Tallinn Sweater

I’ve had a few things on my clothing “to make” list for quite a while.  The Tallinn Sweater by Hey June is one of those things.

 

I happened to have the perfect knit in my stash – inspired by the textured knit in this photo on Instagram.  All I needed was the time set aside to get it done!  It’s a pretty quick top to make, so once I had some time without my little helpers it was done in a few hours.  My photos aren’t great since I was trying to use a timer on my phone or have my 5 year old take the pictures.  Hopefully you can over look that and just enjoy the cute pattern!

 

I love the cowl neck, the hem and sleeve bands, and the asymmetrical front – Lots of character without anything too hard!  Just my style when it comes to sewing clothing. . . . .

 

Here’s a close up of the knit so you can see the texture a little better.  If you have been a follower of mine for a while, you know I love knitting cables and love the look of them.  With this knit, I got the look without having to knit them!  The fabrics is from SR Harris – one of those stores that sells odds and ends.

 

One of my favorite parts about the sweater is that it happens to match my favorite boots.  I LOVE red shoes, so I am always on the look out for something that I can wear with them.

 

You can find those boots here.  They are very comfortable, which is the most important thing to me when it comes to shoes.

Once again, this isn’t a very good photo, (Carter took it as I was walking towards him) but I think it shows that the design looks good even as you are moving around.  I thought maybe the double front would bunch up or that front flap would flop around funny, but it doesn’t and it’s comfortable to move around it.

 

My only modification was to add 3″ to the hem.  I was sewing this at my Mom’s house so she had a few easy tips for reducing some of the bulk on the bands, so I did them slightly different, but you can’t tell from looking at it.  So, if you are looking for a fun top to make, I recommend this one!

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

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More In Bloom

One of my Joyful Stitcher trunk shows came home the other day and I got a chance to take a few photos of one of the projects that I haven’t shared yet.

 

It’s yet another “In Bloom” runner.  I have now made 3, so scroll down to see the Christmas version if you missed it.   The prints were part of a kit that I found at Bear Patch Quilting Co. in White Bear Lake, MN.  The kit included a bunch of fat quarters that I never would have thought to put together, but just loved.  I bought the kit, cut a 3 1/2″ square out of each print and added the rest of the fat quarters to my stash or for another project.

 

I just thought they were too pretty to pass up.  I think most of the prints are from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I especially love the yellow print inside of the wool flowers.  The background fabric can be found here.  The wools are from my stash.

 

Here’s a close up of the stitching.  It’s all done by hand using #5 pearl cotton and a whip stitch – which is the quickest way to hand stitch wool!  So fun and relaxing . . .   If you are interested in learning more, you  can click here.

 

The pattern can be found  here.  That’s all for today!  I’ll be back to share another Christmas finish soon.

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In Bloom Christmas Style

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I make a new quilted Christmas item each year.  This year, it’s already finished because I worked on this fall.  That doesn’t usually happen – last year’s project still isn’t done! (but I just pieced the backing and the top is done.)  I will hopefully be sharing that one soon.

 

But, back to this year’s project – It’s this runner, from my Joyful Stitcher book.

 

Aren’t these prints fun?  I love Basic Grey’s Christmas lines and I probably have made something out of each one of them.  I just love the prints with the red background and the way the red makes the snowflakes pop.  The line is called Be Merry, in case anybody “needs” some 😉

 

For this runner, I bought a charm pack (the squares are cut 3 1/2″), but I would love a little more of these beautiful prints . .

 

This particular version isn’t shown in the book, as I finished well past my publishing deadline.  It’s a combination of the cover quilt and the snowflake pillow that are shown in the book.  Here’s a look at the cover quilt again:

 

And this is the pillow that I mentioned:

 

 

If you are interested in making this option, you can follow the instructions as shown in the book to make the runner and use the showflake appliques that are in the book.  The only change I made was to trim a little off the ends of the runner – I think it was just 1 1/2″.  I thought there was a little too much plain red so I moved up the snowflakes a little bit and did the trimming, which solved my problem.

