Sew a Softie Day-Piece of Paper Quilt
27
Jul

Sew a Softie Day-Piece of Paper Quilt

Welcome to Part 2 of my Sew a Softie project! If you haven't seen Part 1, the Giant Pencil Pillow, you can find it here. Why a 2 part project? Because what goes better with a Giant Pencil Pillow than a Piece of Paper Quilt! Folks, I know this may not be considered a softie, but I couldn't resist. I honestly tried, but this pair brought such joy and giddiness into my heart that it would not be denied.

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Sew a Softie Day-Giant Pencil Pillow
20
Jul

Sew a Softie Day-Giant Pencil Pillow

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.

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Woodland Sewing Accessories
01
Sep

Woodland Sewing Accessories

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!

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Sew a Softie Day-Giant Ice Cream Cone
07
Jul

Sew a Softie Day-Giant Ice Cream Cone

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!

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Invisible Hand Sewn Quilt Binding
21
Apr

Invisible Hand Sewn Quilt Binding

Hello! If you have popped over from the Sew Mama Sew post I did on Fussy Cut Binding or just wandered in, welcome! Let's talk about how to make your hand sewing invisible.

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Sew Myself Doll Challenge
09
Feb

Sew Myself Doll Challenge

 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.

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Oakshott Challenge: Scandinavian Animal Friends
09
Sep

Oakshott Challenge: Scandinavian Animal Friends

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!

 

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Yay, giveaway!
06
May

Yay, giveaway!

Welcome to the Fish Museum and Circus giveaway, in collaboration with Bo Twal. Bo Twal is a non-profit international doll project. For this Sew Mama Sew giveaway we have:

One copy of my book, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family

One copy of Kerry Goulder’s book: Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love

One Bo Twal Sewing Smiles Doll Pattern!

 

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Louis and Nell
05
Apr

Louis and Nell

The Sew Mama Sew 6 Weeks of Softies is bringing out the giddy obsessive compulsive maker in me! Introducing Louis and Nell, my new brother and sister dolls. 

 

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Bo the Bunny
31
Mar

Bo the Bunny

Hello again! I have been gone for a while but Bo finally convinced me to write about him so here I am again. Bo the Bunny is a new pattern for Bo Twal, an international doll project that you can read more about here. You can purchase a Bo the Bunny PDF pattern here or here.

 

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Easy Dinosaur Capes
22
Apr

Easy Dinosaur Capes

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!

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The Eighteen-Year Quilt
13
Feb

The Eighteen-Year Quilt

The Eighteen-Year Quilt is one of the sidebars in Sew Fun. The book shows a few of the blocks for Hazelnut's quilt, but I thought you might like to see how it is all coming together, as well as check out Bippy's quilt.

 

 

 

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Felt Heart Sachets
06
Feb

Felt Heart Sachets

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.

 

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The Tale of Morton and Naomi
22
Jan

The Tale of Morton and Naomi

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.

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Socks Appeal
07
Jan

Socks Appeal

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.

 

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Fiber & Textile Adventures in New York - Part 1
01
Jan

Fiber & Textile Adventures in New York - Part 1

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!

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A Friend for Morton
24
Dec

A Friend for Morton

Have you read the review of my book, Sew Fun, on While She Naps? I highly suggest it. (And not just because Abby Glassenberg says lovely things about my book.) Abby has great insight into using other people’s patterns:

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Morton the Turtle - Part 2
17
Dec

Morton the Turtle - Part 2

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.)

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Morton the Turtle - Part 1
12
Dec

Morton the Turtle - Part 1

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.

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Bo Twal
03
Dec

Bo Twal

Today is Giving Tuesday! The perfect day to tell you about Bo Twal.

 

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Strawberry Pins
27
Nov

Strawberry Pins

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.

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Make Your Own Clothespin Doll Kits
20
Nov

Make Your Own Clothespin Doll Kits

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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Bippy’s friend Bridget is turning 5!
10
Nov

Bippy’s friend Bridget is turning 5!

So Bippy’s friend Bridget is turning 5! What to do, what to do? I found a bunch of B paper stuff at the local craft store and decided to make a fun little pillow to go with it. 

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Welcome to the Blog!
22
Oct

Welcome to the Blog!

Howdy! Thanks for stopping by! Let’s get right to it.

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.

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Hi there! Welcome to the Fish Museum and Circus occasional blog.

Visit my Etsy shop!

My books: 

 

I'm a covergirl! Make my felt boxes in Stitch magazine:

 

I am on the While She Naps Podcast!

And check out the review of Sew Fun on While She Naps!

My Party Anytime Garland and Chandelier is on Crafty Pod!