterns dog eared in my jelly roll bookS!! time to get sewing again!!

  31. Baby quilts made from charm squares are fun because I can indulge in just enough of a fabric line I like–kind of get it out of my system and then see what the next line I'll fall in love with turns out to be.

  32. I am inspired by seeing new ways to use colors together that I may have not thought of. I have always found it hard to coordinate colors and to try new schemes. Quilt
    Books help me make better choices.