Postcard Mini Quilt

May 24, 2016

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With my NanaCompany Swap wrapping up and my partner having just received her package, I thought I would share more details and lots of pictures here. Seriously, LOTS of pictures! You’ve been warned!

The inspiration for this mini was a postcard pillow that Amy Sinibaldi had made for her daughter years ago. It just happened to be the first thing my swap partner Galia (#mycatchingcolorsdiary) had seen on the NanacCompany blog and first drew her to this style of making, a feeling I could totally relate to. So of course I just HAD to go with the postcard theme.

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I drew up a rough sketch of my idea, lots of erasing and testing out ideas. Since there would be a lot of hand stitching and embroidery, Aurifil thread was kind enough to send me a variety of flosses and thread weights to work with. I was already a fan of theirs but working from start to finish on a project using only Aurifil was amazing and I really felt the difference.

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I went with an Essex Linen which is rather thick and I find impossible to trace on so I decided to draw directly onto the fabric using my trusty water erasable fine tip marker by Clover. Any mistakes or changes were cleared up with a simple wet q-tip. I can’t be the only one who thinks q-tips are an essential part to a sewing kit, am I?

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Keeping with the postcard theme, I decided to go with tiny one inch “postage stamp” patchwork. As you know, it’s all in the details and I couldn’t pass this tiny one up. Some hoarded Aneela Hoey fabric with the smallest envelope you’ve ever seen just had to be stitched on. And yes, ALL my most favorite bits of fabric went into this mini.

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More tiny details brought to life with a bit of hand stitching. I also added bits of hand quilting to some of the more basic squares using a white 28 weight which I absolutely love for hand quilting.

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So here she is! My version of the postcard pillow made up as a mini quilt, finishing at roughly 18×14 inches. Now for some close up detail shots:

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The postage stamp, which I drew about three times to get just right. For this one I used a 12 weight Aurifil in Navy color 2745, it seemed the perfect inky shade of blue.

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A mutual favorite print of ours is this “scrumptious” by Bonnie and Camille which I zig-zag stitched on and added a Zakka ribbon to. This corner may be my favorite part of the whole mini!

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Tiny yellow tulip flower was a last addition with a bit of crochet trim as a boarder to make it stand out a bit more. Oh and that mint hand stitching is number 2835 of Aufifloss and has quickly become my favorite little spool.

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My charming messy handwriting stitched over with two strands Aurifloss, it is pretty charming, right? And I believe it’s an unspoken rule that all postcards be finished off with “hugs and kisses” in the form of X’s and O’s.

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More tiny details! The “washi” trim, the almost to pale to see pink hand stitching on Paperie boarder, more favorite bits of fabric and a Zakka tag held down by tiny cross stitch. Actually, the mint washi tape bits are my favorite part and now I want to quilt washi onto everything!

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All the tiny bits of fabric from Bari J and Liberty of London to Sevenberry and Elea Lutz, even clearance Joann Fabrics- this mini has a it all! Now, I tend to pride myself on not being a fabric hoarder and cutting right into my favorite fabrics, but even I have my “out of print impossible to get more of” favorites and I’m not gunna lie- that adorable little pink Posy flower by Aneela Hoey was hard to fussy cut into… BUT, SO worth it now that I see it here bringing its charm hopefully putting a smile on someones face.

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That sweet bear stamp was a gift from one of my first Instagram friends Lisa Ann. I think he will live very happily in Spain, even if it happens to rain, he has his tiny gingham umbrella.

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And of course what swap package would be complete without some extras? A tag made using a NanaCompany tutorial, a ruffle zipper pouch and other items that were special requests and fun surprises.

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So there you have it, my postcard mini. It’s not perfect by any means, but I knew it might be good because I wanted to keep it for myself! Always a good rule of thumb for swapping and gift giving in general, if you want to keep it and have a hard time parting with it then you are good to go! Of course second opinions are always a good idea too! Many thanks to my friend Jenni who puts up with my countless questions and “which one looks better” texts.

If you would like to see my original inspiration and the postcard pillow that Galia fell in love with click HERE, hopefully mine turned out half as sweet as Amy’s did.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have been inspired.

