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Christmas knitting kit with kittens on

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I finally got around to making myself a needle case for my knitting projects.  I searched online for a pattern then realised I had just the thing right under my nose.

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By changing the pocket sizes to fit my needle collection (so far) my Project Book Pouch was the perfect hold all to hold all those necessary accroutrements - circular needles (for socks and cowls), dpns, crochet hooks, cable needles, stitch markers.....  There's even space to add my knitting book in there plus any printed patterns (always losing those just when I decide I want to start on something).

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So I'm all set for sock knitting over the holidays.

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This is my collection of book pouches so far - the top one for knitting, the center one for EPP and the bottom for embroidery.  The top two were made out of my new Hello Petal fabric (shipping this week I think) and the bottom one is made in Sew Stitchy.

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Here they are all empty...

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And here all filled up and ready when I am :)


shells

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Yesterday I got on with pin basting my Skip quilt.

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I haven't free motion quilted a quilt for a long time now.  I keep meaning to try some different quilting designs and even bought Angela Walters'  Free Motion Quilting book last year to give me some idea's.  But every time I get to the quilting stage I chicken out of trying something new and go for easy styles that I go to time and time again.  And there's nothing wrong with that except I really really want to try branch out and get quilting more creatively. So that is how I came to quilting this one in Clamshells, using an idea from Angela's book.  

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And despite feeling a little anxious I am really REALLY enjoying it.

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I love how doodle-y they look, they fit perfectly with the playful nature of this quilt.  I am already three quarters done and can't wait to show you the finished quilt!




slicing

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This is what I am up to today.  I've finally sliced up a little time out for myself and have been busy cutting and chopping up fabric.  Bliss.

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I'm doing something I've been itching to get on with for a while.  Making a quilt (or two or three) using a mix of fabrics from all of my lines.

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It's fun to see the fabrics all mingling and hanging out together, it will be interesting to see them in new combinations.

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These two pictures are what I have been up to the last couple of days - making kitty blocks!  I thought up this idea a while back to make out of hello petal but since fabric is a long way off from arriving, I thought I'd make one up from my current fabrics for now.

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I'm loving how the blocks are looking together, so much fun to make too!  More details coming soon.


project book pouch

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I made this project pouch almost a year ago.  I wanted something that could hold everything I needed in one place when I was in the middle of embroidering something.  When my book came out with it's pullout pattern pages I came up with this idea - a pouch that opened up like a book so you could see everything in it easily (so much easier than fishing things out of the bottom of a project bag don't you think?).

Even better this book is perfectly sized to hold your latest favourite craft book and any pattern sheets/pullouts or special papers plus all the notions and supplies you need for your current project all together in the same place.

Perfect for embroidery, applique or english paper piecing projects.

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I use mine ALOT.  When I'm home, when I'm out, when I'm teaching.  Whenever I teach I keep getting asked if I have a pattern and I usually reply that I hope to do one soon.

But no more because I finally sat down for the last couple of days, drew up all the pictures in illustrator and got the pattern written.

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If you fancy making one for yourself or for someone else, you can find the pattern right here.

The pattern is really straight forward and pretty quick to put together. Not quite a doddle but pretty much so I'd say.

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Guaranteed to make you stitch faster, which is perfect if you embroider as much as I do!


an embroidery project pouch

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A little project idea for you today, I recently made up a little pouch to hold all my embroidery supplies for my wips and projects.  I wanted somewhere where everything would be neatly stored ready for any spare embroidery minutes I can find during the course of the day.

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Open it up and inside is stored everything I need - a copy of my book, the pulled out transfer pages from the book, floss, marking pens, scissors and a couple of embroideries awaiting stitching up into a little something.  There is plenty of room to keep a hooped up embroidery in progress too.

All right at the tips of my fingertips.

