Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year... and Happy New Project !

January's Across The Pond Sew Along Project

I hope that everybody had a wonderful holiday season, and  that you will have a terrific year  in  2013 !

I spent a lot of time away from my sewing machine,  and  really missed sewing.  Now I  am ready to tackle a new project.   (Don't worry... I was not "without any addictions !"  I got hooked on knitting ruffled scarves with my mother and sister! Have needles,  will travel! )

I wanted to find a fun project for our sew along this month... one that is  not super  difficult ... (My mind is still racing from all of the rushing around from the egg nog  holiday events and  preparations.)  I will still be busy getting back to some kind of  routine, and putting away Christmas decorations throughout January.  (The tree may be up until mid-January... lucky it is an artifical tree! And that our cat , Whiskers, doesn't  bother the tree and ornaments!) 

January 's  Across the Pond Sew Along:
Join in with us in the Across the Pond Sew Along
The January Project is:
   The Bird Pin Cushion/ Sachet  created by Joel Dewberry.
             Click  on this link to go directly  to the free pattern and directions!!
From the DIY dish.com and Joel Dewberry
I have not made up this dear little birdie yet, but plan on doing it very soon. It looks very straight-forward, and has some hand embroidery. (You can do just a little... or do a lot!  It's up to you and your imagination!)

Pattern link:  http://www.thediydish.com/promo/theDIYdish_Season3_Ep1_BirdPinCushion.pdf

As a little refresher,  in case you missed our first 2 projects in the Across The Pond Sew Along....   these are some pictures of projects that are in our Across the Pond Sew Along Flickr group:

November 2012:    The Anita Vacation Tote bag, by Amy Made That!

1.  Amy's   2.  Amanda's  3.  Susie's   4.  Cindy's  

December 2012:    The Appliqued , or Pieced  Trio of Trees Placemat and Napkin                                                                    by      The Patchsmith

1. Amanda's   2. Amanda's   3.  Susie's  4. Amy's

Just click on the name, and the link will take you to their Flickr pages, and you can connect to their delightful blogs!  

This is the kind of " easy -going " sew along, where you can join in on projects that you are interested in, or want to learn to do, or  opt out of...  when you are too busy.    Plus , you  can share and  see  input from other sewers on the same project in our Flickr group discussions!   Come on and sew along with us!!

I can't wait to see how beautiful , creative, and individualized our little birdie pin cushions and sachets will be!  Please do link to the Flickr group, or send me your pictures!

The first bird has already taken flight on the web....  Amanda, of  The Patchsmith has made her  first little beauty...  at Tweet Start to 2013 !  She has some wonderfil tips!!

I can't wait to dig through my stash for my Birdie Fabrics!!!
Whiskers loves to nap on this scratchy gold metallic tree skirt!  Crazy girl!

I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. Such a sweet way to kick off the New Year! I've just printed my pattern and am ready to rock and roll!

  2. Happy new year! Here's to a great '13!!

  3. Fun project. Nice way to start the year.
    I'm visiting you via Amanda's The Patchsmith. If like slows down a little, I will join all of you in the Xthe pond SAL.
    Happy New Year.

  4. Ooops. Can't type today... I meant "life", not 'like'. lol


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