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March 2012

blooming and boothing


Ive been busy sewing (or sowing) up the seeds of -  you know that quilt I'm making, the one with the dresden explosion in the middle of it.  I've had to pick up my game and speed up with it having found out that the third sofa of our new set is going to be arriving tommorow.  Which means my available floor basting space is about to be sliced in half (leading to a slight panic of how I'm going to baste my future projects).  I decided to change my original choice for the flower centre from white to pale green but I'm not liking how its looking so that may get changed back after it's been quilted.  Other than that I am LOVING how it's looking so far.

Edited to add - Bloom quilt pattern is now available again and can be found here.


I'm also loving the surprise early birthday present I got yesterday - an Ipad 3.  I always ask my family not to buy me presents but sometimes they ignore me and come up with gems like this.  This little baby is getting a bit of a workout and is a highly distracting bit of gadget with fun stuff like the photo booth function (above) - I keep trying to put it down but it's hard :)

so far so bloomy


Its been a blooming-ly lovely weekend around these parts.  Picture the scene, hubby and the girls are out, the sun is shining and I got to spend a largeish chunk of time out in the garden handstitching dresden rings to my backing fabric - BLISS.


I got quite a bit done on my bloom quilt - 2 rings down and 2 to go.  This is how its looking so far, held up for display by my trusty helper miss c, who will be helping me out as photography assistant from now on because miss a has now employed herself as my sales assistant by sending my email patterns and re-listing them in the shop for me (if you bought a pattern last week and got a double smiley face in your message, that was her work).  I'm certainly not complaining about their wanting to help.


Although miss c's suggestion that I make this into a summer dress for her is not the kind of help I was after.


Miss a meanwhile spent a little time in the kitchen unleashing her creativity in the form of arty cake decorating for a friends birthday party.  

And before you ask, I really did enjoy washing up all 99 bowls of icing colours.....

Edited to add - Bloom quilt pattern is now available again and can be found here.

sewing stitch-ily in dresden


My house is awash with dresdens, picture the scene - it is like the sea of dresdonia has come crashing through the doors.  Sharing my living space with several squillion drezzies is not a bad place to be however, they make for nice company, are polite and behave themselves at all times.  So you can see, the beginnings of my bloom quilt are well underway and coming along nicely thank you very much.

This flood of dresdens is also giving you a nice little bit more of a peeky into the world of Sew Stitchy lucky peeps.  See how right you were?


It is all about the sewing with this line, hand sewing, embroidery, spools, pins and more.


These are four of my favourite prints - I just love the two prints on the left together so much it is making me squeal.

OK better get back to stitching the sea of dresdonia into circles because much as I keep asking, they won't stitch themselves.

Edited to add - Bloom quilt pattern is now available again and can be found here.

the making of a quilt


So yep you are all pretty much spot on with the contents of Sew Stitchy, you honestly could have designed this line for me :)  And just so you know, there is a little squirrel in there.

Precisely five minutes ago I had an idea, the idea was to tell you all about the making of and writing up of the pattern of the quilt I'm working on today.  The thing about this quilt is, I've written up the entire pattern and made the templates and all the illustrations FIRST.  Yep!  that's before I've made the quilt itself.  The reason for working so confusingly backwards is because I designed it to go in the new Moda catalouge or playbook as it is known, so it had to be ready almost before I got the fabric to sew it with.  Working on this little number began over Christmas.  All through the festive season, I was making my own templates from scratch and sizing and resizing them to fit inside each other neatly.  Then I made a mock up of all four dresdens to double check my maths and make sure everything worked (see exciting blue fabric dresdens above left).  The quilt is called Bloom and is going to be made up of four dresden plates appliqued one inside the other to make up the most ginourmous dresden you have ever seen and by gosh it has been a lot of work.  

So now begins the exciting bit, using my pattern to actually make the quilt from..............................Sew Stitchy.

If any of you fancy stitching along side me, I'm adding this pattern to my shop today - listing is up, you can find it here.  It'll be nice to have some company if anyone fancies playing along :)

Edited to add - Bloom quilt pattern is now available again and can be found here.

introducing sew stitchy


Here it is, a little sneaky peek into the world of my newest line for Moda - Sew Stitchy.  This collection will be shown at Spring Market in Kansas in a few weeks time but you know me, always want to make sure my readers are the first ones to see ;)  I wonder if you would be up for a fun little game?  Now that you've seen a teeny glimpse - do you think that you could take a guess at what is behind this line?  Maybe, tell me what you think is going on in the fabrics up there or have a little prediction for what other prints in the line might be????

I'd love to know what you're thinking :)