Monday, April 21, 2014

Sew Quick-Sew Cute *Book Review*

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter...


In preparing for Easter this year, I was inspired by this book...

by
Fiona Goble

published by
Adams Media a division of F+W Media Inc.

The 'Skinny-ear Rabbit' on the front cover caught
my attention immediately!!  Such a cute stuffie
for my daughter's Easter Basket.


and browsing through the book I was amazed..


 So many quick and cute ideas to create
for babies, teens, decor, and toys.


Each item starts with a large photo, clear description, 
and a little cuckoo clock with amount of time
to make it!  Then a material list and numbered
written instructions and photos to walk 
you through the making process.



I made those 'Skinny-ear Rabbits' and a sarong
for my daughter's basket this year!!
Some of the templates in the book are
full size, some need to be enlarged.  The
rabbits template need to be enlarged but 
I really didn't want a large stuffie so
I made them using the size right out
of the book....I think they are adorable this size!!



And the sarong...yeah she had to keep the
bunny ears on!!

She loves wraps, and stuffies, and bags!!
So next on the list of things to make
from this book will be the 14 x 15" bag
from this book.

There is a nice variety of items to make from this book.
Fiona Goble has made gift giving a little simpler
with her book Sew Quick - Sew Cute
With 30 cute patterns to choose from, ranging from 1-12 hours,
and items for babies to adults to make for,
It might take you longer to decide which one
to make first than to actually make it!!

Until next time
Happy Spring....Happy Stitching

xx's   Kim

This is a sponsored book review-I received a copy of this book for review but I have
given you my honest, unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP's Wednessday

Happy April,   I've been keeping busy with.....


I actually finished these sweet little Garden Pin-Tuck Bloomers
a pattern by Amelie and Henri


Hand quilting this little throw in the evenings....

I'm behind on the Spring Stitching Club project, 
hoping to catch up this weekend, 
fingers crossed, eeek!

Will be turning this stack of fabric into...
a few spring 'frocks'
(more about that in a later post!!)

My stack of quilts yet to be quilted,
I'm thinking I may have to start
doing a little machine quilting
to get caught up!

A start on my gardening...re-growing this celery
from the cut-off end, 
pretty cool, huh!!!

And another blue de-stash quilt coming along nicely,,,,
add that to the pile of quilts to be quilted.
I think this is the one I will try
machine quilting, 
Love it when I make up my mind!!!

Hope you are getting some beautiful
Spring weather were  you are!!

Until next time,
Happy Hump Day Stitching

xx's  Kim

Friday, March 28, 2014

*NEW* CLASSIC PATCH WORK - A Review

This is another beautiful Japanese-inspired quilting book by Yoko Saito.
  
With my love of hand stitching, I was eager to read and learn from this 
 book.  There are 78 motifs, or blocks, and 10 different
style bags/totes patterns included with this book.


After Yoko's introduction, the very first pages explain in detail how
to use this book.  There are both written instructions and pictures
to guide you through her process of creating a pieced block.

Have a peek of a few of the bags....

Done up in pastels I think this would be cute for Easter.

I absolutely love this one,,, just imagine all the 'goodies'
you could pack and tote around with the
Tailgate Tote!!

I chose this one for my first project.  I thought the little
wonky type squares were cute and I can always 
use a little zipper pouch .

As you can see, each page has a different pattern with
a photo, a graphed pattern and numbered 
construction steps.  Most of the blocks finish at 3 1/2"
square, but since they are on a graph they can easily be 
sized up if you so choose.


I chose to be over cautious at attempting my first block,
tracing, cutting and laying out all those
little pieces.


And numbering them in the order they are to be sewn together..


Ta-Daaah...One quarter of the  first block!!  It's a 
little more crooked than it's supposed to be I think,,
but I'm enjoying the process!!


As you can see it is very tiny!  I still have to make three more
to complete this block but I love it.  I will show you my progress on
the blocks and the pouch as I complete them.  

In conclusion, I really like this book.  I had heard of Yoko Saito,
but haven't tried any of her books before.   It has clear, concise directions 
with lots of pictures, 78 blocks/motifs
to pick from to create, and ten purse patterns(full size pattern insert)
 to make from those blocks.
And as you can see, using your fave fabric colors will make these items
uniquely yours.   This book is published by F+W Media.  You can 
purchase a copy here.  (pssst it's on sale!)

Happy Friday to You
Have a Wonderful Stitchy Weekend!!

xx's  Kim


I received a copy of this book from F+W Media for the purpose of a review;  All thoughts and comments are of my own accord.






Tuesday, March 25, 2014

She's Finished !!



 I'm so excited my Oh Sew Blue quilt is done.....except for the label....note to self - I can't forget to make the label!


The last stitch - ahhhh!  

Found this raspberry solid in my stash, I can't even remember why I
bought it, but I think it works perfect for the binding....

It coordinates with the colors on the front.....

And keeps that warm and cozy feeling of the flannel 
on the back.


It snow AGAIN last night, and we have 'real feel' temps of -6F

I think she looks pretty against the white snow though...

Footprints and all....


I love my boots....but I'm definitely tired of putting them on!! 

She is almost square - 58 1/2" x 60 1/2"

She will be perfect for a picnic quilt or a travel quilt in
our motorhome.



And of course Sam couldn't wait to snuggle with it ..
yep, that's the BEST part,
The Snuggleing!!

Do you have a favorite quilt to snuggle with?  
I'd love to hear about it...


Until next time...
Have fun stitching (and snuggling)


xx's   Kim



Inspiration for this quilt came from Clare of Selfsewn.  I first posted about it here
















Thursday, March 20, 2014

Quilting Fairies....

Winter has me in it's grip....So I keep trying to remember....


Every night I sit down to quilt away on my  'Oh So Blue'  quilt thinking,,,tonight is the night I will finish quilting it.  


Not only have the Quilting Fairies NOT finished my quilting...


See these last seven rows to be quilted???


Well I think those quilting fairies are adding rows to my quilt when I'm not 
looking,,,, it's taking me forever to get to the end!!!

When I do finally get done quilting this blanket, I'm thinking of using this 
raspberry color for the binding??
 (remember I'm de-stashing so trying to us something
I already have)  I love putting on the binding - maybe that is why I'm sooo
anxious!!


I'm still loving this blanket, using the bigger thread for quilting with longer
Kantha technique stitches has been a new experience, but one I'm very 
happy with.

Wishing you Spring Thoughts
and
Sunshine Stitches

xx's Kim


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday-ness...

A new favorite........Red , Gray and Pink of course!













I received a gorgeous little zipper pouch in a swap I joined back in January.  It is just so perfect for me, a little shabby (she added a little doily)  and a lotta chic!!  Thank you Elise!!  Immediately my new fave colors became red, gray and pink .  On my next trip to the fabric store (with coupon in hand)  I chose a few prints with those colors in mind.  Added to a few I already had, I think I have a nice little collection - now to decide what to make.  I have a few way too many ideas but you'll be the first to know when I decide-yay!!!  I had previously made this little clutch with some gray velvet I found thrifting.  It has quite a few pockets and a zippy pouch to carry necessities - I think I will add a little wristlet strap and it will be good for those quick trips to the store or for toting along on bike rides - If Spring ever gets here!!! 

Until next time...
Have fun stitching.

xx's  Kim