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pattern // shiny apple caravan cross stitch design

Shiny Apple Caravan Cross Stitch

Who's ready to stitch this month's free cross stitch pattern? The cross stitch version of Kawaii Crossing has a new resident rolling in and they might just stay awhile.

Now, as I write this, I have a half-stitched project to my right and a page of patterns waiting to be stitched on my left. I also have a giant project to work on, a pattern to trace for my shop, and a goal of making something cute with plastic canvas. But naturally, I want to stitch this little apple. Like, so much that it hurts.

Must. Resist. New. Stitching.

Thankfully, YOU don't need to resist. You can just pick up your needle and get started. And I can't wait to see what you make. As usual, the embroidery pattern will be coming soon.

Now, if this were Richard Scarry's Busy Town, there would be a worm living in this house on wheels, but actually, lots of animals eat apples. What kind of animal do you think lives here?

calendar // shiny apple caravan wallpapers



Do you remember the Busy World of Richard Scary? This month's Kawaii Crossing house (and matching free wallpapers) is an ode to this delightful town that certainly influenced my style. We all remember Lowly Worm and his apple car, but since I'm making little houses, I went for an apple caravan!

Last year when I made the Kawaii Crossing shops, I thought it would be so cute to have a food truck for one of the designs, but it never worked out. Having a house on wheels is the next best thing...or maybe even better!

I do love apple things and I've been thinking about what apple projects I might try. At one point I thought I might crochet an apple caravan using my pumpkin pattern as the basis, but I think it's safe to say that won't happen for me. Sigh. Also, why don't stores carry Bernat Blanket yarn in red? Okay, okay...I have other things to work on.

While I get to work on those other things, go ahead and download some wallpaper for all your screen sizes!



blog tour // purr-fect patchwork by pamela jane morgan

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Do you love sewing and cats? Do you know someone who loves either of those? Yes? I thought so. And you're in the right place. Because today I'm sharing something paw-sitively delightful: The Purr-fect Patchwork Blog Tour! This brand new quilt book by Pamela Jane Morgan is filled with quilts, bags, and sewing accessories, each showing off adorable kitty cats.

Part of this blog hop is about showing off Purr-fect Patchwork, and part is about a giveaway! But before we get to the giveaway and the rest of the stops on this tour, let me show you what I made. I decided to try something a little different with one of these super cute designs, so are you ready?

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour


I pulled out some bright fabrics to stitch together a very sweet kitty. Working on this was so much fun and I loved seeing the tiny pieces come together.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Okay, but you know what? If we're talking about a book filled with cat-themed projects, Darcy Cat simply MUST be part of this right? Thankfully, she obliged and jumped in to a little photoshoot!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Just look at this helpful little kitty! She officially approves of this pattern.

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The project I chose to work with is the Tale of Two Kitties Needle Book. (Don't you just love it? And isn't that sewing machine amazing?) What's unique about this project (besides the kitty piecing) is that it's not just a needle book, but also a little sewing pouch. It's purrrrrfect for keeping with your embroidery or English paper piecing.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Speaking of paper piecing, the original instructions call for using foundation paper piecing to make the cat sections as well as the row of flying geese. I won't go into the details of sewing FPP, but basically it involves sewing the fabric and the paper in a way the adds precision piecing without the cutting getting to complex.

I have done foundation paper piecing exactly one time, but I have used FPP patterns to do my favorite technique: English paper piecing. Here's how that goes.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

For this, I cut apart all the pieces from the FPP pattern. And then as soon as I did that, I realized that there were a couple pieces that I could baste without cutting the sections apart. So I recut them together.

This is one of the things that you can and should look out for when using FPP patterns for EPP.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Now we get into standard English paper piecing. I glued the paper pieces to the fabric...

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

...cut all the fabric...

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

...and started basting the pieces. Most of the pieces are small, so I could just stitch through the fabric. A few are larger and I stitched through the fabric and paper. If you've never done this before, you can see how I baste pieces in this video.



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

With each new kitty piece basted, I added it in and it was like making a puzzle!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Also, I have to point out that these are the tiniest EPP pieces I've ever worked with. Like, tiny tiny.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

One of the great things about tiny pieces is that they join together in a hurry! I used whip stitch for this project.



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour
Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Just look at these itty bitty flying geese coming together! I'm a sucker for flying geese and I've always thought they would be fun in EPP. Now I know that I can do it!

