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.
As we wrap up February, I thought I’d give you another chance to win free fabric. Free Spirit has generously provided a fat quarter bundle and a design roll for the sweepstakes (aka giveaway). All you have to do to for a chance to win one of these beauties is:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me what projects have been catching your eye lately. Is it quilts, lifestyle projects, organization???
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Two winners will be selected by Random Number Generator no later than March 5, 2017. The first winner picked will receive the fat quarter bundle and the second winner will win the design roll.
- Winners will be notified by email and will have 7 days to respond. If winners do not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! And a huge thank you to Free Spirit!
Happy Friday! We made through another week. The weather has been stormy here with more rain on the way for the next several days. (Trust me when I tell you Stinka is NOT happy about this.) Before the clouds rolled in, I grabbed a few pictures of the latest Hello, Love project. This is just a simple little tote but it gives the fabric the opportunity to shine.I made this bag because I wanted you to see that not all of this collection is whimsical. The floral print is great on its own or paired with abstract prints. Good for everything from pillowcases to skirts. Even if you think the octopus is too much for you, or the groovy retro is just not your style, there’s still something for you in this collection.It even has Stinka’s approval.
I hope you’re able to enjoy some down time this weekend, doing the things you love best. I’ll be hunkered down, staying warm, drinking coffee and planning more projects.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention. I bit the bullet and signed up on Instagram. I can’t promise anything amazing, but I can promise to try to provide bits of color and beauty as much as possible. I know blogs are moving lower on everyone’s priority list and Instagram seems to be people’s preferred alternative. If that’s you, follow me on IG at @melissapeda.