photo by Lucy of Charm About You
Last week, I begged for help with some hand-piecing woes – as much as I love the hand-pieced stars that I was making, I was disappointed in how difficult I found it to actually, you know, piece them.
My good friend Rebecca pointed me towards a tutorial that might help: Lucy from the blog Charm About You recently posted some tips for successful hand-piecing, and her work is truly beautiful.
photo by Lucy of Charm About You
Rebecca was right, Lucy’s tutorial is invaluable! By the time you read this post, I’ll have had a chance to try them out with actual sewing, but I can already tell that this is a game-changer for me: just the way she explains how to deal with seams (or not deal with them, as it were), seems so obvious, but really wasn’t to this hand-piecing newbie. I’m so excited to get back to my stars – thank you so much, Lucy!
If you’re interested in giving hand-piecing a try, definitely check out Lucy’s post, “Hand-Piecing A Quilt” as well as her more recent post, “Homemade Amusements – Dolly”, where she gives a detailed explanation of how to put together a more complex block by hand.
I’ve also been recommended this book, “Quiltmaking by Hand: Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts” by Jinny Beyer. I’ve had the chance to sample the book just a bit and it looks like an amazingly detailed encyclopedic resource for making quilts by hand. I’m going to see how the tips in this book work out for my stars and possibly add it to my library!
- I can’t believe I forgot to point you towards Cate Anevski’s Blog Hop post! Such a dummy. I invited Cate after my post here, and she answered the same questions on her blog over here.
- Part Two of our Summer Nights Stitch-along is online at Sew Mama Sew now!
- A bunch of awesome peeps have posted about the Foldio lately and I totally have toy envy! What an awesome tool – UK shops: pretty please stock this asap, ok?! Thanks.
- My lovely friend Cheryl (aka elephantjuice on IG and Twitter) shared this link about The Worst Star Wars Exhibition Ever. And it really is. But oh god, how I want to go to it. Seriously, so much.
- I’m taking deep breaths and keeping calm, getting ready to make a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented for the upcoming Fat Quarterly Retreat (not that it’s only a week away and I’m totally running out of time or anything) – I’ll show you my progress soon, but in the meantime, there’s some beautiful versions below and some excellent tips at From The Blue Chair. Wish me luck!
1. Kantschool, 2. Wantage Lacemakers 2013, 3. STLMQG Rip Challenge, 4. Double goosed pincushion, 5. Watching you, 6. Grandmother Flower Garden, 7. Two down one to go!! #tinygeese, 8. a new micro mini sweater, 9. Sew Together Bag Inside, 10. ‘Michael the Magnificent’, 11. Play Around the World Quilt, 12. Beejeebers July block, 13. More random stitches on my art journal #embroidery project!, 14. cherry, 15. Sew Together Bag #5 – sunshine edition, 16. envolée_det
Now that everything’s all prettied up, I’m ready to get back to my regular blogging adventures. Here’s some randomly awesome stuff – put your feet up and take a little break from the week. You know you need it. (Me too.)
- This is the best damn news I’ve heard in a long time: 5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million (from the New York Times). HELL YES. I guess it’s not exactly a done deal yet, but I will never forgive New York if the deal falls through somehow.
This is a great little article from Buzzfeed about Why You Should Read Like A Teen Again. It’s as if someone dictated that right from my mind! I am forever trying to re-capture that feeling, even – just as the author said – through the shame of enjoying (and hating, simultaneously – ugh, the loathing of Bella and everything she stands for!) the Twilight series. What’s the last book you read that gave you that reading-like-a-teen feeling?
I can’t wait to make Noodlehead Snappy Manicure Wallets for my mother and I! Added to the (endless) sewing list!
Oh, Edgar Wright, how I love you. Here’s a great video (via the A.V. Club) showcasing the genius of Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy Chops.
Here’s some eye candy – enjoy your week, friends!
1. Untitled, 2. Tilda Quilt, 3. Farfalla the Flying Narwhal, 4. The Crown, 5. Striped Cup Hazel Atlas, 6. Spring Tree, 7. Singer featherweight, 8. Angled Frames Quilt Kona Cotton 8 kinds of Aqua, Teal, Turquoise, 9. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap finish!, 10. Fox, 11. French Knot Color Wheel, 12. Today is Mother’s Day in France. Wishing all my friends and family here a bonne fête des mères ! #embroidery #broderie #crafting #crafts #nofilter #needlework #needlearts, 13. lily final, 14. cloud roads, 15. Rabbit Embroidery Pattern, 16. pansy
- &Stitches is having a stitchy swap! Would you like to make / receive a special piece of embroidery and make a new friend in the process?! Of course you would. Duh! Come read all about it and sign up!
