Log Cabin Pillow {Cross-Stitch & Embroidery}

Hi Everyone! I am really excited about posting here at Clover & Violet today. My name is Hilary and between being a mommy to my 3 year old son and working a full-time marketing job, I blog over at Young Texan Mama. I have been sewing for almost 10 years, and quilting for just about 2 years. I love everything about sewing and quilting, but I got my start in needlework when my grammo taught me how to cross-stitch and embroider when I was 7 years old.

I’ve done countless cross-stitch kits over the years, and they are all so adorable but I tend to get stuck when it comes to finishing them. I’ve framed several over the years, but I still have some hiding away in totes waiting to be finished.  This darling Winnie the Pooh is one of the few that I have had tucked away.

Winnie the Pooh

I went over and over in my head about how I wanted to finish this, and then I realized that it would make a darling little block for a pillow.


I used my 6.5″ square ruler to trim down the cross-stitch for my center of the block. I chose a log cabin block because it is a great way to feature Pooh bear in the center, and I thought it was kind of clever because log cabins are in the woods and Pooh bear live in the Hundred Acre Wood :)


My initial fabric pull included fabrics from Lizzy House, Cotton & Steel, and April Rhodes. The pillow form I have is 14×14 so I only needed a couple borders around before it would be big enough. I cut 2inch strips and started sewing :)


I was hesitant at how this would end up looking, but after I got the first strips added around the block I was in love. The yellow from the Lizzy House Cat Nap collection is just perfect, and I love how the geometric print looked with the cross-stitch.


And of course like I always do, I was so excited about getting some sewing time in that I completely forgot to take more progress pictures as I went. This came together so quickly, I was finished in just about an hour! As y’all can tell, I changed up what fabrics I ended up using. I pulled some of my new Tula Pink Moonshine collection because I just HAD to use the print with the bumblebees!


I cannot wait to make the Tigger cross-stitch I have into a pillow to go with this one. I plan on giving them to my mom for the playroom she has for her grand-babies. that is if my munchkin doesn’t claim them first :)

The Felicity Bag {Pattern Release}

the Felicity bagHappy Monday, everyone. We’re excited to show you our latest pattern release, the Felicity bag! This is a pattern I’ve had in mind for far too long, so I’m glad to finally have it available to you. I posted my original version earlier this summer, but after carrying it around for a couple months, I knew it needed a little bit of a revamp.

Felicity-bag-5I’m so happy with the way this one turned out.

Felicity-bag-6Here’s a look at the inside with the attached frame pocket {we bought our frames here}. We also used By Annie Soft and Stable to give this purse a lot of shape, and so the frame doesn’t weigh it down. You can read a little bit more about this great product here, and purchase it in quilt shops or directly from By Annie’s website.

Felicity-bag-4We hope you love the Felicity bag as much as we do! Happy sewing!

Selfish Sewing Week {& Giveaway}

ssw-logo-final-fall-2014-700-pxWe’re excited to be part of Selfish Sewing Week, hosted by Rachael of Imagine Gnats and Kollabora! I’ve seen so many people say they’ve never made a quilt for themselves, or that their time for sewing is filled with children’s clothes, or things like that. And, while sewing for others is wonderful, sometimes we all need to take a break and sew a little something for ourselves. So Rachael has organized a bunch of sewers and patterns to inspire us to do a little selfish sewing!

