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Sew Illustrated Winner

There are so many things I still want to make from this Sew Illustrated book, I just can’t stop myself! If you read my last post, you’ll remember there was one project I wasn’t able to share. Well, since then I’ve shared the project over on Instragram. If you missed it though, let me show you..

Don’t you just love it? It’s one of Minki’s patterns in the book, Words to Live By cushion cover. The only thing I didn’t add was the embroidered phrase. Though it was my idea to add the flags to the hot air balloon, which I adore! The fabrics are all from Angela Pingel‘s upcoming Curious Dream line for Windham Fabrics. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s inspired from Alice and Wonderland. So cute! I can see so many more projects coming up too.


Now it’s time to announce the winner for Minki Kim and Kristin Esser giveaway! Congratulations to:


*who said – Love your sweet projects and the book! I love seeing all the lovely projects everyone is making – lots of inspiration! Can’t wait to try this out soon and thanks so much for chance to win!

Susan, please contact me with your info so I can forward it to the proper peeps! Thanks for playing along everyone, and don’t forget to come back for more fun next week! Here’s hoping I’ve left you inspired. 

Happy Sewing, Veronica!

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Sew Illustrated Book Blog Tour | Giveaway

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Hello everyone. Welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping in for my turn on the Sew Illustrated blog hop, with Minki Kim and Kristin Esser. If your new here, feel free to have a look around. You can click the ‘About the Author’ tab above to read more about me, and find additional links to my social media sites. Click, read, subscribe, follow, enjoy  ;^)

Today I’ll be sharing my makes from Minki and Kristin’s recently released Sew Illustrated book. Perhaps you’ve already order your copy. Waiting for it to arrive? Or, maybe, you’re still undecided. Let me just say, the cover alone is enough to draw you in. Let me show you..

See, I told you. Charming. Not to mention intriguing, am I right? I felt like I needed to sit outside with a cup of tea and thumb through the pages slowly. Fancy. -even though my tea cup was really just a prop  ;-p. Anywho. With so many adorable and useful projects (I’m all about useful), it was hard to choose what I wanted to make. Now you might be thinking to yourself, ‘So cute, but I don’t know if I could make those illustrations.’ Well, that’s exactly what I thought. You can. It’s well written, and the instructions are so clear and easy to follow. Minki, a dear friend of mine, knows how intimidated I felt before trying her technique. I mean Minki is an incredible artist. We all know this. But with her cheering me on, I finally decided to gave it a try. Then a couple of projects later, I was ready to make something from her book. I started small, and decided to stitch up these cute pincushions…

Hand embroidery and hand stitching is always my favorite choice, and cute fabrics are never far behind. In this case I went with my most recently acquired fabrics. Apple Farm by Elea Lutz and High Tea by Jera Brandvig. Take a closer look..

Then I thought, why stop there? I could make another project. So I made a little something special using Angela Pingel‘s upcoming fabric line Curious Dream by Windham Fabrics. Still under wraps, and I can’t wait to show it to you! ..and why not add a few embellishments to my other projects while I’m at it. Like this one which includes hand embroidery and a little illustration..

Once you get going, you won’t be able to help yourself. By the end you realize you were able to make all those pretty little sewing illustrations! So you go ahead and give yourself a well deserved pat on the back. Don’t forget to thank Minki and Kristin for showing you that you are able to do anything your little sewing heart desires, because I sure do! And I’m not done. Had I not had a move to get through, I know I wouldn’t have stopped. But I’ll be sharing more once I get a little more settled in, so be sure to come back.

If you haven’t already rushed to order your copy of Sew Illustrated, I hope I’ve inspired you to do so today. Of course if you’d like a chance to win Minki and Kristin’s book, C&T Publications has generously offered a free copy to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment below, by the 2nd of September. This giveaway is open internationally, and a winner will be chosen at random. Be sure to follow the blog hop for more chances as well!

A Huge Thank You to Minki and Kristin for including me here today, and for being incredibly sweet friends. I consider myself one lucky girl. You are both amazing, Thank You! Don’t forget to check out our line up. Here’s a list of the wonderful talent involved just in case..

August 15: C&T Publishing

August 16: Amy of nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn of zakkaArt

August 18: Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy of chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy of Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie of happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith of Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda of cafenohut

August 26: Melissa of Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica of Vivid Felicity  <- you are here! 