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Now if you noticed in the background of one of those photos, I also basted these extra pieces that are the add on pieces for making the needle book. Here's where things went a little sideways in the transfer from FPP to EPP.

I based the sizes of the pieces off of what sizes were listed for these when sewing them on traditionally. But what I didn't account for was how the overall size of the sewn together EPP would expand slightly because of the thickness of the seams. When I went to sew them on, they were a "litter" bit off and the pieces just didn't match! Womp, womp.

I was left with two options: make new templates and try again or remove the EPP papers and sew them on traditionally.

At this moment, I've hit paws. But I'm leaning toward making new templates so that the whole front of the needle book is hand pieced.

Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

Darcy agrees!

Now, let's get to this giveaway. Pamela and C&T Publishing are giving away an eBook copy of Purr-fect Patchwork. To enter, leave a comment on this post and enter your info through Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends on August 29 and winners will be notified by email.

But that's just the start. Every stop on the blog tour has a giveaway for an eBook, so you have LOTS of chances to win. AND there's a grand prize giveaway for a physical copy of the book, a #catsonquilts button, and a ton of goodies from sponsors. To enter the grand prize giveaway you just need to leave a comment at every stop on the blog tour.

What are you waiting for? Start making the rounds!

Fri. August 20:
Pamela Jane Morgan | pammiejane.com/blog | IG: @pammiejane
C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/ | IG: @ctpublishing
 
Sat. August 21:
Sherri Noel | https://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/ | IG: @rebeccamaedesigns

Shannon Fraser | https://shannonfraserdesigns.com/ | IG: @shannonfraserdesigns
 
Sun. August 22:
Lorna McMahon | https://sewfreshquilts.com/blog | IG: @sewfreshquilts 
Tracy Brittain Loyek | https://www.purplekatzquilting.com/blogs/news | IG: @purplekatzquilting
 
Mon. August 23:
Natalie Santini | https://sewhungryhippie.com/blogs/tutorials | IG: @sewhungryhippie
Kaitlyn Howell | https://knotandthreaddesign.com/blog/ | IG: @knotandthread


Tue. August 24:

Audrey Mann | https://www.theclothparcel.com/blog/ | IG: @theclothparcel
Charisma Horton | https://charismascorner.com/ | IG: @charismahorton )


Wed. August 25:

Mollie Johanson (That's me!) | http://blog.molliejohanson.com/ | IG: @molliejohanson
Corinne Sovey | https://www.corinnesovey.com/home/blog/ | IG: @corinne.sovey

Thu. August 26:

Melissa Averinos | https://yummygoods.com/blogs/yummy-goods-blog | IG: @melissaaverinos
Jeni Gaston | https://woolenwillowdesigns.com/blogs/jeni-s-blog-at-woolen-willow-designs| IG: @jenifergaston 


Fri. August 27:

Tonya Alexander  | http://stashlabquilts.com | IG: @stashlabquilts

Nichole Vogelsinger | https://wildboho.com/ | IG: @wildboho

Sat. August 28:

Stacey Day | http://www.staceyinstitches.com | IG: @staceyinstitches
Amanda Niederhauser | http://www.jedicraftgirl.com | IG: @jedicraftgirl



Purrfect Patchwork Blog Tour

pattern // fancy cabbage house cross stitch

Fancy Cabbage House Cross Stitch Chart

The cross stitched town of Kawaii Crossing just got a new resident and it lives in this fancy cabbage house! It's gotta be a rabbit living here, right? I'm so happy to be sharing this latest free cross stitch pattern to the collection.

Any time I make these little houses (or last year's shops), I start by drawing them as illustrations. Sometimes I think about how they might work as embroidery patterns or cross stitch charts, but not always. This was definitely one of those designs that I didn't consider how it would translate to tiny cross stitch when I drew it. The little frilly leaves were all but impossible to capture here. I've done my best.

I also haven't sample stitched this, so I'm crossing my fingers that it all looks right when stitched.

DOWNLOAD THE FANCY CABBAGE HOUSE CROSS STITCH CHART

As a reminder, each of these house charts fits within a 30x30 area, so you can swap them in for the shops in last year's street with only a few minor grass adjustments. I've also seen at least one person who is adding these houses around the edge of the shops from last year. So fun!