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(The deer and sailboat embroideries can both be found in my book)

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These are the colours I have picked out ready for my current project (more on that soon)

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Of course there was one fabric line I could use to stitch up this little idea - Sew Stitchy.  I used my Hexagons fabric for the outside, Chain Stitch for the inside, Pins for the tab and two of the pockets and Spools for the other pocket.  The binding fabric is called French Knot Dot.

Both my daughter's have already tried to swipe my pouch from me for themselves - What is it with kids thinking everything you stitch up is really for them?  

though if they are good, santa just might bring them one this year ;)


sew little stitches

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I warn you in advance, this is going to be a very long picture heavy post.  You might need tea, several cups and perhaps a biscuit or two (or an ice lolly).

This post is all the fault of my eldest daughter.  I was unable to make quilt market earlier  this year and as you know QM is a great place to showcase a collection and illustrate how it can be used.  It gives the designer a chance to say 'this is what I was thinking when I designed this stuff'.  So one evening, when I was wittering on to my family saying maybe I should have gone to market, my daughter said 'why don't you just do a booth in a blog post when the collection comes out instead?'  Children seem to have a distinct ability to simplify stuff don't they?

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So here we go, a post all about what you can do with my newest fabric (shipping this week, I think) Sew Stitchy and also a little more about how it relates to my book Little Stitches.

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For starters you can make stuff to keep your notions/haberdashery bitty bobs in.

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Pouches obviously, for the one in the front, I used my pale blue Chain Stitch print and overlaid it with some machine embroidery using some Aurifil 12 weight thread (you can read a few pointer's for machine embroidery here).

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I also stitched up another travel sewing pouch, pattern from the book Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman Hale using my grey Hexagons print and pink French Knot Dot co-ordinate.

The little needle book uses a square from the Panel which comes with the collection, the illustrations are all drawn up to look like they were stitched. 

The pattern for sewing the needlebook comes from my book Little Stitches.  As well as over 100 embroidery patterns the book also has 12 sewing projects to make from your embroideries but they can also be used with non-embroidered fabric just as easily.

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These coasters were also made using one of the sewing patterns from my book and again the little deer is cut from the Panel print.

Something else you might want to know - there is a pattern for the embroidery version of the deer above, the squirrel below and the notions on the little needlecase above (as well as several of the other illustrations used in the Sew Stitchy line) in my book.  I wanted to make the fabric and the book work well with each other, so you can make embroidered and sewn items and then co-ordinate them with projects made from printed fabric too.  Lots of ways to play with the two together.

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Here is another project I made by using a pattern in my book (again the book version is embroidered) - A couple of hot water bottle covers.  For the pink one, I made a scrappy fabric using this tutorial first and then followed the sewing part of the project.

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Again the little girl is cut from the Sew Stitchy panel.

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This is one of my favourite things that I've made from this line - my 241 tote, using my blue Hexagons print and grey French Knot Dots.  I have used this lots and love the bag pattern (by Anna, available here).

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Tissue box cover - again using a pattern from the book.

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This embroidery is one I did just for fun earlier in the summer.  I used the illustration from my Stitched Bird fabric and just took a little time out to play.

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This is stitched from one of the bonus transfer patterns you'll find in my book.  You can bookmark this post and come back to it later should you ever want to stitch it up. 

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Pillows made from the Panel print.

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And there we have it.  I hope you enjoyed my little blog post version of a booth :)

 


sew stitchy

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I know what you might be thinking.  Maybe you feel like you've already seen Sew Stitchy but I don't think I have done a post that focuses on this collection, the prints and how they relate to my upcoming book Little Stitches.

So, let's start at the beginning.  I designed this collection right after I finished up doing the illustrations for the book, all the patterns and how to diagrams in the book were hand drawn by me.  Whilst drawing up the images, it occured to me that all the little stitchy pictures would also work very well in a fabric collection and the idea for Sew Stitchy was born.

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I set to work to design a collection that encompassed all things sewing related - pins, spools, hexagons, embroidery, chain stitches, cross stitches, french knots and more.

