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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #64

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 27th, 2016

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

It’s going to be a busy week here on Super Mom – No Cape! I’ve got two beautiful 4th of July inspired projects to share with you. And that’s in addition to today’s lovely vintage Workbasket pattern.

 

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Betsy Ross and the US Flag

For those unfamiliar with US history, the story goes that in 1776, Betsy Ross was commissioned to sew the first US flag.

It was made up of 13 stripes, alternating red and white, beginning and ending with red and 13 stars in a circle on a blue background in the upper left hand corner (the side on which the flag is hoisted.)

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Betsy Ross and the US Flag pdf.

 

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #64

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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In Our Garden Link Party at Sew Incredibly Crazy

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 24th, 2016

Have you made Blocks #9 and #10 of the In Our Garden BOM?

If so, Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy has a link party where you can share the blocks you’ve made.

The really cool thing is that by linking up, you’ll be entered to win fabric from Alison Glass.

In Our Garden Link Party – Month 5

You can link up your blog, Instagram or Facebook post.

Now I know that not everyone has a blog or accounts on Instagram or Facebook and I want to give everyone a chance to share their blocks and to be entered to win.

So… if you don’t have somewhere to link your blocks from, feel free to email me a photo of your block(s) by clicking on the envelope in my left-hand sidebar. Include permission for me to post it (a short sentence is fine) and I will post them on Instagram @supermomnocape or my Super Mom – No Cape! Facebook page. And I’ll get you linked up!

If you haven’t made June’s blocks yet, what are you waiting for?

There’s fabric to be won! 🙂

For those visiting for the first time or are a new subscriber… this is Block #9 done in Alison Glass Sun Print 2016 fabrics:

Garden Path - Block 9 of the In Our Garden BOM

Block #10, also done in Alison Glass Sun Print 2016 fabrics:

Coming Home - Block 10 of the In Our Garden BOM

Do you still need to download the blocks?

They’re available for free download until the end of June.

All the information where to do that is in my original post: 

In Our Garden BOM Block 9 & 10

There’s also a free bonus pattern”Home Tweet Home” that I designed where you can mix and match the various pieces to create all sorts of different applique birdhouse blocks.

Design Your Own Home Tweet Home

While you’re checking those out, don’t forget to comment on that original post to be entered to win a $25 Gift Certificate generously provided by Fat Quarter Shop.

 

 

Are you’re needing fabric to make your In Our Garden blocks?

Or maybe you’ve already made your blocks and are looking for a new project to work on.

Craftsy has pretty sweet sale going on from now until Tuesday 6/28 at 11:59pm MT.

(ad) Save up to 60% on kits & supplies with the sweetest sale you’ll see all summer on Craftsy! You don’t need to slather on the sunscreen to enjoy these deals; just kick back somewhere cool and snag all the kits and supplies you want for less. Top designers, bestsellers and new picks –– they’re all fair game and waiting for you.

Click here => Craftsy June Supplies Sale

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #63

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 20th, 2016

Happy First Day of Summer!!

One of the things that I look forward to each summer is attending the different fireworks displays.

With Canada Day coming up on July 1st and Independence Day on July 4th, not to mention all the county and provincial/state fairs… there will be lots of opportunities to attend fireworks celebrations.

To get those celebrations started, I’m sharing this vintage Workbasket pattern for firecrackers.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - FirecrackersDave has copied them in three different sizes so they can be used in a variety of different types of projects.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Firecrackers downloadable pdf.

 

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #63

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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2 New Cover-Ups for My Mom

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 18th, 2016

What do you do if you have a favorite piece of clothing that you absolutely love… in fact, you love it so much that you wear it until it’s old and worn and then when you go to try to find a replacement, you can’t find a new one anywhere?

Well, if you’re my Mom, you ask your daughter to make you a new one. 🙂

Mom had a cover-up that she’s had for about 10 years now. All spring, summer and into the early fall, when she comes in from mowing the lawn or working in the garden, she showers and then puts on her cover-up to wear around the house. After all those years of use, hers had gotten to the stage where it had worn thin in places and it needed to be replaced. The problem was that she couldn’t find one like the one she had.

Earlier this year, she called me and asked if I would make her a new one, if she sent me her old one.  As any good daughter would, I said, “Of course!”

Mid February, the package with her old cover-up arrived.

One of the Fabricland locations in London, ON was closing and I was super lucky to find french terry on sale for a great price. I bought enough to make two new cover-ups for her.

It has been years (as in high school Home Ec in the 70s) since I had sewed with knit fabric. I remember making a skirt. But that’s about all I remember.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I’ve been pinning everything I could find about sewing with knits. I even created a Sewing – With Knits board to keep them all organized in one spot.

I had to teach myself how to sew with knits. Youtube and Pinterest to the rescue!

And then the time came along for our move. Packing and unpacking took priority. The cover-up and french terry were packed away with all my other sewing room things and after the move, there it sat along with all the other boxes in my new sewing loft/office.

But spring will be turning to summer next week, so I had to get those cover-ups done so I could send them to her.

First, I carefully unpicked the seams of her old one, taking note of the order in which it had been sewn together, the seam allowance used, size of the neck and armhole bindings, etc.

Photo of the old cover-up taken apart

Then I used those pieces to make a pattern.

Paper pattern for new cover-ups

And here are her 2 new cover-ups:

Two new French terry cover-ups

I finished them last night. Once I find the right sized box, they can go out in the mail on Monday!

I learned a lot about sewing with knits while making these and I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks with you soon.

I got to thinking as well… since Mom had such a difficult time finding what is essentially a very simple shift type dress/cover-up, would anyone be interested in a pattern?

Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email and if there’s enough interest, I’ll start working on putting a pattern together.

