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New Website!

I’ve built a new website.  I’m not sure how you’re following along, but the new site is located at http://www.lrstitched.com  versus http://www.lrstitched.wordpress.com.

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I’m working on trying to transfer the subscriptions for this blog to the new one, but if you’d like to signup again you can do so at the new site.

I hope you’ll come visit!

 

xo Lindsey

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Illustrator Class

Why is it that when you have a gazillion things to do, you have a sudden desire to start something new?   Will I ever stop doing that???

Probably not.

My latest project is an Illustrator class online at Skillshare.

I saw an ad on Facebook to take the class for $10 (normally $20).   They must know I like a good deal.

I took an Illustrator class at a local college late last year and really didn’t feel like I got a good grasp.   The class covered so many topics that it felt overwhelming and I wanted to hurry up and make something!

With this class, it’s all video tutorials.    The teacher is really down to earth and we are actually making something from the get go.

Our project is to take a graphic advertisement and reproduce it.

I found a vintage needle ad online that I’m using.

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I’ve been working a little bit each day and I’m actually DOING IT!  yay!!

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One of my dreams is to attempt fabric design and I finally feel like I’m understanding how to use my sketches to create something digital!

I haven’t given it enough thought to know if I just want to design for the sake of learning or if I really want to attempt ‘designing’.

I’m just really really excited to have had an interest to learn something and be able to actually do just that.   And not have to leave my house, yay internet!

Hopefully I can get this finished up soon.  I was surprised to realize the lettering is the hardest part.

If you’re interested too, you can use my student referral for $10 off the class. *Update, the coupon only works if this is your first skillshare class.  So if you’ve already taken a course of any kind with them, it won’t work. boo!

The Ins and Outs of Illustrator by Brad Woodard

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Sewing Summit :: Sewing With Leather Class

Tomorrow begins registration for Sewing Summit 2013.   It’s only 8 weeks away!

I will be teaching a lecture and a hands on class for Sewing With Leather.

I wanted to share the pictures and description in the event you are interested in this class!

I will be offering the lecture and tote pattern for purchase after Sewing Summit for those unable to attend.

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Lecture :: Sewing With Leather
In the first of this two-session class, we will learn tools, tips, techniques and troubleshooting to get you on your way to using leather in your sewing projects.   Leather not only adds durability to your handbags and accessories but also adds a professional and polished look.   We will start with the different types of leather and where to source all the way to caring for the finished product.   You will walk away with inspiration and know-how to add a little bit of luxury to your handmade goods.
Hands On :: Sewing With Leather
In the second session we will take the knowledge we acquired and use it to make a tote bag.  In this class we will be working with suede and will learn three ways to use the leather on one handbag.    The techniques we cover will take a simple tote bag and turn it into a bag that gets noticed!

 

I love sewing with leather and am really excited to share!!

Lindsey

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Week 6 post winners

I’m late, late, laaaaaaaate sharing these!

 

Aurifil Sample Pack Winners

# 45 Charity

#23 Vicki H

#46 Lou

#18 Jan

#38 Tamie

Form&Fabric Bundle + Stickers

#43 Elnora

Pellon Charm Pack

#40 Linh

I’ve sent each of you an email.   Thank you for entering!!

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Zakka 2.0 Week 7 | Dino-Mite Hat

Week 6 winner, #17 Amanda

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I’m sorry for the delay this morning!  We’re at the beach this week.

This week’s project is a  baby hat complete with dinosaur spikes!   Amy (aka Sukie) is sharing her adorable dino-mite hat with us today along with her advice for this project.

The prize for linking up this week includes a $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics and a fabric bundle and pattern from Pat Bravo!

 

You may link up your finished Dino-Mite hat today through Sunday July 21st at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the fabric and pattern bundle from Pat Bravo and the $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

xo Lindsey

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Zakka 2.0 Week 6 | Apple Bib

Week 5 winner, #23 Robin (Not Ever Sewing)

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Quarter 1 winner of a $50 Fat Quarter Shop GC, #233 Sally P.

