Once Upon a Pixel – Blog tour

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September this year I launched the Once Upon a Pixel book togehter with Studio Koekoek. A book filled with maxigal pixel patterns to cross stitch and quilt.

Mean while we ordered the second print and translated the book to English So exciting! Because this all is more than enough reason for a little party we will host a blog tour from next week.

Blog tour

A what? A blog tour, a trip where we will visit different blogs :) In the coming week you can visit a different blog each Wednesday which will post about our new book.

Give away

That is not all. We will give away 6 e-books. Each week you get a change to win your own copy! For more information on how to win in a specific week, you just hop over to the blog of that week.

Blog tour program
22 nov – Paisley Roots
29 nov – Made By Melli
6 dec – Pattern Revolution
13 dec – Made By Sara
20 dec – I Have Purple Hair
27 dec – Sugaridoo

So from next Wednesday, keep an eye open for the blogs listed above for sneak peeks, reviews and projects form the Once Upon a Pixel book. Enjoy the blog tour!

Love,
Irene

Mini quilt cactus pillow

Last week someone asked for the pattern of a cactus quilt block I shared a while ago on Instagram. I realized that I still haven’t shared the pillow which I made with those blocks here on he blog. So today time for a short show and tell :)

 

No green fingers

For a long long time now I’ve been a big fan of cacti. I’m not sure why, but I just like them a lot! Maybe it’s because I’m not so good with plants. (And then I put softly, really most plants don’t last longer than a few months under my supervision..)

A cactus doesn’t need much care or water and still can grow into a huge plant. And if you’re lucky it will even show some pretty little flowers.

So when I designed all the blocks for the Sugaridoo Sampler it just needed to include a cactus. It turned in to this cactus with a happy colored pot.

From the block in the book I enlarged the 10 x 15 cm block to a 20 x 30 cm block and and made three of them. Sewing them together with a few white borders resulted in the a 45 x 60 cm mini quilt which is a standard Ikea pillow size.

>> The pattern for the cactus pattern can be found here <<

The back of the pillow is made with two pieces of green fabrics which slightly overlap. And so it turned into an easy pillow case without a zipper. I like.

The pillow has been approved by our hairy pillow tester Jimi the Maine Coon (Jimithecoon on Instagram).

Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Irene

Once upon a pixel – A new book in the making

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Beginning of this year I published my first book. A super tick quilt book full of all paper piecing patterns that I ever designed. Now, half a year later I’m working on my second book. Together with Gerda from Studio Koekoek I’m writing a book about pixels.

Pixel patterns can be used in cross stitching (please do take a peek at the Studio Koekoek website) but of course also in quilting and crochet. In the book ‘Once upon a Pixel’ you’ll find a collection of pixel patterns in the once upon a time theme. Including many fun projects for a children’s room or nursery. It’ll be full of fairy tale figures, knights, princesses and castles.

The last months I’ve worked on making the quilts for the book. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks of the projects. Also in my latest vlogs (YouTube – Sugaridoo) you can see some power quilting being done ;)

 

All test stitchers thank you thank you for all your hard work!

 

I can’t wait till it’s time to shoot the final product photo’s. Meanwhile we keep writing, stitching and quilting.

 

Would you like to be the first to place a pre order for the book? Then keep an eye out on the Sugaridoo Instagram and Facebook. With a week or 2 we will be ready to take the first pre-orders

The book will be released end of September 2017 on a craftfair in the Netherlands (Handwerkdagen in Rijswijk). On this same craft fait there will be an exposition of all the projects made for the book.

After the book release there will also be a digital version available as an e-book (in Dutch and in English) via our webshops.

Liefs,
Irene

De Stoffenkamer – Fabric shop Gent

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Have you ever been to Gent? A wonderful city in Belgium. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a weekend of shopping, Belgium chocolate, waffles and so many tasty Belgian beers. (I need to go back to Gent when I don’t have a baby in my belly anymore..)

On the internet I found this fabric shop that I wanted to visit. It’s called De Stoffenkamer, which means the fabric room. A 15 minute walk from the city center will bring you this great fabric store. I found the coolest fabrics to make some outfits for our mini man which I will show you in my weekvlog on monday.

The shop is located in a beautiful building. They will soon move to a different place close by though. In the bright and nicely organized rooms you will find a lovely collection of knits and quilting cottons.

And buttons.. So many buttons! Ahh all those colors. I would love to have a collection like this in the studio. You’ll also find a lot of zippers and robbons in De Stoffenkamer.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, pay this shop a little visit. They have a chair to position your hubby so your can your time to pet all the fabrics ;)

Love,
Irene

 

Learn foundation paper piecing

Would you like to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you have no idea where to start? Then I have something for you! This blog post contains a free paper piecing pattern and a video tutorial where I will make this block with you. This is you chance to join the paper piecing fun. Whoop whoop!

 

Sugaridoo Sampler

This strawberry pattern is one of 38 paper piecing blocks from the Sugaridoo Sampler. I’m sharing it with you, so we can both work on the same pattern. That will make it easier for you to follow along with the tutorial.

 

Get the free pattern

Go download your own copy of the pattern:

 

Strawberry Pattern

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Yayy! Great, so you have a pattern. Go ahead and print it. Make sure your printer is set to 100% or true scale. This pattern will make you a 10 x 12.5 cm block.

 

What do you need for paper piecing

  • Cutting mat
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (or any other ruler is fine too)
  • Paper piecing paper
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Fabrics (Small scraps work perfect for paper piecing)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors

 

Let’s get started

So, are you ready? Go ahead and click on the YouTube video below to start your paper piecing adventure!