 

 

A Spoonful Of Sugar Blog Tour

May 11, 2016

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Hi and welcome to my stop on the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour! Let me just say what an honor it is to be sewing along with Lisa and all the incredible makers on the tour. I “met” Lisa last year on Instagram during a sew along and quickly fell in love with her fresh, clean Zakka style. So when she announced the release of her first book, I knew it would be on my “must buy” list. And of course she did not disappoint. Filled with sweet things to make, beautiful pictures and step by step instructions. Possibly my favorite features are the illustrations to show many of the steps, which are a life saver for this visual learner.

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With 20 projects in the book, I’m sure you can imagine how hard it was to choose just one to share with you… So I made two!

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First up, the Pretty Patchwork Jewelry Wrap using Liberty of London prints in blues and purples along with a bright white that I had on hand. The instructions for making and assembly were very clear and the only “problem” I had was from my own lack of experience with this type of binding. I ended up hand stitching it on which turned out to be a sweet extra detail in the end. Now since I almost never wear jewelry, I found another fun use for this wrap:

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An English Paper Piece Kit for on the go sewing! The three pockets are the perfect size for all your EPP supplies and it even folds up nicely with them all zipped away. Personally I think this Wrap would also make a great clutch for your cash and cards!

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A few adjustments I made were leaving out the lining (because I’m just too lazy to drive 20 minutes for sewing supplies) and I went with simple quilting to outline the patchwork, both the lining and dense quilting would have added more stability to the wrap had I intended to use it as a jewelry wrap.

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Tiny hand stitching with Aurifil 28 weight thread. I just love how this dark navy print plays with the softer blues and purples from my Liberty stash and contrasts against the bright white. Which leads me to my next item from A Spoonful of Sugar Book:

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The tiny Cathedral Window Pincushion! Now let me just say, this has been a quilt block that I have been terrified to try! I mean just look at how many bits and pieces need to line up! Pretty overwhelming for this new and somewhat inaccurate sewer. Having said all that, I still really wanted to try it and I figured if anyone had good instructions for this it would be Lisa. So I started with just the first step and figured if I didn’t understand it I could just stop there. 11 steps later, and I am amazed at how nicely it turned out! OK, so I know its not perfect but I am REALLY happy with it!

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So here’s a peek of what the instructions look like. I love all the detail and step by step illustrations. I only had to Google one step which is clearly shown here but my tired mom-brain just didn’t want to comprehend it. I used a very thin Bottom Line brand thread to stitch the tiny windows closed since I didn’t want even a tiny bit of thread showing against that beautiful dark navy print.

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I will definitely be making more of these! the steps were fun and the hand sewing was relaxing and so rewarding to watch it take shape. The back is also this beautiful Liberty print called Summer Blooms in navy which you can find here along with all the other beautiful colorways. How pretty would these look on your Christmas tree come December in reds and greens and perfect for handmade gifts! Really I can’t wait to make more, which brings me to my next point. I am SO excited about the A Spoonful Of Sugar Sew Along coming this summer!

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Please join us for an Instagram Sew Along from June 1 – August 9. We will be making projects from A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book.  Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL

It really is so much more fun to sew with friends (and prizes!) so get your copy ready and set aside a little time for yourself this summer!

If you haven’t already, check out all the other beautiful makes from the Blog Tour and get the inspiration going!

April 26            Jodie Carlton                           Ric Rac

April 27            Minki Kim                                 Minki’s Work Table

April 28            Melissa LeRay                         Oh How Sweet

April 29            Jemima Flendt                       Tied With a Ribbon

April 30            Beverley McCullough          Flamingo Toes

 

May 2              Sedef Imer                               Down Grapevine Lane

May 3              Nadra Ridgeway                     Ellis and Higgs

May 4              Amy Morinaka                        Chick Chick Sewing

May 5              Caroline Critchfield               Sew Can She

May 6              Kristyne Czepuryk                 Pretty By Hand

May 7              Bronwyn Hayes                      Red Brolly

 

May 9              Anorina Morris                       Samelia’s Mum

May 10            Peta Peace                               She Quilts A Lot

May 11            Faith Essenburg                     Sarana Ave

May 12            Angie Wilson                           Gnome Angel

May 13            Sharon Burgess                      Lilabelle Lane Creations

May 14            Stacy Olson                              Stacy Olson

 

May 16            Ayda Algin                                Cafenohut

May 17            Jennie Pickett                         Clover and Violet

May 18            Wynn Tan                                 Zakka Art

May 19            Lisa Cox                                     A Spoonful of Sugar

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Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around and sign up to keep posted on more fun to come. Also thank you again to Lisa for letting me play along with the Pros on this blog tour, such an honor!