Keeping this short and sweet for today because now I need to go stitch something!

pattern // fancy cabbage house embroidery design

Fancy Cabbage House Embroidery Pattern


Four words: embroidered fancy cabbage house. You may not have realized that you needed to stitch up a house that looks like a cabbage head, but we both know that you do. So that's why this is our free embroidery pattern for the month of August.

Each month's Kawaii Crossing design has some sort of special meaning for me. While I mentioned when I posted the calendar that this is an ode to my grandpa and the ornamental cabbages he grew, it's also connected to a childhood toy that I loved: Cabbage Patch Kids. Yes, I was one of the lucky kids that received one for Christmas when they were so hard to find.

I also got to meet a costume character of one of the Cabbage Patch Pets back in the 80s and I'm being totally serious when I say that it was one of the most memorable events of my childhood. I still have the note that she wrote me.

But even if you don't have the same Cabbage Patch Kids or Papa's garden memories that I do, I think you'll enjoy stitching this pattern. I think it would be really cute embroidered on a kitchen towel! Of course you can also add it to the other little embroidery patterns in the series. (Just scroll through this year's posts!)



In the pattern you'll find two sizes of patterns, both in regular and reversed designs. Stitch them using your favorite outline stitch or try filling things in like Anne-Marie has done.

Also, each month I share a version that's ready for piecing with felt applique over on Ko-Fi. When you buy me a Ko-Fi coffee, you get access to things I share there (including an upcoming printable!), you help me financially (it really does help!), and you make me smile (seriously!).

sampler stitch-along with cloud craft

Cloud Craft Stitch Sampler

I love a good embroidery sampler. So does Nicole from Cloud Craft, so I was delighted when she asked me to design one for the Cloud Craft website. Not only that, we wanted this to be a way to try something new or show off your favorite stitches. You can learn and practice 13 stitches with this sampler and there are full instructions for each stitch.

AND, there's a stitch-along on Instagram that just started! Two petal shapes per week for six weeks.

The version of the sampler that I stitched is based loosely off of the Cloud Craft logo, but those shapes are common in quilting (known as the orange peel design) and sashiko (known here as the seven treasures pattern). Included in the free pattern download there are 3 other designs that use this same shape but in different arrangements. I honestly love them all!

I also had the pleasure of making a video to go along with this. It's a big one, but it shows the whole sampler coming together.



You can make this with your favorite supplies, but there's also a kit so you can buy everything you need to get started right away! Find the pattern and stitching details at Cloud Craft.

calendar // fancy cabbage house wallpapers



August is here! And so are the latest free wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and phone. This time with a fancy cabbage house. But first, I really try not to say things like "where has the time gone" each and every month. But seriously? I'm in shock that it's August already. In my mind it feels like June still.

Okay, so back to the new Kawaii Crossing house. In August, I especially think about my grandpa whom we called Papa. August was his birthday month, but he was also a big gardener, so there were plenty of plants and produce in full bloom or harvest around this time. One of my favorite photos of him is Papa on his front stoop with a whole bunch of ornamental cabbages around him. They were huge and he looked so proud.

Thus, a fancy cabbage house in honor of Papa.

Now, grab a free wallpaper and I'll be back soon with patterns to match...as well as some stitching fun!



project // sew a softie french fry kid

Felt French Fry Kid Softie


Make a McDonaldland Fry Kid with this easy-sew softie project! This month I've shared a few things patterns for making my Big Burger House that's part of my Kawaii Crossing town. That house is inspired by McDonald's and specifically the memories I have from my childhood. The McDonaldland characters were iconic, and the Fry Kids were at the top of my list of favorites.

July is also Sew a Softie month, so I'm joining up with Trixi from Sew a Softie to share this quick and fun project that kids can make almost entirely on their own. There are lots of other projects to find through the blog hop too.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

I recently found these super cute Fry Kid mix and match Happy Meal toys. Right on time for planning out this little project! Did you ever have these? These three are just a fraction of the pieces and combinations that you can make with them.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Now, I'm not entirely sure if kids these days know who these characters are. These are probably more recognizable for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. But I still think that they are cute and fun no mattern what. Kind of like silly monsters!

