It is Sew a Softie time again! I am so happy to be back as part of this year's tutorial hop. Last year, in honor of my love of all things Claes Oldenberg, I designed a Giant Ice Cream Cone. You can see that post here. This year, I have decided to continue the theme of oversized everyday objects. And just for fun, this is a 2 part project. This week is the Giant Pencil Pillow! Next week there will be a coordinating project that makes a super cute set.
Woodland Sewing Accessories are a charming gift for any sewist. The Cardinal Sewing Companion is a pincushion, needle book, and notion holder, and has felt feather accent pins. The lined Branch Accessory Pouch is quilted with bark, and has a whimsical leaf zipper pull. Instructions for these two projects can be found on page 100 in Modern Patchwork Gifts 2016, which has just been released. Complete the scene with the Blue Skies Sewing Machine Cover-instructions below!
Welcome to Sew a Softie Day at Fish Museum and Circus! Sew a Softie Day?! How could I resist getting involved?
I learned to sew by making dolls, and have made and designed many doll and animal patterns since then. You can find some in my book Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family, and more at Bo Twal, an international doll project. But when I was thinking about what to make for this tutorial I decided on something different. It is summer here in New York and summer is all about ice cream. So I channelled my inner Claes Oldenberg and designed a giant ice cream cone pillow. Great for playing with or just lounging around on!
Kid Giddy (Kerry Goulder) always gets me into trouble. She has such fun contests and swaps and things going on that I just can’t resist. Her latest effort to get me into trouble is a joint project with Generation Q Magazine and Sizzix. Kerry designed custom doll dies for Sizzix and is working with Generation Q on a Sew Myself Doll Challenge. I was powerless. Children? Work? Responsibilities? So sorry. Not this week.
Hello there! I am so excited to introduce my new menagerie, Scandinavian Animal Friends! These guys were made for the Oakshott Scandinavian Challenge from Sew Mama Sew. Oh Sew Mama Sew, thank you for the opportunity to neglect my kids and all my other work. What a great time I had with these amazing Oakshott cottons!
One copy of my book, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family
I always hope that makers will use the projects in my book, Sew Fun, as starting points for their own ideas. A few weeks ago I even did this with my own patterns. The Insect Capes in Sew Fun are very versatile and are great foundation patterns for lots of other capes. Check out the fairy capes made with the grasshopper pattern on Cut to Pieces!
The Felt Heart Sachet is sweet little project just in time for Valentine’s Day, but also perfect for any day. You can make just one or make a bunch assembly line style for everyone you love. My heart are about 4” not including the ribbon loop, but you can make them any size you like.
It was the coldest winter Morton had known, and he had known a lot of winters in the garden behind the big house. “It’s a good thing I have my sweater,” he thought. “Now if only my neck wasn’t so cold.” When Morton was resting he could pull his head inside his cozy shell, but when he was out and about his neck got cold. And Morton liked to be out and about. You never know what you might find if you were looking.
In our house we have a lot of odd socks lying around. My kids don’t wear matching socks anyway, but there is also the issue of sock rejection when it comes to putting laundry away. There is a lot of “that’s not mine”, “that’s hers”, “I don’t know”. And before you know it we have a major sock collection without a home.
It’s always fun to check out whatever fabulous fiber and textile adventures are to be found where you live or are visiting. Although I live out on Long Island, I am lucky enough to be only 60 miles from New York City. I am not able to get there as often as I would like, so when I do go I like to pack in all the fiber and textile events that I can. Here is the latest from my adventures early this week!
Oh, Morton and I have been having so much fun this week! First, I finished Morton’s shell. I stuffed the two center most ovals from behind to create more height. Why not? (As Hazelnut pointed out, Morton’s shell could double as a mountain for the Over in the Meadow Landscape Rug in Sew Fun.)
My first book, my first trip to Houston, my first Quilt Market! I love adventure! The divine Kelly D and I had a fabulous trip to Quilt Market at the end of October. One of the very first people we met on the convention floor was the smiling Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy.
So, last week I mentioned the decorative strawberry pins I made to give out at Quilt Market. I made a whole bunch of them (along with other decorative pins), but you can make just a few as gifts for sewing friends, with or without a handmade pin cushion. This is also a great project with new young sewists.
My first book! My first trip to Houston! My first Quilt Market! Oh, but there were no actual books. Yes, due to the publishing schedule I would not have any books with me at Quilt Market, where I was headed to do my first book presentation (called a Schoolhouse).
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So my little one, Bippy, just went off to kindergarten. Yes, I did. I did do the happy dance. She is a pip and loves me more than ice cream (her words) but she is super high energy and I need to get some work done.