Have a great week!

The Minis Blog Tour

May 4, 2016

Hi and welcome to my stop on Pat Bravos Blog Tour. A while back Pat posted an open call of sorts on Instagram and I jumped at the chance to work with some of her beautiful prints. I was chosen (much to my surprise!) along with 29 other makers to create a mini quilt featuring Dare  and Essentials II  from Art Gallery Fabrics. My bundle had mostly blues with a splash of striking magenta thrown in. I set to work planning, which included flipping through my little stash of quilting books, drawing up sketches and a lot of searching on Pintrest for inspiration.  

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I wanted to make something original of my own design, which is a real challenge for me. I am still trying to find my own creative style and voice in this community of incredibly talented makers. Each project seems to be full of trial, errors and growing opportunities which seldom leaves me fully happy with the end result. At the same time these less than perfect makes spur me on to try again and to try better the next time.

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So here it is, a bit of a hot mess! The “Dare” was a play with the fabric title but as it turned out this mini was  a much needed inspiration for myself. As I started seeing some of the other beautiful minis on the blog tour I began feeling pretty insecure of my own. It’s so busy and bright and totally different than what I am used to making. I asked several of my friends for their honest opinions, I still had time to make another more simple project if it really was as horrible as my mind was telling me but with some encouragement and taking a step back (OK, a few steps back) I began to like it just a little.

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There are many things I would change if I had it to do over again (story of my life!) but at the same time I kinda love it. The “diamond” boarder pattern would stand out more on a solid background but this way offers a lot of boldness and showcases more of the prints. Seriously gorgeous low volumes in this collection! I love the navy boarder I added to the edge and the mat style boarder around the words was a fun extra touch.

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I lightly quilted each diamond with a pale mint Aurifil thread and used a stitch in the ditch binding method that you can find here. It finishes at roughly 18×18 for a nice wall hanging. I can totally see this pattern being a beautiful table topper with a vase or fruit bowl setting in the center made with colors to match your dining room.

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The word applique was a fun challenge, printing, tracing, cutting, ironing, cutting again, more ironing, and finally stitching it on. I will definitely be adding more words to my projects down the road. And of course no work of mine feels complete without a little bit of hand stitching so I embroidered the “to be” on with a thick magenta floss. A little light accent quilting in the center for the finishing touch.

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I had intended to share more of a “how to” post about this mini but in an effort to keep it real, I felt a more personal post was needed. Not all projects come easily, not everything turns out the way I picture in my head and sometimes it takes a bit of bravery to share my less than perfect makes. This mini may not go down as one of my “all time favorite makes” but I can’t help feeling a little bit (a lot a bit) inspired by it. Dare to be BRAVE. It takes bravery to make something from scratch, it takes bravery to post our makes and even our mistakes as makers and sometimes it feels almost like a dare when I set out to create something all my own. But how boring would the creative world be if makers never dared to try new ideas and weren’t brave enough to work out of their comfort zones? Makes me sad just thinking about it! So here’s my small attempt at branching out, trying something new, working out of my comfort zone and daring myself to be brave.

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By the way, I think the names Dare and Essentials II are just so fitting! The Dare prints really are so bold and beautifully daring while the Essentials truly are essential for any sewing stash with their dots, stripes, rings and tiny flowers! Just beautiful! There is also a golden yellow color way which I *need*. Also if you have never worked with Art Gallery Fabrics, they truly are a cut above the rest and feel like nothing else.

One of my favorite parts of trying new fabrics is getting to share them with you! I have this bundle of Pat Bravo’s Dare and Essentials II fabrics, all fat 8th and smaller for one of you to add to your stash. You will love the bold designs and fresh prints, leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner in the next week.

Thanks so much to Pat for including me in this fun blog tour and taking a chance on my creativity. To see all the beautiful minis click HERE for the full line up with lots more giveaways!

Thanks for stopping by!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Nicole R!

 

Aurifloss Quick Review

April 29, 2016

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I have been getting some questions about the floss I have been using so here are my quick thoughts on Aurifil thread’s Aurifloss compared against various flosses found in my local craft stores.

