Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekend Stitches

I hope all of you moms had a great Mother's Day weekend! I spent most of the weekend cross-stitching, completely randomly, thanks to a fun little Harry Potter cross-stitch pattern I stumbled upon on Pinterest last week. It's funny, hand-stitching projects always seem to be an obsession like this for me - a fast and furious rabbit hole of sorts, where I spend all my free time stitching until I get to the end of the project.

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And this little cross-stitch project was no different - I spent much of my day Saturday and Sunday stitching away with this little project, and smiling. It's funny, I so often detest hand-stitching binding on a quilt, but put a cute little cross-stitch or embroidery project in front of me, and I sing a completely different tune altogether.

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So I managed to start and finish this little project in the span of two days, which was a great feeling. It felt so good to sew something just because I wanted to, not because a deadline was looming or anything. I'd started to forget how that felt, so it was a great present to myself this weekend. Something tells me I might do a little more hand-stitching in the future - I've had my eye on this embroidered alphabet sampler ever since Jess sewed one up a few years ago. It might be just the right project for the snippets of free time I'll likely have over the next month or two as we march ever closer to pre-registration for MQG members for QuiltCon in June! Happy Monday everyone :)

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mini Medallion Quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting

Good morning! I just got the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting in the mail, along with a fun little mini that I wrote up a pattern for in this issue, the Mini Medallion. It's the sixth and final in my Mini Quilt series that I've been working on with the lovely folks at Love Patchwork & Quilting, and it might just be my favorite of the bunch...

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This little mini is comprised of some of my favorite Cotton + Steel prints, ranging from the Basics lines to Mustang to Playful, plus a little dash of one of my favorite Rashida Coleman-Hale collections, Koi, which plays all kinds of perfectly with Cotton + Steel! There are three main block repeats used in the pattern, the main star block in the center, with small pluses and x's surrounding it. It's a very simple little quilt to put together, and great for using up the last scraps of some of your favorite fabrics!

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The X and Plus blocks that surround the center star were quite literally inspired by my love for the X and + block, which is still one of those blocks that's on my To Do list. I had wanted to try to do a mini version of those blocks as the border for this mini, but decided that in the small size that they would be just too busy and that I needed something more simple for a small block.

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There's loads of other beautiful quilts in this issue as well, as with all of their issues! Love Patchwork & Quilting really is one of my favorite quilting magazines these days. If you haven't checked it out before, do yourself a favor and stop at your local Barnes & Noble or Books a Million and get a coffee and sit down with an issue. You'll enjoy it, I promise :)

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