Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Hop Winners!

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I have randomly selected two winners for my giveaway from the Meet & Greet Blog Hop,
and they are...

from Western Australia


Mary Ann
from Central Texas

They have both been contacted via email, and will select a free pattern from my collection.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Meet & Greet Blog Hop. It was fun to meet creative people from all over the world!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop

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My day is finally here! A big thanks to It was nice to work on projects with such pretty, SPRING-like fabric. It's been a brutal winter here in New England!

When I first saw the beautiful bird panels of the Tracy Lizotte collection, I immediately thought "pockets!" And you will see that's exactly what I used them for.

I selected three of the fabrics to use for this hop: The bird panels, the all-over birds with azure background, and the leaves with azure background:

And with those fabrics, I made three projects for my sewing room:
See those pockets? I made a cover for my sewing machine, with three adjacent bird panels serving as pockets on the front. I used the leaves fabric for the front, binding, and side ties. 
The underside of the cover is the all-over birds fabric. 
I also used a strip of dark green bias binding for the top of the pockets.
I didn't use a pattern for this project; I made it up as I went along. But it's a very simple design and construction. As you can see above, my machine has a hard cover so this soft cover has no sides, just ties. It's basically two rectangles with the three-pocket piece sewn onto the top. The pockets are lined with the all-over bird print, and edged with the bias binding. The cover doubles as a mat to go under the sewing machine when it's in use, and that's when those pockets really come in handy!
To go along with the cover/mat, I also made a thread catcher which has some small pockets of its own (I purchased this pattern on Craftsy to make it). I used the all-over bird fabric, the leaves, and more bias binding (some of which I opened up to make wider):
And I made a skinny pincushion, using this free pattern, that sits in front of the machine so it's really handy. It's made with the all-over bird fabric and bias binding on the ends:
I think they make a nice set for my sewing table!
Be sure to check out everyone else on this final day of this great hop, and please leave a comment if you are so inclined! I'll reply to all comments, so if you're a no-reply blogger leave an email address!

Monday, March 23

Friday, March 20, 2015

Meet and Greet Blog Hop

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Happy Spring everyone! A big thanks to

part of my 16" Round Table Mat Series. The pieces are bound and backed in cotton.

The first is "Spoolin' Around," with a Valentine's and sewing theme:

And the second is "Ready for the Birds," with a colorful, Springtime theme:

The third piece/pattern is a simple redwork stitchery I designed that I call "Patriotic Posies." This piece was published as "Redwork Posies Pillow" in the July/August 2012 issue of Create & Decorate Magazine (which has, unfortunately, declared bankruptcy and is no longer being published).
The .pdf pattern for the appliqued mats can be purchased from either my

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cross stitcher
Elizabeth @ecoughlindesigns
applique and red work

cross stitcher

applique embroidery

Judy at frimart 
cross stitcher and applique

Linda @ buzzingandbumbling

Neinke At debordurrvrouw
cross stitcher

Barbara @ catpatches

Melissa at missourimel
cross stitcher

Baa @baasamazingadventures
Thearica @ pigtalesandquilts
cross stitcher

Lynn @happinesiscrossstitching
cross stitch

cross stitch

Jill @ appleavenuequilts
cross stitch and applique


cross stitch with decorative seams

Marlene @ stitchinbythelake
wool applique and cross stitch
Daria @ zinaidaanshe
cross stitch