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Craft Book Month :: Hoop La! + giveaway

Today is my stop during the 3rd annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds!

My book choice is Hoop La! : 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale.


This book is full of ADORABLE ideas for making hoops and all are small projects.   I’m a beginner at embroidery and I chose this book as a way to practice my skills and end up with something cute to hang around the house.

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Now,  when I say adorable, I mean seriously so so cute.    Pretty much every single one is something I would love to make and that’s hard to say about 100 projects.   Well done Kirsty!

The projects combine embroidery and appliqué along with lots of creative ideas for embellishing your hoop from wood staining to crochet.

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At the end of the book there are instructions and photos for embroidery stitches, how to crochet and tips on appliquéing.   Pretty much everything a beginner needs.

I chose to make 1 of the hoops from a 3 part series called ‘What’s Cooking”(shown below).

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This project combines fused appliqué and embroidery.  I would have never thought to combine the two and it really adds such a fun dimension to the finished project.

My stitches are far from perfect, but the process was relaxing and I enjoyed having a project that could travel easily with me.



If you think you’d like to try out some of the hoops, leave a comment and I’ll draw  (2) winners and send you an e-book version of Hoop La!   Open to US and International readers.     Open until Friday, Sept 6th at noon EST.

There are also giveaways all month long when you link up a project made from a craft book.   Details on the hop and contest below:

xo Lindsey

Blog Hop

Week One

Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched

Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color

Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric

Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings

Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet

Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two

Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew

Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna

Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats

Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews

Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools

Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten 

Week Three
Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!
2012 Craft Book Month Projects (L to R):

Sew Crafty Jess, Sewing Rabbit, Stitched in Color, MissKnitta’s Studio

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.


1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013. 

3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.

 Craft Book Month at Craft Buds


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Friday Randoms…

1.  Colorful churn dash blocks on my design wall!  I’m getting ready to figure out the layout for my month of Do. Good Stitches.  I am so in love with these little 6″ blocks.

2.  Only 3 days left of school! ack.   This year has completely flown by and I can’t believe I will have a 1st and 2nd grader next year.

3.  Tomorrow I’ll be at Bless My Stitches quilt shop in Murphy, NC.    Sweet Dana from Old Red Barn Co. and the shop owner, Karen, invited me along to the book release party for Modern Baby.   Dana is SO wonderful and I loved getting to met her at Sew South.    She’s the cover girl!  Isn’t her fishy quilt cute??  The party starts at 2pm, so please come say hello if you’re local. 🙂

1871905_origHave a great weekend!



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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks :: Vol. 7

I’m so excited today to share a block I have in the new issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

Today is my stop on the blog tour and I have a copy of the magazine to give away too.

My block is called Square Crossing and can be found on page 66.

Quiltmaker also put together a sample idea for a quilt using the block:

I love all things scrappy, so that’s where my quilt design would head.   With polka dots of course.


The block would also be pretty by itself as a pillow front or pieced in to a bag or tote.

There are lots of beautiful blocks in this issue.  I know you’ll like it!

If you’d like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner on Monday, May 5th.

Be sure to visit the Quiltmaker blog as well, they have lots of fun things to give away and you’ll get more sneak peeks into the magazine!

xo, Lindsey


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Sewing Summit, Pellon Projects, Etsy, oh my!

I have several things to share and felt a bit silly doing a separate post for each.

So this is a random mash up post to get it all out there!    If you ever meet me in person, this is not unlike my personality.   Once I start talking I tend to word vomit on a zillion topics.

I don’t get out much, lol.

(1)  Sewing Summit!

I’m super excited to share that I’ll be teaching this year.

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My class will be on Sewing with Leather and will be a 2-part lecture + hands on class.

The lecture will go over  sourcing, sewing, and caring for leather/suede in your sewing projects along with inspiration, tips and tricks.

In the hands on class we will take what we learned in the lecture and put it to use in making a tote bag with suede accents.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 16th at 10am MST!  

It’s going to be lots of fun, I hope to see you there!

(2)  Pellon Projects

I signed on last year to be a Pellon Projects Designer and I turned in my first tutorial a couple weeks ago.

It’s for a roll up cosmetics case.   I made these for swap gifts at Sew South and just loved how the pattern turned out.  I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’m still waiting to hear when the tutorial will go live, but I will be sure to keep you updated.     The Pellon website was just given a fresh new look, so pop over and peek if you haven’t been by in awhile.   It looks great!

(3)  I finally updated my Etsy shop, and have large and small clutches and key fobs available.    Use coupon LR15OFF for 15% off, cause I love ya!


(4)  I’m thankful to welcome a new sponsor, Lima Sews!

Linh has a gorgeous Etsy shop full of modern fabrics and also offers long arm quilting too.