I hate to admit it, but I often feel like a great majority of my sewing is selfish…since I use almost every bag I make {and the ones my mom makes too…maybe I need to be a less selfish sewer?!}… But let’s not get distracted…

This fall’s featured stitchers are:

Call AjaireThe Crafty KittyMax Californiathe quirky peachSewbon
sewVerya happy stitchsew a straight lineSew CarolineOur Chez Nous
verypurplepersonFlamingo ToesSewing Rabbitjustmejaygroovy baby and mama
you & mieoona balloonasew Amy sewIdle Fancymiss matatabi
Dandelion DriftModern HandcraftBuzzmillsu&miiB.Yazoo
A Quilter’s Tablelbg studioDiary of a ChainstitcherCompagnie M.
Sew Chibila inglesitaModern HandmadeSing All You WantCookin’ and Craftin’
Behind the HedgerowMilkybeer HandmadeThe Charming Needle
Swoodson SaysCasa Crafty

And the Indie patterns they’ll be sewing are from:

April RhodesBlank Slate PatternsBluegingerdollBy Hand London
CaliFaye CollectionChris W DesignsChristine HaynesCloset Case Patterns
Clover & VioletDeer and DoeDelia CreatesEmmaline Bags
Go To Patternsgrainline studioGreenStyleCreationsHey June Handmade
imagine gnatsIn-House PatternsKate & RoseKitschy Coo
Megan Nielsen PatternsMouse House CreationsNamed ClothingNoodlehead
Papercut PatternsPauline AliceSBCC Patternsschnitten
Scientific Seamstresssee kate sewSew CarolineSew House Seven
Sew SweetnessSewaholicSewing Patterns by Mrs. HSUCH Designs
True BiasVictory PatternsViolette Field Threads

And, Rachael has also organized a giveaway, so you can enter here to win some great patterns!
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World´s Easiest Pumpkins {Sewing with Children}

This contributor post is written by Susi from Lilla Luise.


Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again! Summer is sadly coming to an end in my part of the world and we are ready to welcome the fall season – which is equally loved! To prepare for fall we thought about making some cute little pumpkins that your little ones can make almost by themselves (with a little help from mommy and daddy of course!).


Pssst, you could easily make a full pumpkin patch! ;)


fabric scraps in fall colors
small plate to trace a circle (you can vary sizes to make different sized pumpkins!)
embroidery floss and a sewing needle

First trace your circle and cut out.
Fold the edge of the circle in about 1/4″ and do a running stitch with a matching floss all around the circle edge. Don´t forget to secure your thread with a knot.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeave both tails long and pull gently so the circle starts to shape into a pumpkin. Stuff and pull the opening almost closed. Make a knot and cut off the remaining floss.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPop a little stick into the opening. There it is – your first bit of fall decoration!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHave a great start into fall season and see you next month!


New Project: Geofabulous by Maude Asbury for Blend {& Tool Storage}

Hello! I have a couple of things to share with you today!


We have the wonderful privilege of working with Blend fabrics again this year. We always get excited when we get that email nearing quilt market. This year we are sewing with Geofabulous by Maude Asbury. We are making a bag for them to take along to Fall Quilt Market. The bag pattern is a new pattern of ours called “Felicity“, and it is already at the pattern testers getting its final touch ups. It should be released very soon and added to our shop. I have seen a couple of finished “Felicity bags” (one is mine) and I love them! (Also, I  use my tray to carry my projects around it helps to keep them organized.)


I started by making hexagons for the front and back panels of the bag. Geofabulous is really a pretty line of fabric to work with. Nice and colorful and lots of great prints. I think it looks great in hexagons too. P.S. Blend Fabrics are so lovely to work with, it has a  very quality feeling!


The hexagons will be sewn onto the main print fabric for the outside of the bag and then will have the other fabric shown here for handles and binding. It also has a frame purse in the middle, which I can’t wait to use. I think it will be really pretty and a very useful bag to have. We will be showing more pictures as we finish it up. Maybe you want to be thinking about what you would like to use Geofabulous to make.


The last thing I wanted to show you was what I use for small tool storage. Donna had a cute little planter for hers, and I use these little buckets. I had to get them all together to show you. One for crochet hooks, that I am hoping to use soon. Another one to hold pens and pencils for marking and writing lists. And lastly, one for my rotary cutters, so they are easy to find and don’t get lost under piles of fabric.

I hope you have a great weekend!