Together with a lovely group of crafty bloggers we did a mystery challenge. Everybody got a theme from somebody to create something with. I love being part of this bloggers group, so many creative people with amazing blogs!

I got my theme from Jonie who runs the lovely blog Knot Sew Normal. She gave me the theme Musical instruments. A lovely theme with so many options! I couldn’t choose one instrument so I went for music notes instead. And thinking about music notes a mini quilt popped up in my head. The last few weeks I have been cross stitching quite a lot which gave the idea for a pixel quilt.

In Electric Quilt 7 I made a quick design of the quilt. What a lovely program that is! This is what the design looked like.

_music pixel quilt

Then I dived in to my fabric box and found some lovely fabrics. Picking fabrics is something I could do all day. Doesn’t it make you happy just looking at those bright colors? :)


So then a lot of cutting and piecing was happening. The mini quilt consists of a total of 676(!!) squares of 2 x 2 cm. Good thing I didn’t thought about is too much before I started! ;) I’m very happy with how it turned out.


So many little squares! It was the first project where I pressed open all the seams. I really think that helped in piecing all the squares accurate. (Well not all squares where lined up perfectly, but I only show the pretty details of course..)


The quilt top is finished, now I have to decide on how to quilt it and what color binding it should get. Any suggestions?


Hope to finish the quilt soon. Then I’ll post a tutorial on how you can make your own fun pixel quilt!

Make sure to visit the other crafty bloggers and their mystery challenge creations! I gave Jessica from The Berry Bunch the theme “Cover up” and she created an awesome dinosaur hooded towel. Would love to have one myself ;)

Mystery Challenge

Friends Stitched Together – History of Flight – 8/17

Felt with Love Designs – Under the Sea – 8/18

Knot Sew Normal – Fruit – 8/19

Friends Stitched Together – My Little Pony – 8/20

The Berry Bunch – Cover Up – 8/21

Pensebrox – Titanic – 8/22

Tangible Pursuits – London Dapper – 8/23

Rebel and Malice – Disco – 8/24

Sewing Sober – Espionage – 8/25

Sugaridoo – Musical Instruments – 8/26

Lulu and Celeste – Morpho Butterfly/Rainforest – 8/27

Paisley Roots – Classic Summer Movies – 8/28

Create 3.5 – Morocco – 8/29

Mae&K – Solar System – 8/30

The Sewing Sparrow – Safari – 8/31


Welcome the last part of our mini series on learning to cross stitch! Today we will finish our ladybug with the back stitches. Yesterday we talked about following a pattern. Missed yesterdays post? You can find it in the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.



So lets talk back stitches! I love to do stitch them, they add the details to your work. In the ladybug pattern all back stitches are done with a single black thread (DMC 300). In the schematic below you will see how some stitches are made. You pull your thread up at the end of the first stitch you want to make. Than you go back to the beginning of the stitch and go to the end of your second stitch. So you kinda work backwards ;) Probably the pictures will be more clear than my explanation.


I started stitching around the pink body of the ladybug. In this pattern all outlines will be stitched. We start by stitching some straight line (1-8).



At the end of the straight part we will take a turn, so at the back of your fabric you will see a diagonal stitch. But as you can see, on the front we have only horizontal and vertical stitches (11-12).



After you’ve gone around the body you can stitch around the dots and also around the black areas. Do you see how wobbly the stitches look at the back :) Such a difference with the front!

When all outlining is done, we have to stitch the feelers. Just simple back stitch them from the head toward the end of the feeler (13). Then gently wave your needle through the stitches on the back, back to the head (14). When you cross the empty area of the fabric with you black thread on the back, it could show a bit on the front.


And that’s it! There is your cute little ladybug. What do you think? Quite fun cross stitching isn’t it? :)


Thank you so much for reading this mini series, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Love Irene

Welcome back to part 3 of our mini series on learning to cross stitch! Today we will learn how to follow a pattern. Yesterday we started with the first eight stitches. Missed yesterdays post? You can find it in the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.


We will start by stitching the high lighted area in the pattern below. (The green area is what we will stitch, the grey area is already done.) All the squares marked with a dot will be stitched in cranberry pink (DMC 601). Basically we will stitch in columns from right to left until our thread is finished. Usually you will try to make columns as long as possible, but the dots of the ladybug are a bit in our way, so we will have to work around them.


When your thread is finished before mine in the pictures, no problem. Just bring you thread to the back of the fabric and fasten of as we learned at the end of Part 2 of this series. In pictures (13-15) you’ll find how to start with a new thread.

