Monday, September 1, 2014

A Fluttery September

 Butterflies in September
Across The Pond Sew Along Project
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I know that I am not the only person who can't believe that it is our summer has just flown by!  Even though the nights are getting cooler, I still see many butterflies flitting about and floating around in my backyard. They really love  my Rose of Sharon blossoms.

Rose of Sharon blossoms    to see more,  click here
Wouldn't it be fun to have butterflies in our homes... all year round?
Well, we  can!   Thanks to the creative blogger and pattern designer , Michelle,  of Michelle Patterns.  She shows how to make beautiful and delicate fabric origami butterflies  on her blog.
 { The actual folding directions ( with great pictures)  are found at Origami Instructions.} 

The moment I saw her gorgeous fabric butterflies, I knew I wanted to try making one.  
I followed Michelle's directions, and practiced on paper first.  It was easy with the pictures on the Origami Instructions page. ( Make sure you are starting from a rectangle shape, as  in Michelle directions.)

These are my first butterflies-

Fabric origami butterfly  and paper origami butterfly

They are so delicate and fun !   I did not flatten mine...

I decided to gather up some old scraps of fabric to make another butterfly...

This butterfly looked like it wanted to land on something....

So I made up  a little linen mini basket for it to alight upon...
A mini linen basket for the butterfly 

And then I thought the green batik butterfly might like to sit on a book mark, for my quilting and sewing books...

I made up a 12 inch  x 1 1/2 inch  bookmark

Now I  you know you will want to see more delightful and creative butterfly ideas simply "flit"  on over to               The Patchsmith blog ,  and Amy Made That! blogs.  
They are adding their  own creative and unique touches to this delightful little origami fabric butterfly.

This is a little beauty was made by The Patchsmith

 And if you make any butterflies of your own,  you can put them in our Across The Pond Sew Along Flickr Group  HERE.  We love seeing what you make!

I'm off to my sewing room!

PS   If anyone is interested , I will be making up a tutorial for this  little mini basket.  It's very handy around my sewing machine and cutting area.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you-                                                                                   Nathaniel Hawthorne

Linked up at:  Sew Darn Crafty @ Sew Many Ways

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Winner of the Nappy Bag Pattern

Winner of the Giveaway!
Nappy Bag pattern  at the Etsy shop of At Home With Mrs H

It's time  to see who Mr. Random Number Generator picked to win this stylish (and useful) Nappy Bag pattern !

Random number generation / Random Numbers

Generate a random number between  and   = 4   

That means that Leanne is the Nappy Pattern Winner!!

4. Leanne  says:
Great bag! I'd certainly use the pattern to make diaper bags for friends or family expecting babies. No more babies for me (my youngest is 6), but there are always others having babies. Thanks for linking to TGIFF, and for the chance to win.    

Leanne, I will be sending  your email to Samantha and she will send you the pdf pattern.

Thank you, Samantha (Mrs H herself!), for generously donating this pattern to my blog for a giveaway !   
And remember,   If you stop by her Etsy shop,  please feel free to use the code ATHOMEWITHMRSH10 for a 10% discount on your purchase of pattern/s & or hardware !
Thank you to everybody who stopped by, and especially if you took a few minutes to write a comment!

Let me know if you make this great bag!  I'd love to see a picture !
                                              Congratulations, Leanne!
I'm off to my sewing room!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Block Talk in August

This week I have two Patchique' Blocks and two Sew Kitschy BoMs  to share with you.

Sewing blocks along with The Patchsmith
Patchique' Block #2 :  Shima ichimatsu (which means Stripe Check)

#2  Stripe Check   from the Book 

I followed the helpful tips that Amanda, The Patchsmith , has explained  in her blog post ,  since this block is made up of 36 two-inch squares.  It involves sewing the two fabrics in 2 inch strips together, and cutting that new strip crosswise.  I was happy that it all turned out, using my scant quarter inch.

Block #2  Stripe check              by Susie's Sunroom

Patchique' Block #106:    Ken giku  (which means Sword-petaled chrysanthemum)

Block #106   Sword-petaled chrysanthemum  from book

This block is basically a dresden plate, with 16 petals.  I wanted the flower to be brown, with green and red colors to be featured.  I started sewing, and held my breath when it came to adding the last petal into the circle... and the petals fit in beautifully.  Whew!

#106   Sword-petaled chrysanthemum                        Susie's Sunroom
Next up:  Sew Kitschy BoM      Paper Pieced  designs by Kristy  at  Quiet Play blog

July's block:  Retro Radio
July BoM  Sew Kitschy   Retro Radio    @Quiet Play

July BoM  Sew Kitschy   Retro Radio            Susie's Sunroom

August Block :   Kitchen Utensils
August BoM  Sew Kitschy   Kitchen Utensils    @ Quiet Play

August BoM  Sew Kitschy      Susie's Sunroom

And here are my  eight blocks... only one more block to go!

Sew Kitschy BoM                          by Susie's Sunroom

Just wait until you see the ninth and final block... it's really  "Sew Kute !"

I'm off to my sewing room!
Linking up at:   Quiet Play Sew Kitschy @ Quiet Play  and                   
                      Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                    Fabric Frenzy Friday  @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio