Interview – Audrey Mann and Diane Brinton – The Cloth Parcel

I sat down to chat with Audrey Mann and Diane Brinton, they are the mother/daughter design team known as The Cloth Parcel. They design sewing AND quilting patterns. Their Little King quilt is in the Quilting Medley bundle, which is available until May 12th.

They also have two patterns in the Totes and Toys bundle that is available until May 18th – the Nancy Book Bag and the Essential Diaper Clutch.

Keep it thimble!

Quilting Medley Pattern Bundle

Woohoo! The Quilting Medley Bundle just launched on Pattern Chest. I had the pleasure of working with several designers to put this pattern bundle together: Quiltoni, The Cloth Parcel, Inquiring Quilter, Devoted Quilter, Shannon Fraser Designs, Amarar Creacions, and Sew Fun (aka By the Yard).

Pattern Chest is a new site where you can purchase specially-priced pattern bundles for a limited time! The Quilting Medley Bundle includes a varied assortment of quilt patterns of many kinds — from classic to modern to Cthulhu — and of all sizes, including baby quilts, quilt throws, and bed quilts for a very low price! The bundle include patterns that normally retail for $94, you can get the entire bundle as a drastically reduced price.

Show some support for indie pattern designers by checking out the bundle and telling someone about it! I am sure all of you know some quilters out there who’d love to get some high quality patterns at a great price!

And each purchase helps support Direct Relief, a non-profit that works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Find out more here: https://patternchest.com/presents/QuiltingMedley

–Keep it thimble!

Christmas Ornament

These cute sewing machine ornaments at the NC Museum of History — the perfect decoration for any seamstress! If you’re not in NC, you can order one of these online at Target.

The museum currently has a large exhibit called Quilt Speak that is exhibiting there until early March 2020. I will be writing up a longer blog post this weekend about my experience at the exhibit. There were truly some amazing quilts on display!

Making Bags

Bags and purses are one of my favorite things to make. I have the perfect bag for almost anything. My favorites to make are roomy bags with lots of pockets and storage.

This first one is from a Quilts Illustrated a pattern. I can’t remember the fabric, but it is a lovely blue color with yellow accents. It’s just the right size for a handbag that carries a wallet, book, and a few other odds and ends.

Mini Bow Tucks Tote Pattern by Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated

This second one is a By Annie pattern. I love her patterns! I’ve made several of her patterns, but this is my favorite one so far. When I finished sewing the bag I used a tailor’s point press to help me press all the seams on the bag to give it a nice crisp look! The fabric is canvas weight from Melody Miller’s “Picnic” line. This is a very durable and versatile bag.

Ultimate Travel Bag by Annie Unrein of By Annie.

Thanks for stopping by. Check back tomorrow for another post!

Keep it thimble!

Peek-A-Boo Drawstring Pouch

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I found the tutorial for these drawstring pouches at Twinkle and Twine.  They are so cute and very easy to make.  I made six in one afternoon, I could have made more, but ran out of vinyl for the windows.  The tutorial has great directions, even for beginners.

I plan to make these with other cut-out shapes for different occasions – a baby rattle, christmas tree, cupcake, and so on.  I’m even going to make one with a thimble, of course!

Keep it Thimble!

 

Still Here!

It’s been awhile, but I haven’t forgotten about you!  Hopefully, I can get back to a more regular posting schedule.  I am doing plenty of projects, just haven’t had the time to show them off.

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This is a little pin cushion and a needle case made from selvages.  I must admit,this is kind of addicting and the possibilities are endless once you have the basic selvage blocks completed.  The needle case pattern from a book called Save the Selvages.  The book contains all kinds of small projects you can make in just  few hours.

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Here’s a pattern for what the book called a tea bag holder, but I used it for a wallet and check book cover.

Start saving your selvages and see what you can make!  Keep it Thimble!

 

Wool Duck Ornament by Jen

My friend Jen just sent me photos of this adorable duck ornament she made for her child’s teacher.

Wool Duck Ornament by Jen
Wool Duck Ornament by Jen

I asked Jen to tell me about her process:

“Sure!  I made it from this pattern http://noseynest.blogspot.com/2008/06/lucky-ducky-freebie.html but I turned it inside out to hide the seams.  I like the look of hidden seams better, but it made his head so small!  Wasn’t thinking about that when I changed it though.  It’s just on regular wool felt, and before sewing it together I used embroidery thread to stitch on the decorative stitches.

Detail of Wing on Wool Duck Ornament
Detail of Wing on Wool Duck Ornament

I used a straight stitch for the downy body, fly stitches for the feathers on the wings, buttonhole stiches to outline the wings and  french knots, outline stich and backstitch for the beak.  Oh and fly stitch, laisy daisy and outline and french knot for the heart patch.

Detail on Wool Duck Ornament
Detail on Wool Duck Ornament

Then I turned it inside out, stitched it, and stuffed it.  It turned out a little wonky, to be honest, but I like the stitching effect and the cute little heart with holly berries. ”

Thanks for sharing, Jen! Keep it Thimble!