What else…

I’m way behind on sharing about Sew South.    I got home, then it was Easter, last week was Spring Break and this week I’m planning a baby shower for my sister’s first babe.   Feeling a little cuckoo lately.     I also finally got with the times and joined Instagram.  You can follow me @lrstitched if you’d like to see my bits of randomness.

I think that’s it.   Hope you’re having a great start to the week and that you and your loved ones are safe.   I just read about what happened in Boston and am so sad.    I just cannot understand the why behind this.     Trying to remember that there is more love than hate in this world and focus on that.    Thoughts and prayers are with these families.

xo Lindsey


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Sweetheart Quilt Block

The pattern and tutorial have been posted today at Sew Mama Sew!

Click here to check it out, I hope you enjoy.

If you decide to make one, I’d love to see it!  Be sure to add your project to the flickr group.





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Tutorial :: Fabric Chain Bunting

Hi all!

Today is my spot on Ellison Lane’s “Spread the Love” Valentine’s blog hop.

I have a tutorial to  help you decorate for Valentine’s Day  (or for every day!) and a giveaway too.

Based on the paper chains I made as a little girl, this fabric chain bunting is perfect for adding a little cheer and using up your fabric scraps too!

I’ll wait while you flashback to Kindergarten and then let’s get started!


Each link in the chain measures 3 inches.   The listed supplies are for a 5 foot chain.  Adjust according to your desired length.

:: You’ll Need ::

:: Step 1 ::

Begin by preparing your fabric strips and interfacing.

Cut your Wonder Under in to (3) rectangles measuring 11 inches x WOF (width of fabric = 17 inches).


Sub cut each rectangle in to (8) strips measuring 2″ x 11″ for a total of (20) strips.   Set aside the extra (4) strips.


From your fabric cut (40) strips.   You will use two strips per link in the chain.   (One for the front, one for the back).


:: Step 2 ::

Sort your fabrics in to ‘front’ and ‘back’ piles.   This is helpful for assembly line ironing!

You will need  (1) front fabric strip, (1) back fabric strip, (1) interfacing strip, and your template to make each chain piece.


Starting with your front fabric strips and with a hot iron, apply a strip of fabric to each piece of interfacing.

Fuse according to manufacturers instructions.

(For Wonder Under, one side is paper backed.   Fuse to the exposed ‘rough’ side first).



You need to allow the paper to cool completely before continuing to the next step.   If you try to remove the backing right away, the second sticky side will come right off with the paper.

Enough time will have passed on your first strip by the time you have completed all of the ‘front’s.

:: Step 3 ::

Carefully peel the paper backing off of each strip.


Using your back strips, fuse your fabric to the reverse side of your chain piece.


:: Step 4 ::

Lay your chain template onto a strip and trim the excess from the bottom and around the point. Repeat for all strips.



 :: Step 5 ::

Place the template back onto your strip and fold them in half together along the length.    Snip into the marked line at the bottom of the strip.


Using the lines marked on the pointed end of your template (or eye it, it’s a 1/2″ cut on each side!), snip into the pointed end of your strip piece.


:: Step 6 ::

Roll your strip into a ring, tucking the pointed end into the hole you snipped in the bottom.


Carefully pull the point through and adjust your ‘arrow tails’ so that they lie flat against the backside of the link.


You’ve completed your first link!


Just like in a paper chain, continue to link each chain onto the previous one to grow your bunting.


Once your strips are made, kids can help assemble with a little instruction from you.    My kids love to craft, so we’re having fun putting together a loooong fabric chain!

When the holiday is over you can easily disassemble and store flat until you want to use your fabric chain again.



The giveaway today is from Lima Sews Fabric Shop on Etsy.

Lima Sews is a small business based in Portland. OR that offers beautiful fabrics and longarm quilting services too.

They’ve offered up a Fat Quarter Bundle of Mona Luna’s Havana for me to give to one of you.   This fabric is so cute and it’s organic!

The bundle includes 16 fat quarters.

havana full collection

For a chance to win just leave a comment below.

And share your favorite childhood craft, too, if you’d like.  I’d love to know.

Did you make paper chains too?

Open to all readers, US and International.   I will leave open until Tuesday, Feb 5th at 12 noon EST.


Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations is sharing another Valentine tutorial today, so be sure to visit her too.

The hop continues through the rest of the week.  Enjoy!

In addition to the tutorials, there are two giveaways each day from small businesses.
Blog: LR Stitched – Giveaway: Lima Sews Fabric Shop
Blog: Owen’s Olivia – Giveaway: During Quiet Time


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Quilt Winner!

Thank you for each and every comment and for sharing in my excitement!   You made this happy time for me even happier.

This community is a special one and I’m grateful that each of you were kind enough to celebrate my news! selected a winner and it’s #27 Mary K!


xo Lindsey


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Book News! :: Modern Baby

I have been waiting a whole year to share this with you!

