Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Pattern Release - Quiet Time Reading Pillow

Would you like a little quiet time?

Sew up a cozy Quiet Time Reading Pillow for your kids.  It's perfect for curling up with a favorite book.

View B (shown here) has a contrast panel with an optional applique.  View A is made of a single fabric.

The pillow has two side pockets with elasticized tops.  Perfect for stowing an MP3 player.

There is also a carrying handle on the top so it's easy to move from room to room, or maybe even outside under that big oak tree.

Not a monster fan (how could you not love this guy)?  There are four other applique patterns included.

 Of course, you can add any design you like or leave it off all together.

Have trouble stuffing things and having them turn out looking good?  I used to avoid making anything that required stuffing until I learned a few of helpful techniques.  These are included in the instructions for the pattern:

  • Pillows will look so much better if you construct the pieces with fabric and fusible fleece sandwiches.  This really helps smooth out any lumps and bumps.

  • Don't add big huge handfuls of stuffing.  Tease the stuffing into smaller bits before putting them in your project.  Again, helps reduce lumps and bumps.

  • Use enough stuffing.  This is especially important for this type of project so that it will keep it's shape.  I've listed the minimum amount of stuffing that you'll need for each section of the pillow.  Keep in mind that fiberfill varies, so you may need a bit more or less depending on what type you use.

The finished size of the pillow is approximately 24 inches wide and 14 inches tall.  It's a good size for most kids up to age 10.

This pattern now available in my Pattern Shop.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yay - Spring!

It's finally here.  

I think that every year I worry that it might never come.  March seems to be such a long month when I'm ready for warmer weather.  Today, the weather forecast is calling for a high of 70.  Ahhhh.  It's been sunny and pleasant all morning.  I've opened the windows and am enjoying listening to the birds, dogs, and of course the neighborhood chickens.  I'll be taking the pup to the dog park this afternoon, for sure.  Then maybe later I'll do some sewing in front of the open window.  Bliss.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring Is On It's Way!


I have so many "must do" and "should do" sewing projects stacked up waiting for me, that I decided to add a fun, "really shouldn't do" project!  Do you ever do that?  I find when I can't get started on things, sometimes it helps to do something extra to get me going. 

I registered for Mollie Johanson's Wild Olive Spring Stitching Club and started making hexies last night.  The project is a small (lap sized) spring quilt with Mollie's adorable spring embroideries.

I've never made these before and they are really fun.  Definitely not as difficult as they look!  They are made using English paper piecing.  All you need is a printer, paper, scissors, and a needle and thread.  I made all 40 that I need out of this print.  Only 163 hexagons to go!  I plan to cut them and have them ready to take along when I bring the kids to their activities.

I'm really looking forward to stitching the cute little embroidery patterns.  They will be sent out on Mondays during March, April, and May.  As soon as I registered, I received a pdf file with all of the material requirements, pattern and instructions for the hexagons, and the final layout of the quilt.  I'm glad that I registered early because I'm sure I won't normally be making 40 hexagons in one day.  (I tend to get a bit over excited with new things).

Let me know if you decide to join in.