New Fabrics for a New Project
This GORGEOUS package of fabrics arrived in the post at the weekend from Cross Patch. They're part of The Seamstress collection by Edyta Sitar and I really am a huge fan of her fabric collections. These are just what I needed for the 2021 I Stitch Club by Gail Pan Designs, Bring me Flowers, which started back in January and I have spent far too long deliberating over fabrics! I've now got lots of catching up to do as there is a lot of hand embroidery in this project as well as choosing colours of embroidery threads.
Despite the dreadful weather outside, I've brought the summer into my sewing studio! I regularly change the quilts that are on display in my studio, and these two quilts are full of sunshine and flowers. Firstly, Down in the Garden which has been hand embroidered and hand appliqued. Designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, this was an absolute joy to stitch. For more pictures detailing how these blocks were constructed, including close-up pictures can be found by clicking on the Down in the Garden link...
...secondly, Hearts and Happy Flowers was also designed by Leanne Beasley and is such a bright and cheerful quilt that even on a rainy day it brightens my studio and makes me smile. Again, if you click on the Hearts and Happy Flowers link you'll find more pictures and details of how this quilt was also constructed.
Pocket and Floss
Ohhh look who's sitting in my garden! "Pocket and Floss" are the cutest bunnies! The pattern is by Melly & Me and was bought as a kit about 15 years ago from Buttonberry (a super online shop that has since sadly closed). Mr F was glad that these bunnies kept away from his vegetable garden when they had their photographs taken...
...the pattern has full-size templates to use for the bodies and the outfits. Both bunnies have got hand embroidered faces and Floss has a cute bow tied around her ear. I've used the same fabric that was used for Pocket's shirt, so they look like a very co-ordinated couple...
...Floss is wering a red floral dress with puff sleeves. 2 tiny buttons are stitched to the front bodice and the hem is trimmed with lace. Luckily she has a pair of long pantaloons to keep her modesty...
...meanwhile, Pocket wears a red checkered shirt and a pair of linen overalls with a small pocket on the front. The lining of the overalls is the same fabric as his shirt. They do make a very good looking pair of bunnies! I'm trying not to buy any new kits this year until I've used up the ones in my kit collection. I might be quite some time as I've got several boxes of kits to sort out!
Pocket and Floss Kit
This kit for making Pocket and Floss, designed by Melly & Me, was bought absolutely AGES ago from Buttonberry, a super online shop that introduced me to all sorts of wonderful Australian designers. Sadly the shop closed down several years ago. Anyway, this week I've been busy making the bodies and today I'm going to make a start on the outfits.
A parcel arrived in the post last week from a very special friend. 72 charm squares of these gorgeous fabrics are from The Seamstress collection by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts, available to purchase here from Cross Patch in Wales
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