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One of the key differences between this collection and my four previous ones is -

Every single print (except one) is small to medium scale and multi directional.  You can just whip out the fabric and cut it any which way to make quilt blocks, clothes, bags, whatever.

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The exception in this case is - The Panel.

The panel does not appear in any of the pre-cuts except the Fat Quarter bundle and is also available in yardage.  Each panel comprises of 28 images in a gridded format (there are 12 different images so you will get a few of each).  This makes it perfect for fussy cutting for quilt block centers, cushions, pockets and more.  You can see the cute little reindeer image above.

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And this one is a cute little stitched birdie.  Each image is surrounded by frames of running stitches, chain stitches, french knots or pretty little lazy daisy flowers as above.

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This little girlie is my youngest daughter's favourite, I made the little girl's hair into plaits (braids) because my she is obsessed with them.

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Another thing I really want to point out - all these images have lots of tiny details which makes them perfect for cutting up into even the smallest pieces (the above squares are 1 1/4")

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One final thing - this line has a slightly brushed finish, giving it the softest feel of all my lines so far.

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So there we have it, a closer look.

I hope I've introduced you to a few things you never noticed before.

Sew Stitchy yardage should be shipping any day now, the question is 'Are you ready to get stitchy???'


sew faster precuts

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Am I really the last person to realise that Sew Stitchy precuts have officially gone on sale?  I thought there were a few more weeks to go but apparently not.  

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If you are looking for an excuse to splash the cash on these, consider this important point.  At the Fat Quarterly retreat in June, there was a jelly roll race contest.  And the winning quilt top by Amanda was made from none other than a Sew Stitchy jelly roll :))))))))

So it's officially official - Sew Stitchy sews faster than other similar fabrics available.

Guaranteed (sort of).

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delightful quilt

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With the rain lashing down endlessly again; I have decided to live in denial for a few minutes by feeding you the impression that it is in fact fairly beautiful outside.  These lovely pics of my finished Delightful quilt were taken a couple of weeks back, when we were living (as we should be) in spring.

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This quilt pattern uses a simple block arrangement to give a pinwheel with a twist.  When I first drew it up back in December, the blocks reminded me of those pinked edges you get on the end of ribbons.  A couple of my readers have also commented on how the blocks resemble the letter M, which is something I really didn't see until it was mentioned.  I really love the movement that is created when you look at this pattern - my eyes kind of go fluttery as they go back and forth looking at the jiggedy-ness created - do yours do it too? (or is it just these eyes of mine).

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Since this quilt is named delightful - I thought it only correct to wake my eldest daughter up early one morning in the Easter holidays, then drag her outside to hold up the quilt whilst I took a few snaps (before she'd had her breakfast).  As you can make out, she really was delighted to be my little quilt elf and did not complain that her arms were aching. Not even once.

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Not even when I took this one.

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The garden bench was slightly more helpful but that is probably because it can't speak.

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Of all the quilts I have ever quilted, I think this one was my all time favourite quilting experience.  Maybe I have finally got used to my machine after only three years of use.  I quilted it in lines of loops going across the width - it took a whole day to quilt but I am definitely doing the loops again.

Fabrics are from my Sew Stitchy line (available in August) and moda bella solid in white bleached.


finished bloom quilt

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Bloom quilt is finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (please excuse the overload of exclamation points).

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I'm so happy this one is done - I really enjoyed thinking it up and pulling it all together.  The seed for this quilt began last September when I made my double dresden pillow.  I knew right then that I wanted to go for a triple or even quadruple dresden but it took a while in the thinking, planning and making stages.

As well all having the big bloom of a dresden in the center I also wanted to have a lot of space around it and made a show of the quilting on the background fabric to draw the eye back to the center again and again by echo quilting around the outer edge of the largest dresden with lines 1" apart.  Took a while but it was worth the trouble.

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Fabrics used are Sew Stitchy (out in August) and Moda Bella Solid in Sisters Pink for the background.

You can find further posts about this quilt here.

Big tick off the to do list - done!!

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