Embroidered Denim Jacket

Bev from Flamingo Toes has come out with a fabulous, new embroidery book. I LOVE hand embroidery. It is one of my favorite ways to use my hands while watching tv or kids sports games or sitting at the airport. It is a great, portable hobby that is relatively inexpensive and once you learn a few basic stitches, you will have confidence to take on practically anything. Bev does a wonderful job of teaching basic embroidery stitches and skills in her book, now widely available wherever you like to purchase books.

When I was looking through her book and trying to decide which project I’d like to make, I was really drawn to her embroidered denim jacket. I wondered how I could modify this to create a cute little jacket for my not-quite-2 year old daughter. I decided to take some of the flowers and leaves from this pattern as well as some from another pattern in her book to create a fun, little floral scene on the back of my daughter’s jacket.

My daughter has loved this little jacket and has wanted to wear it a lot since I’ve finished it. It would make a really fun gift for a baby shower, or a project to make for yourself! Make sure to check out Bev’s book and blog for all of the other projects that have happened!

Easter Parade Quilt in Easter Egg Hunt fabric for Riley Blake Designs

Easter. I know it’s December, but Easter. I have always LOVED Easter. It has always been my favorite holiday since I was a child. It used to be that I loved stuffed bunnies and the Easter Bunny would always bring me a new stuffed bunny every year. Enter Easter Egg Hunt fabric by Natalia Juan Abello and my squealing with delight when I saw the ADORABLE prints. I cannot even believe these bunnies are real. The colors, the florals, the bunnies, everything about this line are absolute Easter perfection, in my mind.

I knew immediately what I’d like to make with this line. Easter Parade by Kristina Brinkerhoff of Center Street Quilts. The bunnies would be the perfect setting for these cute prints, leaving enough space for them to be enjoyed without being chopped into tiny pieces.

I had a bit of a crazy idea when I was making this quilt top to add on these little fluffy bunny tails to a few of them. I chose one print and each bunny of that print got a little fluffy bunny tail. I followed Pen + Paper Patterns tutorial for her Kris Kringle hats, but modified the bunny pieces to .5″ x 1″ for the bunny tails.

I just love the added texture and element of fun these little bunny bums add to this quilt. My kids have all said this is their favorite Easter quilt (of the 2 I have HA!) and I think it’ll be a favorite for a long time to come. Easter Egg Hunt is shipping to stores this month and you can look for it at your favorite local quilt shop, or online shop.

Ties in Pure Delight Fabric for Riley Blake Designs

I have shared in the past my love of making neckties for my husband and sons. I have made them probably 13 ties each at this point in time…. 🙂 My husband works a job where he likes to wear a tie every day and my boys always want to look like dad, so they get a matching tie as well.

When I saw Pure Delight fabric by Melanie Colette, I immediately saw several prints that I thought would make fabulous neckties. I let my husband pick from the prints in the collection and these ties were born from that.

I paired the light blue print with a dusty blue Blossom fabric and the dark blue grid with a gray Swiss dot. Each looks like a classic tie with a fun pop on the lining that nobody but the wearer will ever see. My tie pattern of choice is by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday. It’s easy to follow and she includes a video as well for those of us who like to see things done first.

The Pure Delight fabric collection is hitting shops this month and there are florals, text prints, the grid print in different colors, etc etc etc. It works really well for quilting as well as apparel. Melanie has done a fabulous job making a versatile collection. Look for it in your favorite local quilt shop or your favorite online quilt shop.