Work in Progress Wednesday

Fall is in full swing here and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow and orange  : ) 
                            The knitting bug never fails to bite me this time of year!  

couldn't resist trying the pattern you see above which I found in Mollie Makes issue 44.  The cowl is from the book "Scarves and Cowls" and I immediately ordered the book.  All the projects are adorable and I can't wait to finish this one so I can begin another!

The log cabin block on the left was made for a friend and of course I got the log cabin sewing bug, too!  

The little cottage in the center of the log cabin block is from my Mini Cottage pattern.

Which inspired me to start another project.  The blocks shown above are the beginning of yet another quilt - yikes : )  I love the scrappy look and seeing the pattern emerge.

My projects for the Patchwork Patterns 318 blog hop are well underway.  I can't wait to share them with you on November 3rd!



Citrus Pouch on the Liberty of London Craft Blog!

I absolutely love Liberty fabrics!  The colors, quality, drape - they are divine.  My inspiration for the latest project I designed for the Liberty Craft Blog came from a paper piecing pattern. I thought the Citrus wedges would make an adorable pouch! 

You can find the pattern and instruction on the Liberty Craft Blog.
At 10" x 5 1/4" it is the perfect size to use as a pencil pouch, make-up bag or to carry a small, portable sewing project.

Happy Sewing.


Patchwork Patterns 318

Blocks from Patchwork Patterns 318

I love Japanese sewing books and Patchwork Patterns 318 is one of my favorites. 
The book is by Kumiko Fujita who also designs wonderful  fabrics.
A few years ago I belonged to a quilting bee where we made blocks for the other members from the book.  You can see all the blocks I made in the photo above. 

Sewing Books by Kumiko Fujita
The book is filled with adorable themed blocks and pretty floral appliqué patterns.
The only problem is that it has been out of print for some time.  Ebay and Etsy prices were out of control!  Thankfully, Zakka Workshop (World Book Media) reprinted the book in English and it is available now!
You can find it at Sew Me a Song, Pink Castle Fabrics and from Zakka workshop!

Zakka Workshop kicked off a blog hop on Monday!
It is filled with wonderful projects - the first being a cute house wall hanging by Kerry Green.
Kerry shares some great tips for enlarging the blocks and piecing using a freezer paper method.
The perfect method for a block with "Y" seams. 

I will be sharing my projects on November 3rd - a cosmetic bag and a shoe bag from the "Girl's night out" collection of patterns.

Check out the schedule below and be sure to stop by each blog for wonderful projects and inspiration.

If you are on Instagram - you can find the blog hop with #318PatchworkPatterns and #pp318qal for the Quilt Along.   

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop 

October 2oth Kerry Green from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com 
*Project: House Mini Wall Hanging & Freezer Paper Piecing Tutorial with Y seams
      October 22nd  Penny Layman from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
*   Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection
      October 24th Angela Pingel from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
*   Project: Wall hanging or bunting from Halloween collection
     October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
*   Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks
      October 29th Amber Carrillo from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
*   Project: Blocks from Christmas collection
      October 31st Latifah Saafir from www.thequiltengineer.com
*   Project: Baby blanket from At the Circus collection
      November 3rd Charise Randell from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
*   Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection
      November 7th Amy Friend from http://duringquiettime.com
*   Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection
      November 5th Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
*   Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection
      November 12th Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
*   Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block
      November 10th Faith Jones from www.freshlemonquilts.com
*   Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection
      November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale fromhttp://iheartlinen.typepad.com

Have a lovely day!


Friday Fun : )

The vacation was fabulous but now I'm back to work - I hate to call it that since I love it so : ) - and working away on some fun projects!  This is a glimpse of a project I am finishing up today for Stitch Spring '15.  The fabric is "Up Parasol" by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit fabrics.  It is such a beautiful collections and the colors are perfect for Spring.

I am also patiently waiting to receive a book I'm published in!  Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting.  This project was so much fun to make.  It is a Vintage inspired paper pieced laundry bag with a little embroidery detail. I cannot wait to get my hands on it and see the other projects in the book!

I hope you enjoy your Friday!


The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews

Stitch magazine published a special issue a few months ago -"The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews".  
I usually share the projects on my blog as soon as I get the samples back but the samples are on the road : ) 
Amber Eden, editor of Stitch, sent me photos of the magazine shoot so I could share them with you!

The issue is quite lovely and has a nice selection of sewing projects including period clothing updated to wear today - from street chic items to dressier evening wear, quilts and accessories.  
 I am fortunate to have four projects in the magazine!

Sketches for Maid's Nightdress for Downton Abbey Sews

Maid's Nightdress

The first project is the nightgown pictured above.  Inspired from vintage 1920's and 30's night gowns,  the night dress is made out of a beautiful voile from Cloud 9 fabric Palos Verdes line.  The gown has a lovely lace and ribbon detail.

The ladies downstairs must have their trusty apron so I created this update to the maid's apron.   

Designed with gathered pockets, gingham trim and a fun scallop hem.

What is England without afternoon tea?  I designed this tea cozy with Liberty of London fabrics and a fun paper pieced teapot design. 

Last, but definitely not least, is the evening gown.  Made with Robert Kaufmann Radiance Satin and a separate beaded lace capelet.
The front straps extend to the back creating a lovely detail!

Happy Sewing!


Inspiration from the Big Apple

Orla Kiely Soho NY

It has been quite some time since I've written a blog post.  I've been away on vacation!  Last week was a whirlwind trip to attend two different weddings - the first in Brooklyn, NY and the second in Palm Springs, California.  My hubby and I traveled to NY - just the two of us - and met the kiddos and grandparents in Palm Springs.
My career as an apparel designer took me to Manhattan NY often, but that was over 10 years ago so  it was such a treat to visit again. 

Orla Kiely Soho

Much to my delight, I found the Orla Kiely store in Soho!  I absolutely love all things Orla Kiely - her prints, wallpaper, clothes and bags! Check out that adorable trailer covered in Orla loveliness and that dress.....I will take one of everything, please : )

Purl Soho

Purl Soho
I couldn't resist a trip to Purl Soho.   They have an incredible yarn selection and the store was lovely!

Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum NYC
We packed in quite a bit of sight seeing in two days!
The rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum has an amazing 360 degree view of the NY city skyline.

Grand Central Station NYC

And we made a stop at Grand Central where it happened to be the 100 year anniversary.

We also visited the Guggenheim museum (amazing!) did a bit of window shopping on Madison Avenue.
Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights

And lastly, I had to share a pic of my hubs and I with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
We are not the best at taking selfies  : )