Posted by: sandra | October 10, 2012

Hugs and Kisses

Did you all get a chance to see Holly when she was in town?  I heard she had some fun playing with all the fabric in the store…She also sent some things to me to make some new samples!  Gotta love that!

Included were three patterns from Hugs and Kisses.

These are patterns from Helen Stubbings, and they are Australian.

The first pattern is for a banner called “Dream”.

One of the suggestions in the pattern was to make a pillow, so that is what I did.

I like the way it turned out.

The next pattern was for a several table setting items.

Gran’s Christmas Table includes placemats, coaster and candle mats.  If you like to do stitchery, you will love the fact that the pattern includes transfers to apply the design to your fabric!  How easy is that!  I chose to save my transfers, and used my current favorite marking tool.

The Frixion pen is so wonderful for fast marking!  I copied the design on the fabric, stitched and then touched it with a hot iron and all the marks are gone.  Also, it marks very dark, so I can easily see on a variety of different color fabrics.  These pens are available in the shop in several colors, I think for less then $3 each.

Here are the pieces I made from the pattern.  The one on the left is all cotton, and the one on the right is a combination of wool and cotton.  An easy pattern to adapt to whatever you like to work with.

The last pattern is for a fabulous tote, called ‘Broidery Bag’.

The pattern includes several embroidery designs to incorporate into your pieced bag.  I chose not to add any of that, and just let the fabric do the work.

You’ll have to be sure to check this bag out next time you are in the store.  It really is a nice useful size.  Gotta love that French General fabric too.

Another product I used in making this bag is Heat Press.

You take small pieces of cotton batting and iron them together using the heat tape.  Fast, fast, fast!  Great product to have on hand.  Look for it when you check out the cute bag.

The samples should be in the shop next week, so another excuse to run into the shop.

Later, Sandra

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