needle keep & little stitch



The other afternoon, I reached for softer, colored threads, instead of red. The need to sew was brewing inside and I think, subconsciously planned. I'm still working on my pile of  'Tilda' fabrics and have 9 blocks done so far. They will become a quilt this winter...with any spare time I can squeeze from my day.


A little needle book has been on my To Do List for way too long. I stitched the little mousey in brown this time and added a cute aqua apron with pink buds & dots, even on her booties. She's quietly named 'Little Stitch'. The red work mouseys are beside her and have a final check to go yet, before the pattern is released. They will be placed top-center of the red work quilt. Miss Mousey will be sitting on her cushion in both top-corners.  




Once 'Little Stitch' was all stitched in all her colors, I began cutting and playing with different fabrics. Making pockets, quilting and lots of playing. A good mental therapy day this was! Just what I needed.......quiet creative sewing. It reminded me, of the days a girlfriend and I sat out in the back yard, at a picnic table and designed, sewed and glued a complete Barbie apartment. We were ten years young and boy I wish, I still had some of those things. I'd laugh my head off....



For some reason and I think because, it has more excitement. I started with the inside of the book.
Thinking about, how I intend to use the book and how I work, when I'm stitching...it soon came together. The book would be great, to take along on shopping trips. Matching fabrics with threads, that sort of thing. So, yes...pockets for sure. I made a small one for scissors on top of a long one, the width of the back inside. I made another for the front inside and decided my book page would also be a pocket. 



Did I tell you, this was going to take awhile...?... 
longer to write the post, than making the entire needle book....I think. ;)



and since I take my I-Pod along on most fabric sprees.....I made a pocket for it as well. The I-Pod will fit in the zipper-page pocket, but I just had to go one more step and make a separate one. A phone fits in the zip pocket too....just in case. The pocket on the front inside is great for fabric swatches. How many times did I go to buy interfacing or stabilizer or try to match colors of one fabric line to another? Perfect....problem solved now I have the right weight and I have my fabric swatches.


I used some hexies and sprinkled them around. The inside hexie has a bit of batting beneath it and is perfect for my needle cushion. The other.... is centered on the back and may get a bit of hand stitching yet. I found a pretty pink button in my jar and made a loop of fabric and there you have it...
My little needle/sewing book is ready to go out on a trip or two and probably soon. Need stuff ya know....Christmas is coming.






.......til next time...Be Happy with Everything you do......Happy Stitching!

Stitch Mousey






Why, I think the mouseys are having a 'Stitch' party!



My new pattern has just made it's way into the shop.
'Stitch Mousey' a red work project that will have companion pieces.

they are on the way.....on my desk and almost complete.


...and then a few more mousey designs, that I have had request for.
...busy weekend ahead.....see you soon.
..... Happy Stitching

Sitting on a Cushion......




I finished two blocks of stitching, for the Miss Mousey Quilt, here on her cushion. Don't we all have that special chair, cushion, spot, where we sit-stitch & sew..?  She's found the tomato cushion and has grown quite fond of it. It's always been a favorite pin cushion of mine...I guess because it was my first one....Mom's. {tee hee} But I didn't touch the scissors....honest.

More blocks are waiting for finishing and the writing needs a bit of work yet. Wanted to share a glimpse...of what's been going on, in my studio this week. She makes me smile...big smiles.

Do you like to stitch in red?  I enjoy it and find it goes really fast. I suppose, all the fussing with color choices is narrowed down and frees you to select a shade and run with it. For some reason DMC 321 is the one I went for.... and I love red..... and there are so many to choose from. I seemed to have more of this shade in fabrics, so that's a decision to factor in.


A little bit more sewing and a stitch or two and this will be ready to quilt. The pattern will be ready soon and will be available as stitching sections or blocks. 

Hope you are having a great Sewing September! Off I go....til next time...Happy Stitching in RED!



Tilda & a very nice pattern




I found a very nice pattern & a pin cushion. And......just, had- to- make- one...... So, I made a pretty one, using Tilda fabrics. Something tells me ...there will be more. I love this block, it can be made into so many different variations.
Feel like making one?...... I pinned it here......from there, follow to Melissa's Blog for the download. 





threadsonmysocks

Thanks Melissa....love the pattern!


.........til next time.....Happy Sewing!

time for a shop




I've opened a shop on Etsy 

and I am just so happy about that, I had to share. Afternoon Tea and Button Mouse, can be found under the Stitch banner. Miss Mousey is happy to be there too....finally. She will be featured as my logo on all the pattern covers. More patterns are on the way...as soon as I get a moment to catch my breath. I will still be offering patterns on Craftsy, only for a limited time.  
The Studio is in complete 'messed-up mode' and needs a bit of organizing. Time to rest a bit, before I get busy writing again. Drawings are waiting, fabrics need cutting and a bit of sewing to do. A cup of tea is waiting for me, so off I go. This is the kind of work...I love. 

Oh,... how about a little preview of the red work.... wouldn't that be fun? It's be fun stitching.....



....til next time...Happy Stitching.


Afternoon Tea


It's time to share a New Pattern with you. Very excited!  Afternoon Tea with friends, together, sharing. Sounds like a great afternoon, doesn't it?


Miss Mousey - Afternoon Tea


I have been stitching, many different designs of the mousey kind. MOUSE-Y...because I like to have fun, while I work. Miss Mousey began a while back, in my head and then on paper. It wasn't long, before she found her way on my drawing screen and made her way into my heart. She's fun to stitch and doesn't require a lot of fussin'.  Just the right size at 7 1/2" squared, to add to any project. I am beginning with this design and have made a 10" block. The start of a 'Miss Mousey' Tea quilt. I'll be sharing more and hope you will want to join in and make one too! I'm thinking you just have to have a teapot, if you want to have tea...right?
Keep watching....a teapot is surely on the way. And speaking of...mine is whistling...time to pour a cup and head back up the stairs to the studio.

Miss Mousey - Afternoon Tea


Miss Mousey - Afternoon Tea

You can find the pattern in my shop.
Off I go to stitch the next Miss Mousey adventure. They are creative little mouseys :)

Red Work Miss Mousey

til next time....Happy Stitching!








color palette is red & white



A little snippet of the next red work mousey. Can you guess what this one will be doing?
In the first button mouse block, those mice got in the button jar and made fun with the threads. Now, I think they may have found, some more fun stuff in the sewing room. and I have a good supply of DMC Red 321 to stitch their little adventures in.

I am having fun, creating these mouseys...as I call them....it is just fun. I am gathering all of my red & white fabrics and sewing as I go along. I really love to make things as I go. I plan a project, think it through and then I start sewing and stitching. It's great when I have everything I need, but that doesn't always work out. So far, so good....it's been fun making and stitching. That's how it should be...right?
I'll share the next design very soon, followed by another. I plan for them to be blocks for a quilt. A red and white one! You can find the Button Mouse red work pattern in my shop.

The other stitching, I shared with you in a previous post, is almost ready for pattern form. I have that on my desk and finishing up a few things. Writing, stitching and a bit of sewing to do yet. But when finished...

 'Miss Mousey and Afternoon Tea' - another set of embroideries in the making.





I'll  be with you soon......Happy Stitching!

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