September 1, 2014

September Across The Pond - Butterflies!

I've been noticing a new trend
in fabric lines and crafts...
BUTTERFLIES!

Have you seen 'em?
They're featured in so many places
that quilters and sewists love to visit.

One place I love to visit is Susie's Sunroom,
and Susie has chosen a sweet butterfly project
for this month's Across The Pond Sew Along theme...
Origami Butterflies!

{You'll find the free instructions for the one below at Michelle Patterns.}


Look what Susie did...
her butterfly has landed on a pretty quilted basket!

{Stop by her blog to see another one that has metamorphosized into a bookmark!}



Not to be outdone,
has created her own stunning butterflies.



Inspired by these pretty, flighty, fluttery friends...
and by that, of course, I mean the butterflies...
I made my own version.

{So easy and quick...I made mine in 20 minutes, at 11 pm!}



Of course, I chose my favorite colors,
turquoise and lime.



I used some Color Me Retro fabric for the small print,
and paired with lime gingham from Darla by Tanya Whelan.


I stole the idea from was inspired by Amanda
to use some pretty ribbon
for a delicate pair of antennae.
That's my favorite detail on this sweet little project.



I'm not kidding when I say that you and a little child
in your life could make these
as a fun art project.
There is minimal stitching, very easy to do,
and the adult in the room could handle the ironing.
Children love origami!



If you are looking for more butterfly inspiration,
check out my Pinterest board,
as well as the links listed below.

Pictured here is Wingspan, one of the fabrics from
a new Bonnie Christine line
for Art Gallery, called Winged.


Next, from Frivolous Necessity, is a quilt that's been on my 
absolutely-must-make-that-someday list, 
from the moment I first saw it.
When I was a little girl, 
my dad made a real butterfly specimen collection
for a college course,
and it reminds me of that one.


Of course, butterflies have been
starring in quilt shows for years and years.
pieced into a beautiful example.


Some fabric butterflies can be no-sew,
as shown in this clever tutorial


That should get you started thinking
about butterflies.
If you've got the chance to create
butterfly projects of your own this month,
please feel free to share them





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August 30, 2014

Tour des Fleurs - Double Exposure Zippered Pouch #3

I can't stop thinking (and talking) about
my new pattern for the

Today I'll share a new version,
something with a completely different look.

For this pouch,
I've used some gorgeous fat quarters
from a line called Tour des Fleurs,
designed by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs.


I chose a few favorites from this lovely line,
and put them together with this
beautiful cotton ric rac, 
in just the right shade of red.


I wanted to show the versatility of this
Instead of accenting the exposed zippers with lace,
you can leave them plain,
or add ric rac or ribbon trim instead.


I really enjoyed stitching the ric rac with
some matching thread.
If it's too hard to find the right shade of thread,
you can just use invisible thread to apply the trim!


The interior fabric is a pretty paisley print.
I like the plain vanilla zipper
with these colors and designs.

{I'm not kidding - it's actually called Vanilla, shade #121, from Zipit on Etsy.}



Once the bag was finished,
it was time to collect some items
for storing inside the two pockets.
First I found some tools for measuring and marking.

{That little silver tool set in the back is my favorite...tiny screwdrivers that are so handy.}


On the other side,
there was plenty of room for my box of Clover clips,
plus some specialty feet for my sewing machine
and my straight stitch throat plate.

{When I'm using that one, the standard zigzag plate is stored away.}


It's amazing how much stuff can be zipped away...
and yet it doesn't take up much space
when the pouch is folded in half.


So there you have it...
yet a different look for the same pattern.
I'm sure there will be more coming.
I truly enjoy dreaming these pouches up!


If you make some of your own,
please feel free to link to your blog
or share photos on my Flickr page,
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August 27, 2014

Another Double Exposure Zippered Pouch - Lilac Briar Rose

Hello, Friends!
Thanks for all of the humorous comments
You've all made me smile,
guessing how many zippers are in my stash.

{How many do I have? I'm still counting...I hope I'll be finished by Aug. 31 at midnight, 
when the giveaway closes.}


While we're talking zippers,
I'll share the first sample I stitched for my new
I used some of my beloved Briar Rose fabrics for this one.


I had to wait for my latest shipment of Zipit zippers,
before I created this fun double-pocket pouch.
I think the Purple #218 zippers set off that lilac print
to perfection.


Some of you might be interested to know
where I found the lace for my samples.
I've placed several orders from Yozo Craft in China,
and I've been very satisfied with delivery and pricing.
The selection of pretty lace designs is also outstanding!

{I love this particular edging along the colorful zippers. I had to order more yesterday.}


If you've already purchased my new pattern
you might notice that this sample
looks a wee bit different.
It has tabs at the ends of both zippers.


I'm not gonna lie...
I'm not really crazy about all of those tabs
sticking out,
especially when the pouch is folded in half.


For the final version of my pattern,
I inserted zip tabs at the beginning and end
of each zipper before attaching them,
 instead of making tabs that stick out.

{I just like that a lot better.}


Back to the lilac Briar Rose sample...
It was easy to choose these fabrics,
because I had used them for a couple of earlier projects.

You may recall this Noodlehead Divided Basket,
which was my first item made in that
unlikely combination of lilac and gold.


I used the same palette to create my inspiration
I love the little bits of that Jennifer Paganelli
Bell Bottoms print in gold.


It was fun to put the same prints together
and see what came out as I designed
the Double Exposure Zippered Pouch.

I chose to quilt and allover diagonal grid for this pouch.


For the back, I used that golden clover print,
with little blossoms and crickets.
The same grid quilting looked just as nice on the back.


Inside,
you'll find some sweet strawberries!


As usual, I added my little "eamylove" label
to one of the pouch interiors.


The finished pouch looks pretty,
whether it's lying flat or folded in half.


I have another Double Exposure Zippered Pouch sample
to share in a few days.
I had to test my pattern thoroughly, of course.

{Besides...they are sew much fun to make!}



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August 22, 2014

A Giveaway From Zipit! - CLOSED

I've just released my new
tutorial-style PDF pattern for the


To celebrate,
I'm having a fabulous GIVEAWAY, courtesy of Zipit!!!

*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*****

{All of the glamorous zipper photos in this post are provided by Zipit.}


Once you've made the Double Exposure pouch,
you're going to want to make lots of them.
For that, you'll need...lots of zippers, of course!

{Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Zipit!!!}



I've been a Zipit customer for a long time.
Prices are fantastic, selection is awesome,
and shipping is quick.

Look at these awesome colors!


The zippers are nice and flat when they arrive,
not creased from packaging.
It's a small detail, but it adds to their appeal.


there are lots of ready-made assortments.


I love choosing my own color combinations,
using this chart...65 colors to choose from!!!



Here's a terrific palette of autumn colors...
just waiting to be made into back-to-school gifts!


I always keep the basic neutrals on hand, too.
It's so great to have zippers on hand,
and not need to go shopping before I start a project.


I see lots of great SALE prices over there at Zipit!
So even if you don't win,
you can get a LOT of gorgeous zippers
at a bargain price.


To enter the giveaway for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Zipit,
please leave a comment to tell us
how many zippers are in YOUR stash.
Then guess how many zippers I've got in MINE!


Don't worry...
the winner will be chosen at random.
I'm just trying to get you to make me laugh.

The giveaway will be open until midnight on Aug. 31, 2014.

The winner will be contacted by email,
so if you are a no-reply blogger,
please include contact info in your comment.
Otherwise I'll have to choose a new winner.

Good luck!

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