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

You will need:
Wool blend felt in a variety of colors
Embroidery floss in matching colors, plus black
Buttons (optional)
Scissors
Embroidery needle with a large eye
Sewing clips or pins

DOWNLOAD THE FRENCH FRY KID PATTERN PDF

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

For each french fry kid, cut out 4 body shapes, 2 legs (choose the length you want!), 2 of each shoe, and 1 of each toe. If you want to add a bow or two, cut those out too.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Embroider a face on one of the body pieces. I used all six strands of black embroidery thread and used satin stitch for the eyes and a scallop stitch for the mouth. You could also sew on black buttons or paint the face with acrylic paint!

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Cut a fringe along the bottom of each of the body pieces. Try not to cut them all exactly the same.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Match a toe with a shoe piece and stitch the straight line in the middle of the shoe, but not the edges yet.

Next, place another shoe piece behind and sew around the toe. I used six strands of embroidery floss and running stitch for all of this.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Place a leg piece between the layers of the shoe, then sew around the rest of the shoe. Sew the other shoe and leg the same way.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Place the legs on one of the body pieces and stitch them in place.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Layer the body pieces together. Make sure the piece with the legs is in the middle and the piece with the face is on the top. Hold the pieces in place with sewing clips or pins.

Sew around the top of the body pieces, stitching through all the layers.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Now, give your french fry kid a haircut! Trim the fringe so it's not all the same length. I alternated long and short, and trimmed all the layers just a little.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

If you want to give your fry kid some pig tails, use a button to sew on the center of each bow.

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

Your french fry kids are ready to play!

One of the fun things I remember about the fry kid toys, commercials, and animated shows is that they often had fun accessories. More than just bows! You can do the same thing with these and craft some different kinds of shoes, glasses, or other things. I bet they could even "hold" some felt objects in their fringe!

Felt French Fry Kid Softie

And while they won't stand on their own, they can sit, even without leaning on something. Just use the fringe to give them a bit of a base.

Have fun mixing and matching the colors and heights on your fry kids and enjoy this silly journey to McDonaldland!

pattern // big burger house cross stitch

Big Burger House Cross Stitch

It's time for another free Kawaii Crossing chart! The Big Burger House is all ready to cross stitch. Yay!

There's probably something extra special in this one because it brings a whole bunch of childhood memories together. In my post about the matching embroidery pattern, I mentioned that my dad used to work for McDonald's, and my mom did too! There was a lot of car time, and she often worked on cross stitch (and candlewicking!) while in the passenger seat.

I don't remember if she ever cross stitched any McDonald's designs, but if this burger had been available all those years ago, she might have.

Before you download this chart, I do want to point out one thing. All the rest of the Kawaii Crossing houses have the same bottom edge so they sit on a line (or the grass!). If you're stitching them all together, they line up like houses in a neighborhood. Because this has a welcome mat, you'll need to make sure that the bottom of the house is in line with your other houses.

This is also another design with a tiny face on the flower box. To keep the eyes from being too small, make the french knots with just a single wrap or do a double wrap with a single strand of thread.

pattern // big burger house embroidery design

Kawaii Crossing Big Burger House Embroidery Pattern

The embroidered town of Kawaii Crossing is about to get bigger with a Big Burger House! This latest free embroidery pattern is definitely the cutest cheeseburger you can live in. And I know these things.

Every house I've been adding to this collection has had a special meaning to me, and many have had a childhood connection. In this case, it takes me back to McDonaldland. When I was growing up, my dad worked for McDonald's and I spent lots of time visiting lots of restaurants under the golden arches. This was my childhood. Recently I met someone who also has the same kind of McDonald's memories as me and we had so much fun chatting!

This house isn't a specific McDonald's burger, although it's similar to a few they've offered (the McDLT comes to mind!). Instead, it's a homage to them all. It's certainly not the kind of burger you could literally climb into in the McDonald's Playland. But let me tell you, I LOVED the Big Mac Climber.

So anyway, that's what this month's Kawaii Crossing house is all about. Of course, the cross stitch version will come soon and there will be another related project or two as well. I love a theme!



For now, get started on some embroidery. The smaller version doesn't have the word "welcome" on the mat, but is just a pickle. You could do the same on the larger version if you want. Otherwise, stitch that bit with just one or two strands.

If you want to stitch this in felt applique (because that would look awesome!) each month I share a version that's ready for piecing over on Ko-Fi. Contributions really do help keep things going over here, and each one is so appreciated.