These are floss spools of six strands each so you can cut your length and separate the strands into the thickness you like. With my local craft store brands I always have trouble separating my threads and end up with quite a mess. With Aurifloss my threads have been separating smoothly. I have next to no knotting and the few knots I have had I was able to undo pretty easily where as before I’ve had to actually cut out knots and start over with new floss. I haven’t had any fraying issues but I find it helps to use a shorter length when stitching, under 20 inches. I also like the hint of sheen they have.

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Now I am sure most of you keep your floss neatly wound around cute little cards filed away in tidy boxes in rainbow order but for me that almost never happens. I have a few on cards but the rest are in zip-locks and stuffed in drawers. This here is just one of the tangled messes of embroidery floss and it’s one of the less tangled too. So for me, having them on cute little wooden spools is HUGE! Not only do they look nice but they STAY looking nice, the tail of the thread tucks in at the bottom of the spool!

For me the one draw back is the price, $4 vs maybe 40 cents. It’s also not something that can be grabbed at most local shops (but honestly I rarely make it to the craft stores anymore and ordering online is much more doable for me). So my plan for now is to have my go-to colors in Aurifloss for when I do embroidery they are tidy, ready and extra nice to use. I’m sure I will still grab a random floss at the store when I go but also how much am I really saving if I run to the store for a few cheap flosses and come away with a pile of fabric too? (Insert hysterical laughter imoji here: don’t even pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

So if your cheap embroidery floss has you tied up in knots,  give Aurifloss a try and let me know what you think of it!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Swivel Hook Tote

April 27, 2016

I am so excited to share today’s finish with you! About a month ago Zakka Workshop posted on Instagram looking for sample makers for their booth at Quilt Market. In a burst of excitement I responded and was surprised when they actually wanted me! I was sent some beautiful fabrics and pattern for the Swivel Hook Tote and I went straight to work on it.

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It’s not perfect by any means but I am pretty proud of it! This is definitely the biggest sewing project I have done so far and at times it was pretty frustration and I wanted to quit. So glad I stuck with it and thankful for the support of Zakka Workshop as they helped me though.

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This bag has a lot of details, from the patchwork and quilting to the binding and leather hook and straps, there was never a dull moment making this one! And that’s just how I like my sewing to be, exciting!

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This bit of blue binding in the bottom was the result of my getting ahead of the final instructions but it ended up being so pretty! Lots of machine quilting on the body of the bag and tiny hand stitching along the sides. I like variety, can you tell? Never a dull moment.

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Here is the bag with hook undone to open up nice and wide for all my junk. It’s a pretty large bag measuring roughly 11×18 with a six inch wide bottom, Perfect for travel or as an everyday go-to bag. I’ll be adding an inside pocket to the next one I make to give it even more space.

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Tiny patchwork with Lecien fabrics and some others from my personal stash. I added the square to the front by applique and I think it gives a nice pop of color. The body of the bag is made using Lecien Yarn Dyed Cloth which has a great weave to it and soft feel. I used Aurifil thread for the machine and hand quilting, both in 28 weight. Love that hint of blue the quilting added!

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I have plans to make a second Swivel Hook Bag when the book is released in June. Look for it from Zakka Workshop, titled Quilted Bags and Gifts by Akemi Shibata. And if you happen to be at Quilt Market this year stop on by the Zakka Workshop booth and check out my bag in person along with all the other beautiful bags made by some of my friends from Instagram. I can’t wait to see them all together!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve got a couple more things in the works for the next few weeks along with a giveaway coming up so make sure to follow me here for much more fun!

 

Ruffle Zipper Tutorial

March 13, 2016

The other week I got an idea for making a ruffle zipper to use on pouches to be kind of the focal point. Though I’m sure I am not the inventor of this idea, I couldn’t seem to find any tutorials or even pictures of this. So here we go, bear with me as I am new to instructions.

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Here is what you will need to start:

-Two strips of fabric 18 x 2 1/4 inches

-8 inch zipper

-Clover clips

-Fabric glue

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Start out by ironing your long strips in half length wise. Next, leaving a little “tail” at the end make a small fold (pictured top left). Your ruffle will vary depending on how big of a fold you make and how close together you place the folds. Also keep in mind this is a hand made ruffle, it doesn’t need to be exact or perfect to look great. Clip the first ruffle fold to hold in place. In the bottom left picture you can see how I pinch the fabric to make the fold. Continue making ruffle folds and clipping in this method until you reach the end leaving a bit of a tail.