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday        Fabric Frenzy Friday

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #62

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 13th, 2016

Good Monday Morning!

What a weekend of extremes it’s been here in Southwestern Ontario! Saturday was hot, hot, hot and the air conditioner was running. By Sunday evening it had cooled down so much that we were tempted to turn the heat on to take the chill off the house.

But Sunday afternoon was a good day to find a sunny spot sheltered from the wind to sit and stitch. I’m working on some sweet vintage designs that I’ll be sharing in the fall but today I’ve got some more patterns for the sports lovers in your lives.

Father’s Day is less than a week away but there’s still time to stitch up something fun for dear old Dad.

If last week’s designs weren’t to his tastes, perhaps this week’s will be.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Sports Equipment - 2

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Sport Equipment downloadable pdf – 2

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #62

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link Party.  It provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #61

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 6th, 2016

It can very difficult to find embroidery patterns suitable for the men in our lives so I was really pleased when I recently came across some Vintage Workbasket patterns for sports equipment.

Now these, of course, would be great for all the sport lovers in our lives… men or women, but with Father’s Day coming up in a few weeks, I thought this was the perfect time to share them.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Sports Equipment 2

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Sports Equipment

If you’re looking for more patterns that might be suitable for men, check out these patterns for a Rearing Horse and this one featuring a Western Saddle and Bull’s Head.

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #61

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link Party.  It provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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In Our Garden BOM – Blocks 9 & 10

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 1st, 2016

Welcome!

I’m so glad that you’ve joined me today because….

The day has finally arrived!

Today I get to share the two blocks I’ve designed for the In Our Garden Block of the Month.

But first, I want to thank Amy, our host over at Sew Incredibly Crazy for organizing and hosting the BOM. She has put in an incredible amount of work which I know is much appreciated by each of the designers and participants.

I’d also like to thank Andover Fabrics who provided my beautiful fabric – Sun Print 2016 by Alison Glass.

I first showed you these fabrics way back at the beginning of March. They looked so beautiful against the snow!

Sun Print fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover

But now I get to show you what they look like in the blocks I’ve created.

“Garden Path” – Block 9

June’s Pieced Block

Garden Path - Block 9 of the In Our Garden BOM

When I was designing this block, I visualized 4 stone and gravel paths coming together with a fountain in the center.

The four dark grey corner blocks are Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A-8137-C. They represent the gardens (or lawn if you were to make those in green.)

The medium grey (Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A-8138-C) is the stone path while the light grey is where the path transitions to gravel (Sun Print 2016 Pattern#A8070-C2.)

The square in the very center is the fountain.

 

Now for those of you who are hesitant to attempt blocks with points for fear of cutting them off when sewing the blocks together… there’s no need to worry. I wanted to make this block as beginner friendly as possible so the path blocks have been designed in such a way that the points are well outside the seam allowance. I provide step-by-step instructions with lots of photos to illustrate each step.

For the more advanced quilter, I hope that you’ll find my method for constructing them an interesting take on a traditional method.

And to make it super easy for everyone to download the blocks, I’m providing two different ways.

Click here to download Block 9 directly from my site.

Click here to be taken to my Craftsy shop (it’s free there too.)

If you’ve been following along each month, you know that at the beginning of the BOM, I decided to make each month’s pieced block in blue and white as a blue and white quilt has been on my bucket list for quite a while now.

So here’s the blue and white version of my block:

Blue and White Version of Garden Path Block

I had so much fun designing the applique block – Block 10! Click next to see how it turned out!

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Blocks 7 & 8 Going, Blocks 9 & 10 Coming

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on May 31st, 2016

Tomorrow is June 1st and that means that it will finally be my turn to share the blocks I’ve designed for the In Our Garden BOM!

In Our Garden Button

I’m excited and nervous all rolled into one!

But before tomorrow gets here, I wanted to remind everyone that there’s still time to download May’s blocks designed by Carla over at Creatin’ in the Sticks. Her blocks are called Flower Box and Bath Time.

She even designed a bonus block with a silly little bird creating quite a splash in the birdbath. In fact, that’s what she called the block: Splash.

If you hurry you can still download all three blocks for free!

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #60

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on May 30th, 2016

To all my US readers:

Happy Memorial Day!

When Dave was in the Canadian Army, one of my biggest worries was that one day he wouldn’t come home to me. Thankfully he always did. Not everyone is so fortunate.

We lived in the US for enough years for this day to become a day in which we too will always take time remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home. I hope that you too, no matter where you live in the world, will take a moment or two and remember your fallen.

 

On a lighter note… the first of this season’s organic strawberries have arrived in stores and I have been enjoying them for breakfast with kiwi and banana over yogurt.

Strawberries, kiwi and banana for breakfast

So today, I’ve decided to share this vintage Workbasket pattern of a bowl of strawberries.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Strawberries in a Bowl

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Strawberries in a Bowl downloadable pdf.

 

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Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #60

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link Party.  It provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #59

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on May 23rd, 2016

Here in Canada, we have a long weekend so…

Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian readers!

Next Monday is the Memorial Day long weekend in the United States. When we lived in the States, many of our friends and neighbors liked to decorate for Memorial Day and then leave the decorations up right through until Independence Day. I loved seeing all the patriotic displays!

Recently I was fortunate enough to find a small collection of vintage Workbasket patterns depicting US flags, eagles, the Liberty bell plus more.

One of those patterns was this United States Coat of Arms, also known as the Great Seal of the United States.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Great Seal of the USA

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Great Seal of the United States of America downloadable pdf.

You’d have to hurry to stitch it in time for Memorial Day but there’s more than enough time to finish it to have to display for July 4th!

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Stitcher Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #59

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link Party.  It provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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