Monday, January 19, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons

I'm "Sew Happy" to participate in today's Tammy 4 All Seasons Blog Hop today.  

Woohoo!  I finally made a Tammy Bag!
Snap-on Pinny
Pinny back
 Tammy back pocket
I know, so sad - no cross-stitch yet!
Hey, this is fun - my handle has a keyring.  Perfect to attach my scissors.
Good tools make such a difference!
Beam N Read LED hands-free light, good Readers, Stick With Me secure magnet, Frixion iron-off pen.
A big thanks to the team for this hop:  designers Mdm. Samm @ Sew We Quilt - Tammy Bag pattern, Cori Blunt @ Chitter Chatter Designs - adorable Pretty Pinnies, and Brooke Nolan @ Brooke's Books - Vintage Cross Stitch.  Another round of applause for Mary @ I Piece 2-Mary for herding us all together, keeping us on track, and cheering us on.  And a big shout-out for an amazing assortment of sponsors for this hop!  The right tools and supplies are so essential... as I discovered!

I knew it would be a tight schedule when I signed up - my husband and I just returned yesterday from a vacation.  I had designated time for my project but by the time I realized that there was something amiss about my aida cloth for the cross-stitch, we were far from home.. and supplies.  My grids measure about 7/16ths...
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The pattern calls for 28-count aida cloth, and after trying, "frogging" (rip-it, rip-it), trying with single strands, ripping, trying again - I realized that my cloth had a much higher count, and every teeny weeny stitch took about 6 tries... not feeling "sew happy".  I had to put it aside.

Instead, I kinda lived the summer scene rather than stitch it...

Swam with stingrays, snorkeled a bit, got a little sunshine and a little time with my honey.  Aaahh.  

I'll try again, with the right supplies - then use the Summer cross-stitch motifs for the scrapbook.  Or another Tammy.  Perfect.

All loaded and ready to stitch!

Be sure to check out the entire lineup - Mary's got the master list HERE.  You can also check Mdm. Samm's Tammy 4 All Seasons Pinterest collection HERE.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sweet Stitchery!

Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt and Sew We Stitch has organized a lovely blog hop featuring her fabulous "Tammy" bag, plus the talents of Brooke Nolan and her lovely vintage cross-stitch,

and Cori Blunt's adorable applique/embroidery patterns, designed specifically for this hop!

The "Tammy 4 All Seasons" hop starts today!  Mary @ I Piece 2 is our wonderful cheerleader for this hop - you can check out the full schedule HERE.

Embroidery and applique' - I'm good with those.  Cross-stitch with teensy little fibers like linen and 38 count aida cloth?  Well, we'll just have to see how it goes when it's my turn on the 20th!

Meanwhile here is today's lineup for a great kickoff!

I always love gadgets and tools that make the job easier. Take a look at some of our amazing sponsors for this hop!
BEAM N READ ( led light)
Brooke's Books ( seasonal vintage counted cross stitch designs)
Chitter Chatter ( applique and embroidered pinnies)
DMC ( threads and aida cloth)
H.A.KIDD ( monaco fabric)
MsAppleHeart ( Tammy Bag Pattern/Stick With Me buttons)
READERS ( best readers on the market for those who need to see their patterns
up close and personal) 
SNAP SOURCE  ( great gadget for adding snaps to our bags)
Yarn TREE  ( Q-snaps)

See you tomorrow!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fancy Finishes!

This month begins a series of guest posts at Cutting Corners as I begin my fourth year of monthly "Sewing/Quilting Basics" tutorials for Riley Blake Designs.

This new series will focus on edge finishes and "Alternate Endings" to use on quilts or other quilted projects, other than a standard binding. The kickoff tutorial is one I've had a lot of fun with - faux-piped binding.

This machine-binding technique is one of my favorite quick fancy finishes - great for pillows, mug-rugs, placemats, kids' quilts, and I especially like it on my laminate UFO-to-Go portable design wall.

Click the button below to go directly to the tutorial, loaded with lots of tips for applying not only the faux piped binding, but any regular old binding too.

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs 
Click the same button on the sidebar →  for shortcuts 
to all my Cutting Corners tutorials from the past three years!

Friday, January 2, 2015

A quilt filled with LOVE ♥♥♥

When a quilt is made for someone specific, each aspect is carefully considered.  The recipient and it's use are the primary thoughts as the fabric and design are chosen - and the maker(s) proceeds to infuse their thoughts and affection, sometimes even blood, sweat and tears!

It's been several months since I was invited to participate in the production of a quilt for someone special.  We didn't know who would be the recipient, all we knew was that it needed to be filled with love from all of us.  The label on the back included the thought that every time she wrapped up in the quilt, she'd be receiving a warm hug from everyone in the group.

And from the reaction, it truly was received as we had each given.  The look on her face tells it all.

I had the privilege of quilting the quilt, filling it with ♥♥♥.

In this case, the quilt was filled with love in many ways.  When you make a quilt, how do you finish this sentence? (besides batting and stitches, lol!)
A quilt is filled with _________.  

May all your quilts be filled with positive things in the year ahead!

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