March 10, 2015

Teacup & Laptop Cozy

Here's a couple things I made as presents last year...

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

March 6, 2015

Little Bunny

As promised, I would like you to meet the little bunny who is now named Flopsy. Flopsy has spent most of his life as a pile of folded fabric, and a Velveteen Rabbit-loving 6 year old's first doll pattern.

Unfortunately, he was forgotten for the last four years at the bottom of the basket. The velveteen chenille type fabric was a horror to sew. It massively shifted & unravelled even after heavy pinning and using the walking foot.

The huge smile on my daughter's face as I started sewing her long lost friend kept me from giving up. My Janome 7700 decidedly did not like trying to sew through many layers of thick fabric so I switched to my Elna 6005. It sewed through the layers like butter and layers shifted less even without the walking foot.

After many reinforcing stitches, Flopsy still had time to spend the day with me at the studio. He helped me out with some pattern booklet layout but quickly became bored.

I based his shape loosely on these bears I used to make from a Japanese quilting magazine. I enlarged the pattern and changed the shapes of the parts but put him together using the same method. I added quilting fabric because my daughter loves bright colours and patterns. She was thrilled to receive this little bunny on Valentine's Day!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

February 24, 2015

I'm Back with a New Pattern!

Spring flowers have brought me out of my very long hibernation and I have found inspiration once again as the sunlight streams through my attic window!

My resolution is to be more productive this year and release more patterns in my shop so I have hired another illustrator. {You will see more of the cute little bunny helper in the next post.}

Sarah, my new illustrator, is fabulous and has had lots of patience while we worked out the tedious little details in the first pattern of the year. I know things will only get faster and better with every month to come.

My friend Jana who I have known since we were little comes to my studio once a week to help with brainstorming, organizing & bookkeeping. She keeps me motivated because it is hard for me stay focused and maintain deadlines while working alone every day.

By popular demand, the Leaf Potholder pattern is now available in my SHOP. They are a great way to use up your endless baskets of scraps! Make a set with all three sizes, a set of two large leaves, or sets of coasters. String the loops together for easy hanging! These make easy quick gifts that your friends and family will love.

Even though I have been away from blogland for a long time, I have still been designing and quilting which means there is a lot for me to share with you. Stay tuned...

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 29, 2014

Pattern Shop News!

The Quilted Teapot pattern is now available in my SHOP. This one's for all those tea lovers out there...

This beautiful work of art is certain to be the centre of attention at your next tea party and would make the perfect gift for any tea-loving friend. Now you can add a teapot to your teacup collection for an entire quilted tea set!

All PatchworkPottery digital pattern booklets include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates. These patterns are instant downloads so if you do not receive an e-mail with the link to your pattern immediately, please check your junk mail folder. I no longer send e-newsletters so if you haven't already, please subscribe to my blog by e-mail to receive shop & pattern updates.

Thank you for all your patience to those of you who have put in requests and have been waiting for patterns. Be assured that I am working on them and I haven't forgotten about you.

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 26, 2014

Christmas Star Pillow

This was a quick pillow I made at Christmas for my brother's fiancee. A simple wonky star but with holly freemotion-quilted into the white.

I used the same striped back and tie design as in my Crane Star Pillow pattern. I outlined the star and ties with a red embroidered running stitch, and finished it off with scrappy binding.

I loved how it turned out and it was difficult to give it away! She loved it and I think my brother loved it even more :o)

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

April 16, 2014

Easter Apron

We are going to my Parents' for the annual Armstrong Easter Egg Hunt at the park. The best-dressed wins an Easter basket full of goodies and we are hoping this sweet Easter Apron wins for my daughter this year.

I designed the apron and chose colours to match her strawberry summer dress & Easter hat. Of course the nest needed to be a pocket so she can stash extra goodies when her basket is full! She promised that if she wins she will share the candy with her cousins. Thank goodness!

I used this lovely apron tutorial by Prairie Moon Quilts as a guide for my apron. I cut a 15 x 21" rectangle for the white background, 6-1/2 x 13" piece for the waist, and 6 x 40" strips for the ties. I love the long ties tied in a bow at the front.

Spring has sprung! The tulips are blooming in my garden! And I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my vegan chocolate bar to find this waiting for me! I'm certain all you crafty people would totally appreciate little details like this!


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)