Please excuse all of the exclamations in this post, I am giddy with excitement!

(and be sure to read to the end, I’m giving away a quilt to celebrate!)


I am thrilled to share my contribution to the upcoming release, Modern Baby from Martingale/That Patchwork Place!

My quilt is called ‘Square Dance’ and is a baby/toddler size quilt.   It’s a fast sew that is a perfect transition blanket from crib to toddler bed to drag-around-the-house lovey.

Today was my first time getting to peek through all of the contributed quilts and I am so honored to have one of my designs among such talented and lovely people.

The book will be available in April of this year and is currently available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Shop Martingale.

This is a serious dream-come-true and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a quilt!

{GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, winner here.}

Below is one of the samples I made and I’d love one of you to have it!

Open to all readers, US and International.   Just leave a comment.

I’ll pick a winner using on Sat. Jan 12th at noon est.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting time, I’m going to go pinch myself some more!

xo, Lindsey


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Spilling the beans!

sew south front of buisness card

Excited to share that I will be teaching the bag class at Sew South in March of next year!

Jennifer has put up a little spotlight about me today, so pop over if you’d like to read.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!




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Tutorial :: Ribbon Gift Bow

I have a new tutorial for you today as a part of the Ribbon Jar blog hop!

The Ribbon Jar is an online shop that carries a variety of gorgeous ribbon and trims.

Julie, the owner,  has amazing taste and her selection shows it.   The shop has classic grosgrain, pom pom trims and fancy jacquard ribbons.   You’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like!

From our studio in Salem, Oregon, we hand-pick the finest ribbons and trims from around the world to bring you fresh designs, funky retro patterns, lovely vintage trim, and of course the classic staples. Whether you are sewing, scrapping or wrapping, our woven ribbons will add a special touch to your latest project.

Julie sent me a sampling of ribbon and also gave me the chance to pick some to try.    I made several projects this week to show you ways you can use ribbons to add a special touch to your project!  (She’s also offering you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to her shop, so be sure to enter at the end of the post).

When making clothing, ribbons can be used lots of ways.    I used a jacquard from Anna Maria Horner to add a pop of color at the waist seam of a Washi tunic.    This is a more expensive ribbon and you don’t need much to use it in this way.

For the drawstring bag I used a whimsical measuring tape ribbon instead of sewn fabric ties.    This is one of my favorite ribbons!

I also made a simple key chain by sewing the ribbon right on to a piece of fabric.

I will share each project in more detail this week, but I wanted to give you a little bit of inspiration.   On to the tutorial!

:: Ribbon Gift Bow Tutorial ::


  • 2 yards ribbon (makes one 5″ bow)
  • covered button (I used 3/4″)
  • fabric scrap
  • glue gun + sticks
  • scissors

Step 1:

Begin by cutting your ribbon.   You will need (6) pieces measuring 7.5″ and (3) measuring 5″

Step 2:

Fold your  ribbon to create a loop as shown below.   For the large (7.5″ pieces) you will overlap your ribbon by 1/2″, for the small (5″ pieces) you will overlap by 1/4″.  Use a drop of hot glue to secure.  Repeat for all 9 pieces.

Step 3:

Take your largest loops and place as shown, securing with glue as you add each piece.

Step 4:

Repeat the process for your (3) smallest loops, placing as shown below.

Step 5:

Place your small loop piece inside of the larger one, line up the smaller loops so that they each rest in between (2) larger loops as shown.  Secure with hot glue.

Step 6:

After making a covered button with your fabric scrap, glue to the center of your bow.   You can then attach a small piece of ribbon to the back so that your bow is easy to secure to your package.

Pop on your package and you’re done.  So much better then a store bought bow!

You can experiment with the size of your ribbons to create different finished bow sizes.   I’m looking forward to Holiday wrapping so that I can make some more!

I hope you enjoy!


To help you get started making some bows or whatever your heart desires, Julie has offered you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to  The Ribbon Jar.

Leave a comment below for a chance to win.   I will draw a winner using on Wed, Nov 14th.   Open to all readers both domestic and international!

 For more chances to win please visit the other blogs on our hop, each is giving away a $25 gift certificate.  Good luck and thanks for visiting!

Amber @ Life in Color Wednesday, November 7th,

Ashley @ Cherished Bliss Thursday, November 8th

Lindsey @ LRstitched Friday, November 9th

Christina @ The Sometimes Crafter Saturday, November 10

Jen @ Betty Crocker Ass Sunday, November 11

Katy @ no big dill Monday, November 12

Melissa @ all buttoned up Tuesday, November 13

Julie @ Color Chic Wednesday, November 14

disclosure: I was provided the ribbon for this tutorial as part of this blog hop promotion

Linked up to : Dear Creatives & Simple Home Life


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