Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lovely Little first book!!

I'm so excited to share some exciting news!!  Last year I started working on my first book through Tuva Publishing.  When they contacted me asking if I'd be interested in writing a book I was excited, nervous, scared but most of all so honored they'd choose me out of the tons of talent out there.  I still have knots in my stomach as the April release date becomes closer.  Hoping and wishing the book is loved by everyone.  I have put my entire heart and soul into the book and each project. 

The projects are all ones that I designed and put a lot of thought into...sharing what I love to make and what I thought you would also enjoy making.  Some are favorites from my past like my Little Red Riding Hood doll and my sweet Vintage Planter Pincushions.  There are also pillows, a pot holder, quilts, tote/back pack, a placemat, and many more.

Here are a few more pictures of some of the projects...

Cozy Cottage Sewing Machine Cover...

 Vintage Planter Pincushion...

Garden Apron...

Cross Stitch Sewing Book...

Pretty Pinwheels on Point Quilt...  The quilting is done by the talented Vickey of Studio V Quilting.

The quilting for the pinwheel on point quilt is done by the talented Vickey of Studio V Quilting.

 Patchwork Strawberry Backpack...

Scrappy Sailboat Pillow...

Market Day Tote...

Pumpkin & Maple Leaf Placemats...

Deer & Mushroom Quilt...

 The quilting  for the deer & mushroom quilt is done by the talented Vickey of Studio V Quilting.

I can't wait for the book to be released in April.  It seems like just around the corner! If you would like to pre-order Lovely Little Patchwork you can through Amazon here.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kitty Christmas Apron ~ Tutorial

I can't believe it's been a year and a half since I've blogged!  Life gets crazy... and it doesn't help when it's been so long you've forgotten your sign in.  That's one reason it's been forever.  I'm so glad I figured it out and I'm back!

Today I get to be part of the Meow-y Christmas blog tour that Amanda of Jedicraftgirl is hosting!  With kitties as the theme I've made an apron out of a vintage tablecloth, vintage fabric, and created an embroidery pattern out of a vintage postcard.

Here is what you'll need ~

Ornament kitty embroidery pattern
Embroidery hoop
DMC embroidery floss, red, grey, light grey, green, light aqua
Water soluble marker
16' x 24' cotton print for main apron fabric
Lace, ric rac or pom poms (optional) for trim
10' x 10', white cotton solid for pocket
7' x 17 3/4', cotton print for waistband
Two, 6' x 22' of fabric, cotton print for apron ties
2 1/4' x 7', cotton print for pocket trim

Lets get started!

Save and print the embroidery pattern.  Transfer the embroidery pattern onto the 10' x 10' fabric with a water soluble marker.  You can use a window or a light box.  I created a light box by using a vintage window, lamp and ottoman.

Use a back stitch to embroider the pattern, and then trim the fabric to 7' x 8'.

Take the 2 1/4' x 7 piece and fold in half lengthwise so raw edges meet and press.  Place raw edges on the top of the backside of the embroidery piece and stitch a 1/4 inch seam.

Turn the embroidery over to the front and bring the trim up and over and pin in place.  Stitch close to the edge.  Set the pocket picture aside.

Take your main apron piece and fold the left side in 1/4 inch and press.  Fold it in another 1/4 inch and press.  Repeat with the right side.  Stitch close to the edge on both both sides.

To make the pleats follow these steps ~

1.  Fold the main apron piece in half width-wise.
2.  Pin 1 inch in from the center fold.
3.  Make a "T" shape with your finger by pressing at the center fold into the pin.  Pinch one side of the ‘T’ and bring the edge back to meet it. Pin in place, repeat with the other side of the ‘T’.
4.  To make the second pleat, fold the outside edge of the towel into the center to meet the pleat you’ve just created. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
5.  Repeat with the opposite side of the towel. Now you have 3 pleats evenly spaced.

Baste the pleats in place by stitching a 1/8th seam along the top raw edge.

Take your pocket piece and fold the two side edges in a 1/4 inch and press.  Fold the bottom edge up a 1/4 inch and press.  Pin the pocket piece to the apron front and then stitch around the sides and bottom.

To make the apron ties follow these steps~

1.  Fold one of the short ends in a 1/4 inch and press.
2.  Fold the strip length-wise so raw edges match and press.
3.  Open the strip and then press the top edge down to the fold line and the bottom edge up to the fold line.
4.  Press the strip up so the edges match and press.
5.  Repeat to make your second apron tie.

