Pretty Patterns: Remember Who Loves You

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This is our version of the “Remember who loves you” pattern from Acorn Quilts. I made this quilt years ago, but we cant seem to ever retire it because it continues to be so popular in our shop. Out of our Top 10 best selling patterns, it is the only one on the list that is not one of our Piper’s original designs. It continues to be one of my very favorite little quilts, I love the simplicity and sentiment of the little embroidery detail. I would love to make a larger size one, I think it would be perfect for a little girls twin size bed as well. What do you think? Do you ever get tired of owls? So far I am still owl obsessed.

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Where I Sew: My Sewing Room & Favorites

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I am a little obsessed with being a bit of a voyeur into others sewing rooms and creative spaces. There is a lot of inspiration and its so interesting to see how unique everyone’s space is, whether its a room, a whole floor of your house, or even a corner in a bedroom. So I decided to start a regular feature on our blog. It will be a peek into a stitcher’s space, plus some tips and favorite must haves. I will be the guinea pig and share my space, but next time, we would like to share yours! Please Email us with “Where I Sew” in the title, so that we can feature you! Just send us a few pics, and a few of your favorite things or must haves, we will pick someone every few weeks, and if you are featured we will send you some of our favorite goodies to thank you!

I am Erin, one of the Piper’s Girls and this is my sewing room. I recently moved and in my new house, I have a space that I just love! It has wonderful light, its much larger than my old room and has become my own private “happy place”. Here’s a few pics and some of my favorite things that make creating so enjoyable for me.

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For me, there are two things I have in my room that improve quilting the most for me. The first is having a great sewing machine table that has an insert so that I can sew with my machine flush with the table. The second is having a design wall, for me it is so much better than laying pieces out on the floor. It was such a luxury when I first put one up. I made my own, by wrapping and stapling batting around a giant art canvas, but you could also attach the batting directly to the wall. You quilt blocks stick perfectly to batting!

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I have finally gotten pretty organized with all my tools, collections, stash and so on. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep my mess at bay and keep things neat and tidy.

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I make a lot with scraps! My stash is really pretty small for how much I sew, but I have tons of scrap. I keep my scrap organized by color, in giant clear zip lock baggies, that are in these drawers from Ikea by color.

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Another favorite item, from Ikea! This rolling cart keeps my WIP’s neat and tidy and out of sight. I liked them so much, I saved up for 3, and totally want another.

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I still need to wind, most of my floss, but hey its a start.

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You can’t have too many pin cushions, right? The little fine clover pins sticking in these are so fab, if you haven’t tried them, you must! It is a little scary how excited a pin can make me, apparently I need to get our more.

To cap it off, my most favorite new item is our own Piper’s Girls invention! Our magnetic floral scissor holder. I always wear it around my neck when I am sewing and I always know right where my snips are when I need them, and as a bonus it looks cute! Thanks for visiting, I hope you will share your spaces with us in the future!

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Best Book: Quiltmania Special Kids 2014

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Quiltmania has been one of our very favorite magazines for as long as I can remember. We always think everything included in fabulous, unique and right up our alley in terms of style. When we started designing our own patterns, one of our lofty goals was to be featured in Quiltmania. So we were a bit giddy, to say the least when we found out they wanted to publish not one but TWO of our designs!! Yesterday a few copies arrived of OUR issue arrived and to say we are excited is the understatement of the century. Not only do our quilts look stunning on the pages, but all of the other projects that we are surrounded by are just beautiful! The issue is called Quiltmania Special Kids 2014 and has 28 different patterns inside, all geared towards the little ones. We will have issues in our shop and online to sell in a few weeks or you can pick it up at your local shop, or Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. Pick one up, its a keeper!

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Our E is for Elephant and our W is for Whale patterns are both featured, and our Whale is even on the back cover!

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I honestly love everything else that is included and am a little obsessed with the penguin quilt pattern below.

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Free Pattern: Spring Dress

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This little number is so perfect to wear in the warmer months! If you love to knit, crochet and to sew like we do, you will have a wonderful time making this for the little lady in your life. The pattern has 2 sizes, one is meant for 12-18 months and the other 18-24 months, but you can easily make it larger by just adding a little length to the bodice. You could also easily change the look of this dress, just by using a different fabric for the skirt. Make it your own! This is a free pattern from us to you! Just download the directions that include the supply list in the link below.

Spring Dress Pattern

Quick Tips & Tools: Turn your quilt into a Scrapbook

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This is s super simple tip, that will turn your quilt into a scrapbook of any kind with only a little effort. Why not turn your quilt into a record of memories. This is our O is for Owl quilt and we have been recording the milestones in my niece Piper’s life onto the flags as she creates them. We have used a permanent Pigma pen to write them down, and as she is now writing herself, she can start to record them in her own handwriting. Now, not only does she have a quilt she loves but it will be a scrapbook of sorts for milestones in the beginning of her little life. You can do this on any pattern and it really doesn’t take much time! This will work great for children, babies, anniversary gifts, weddings and much more!

 

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Sneek Peek: Sleepytime is here!

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This is Sleepytime! I think it is my very favorite baby quilt, EVER! And that is saying a lot! This quilt combines simple patchwork with adorable little sleepy animals that are appliqued into their beds. The border is a beautiful scallop that is also the binding as it comes around from the back. We used a beautiful Irish Linen that is included in our kits. Jeanette also hand quilted this little lovely to make it extra special. You can purchase just the pattern or a kit through the links below. So, what do you think?

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** Sleepytime is also now available in a Instant Download PDF Pattern!!

Sleepytime Kit with Irish Linen and Pre-cut squares!

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