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We’re moving out of the kitchen and on to a project for the kiddos this week with the Yum Yum Apple Bib.    And a bonus, you have no where to head to today because it’s my stop on the sew along! 🙂   I didn’t want to get confusing with too many posts, so everything is included below.  Sorry for the looong post!

The prize for this week’s project includes (1) package Pellon® 805R Wonder-Under®, a $25 GC to Form&Fabric, and a $30 GC to Stash Modern.

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You may link up your finished Apple Bib today through Sunday July 14th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the Wonder Under from Pellon, the $25 GC to Form&Fabric and the $30 GC to Stash Modern Fabrics.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

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Phew, let’s get to the bib!

I don’t have any babies living at my house these days but I still really enjoyed making the Yum Yum Apple Bib.

It’s quirky, adorable and functional and truly looks like something you’d buy at a boutique shop!   I can’t wait until my nephew is big enough to wear it.

On mine I decided to increase the absorbency by adding a layer of batting in the middle.    When my kids were little they soaked through thin bibs and ended up with wet clothes so I think the extra layer helps.   I went ahead and appliquéd my seeds before sandwiching with the backing so that the stitching did not show on the reverse.

(This picture is after making the sandwich and cutting out my apple shape.)

I also used Vinyl Fuse on the backing fabric so that nothing could leak through.    (I have seen some struggles with using the Vinyl Fuse, but I  absolutely love it.  You really have to be patient and iron well to make sure the fuse is secure.)

The project goes together quite fast with the most time spent on the binding.   The bib is finished with bias binding and if you are new to using it, make sure not to pull too tight as you go around the curves.   It’s okay for the binding to appear ruffled as you’re sewing.  This is making room for it to ease over the curves and fit snugly.

I love the details in a project and the seeds and leaf are the icing on the cake!   I decided mine needed a stem too. 🙂

If you don’t have a need for a bib, this would be a cute potholder without the ties.  I think I see a red apple potholder in my future!

Have fun sewing this week and be sure to leave a comment on the post to enter my giveaway.

I have 5 sample packs of Aurifil thread, 1 mini fabric pack with sewing stickers from Form&Fabric and a Pellon interfacing/batting charm pack to offer.   I’ll choose 7 winners on Friday July 12th!

xo Lindsey

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Circle 7 Bee :: Jennifer’s Quilt

I just finished up my first month in a traveling quilt bee I joined called Circle 7.

I’ve been following along with   The Traveling Quilts + Stitch Tease and was very excited when Jennifer decided to start a traveling bee!

We chose to share the progress of the quilts since none of us could stand trying to keep a secret for a year.

So, here is my addition to Jennifer’s quilt:

She sent me her starter which included a long herringbone piece and the star block below.

She also created a Pinterest board with inspiration ideas here.

I started by making two triangle borders using solids and shot cottons and then decided it would be fun to make some churn dash blocks and make log cabin centers like in her original block to tie everything in.

I also discovered that washi tape is amazing for piecing together paper piece templates because it tears just like paper when you’re finished!

After putting the churn dash up I got an urge to cut apart the herringbone piece and use it to make a larger starter block.

I folded it up and put it on my design board to see what it might look like.   I really liked the look but decided to think on it for a bit because I was nervous about cutting her block apart!

And then I decided to just go for it since  that was the point of the bee!  Thankful that she liked it.   Such a thrill to just fly by the seat of your pants and sew!

Here’s my finished addition and extra herringbone piece mailed off to the next friend on the list, Val.

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Zakka 2.0 Week 5 :: Diamond Placemats

Week 4 Winner, #38 Christine!

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It’s unreal to me that today is July 1st and week 5 of the sew along.   This year is moving fast!

This week we will be finishing up the projects for the kitchen with the Diamond Patchwork Placemat.    Lynne from Lily’s Quilts is sharing her placemat with us today and it is a beauty made from Liberty and linen!

The prize for linking up this week is a Tula Pink premium 12-spool case of thread from Aurifil and a $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics.   This spool case is unbelievably gorgeous!!

