Summer is for Stitching {Perle Club at Sew Lux}

Our friends at Sew Lux Fabric {who I got to meet at  Quilt Market!} are starting a new club that will help you build your stash of Perle Cotton, which is great for embroidery and hand quilting!

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washipincushionIf you’re looking for other embroidery inspiration, we have two embroidery quilt alongs: Embroidery 101 and Garden Steps. You can also browse our embroidery category. You can find all the details of the Perle Club here.

My next handwork project is binding my Garden Steps quilt, I cannot wait to show you the finish! I am hoping to spend some time stitching on it while the little ones play outside, it seems like summer is the perfect time for stitching {we had a whole series on hand work last summer called A Season by Hand}.

Do you have a handwork project planned for the summer {or winter, for those of you down under}?

Embroidered Monogram Luggage Tags {Tutorial}

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The little ones got new backpacks to take to the nursery at Church and use when we fly, so it seemed necessary to also make them new luggage tags!  Since they’re small, I didn’t want their personal information to be displayed on the tags for all to see.  Instead I added little monogrammed flaps to the tags to cover up their details, while still looking cute!  I thought I’d share the tutorial with you, since these would make great little gifts, and are perfect for summer vacations too!

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  • 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ solid for name and phone number {I stitched mine on a 5″ x 7″ rectangle}
    • 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ fusible interfacing for the back of embroidery
  • 7″ x 2 1/4″ solid rectangle for monogram flap
  • 4 – 3 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ rectangles print for border {I used two strips and trimmed them after sewing}
  • 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ rectangle print for back
    • 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ fusible fleece for the back of tag
  • 3″ length 3/4″ webbing or bias tape & 1 1/2″ swivel clip {I use these}
  • OR a longer length of webbing or bias tape to loop through a handle

Notes:  All seam allowances are 1/4″.  Follow the manufacturer’s directions to fuse the interfacing and fusible fleece to the wrong side of the indicated pieces before beginning.

First, embroider the information you want on the luggage tag on to the 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ solid rectangle.  I chose just a name and phone number.  Because names vary so much, I suggest you choose a font you like, type the name and phone number in a word processing program at a variety of sizes, then trace the best size onto the solid fabric.  I used Exo and Learning Curve for my tags.  I found the cursive font was much easier to embroider.  If you’re looking for more free fonts, I’ve pinned lots here, and I’m sure there are many more lists out there.

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Fold the 7″ x 2 1/4″ in half to 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″, and press. Embroider the monogram with the fold being the bottom of the flap. Fold fabric right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from each 3 1/2″ side, back stitching at the top, and leaving the top open. Clip corners and turn right sides out. Set aside.

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Sew two of the 3 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ printed rectangle to the top and bottom of the 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″.  Then, sew one 3 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ printed rectangle to the bottom {near the end of the name and phone number}.

Place the monogram flap over the name and phone number as desired {I ended up trimming a tiny bit off the top}, baste in place.  Then sew the remaining 3 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ rectangle to the top of the tag.

Thread the swivel clip onto the webbing or bias tape, fold in half, and baste to the top of the tag with the clip pointing down.

Sandwich the backing right sides together with the front of the clip.  Sew around the edges leaving a 1 1/2″ opening.  Clip the corners and turn right sides out.

Then top stitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way around, sealing the opening closed.  Also top stitch around the embroidered name and phone number for a nice finish.

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Then, clip it on, and you’re ready to go!

If you make one of these, we’d love to see, be sure to share in our Flickr group, e-mail us, or tag #cloverandviolet on Instagram!

Garden Steps Stitch and Quilt Along Progress

Yesterday I finished this block from our Garden Steps Stitch and Quilt Along.

DSC_0196The next blocks are some that I had finished before, {the last one is the final block}. If you have seen these already, sorry! I still have one partial and one whole block to embroider.

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DSC_0208My signature block that has been updated with the correct date, I think the first one said August 2013, that date came and went. I am really happy to have gotten these out and had a look at them again and seeing this quilt getting finished.

DSC_0210These are the backing and border fabrics I have chosen, I always second guess this stage. What do you think, should I choose something for the backing that is not so bold? Tell me what you think, I really do appreciate your thoughts and suggestions!!

Today is a bright and sunny day here in VA. {Still very cold though!} Soon I will be outside in the garden playing with dirt and real flowers. This past weekend my husband, Stan and I went outside and cut down the old Clematis vines that were brown,  but what we discovered was that they had big beautiful buds forming on them already!! I can’t wait!!

Happy Wednesday!

New & Improved Hoop

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Since my goal for January is to embroider the rest of my Garden Steps, I thought it was about time I got a new embroidery hoop. This is a Clover Embroidery Hoop and my mom has been using one just like it for a while. What she loves about it is the top part doesn’t catch the thread while stitching {this happens to me all the time on my other hoops}.

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So, now I have block eight all ready to go! I’m super excited to settle in and do some stitching in the evenings…maybe I should re-watch the first two season of Downton Abbey in preparation for the 3rd {I know it’s started now, but I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, so maybe I”ll watch the others again first!}.

Garden Steps {Block 10}

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It is about time I finished up this embroidery quilt!  It amazes me how some things just end up on the back burner, and then are slow to regain priority.  But, I’m down to only two blocks…so my goal is to finish stitching them this month.

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This one is block ten, and I really like the way the flowers turned out. If you look back to the original post, you can see the differences between mine and my mom’s stitch choice. I think one of my favorite things about embriodery is the way different stitches can make things that are similar unique.

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I finished this block up while we were out of town for Christmas, so I thought I’d also show you the little change I made to my sewing kit {see the original post here, tutorial from Lot’s of Pink Here!}. I had a problem with my little tools slipping out all the time, so I simply sewed a little flap over them. No need for a closure, it just stays closed when folded and tied.  I have loved this sewing kit, and now it is even better.

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I’m linking up to Sew Bittersweet Designs’ A Lovely Year of Finishes for January, in hopes that some peer pressure might help me actually accomplish my goal!  There’s still a day left to link up too…if you haven’t had a chance.

Have you noticed that there are tons of “finish works in progress” groups out there this year?  Maybe we’re all getting too bogged down with WIPs…!