We finished our first row at the left bottom corner of the first cross stitch. This is not where we want to start with our second row. Therefor we will go two squares down and on square left via the back of our fabric (1). From here we will make twelve cross stitches (2-3). When you finish your last stitch, look in the pattern where your next row will start. You can finish you stitch and go to your next starting point in one move (3).


Make the third row of 14 cross stitches (4). Now the pattern tells us to make a row that consists of cranberry pink and dark mauve cross stitches. We will first only make the cranberry pink stitches. So we skip the dark pink parts, in this row just skip two squares (5-7). And we will also skip them on our way down (8-9).

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The next row has 4 dark pink stitches, we will skip these as we did in the row before (10-11). I’m no a fan of skipping to much squares, this leaves loose threads at the back of your work (you can see the larges crosses at the back). So when I can I try to work around areas that are stitched in a different colour.

If you still have thread left cross stitch the next two rows, I only stitched them up to the second dot of the ladybug (12).


There is no golden rule on how to proceed from here. You can first stitch everything in Pink, or stitch some of the dots in dark pink. I chose to stitch the black area first, the plusses in the pattern. Doing this gives some guidance on where the pink will go next.


So now we have to attach a new thread. Just thread you needle and pull through some stitches at the back of your work (13-15). I never make knots. Make sure that your thread ends at the approximate location where you want to make your first stitch (16).


Now just stitch the black area (17) and finish of when your done (18).


Now I continued with the green area above the dots of the lady bug (19). Then I did the blue area (20) and then the pink area (21). Go ahead an attach your thread and stitch :)



Did you see how I not finished my last row in (21)? This is not a problem. My thread was finished half way along my row so I just fastened off and attached a new thread. ow continue to finish all the cranberry pink areas in the pattern (22-23).


After the cranberry pink I moved to the dots in dark pink (24). I stitched one dot and moved my thread through the stitches on the back to the next dot. That way you don’t have to fasten off after each dot and you won’t end up with long loops of thread on the back.  After the dots we only need to do the head in black (25). I’m sure you’ve got the hang of it by now!


That is starting to look like a ladybug isn’t it? Lovely! I hope you’re enjoying cross stitching. Tomorrow we will have the last part of our mini series where we will discuss the back stitches. Hope to see you there!




Hi there!

This is the second part of the cross stitch mini series! In the first part we discussed our materials so now we are ready to start cross stitching! If you missed the first post, please just check back via the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.


Cross stitches
Lets thread our needles and get started! We will start by stitching the row of stitches marked in the picture below. These will be stitched in DMC cranberry pink (601). Each square in the pattern will be one cross stitch on your fabric. The little arrows in the green spots mark the center of the pattern.


This ladybug pattern is a small design, so we will count from the center of the pattern to the stitch at the bottom right. That will be 19 squares to the right and 10 down from the center of the pattern (1). You don’t have to be very precise, just about 19 and 10 stitches will do. Bring your needle from the back to the front and leave a tail at the back of the fabric (2).


Now it is time for the first stitches! I learned to cross stitch in columns up and down. This is not the only way to cross stitch, it’s just one of the options. You can also stitch from left to right, right to left or down and up ;). The following schematic drawing shows how to make four cross stitches going up and down.


Now we’ll move to our ladybug. The place where your thread comes out of the fabric at the front is the bottom left of the first cross (3). We will first make eight half crosses in one row up (3-8).



And in the same way we will make eight stitches down (9-14). When you’ve done a few stitches you will see that it’s not that hard at all!



And there they are, you have made eight nice cross stitches!

Fasten off
Now we finished our first row we can fasten of the tail at the back. At the back of the fabric you will see horizontal stitches (15). To fasten of the tail just pull it underneath the stitches (16) and cut off the end (17).


There it is, your first row of cross stitches! In our next post we will finish all of the cross stitches of the ladybug.

Hope to see you there,

Hi there!

So nice that you are stopping by at this introduction to cross stitching. This week I like to share some basics about cross stitching, so we will have a small series on learning to cross stitch!

Already a cross stitch pro? Than this would be nothing new to you I think, just hop over to take your free pattern! ;)

The following topics will be discussed on the blog this week:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.


So what will we need to start cross stitching?