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Next, use a little fabric glue and align the ruffles raw edge with the zippers edge. I used the clips to hold it in place while the glue sets. After the glue has set, use a very scant 1/4 inch seam to sew it down. As you can see, I still have yet to use an actual zipper foot. Instead I just hold on tight and take it slow. Now you can see the one side is done and ready to be top stitched onto your project. Repeat for the next side.

Tips:

-Use Clover clips to hold the first ruffle back as you sew the next side on to keep it out of the way.

-Before you sew the second ruffle side down check to make sure your ruffle folds are going in the same direction.

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Now you have a ruffle zipper ready to make any project extra special! There are lots of tutorials for sewing with lace zippers which should help with any questions (I am no pro when it comes to sewing with zippers but if I can figure it out then so can you!). I will quickly show you how I added this one to my little boxy pouch.

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Place your outer fabric right side up on top of the edge of the zipper with the ruffle part standing up (top left picture), use a glue stick to hold it in place. Turn it over and place the lining fabric face down aligned to the edge of the zipper (top right picture). Hold carefully in place and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam. The bottom left picture shows how it will look after both sides are attached. The next step is top stitching the ruffle down. Once again I am using my normal sewing foot here so I just take it slow. I went with about a 1/8 inch seam for the top stitch and tried to keep the ruffle close to the zipper teeth instead of a more exposed zipper look.

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Here is my finished ruffle zipper pouch!

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I just love how the ruffle zipper is the focal point of this bag.

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Find the tutorial I used for the bag part here. And of course I couldn’t stop with just one, here are the others I started out with.

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Denim and Liberty ruffle zipper pouch with ruffle wristlet.

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This one placed along the top of my bag was applique stitched down so the ruffle didn’t stick out. Looks cute but I prefer the zipper to lay flat on the bag.

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And my favorite one so far!

I hope this was helpful for you, please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see your own ruffle zippers!

 

 

 

 

Liberty and Denim Zippy Pouch

March 8, 2016

A few weeks ago I made a zippy pouch using a pattern from the book Sweetly Stitched Handmades and I just had to show you all the details.

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This was made for a friend who’s favorite colors are shades of violet. These Liberty of London scraps were saved over a few months especially with this project in mind. Each square measures one inch finished.

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I wanted to contrast the sweet floral prints with something a bit more bold and modern, so… What better pairing than Art Gallery’s new smooth denim in Indigo Shadow. I bought a 1/4 yard and it’s down to small unusable scraps now, time to get more. Think of  this denim as linen’s black sheep sister and use it in projects for added edge and a stylish update.

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I just love the lining in this one! It makes for a sweet surprise on the inside. That zipper pull is actually a necklace charm that I got as a gift when I was a teen. I loved it then as well as now but hadn’t worn it in years. It now has a whole new life as part of this pouch.

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This is the “B” side of the pouch, equally as pretty! I know many of you have Liberty you don’t want to cut into or some scraps of special fabrics you are saving for something, this is the perfect project to showcase your favorites and I’m pretty sure the world won’t end if you go ahead and cut into your hoarded Liberty stash😉

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And since this was a birthday gift I just had to stuff it full of goodies! Ruler and wooden buttons found on Etsy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Starburst Dresden Pillow

February 17, 2016

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Where to start? First off lets not call this a “tutorial” but just think of me as your friend showing you what I did (that’ll take the pressure off me a bit). As I have said before, I made my first Starburst Dresden pillow from Amy Sinibaldi’s book Sweetly Stitched Handmades last year when I was VERY new to sewing. So if I can do it, so can you! For sure!

I had my pieces all cut out months ago, Amy has nice instructions for easy cutting of all the “starburst” bits that made it go quickly.  For this one I went with a combo of Paperie and Liberty of London fabrics.  If you are like me, step by step pictures are helpful for using with the written instructions so follow along in your book (these pictures are not meant to replace the actual instructions).

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First up! Fold, sew, flip, iron. Pretty straightforward.

