3/26/16

Spring is here....


Happy Spring Everyone!

Birds are chirping, buds are blooming on the trees and bulbs are pushing thru the earth to give us that burst of color. Lasting for such a short time, it's one of my favorite seasons.

I have been truly busy, with every moment of the day, working and designing. I love to draw and could spend all day, doing just that but other things need to be done. I am sure that I am not alone here. Just not enough hours right?

A NEW pattern has been added to my shop. A woodland creature...the red fox. This drawing was on my list of 'Do a Pattern' and I got it all colored and stitched! The pattern goes so fast, I had it done in no time. Of course, after all the decisions were made on color and what not......that takes me the longest.
So, here's how I did it. The colors I chose are all listed in the pattern, along with instructions for the process. Colors can be altered for your project. In fact, you don't have to color tint at all. I think a bit of color adds to the stitching and it's very easy to do. It's your project....create away!
I draw my design with a micron pen on a cotton linen blend fabric. I use a light table to trace the design and iron my stabilizer to the back of the fabric. Now, it's ready to color tint. I color all areas to be tinted with white crayon, iron with a paper towel and begin the color tinting.
I chose bittersweet with a bit of blending using sepia, burnt orange and chestnut. I gave them a bit of rosey in their cheeks with wild strawberry and they are ready for stitching.
Copper and medium orange spice dmc threads are pulled and threaded with three strands to get started.



I pulled some greys & peach fabric and now I am ready, to sew the red fox family into a project. A nice tote is planned, I can never have enough bags to 'grab n go'. The stitching would look cute on a pillow or a quilt block too.
The pattern is drawn to include the grouping and individually for smaller projects.
I hope you enjoy this pattern and the many others in my shop. I'm working on getting more designs finished and have updated a few of them.




'Strawberry Snookers' pattern has been recently updated and now includes an extra sheet of tags. Print them on card stock, sticker sheets or fabric, to add a special touch to your project.

I'm having a lot of fun with my patterns here lately. I just love tags & special touches!

More 'Fun Patterns' are on the way!
Miss Mousey has been busy too ;)


If you purchased this pattern prior to the update, an email will be sent out to you. Thank you so much for the support♥♥♥










Happy Stitching! Happy Spring!

12/31/15

glance....the year



Stitched.... This was a BIG YEAR for my stitching and pattern writing. 5 patterns were created this year and entered their way into my Shop on Etsy. I fell in love with Miss Mousey and couldn't stop drawing her in different scenes. 
A BIG Thank You my friends for all the love & support...it means so much!! 


Quilts.... I managed to get 3 quilt tops sewn. All together 5 were started for the year...
High Hopes for the New Year!


and....Just Fun Sewing.....





Happy New Year! May you have many creative days ahead.....til next year....

12/1/15

December first..here we go...


I'm finishing up several projects today and have started some new. I can't seem to stop the Merry Making...too fun! The girls are modeling ribbons ....still can't decide & I know, I have silver bells ...somewhere. I'm not liking the gold with the fabric colors. There in a box in the eaves, I'm sure, that I haven't pulled out yet. Something tells me...bells would be best.
The nose & eyes...? dunno but I will get it all together eventually.

I did manage to get the binding on the Little Bird & Letters mug mat, that I showed in an earlier post.


And as you can see...I have started some more patchwork. Oh, I should be in a bag making mode very soon.



I tried a pattern for a one side zip pouch. It's called a SweetPea Pod by Joan Hawley. A free standing, wide open pouch. It uses a small amount of fabric and guess what? You can get two pouches from one zipper because only one side is needed per pouch. How's that for nifty?
The pattern didn't call for the tab but I felt it needed one for the way I wanted to use it.  I sewed a piece of ribbon in the zipper seam. Then, I got to playing with the box seam. If sewn horizontally, it gives it another look. It's a cute, cute pattern & I will be making more. Besides, it gives me an excuse to get some fun colored zip pulls. 


Do you see what I see? wee ice skate? yes, making a few of those too...with the paper clips. Those are for the Secret Santa party, my daughter is hosting at her office. She has ideas for them....the apple didn't fall from the tree...




The change I made to the pattern, on this try, when zipped, lays flat. And because I put the tab in the seam, I can hang it like an ornament. It's plenty big for a gift card too.
Now, off to pull some more fabrics....and find those bells. Hope you are making merry or at least enjoying the season.

...see you soon.

11/30/15

Merry...Merry & bright...


Making some Merry!   Ruthie, Ruby & Rita Reindeer

I found a cute pattern in my travels and just had to make it! Rachel Reindeer by SisBoom. You can find it in the SisBoom Shop, in the Pattern section, Free Download.

I decided to get all my scrappy pieces together and make these. They are a mix of all sorts & 1 1/2" squares. The Ruby hiding in the back there....was really small scraps....not much of that collection left.



Merry...Merry.....& Bright!



& The backs......two in a Christmas fabric from Joann's & the middle is Ruby again ( by Bonnie & Camille). charm square.



I can't decide how to decorate them. Follow the pattern with a pom-pom nose?



Maybe a ribbon of bells around their necks?


Not sure what I'll come up with....but these will be super cute for stockings or just decorating a room with lots of MERRY!
Are you on Instagram? #rachelreindeer  #sisboompatterns  Add yours to the mix!

.........see you soon!

11/20/15

itsy,bitsy,teeny & tiny




I'm working on a new project tonight and snipping teeny,tiny flowers from scraps of fabric, to make teeny, weeny stamps. My itsy, bitsy letters need them you see, so that I can send letters off to those I love.


This is such a sweet mug rug pattern from The Patchsmith.  It's called Christmas Delivery and you can find it, in her Craftsy Store. There are two versions to make and I chose the one above for my first. The second has a post box and I'll be cutting that out next.


I haven't even gotten to the Christmas fabrics yet. Little, tiny snowmen stamps? Ah, yes....I think, I can do that.





See you soon..............

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