  • To cross stitch this little lady bug we will need a piece of embroidery fabric. On aida 5.5 blocks/cm (14 count) the design will be about 7.2 x 7.2 cm (2.9x 2.9″). Make sure to take a larger piece of fabric, that will leave all options open to frame your work or use it in any crafty project.
  • Secondly we will need some yarn. For this project DMC was used in the colors black (310), cranberry pink (601) and dark mauve (3685). We will need about 1 m of black, 1 m of dark mauve and 2 m of cranberry pink.
  • And of course we will need a needle (with a blunt point)
  • and a little scissors.


Pulling a thread
Embroidery floss consists of six treads. Usually we will use two threads for cross stitches and one thread for back stitches. To pull one thread out of the floss, hold the strand between your thumb and finger (1). Take one thread and pull it all the way out (2-6). Just take one thread at the time, when you take two, the strand will tangle up.


Finding the center
Before we start we will find the center of the fabric by folding it. This way you your design will always end up in the center of the fabric. Just fold the fabric twice and you’ll have your center stitch. Most pattern will mark the center of the pattern with small arrows on the side.

When you start stitching you can start with the center stitch of the pattern, or you can count your way the the side of the pattern. I like to use this second options for small designs. With big designs I work my way out from the center.


We will start stitching the ladybug tomorrow! Yay :) Hope this was helpful so far. In the next posts we will make cross stitches, back stitches and learn to follow a pattern!

Have a lovely day,


You know what? I have never made a bag! That was about to change when I received my fabric from the stitch swap we hosted with our crafty bloggers Facebook group. I really love the fabric I received! Thank you so much for sending it to me from the other side of the world! What else could I make of it than a nice bag? :) Since it’s my first bag I wanted to keep it simple, so I made a tote bag, no zippers, no buttons, easy peasy. (Oh nd I made a cute little tiny version.)

Bag tutorial fabric

So this is the fabric I received. I added some gray fabric for the lining and bottom of the bag. Besides fabric, you would only need some batting or interfacing. I used vlieseline/vilene to stiffen the grey fabric and a cotton batting to give the bag a bit more body.

Lets start cutting some fabric!
(All measures are with 0.75cm (1/4”) seam allowance)

  • twice: 25 x 30 cm (10” x  12”) Travel fabric
  • twice: 12 x 60 cm (5” x 24”) Travel fabric
  • Small piece for a pocket in Travel fabric
  • 15 x 30 cm (6” x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 62 x 30 cm (25″ x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) vliseline/viline
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) batting

Now we start sewing..
Sew the small grey piece in between the two travel fabric pieces of 25 x 30 cm. This will give you a piece of 62 x 30 cm in total. Now add the batting to the back of this and quilt it through. I used only straight lines, horizontal over the travel fabric and vertical over the gray fabric. But you could just stitch this however you like.

Bag tutorial quilted

When you want to add a pocket to the inside of the bag, this is your moment. Just take a small piece of fabric (I think I use something like 15 x 20 cm.) Fold and press the edges and sew over the top fold.

Bag tutorial pocket

First add the vlieseline/viline to the grey fabric. The short side of the grey fabric will be the top of the bag.

Than you can pin the pocket on the grey fabric and sew around the sides and the bottom of the pocket. I created two extra compartments for pencils by sewing over the pocket.

Bag tutorial pocket

After you sewed in a pocket you fold the grey fabric in half, right sides in and sew along the sides. Do the same for the outer piece of the bag.

Bag tutorial inside out

Now we will square the bottom of the inner and outer bag. Take a corner and fold it flat. Mark the corner on about 4 cm (1.5″) from the tip of the triangle and stitch over this line. Repeat this for all of the corners of the inner and outer bag.

Bag tutorial corners

This will give you the nice pointy corners at the bottom of the bag.

Bag tutorial

For the handles we will use the 60 cm strips of the travel fabric. Fold and press this piece in half. Fold open and then fold and press the edges to the center line. Fold it in half and you will have a 3 cm wide handle. (Does this make sense? Just fold it like you would when making bias tape!) Do this for both handles.

Sew along the sides of the folded strips.

Bag turorial handle

Turn the outer bag right side out and sew the handles to the top with a small seam allowance.

Bag tutorial handle

Now place the outer bag (right side out) in the inner bag (right side in). Match up the seams and pin it in place.  Stitch around the edge with a normal seam allowance.

Bag tutorial assembly

This is what we have now. Rip the seam of the inner bag at one of the sides to be able to turn everything right side out.

Bag tutorial assembly

Now close the hole we just made and place the inner bag inside the outer bag. You can stitch around the top to keep everything in place.

