Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Cat Love Pincushion is Back!

I am thrilled to announce that Cat Love is back! Its a new print by Mia Charro called Kitty Wreaths. It is just as adorable as the original print. In fact I had to hunt down the changes. All I know is that I am so happy to offer my original Cat Love Pincushion again. I've had so many requests for this pincushion. It is so sweet in pink. I also use a Basic Gray Grunge in Duchess. There are 4 cats in the print, but you have to choose 3 for your pincushion. When you order you can choose specific cats, all one cat or just let me surpise you. This pincushion is special for so many reasons. Just look at that silk velvet button on top. I use a hand dyed velvet with lots of coordinating colors. Everything about this pincushion is fun and functional. It has an emery core for sharpening your pins and needles. It's surrounded by fiberfill, so it's nice a fluffy. This pincushion is large. It's 4 1/2 inches across and 2 1/4 inches high. Here are the kitties in this print. Maybe one resembles on of your fuzzy friends!
I purchased enough fabric to last me for a while. Lets hope it doesn't go out of print like the original. Don't you hate that when that happens! After I ran out last time, I had to use my leftover bits and pieces to recreate new versions. If you like this one better, let me know and I'll also add this back into my Etsy Shop Fiberluscious.
The timing is perfect as Pink is so on-trend these days! It will also be available for gift giving this holiday season! I have more pincushions coming. I've added some more Mia Charro prints from her Autumn Friends Collection. They are lovely in warm fall colors. Here is my Autumn Pincushion with pretty mugs of coffee! There are more. Come to my Etsy Shop and check them out!
Happy Sewing! Jill

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Happy Summer!

Nothing Says Summer Like Birds and Flowers This Cardinal Pincushion embodies my love of being outside, bird watching and gardening. I have also spent the summer trying new things and trying things I have on my bucket list of patchwork and sewing. I think I dreamt of this new pattern. I always love to do applique, but I rarely have the time to just sit down and get back to some nice slow stitching. I don't know why. It always relaxes me and it opens up a whole bunch of new ideas. I combined applique and some patchwork to make my Sun Shine and Moon Shine Pincushions
It was fun trying to bring something new to my patchwork pincushions. There is nothing more humbling and more comforting that looking up to see these beautiful, cosmic wonders every day. They were super fun and a great mini patchwork challenge. I say if you can imagine it, you can make it. If it doesn't work out the way you thought it would, heck, you learned a lot in the process! I have a few more pincushions to share. These are from 2 Etsy shops that I highly recommend. If you are ever in a creative block, try to do something inspired by someone else. Follow a pattern, practice a skill, just sew and see what happens. These first 2 pincushions were made from blocks I found on ASpoonFullOfSugar. Lisa Cox is a talented designer of patterns. You will find PaperPieced Patterns featured on my Cherry Pincushion and the Pineapple Pincushion. It doesn't stop there! She has applique, bags, placemats, quilt patterns and so much more. Just browsing her shop will make you smile and get your creative juices flowing!
I also loved to work with LizTaylorHandmade to create my Daisy Pincushion. Liz Taylor is another talented designer. The patterns are beautifully designed. There templates are clear and the instructions are great. Like most paper pieced patterns, you will get pattern guidance. You will have to learn basic paper piecing techniques on your own. Don't fret! There are some awesome YouTube videos and blogs to help you out. All the patterns I used for my pincushions were beginner level blocks. If you are new to the technique, start larger, be patient and have some faith. They seem to go together like magic in the end! I made the 3 inch version of this block. Sometimes working small can offer a whole lot of challenges. Bulky seam allowances being one of the problems one can encounter with small patchwork. I recommend grading or trimming down seam allowances when things get tiny. If you are new to paper piecing, be patient. Its like walking backwards. You know how to walk, you know how to sew, just take a breath and do your best. Once again, I think challenges are so good for us. They can teach you so much. Here is my Daisy Pincushion. I used lots of ombre, textured and plain solids. I love how it turned out!
Speaking of flowers, I have some news on my Summer Garden Pincushion Tutorial. Its been on my blog for nearly 10 years now. I know many have enjoyed making it. I fear that making you go from one blog post to another, trying to find everything you need was a bit of a pain. I hope you found it worth the effort. I am going to move that pattern from my blog to my Etsy Shop, Fiberluscious. It won't be free anymore but it certainly will much easier to get everything you need to make it in one place. I'm just starting the process but hope to have it ready for sale before autumn. Its such a lovely pincushion and I would recommend you try it if you love embroidery!
Hope your summer has been fun and creative! Be back to share more with you soon! Jill

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

I'm having a Mom's Day Sale!

