Wednesday, June 22, 2016

China Shop Kit

With the very best of intentions I purchased 2 kits to make this beautiful quilt and subscribed to Homespun Magazine for the monthly patterns.  When the first issue was delivered to me online, I was busy with something else and planned to start next month.  You guessed it - I never got started!

I still love this quilt but many more have been added to the "to do" pile.  If you have been thinking about making a China Shop, now's the time.  The kits are for sale in my Etsy shop for only $150.00 each which includes all the beautiful Kaffe fabrics for the quilt top and the pattern - but wait, there's more - free shipping within the USA.

Just click HERE

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Summer Box

While winter was hanging on with cold and wet, I was making sewing plans for spring and summer.  I prepared several projects for applique/embellishment and carefully placed them in a nice big box that I named the Summer Box.

 Before allowing myself to start on the new projects there was this final "square" block for Roseville Album to be completed and put away for the summer.  There are still 4 large blocks for this quilt but I needed a break from it.

 First out of the Summer Box is Bird On A Wire designed by Wendy Williams.  The wires are a fusible bias tape marketed by my friend Hazel of Vintage Door.  Check out her Etsy shop HERE.
Hazel and her daughter, Arlene, carry an amazing array of bias tapes in colors, prints, and crochet edging perfect for aprons, quilts and even "wires".

 The birds are appliqued on and I've started on the stems/leaves.  The flower centers are both cotton and wool which will be embellished with beautiful threads.

Off to the deck with my project - it's going to be a beautiful sunny day here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Purple Bird

Now that's a name that explains what you get - a Purple Bird.
This is my new pattern to cover a Yazzii bag, in fact, it includes instructions to cover 3 different sizes of Yazzii bags.  Included in the pattern is a listing of all the threads and embellishment stitches too.




On the small bag the bird stands on a little hill of grass and flowers where the large and medium bags have clam shells.

The pattern is available in my Etsy Shop and is available for instant download now.  As soon as my order arrives, I will have the Yazzii bags available in my Etsy shop too.  

I love Yazzii bags and have quite a collection in all different sizes.  Since I have multiple projects in process at any time, I set up a small or medium bag with threads, needles, thimbles, pins. thread heaven, etc. for each project.  I'm ready to grab and go.  The large Crafter's Companion size is perfect for longer trips with its large zippered pockets.  The Purple Bird pattern even adds an additional large pocket on the back of the bag.
 
What?  You already have a Yazzii bag?  Well then, don't wait - get the pattern now - no waiting for the mail, just download and you're ready to get your Purple Bird family started.

My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe has already scheduled a 2 day retreat in Midway, UT where we will be making the Purple Bird.  Information on the dates and phone number is on the sidebar.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Still Stitching

Honestly, I can't believe how fast time flies, but then I look at my blog and realize it's been 3 weeks since my last post.  Spring is trying to get here but there are the typical set-backs with bouts of cold and snow.  

Last week found me helping hubby put up rain gutter - yes, that was a fun day (not), followed by 2 days of yard work.  By the end of those days I was tired and sore but still able to stitch on Roseville Album blocks.  I have 12 of the 16" blocks finished now so there is just one more of this size and then the 4 long ones.

 I still use the applique method I first learned - freezer paper templates ironed to the right side of the fabric, mark along the edge, remove the paper, cut out with a small seam allowance and attach by needle-turn.

I'm still trying to finish drawing a design for a new wool wallhanging.  Almost all of the drawing is complete along with the templates being cut.  The last 4 blocks of Roseville Album may have to wait as I'm really excited to get started on the wool.

Last week I taught my "Crazy for Embellishment" class at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Midway, Utah.  This was a really fun group and we spent the day learning embroidery stitches with an assortment of fibers.  If you want to visit a fun shop in a beautiful area, head to My Girlfriend's in Midway.  They carry a colorful assortment of hand-dyed wool along with a large assortment of threads for embellishment.  I look forward to returning there in October to teach a 2-day retreat.

OK, I'm off to stitch some more applique.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wow! I'm on a Roll

Sometimes it seems as though not much is getting accomplished but my planet must be aligned with my stars just now.  This past week I have been in my sewing room getting more projects ready to work on in the summer while I'm away.



Here's the definition of a perfect "quilting" storm.  The Gardenvale  quilt was on the dining room wall at the Winter Quilfest Retreat I recently attended. Add to that, I was given a free pattern and a 30% discount coupon from the local fabric store.  Really, who could resist?  Not I.