Since this was a seasonal project, I decided not to invest so much time in it by doing the wool applique by hand.  I did a blanket stitch by machine around the large snowflake using Dual Duty’s “Heavy” thread (used to be called Topstitching thread).  I also used that thread to add some detail inside the large snowflake and to stitch around the small snowflake.  If you aren’t into wool, these snowflakes could be done using cotton.

 

 

And one last shot of the runner from the other direction.  If you are interested in purchasing the book, click here.  If you are interested in seeing more of my Christmas quilts, click here.

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Black Friday Sale and New Fabrics

It’s a cold and sunny day here in Minnesota and I’m happy to be sitting in my warm house with my warm cup of tea.  I’m also happy for another reason – I have new fabrics in my shop and I’m having a Black Friday sale!

My Black Friday sale is 20% off you entire order – Just use the code BLACKFRIDAY17 between today and November 27th.  Click here to visit my store.

 

The new fabrics are from my Big Splash line and they just arrived last week.  The bolts are now nicely lined up in my studio.  Here is how the line looks together –

It should be arriving in your local shops anytime now.  If your local shop doesn’t carry it, I’m selling the yardage in my online store, along with Fat Quarter packs and some kits.

I’m going to be offering a kit of the free pattern that you can find on the Henry Glass website.  I wanted to note that there are two options that you can download from their website.  When I designed the pattern, I intended the blocks to be pieced.  The person that Henry Glass used to draw up the pattern wrote it up with the blocks and sea creatures both appliqued.  I figured that there were others like me who would rather piece than applique, so I have written up a little addition to their download that includes the instructions and fabric requirements for the pieced version.  You can find both sets of instructions here.

The image above is a digital quilt, but I am currently making the quilt out of actual fabric.  I will share more photos on that as I get more finished.

 

I have also had lots of requests for the chevron fabric from this line to make the Starstruck runner that I showed a while back.

You can find that kit here.  (I also have yardage of the chevron in my store)

You can also find the No Pinching Kit and the Oh Baby kit as shown below.    

That’s all for now.  I’m going to go back to working on my Big Splash quilt so I can show you what the actual quilts looks like, not just a digital quilt.  In the meantime, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sept 2017

Life is busy, isn’t it?  Life is so often about efficiency and whatever is most pressing.  But there is so much in life that is precious to enjoy amongst all the work.  With everything going on, I feel like I finish very little to share.  Meals, laundry and dishes don’t make interesting blog posts.  Nor does the exterior of our house that I am almost done painting.

But – I did finish a quilt project.  It’s  one that many of you have seen throughout the summer as I’ve shared my stitching techniques with you.  It is now quilted, bound and shipped off on one of the many trunk shows of mine that travel to quilt shops.  I finished it and had to take pictures on a day where the lighting was really poor, so I will have to wait for it to come back to have its pictures taken properly.

 

The pictures were so poor, that I only took a couple.  You have all seen so many by now, that I didn’t feel too bad about not getting more. You can scroll down to my previous posts to see more detail shots.

 

The precious moments that I was referring to above – in addition to the moments of stitching that I sneak in – are the ones with these guys.

 

They are the unfinished projects that require unlimited amounts of work that will last the next 18 years, but bring joy in some of the most unexpected time – Like finding a field of beautiful flowers and going back to explore.   I say “back” because we went home and put on some decent clothes to get a few pictures.

 

I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately and it always surprises me at the number of people that ask about the boys and ask to see more pictures of them. So here are a few more . . . .

 

 

 

Every photo shoot with Max starts with him pointing at me and yelling “You have poop on your head”.  Then they laugh and laugh.  I don’t remember how it got started – I think just something funny to get the kids to look at the photographer – but it seems it is something that Max will not forget.  So I have many pictures of him pointing at the camera and laughing.  Boys . . . They are full of it!

 

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Summer Stitch Along Part 9 – Embellishing

I’ve been trying to sneak in some hand stitching over the past couple weeks.  I’ve finished 3 of the 4 blocks and have a pretty good start on the 4th block.  I have 5 more days before “summer” is over and I just might be able to finish it!  This isn’t the best photo, as my design wall doesn’t get good natural light, but you can see how it’s coming along.