How about something special for that awesome mom in your life. Maybe that's You! Take 15% off till Mother's day in my Etsy Shop. Newly added to my shop are 3 paper pieced pincushions. The Brilliant Butterfly is a pattern by Charise Creates. The Precious Heart Gem Pincushion and the 1930's style Welcome Home Little Robin is a pattern by CenterStreetQuilts. The above "Welcome Home Little Robin" Pincushion is a paper pieced pattern by CenterStreetQuilts. If you love to paper piece, she has lots of adorable patterns. The pattern is easy to follow. I'm grateful she has given permission for limited use so each one I make will be a limited edition pincushion. She has 71 paper pieced patterns in her shop. Check her out! I am also working on more patterns from her shop as well as from CheriseCreates, EllisandHiggs, and Sugaridoo. I'll try to post those projects here as they go into my shop. I encourage you to check out Sugaridoo on YouTube. You will adore her cheery smile and her fun, modern projects. She has fun quilt patterns for kids too. Find out more on her Sugaridoo blog. Maybe your mom could use a little scrap basket, I have lots in my shop! Here are just a few...
They even fold down, just in case you want to stash some itty bitty, little stuff.
I have lots of pincushions in my shop, with my special ingredient, an Emery core. Here are a few.
If pins aren't your thing, how about a cute little clip bag, with or without clips! Find them here.
Well, my sale goes all the way to Mother's Day. Hope you treat yourself while you at it! Happy creating in the meantime. Thanks for stopping by! Jill

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Great Gifts for Sewers, Quilters and Stitchers, (and where to find them).

