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Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ April

I’m so happy April is here.  Spring has finally arrived in New England and we can get out doors!  I’m also pretty excited about the progress of this project.  I think it’s going to look amazing when it’s complete!

For the April portion of the QAL we have moved up another branch on the tree.  
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I’ve repeated some of the same stitches we’ve covered on previous branches. The whipped woven circle on the Dove and the pekinese stitch around the hearts are both stitches we used previously.

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I also used more bullion knots on the dove, on the top of my flower…

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

and on the ornaments!

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

Plus a few French knots on the ends of the branches.

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And DONE!

Jul i scandinavia christmas quilt a long wool applique

You can find the pattern in my shop!

JUL i SCANDINAVIA PATTERN

Thanks for checking out my project!

sherri

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Jul i Scandinavia Block of the Month ~ February!

Yesterday I sent out the February update to subscribers of the Jul I Scandinavia quilt-a-long!  Today I have some pictures and stitching tips to share!

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

 

If you want to subscribe, you can find the pattern here:

Jul I Scandinavia Pattern

 

We are beginning with the lowest branches and working our way up.

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

Last month I gave you some tips on the pekinese stitch and I used it again this month in a few places!

Scandinavian Christmas Quilt Block of the Month Pattern

I also added a couple other stitches that you might already know… or like to try.

I used the Bullion Knot to outline the white circles and the red heart. This is probably my favorite stitch and I use it a lot!!! If you aren’t already hooked, maybe you will be soon!

To Start ~ I’m using a milliners size 1 needle.

Bring your thread up from the back of your work, anywhere along the edge of your applique is fine.

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Take a back-stitch about the length you want your knot to be.  Mine is roughly 1/4″. Bring your needle out where the thread is coming out.

How to make a bullion knot

Take the thread (next to the tip of your needle) and wrap your needle enough times to fill the back-stitch space (estimate).  I wrapped mine clockwise about 12 times.  Wrap it snug, but not so tight you can’t pull your needle through it.

How to make a bullion knot

Now here is the trickiest part… and it’s not really that tricky once you’ve done it.

I use my left (non dominant) hand and place my thumb over the wraps on the needle in the front of my work, and my index finger on the back of my work and hold the wraps in place (pinching it) while I pull the needle through. Once the needle is pulled through it should look like this…

How to make a bullion knot

Pull the tail down close to the work so the knot rests along the edge of the applique. You might have to fuss with it slightly till you get the hang of it.

How to make a bullion knot

Now you insert your needle again at the base of the knot (where the tail is coming out) and take a stitch so your needle comes out 1/4″ above the top of that knot…

How to make a bullion knotPull the thread to the front of your work.

How to make a bullion knot

Take another back-stitch to repeat the process…

How to make a bullion knot

You can use any length stitch and any number of wraps. If you use a lot of wraps and a short stitch the result will be more of a loop.  You’ll be hooked in no time!!!

 

I also used a few fly stitches and French knots.  You are probably more familiar with these stitches…

I worked from the left to the right and then back again. To start bring the needle up from the back of your work.

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Insert the needle about 1/4″ to the right and angle the stitch to come out in-between the stitches about 1/4″ lower with the thread under the needle.fly stitch and french knot

Pull the thread snug creating the V shape.fly stitch and french knot

Add a french knot here by wrapping the tip of your needle 3 times.fly stitch and french knot

Insert it just below the V… notice (with my left hand) I have tension on the tail so the knot stays snug until I’ve pulled the needle and thread all the way through to the back of my work.
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Continue to the right side.

fly stitch and french knot

When you get to the edge return to the left with the fly stitch but instead of adding a french knot, just make a stitch at the base of the V.fly stitch and french knot

Continue back to the left edge.

fly stitch and french knot

Done! I hope these tips helped some of you!

See you Next Month!

sherri

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern on rebeccamaedesigns.com

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Mitten Madness!

There has been a wool explosion and Mitten Madness is in full swing…

You know I love the holidays … all the magic and shiny sparkle just gets me in the spirit.  I’ve got a couple craft markets lined up and mo’ mittens of course.  I find the markets so fun and festive, I don’t even tire of hearing the Christmas music (what’s wrong with me?!?)

I’m looking forward to feasting my eyes on what everyone has been making in their workshops!  Here’s what I’ve been up to ~ and a bit of eye candy if you have a wool fetish like me!

madawaska mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens

madawaska mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens from sweaters

mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens from sweaters

mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens

madawaska mittens from sweaters

mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens

mittens from sweaters

madawaska mittens

If you’d like to make your own Madawaska Mittens, find the pattern and templates in my Shop.

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How to make Mittens from Wool Sweaters. Sewing Pattern and Gallery by RebeccaMaeDesigns.com

sherri

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Mitten Workshop Weekend!!!

It’s been a Wooly Weekend!  I had so much fun this weekend teaching my Mitten Workshop!  I brought my camera along to take pictures of all the fabulous mittens and do you think I took one picture?  Of course not!  (boo)  This sorta thing always happens to me when I get excited… I completely lose track what I’m doing and just get caught up in the moment.

BUT… All is not lost…  I managed to find some time to make some mittens TOO!

I made this pretty red and pink pair…

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They have a super warm white fleece lining…. yummy

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They are slightly deeper red than they look in the picture – definitely prettier in person if you can believe it!  Find the red mittens for sale on etsy.