- I somehow haven’t yet told you guys that Little Dorrit & Co. (specifically, our Pride and Prejudice-themed embroidery patterns) got a fantastic mention in the March/April issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll – thank you for featuring us, Jennifer! It’s a very pretty magazine, go check it out!
- Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway. Oh, for god’s sake. Seriously?!? Do people really want to go to the theater to see a movie? REALLY?? These things always make me feel bad for all those talented playwrights out there that can’t get a job now.
- On the other hand, this trailer for a real movie based on The Tale of The Three Brothers (if you need to ask, you’re not a Harry Potter fan and you won’t care) made New England School of Communications students is pretty damn awesome.
- And if you love movies like I do, you might enjoy this 15 minute crash course in the history of movie trailers. Fascinating!
- Ok, ok – I admit it. I love great, well-written TV and movies. (Also some really bad movies, but that’s a different thing altogether!) So of course I have to share this series of Micro Oral Histories by Vulture.com – what a clever idea! I’m bummed it was just a week-long thing, but they covered a few of my most favoritest things: Buffy’s Season 6 villians, The Trio, the party scene from Clueless, and the amazing final seven minutes of Six Feet Under. (If you haven’t seen Six Feet Under but plan to one day, absolutely do not click that link. You shouldn’t know anything about it.)
- And to lead us to this week’s mosaic of loveliness, check out this beautiful screenprinted napkin by Yardage Design, as posted on Instagram. Swoon! Check out the Yardage Design shop here.
1. Finished!! #tinygeese #aurifil #imalittlesickofgeesenow, 2. Vintage Poppies Border Print Fabric, 3. chicago flag quilt, 4. Churndash Court in Pop Rox, 5. Patchwork Death Star, 6. Sewing Machine cover for Melissa, 7. Embroidery on silk, 8. Meow!, 9. where we’re going, we don’t need a map, 10. Stumpwork embroidery, 11. Pillow animal dolls, 12. crewel wool, 13. VTG 1960s Retro Groovy CREWEL YARN Floral Flower Needlepoint Framed Wall Art, 14. Medium Zip Pocket Pouch, 15. threads, 16. Map of Australia, 1981
Holy cow, it’s been a long time since I posted a mid-week break! Yikes. My ‘regular feature’ posts were put aside during the chaos that was Christmas and, well, all the surrounding months, so I’ll try to get back into the swing of things over the coming weeks!
- What the what?! I’ve been profiled by Teresa from Canary Knits as part of her Indie Designer Day series! That’s totally crazy!
- Love love love this Log Lady Print by Danadamki, via Etsy. It’s too perfect!
- Speaking of, it’s no secret that I love 80s and 90s television shows (what’s your favorite? I love recommendations!) and My So-Called Life is one of the very best. I actually came to this show as an adult, but I love it so so so much. The A.V. Club agrees in their article, “My So-Called Life Set The Path All Teen Shows Would Follow”. Indeed.
- The awesome Anne from Beached Librarian tweeted about this average-sized doll (as opposed to Barbie’s unnatural proportions, obviously) that is totally awesome. Lammily, the doll that answers the question, “What if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions?” Of course this doll can only be part of a larger, necessary change in the way we promote image to small people, but a doll that is actually a realistic human is certainly an important step.
- The New Heathers Musical Looks Really, Really Bad.Yes. Yes, it does. There’s a person out there who really thought this was a great idea. Now that’s a disturbing thought.
- On a more serious note, if you’ll allow me a moment: I recently watched this Ken Burns documentary about the Central Park Five and was horrified – and yet, sadly, not shocked at all. I’d somehow never heard about this case, but was hit with a deeply disturbing sense of deja vu – you could simply replace the names and be reading the story of the West Memphis Three, which happened right around the same time but in a town a lot of us could explain away as being ‘backwoods’ if we wanted (which is of course too simplistic). I think we’d have a harder time making the same excuse for this remarkably similar case in New York City. It’s an upsetting story all around and only served to remind me that I must find a way that I can support the Innocence Project, which I think is doing incredibly important work.
Ok, speechifying over. Want to see the pretties? This week’s is a particular pretty mosaic, isn’t it?! Have a good week, friends!
1. Vintage Love, 2. Yarn porn, 3. handdyed silky wool, 4. 3×6 Bee Solids Q1, 5. Embroidery Buttons, 6. New Pinnie, 7. My #mollymarkettote is complete!!!! Can’t wait to bring it to #sewsouth Pattern by @ilikeorangetoo will be released soon!, 8. Sampler block #30, Pat’s Star, 9. Gray & Yellow Crewel Dress, 10. Danish Sampler, 11. hojas nuevas, 12. This one is going to be for me. I love it!, 13. Linen patchwork pillow cover, 14. Pennsylvania quilt square in progress: close-up, 15. Teeny geese pincushion, 16. A pincushion in progress.