August 29: Sharon of Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra of ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne of pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie of Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki of Minki’s Work Table and Kristin of They Grow Up Too Fast

 

See. Wow. Once again, thank you for stopping by today. And as always, I hope I’ve left you all feeling inspired.

Happy Sewing, Veronica

 

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

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High Tea Blog Tour

Hello everyone. Thank you all for dropping in for our little tea party blog hop, where it is now my turn. Yay! Let me first extend my deepest gratitude to Jera Brandvig and Lecien Fabrics for including me. Thank You! Next if you’d like to know a little more about me, click the About the Author tab above. You can also find links there to my Instagram account and other social media. If your not familiar with my work, you can find all my makes on IG. Have a look around, click, and don’t forget to subscribe and follow for my updates and inspiration  ;^)

It’s such an honor in having been allowed to join such an amazingly talented group of people, who love Jera’s fabric line. I’m also one of thousands who adore Lecien fabrics. I’m partial to their florals, strawberries, ginghams, and pastels. For years I’ve collected Japanese textiles, follow the culture, and love seeing the works of quilters and sewists. Not to mention being inspired by other fellow enthusiasts. It’s not surprising I came upon Lecien. Now it’s so exciting to be working with Jera’s first fabric line for Lecien – High Tea. After Jera and I spoke, she sent me a copy of her fabric prints. Let me just say, narrowing down my choices has never been so hard! Have you seen them? Have a look and you’ll see why..

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Isn’t it beautiful? I literally gasped once I saw it. When the time came to choose, well, honestly I just couldn’t. I figured I’d pick my very favorite prints in colors I knew I’d love. After sending my choices over to Jera, my excitement grew. A few days later, I went back to look at my choices and plan my project. It was then that I realized this was one of those times I failed to restrain myself. (Face in hand) This happens when I get a little over excited or star struck. Has this ever happened to you? Because if it has, I’d love to know how you handled it. Seriously. Anyway back to what was telling you, my package arrived from Jera a few days later. I went through my fabrics, and read the sweet note she included, along with a couple of goodies. All that embarrassment vanished, and all I could do was gaze at the beautiful set of fabrics before me. These were my choices..

A bit overzealous with the amounts of course, but OH MY GOODNESS am I in love! The teeny tiny florals, sweet roses, yummy strawberries, cute tea pots and tea cups, gorgeous colors.. I could go on and on here. Jera did a beautiful job with her first fabric collection! Ideas poured from my head on to paper, and pretty soon I had pages filled with notes for everything I wanted to create. Though by now I had so much going on and so many upcoming changes, I had to choose something I knew I could be proud of.  So I created something to help inspire dreaming of more future makes. Are you ready?

Dreamy. Ruffley. Soft. Relaxing. Perfect.

It’s a good size for propping yourself up in bed, enjoying a cup of hot tea, and reading your favorite book. Don’t you think?

A few details such as a little sewing illustration..

..some patchwork, subtle hand quilting, inspiring embroidery..

This really made me happy. Of course the little tag was a must when I saw the selvage.

And I just have to share a closeup of one of the strawberry fabrics in this line..

I adore it so. I also made a little impromptu coaster which I posted up on IG. Be sure to check that out. So. have you ordered your High Tea yet? Pretty sure it’s going to be gone. It’s really so beautiful.


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today, and as always, left you feeling inspired. My sweet friend, Jera, I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to repay your generosity and kindness, Thank You! And Lecien Fabrics, your textiles are remarkable and continue to inspire my work on a daily basis. Thank You!

If your behind on the tour, here’s a list of our line up..

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Be sure to come back for my next post. I promise it’s going to be fun, so make sure you subscribe!


Happy Sewing, Veronica

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Apple Farm Blog Hop

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to poke around. If your new to my blog, you can find links to my Instagram account and other social media under the About the Author tab above. Click, read, smile, follow- it’s that easy ;^).

Have you been following our blog hop? So many great creations and inspiration, by alot of wonderfully talented people. Today is my day for Elea Lutz‘s Apple Farm fabric blog hop. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have been chosen by Elea. I’ve loved her fabric for such a long time. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to work with her new Penny Rose fabric collection. Have you seen it? Let me just show you..