And check out these brown ones… toasty!

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I love the buttons on this pair (is that weird?)

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Earth tones with a little pop of color :o) Find this brown pair for sale in my Etsy shop.

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This pair is a nice hunter green and blue…

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The cuffs have all the colors of the mitten parts mixed in… find the green mittens for sale in my etsy shop.

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Another pair with pink and orange…

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You can find the pink and orange mittens for sale here on Etsy. This last pair I made for myself… I’ve been a purple fan since birth I think… pretty sure it might have been the first word I spoke… purple!  It’s only the second pair I have kept for myself and I love them!

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So there’s the latest!

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If you’d like a pair head over to my etsy shop where I sell the mittens…

or go to craftsy for the Madawaska Mitten Pattern

sherri

 

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Happy New Year! ~ & 2012 Review

It’s been an amazing 2012 with so much to be thankful for.  After a mitten making frenzy in the winter of 2011-2012 I decided I wanted to write my first pattern for my ‘Madawaska Mittens’.  I had so much fun I went on to write 23 more!  As I counted up the number of patterns I wrote I actually surprised myself!  Here is a highlight of some of my 2012 patterns…

If you write patterns too, you know what hard work goes into putting a pattern together… and getting it to ‘market’.  You don’t just sew, that’s the easy part!  When I began I had no idea how to use Illustrator or what the heck a widget was???

I had to learn, and  learn fast…  illustrator, photoshop, wordpress, how to write a listing, design a pattern template, use light room, photo editing, and the list goes on!  It was a bit of information overload with a dash of crazy ~ but it was never dull and always fun.  A big THANKS to Etsy, Craftsy, You can make this and Patterns Only for allowing an avenue for designers to sell!

Also a Shout Out to a couple of my favorite sites ~

Craft Buds ~ Offers SO MUCH great information on starting a business and featured my needle case in their Craft Buds Book Month Round up for Stash Books!  Craft Book Month, by the way, is Great Fun!

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Craft Buds – Craft Book Month

Sew Mama Sew ~ a fantastic resource for fabric, sewing advice & tutorials.  Thanks for having me guest post on your Holiday Craft Fair Series and thanks for offering the annual Giveaway Day!

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Sew Mama Sew – Craft Fair Series

Here is a look at some other crafty things I made this year…

It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to learning more in 2013, writing more patterns & free tutorials and kicking off my new SCRAP HAPPY Block of the Month in 2013! Please come back and join in the fun!  First Free Block Pattern coming this month! Here is a sneek peek:

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January – Scrappy Lone Star

Also excited about participating in a 2013 Row Robin with my quilt guild.  My first row is complete…

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Row Robin – Row 1 (v & co fabric and inspiration)

And lastly, I closed out the year with a morning ‘coffee walk’ on the beach in Rhode Island with my family and one of my doggies…

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~Ellie

Live in the Sunshine

Swim the Sea

Drink the Wild Air  ~Emmerson

 

Craft Buds

 

sherri

 

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Mo’ Mittens

Been working long hours in the mitten factory!  Winter is here and we all want warm hands… am i right?  Here is the latest coming off the factory floor….

I made these first two pairs from two sweaters mixed together… the orange is cashmere – SO SOFT!

Wool mittens from sweaters

Click here to check out the entire Gallery of Mittens or

Get the Mitten pattern: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN

Go to the Mitten shop:  MADAWASKA MITTENS

sherri

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Another Giveaway!

I couldn’t resist! Because as you know…

I have lots of wool… and this giveaway is for a SWEET wool mini wreath!  It’s all of about 7″ wide – just the sweetest!  All made from remnants of my ‘mitten factory’.  Sweet!

 

 TO WIN

subscribe to RebeccaMaeDesigns at the bottom of this blog post and comment that you did

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook, twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

Sorry but this giveaway is shipped to US addresses only…

You can also win a pattern from my store!  Enter Here…

When you’re done click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER ELLEN  M. WHO WROTE:
I already subscribe!  Such an adorable wreath – thanks for the chance to win it!
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Giveaway Day is Here!

Yippee!!  December 3rd is the start of Giveaway Day!  Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway!  I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one already???  Giveaway Day is so much fun with so much to see that it now lasts a WEEK!   All giveaways start today at 6 a.m. PST and close December 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners will be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 9

This year I’m giving away any pattern of your choice from my shop!  I just love giveaways!  I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways myself!

Here are just some of the patterns the winner can pick from:

Cool coupon bag…

coupon organizer bag / holder

 

or a nice cover for your ipad…

or maybe a fun quilted hot water bottle cover… I love this!

maybe a pattern for a cosmetic case?

or a mug rug…

or some fun mittens..

TO WIN

 subscribe to rebeccamaedesigns at the bottom of this post 

comment that you did and tell me what pattern shown here is your favorite?

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook,twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

You can also  enter to win a wool wreath from me ~ Enter Here

When you’re done, click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew…

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!

 

 

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Mitten Factory…. (in overdrive)

I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory!  I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)

Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)

 

And lots of sewing….

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wool mittens

and sewing….

felted wool mittens

felted wool mittens

  and sewing…

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colorful wool mittens

 Want to make your own? 

Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN

Mitten shop:  MADAWASKA MITTENS

or

Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.

sherri

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