Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cross-Stitch Kids

Ohmigoodness!  I've been giggling all day.  I've recently been scouring through the interwebs trying to find a cross-stitchery pattern for what I had in mind for this month's tutorial at Riley Blake Designs' Cutting Corners.

Do you like my triplets?  ↑↑.  I used to dress my girls alike (see their picture on the sidebar), and made most of their clothes. Yes, I was that mother, I admit.  So, I found several patterns from old 1960's Coats & Clarks cross-stitch brochures and combined a few ideas to make up my own little girlies.  I've tried to give them legs, knees, all kinds of things, but nothing looked quite right!  What do you think?  The boy version has legs, but they're his pants, and the girls just didn't look good in pants with their little dresses... sheesh.  So we'll have to imagine they have legs, with their little gingham knees...

Speaking of gingham... It's been a summer of sewing over at SewWeQuilt - and as part of Madame Samm's "Save the Gingham!" campaign, she created a  "See You in September" blog hop.   Participants will show three things made this summer, including something with gingham checks.  The hop starts tomorrow!  Shari is our illustrious cheerleader for this round - I'll join the crowd on Sept 11th.  Check out the master list HERE.  Oh, I do love gingham, and can't wait to see everyone's creations!  By the way, RBD  IS  saving their gingham - but they're focusing more on the 1/4" size now, rather than the 1/2" or 1/8" size checks.

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs
Now, if you'd like to make your own little gingham cross-stitch kids like the little cuties above (yes, there's a boy pattern too) hop over to Cutting Corners HERE and download the FREE Pattern.  Then you can make a little row of Cross-Stitch kids and giggle along with me too...

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mini-Snippets: Pincushion Ring

Sometimes I just need a tiny place to stick some pins.


1-inch 2-hole button
1/2-inch (1.5cm) felted wool ball (source)
(Make your own from wool roving:  TUTORIAL)
2" covered elastic hairband

1)  From the top of the button, push one end of the elastic through
a hole in the button to form a loop.

2)  Push the second end through the other hole.

3)  Use a little hot glue to adhere the wool ball to the button.

Slip the elastic loops over your index finger or thumb and get sewing!

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Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stitchin' Up Cuteness...

I've been working on an applique' quilt pattern recently, but I thought I'd use it as a teensy stitchery pattern for my latest Needlenook - isn't it just. sew. cute?!    If you've always wanted to try embroidery, you may want to check my Stitchery Primer tutorial today ↓↓ over at Riley Blake Designs' Cutting Corners to get you going!

Download the free pattern over at Riley Blake Designs to stitch out this mini Bloomin' Garden Blossoms square.

Add borders to it, trim to 4" and basically follow this pictoral tutorial.  The original Needlenook pattern can be found on the Snippets page HERE.  I used two pockets for this one, which makes it even easier!

Stitch the front and back cover together:

Place folded 4" x 6-1/2" pocket pieces over top of cover, raw edges aligned.

Layer inside cover right sides together over folded pockets.

Pin long sides.

Stitch long sides

Turn right side out, with pockets still covering front and back cover.

Press flat.

Pin ends.

Stitch bottom ends.  Clean finish edges with pinking shears, zig-zag or serging.

Flip pockets over to the back (lining) side.
Use a chop stick to poke out corners.  Press.

Center felted wool piece over pockets.

Stitch along center seam, backstitching at ends.  Clip threads.

Load up with needles, thread, floss, pins, scissors, etc.

Everything you need to sew on the go!

Bloomin' Garden Blossoms Needlenook

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Tips for a Terrific T-Shirt Quilt!

Dick's Marathon T-Shirts
Have you made a T-Shirt quilt?  Have you been saving all those T-shirts to make one someday?  I've got a few piles saved up...  I think it's a terrific way to save memories!

Collect a bunch of t-shirts, 12 or more.  Cut off the sleeves, neck binding, then slit the sides.  Rough-cut around the logo with plenty of space to cut out a nice size square or rectangle, as wide as the distance between arm holes will allow.

And here are some tips...

1)  Back blocks with lightweight fusible interfacing to stabilize stretch in the T-shirt material.
     I like to use Pellon 911FF.  Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere stabilizer  to the wrong side of t-shirt squres; med-hot iron, count to 7 in each spot).

2)  Cut out blocks using a consistent measurement.
     Remember to include 1/4" seam allowance on all sides.  If you have smaller blocks, add strips of additional fabric or combine several small blocks to make one large block, (OR see tip #4).

3)  Use sashing to frame the blocks.
     This will help to stabilize the blocks, and provide a pleasing framework

Sashing between blocks
Sashing with corner posts
4)  Use smaller motifs as a border. 
     Use extra strips of the leftovers to fill in border or other blocks.

5)  Quilt the quilt.  Use batting.
     If tying, use a strong yarn or crochet thread, and anchor at the corners and middle of each block.
     If machine-quilting, use an overall pattern.

     PROBLEM:  Rubberized logos and motifs don't allow darning foot to glide over well while quilting without sticking to the logo or stretching the fabric.
     SOLUTION:  Use tissue paper to quilt over rubberized areas.  Then just pull off the tissue paper, perforated by the stitches.  Use a dry washcloth to rub out any stray bits.

Bind the quilt and give to your loved one to enjoy!  BINDING TUTORIAL

Natalie's Wedding Quilt
Have you made a T-Shirt quilt?  Share your tips here!  How about a Memory Quilt with pictures printed on fabric? Maybe that's next...

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