Did you guess what what I'd added to the back of the Hearts Desire centre tabe piece that I shared a picture of yesterday? Well I was adding a final flourish! First of all I sketched a design onto paper, using a motif from the book With Needle and Thread (also by Natalie Bird) and added "stitched by..." freehand. Once I was happy with my final sketch the pencil lines were drawn over with a very fine black Sharpie pen to define it. I taped my homemade paper pattern to a lightbox to enable me to trace the design onto fabric using a very fine Micron Pigma pen nib size 005. I used the same Cosmo threads for the hand embroidery on the label that I'd used on the front, along with very simple embroidery stitches...
...the shape of the label was made using a Karen Kay Buckly Perfect Circle mylar template. It's a bit time consuming, but I think you'll agree the end results are well worth it. Anyway, here's the finished label, which has been hand appliqued into place. Measuring just 3.5" in diameter, it sits perfectly - I'll definately use this template again, especially as my next Poppy Patch Posse project is going to be a Natalie Bird Design too!
Well I finally picked a project from that VERY long list of Australian kits that I'd shared here recently. This one is Hearts Desire, a pretty table centre piece designed by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs. The kit was purchased last year from Poppy Patch and included the pattern, all fabrics including backing and binding and the wadding. Once the applique and hand embroidery were completed, it was machine quilted very simply. I selected a couple of Aurifil threads, in shade 2021 for the top and shade 2420 for the bobbin...
...the binding fabric strips were cut on the bias, as the outer edge was curved. Once the binding was machined into place, the binding was folded over and stitched to the back by hand. All of the applique was made using the Apliquick method and the centre octagon was made using English Paper Piecing. The hand embroidery was stitched with a selection of Cosmo embroidery threads...
...and here's the finished centre piece. This really is very pretty, as always Poppy Patch has put a lovely kit together. So one down - another twenty Australian kits to go! Oh and there's a little addition to the back of this too, which I'll share tomorrow!
Last week I received this charm pack (Homemade Homespuns by Kansas Troubles Quilters) from Cross Patch. Initially I wasn't sure what to make with it, then a very cold and frosty orning gave me an idea! These brushed cotton fabrics would make a very cosy infinity scarf! Using a free PDF download from the Six Penny Memories website, (thanks Kim, it's such a simple pattern) I was able to make this super scarf in about a couple of hours. It will keep me warm when I'm walking my dog, and these colours go perfectly with my waxed jacket.
Here's the list of the rest of the kits that I've purchased in the past and still need to be stitched! I've recorded the year it was purchased, the name of the kit, the designer and the shop they were purchased from. You can click on the pictures below to enlarge them - now I just need to decide which one to tackle first!
2005 - Many Thanks - Nancy Halvorsen - Quilters Haven
2005 - Boo - Sandy Gervais - Quilters Haven
2010 - Luna Notte - 3 Sisters - Quilters Haven
2011 - Fowl Play II - Bramblepatch - Bramblepatch
2012 - Blitzen - Basic Grey - Quilters Haven
2014 - Amelia Bag - Monkey Buttons - Monkey Buttons
2015 - Run Rabbit Run - Jo Colwill - Cowslip Workshops
2016 - Bouquet Cushion - Jo Colwill - Cowslip Workshops
2017 - Daisy and Lavender Cushion - Jo Colwill - Cowslip Workshops
2016 - Vintage Bouquet - Jo Colwill - Cowslip Workshops
2019 - Rosewood - 3 Sisters - KIS Quilting Ltd
2019 - Thimble Blossom - Buttermilk Basin - KIS Quilting Ltd
2017 - Celebrate Christmas Advent Calendar - Sarah Edgar - Pretty Fabrics and Trims
2020 - Gingerbread Biscuits - Sarah Edgar - Pretty Fabrics and Trims
2020 - Christmas Tree - Sarah Edgar - Pretty Fabrics and Trims
2019 - Merry Merry Snow Days - Bunny Hill Designs - Six Penny Memories
2019 - 12 Days of Christmas - Corinne Lapierre - Corinne Lapierre
2020 - Bali Bag - Two Aunties - Little Quilt Store
2021 - Kismet Pouches - Little Patch Pockets - Little Patch Pockets
Here's the list of kits that I've purchased in the past that feature Norwegian designers and still need to be stitched! I've recorded the year it was purchased, the name of the kit, the designer and the shop they were purchased from. You can click on the pictures below to enlarge them...
