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Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

My talented friend, Jemima Flendt, has written a terrific book called, Weekend Quilting and is currently hosting a book showcase. This book is full of creative projects that you can finish in a couple days – gotta love that, right?! Today is my stop along the tour. I chose to make her Pond Ripples Pillow project because I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for triangle blocks.Here is my version of the pattern. I wanted to create a pillow that was soft in colors and would potentially match my new living room remodel. Yay, for newly painted walls!!
Please join in the showcase and visit the other blogs listed below to see more projects. Mon 29th May             Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

Tues 30th May            Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief

Wed 31st May             Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet

Thurs 1st June           Emily Dennis – Quilty Love

Fri 2nd June                Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio

Mon 5th June              Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs

Tues 6th June             Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot

Wed 7th June              Stacy Olson –Stacy Olson Design

Thurs 8th June           Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane

Friday 9th June           Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box

Mon 12th June            Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts

Tues 13th June           Rachel Howard – Family Ever After

Wed 14th June            Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany

Thurs 15th June         Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac

Fri 16th June               Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork

Mon 19th June            Heather Andrus – Quilt Story

Tues 20th June           Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design

Wed 21st June            Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama

Thurs 22nd June        Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design

Fri 23rd June              Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet

Mon 26th June            Fat Quarter Shop

Tues 27th June           Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric

Wed 28th June            Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration

Thurs 29th June         Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

Made for Baby Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour hosted by the amazingly talented Ayda Algin from cafenohut.com. I have been a super fan of her work for years and am so honored that she asked me to participate in her blog tour featuring projects from her book, Made for Baby. Ayda has designed so many cute items that you can make as handmade gifts for the new baby in your life.
I thought it would be fun to make the “Mom’s Carry All Bag” since it could be a universal project. This is the tote that Ayda made. Isn’t it adorable?!Here is my version. I found a beautiful Japanese floral linen as the main focus and paired it with a dark pink gingham and cream cotton duck cloth.

I loved how this fun tote turned out. Please follow along with the other talented makers on this blog tour listed below.

May 3    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com    

May 4    Jemima Flendt    blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

May 5    Sarah Edgar    alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk

May 8   Lisa Cox    aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

May 9    Ange Hamilton    alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

May 10    Lauren Wright    mollyandmama.com.au

May 11    Melissa LeRay    ohhowsweet.com

May 12    Minki Kim    minkikim.com

May 15    Faith Essenburg    SaranaAve.wordpress.com

May 16    Kristin Esser    kristinesser.com

May 17    Lauren Guthrie    guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog

May 18    Bridgette McNay    thefamilyhearth.com

May 19    Torie Jayne    toriejayne.com

May 22    Constanca Cabral    constancacabral.com/blog

May 23    Stacy Olson    stacyolsondesign.com (you’re here!)

May 24    Caroline Husle    sewcaroline.com

May 29    Nadra Ridgeway    ellisandhiggs.com

May 30    Wynn Tan    zakkaart.blogspot.com

May 31    Sedef Imer    downgrapevinelane.com

June 1    Lauren Nash    transientart.com

June 2    Jennie Pickett    cloverandviolet.com

June 5    Amy Sinibaldi    nanaCompany.typepad.com

June 7    Kim Kruzich    retro-mama.blogspot.com

June 8    Elea Lutz    elealutzdesign.com

June 9    Samantha Dorn    aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

June 12    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com

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