I’m trying to do things differently. Trying to slow down and do the things I really want to do–as opposed to the things I feel I “should” do or “have to” do. I’m saying “no” to some things and a happy “yes!” to others. It’s all about balance. Part of that balance includes making room for more handwork. So when I was contacted by CPI/Quarto about reviewing some books, I said “yes!” to this one, The Hand Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk.The book includes projects for fabric and projects for paper. Great ideas for getting started on some slow stitching. This book is less of an instruction manual and more of an inspirational reference book as it is filled with pages of stitch examples, tips about combining stitches and using color. Lots of good information.The coffee coasters jumped out at me–no surprise there. I grabbed some round objects from around the house, chose fabrics and started tracing circles. (There are templates in the book, but you know me…if I can make it without a pattern, I will.) And truly, circles are circles, so why bother. Anyway…I chose a solid broadcloth to go along with three different fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous collection. Some black, gold, gray and cream Anchor pearl cotton, two pieces of batting scraps and I was good to go.One of the unexpected joys…a backside that’s just as interesting as the front. I’ve already pulled some Kaffe shot cotton to go with some Kaffe Artisan collection. A stack of these would be lovely to have on hand for gift giving too, don’t you think?If you’re looking for a project that doesn’t have a lengthy time frame, is something different from the usual sewing and quilting thing and gives you instant gratification, you might consider big stitching a small project. The book is available at retailers. You can find it at Amazon for our Kindle too.
Happy, happy Friday to you! The days have been merging together lately but I can tell you with confidence that it is indeed Friday. And Stinka is here to give you some Friday Feline love. She’s sitting on an older wall hanging/crib quilt I made for Generation Q magazine. If you get their newsletter, you saw the link to the free pattern. If you don’t, get signed up. In the meantime, visit this link for the pattern. Grab some pre cuts and get started. A solid or blender layer cake and some charm packs or scraps and you’ll be all set. You don’t have to do the big stitching. You could machine quilt some simple straight lines in all that negative space and it would look terrific. And make it a lot bigger by adding more of these super easy blocks.I’m shipping off some boxes on Monday and then, I should be done with sample sewing for Spring Market. Not nearly as many projects to do this time around, which has been a good thing. I’m ready to put finishing touches on the Tabby Road throw quilt and then I’ll post the pattern for you. Look for that some time next week.
For now….have a fabulous day and enjoy the weekend. Stinka insists.
It seems we all have plans for the summer–between finishing old projects and starting new ones, everyone has plans to be creative. I love that! Before we get to the winners of the Mod Corsage giveaway, I want to share the three Mod Corsage pillows I made for Quilt Market.A bright and cheery Dresden plate adorns this one. Two very different prints create a lot of contrast. And the prints themselves have great movement. Together, they make lively statement. I used pearl cotton to stitch around the center fussy cut circle and added a few buttons for emphasis.A simple three piece panel received a bit of flirty attention with two small ruffles. For an even easier pillow, I used big stitch quilting on the Passage print. And of course, added embellishment–this time with fabric tassels at each corner.
I have more pillows and a few bags to share from my Market sewing. Look for those over the next week or so. But now, on to the winners of the fat quarter bundles…Thanks to everyone for their comments on the giveaway. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with a long, long list of things I want to accomplish.
Next month, I’ll be showing more One Fabric Nation projects. Are you looking forward to Amy Butler’s Eternal Sunshine? Then don’t miss my June posts!