 

After looking at the blocks on my design wall, I decided that the blocks needed a little embellishment.  The original quilt from the book doesn’t have the extra embellishment, but the runner option does.  When I did the runner, I thought it would take a lot of extra time to do the embellishment, but it was so quick!  Here’s a photo of that runner to show you what I mean by embellishment – just a few embroidery stitches like French knots or lazy daisy stitches on the applique shapes.

 

I took some photos of the few embellishment stitches that I did on my sew along project –

These two blocks just have a few extra French knots, which are super quick to do.

 

For this block I added a lazy daisy flower.

 

For this block, I combined a few long stitches, with French knots at the end.

 

If you are doing a different project from the book, you can also add some of these fun, yet simple stitches to make them more visually interesting.

If you are doing the Christmas runner, each ornament has a few embellishments.

 

You can zoom in on the photo above to see more of the details –

 

I will also show this pillow photo again, because it shows how the embellishment makes this so much more interesting:

 

The cover runner also has a few extra French knots in the flower centers.  Again, it’s nothing hard or over the top, just little details that are simple to do.

That’s all for today.  I’ll be back next time to share the Chain Stitch – Another one of my favorite easy stitches!

I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend!  I know we will – We are taking the kids to Storybook Land and we are having a little pickleball tournament at our house.  It’s going to be fun!

 

And one more thing I almost forgot!   Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake, Minnesota has their wools kits put together for the projects in the Joyful Stitcher book.  I mentioned a while back that they were going to be doing this and they sent me a few photos to share.  They have kits for each project from the book, but the photos below show a couple options.  You can contact them at 651-429-1039 if you are interested in ordering them.

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Ideas for Stitching Stems – Summer Stitch Along Part 8

As part of the Summer Stitch along, I wanted to share some ideas for stitching stems.

You can use the whip stitch that I shared in this post, but it’s kind of fun to mix it up a little.  The photo below shows how the whip stitch looks on a stem.

 

One of the stitches that use most often is the back-stitch.  The photos below show several examples of how I used it.  In the photo directly below, you can see the back-stitch on the green stem and on the inside edge of the red flower.

 

One thing I want to point out about using the back-stitch on a stem like this – It is best if you do this stitch on wool felt, not felted wool.  The edges are not secured at all, so if you use felted wool, the edges will fray.  If it’s felt, you don’t have to worry about it.  (to read about the difference between wool felt and felted wool, click here.

This photo also shows the backstitch on the stem.  I also used the stitch on the center of the leaf, combined with a long stitch and French knot.

 

This photo shows have using a variegated thread dressed up that backstitch on the stem and makes it a little more interesting.  I also used the backstitch to attach the center part of the orange jack o lantern flower.

 

Lastly, this photo shows a little bit of black stitch mixed in with the other stitches.

 

The backstitch is very easy to do, as you can see in the photo below.

 

 

And – I almost hate to admit this, but if you like this look and you are in a hurry, you can create the look of this hand stitch very easily on your machine.  See the chevron design, the center of the snowflake, the green and red star design, and the red serpentine line in the photos below.  They are all done with my sewing machine.  I used a heavy thread (by Dual Duty, see this post) and a size 16 needle.  (the ornaments are from my Mod Ornaments pattern in the Joyful Stitcher book.

 

Another fun stitch to try is a variation on the whip stitch that I talked about at the top of this post.  It’s the same steps, you just slant the stitch as shown below and adjust the width of the stitch so that it is the same width as the stem (this works well with skinny stems 1/4″ – 3/8″).

 

When finished, the stem looks like this:

 

You can also repeat the slanted whip stitch, this time crossing over the other direction to make an X.  When repeated, the stitch looks like this:

 

As shown in the Gypsy Star quilt from the Joyful Stitcher book.

 

I hope that gives you some ideas of stitches to try!

If you missed a post on the stitch along, you can view the others here.  (Just scroll down the page a little bit to see links to all the posts)

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