Did you like making this pattern? It’s one from my first paper piecing book, called the Sugaridoo Sampler. You can read all about it over here! It’s available as a eBook in English and a hard copy book in Dutch.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them! Just leave a message in the comment below, or in the comments below the YouTube video.

Happy quilting!
Irene

Funky Fishes and Funny Bunnies

Yay it’s Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m going to the zoo tomorrow :) I love the zoo! Maybe I even get some new ideas for more Sugaridoodles or animal blocks for the Sugaridoo Sampler.

Since I missed the work in progress Wednesday that I planned for this week I wanted do quickly share the quilt blocks I’ve  been working on this week. I have finished 16 of the 57 blocks. I’m getting somewhere. I hope to finish all the blocks this month, but that might be a bit too ambitious.

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These are the Funcky Fishes blocks. How cool would these be in a whole quilt with fishes? Oh why don’t I have more time in a day? :)

In blue we have Freddy and Ferdinand.

Fish quilt block // Paper piecing block for fishes Freddy and Ferdinand. Aren't they adorable?

And these ladies in pink are Fiona and Francine. I love making these blocks. They are just so fun!

Paper piecing pattern // Funky Fishes Fiona and Francine. So cute for a mini quilt or a pillow for the nursery.

Besides the fishes I worked on the cat and dog blocks. The bunny also belongs in there, but I haven’t got to that one yet.

Dog quilt block // How cool would this be as a mini quilt. Love these Karen Lewis Blueberry park fabrics.

This green fellow above is the Dapper Doggy and below you see the Smitten Kitten block in blue. Both need some eyes, but I’m not sure yet how I want to embroider them.

They are both made with the Blueberry Park fabric line by Karen Lewis combined with Kona Cotton solids. Love love love those fabrics! It’s going to be a sad moment when I finish all of them.

Smitten Kitten // A cute Sugaridoo quilt block. Perfect for a mini quilt for a cat lover (or just for your cat, they will love it)

So that’s my quilting progress for the last two weeks. What have you been up to?

Love,
Irene

Having a chat with Brigitte Heitland from Zen Chic

As a newbie entrepreneur it is sometimes be a bit scary not knowing what the business will look like in a year, or even in a few months. Building up Sugaridoo is something I’ve never done before. Diving in full time, just giving it my very best shot is a super exciting rollercoaster. What makes it even more exciting is the people I get to meet along the way. One of those people is Brigitte Heitland, fabric and quilt designer for Moda with her brand Zen Chic.

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Meeting Brigitte Heitland :)

Last week Brigitte gave a show and tell about her new fabric lines and quilt patterns at Rhinetex. Seeing all those pretty new fabrics and hearing about how she came up with these designs was super interesting. After the show and tell I got to chat with Brigitte for a bit. What a fun and inspirational woman she is!

Brigitte shared the story about her fabric designing journey with me. It all started when she discovered a Kaffe Fasset quilt book. That book made her want to learn to make her own quilts and so she got hooked to patchwork. Because of the many quilt fabrics she needed for her quilts, she starting buying fabrics by the bold and selling what she had left on the internet. Who wouldn’t want to have their own private quilt shop.

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Quilt made with the Hey Dot fabric line. Such fun colors and happy prints, love it!

With a background of interior and fabric design and all her quilting experience Brigitte designed her first fabric line in 2010. What she did after she created her own fabric line really wowed me. She ‘just’ got herself a booth at the quilt market in Salt Lake City in 2011. How is that for diving in? Her booth made such a great impression that she got multiple offers of quilt fabric manufacturers to work with her. That is when she picked Moda to design for.

Modern Backgrounds Zen Chic // Quilt with the new luster fabric line Modern Background Zen Chic // such pretty luster fabrics

This chique quilt is made with the Modern Backgrounds Luster fabric line. The gold print on the fabrics gives them such a luxurious look.

What a great story. The courage and drive to take such steps really inspires me. So brave to put yourself out there with you own designs, waiting to see what the fabric manufacturers will think of it. Thank you Brigitte for sharing that with me! All the best with your new fabric lines. I’ll see you at quilt market somewhere in the upcoming years! ;)

Love,
Irene

Start of the Sugaridoo Sampler

Ever since I finished the quilt ‘Things we love’ for my mom (this one) I have been thinking about making a new sampler quilt. The thinking turned into sketching. And at the moment I’m sewing the very first blocks. How exciting!

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My idea is to make it into a customizable sampler. So that (if it all works out and the pattern will make it to my shop) you can design your very own version of the Sugaridoo Sampler! Sounds cool right? :)

I’ve designed a layout for the quilt with about 10 different block sizes. Ha, that was quite a puzzle! Each block design will be scaled to fit several block sizes. The sailing boat for example could go in a F-block, G-block of H-block. The cactus would go in  a D-block.

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For this sampler I’m using Blueberry Park fabrics by Karen Lewis together with Kona Cottons. These two fabric lines match perfectly since Blueberry Park is printed on Kona Cottons. They are oh so very pretty!

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These are just a few of the fabric  selected for the sampler, I’m waiting patiently for the rest to arrive. These bolts will be turned in to fabric bundles to make your very own Sugaridoo Sampler.

I expect everything to be ready and available from oktober this year.  If you like to follow along in the process behind the scenes, just hop over to the Sugaridoo Instagram account.

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Thank you for stopping by!
Irene