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!

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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 :)

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

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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 :)

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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.

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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 :)

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

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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..”

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

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love,
Irene

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Pro’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.

Con’s

  • 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 ;)

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

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

Have a lovely day today!
Love, Irene

 

Hi there!

This morning I got the 200th order in my little Etsy shop! How amazing is that! Never thought when I started this blog a long time ago that I would ever be a pattern designer. That still sounds a bit silly, but I guess selling patterns makes you a pattern designer haha..

So I just wanted to say thank you so so much for reading along on this blog (and following Sugaridoo on other placed on the web) and of course for supporting my shop.

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As a thank you to you I’m going to do my first ever giveaway, how exciting is that! I love giveaways, but I think it’s even better to host one yourself.

The winner will receive two patterns of choice from the Sugaridoo Etsy shop! 200 sales, so also 2 free patterns! :D All you have to do is leave your comment below which patterns you would like to win. When you leave a comment you are more than welcome to give Sugaridoo a like on Facebook or follow in Instagram!

I’ll draw a winner at Friday evening 20h (Dutch time that is ;) )

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Thank you for you support, I working on some really nice patterns at the moment. Hope to add them to the shop soon (also have some cool free patterns in the making!)

Stay tuned!
Irene

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Aaand YES we have a winner! I numbered he comments starting with the English and than the Dutch. And I got a random number from Random.org. That was nr 14, so Deborah you won!! Congratulations, the two patterns are coming your way.

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Thank you all so much for participating and your lovely comments, I loved each and every one of them!

Love,
Irene