Repeat steps 1-4 to make your waist band.  The only thing you do different is step one.  With the waistband you fold both of the short ends in a 1/2 inch instead of just one of the ends a 1/4 inch.

Stitch around the apron ties as close to the edge as you can.

Place the top of the apron inside the waistband piece and pin in place.

Remove the two pins on the ends of the waistband.  Take the apron ties and place the raw edge end inside about a 1/2 inch into the waistband and pin in place.

Stitch around the sides and bottom of the waistband to complete the apron.  If you would like you can add some trim to the bottom of the apron as a special touch.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Happy Holidays and I hope you have a Meow-y Christmas!!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

vintage planter pincushions

I need to warn you, I have a new obsession.   I love finding cute little vintage planters!   I am always on the look out for them at thrift shops and antique shops.  If I can find them for a reasonable price I snatch them up.    Awhile back after I found my first one I put a pincushion in it so I could enjoy having it on my sewing table and look at it all the time.

Now with the new ones that I find I'm starting to make them into pincushions too.  I just did a little Instagram sale last night and sold these four.  

Aren't they just the sweetest!   I've got some more in the works so will have more available in couple weeks.  :)

I hope you have a lovely Thursday!  See ya soon!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sailaway, Sailaway, Sailaway!

The last few weeks I've loved watching Jessie make her sailboat quilt on Instagram.  I knew right away that I wanted to make a sailboat quilt too.    Summertime and the beach is my absolute favorite!    With living in walking distance to the beach we go there quite a bit and it is such a peaceful place for my family.  So what better way to bring that into our home than with a lovely sailboat quilt.  :)

The free pattern can be found here.  I've changed it up a bit and am doing scrappy sailboats.  So the 2 1/2 X 4 1/2 print on the bottom of the sailboat I did 2 1/2 inch squares to keep with the scrappy look.   Also for fun I'm using the cute Mendocino, Swimming Sisters and Swim Class for the bottom strips.

I duplicated my aqua and navy blocks and made a cute little sailboat pillow.   I love being able to whip something out, especially when working on a quilt.

Then this last week-end I took my kiddos to the beach and made my first beach hexagon of the season.   I love stitching hexagons at the beach!

I thought I should also let you know why I've been absent for quite awhile.  I feel so bad I missed all of May blogging and even hadn't gotten on to let you know the winner of the Granny Square book.   I now have a little shop in a local vintage marketplace.  It has been fun creating things for a shop, and to combine my love of vintage in my space.     Also since last week, before I bring things into my little shop I've been offering them up to my Instagram followers first.   The sweet sailboat pillow went to an Instagram friend instead of going in the shop.   I'll be having a little Instagram sale hopefully tomorrow or Thursday before I head out of town on Friday.  I'll have some handmade items and some of my vintage finds.  :)  If you want to follow me on Instagram I'm sewdeerlyloved.

Now to finally let you know who the winner is of the Great Granny Square book...

Wendy, I don't see an email in your profile so please send me an email with your address.  My email is sewdeerlyloved at hotmail dot com.

Thanks so much for being so patient for me through my absents.  I'm hoping I can get better and blog more regularly.  :)


Monday, April 28, 2014

great granny sew along & giveaway!

Welcome to my blog!  I'm so excited to be part of Lori' of Bee in My Bonnet's lovely sew along again, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop!   I adore Lori's sweet new book The Great Granny Squared.

For the sew along we are making the sweet sampler Mama's Crochet Quilt, and this week we'll be sewing the yarn and crochet hook block.

For the instructions go here, and turn to page 22 in your Great Granny Square book.  Now lets get our supplies ready.

My pieces are cut and I'm ready to sew!

My six snowball blocks.  Aren't they so cute!!

And my gingham crochet hook.  :)

I had sew much fun making this sweet block!  Now I need to catch up and make last weeks basket block.  

Now for the giveaways!  The Fat Quarter Shop sent me an extra Great Granny Squared book to giveaway on my blog.  All you have to do is leave a comment here and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday the 2nd.

You can also win one of three Stitchy Fun Sampler Patterns if you submit your Crochet Hook & Yarn block photo to the GGS Flickr Group. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!