I don't have many specialty rulers as piecing isn't my "thing" and honestly, I find them confusing.  But this Dresden ruler was invaluable in cutting out the pieces for my Gardenvale Dresden Plate blocks.

 After running all the pieces through my machine, this little gadget made cutting them apart so fast and easy.  This was a gift at the American Quilting Retreat a few years ago.  I'm willing to bet you have all the parts in your sewing room right now so you can put one together.

 The blocks are pieced, glued to the backgrounds and in a box just waiting for a nice summer day on my deck to be appliqued.

That's enough to make this girl feel pretty good but wait, there's more.  Two more Roseville Album blocks finished.  


 Just 3 more of the square blocks to finish then it's time to start on the 4 long blocks.

Right now, I'm headed back to my sewing room to get the next project in the summer box.
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Where Have I Been............

And, what have I been up to?

It was a shock to see that I haven't posted here since the end of January!  Winter just seems like the best time for cocooning away and that's what I've done.  We did make a trip in February and March to our cabin which is always an adventure in the winter.  We can drive within about one-half mile of the cabin but from there it's a snowmobile trip the remainder of the way.  

Luckily, our friends arrived first and had their snowmobiles ready to take us and our "stuff" in.  Can you say "dogs on snowmobiles"?  Yes, we hold them and they are not little dogs - a Springer Spaniel that doesn't like the ride and a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix that likes it only if she gets to be on the lead sled.  Me, not so much. I like being in the cabin with the fire going, a good book, stitching, and playing cards, not zipping around.


March was a busy month teaching, twice at the American Quilting Retreat, where I focused on stitches for the Tea Rose Garden cover for a Yazzii bag and Crazy for Embellishment once again at K&H Quilt Shoppe.  You just can't beat a day with other stitchers.

There have been many hours prepping blocks for the Roseville Album.  Each block has so many pieces and colors that my sewing table becomes a jumble of fabrics.  I decided that it would be a good idea to prepare all the square blocks so they are ready when I am.  That's a big project - but the pieces are cut out and glued on with 2 more finished.

 The circles are crooked on this basket but I'm pretending that it was planned this way.  

 
 Also in the "finished" column is a new Yazzii bag cover that will be a pattern available in 3 sizes for the Mini Craft Organizer Petite (CA10), Mini Craft Organizer Large (CA14) and Crafters Companion (CA230) which is the big sister measuring 10 x 13 x 3.5" pictured below.

I will be teaching this project in a 2-day retreat at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop in Midway, UT in October.

Spring is trying to arrive here in Utah and I'm desperately rushing to prepare more projects for my summer deck time.  What's on my list?  Welcome to my Parlour by Wendy Williams, GardenVale a Moda pattern with Jen Kingwell fabric, Clambake by Crazy Old Ladies and.........a new wool wallhanging that I'm designing.

I'm better about updating on Facebook so check out the Kerry Stitch Designs page there.
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Journey To Enchantment

My Enchantment quilt is finally finished and hanging on the wall where I can enjoy it each day.  It is prominently displayed in my kitchen where I "unfortunately" spend many hours, but it is on a wall where I pass by often on my way to other rooms.  This has been a journey of almost 2 years, mostly because I get side-tracked and work on other projects.

The journey begins with a pattern by Suzanne Cody which I purchased from Material Obsessions in Sydney, Australia.  


 The pattern provided the inspiration but I made a few changes and added quite a bit of embellishment.  I have shared photos along the way and here is the final result:

My version doesn't have the wide top and side border, there is another "hill" at the bottom, and more vines hanging from the branches.  The background is pieced using a Yoko Saito print in the center with a variety of fabrics surrounding it.  The background fabric and tree are cotton while the applique is primarily felted wool with bits of cotton and silk.  The finished size is 50 inches by 58 inches.
 
A few close-up photos of the amazing quilting done by Cindy Paulsen at Quilted Connection:







I think it's important to label your quilts because who knows where it may end up years from now.  Someone will want to know who made it, when and where.  


I've tried printing my labels from the computer directly onto the fabric, printing the design from the computer onto paper and then tracing to fabric, but my best results come from just writing directly onto the fabric.  I used a fine-point Sharpie and drew a bird like the appliqued birds on the quilt.  I think it's nice to have it in my own hand-writing even though it's a bit crooked.

I mentioned getting side-tracked.............. another finished block for Roseville Album.


 and, I just returned from classes with Jen Kingwell at the Winter Quilt Fest retreat with even more projects on my "to do" list.  But, more about that later.

Enjoy a stitchy weekend.

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