sew illustrated video tutorial

In case you missed it on the C&T Publishing blog yesterday, check out our video tutorial for one of the projects in the book.

new sewing illustration video

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My co-author and designer Minki and I created another video just for you! This one shows how sewing illustration is done with fabric accents, which is so charming. It is very much like raw-edge applique, but has a bit of a different aesthetic, in my opinion.

Check out the video, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so that you don’t miss any of the videos we will be making!

I will be talking more about this technique and how it’s done, as well as sharing some of the projects from our book, Sew Illustrated: 35 Charming Fabric and Thread Designs, as we get closer to the August 2016 launch date.

I’m so happy to share this video with you, and we both hope that it is helpful. If you feel inspired to make something in this style, make sure to share it with this hashtag on Instagram: #sewingillustration

giveaway!

giveaway

I’m giving away five (5) copies of Sewing World magazine over on my Instagram account! Sewing World is a UK-based sewing magazine with loads of adorable projects. This issue features the adorable Bunny Snack Mat featured in the photo, designed by my friend and co-author of our upcoming book Sew Illustrated, Minki Kim.

Hop on over to my Instagram account to enter.

just a little something for quilt market

IMG_7209I may have mentioned that my friend Minki and I are writing a book. Correction–wrote a book. That deadline has come and gone and we miraculously got the whole thing turned in before the deadline. Whew! What an intense rollercoaster ride that was! It’s not over yet, but it’s in the hands of the publisher now–I am anxious to see how the process goes during the next year. It’s due out in fall of 2016.

Meanwhile, Minki’s work has attracted quite a lot of attention on Instagram, and has even caught the eye of Lecien, a manufacturer of gorgeous fabrics. They asked Minki to whip up some of her creations for the booth at Fall Quilt Market. Quilt Market–where our book will debut next year! So exciting.IMG_7194

I was happy to root for her and be excited for her, and then she handed me one of her illustrations and asked me to turn it into a mini quilt for the Lecien booth. What?! All it needed was borders, quilting, and binding. And all of a sudden I felt like a total novice. I am so unqualified to sew for Quilt Market! I tried my best to deflect this responsibility, promising to find someone more qualified to do the sewing. But she would have none of it. So, after a ridiculous number of hours trying to figure out how to get the borders on the quilt with no break in the pattern, I drank a glass of wine, and with heart pounding, quilted this tiny quilt. Truth be told, the quilting only took about ten minutes, but I practiced for hours beforehand. It wasn’t perfect–it never is, but it is done and shipped. And I am glad that I did it–it pushed me out of my comfort zone a little bit. I probably need a little more of that in my life.

I got a book deal!

book announcement

I can hardly believe that I get to write these words: “I got a book deal!”. My dear friend Minki over at Minki’s Worktable and I have teamed up to write a book for Stash Books (part of C&T Publishing). Many of my favorite authors and quilting heroes are authors at Stash Books and I cannot believe one day I will be too.

What the book will be about is super-secret right now, but suffice to say that we are having so much fun designing, writing, and playing with fabric. Minki is a talented designer (check out her blog and Instagram) and I am so excited to be doing the writing part of the book, bringing her designs to the sewing communtiy. Our meetings consist of cappuccinos, scones, and lots of fun ideas. It’s a dream come true.

I will keep you updated as best I can, but for now, I’d better get back to writing.