April 30, 2015

Stash-Busting Blog Hop and Giveaway

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Welcome to the last stop on the Stash-Busting Blog Hop hosted by Stitch Craft Create! The entire month of April brought us a lot of beautiful creations, all based on either one of the books shown below: Retro Mama's Scrap Happy Sewing by Kim Kruzich, and 50 Fat Quarter Makes, edited by Ame Verso.

  Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing
 Photograph by Kim Kruzich
18 projects? '18 ways to keep you happy in your sewing room' is a more fitting title for this book. The projects are delightful - here are just a few:
I want one of those pincushions so bad, but I had to look through the other book before I made my decision...

It was then that I spotted this sewing machine cover in the midst of the 50 sewing projects:

I need one! I have been quilting for 10 years (the anniversary is this May - stay tuned for weekly giveaways!), and my Bernina is [sort of] covered with one of my first quilt tops which was never finished. Yikes! Off to work I went, plowing through my stash. A couple of hours later... ta-da!

Fat quarters, ric-rac, batting, fusible web, and matching threads for the machine applique - it is all it took.

When I printed the template for the tree applique, I saw on the same page the cat silhouette. Aw... I have been missing my cats lately - Jamie passed away three years ago and Sapphire died 4 months ago. I imagined them looking up the tree, perhaps watching a bird. Both of them loved to keep me company in my studio while I worked. Now, I will always have them there with me!

Stitch Craft Create is giving away both books as well as a bundle of designer fat quarters. Click here for more details. But hurry because today is your last chance to win. After you fill out the entry form, check out the blog line-up below for lots of eye candy and inspiration!

Thu 2nd  - Retro Mama
Tue 7th  - SCC
Wed 8th  - S.O.T.A.K Handmade
Thu 9th  - Fabricworm
Fri 10th  - Clover & Violet
Mon 13th  - Robot Mom Sews
Tue 14th  - Vivid Felicity
Wed 15th  - Cut To Pieces
Thu 16th  - Straight Grain
Fri 17th  - Sew Take A Hike
Mon 20th  - Vintage Grey
Tue 21st  - Miss Print
Wed 22nd  - Pink Penguin
Thu 23rd  - Hello Creative Family
Fri 24th  - Follow the White Bunny
Sun 26th  - Cynthia Shaffer
Mon 27th  - A Bright Corner
Tue 28th  - Sew Justine Sew
Wed 29th  - LRstitched
Thu 30th  - Pieced Brain         -You are Here!

Due to the Blog Hop, our next block for the City Girl Sew Along will be posted next week. This should give you plenty of time to catch up...

Have fun today!


  1. Denise, Thanks for sharing in the blog hop (The best for last) and the machine cover. It's so nice to meet you. Oh how I need another cover , or two:) I'm missing one of my kitties too, as she always sat on my sewing machine cover when I took it off, and watched me stitch. Thank you so much for your inspiration. /s/Diane



  3. What a great way to remember your kitties.

  4. What a purrr...fect memory all the while being serviceable. Nicely done.


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