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This is the part that stumped me the first time. My visual learner mind did not want to wrap around the instructions for the life of me so I ended up just following along and going “OHHHH” as soon as I had done what the instructions said. Once all your bits are ironed, here’s the basic assembly. The white “sunburst” is folded in half and sewn with it’s raw edges lined between two Dresden pieces. You will want to line up the corner bottom tips as shown in the above bottom left picture. I almost always use Clover clips instead of pins.

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You will keep sewing and adding this way until all your pieces are used up and you’ve created a circle. Here’s what you should have:

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Next gently iron your Dresden with the white starbursts all laying in the same direction. Press the seams from the back also to help everything lay nice and flat.

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I spray basted my Dresden centered on the backing fabric and machine stitched each “starburst” down. As far as the center of the “plate” I had quite the trouble this time around, firstly because I rushed and secondly, because I tried to fix my wonky center and ended up drawing more attention to it. Ha! Just have to laugh! Lesson learned (again!), slow and steady wins the race… Or in this case the pretty circular center. My only advice is to stitch the circle very slowly and don’t iron the center till after it is sewn to the rest of the Dresden.

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I chose to applique stitch the Dresden down but I have no doubt it would be just as beautiful hand or machine sewn too. Like English Paper Piecing, there are endless options and no wrong way to make it your own. I enjoyed doing a little of each sewing type in my first pillow and decided to do the same here. Lastly we have the hand stitching to outline the Dresden plate which really is the icing on the cake!

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I added a tiny bit of binding to the back of my pillow cover using a tutorial that you can see Here. I love how it came out and look forward to trying this method on some bigger binding projects. The finishing steps for making the pillow pockets are really simple.

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So here it is all finished! I’ll be honest, it kinda took my breath away. Sorry if that sounds like bragging but I don’t always like my finished projects this much, so let me just look at it a minute more before we move on… OK, I’m good now!

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I just love how Paperie and Liberty fabrics play together and look forward to making more with these two beauties down the road.

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It’s all in the “sweetly stitched” details, isn’t it?

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Some well placed fussy cut quotes to add a little extra charm.

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And just for another option, how about a wall hanging? Or you could quilt this up and use it as a beautiful table topper.

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OK, so the center is still a bit wonky but it’s mostly circular so I’m good with how it ended up. And since two of these Starburst Dresden pillows isn’t enough, I’m already planning a Summer one in all bright Liberty prints!

So, to sum up: When I saw this pillow at the end of Amy’s book (remember, the book I bought just to look at the pretty pictures?) I thought she had saved the best project for last. Turns out I still feel that way. I have seen many of these posted to Instagram and they are all equally stunning. I really hope you will give it a try and be as pleased with yours as I have been with mine. Really, this one is fun from start to finish and with such a lovely ending how can you not make at least one! I hope this was helpful for you. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will do my best to walk you through your own make.

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Right at home with one of my other Paperie pillows on my worn out comfy old, I mean VINTAGE chair.

Lastly, WINNER of the Paperie Heartstring and charm set from Amy is: Hannah W         Please contact me so we can get those sent out to you.

Thank you all for your lovely comments from the blog tour, Made. My. Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Illustration inspired by Minki Kim

February 14, 2016

Have you ever heard of “sewing illustration”? I hadn’t until last year when I became Instagram friends with a woman named Minki Kim. She is so sweet and approachable that I had no idea who she really was until I started seeing her work in magazines at my local shops! The illustrations she creates are so detailed and intricate, they  look like a hybrid of hand stitching and pencil sketching when in reality it’s all done with a sewing machine, a sewing machine!  I had the honor of winning one of her Instagram giveaways last year which included some adorable handmade goodness and a set of her patterns. I was pretty intimidated to try this new sewing method until last week, when Minki mentioned she couldn’t wait to see what I made up. Well, that sure motivated me!

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This little rain cloud was my first attempt, after those tiny raindrops I set my stitch length down to 1.0 instead of 1.2. *Tiny* stitches are the key here!

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I used this pattern set (available here for less than a dollar!) to make a Spring theme wall hanging. In case you wondered, I’ve decided to skipping right to Spring even if it is still freezing here in Illinois!

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What says Spring better than tiny flowers and for this I turned to my new collection of Sevenberry Floral fabrics from Ministry of Fabric and used a tiny bit of each print.

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Minki’s sweet little patterns really are perfect for using up all the precious scraps we can’t bear to throw away. (And I know you have a bag, box or drawer FULL of almost unusable tiny bits just like I do!).