It was so hard to choose specific prints since I loved each and every one. I’m also guilty of fabric hoarding (who isn’t), making it that much more difficult. Going with my instincts proved to be the best choice in the end. Before I knew it, TaDa! Speedy delivery! My pretty little stack arrived at the front door..

Ack! So much adorable, right? Apples, bears, florals, plaids, and the colors? Good grief. Elea did such a great job designing this line. They immediately made the wheels start spinning. Before to long I had an image, next came the sketches, then measurements, templates, test patterns, details.. You name it, I did it. Ready to see??

Do you like it? It’s a massive wall organizer for all my sewing tools. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20″x26″. 

With a big move coming then, and knowing my working area would be limited, I thought something cute, inspiring, and practical was in order. I needed a single space that made it easy to grab and use my everyday tools.

Pincushion, a wool felt page, pockets..

I’m particularly proud of these pleated pockets, with a little hand-stitched cotton lace..

Something I could place near my sewing machine and that wouldn’t take up any table or floor space. Did I mention it’s on a copper swivel hook? One made specificity for me by my DH? Check this out..

Oh this yummy yellow fabric!

So cute, and so much funner than my usual solid linen picks for everyday items. Did you notice it’s double sided to hold my acrylic rulers and cutting mats? Yess, I think cute and practical have been accomplished! I have to say, when a sweet friend offers to send over her new line of fabric. It’s not hard find inspiration. 

I certainly hope I’ve inspired a few of you, and really hope you’ve decided to take the plung. There are just so many things you can incorporate these fabrics into. If you need more inspiration, follow my blog via email to see what’s coming up next. I promise you’ll want to be here! If blogs aren’t your thing, click on over to my IG account and follow me there. Up next for our Apple Farm Blog Hop are Megan Price and Amanda Niederhauser. Hop over there tomorrow to see what they made!

Just incase you’ve missed any of the posts, here’s a line up of the tour:

8/8/16 Jemima @tiedwitharibbon http://www.tiedwitharibbon.com

8/8/16 Anorina @sameliasmum http://www.sameliasmum.com

8/9/16 Kimberly @fatquartershop http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

8/9/16 Bridgette @thefamilyhearth http://www.thefamilyhearth.com

8/10/16 Taunja @taunjalynn http://www.carriedawayquilting.com

8/10/16 Nadra @ellisandhiggs http://www.ellisandhiggs.com

8/11/16 Shari @doohikeydesigns http://www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/

8/11/16 Heidi @fabricmutt http://www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com

8/12/16 Lindsey @fortworthfabricstudio http://www.fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com

8/15/16 Ange @alittlepatchwork http://www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

8/15/16 Lauren @transientart http://www.transientart.com

8/16/16 Jessica @euphoria_jessica http://www.euphoriajessica.blogspot.com

8/16/16 Kristyne @prettybyhand http://www.prettybyhand.com

8/17/16 Melissa @ohhowsweetco http://www.ohhowsweet.com

8/17/16 Sedef @downgrapevinelane http://www.downgrapevinelane.com

8/18/16 Faith @faithessenburg http://www.saranaave.wordpress.com

you are here -> 8/18/16 Veronica @vividfelicity http://www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com

8/19/16 Megan @dollyhenryau http://www.dollyhenry.blogspot.com

8/19/16 Amanda @jedicraftgirl http://www.jedicraftgirl.com

8/19/16 Me @elealutz http://www.elealutzdesign.com

Many thanks to Elea Lutz and Penny Rose Fabrics for such a fun experiance, as well as to all the many talented ladies in this blog hop! 


Happy Sewing! Veronica 

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Hexies Everywhere 

Hexies hexies hexies. I’ve caught the paper piecing bug. I tried them out a few years back, but I just couldn’t get it right. I kept pouring over photos time and time again. All those beautiful projects.. sigh.. After some time learning how to handsew (and I’m talking about a couple of years here you guys, I’m weird that way), I realized my technique had been all wrong. As time passed, I still found myself falling for all the hexie photos. Well, I decided to give english paper piecing another try. And guess what?Tada! Hexies! Beautiful, perfect hexies.. They’re multiplying by the second! I couldn’t wait to sew a few of them together. They eventually became a cute flower, begging to be appliquéd onto linen (of course! What else would I pick?)My appliqué went pretty smooth, and I eventually made the prettiest pin cushion! It’s posted on my Instagram account of course. Apparently it wasn’t enough, because I now have this gorgeous stack of hexies..I’m excited to see what becomes of these. I just might tackle a bigger project here. …if I can stop making them first. Ha!

