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While browsing flickr a few weeks ago, I saw these pictures from i heart linen (a very lovely blog). I did some googling to find more information about the magazine, and ordered it.

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My stitch arrived yesterday, and I am so happy, I loved it from start to finish. I guess most magazines I’ve read focus more on crafts, so there are inevitably a few projects or articles that don’t interest me (I don’t scrapbook or knit). But since I love everything about sewing, this magazine was perfect. It even reminded me a bit of Blueprint with its neat fonts, beautiful photos, and the page layouts that weren’t too overcrowded.

I learned some great options in the “sew eco” article featuring earth friendly fabrics and resources. Although shipping those special fabrics down here would probably take the green out of them, packaging and shipping them all the way to Puerto Rico.

And for the projects, I’m definitely going to make the skirt on the cover, the Moebius Cowl, the Techno Travel Roll, the Stitch-and-Stash labels, and I might eventually become ambitious enough to try the hexagon place mats and coasters. Although I think that project is not designed for a gal like me who doesn’t measure twice, and couldn’t cut straight to save her life.
But honestly, all the projects look great.

You can download 3 projects from their website.

I hope I can wait until the next issue.

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I’m trying to be more eco-conscious, thanks to Daily Danny and his fabulous books and thanks to Apartment Therapy.

I decided to make cloth napkins so I wouldn’t waste as many paper ones. I’m also going to bring a few to work to use with lunch. I used the pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing although I made them a different size so that I could use up some of my stash of fat quarters.

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Some other great napkin patterns:
Bias Toward the Pretty from Martha
Napkins Trimmed in Rick-rack from Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts
More Bias-bound Napkins from the Purl Bee
Napkins with Mitered Corners from Tammy’s Times
Design*Sponge napkins

Or No Sew Versions:
Pinked Napkins from Planet Green
Fringed Edge Napkins from Rocks in My Dryer
Heat n Bond Napkins from Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

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After my husband starting joking lately that my hobby is thinking about crafting, I figured it was about time that I got back to doing some actual crafting. And the time was right to get back to crafting- we had to buy a new computer (unfortunately our less than 3 yr old laptop screen died- must have been doing too much thinking about crafting while surfing online) we decided to move the computer out of the “office” so that now I have a room devoted entirely to sewing & crafting. My new craft room was in need of some decorations.

I bought some embroidery patterns and a hoop frame from Sublime Stitching. My husband spray-painted the frame black for me with some spray-paint made for plastic.

Here’s the finished product:

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I’ve been scoping out craft rooms and offices on flickr for inspiration. Here are my faves:

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1. Visual Artist, The Netherlands, 2. Yay new shelves!, 3. my desk-spot, 4. the office, 5. Wide Shot, 6. A Place to Sew, 7. joy_office5, 8. New Improved Studio 01, 9. New Improved Studio 03

I’m hoping to start posting more frequently. Next on the agenda is some posts on the many craft books I’ve acquired. Have a nice day!

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This summer, I was reading Sewing Savvy when I came across their small feature on the sewing bird.

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I knew right away that I wanted one for my sewing room, because sewing birds remind me of my childhood. When I was little, my mother volunteered at a colonial home and often dragged me along. I think that by the time I was ten, I could probably lead the tours myself, I knew the artifacts, furniture, and history so well. The sewing bird was one of the few items I was allowed to touch. I used to love pressing down on its tail feathers to make its beak open.

I perused ebay for an antique sewing bird, but settled instead on a replica from Lacis.com. However, I think I will keep an eye on ebay in the future, because I think antique sewing birds would be a really neat collection to have.

Unfortunately right now he isn’t very helpful because his clamp doesn’t open wide enough to put him at my sewing desk. But I think he’ll be charming just keeping an eye on my fabric stash.

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For my first project since I’ve been back to sewing, I chose another first- my first quilt.¬† I used a pattern¬†from Amy Karol‘s Bend-the-Rules Sewing.
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The instructions were very easy to follow, and I think that I am ready to move on to more difficult quilts. I love the scalloped edges- although next time I think I will make the scallops a little bigger. I used plain cotton fabrics – I bought them many months ago at Joann’s.

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And if you have a few hours to spare, check out the many beautiful photos of projects from the book in the flickr group.

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This is my pattern collection.

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Still awaiting the arrival of my furniture and sewing supplies. Here’s a photo of a future quilt I’m planning to make. Although there’s not much need for quilts here in Puerto Rico…

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I got the idea for an asian quilt from a stack of fat quarters I bought at Michael’s.

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