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Just check out how tiny the details are! I used a navy thread by Aurifil in 50 weight and went very slowly. Even going slowly, these little pictures come together pretty quick and are SO fun to make from start to finish!

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So here’s what my tiny makes turned into, little Spring windows. That saying, “April showers bring May flowers” kept running through my mind as I stitched so it had to be included! The tiny flowers at the bottom were just hand drawn on and sewn over, pretty rough but not bad for a first attempt.

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And of course, tiny hand stitching to finish off each little window. My mom loved this so much as I showed her my rough in progress pictures so this will be heading off to live with her. It will make a sweet little wall hanging or small table topper. Each “window” measures 3 inches.

Make sure to check out all of Minki’s beautiful work! So much inspiration for adding illustration into your sewing projects and tips for how to use her patterns. She also has a book coming out later this year (I believe) that is sure to be filled with incredible makes and inspiration! I can’t wait!

Now off to work on my Dresden pillow😉

Paperie Blog Tour

February 10, 2016

Paperie-BlogTour

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Paperie Blog Tour! I have so enjoyed each post along the way, a little treat every day loaded with inspiration to make ALL the things!

So lets get right to it! If you know Amy then you know she is all about the little details. This really shows through in her debut fabric line Paperie from Art Gallery Fabrics. I love how she paired sweet tiny details along with bolder colors and more modern prints. Makes it perfect for almost any project, don’t you think?

For my bit of the tour I decided to give my master bedroom a little Paperie makeover, sort of freshen things up for Spring. Paperie just happens to match my duvet cover perfectly😉

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First up we have the Merry and Bright pillow only this one is Paperie and Bright😉  I like how it showcases each of the prints so well together, lots of low volume fabric with pops of pink and blues. For the embroidery I went with one of the quotes found on the “quoted” fabric, “From this day on, I wish never to be parted from you”.  Also happens to be from one of my favorite books, Pride and Prejudice.

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You may remember this pillow from my Instagram posts, the one I scorched with an iron! Yup! And after I fixed most of that little problem I ran into a few more. At one point my husband said I could always do this post about what NOT to do. HA! I really could have. Just part of the fun that comes from learning as I go😉 But hey, now I know what to do for the next time I burn my beautiful fabric!!

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It’s all in the tiny hand stitched details that make this pillow so sweet. Don’t you just love these little hearts!? I used a pale blue solid fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. This end of the top panel seemed a little bare so I added some stitching inspired by one of the prints. I discovered along the way that my hand stitching is pretty nice… when my kids are asleep in bed!! Otherwise its pretty wonky so I’m trying to embrace one of the things I have learned from Amy: perfection is boring. And if that’s the case then my work is VERY exciting!

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I also wanted a more masculine pillow to balance out the sweet look of the first one so I took all the fabrics that didn’t have pink or flowers, mixed in a few more AGF solids and just started cutting. The middle is one piece of fabric with pin tucks added to give it a different look and extra dimension.

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Lots of tiny hand stitching added here and there for a touch of handmade feel. The low volume prints in this line are a must for any fabric stash! I really should get more before it sells out! After all, Paperie is a limited edition line and I have a feeling it’s one of those things you should stock up on to use now and hoard for later.

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And just like that we have a beautiful set of “his and hers” pillows for our bed! (I see you eyeing my special edition Paperie Heartstrings, don’t worry… I’ll get to those in a moment.)

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For my next project I whipped up a simple little mug rug with one of my favorite quotes on it, I love the promise of adventure whether you have your tea now or later. Seriously, how perfect is this for a mug rug or place mat? “Would you like an adventure now or would you like to have your tea first?”. Perfect!

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In true NanaCompany style I added crochet trim and a sweet label, the rest is simply quilted using a few different thread colors to give it some contrast.

Lastly I just had to make a special edition Paperie Heartstring (if you are new here, you can check out my Instagram page to see more of my original Heartstrings).

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I will be giving this Heartstring away along with a Paperie charm pack from Amy! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment here and I will announce a winner next week when I post a short tutorial for another pillow I am working on: a special Paperie and Liberty of London Starburst Dresden pillow from Amy’s book Sweetly Stitched Handmades.

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Paperie Blog Tour! For the full line up of incredible makers click HERE.

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*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

 

 

 

 


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