Bag tutorial assemby

And there it is, my first bag! So proud of it! What do you think? The size is just perfect to take a good book or crochet cotton and needle to the beach ;) I also made a mini version, cute isn’t it?

Bag tutorial

Have a wonderful day,

You can read all of the others posts on the Stitch swap here:

Monday July 21st
Stephanie — Swoodson Says
Jamie — Salutations Louisville
Ashley — Sewing Sober
Kathy — Handmade Dress Haven

Tuesday July 22nd
Tasha — Friends Stitched Together
Janelle — Emmaline Bags
Kim — Sew & Tell with Mama Eggo
April– Open Sky Creations

Wednesday July 23rd
Amy– Friends Stitched Together
Danica — The Sewing Sparrow
Bethany — Two Novembers
Jessica — The Berry Bunch

Thursday July 24th
Chrissy — Muse of the Morning
Fenna — Fabulous Home Sewn
Melissa — Rebel and Malice
Irene — Sugaridoo

Friday July 25th
Jess — Gracious Threads
Emily — Tangible Pursuits
Roxanne — Pensebrox
Megan — Upcycling? Refashion That Idea.


MomsQuilt4_cropFinally I can share it with the world! So so happy that I can post the pictures of the quilt I made for my mom: “Things we love”. Let me tell you about it!


January this year I got the idea to design a quilt for my mom. She has been quilting for a very long time and makes lots of quilts for others. But she never made a big quilt just for herself. So I decided to make her one. Long long time ago I did piece some blocks, but I was never really fond of quilting. About two years ago my interest in pretty fabrics started growing. I only made a baby quilt before this one, so this was my very first big project. How exciting!

I designed a quilt with all the things we love. This is the design I came up with. My parents house is in is, bikes for our biking trip, sailing boats and a lighthouse since we love going to the Dutch Waddeneilanden, of course sewing machines since she taught me how to sew and much more :)


A close up of some of the blocks. The pencil block and the tulips are my favorites I think!



Since I was so excited making this for her it was difficult to keep it a secret. But we managed (the whole family knew) and my mom was so surprised when she received it! There we are with the quilt :)


It was my first time free motion quilting on a real quilt. (I did practice on little pieces) It was so much fun to do! My old Lewenstein machine did a pretty good job.



Love this picture of my mom and me, such a happy pic, love her a lot! I think handing her the quilt was the best part of the whole process :)


This was just after she unpacked the present and saw the quilt for the first time, a loving quilt hug :)


Even the boyfriend loved giving it to my mom after all my hard work. He was very supportive along the way ;) “Yes that bird is also pretty in pink, yes it also looks good in green..”



And now it’s hanging in my parents home, just love how it turned out!


Thank you so much for stopping by!







Hi there!

Yes it is, cross stitching is so much fun! I rediscovered my love for stitching :) And I’m very happy I did! As a kid i used to cross stitch a lot, but haven’t done it much for the last 8 years or so. I still have a Pooh bear ABC lying around that need to be finished, so I’m working on that. And also, I found out a nice little program to design your own patterns, how awesome is that! (Okay this is not new of course, but to me it is haha)

I use KG-chart, a program which you can find here. You can try it for free and that purchase it if you like it. I like it, it’s simple easy to use and gives me all the tools to design things! There where some things I had troubel with, but found a solution for that. Let me give you some pro’s and con’s.



  • Simple program, not too much options to get lost.
  • Nice outputs, you can choose to print a black and white, of color pattern. And also with or without marks.
  • All the DMC colors are in the program, so you can pick the color numbers you like.
  • You can change the marks and colors after or while making the pattern. So it’s easy to change the color scheme for a design if you’d like.


  • You can’t output a PFD. However that can be solved by installing for example cutePDF, that will allow you to ‘print’ to an PDF file. Easy peasy
  • I think the ‘real view’ give a very creamy fabric background. I would prefer a white aida instead. But hey, you can’t always have everything right? ;)
  • You cannot open two files in the program to for example copy paste from one pattern to the other. This can be solve by running two instances of the program, work fine for me.
  • The program did happen to close sometime randomly, so just make sure to press the save button often ;)

This was one of the first little robots I designed with the program. A freebie for you! Please feel free to use and share it however you like. Just don’t sell it ;)

Free robot cross stitch pattern

You can find the rest for the robot family on my Etsy page over HERE.


Did you ever do cross stitching? Or design your own pattern? Would love to read about it!

Have a lovely day today!
Love, Irene