Sweet Orchard Blog Tour

Wow, two posts in one week after my month-long sewing drought, not bad. Today, I’m here to highlight the debut fabric collection, Sweet Orchard, by my friend Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane. This fabric line features happy colors and sweet designs of fruit, florals and more. I posted about working with this fabric for the first time a few months ago when I made a cute toddler backpack and my Little Granny Mini Quilt pattern for Sedef’s spring quilt market booth. SOrch_FabStack_BPSedef is hosting a blog tour and today is my stop. I decided to make a couple personalized, patchwork snack mats for two sweet sisters in my neighborhood.LA_mats_BPIt might seem strange that I started out by cutting up the “cheater” prints from all three color ways. A cheater print is made to look like patchwork already if you are unfamiliar with the fabric term. I knew I wanted to incorporate the individual fruit graphics into the mat and they are only featured in the cheater prints. So I cut them up and sewed them back together again. We quilters are used to that concept. Then I personalized them by attaching fabric letters with fusible web and stitched around each letter to create a raw edge appliqué. I think they turned out so cute!L_mat_BPA_mat_BPMake sure to check out what all the other makers on the blog tour are creating. Below is the schedule for the tour. You can also follow along on Instagram at #sweetorchardblogtour.SOrch_Banner_BPAugust 15:   Nadra at Ellis and Higgs

August 15:   Sarah at Pretty Fabrics & Trims

August 16:   Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 16:   Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

August 17:   Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 17:   Minki at Minki’s Work Table

August 18:   Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

August 18:   Keera at Live Love Sew

August 19:   Cassie at Cassandra Madge

August 19:   Liz &  Elizabeth at Simple Simon & Co.

August 22:   Samantha at Aqua Paisley Studio

August 22:   Xanthe at Wife-Made

August 23:   Peta at She Quilts A Lot

August 23:   Stacy at Stacy Olson (you’re here!)

August 24:   Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

August 24:   Amy at Diary of a Quilter

August 25:   Sarah at Piccolo Studio

August 25:   Kristyne at Pretty by Hand

August 26:   Jennie at Clover & Violet

August 26:   Megan at Quilt Story

Sew Illustrated Blog Tour & Giveaway

It’s a miracle – I sewed something! This summer has been crazy busy for me and my family and it seems like forever since I sat down at my machine to make anything. Thank goodness I was asked to create something from the fabulous new book, Sew Illustrated, by the talented duo Minki Kim and Kristin Esser for C&T Publishing.SE_Book_BP“Drawing” with your sewing machine can seem quite intimidating, but it really isn’t as hard as one might think. And, it’s super fun and addicting! Minki and Kristin provide all the information you need to create a beautifully illustrated sewing project of your own. When I discovered Minki’s work on Instagram, I was in awe. Everything that she creates in nothing less than jaw-dropping. I am always amazed at how she works with such tiny pieces of fabric and illustrates such beautiful works of art. Sew Illustrated is filled with so many adorable and versatile designs. If you ever needed justification for saving tiny fabric scraps, this book is it!

I decided to start out making this lovely framed art piece for my sewing room. I’ve made other projects using this technique, but never this elaborate. I usually am just sewing around a simple object like a heart, but Minki’s designs show you how you can add more detail like in the basket or the sewing machine. I prefer to attach the fabric scraps using fusible web, but the book shows you several different methods. For the piece below, I then stitched once around each object with dark brown thread and then added in the details. I just love how it turned out!Remember I said this was addicting, so I decided to make a padded pouch for my sewing scissors. You know how we sewing people protect the good ones with our lives. The pouch itself is not actually a pattern in the book –  I just made it up to fit my scissors. The scissors graphic that I appliquéd to the top of the pouch can be found in the book, however, and is the same scissors graphic as in the framed piece pictured above – I just enlarged it.ScissorsPouch_Closed_BP I stitched around the scissors twice on this one since it was fairly large without too many fine details. ScissorsPouch_Open_BPThere is no doubt in my mind that I’ll making more goodies from Minki and Kristin’s book. Perhaps, I will venture off and create some of my own sewing illustrations as well. Make sure to follow along with the Sew Illustrated Blog Tour. Below is a list of all the talented makers with links to their blogs.Banner_BP

August 15:   C&T Publishing

August 16:   Amy at nanaCompany

August 17:   Wynn at zakkaArt

August 18:   Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19:   Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20:   Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21:   Stacy  at Stacy Olson (you’re here!)

August 22:   Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

August 23:   Generation Q Magazine

August 24:   Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25:   Ayda at cafenohut

August 26:   Melissa at Oh, How Sweet

August 27:   Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28:   Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29:   Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30:   Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

August 31:   Kristyne at Pretty by Hand

September 1:   Elnora on Instagram

September 2:   Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3:   Auribuzz

September 4:   Minki at Minki’s Work Table / Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win a copy of this book? C & T Publishing is generously giving away a copy of Sew Illustrated. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen and announced on August 26th. A USA winner will receive a hard copy of the book and an international winner will receive an eBook. The winner will be notified by email from me. Good luck!

–Stacy