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November 2013



At this time of year many people will be making their preparations for the month to come.  Many, including my daughters are making those lists and checking them twice.  But I have my usual priorities in order and have been busy thinking how I will keep my fingers busy whilst enjoying all that family time to come.


I've been itching to make a new Project Book Pouch because I keep having to change the contents of my original one so often as I switch between projects.  I thought making one specifically to keep all my english paper piecing supplies together was getting highly necessary as I always forget where I've put all the paper templates.  I have piles of them in the most inconvinient corners of my sewing room so now they can finally move in together and I can remember where they are.



My kind of preparation ;)


All fabrics used are from my new Hello Petal range.  I might have mentioned this print - 'Playtime' is my current favourite :)

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It's finally here!!! my new collection Hello Petal :)

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I've been looking forward to this one for so long.  And now that it's here, I have so many sewing plans, I don't know which way to go first.

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So while I put that on hold for a second, let me introduce you to a few favourite prints.  Some of my biggest loves in this line are the basics.  The dinky floral print on the left was the very first print I designed for this line and that is where the Hello Petal comes from, these make me so so happy I cannot wait to use them.  Then those dots up there, I love them all but I definitely that purple on dark navy is my most favourite favourite.

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This one is one of the main prints called Jump Rope, I really wanted the design to skip and swing across the fabric, so happy with how this one turned out.

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 And this print, handstands is basically my youngest daughter in fabric form, all she does is handstands (and a few cartwheels too).


This one is called Playtime and comes in a few other colourways too.


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 And then there's the Kitty Cats.

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All in all, it's new colours, some much darker shades I've been wanting to include for a while (and that mid blue shade by the way is absolute favourite thing), lots of movement and a whole heap of sugar (calorie free of course).

I just hope you like it?

Hello Petal starts shipping in December (that's in a couple of weeks folks)!!!!

I'll be updating with a list of supplier's so do let me know if you are a store stocking this one.


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Things have been very busy over here and they are set to get even busier next week.  So while I still had the time of a chance I decided to make up a few festive cushions.  These are not so much early but long overdue as I had them planned in my head for last year and they just didn't happen to happen.

So taking my cue from that experience, I decided to keep it simple.  No tricky quilting gymnastics just easy peasy squares.

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And a frame in frame job for my little Winter Snow -man out on his sleigh. 

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This one only took about 6 months of hand sewing when I felt like it, which happened quite often enough to make it happen thankfully.  All fabrics are of course my Cherry Christmas line for Moda fabrics. 

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And back to quick and easy and a little bit of stripping. Piecing that is.  

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So all is quietly getting ready and prepared for a few weeks from now but meanwhile the sofa situation looks like this.  Decor is getting the winter's touch with just a hint of festive (for now anyway).

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Now that we are into November already, I am really in the mood for some cosy stitching time whilst snuggled up in front of the fire sitting as close to the radiator as I can. This little embroidery of a red coated girl pulling along her snowman chum on his sleigh was originally stitched up for a Christmas magazine feature last year. I'd forgotten all about it and then stumbled across it in my embroidery box and thought it would be perfect to stitch up into a quick cushion for my festive sofa decorating this year.  I'm thinking of bordering it in one of my Cherry Christmas prints.......maybe one of the red ones?

In the meantime if you are feeling the urge to curl up with a little project of your own to stitch, may I suggest this one?  You can find the pattern here.

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