September 19, 2016

Pattern Shop News!

It's here! My new owl ornament is now available in my SHOP.



Owl on a Stick is suited to crafters of any skill level. They are easy to stuff and close with the same gathered-tail design as my Bird Ornaments. These owl ornaments are a perfect way to use up your fabric scraps and odd buttons.



And the scrappy look means that the variations are endless. So have fun making a parliament of owls! They are a great decoration for all year round... not just for the holidays. This is for all those owl lovers out there :o)



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September 16, 2016

Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Pattern Giveaway is...



Tina F. Andersen

Congratulations! Please reply to my Facebook message with the pattern you would like and your email address. The Owl pattern will be available next week if you would like to wait.

Thank you to everyone who entered. It was fun to see all the inspiring quilted crafts made using my patterns! If you want to show me what you made, please post your pics on my Facebook page any time.


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September 13, 2016

Owl Ornaments!

I'm currently working on a new owl ornament pattern requested by Kay who has made over 100 of my bird ornaments, and wanted another simple animal or bird ornament pattern to give as gifts.




It's tough to come up with something new when it has already been done so many different ways. I think I've made an owl that is my style... I was thinking about calling it "Owl on a Stick" but it will probably end up just being called "Owl Ornament". What do you think of my owl?





One morning, I collected some sticks in the park but a dog stole one right out of my hand! When I got home, I made a few more owls to test my pattern.

Sarah, my illustrator, is putting the finishing touches on the step-by-step illustrations for the pattern today which should be available in my SHOP by next week! I will let you know when it's ready both here on my blog and also on my Facebook page.




Today I'm starting Christmas early by making a green owl for a friend!



Which pattern would you like next?


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September 9, 2016

PATTERN GIVEAWAY!!


Hop on over to my Facebook Page for a free pattern Giveaway!!

Add an image of your PatchworkPottery creation in the comment section of my Giveaway post to be entered in the draw for a FREE PDF PATTERN of your choice! The Giveaway ends Thursday September 15, 2016. I will draw the name of the lucky winner on Friday!!

*If you would like your work added to my Pinterest Fan Board, include a link to your image outside of Facebook because Facebook doesn't allow pinning.


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August 20, 2016

Teacup Coaster & an Owl

I didn't really decide to sew a tiny coaster on the hottest day of the year in my attic studio... it just happened!




I needed something to put under my ice water to soak up the droplets dribbling down the sides of my jar. I have a bunch of mug rugs but I wanted something smaller this time, and I wanted to include a little teacup applique because (believe it or not) I don't have anything with a teacup!




I tried a few decorative stitches on my machine but only the last two flowers were aligned even though they came out perfectly on the scrap. A few years back I would have picked out every tiny stitch of that row and re-sewed it but I'm slowly challenging my perfectionism. Besides, the coaster is only for me... and it was way too hot up there to stay a moment longer than needed!



I'm currently working on a new owl ornament pattern requested by Kay who has made over 100 of my bird ornaments and wanted another simple animal or bird ornament pattern to give as gifts. It's tough to come up with something new when it has already been done so many different ways. I think I've made an owl that is my style... I was thinking about calling it "Owl on a Stick" but it will probably end up just being called "Owl Ornament".

What do you think of my owl?



It has been so hot the past few days. I have been meeting my friend Jana at the air-conditioned cafe down the street for some mindless colouring in the squelching hot afternoon heat!




The vegetables in my garden aren't complaining, neither are the plums or grapes. And when It's time to water the garden, half the water ends up on me!



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August 19, 2016

Stacked China



I made this stacked coins quilt for my friend Maya using blue & white to go with her living room decor. I think it looks like stacked China dishes. I quilted her favourite quote into the quilt...

"What we desire for ourselves,
we wish for all."

by J.S. Woodsworth


(photo by Selep Imaging)



I decided to go with linen for the long strips and binding because it set off the blue & white beautifully. I love linen. It looks good with everything! I free-motion quilted meandering lines and the words, and hand-embroidered a running stitch along the edges of the linen strips.





I found the perfect fabric for the back. It is a blue & white Asian style cotton print of birds on branches. I lost track of where I purchased it online. I used every last piece in the quilt. It wasn't quite large enough for the back after using some for the front so I added a large white border of text fabrics including a fabulous newspaper print.





Maya and her kids loved the quilt. Both of my cats thought that the quilt was extra comfortable too! Get off the quilt, Opal! I still need to embroider it...



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August 4, 2016

Forest Friends

It seems like everything I make recently has mushrooms in it! If it's not a cake decorated with meringue mushrooms or a little painting of mushrooms then it's a quilt!



I always start my projects with a sketch that I scan into the computer and print it out the actual size. This usually means taping a bunch of paper together.





Sometimes I change small things like adding an extra flower or removing the ferns. In the original drawing, the tree was slanted and the ground was curved but for ease of making a pattern I decided to make the tree & ground straight.






Then I lay my pattern on the ground and start playing with fabrics! This is where my studio becomes a hurricane! For this quilt, I used the Freezer Paper Applique technique.







I trace the reverse of my pattern pieces onto the paper-side of the freezer paper and iron them to the back of the fabrics. Starch helps a lot when pressing the fabric around to the back. The entire quilt was free-motion quilted including attaching all the appliques.






I embellished the quilt with details such as hand embroidery & stamping, and fake felt buttons so it would be baby-safe.




It's just so cute that I can't stop taking pictures!!





I must admit that I fell in love with the finished quilt like I do with practically everything I make! It was difficult for me to give it away but it was totally worth it after all the smiles it created! I think Max likes it!



I feel like this quilt needs a better title... Any thoughts?


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