I put together this really great list of gifts for you. These are things that make our days more cheery and bright. What more do you want from the season? These items are from some of my favorite Etsy shops, who I know will take great care of you. I've added a few new ones. I hope you give them a try. Because its getting late, I've included some instant PDF downloads. Make a gift or put together a special gift kit. Better yet, give to or share the gift of making with someone. You will change their life.
Lets begin with
Quilters ~ You know you want to make that one last gift. How about some fun patterns to download instantly! Make mug rugs, ornaments, coasters or even a pincushion in a jiffy! Paper piecing is so much fun and your blocks will look perfect every time! I love these blocks by CenterStreetQuilts. These are just a few of the adorable paper pieced and traditional blocks, bags she has to share. 1. Snowman Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern 2. Diamond Heart Foundation Quilt Block 3. Hummingbird Paper Pieced Foundation Block BurlapAndBlossom 4. Sewing Machine 5. Home for Christmas Quilt Block 6. Pincushion She has over 548 Quilt Blocks to choose from and they are all super adorable! MadebyMarnie Gnome for Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern 8. Tula Pink Holiday Hommies Thread Set From one of my favorite shops for beautiful quilting fabric, notions, from MaterialGirlChic Hurry and take advantage of her 20% off sale happening right now on nearly 3,000 items. HartlandQuiltShop Another of my Go-To Shops 9. Candy Cane Lane Pillow Kit
Tools and Gadgets for Sewers and Quilters 1. LillaLotta Custom Labels I honestly think that is one of the nicest gifts you can get for someone who quilts or sews. 2. Creative Grids Mini Ruler from SnugglyMonkey This is a great shop for anyone who loves to sew and embroider. She has over 900 items! That fun Blue Wolf in the 1st photo is from her shop. 3. The one and only Add a Quarter Inch Ruler from HartlandQuiltShop Its perfect for paper piecing blocks! 4. and 5. QuillAndHive Beautiful Seam Rippers handles and tips 6.Cat Needle Threaders from WhatCantBrookeDo 7. Tula Pink Duck Bill Serrated Scissors from MaterialGirlChic 8. Oatmeal Milk and Honey Quilt Block Soap from SoapEscape 9. Beeswax Thread Conditioner from ThreadGatherer I can't forget to mention CraftyWoolFelt. The pretty Owl Eye Scissors on the top of this posts is from her shop. She also carries the best felt balls, felt fabric, felt shapes, lots of embroidery threads and beauiful ribbons, etc.. I just love working with Claudia. Not shown are some of my favorite buys this year- Cut Sharp Stork Scissors from CutSharp
Just For Fun! 1. Bobbin T-Shirt from InkAndQuotes 2. Quilt Block Necklace from JewelryForQuilters 3. Storm at Sea Patchwork Necklace from PatchworkPendants 4. Quilt Super Power T-Shirt from ByBMx 5. Never Underestimate the Power... Mug from StrictlyBusinessMugs 6. Fabric Hero Mug from BeanMugs
I love Embroidery and Slow Stitching. I couldn't forget gifts for my stitching sisters! 1.and 2. Stargazing and Show Up PDF embroidery patterns by CozyBlue 3. Beautiful Embroidery Threads and 4. Silk Ribbons from ThreadGatherer (ships from the US!) What a luscious selection of embroidery supplies! 5. More embroidery threads from OliverTwists in the UK. Delivery is in about 2 weeks. It was worth the wait! 6. Spring Colors Embroidery Threads from ColourCompliments (Canada). I really love her colorways! 7. Embroidery Pattern download from Pussman. 8. Modern Embroidery Enjoy Life from SnugglyMonkey 9. Dimentional Embroidery Landscape, pattern by Faimyxstitch. Don't forget to check out her amazing selection of embroidery threads over at CraftWoolFelt. She has linen, wool, silk, cotton, metallic and more! Another great shop with lots of wool shapes and supplies is TheFeltPod. You can find some fun Holiday Shapes and Banners there.
Patterns and Kits for Crafty Sewers! These are some of my favorite shops! 1. and 2. Beautiful Snowy Ornaments and Reindeer Pattern from CheswickCompany. The selection and quality is astonishing! 3 and 4. Beautiful Kits like this Matryoshka Doll and Wolf. She also has a great selection of instant downloads, perle cotton and many other embroidery supplies. 5. and 6. Quilted Notions Bag and Hans and Greta Doll Pattern by Retromama. She has so many fun patterns and they are nicely done! Here are a few more patterns and ideas you might love to get or give!
1. and 2. Gingermelon Snowbies Mermaid Dolls and Peek a Boo Pals. I just can't tell you how cute her patterns are. So sweet! She even has a Raggamuffin Doll which will take you back some years. 3. and 4. Three Sheep Studio Needle Punch Chilly Night Snowman and Angel of Peace Pattern. from ThreeSheepStudio. She also carries Needlepoint and Wool Applique Patterns. You can pop over to my Etsy shop, Fiberluscious and take a look at my Favorites. You will see all the amazing things I wanted to include in this list. However, I just had to finish this neverending list of my favorite gifts to get and give for sewers, quilters and stitchers. Next week I am going to do a Christmas Give Away! Check back in on Monday. I'll have a few Decorative Pin Sets, a Christmas Brooch and a Pincushion you may win!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful I just want to thank you all for stopping by my blog and perhaps my Fiberluscious shop. I get to wake up every day and do what I love. Who could ask for more? I hope this day and everyday brings you joy, love and a feeling of belonging. We all kind of fit together like patchwork pieces. Together, well, we are simply amazing! I'm thankful for my husband who doesn't yell about fabric scraps on the floor or a dining room table full of projects. I'm thankful for my mom and grandma, who taught me to love creating things. They helped me to see the magic in taking just a bit of something and turning into something amazing. I'm thankful for all the generous teachers I've had in my life, and the many generous and talented people who share their gift of creating with us all. I'm a self-taught artist but I couldn't have perfected my craft without the help of those who take the time to create fantastic videos and tutorials. I'm thankful for my lovely followers and those who helped me to create a successful shop. To me it means everything to support my family and to have an outlet for my overflowing creative cravings. What a life I have! I'm working on a gift giving guide, which I hope will help you with last minute gifts for someone you love. Perhaps you will find the time to make something for someone this holiday season. I do believe that the best gifts are handmade! I'm also working on a holiday giveaway in December, so stay tuned... I hope you win something you love! Happy Thanksgiving my friends! With thanks, Jill

