Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't You Love a Free Pattern?!

Well don't you just love a free pattern?  Me too! And is it my imagination or do some of the very best patterns, from the very best pattern-makers, fall into our inboxes for no charge at all?!

In my opinion, there's just no point in resisting temptation when talented people are so generous with their work.  So I'm here, with my new little friend, encouraging you to take advantage of a freebie you've seen recently.

Don't hesitate.  Just make it!

I stitched up this flying squirrel in a couple of hours for under five dollars.  The pattern was designed by Abby Glassenberg.  She offered a free tutorial at Mollie Johanson's blog, Wild Olive.

I'm smitten!

I used a heathered Polartec fabric from JoAnn's which feels amazing and added the felt eyelashes after gazing at some Siberian Flying Squirrel pics here.  Aren't they the cutest?

And now I'm wondering.  Who made your favorite free pattern?

Do tell!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Designed a Quilt!

Today's the big day.  I've written my first quilt tutorial and it's over at Sew, Mama, Sew!  It's called Ladder Lattice.  (Here's the link.)

The blocks are 12.5" and you can easily make three from a fat quarter so it's really up to you how big of a project you want to make.  Although I agonized over my photography skills -- I usually do -- I am totally pleased with the quilt and design itself.  I think it would look gorgeous in solids or just two colors too so I'll probably be making another one soon.

A couple of firsts on this project.  I didn't use any pins, just Elmer's washable school glue with a fine tip.  You squeeze a thin line inside the 1/4-inch seam allowance and touch press with the iron.  It holds everything perfectly through stitching so I hardly had any trimming to do which saved fabric loss.

The second new thing is my walking foot.  I finally ordered an easy-feed sewing foot for my freebie machine.  Now I'm invested!  Although my stitching actually suffered a little,  especially in-the-ditch; my speed really increased.  I know I'll be practicing more with it and making bigger quilts in the future.

It's really satisfying to see a project from my sketchbook come to life.  This one is so much like my pitch drawing that it's uncanny.  I designed it specifically to use fat quarters (7 prints) from Erin McMorris' Forest Hill by Free Spirit.

I'm still learning and growing as a quilter but the design part of it is a key element for me.  When I brainstormed ideas, this was one of five I pitched and then, as I constructed the quilt, I jotted down notes for two new projects.  I so hope that someone finds the tutorial useful as it would totally please me to see more quilts made from it.  Since I've really learned to sew through online tutorials, it means so much to me to give back to that process.

It's also the Blogger's Quilt Festival this week so I'm entering Ladder Lattice in the Original Design Quilts Category.  Just because I can and it feels so good.

This quilt leaves 10 inch squares (actually, a little more) for scraps so I'm working on a pattern that will use those next.  Please come back to check it out.

That's it for now.   Thanks for stopping by!

Keep stitchin'


Monday, May 19, 2014

Winner Winner!

And the winner of the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day prize is Amanda of Dandelions and Lace.

Off to a good home! I will miss this little one but I know I can always make more.  Isn't being able to sew a little like having a super power?!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented during the giveaway last week.  I love all your suggestions for soft toys from mermaids to sloths and from pickles to cameras.  You keep me inspired!

Tutorial Teaser
To followers of the blog, new and old, I thank you especially.  I've got some great things coming in the next few weeks including a quilt tutorial for Sew, Mama, Sew!  So please come back and visit, your views are always welcome here.

Happy Stitchin'


Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway Day

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Hello! I'm Kristin and welcome to my blog, And Chips!  I know you are in a hurry so I'll get right to the best part, I'm giving away one of my handmade stuffed toys (your choice of the two in the pick) in honor of Sew, Mama, Sew's Spring Giveaway Day this year.

All you have to do for a chance to win is answer my question in the comments on this post.  (Remember to leave your email address if you're a no-reply blogger.)

Question: What soft toy would you most like to see? It could be an animal, person, food, object...any noun or adjective-noun combination will do.   If you're at a loss, just let me know whether you'd pick the lamb or the elephant.

I will select the winner after the giveaway closes on May 16th at 6 PM PST.

My followers get a chance for an additional entry (not necessary to win.)  If you follow And Chips, thank you! You can leave one more comment telling me how you follow my blog.

This giveaway is open to everyone.

My soft toys are made by me with all new materials (unless otherwise stated) but they do have small parts and are not for babies or unsupervised little ones.

The lamb was stitched from a pattern designed by Abbey Glassenberg of While She Naps available here for free at Sew, Mama, Sew!.  It's made of cotton flannel, Minky, polyfil and embroidery floss.

The elephant was made from a pattern designed by Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac (available here.)  It's made from cotton flannel, polyfil, embroidery floss, ribbon and the arms and legs are jointed with large vintage buttons.

I'm a sewer, embroiderer, knitter, and a quilter but over and over again I return to sewing stuffed animals.  I call it: "Making new friends."  So here's to friends, old and new.  I'm so happy you stopped by.

I hope you head back over here when all the giveaway hubbub has calmed down.  Thank you and good luck!

Keep stitchin'


Friday, May 9, 2014

Coaster Swap

Turns out Mother's Day came early.  Mom and I both made a set of quilted coasters for last night's Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild swap.  Then we reached into the pillowcase and pulled out eachothers' sets.  So she got these:

And I got these:

(Mom loves Tula Pink.)

Last month, I had to miss our guild meeting because I had concert tickets.  Alyssa Thomas had a trunk show and I missed it but mom -that sweetie!- got an autographed copy of Sew & Stitch Embroidery for me.

So that's how I was inspired to use a free Penguin and Fish embroidery pattern (the one you get for subscribing to the  email newsletter) for the little animals on my coasters.  Stitched on Essex linen, backed with Indian Summer, and pepped-up with some scraps -- including Carolyn Friedlander's Ledger, my very favorite print in the world.

These were so easy to make and reminded me how much I love hand embroidery.

So guess what I'll be doing this weekend.

Word to your mothers!