Happy sewing!

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Well Traveled Sewing Book

 The rumors are true. I have blog. Yeah, I know. Slacker. (We’ve been watching Back to the Future. Well, Samy has. A lot. I hear it playing in the background). Anyway. I have something I’d like to share that I really enjoyed  doing this past week!

I made a Well Traveled Sewing Book. Woohoo. And you know what else ? I really love it! So let me just give you a tour. Yes?

Here’s the front and back covers..

  
  
I really wanted a “sewing” themed fabric for the outside and handles. The “hand sewn” hexie detail seemed perfect. I’m not sure of the handles though, I may change them out. How about some details?

  
I stitched, ripped out, and re-stitched my logo lable & patchwork 3x, and twice for the fabric button placement, until I was happy. I’m so glad I did. 

Here’s a look at the insides. This is the inside of the front cover, & the first “page”..

   
..the inside of the first page. I used my cherished fabric scraps, some of which Amy was kind enough to share with me. Yay! 

Again my seam ripper and I were joined at the hips (if seam rippers had hips.. funny). I just couldn’t decide on colors, but the results were satisfying. I wish I knew the name of this berry fabric. I’d buy yardage!

 
..Next is the back of the first page and the front of the second page.. 

 
The pockets are from a recycled baby girls dress I fell in love with. (I’m grateful I have son. We’d be trouble if you get my drift!). They’ll be holding a couple of “heavier” sewing items.

  
..the inside of my second page. The use of clear vinyl was inspired from my Pouch With A View (details on IG). It makes a great pocket for my embroidery threads & Hexies I think, or anything I’d like to view immediately. And of course the pleated pocket. Gotta love that!

And finally the back of the second page, and inside of the back cover. 

  

Again, I used some of my most cherished fabrics. Sparingly, I simply don’t have much of them left & some of them are hard to find now.

Over all, I love the pattern! It was well worth becoming BFFs with my seam ripper. My fingers were crying out in anguish, but my heart was gratefully fluttering after. 

I still want to personalize it even more. Buttons, hand sewn tags, embroidery, all that jazz. But I figure those will come when I’m sitting around (not likely, probably on road trips), looking for something to sew. If your looking for something adorable to hold your sewing items (aside from a sew-together-bag), I’d say this is the perfect one. 

Tag me on IG if you make one. I always love being inspired by you all. Hope you enjoyed looking through my book. Happy Sewing dear friends :•).

<3, V

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Paperie 

Did you see the IG hashtag going around for #getyourquiltywishesgranted? How fantastic is our sewing community?? I can not phathom the amount of generosity floating around right now. It warms the soul, renews the mind, and just plain good all around! I still need to participate. I mean I tried granting some wishes, but I jumped in too soon without verifying I had the fabrics. Embarrassing. I’ll be trying again! 

On the flip side, I posted once about some fabrics I’d been looking for for sometime. Would you believe how lucky I felt to have Amy Sinibaldi answer my request? Yup! Amy of nanaCompany! ..I’m just going to contain my excitement until I get through this post. Then I’ll proceed to a full on Happy Dance!

So wana see the package she sent me?

  

Wow. Gorgeous. It’s so much more than I expected! I mean, the generosity. 

  

Yup. That’s her new fabric line Paperie! A nice plush fat quarter bundle of silky cotton goodness, just for me. Oh the love that’s pouring from these threads. sigh beautiful!  Well, of course I dropped everything and proceeded to cut them up. Um yeah, the love was that strong. I’ll need to order yardage on Friday. Believe dat. Back to what I was saying. I cut it up and immediately made this adorably cute book bag..

  

Gosh I’m in love! Take a closer look..

  

It was all about the frayed look with this bag.

  

Cute binding

   

The perfect lining. -which I found at Joanns just a week earlier

    
 
And it had to have an equally sweet pocket for my iPhone of course..

  

Pretend you don’t see that stray fiber. 

It’s love. It needed to be something I could carry with me. Immediately. If you haven’t ordered any? I’d suggest getting on it. It’s a limited edition fabric line, and the rest of the prints are to die for. Thank you again Amy!

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to do my happy dance!!