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Etsy 20% Off Sale starts November 18th

Need to start your holiday shopping early? Come to Fiberluscious on Etsy. I have so many fun things for sewers in my shop. Starting November 18th to the 30th, everything in my shop is 20% off!
I just added two fun Cheshire Cat Pincushions, one in Purple and one in Gold. I used Tula Pink prints. Since I have a thing for Mia Charro as well, I added a crown of flowers to their heads and added a bright collar too. If you want to give a little stocking stuffer, I have decorative pins in small assortments. Here are my Holiday Pins.
I also have some little pins, perfect for Cross Stitch pattern markers. Here are a few sweet sets that would be perfect! I have flowers in glass and in lightweight lucite. I have tiny millefiori and more! Find them here.
Don't forget to order early. The post office recommends shipping by December 17th for 1st class mail. If you chose a Made-to-order item from my shop, allow for 2 days creation time. Most orders ship the Same Day! Never be shy about asking for something special. I love to create gifts that make people happy! See you soon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

New Gift Ideas

I always say that I'm going to start my holiday shopping early. Then before I know it I'm scrambing at the last minute, and you know how disappointing that can be. I think.... if only I could just make up my mind earlier and order something special. There are so many fun things to buy on Etsy. Where else can you find that one-of-a-kind, unique, perfectly imperfect gift? There is always a funny t-shirt, a personalized bag, a hand made quilt... the choices are wonderfully endless! I also work hard to bring you fun and fabulous gifts for the sewer in your life. I have lots of pincushions, like the Sweet Forest Friends pincushion shown above. I have zippered bags, scrap baskets, sew inspired earrings, beautiful art yarn assortments and of course, lots of Decorative Pin Assortment. Let me show you some of my newest creations and some of my tried and true favorites and best sellers. I hope you find something for someone you know... or even give one of these gems to yourself! Oh Nuts! An adorable squirrel print from Tula Pink! I stuffed this pincushion totally with crushed walnut shells. It keeps in flat on your work table and gently sharpens your pins as well.
Also from Tula, I have an Alice in Wonderland pincushion with an emery core, called Six Impossible Things. This one even has a Teapot pin!
For those who love a little nostalgia, I bring you some sweet, 1930's reproduction prints in a few pincushion styles. My best seller of all time is my 1930's Tomato Pincushion. It was inspired by my grandma who taught me to sew and let me dive into her button box anytime I wanted! You can order it in 6 colors, 3 colors, 2 colors or even in your favorite color! Just ask! I've also made a quilted, Square Patchwork version that is double sided!
You can find lots of Decorative Pins in my shop. They are like icing on any pincushion cake! Add them to one of of your creations, give a set to your friends, put them in your next fundraiser or just keep them around to bring a little sparkle to your sewing studio. I have Holiday Pins, Pretty Flowers, Millefiori, Birds and Bees and try them all in a Sampler! They come in 10 pin assortments all wrapped up in a pretty box. Or try just a few on a card in lots of fun assortments. Be sure to visit my Etsy Shop to see all of them!
Maybe you are just the DIY kind. I have some pretty yarn assortments to add to your next crochet, weaving or craft project. They are even great for gift wrapping.I even have a Holiday Assortment. If you love pretty yeans, I totally recommend my 20 Yarn Assortment. Tell me what you are making and I will put together a custom collection for you!
I love special orders so let me know what you are looking for and I will work with your to create something truly one of a kind. If you're lucky I might even something embroidered available like my Wool Leaf Pinncushion.
Stop by Fiberluscious and I'm sure you will find the best sewing tools on Etsy!