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Friday, 1 April 2016

The Itch to stitch


Lately I have been busy doing work which has kept me away from the sewing machine - writing, designing, working on posters and brochures, preparing for things coming up this spring.  It's all good, and all work-related, but it hasn't allowed me much time to stitch, and I miss that.  I need that! 
So I've decided now when the work day ends, I will choose a small stitching project that requires no thinking for my tired brain.  I have made a couple more zippered pouches, including this one from a gorgeous piece of Stephanie Brandenburg fabric. I just love this print!
The fabric was leftover from a tote, trimmed in Seminole patchwork, that I made a couple of years' back for my friend Jill in Fredericton Junction.  
Another day, I basted and machine quilted a flannel top for a baby quilt that I had pieced another day I needed something mindless - it's just squares, quilted with squiggly lines. I stitched the binding on the following day. 
Yesterday Grandma Coco posted a sweet pattern for a kitty enjoying some April showers.  Cheryl had sketched out her design to use on cookies she was decorating, and then decided she would get double-duty from her sketch and use it as an applique quilt block. She invited folks to download the pattern for free from her blog and to stitch along with her.  I decided instead of applique, I would try embroidering the kitty.  I set my machine up for free motion stitching, with heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread in the top and a size 16/100 topstitch needle.  It took no time to embroider the block.


 As you can see I used a hoop, but I kept banging into it with the edge of the foot so next time I will stitch without a hoop.  This is how my very talented friend Monika does it, so I know it can be done.
Skip over the Grandma Coco's blog and see her block and cookies, and join us in stitching!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you're so right about the fabric for that zippered pouch! It's quite stunning! I've worked on lots of smaller projects this winter. It has been very satisfying. Have a wonderful evening! XO

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  2. Lately I've been working on smaller projects as well. I have been feeling the need to finish and small projects meet that need. Love the floral fabric, it's perfect for that small size.

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  3. Feels good to see things threw from start to finish in a hurry doesn't it?

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  4. Karen, I am so glad to call you my friend. Thanks for trying out the April Showers cat in embroidery. I love it in your Aurifil threads!

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  5. My one stop tonight before I call it a day was to your blog. It was a treat I love both the tote and the zippered bag, and the embroidered cat would be such joy to some little (or not so little) girl's pillowcase . Not everyone is able to have a cat in the family.

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