Saturday, February 15, 2014

Freddie and Freda are celebrities!

I was asked to make a set of Freddie and Freda for Timeless Treasures Fabrics a few months back, and they have made it to their blog!  How cute are these two?  They live in New York City now with the folks at TT.  Maybe they will get to do some sight-seeing!  I made these two up in their cute line of flannels.  I think they are just adorable in it!
You can find my pattern for it HERE and HERE on Etsy as well.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Last days of the Hop! and a Giveaway!

So have you been to the other sites for the Blog Hop?  These ladies are all very creative, I love all the projects I have seen.  So I am posting this a little early.  My Blog Hop post is supposed to go up tomorrow, but I couldn't wait, so here it is!

So this is the project I decided to make up for the hop.  I love these place mats, partly due to the simplicity of their design, and that they don't take long to make.  I wanted to make the tea cozy too, but I don't really need a another cozy.  I made my place mats a little different than the pattern though and I will tell you how.

  • First I didn't use linen.  I don't like linen after it is washed, because then you have to iron it.  What a pain that is for me.  So I chose this cute fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics.  It's from her Valentine's line.  Then I chose some coordinating but also contrasting fabrics for the circles.  
  • Second change was I used batting rather than fusible interfacing.  Because I had it, and didn't have the interfacing.  I didn't have time to shop for something else.  The batting works great.
  • Third, the pattern shows you how to do a reverse applique around each circle.  Ugh.  Okay so I love applique, but seriously folks I have no time for applique right now with this guy running around.  He's nearly 2, need I say more?

     So I left the circles as raw edges and hopefully they hold up to the wash.  If not, well I'll deal with that later!
  • And lastly, I added a rick rack edging, because it's super cute and because it seems to really add a pop to the place mats.
  • It is a great pattern, in part because it was well written as are all of the patterns in this great book.  But also because I could embellish and change it up to my specifications.  

So some of the ladies are doing a giveaway of the book, and guess what so am I!  I am also including an Olfa Circle Cutter in the giveaway.

  So there will be two lucky winners, one for the book and one for the Olfa Circle Cutter.  Wahoo!  I used the circle cutter in my project to make the Luncheon napkins in the book but also for this project.  It is so handy-I love it!  I will have a couple in my shop for sale too.

Rules for the giveaway.......
Enter by leaving me a comment about which projects in the Kitchen Stitches book that you would like to make.  Get a second entry by following me and leave a comment about that.
Enter by Monday February 10th at Midnight.  I will choose the winners at random.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Day 2 of the Hop

Did you have a chance to go over to the Sewing Loft and check out the cut pot handle covers Heather made?  If not, you should!  They are very cute (and are Pink and Black and White!) and she has a great website with lots of great info.

Today you can go over to Becky's blog The Patchwork Posse and check  out her review of our book.  Also Kim at My Go-Go Life is going to share something fun as well.

Me? Well as you may know (or not) I am up last this week on Saturday, but I will tell you that my Valentine's Day Placemats are going to be darling!  Looking forward to sharing them!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Hop Time! Kitchen Stitches style!

A bunch of us gals who contributed to the Kitchen Stitches book with Martingale are hosting a Blog Hop.  This is a Valentine's Day inspired blog hop too so all of our projects will be in Valentine's fabrics.  We each had to choose a different project from the book, and it couldn't be our project from the book.

I just love love valentine's day.  My husband and I began dating because of Valentine's Day.  I like to decorate for it, and make valentines for my family.  It's just fun.  So this is right up my alley.

So here is the line up beginning tomorrow February 3rd.

2/3  Heather at The Sewing Loft 
2/4  becky at the Patchwork Posse
and  Kim at My Go-Go life
2/5   Amy at FormWork Designs
and  Deby at So Sew Easy
2/6  Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilts
and Jackie at Jabot Quilts
2/7  Melissa at Happy Melissa Quilting
2/8 yours truly!  Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts

I am going to be doing a giveaway for a book and a tool that would be helpful in making the project I chose to make from the book.