August at Patch and Dot

So much to share with you this month, including some cool new work and initiatives from the craft community at large. Hopefully some of these projects tickle your fancy and you’re inspired to try them out/get involved!

Craft

This has been a summer for trying new things, experimenting, and generally just pushing myself forward when it comes to quilting.

kingfisher quilt stitchalong

My Kingfisher Quilt is coming along (I spoke a little about this last month). After much gazing-with-longing at so many beautiful English Paper Piecing projects on Instagram, I had decided it was time to finally give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. The Kingfisher Stitch Along started up in May, and it’s been the perfect project for a beginner. The way Jodi and Rachel have structured everything has made it very easy to learn the individual steps, starting with how to piece hexie flowers. I’ve been going at my own pace but because the finished quilt is only partially pieced (the flowers are appliqued to patchwork diamonds) I feel pretty confident I’ll have a finished quilt before the end of the year.

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Newsletter news

How do you guys find out about all the various swaps and quilt-alongs that are happening? I seem to catch word of these through Instagram (and, due to Instagram’s algorithm, very randomly at that). So very often I find I’m out of the loop, only discovering fun exchanges well after they’ve already started.

With this in mind I’ve added a new feature to the newsletter to try and gather this kind of information and act as a resource for those of you also on the lookout for your next project. Introducing …

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May is for Makers

Are you participating in May is for Makers? Lindsey over at LRStitched had the fantastic idea to commit to supporting indie pattern makers by purchasing a pattern each week in May. Though I don’t really need much of an excuse to buy patterns, I loved this idea, and since we’re half way through May I thought I’d report on my first two scores.

Note that I’m probably not going to stick strictly to quilting patterns for this pledge … if the maker is indie and there is thread involved, I’m counting it. And I’m focusing on makers whose work I get so much out of over the year – whether I’m an avid follower of their blog or, like our first maker, they are a great teacher on Periscope.

First up, I bought a couple of embroidery patterns I’ve had my eye on forever: the J is for Jellyfish and L is for Lion hand embroidery patterns by Alyssa Thomas at Penguin & Fish. Here’s the Jellyfish:

Jellyfish embroidery patternphoto : Penguin and Fish

Incredibly cute right?

Nautical Quilt pattern by Cluck Cluck Sewimage : Cluck Cluck Sew

Next up is the Nautical quilt pattern by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. I’ve used a couple of Allison’s free patterns (for both a heart block and pinwheel baby quilt) and I’ve found them to be amazingly clear and reliable. Plus I have the perfect beginnings of a fabric pull for this in my stash!

Fabric Pull for Nautical Quilt

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