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You may begin linking up your finished Patchwork Placemat today through Sunday July 7th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the 12 spool Tula Pink thread case from Aurifil and the $20 GC to Pink Chalk Fabrics.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

 

 

Also, make sure to link up your projects for weeks 1-4 if you haven’t already.   Next Monday I’ll also choose a winner for the first quarterly giveaway to win a $50 GC to Fat Quarter Shop!
xo, Lindsey

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Sourcing Supplies :: Patchwork, Please

Hi guys!

We are just over 10 days to the start of the sew along  and today I’m going to share some sources for supplies used in the projects.

We all have different budgets so please don’t feel  pressured to go purchase a bunch of things.

The most important part of the sew along is for you to have fun and to make things that are ‘you’.  Things that you love!

Ayumi has a wonderful intro that shares the tools you will need.   Most can be found at your local craft store or even the grocery (freezer paper).     Make sure to read this section beforehand, it’s very helpful!

fabricsAyumi’s Etsy Shop

Mountain of the Dragon  ( 10% off using code PATCHWORKPLEASE10)

Pinked Fabrics

Fabric Supply

Superbuzzy

linen

Robert Kaufman :: Essex linen/cotton blend and Essex Yarn Dyes available at:

Grayline Fabrics :: Judy solid linen

Fabric-store.com :: Middle weight linen

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Zip-It 

 

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Cosmo Floss by Lecien available at:

Perle Cotton

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Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Heather Bailey Designer Felt

Lupin (UK store)

One of the Flock

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Of course, these are not the only places to find supplies.   Be sure to check out your LQS or your favorite online shop.   (and *gasp* even your stash!! 😉 )

If you have any questions, please ask!

We will kick off Monday June 3rd with the Bell Pepper Coasters and will continue through the book in order from start to finish.    New projects will begin each Monday and you will have until the end of Sunday midnight EST to link up your project for  a chance at that weeks prize.

I’ve listed the schedule below and be sure to check in the flickr group!

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June 3: Penny | Sew Take a Hike :: Bell Pepper Coasters

June 10: Maureen | MC Handmade :: B,L,D Towels

June 17: Anna | Noodlehead :: Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch

June 24: Angela | Cut to Pieces :: Polka Dot Cafe Apron

July 1: Lynne | Lily’s Quilts :: Diamond Patchwork Placemat

July 8: Lindsey | LRstitched :: Yum Yum Apple Bib

July 15: Sukie | Don’t Ya Know :: Dino-Mite Hat

July 22: Jennifer | Ellison Lane :: Book for Baby Quilt

July 29: Krista | Poppyprint :: My Scrappy Box

August 5: Kerry | Very Kerry Berry :: Swedish Bloom Time Quilt

August 12: Tamiko | Patchwork Notes :: You’ve Got Mail Wall Pocket

August 19: Monica | Happy Zombie :: Happy Hexagon Trivet

August 26: Krista | Spotted Stone Studio :: Piece of Cake Shopping Bag

Sept 2: Lori | Bee in My Bonnet :: Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch

Sept 9: Amy | During Quiet TIme :: Vintage Pencil Case

Sept 16: Svetlana | SOTAK Handmade :: I love My Ipad Quilted Cover

Sept 23: Amber | One Shabby Chick :: Handy Market Tote

Sept 30: Deb | A Quilter’s Table :: Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch

Oct 7: Leila | Where the Orchids Grow :: Prettified Pincushion

 

Looking forward to getting started!

Lindsey

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Belated winners!

I am crazy late sharing the winners from the Quiltmaker and Modern Baby giveaways.   SO SORRY!

A lot has been happening in my personal life that has kept me away from sewing and the computer so I’m trying to play catch up.

I have an extra copy of Quiltmaker’s, so I’ve drawn two winners for a magazine!

Winner #1 is Shirley:

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I love all the artist/bloggers I follow this is like a photo journal of all I love. xoxo

Winner #2 is Hadley

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Congratulations. Another brilliant magazine we do not have in the UK :(

 And the winner of the copy of Modern Baby is Deb:

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Your quilt is great! Nice that it can grow along with baby.

 

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments and encouragement.   It makes it so much sweeter to have people to share the excitement with!

I hope to get back into the swing of things soon.     We are approaching the start date to the Patchwork Please sew along and I’ll be sharing sources for supplies next week!

Big hugs! Lindsey

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