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me and you

My friend Krista from Thar She Sews! interviewed me for her new series The Sewing Circle.  How fun.  Go ahead and check it out.

And because it’s been a while since I shared any of YOUR projects from the flickr pool.  Here’s a fun little roundup, and wow, you’ve been busy!

And more news about you, the winner of the Pooches and Pickups fat quarter set is: Esther who said
Cinder is beautiful!

I want to participate! I would do … a bone-shaped pillow with bells inside to play Linda or a bed liner … I do not know I have many ideas in mind.

Esther ♥”

Congrats, I sent you an email. :)

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patchwork bolster pillow tutorial – anthro inspired

So glad Ellen from The Long Thread asked me to join in her HandMAYde series this week.  I haven’t done an anthropoligie ‘knock off’ before, so I thought it might be fun.  Why not make something almost the same for a whole lot less? Although I just looked now and the once 60 some dollar pillow is now on sale for a lot less.  Darn.

Anyway, on with the show…


5″ blocks (a charm pack came in handy)
fat quarter
piping (store bought or make it yourself)

Getting started:
Arrange your blocks in this configuration: sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Trim a 19.5″ tall by 14″ wide rectangle from that patchwork.  Cut two 6.25″ diameter circles.  Apply a light weight fusible interfacing to all pieces, not necessary but it helps the pillow keep it’s shape a little better.

Sew body of pillow together using a 1/4″ seam allowance, but leave a 4-5″ opening for stuffing later.

Mark the quarter points on both circles as well as both ends of pillow body with pins or a water soluble marker.

Align pins, slipping the piping in between (all raw edges aligned, so that means the piping facing inward) with RIGHT sides together.  Overlap piping and leave tails hanging outward.  Use additional pins as necessary.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. And try not to curse and tear your hair out at this point.  A few wobbles at this point isn’t really going to be that noticeable.  Using a zipper foot and moving your needle position as close to the piping helps for a better fit.  Unlike what I show here, you might want to place the body fabric piece up and circle down while sewing so you can make sure there’s not a lot of bunching or wrinkles. Repeat for other end. Turn right side out and stuff.

Sew shut by hand using a ladder stitch.

Larger version note: I also made a larger version and used these measurements:  28.5″ tall by 22″ wide rectangle for body (aligning the 28.5″ side for sewing) 9″ diameter circles.  I used a cheater patchwork by Echino for that particular version.

Some hand quilting on this pillow would look fabulous (like the anthro pillow), but I gave up on that after the kids destroyed the play area our house.

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pooches and pickups dog bed & a giveaway! [closed]

[Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!]

I was really excited when Laurie sent me a few fat quarters of her newest line Pooches and Pickups to play with.  My mom and dad have a black lab, so the prints were especially fitting for them.  I hope I didn’t take the fabric design too literally – but I made a dog bed for their dog, Cinder.

If you’re a dog or cat lover, you know how much they love their beds (or yours).  Cinder was due for a new one to fit inside her dog crate.

I made the body of the bed from black twill and included a zip at the bottom for easy removal for washing.  And a little freezer paper stencil let’s everyone know who’s bed it really is!

How about some Pooches and Pickups for yourself?  I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle of Laurie’s Pooches and Pickups collection (a total of 6 fat quarters in two super cool colorways).  Oh, and if you don’t want to wait to win, you can also purchase her fabric at Hawthorne Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, and Pink Chalk Fabrics.

To enter:

  • One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tell me what you’d make with the fabric if you win, or what the craziest thing you’ve ever made for your pet?!
  • There will be one winner chosen, loot includes 6 fat quarters from the Pooches and Pickups collection.
  • Open to international entries.
  • Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 25th at 10pm (central time).

And if you’re feeling the giveaway frenzy, go check out Rebecca’s Blog, Chasing Cottons for her giveaway!
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summer madras tote pattern

So honored to join in on the fun of free pattern month today at Grosgrain.  There has been so many awesome patterns already, and hopefully you’ll find this one handy for summer.

I scored lots of madras last week for $2 a yard and couldn’t think of a better project than a fun and functional summer tote.

There’s always room in your collection for another bag, right?!  I hope so.

The best part is that the exterior and lining of the bag is made with 1/2 yard cuts, so I think in total my bag cost me around $8, not to shabby.  Plus I won’t feel bad kicking it around at the library, ice cream shop, and around town.

With two exterior front pockets my super important stuff won’t ever get lost at the bottom of the bag, and this tote is a big one.

Find the full pattern and how-to on Grosgrain HERE!
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summer shirt

Well, I’ve been at it again.  I remember drooling over these shirts from katie did when I first started reading blogs.  If you’ve never been to her site, you should drop in (even though she’s currently not blogging).

So it was time that I tried it out myself.  Of course it’s pretty easy to jump in when you’re making a small top and using $2/yard fabric.

I’m pretty happy with the fit, it’s pretty snug, but I’m going to try out another round with some adjustments and see how it goes.

I’ll have to put it on hold until later because Friday I’m guest posting on Grosgrain for her fabulous free pattern month, so excited and honored to join in!

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