Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop.
I don’t think I’ve made a big secret of the fact that my favorite part of the Sew Pro Conference was Tula Pink. She was so generous with her experience and sage advice, as well as her dry sense of humor. In one slide presentation, she had some small zipper bags, but remarked that if she can’t fit her sketchbook into it, it’s sort of not her thing. And I thought to myself – I need a tote for my sketchbook! Carrying it around in a plastic bag is really just not fashionable. AND the bag gets holes.
At that point, Serendipity intervened. There was a ‘swag giveaway’ during the conference, and I won a charm pack of Tula’s new line, Slow and Stead. That HAD to be the Universe trying to tell me something, right? Tula’s advice to keep drawing, drawing, drawing kept rattling in my head, along with other bits of advice she had, like “Do the work!” and to remember that your work is, first and foremost, your work.
Thus, the “Tip Toe Through the Tulas” Sketchbook tote was born. It has space for the particular sketchbook I carry, pens, pencils, and a zipper pocket for eraser and other essentials. There are embroidered critters that come directly from the prints in the Slow and Steady collection, as well as another Tula quote on the front, “It may not be perfect, but it’s mine.” I hope you enjoy it!
Now, I had a bit of trouble with the full tutorial – it got so long, and image-heavy that it was causing the page to load slowly. SO – here’s what we’re going to do. This post will contain your materials’ list and the instructions for the embroidered, patchwork front cover. The NEXT post will cover the assembly of the whole cover. Just so you dont’ get frustrated with long load times and broken images, or pictures too small for good quality.
(Note: I made my project out of what I had knocking around the house. So, sometimes there are better options, and I’ll mention them. And sometimes I probably could have gotten by with slightly less fabric. I’ll try to note that, too).
Charm Pack of Tula Pink’s Slow and Steady: (I used a total of 14 charm squares, and really only 1/2 of each)
1/2 yd of the print of your choice from Slow and Steady (show is the Turtle print in Strawberry Kiwi)
1/2 yd of a coordinating solid
Remanants of several coordinating solids
22″ regular zipper
20″ separating zipper (Mine was actually a bit short for the purpose, but it was there. A 24-26″ might suit better)
1-1/2 yds of fusible fleece (probably more than you need, but it’s so darned useful!)
One skein of floss (I used Canon Waterlilies in “Succotash”)
Making the Top
Begin with the embroidery. It’s easiest to start with pieces of fabric large enough to fit in your embroidery hoop. Since I have a 5″ hoop, I cut a piece each in the light pink and aqua that were 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. The dark pink strip was 6-1/2″ x 10″. Trace your embroidery designs onto the fabric with your favorite implement. I drew this snail and bunny to coordinate specifically with this fabric line. But you can do whatever you like. Here are the designs.
Yes, they’re tiny. They have to fit in that 2″x2″ block. You can do it! Just use a very fine pen or pencil to trace your design. Work the outlines in stem stitch. The stems on the bunny are stem stitch, and the leaves eye, and tail are lazy daisy. The dots in the center rondel are Peking knots.
For the snail, the dots are Peking knots (sometimes with 2 throws, if I wanted them to be bigger. The shading and shell ornamentation are backstitched. The stripes are satin stitched.
(If you are not familiar with the Peking knot – it’s like a French knot, but without the aggravating tendency to pull through the fabric. There is a tutorial available here. She’s also got good photo tutorials of other stitches, if you need a bit of a refresher!)
Here is the text:
The font is called “Homemade Apple” and it works pretty well for embroidery.
Work all your embroidery.
Now trim the squares containing the animals to 2-1/2″ squares, as if you were fussy-cutting a motif in the fabric.
Trim the text rectangle to 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Each square for the top is a variation on the economy block. For the embroidered blocks:
Cut 2 2-1/2″ squares of each print, then cut them each into two triangles. Sew one triangle to the top and bottom of your embroidered square, then press. Sew another triangle to each side of the square, then press. Trim the square to 3-1/4″
Take the other triangles, and sew one of each print together into pairs along the short side. Press. Pin one 1/4-square triangle unit to each side of the growing block, matching the seam to the point of the center square:
You should be able to match the center seams of the two triangle units. Sew, press, and then repeat along the other two sides. Trim the finished piece to 4-1/2″
Make two blocks with your embroidered squares, and two with plain fabric centers. Lay them out like this:
Yes, both embroidered blocks go on the left. That’s because the handle will attach on the right. Sew the squares together, then sew each pair to the center strip.
Come back this weekend, and we’ll finish up our sketch book cover!
In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the hop:
Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – https://lisaandlorelai.com/
Sherri Noel – Rebeccamaedesigns.com
Andi Stanfield – http://truebluequilts.com/
Brooke Gilbert – http://stitchedprintingcompany.com/p/blog
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – https://vintagebarngirl.wordpress.com/
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – http://www.thestitchtvshow.com
Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com
Joanne Kerton – www.canuckquilter.com
Lisa Nielsen – http://thequiltjam.blogspot.com/
Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – seecarmensew.com
Anne Beier – http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/
Jessica Caldwell – www.desertbloomquilting.com
Pamela Morgan – mysweetlittlestitches.com
Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – www.marvelousauntiem.com
Cathy Smith – www.aquiltingchick.com
Lissa LaGreca – lovinglylissa.com
Paula Mamuscia – https://creationsbypaulamamuscia.wordpress.com/
Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/
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