2010 - Høytidsengler - AnnAKa - Lappelåven
2011 - Britt-Lisa’s Blomsterkurver - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Anna’s Lille Veggteppe - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Fruktsalat - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Enkel Sommerløper - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Sommerblomster - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Lilla Fristeler - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Helårspynt - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Søt enkel sminkepung - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Roseveska - Kari Renolen - MyQuilt
2011 - Toalettveske - Elin R. Roland - Gift
2011 - Rosa på shopping hverdagsveske - Kari Renolen - Lappedilla
2011 - Varlige tulipanhus - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Stjernedilla - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2011 - Nissefar med rensdyr - Tilda - Gift
2012 - Kloke Ord - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2012 - Kaffeslabberas - AnnAKa - Lapp-Elisa
2013 - Ugler - AnnAKa - Lappedilla
2020 - Spis Fisk - AnnAKa - Lapp-Elisa
Here's the list of kits that I've purchased in the past that feature Australian designers and still need to be stitched! I've recorded the year it was purchased, the name of the pattern, the pattern designer and the shop they were purchased from. You can click on the pictures below to enlarge them...
2016 - Flying Santa - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2016 - Friends For Christmas - Lynette Anderson Designs - Puddleducks
2017 - Forest Floor - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2017 - In Full Bloom - Lynette Anderson Designs - this was a gift
2017 - Wonky Santa - Lynette Anderson Designs - this was a gift
2018 - Winter Playground - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2018 - Woodland Secrets - Lynette Anderson Designs - Cross Patch
2019 - Tree of Life - Lynette Anderson Designs - Cross Patch
2020 - The 1618 Cottage Bag - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2020 - Festive Forest Table Topper - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2020 - Bird in a Basket - Lynette Anderson Designs - Little Quilt Store
2020 - Let There Be Joy - One Day in May Creations - Poppy Patch
2009 - Hanging for Christmas - Rosalie Quinlan - The Fat Quarters
2020 - Stitched Treasures - Marg Low - Poppy Patch
2014 - Wartime Sweetheart - Faeries in my Garden - Faeries in my Garden
2020 - Rambling Stitches - Hares Nest - Poppy Patch
2020 - Christmas Tree - Hatched and Patched - Coast and Ciuntry Crafts and Quilts
2021 - We Are Family - Susan Smith - Pincushion Pantiles
2021 - Hearts Desire - The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs - Poppy Patch
2021 - All For Christmas - Hatched and Patched - Coast and Country Crafts and Quilts
2021 - Together at Christmas - Hatched and Patched - Poppy Patch
My first project for this year is this quilted journal cover. These fabrics from the One Stitch at a Time collection by Lynette Anderson Designs were PERFECT for this one! The pattern is The Write Stuff by ByAnnie which I'd purchased last year from Sew Hot here in the UK. The pattern includes instructions for making a journal cover in 3 different sizes, and is easily adaptable to make it fit whatever size journal you have...
...the front of the journal cover has a fully lined quilted zippered pocket, which I've trimmed with a little bit of vintage lace trimming. I used a piece of continuous zipper (bought online from Zipper Station a few weeks ago) in a smart grey shade that works well with the muted tones of the fabrics. The journal cover fastens with a magnetic snap - I've used a Prym sew-in magnetic button and added a vintage button from my button tin, again in a grey colour, which is secured to the flap...
...these sew-in button magnets are really easy to use, and aren't too strong - there's nothing worse than putting a magnet in place and it's so strong that it tears the fabric! The flap is attached to the back of the journal cover, all raw edges are enclosed. I drafted my own pattern for the flap as the journal cover is smaller than the ones in the original pattern, and I didn't want to cover too much of the pretty feature fabric...
...both the front and back covers have smart slip pockets where the journal is stored, and can also be used for keeping other documents and lists. There is an extra slip pocket inside the back cover too. The journal can easily be removed when it's full...
...I'd altered the dimentions from the original pattern to accomodate an A5 journal which was quite thick due to having alot of pages and dividers with tabs. The original pattern also has instructions for adding a bookmark, however due to this particular style of journal having dividers, I left the bookmark off. I'm really pleased with this journal cover, it's such a super pattern and teaming it with this sewing-themed fabric means it's pretty AND practical. I'm going to use this one to keep a record of all of the kits that I've bought over the years ready for my retirement, that are currently packed away in boxes ready for me to make a start! Well I'd better make a start with that list - just a word of warning, it's going to be a VERY long list!
After a busy few weeks I've finally managed to retreat into my sewing studio for a sewing day! This gorgeous feature fabric is from the One Stitch at a Time collection by the Australian designer Lynette Anderson and is absolutely perfect for a very important project. I've quilted this very simply using a Clover Hera Marker to mark a pattern incorporating both straight rows half an inch apart and a small crosshatch grid. I've used an off cut of ByAnnie Soft and Stable wadding which quilts really well and adds structure. Both have been machine quilted using a variegated King Tut thread in colours to compliment the pretty fabric. All will be revealed timorrow!
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