Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Stitching

I cannot believe how quickly time flies. At the beginning of this semester, I thought I would be able to blog and accomplish so much more than I did. Unfortunately, I took on a heavy teaching load this last semester, so I was swamped with grading and dealing with students. Just when I thought I had gotten into a nice routine, the semester ended. It's summer, which I am so thankful for because it's major slow down here in Tucson. The students and snowbirds have gone, and things around here are quiet. Things have slowed down so much, that I can finally get back to projects and things I have had in mind to finish quite some time ago.

I initially had plans to make myself a springtime quilt with hand embroidered pillowcases. That plan is now a summertime quilt, with embroidered pillowcases.

If you follow me in Instagram, you know that I finished these pillowcases a while ago. It might actually have been during the Spring that I finished them. I found the pre-printed pillowcases for hand embroidery, while shopping for embroidery floss, and decided I needed to stitch them.

I love embroidered pillowcases, and have a few that I have stitched from this great company, Bucilla. I found this flowered pair here. A few years ago I stitched up this debutante lady pair, from the same company.

Back to the floral pillowcases, though. I decided they would be cute with a patchwork quilt. Being it that I love embroidery so much, I had to incorporate some onto the quilt. I found this darling pattern in Claire Garland's book, Embroidered Treasures for Children

I have been spending a little time here and there working on this embroidery. As soon as it is complete, I can finish up the quilt and call this project finished!

What are you working on?

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year, New Inspirations

It seems that whenever I am elbow deep in projects, I drop everything I am doing to start something new. I picked up this darling book, This Is Sadie, by Sara O'Leary, with illustrations by Julie Morstad. I am an instant fan of the illustrations in this book (they reminded me of Heather Ross' fabric collections, which I obsess over) and decided I needed some hexies with similar prints and colors for a mini quilt project. 

It's been raining a lot in Tucson and with the cloudy dreary weather, the only real thing to do is focus on making, while staying dry indoors. Of course this is why my photos are not excellent. I couldn't get the lighting just right with the clouds rolling around outside.

I simply adore this book, and the illustrations make me want to play make-believe all day long with a fox doll in tow. In my case, I'll have a rowdy miniature pinscher who wants to steal my breakfast going on adventures with me. 

Incidentally, I am in love with this other children's book, Julia, Child, by Kao Maclear, also illustrated by Julie Morstad. My friend, Nadia, and I sort of look like the illustrations of Julia and Simca, and I am seriously considering adding neck scarves as a wardrobe accessory.

I am a total fan of Morstad's. Her illustrations really inspire me to make, create, and have daily adventures. 

For now, this adventure is a little hexie making while I wait for the sun to peak through the clouds. 

What is inspiring you to make and create in the new year?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Stitches & Freebie

I fell in love with green, and all the shades and hue variations of it, when I watched the Wizard of Oz. Something about the Emerald City was just way too appealing to me. When I was able to catch the musical stage production of, Wicked, in London a few summers ago, the costumes during any act that included the Emerald City were breathtaking. 

I assume that's why I love St. Patrick's Day. Usually red is my favorite color, which is why I love Valentine's Day, but I guess green is one of my favorites, as well. That being said, I wanted to combine all the colors of green that I love into a St. Patrick's Day-themed embroidery. 

If you would like to stitch one for yourself, you can find the pattern here.

What's your favorite color? Does your love of that color make you enjoy specific holidays or celebrations more than others?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stitchalong Update & Some Sewing Projects

I feel that February went by in a blink. I thought I would have so many projects finished by now, and instead it seems I have more to do! That's okay, though. I love having sewing and embroidery projects on my list of things to complete.

Something I did finish, was the #stitchthrough2015 Stitch-along that Monika from Bits of Stitching and I partnered on. Her patterns (see previous post for links) are so darling and I loved adding some fun stitches to my version to create some varied texture.

On a different, yet related stitching note - I had some Valentine's-themed embroidery that I completed last year and hadn't done anything with. Of course, I am a bag lady, so this year, I turned them into a Valentine's Day tote. I didn't have a chance to share that tote until now, but I did get to use it for a whole week before the 14th of February.

I had a stash of Valentine's Day fabric that was perfect for this tote. I especially love the fabric I used for the reverse side of the tote, it has this whole sewing theme - "sew in love."

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have taken to sharing more there than I do here. It's only because I forget to take pictures with my camera and I use my iphone instead, and really, I forget to manage all my devices. I guess a bit of a new year's resolution for me is to make sure I take more photos with my camera so I can share more projects here.

That being said, I realized I hand't shared my version of the Box Car Tote by Green Bee Patterns. I fell completely in love with the size and shape of this tote. It fits everything I cart around with me - laptop, books, embroidery projects.

It's no secret that I am a huge Aneel Hoey fan, her fabric designs and embroidery patterns really tug at my heart strings. I came up with an idea to combine some embroidery patterns from her Little Stitches book with fabric from her Little Apples line. I hadn't decided on a bag pattern until I saw the Box Car Tote pattern, and it all just came together perfectly. 

Here is the finished bag. The front pocket panel has the embroidery on one side and the fabric on the other. I tried to create contrasting accents throughout the bag, by using three different fabrics styles from the Little Apples line.

The inside has a pocket that fits my laptop perfectly. 

The reverse side of the tote has a large pocket panel, as well. I absolutely adore the fabric and the embroidery. I have only used the bag once, which is ridiculous, I know. I just stare at it mostly. I'll start using it up eventually.

There are my stitched and sewn projects from February. What did you work on this month?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Embroidered Tote Bag

When I caught a glimpse of the Tuesday Bassen for Sublime Stitching pattern, I knew I had to stitch it up. I had been wanting an embroidered tote (yes, I needed yet another one), and when I saw the Tuesday Bassen for Sublime Stitching pattern, I knew it would make for a perfect tote. I ordered the pattern and a tote, and transferred the design to fabric faster than it took the postman to walk away from my house after delivering it. 

I just adore all the elements of the pattern. They remind me of sketches in a notebook. I tried to use as many different colors as I could to make them vivid. 

I decided to add one of the patterns to the reverse side of the tote, as well. 

Now all I have to do is fill it up and use it up!

Time to get to the February Stitchalong patterns I shared in the previous post. Have you decided to join us?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Stitchalong - National Embroidery Month

Happy February, everyone! Did you know it's National Embroidery Month? Well, it is, and in honor of this month, the very lovely and talented Monika of Bits Of Stitching and I are hosting a Stitchalong to celebrate!

We encourage everyone to join us in stitching these super darling embroidery patterns that Monika created - Around the Fence or Around the Fountain. The PDF is available for download here.

I think I have Springtime flowers on the brain, as it's been very cold and rainy where I am. These patterns are sure to bring some bright sunshine and color to the rest of the wintery days we have left.

This will be the first in a series of stitchalongs we will be hosting over the year, as we #stitchthrough2015 . If you share photos on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr, use the hashtag 'stitchthrough2015' , this way we can find you, see your work, and marvel in the unique way you brought each pattern to life!

Grab your hoop, needles, floss, and let's get stitching!