Mary Can Sew and Sew Can You Giveaway!


With spring’s arrival, it’s the perfect time to plant seeds of inspiration with a giveaway that will provide one very lucky winner with yardage for aprons designed by graphic artist Caleb Gray

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and courtesy of

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3 yards of “Cocoa” from Confections and

3 yards of “Vintage” from Suburbia


a personalized copy of Judi Ketteler’s fabulous new publication

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2 personalized copies of

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my very adorable little book, which will slip perfectly into the pockets of your new aprons!

To enter, leave a comment here, on this blog posting. Deadline for comments is late Wednesday evening. One winner selected by Random Human and posted Thursday, April 7th.

***bonus entry – “like” Apron Memories on Facebook & leave an additional comment that you’ve done so.

Just so y’all know – I never receive compensation from a company, designer or author for lauding a particular product or book.

This giveaway is the result of an email from Caleb. He’d written that upon visiting my website, he thought his fabrics to be perfectly suited to the vintage spirit of my line of aprons. I decided to check up on Caleb’s genuineness and see if he was really familiar with my aprons or what. So I called him.

Judi’s book is just wonderful. How she managed the research, writing and project design while pregnant and mommy to a toddler is beyond me. I’ve been working a year now on a project that has much cross-over with her book’s contents, and I wanted her to know I hadn’t swiped from her hard work. So I called her.

Both Caleb and Judi are the nicest and most agreeable creative types one could wish to meet. I thought to combine their offerings because of their complementary nature.

I hope you’ll take the time to visit their sites and learn of their endeavors. Creating can be lonely work, and I know they will appreciate your visit.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. This is an awesome giveaway. I love the fabric with the “tea & coffee” on it. Some new fabric sure would put me in the sewing mood for spring. Smiling just thinking of it.

  2. What a marvelous giveaway! I am “into” aprons and tea cups/pots as we plan a 90th Anniversary Celebration Tea at my church, in recognition of the chartering of the Ladies Aid. Our theme is “Serving Others: From Tying Aprons to Tying Quilts.” Program for the tea will be in shape of an apron with a teapot or tea cup pocket in 3-D foam.

  3. I would love to get my hands and my sewing machine on that wonderful fabric. What great aprons it will make. the books look fab also….wow!

  4. What a fun giveaway! If you’re ever near LeRoy, NY you should be sure to visit the Jello Museum. It’s such a charming overview of culture and domesticity as seen through one product. Loved it!

  5. I love the women’s history segment. A dishwasher without electricity – I would get one immediately. Dang that’s great. I had never heard of them. This is a great give-a-way. Blessings, Janet

  6. What a great giveaway. I already know how generous you are. I love my copy of “Apronisms”–it would make a great gift, tucked in with an apron or a mug rug. Thanks for the chance to win, and for spreading the joy.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  7. I have found it so very interesting the reassurgence of so many of the “domectic arts” we had let slip to the back burner! How good to see a whole new generation appreciating the fashion as well as functional use of these aprons. I love seeing something other than jeans and t shirts on these gals! Lets keep this playing forward. Sandy Miller

  8. What a great giveaway. I already know how generous you are. I love my copy of “Apronisms”–it would make a great gift, tucked in with an apron or a mug rug. Thanks for the chance to win, and for spreading the joy.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  9. Love your “Apronisms” blog … hope to see you & your beautiful collection of aprons in Nashville, May 7th … BTW, also “liked” your FB page. Hope I will the contest!
    Debbi Clark

  10. Miss EllynAnne! I have that very same “Language of Flowers” book and I love the luscious water colors he used to paint each flower. I also have a collection of antique cookbooklets & jello molds, which I love to just look at. The fabric giveaway is tantalizing and I’m imagining all the gorgeous vintage aprons to make. sign me up, please!! You’re a doll!

  11. I’m baaaack, and hoping to be the proud new owner of your book to add to my collection, some marvelous fabric and/or anything else you can think of! Hugs to y’alls!

  12. My favorite projects to sew are aprons! Have recently finished two reversible ones and working on two more. Come Fall will also do one for oldest grand-daughter away at WSU. Would love to be a winner here. Also have clicked Like on Facebook!! Sharon B.

  13. Ooooh, what lovely aprons I could make with this sweet fabric. I’ve been wanting the sewing book too! Of course, I already have a copy of your sweet lil’ book, but would sure cherish a personalized copy! Fingers crossed that I’ll get lucky:) Oh, and I’m a fan on your FB page now too! Hope you have a wonderful day, EA.

  14. OMG!!! Love the fabrics. My daughter in law is obsessed with any and everything cupcake. She even did my grandaughters nursery in cupcakes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. what a wonder spot to visit. My Mom always wore an apron and I never do.
    For FB’s that want an extra entry, you could UNlike the page and than relike it…
    I have liked it, since I have just found this spot.

  16. The simple things in life can hold the best memories. My Grandmother lived on a farm with a huge vegetable garden, cows and chickens. She was a wonderful cook who always wore her apron. She would gather eggs in her apron. Fan herself with her apron on hot summer days. So many wonderful memories of her. Thank you for your wonderful apron stories and reconnecting us with the past. I “liked” you on FB.

    Debby Todd, Somerset, KY

  17. My Granny-Mama wore aprons every day and it brings fond memories to see them coming back into vogue. I’d love to have the book and fabric to do my Granny-Mama proud to make and wear aprons like hers. =)
    tonysfdd at ymail dOt com

  18. Oh, those are some lovely fabrics! I wish I had more time to sew–of course I would have to learn how to use my mom’s old sewing machine first! But I’ll get there… someday! Thanks for the giveaway!

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