Diary in Stitches Blog Tour + Giveaway!

I am so excited to be a part of Minki Kim‘s Diary in Stitches Blog Hop here at WeAllSew!

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Minki Kim creates her thread drawings with a special technique detailed in Diary in Stitches. This book includes in-depth explanation of thread drawing with stitches from A to Z, moving from simple projects like a coaster to artful work like a family portrait. And of course there are step-by-step instructions and patterns to make several projects featured in the book, along with over 60 unique and uplifting designs to mix and match.

There are so many fun designs in the book it was hard to choose just one! My first project from the book is a pillow using the design “Good Things Happen When You Go For It,” which features a sweet scene complete with sewing machine and notions!

Diary in Stitches Pillow Cover

I have to mention that I actually have a clothes line hanging in my studio to display inspirational bits and photos, just like the little scene from the book.

Diary in Stitches Blog Hop at WeAllSew

After enlarging and printing the pattern, I had lots of fun digging through my scrap bins and pulling out just the right fabrics to fill in the appliqué areas of the design. I love saving even the smallest bits of favorite fabrics, and these projects make for the perfect use of those little crumbs of fabric.

The base for my pillow is a white linen fabric with a lovely texture. I used my Wafer Lightbox to help me trace the printed design directly on the fabric, and to trace the appliqué shapes to the paper backed fusible webbing. If you don’t have a light box, you can try placing a light under a small clear plastic bin to help you trace, or even taping your pattern to a window can help.

I just love the little characters on displayed above the sewing machine! Did you see who’s on the left (I couldn’t resist adding a little Spock to my design!).

I chose to work with Open embroidery foot #20C to create the drawing with stitches, the open design gives a clear view of what you’re sewing. It’s a great foot for appliqué or any situation where you want to keep your eye on your stitches as you sew.

I also shortened the stitch length to about 1.6mm, and used the Hover feature when stitching. Hover allows the foot to raise up when I stop sewing in the needle-down position, and this made pivoting and moving in those tight corners a breeze.

I finished the design off as a 12″ x 12″ pillow for my sewing studio, and it fits right in. I really love it!

And it looks like my studio assistant Bea agrees!

Want to see how I created this quick pillow cover featuring an invisible zipper? Come back to WeAllSew soon for my Invisible Zipper Pillow Cover Tutorial!

For a chance to win an ebook of Diary In Stitches, please add a comment below and answer the following question:

What is your favorite quick project to sew with appliqué?

The giveaway is open to all WeAllSew readers. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by November 15, 11.59 p.m. Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize. Good luck!

74 thoughts on “Diary in Stitches Blog Tour + Giveaway!

  1. My favorite applique was fixing a mistake in a quilt. I had done a baby quilt and accidentally cut a hole in one of the blocks that I could not repair and I didn’t have fabric to make a new block. I took a scrap, fussy cut a couple little giraffes from the scrap and appliqued them over the hole! Problem solved!

    1. My favorite quick appliqué project is small picture quilts I have made for friends. The size can vary but they are generally appoximately 10 x 12” and are personalized to reflect each persons interests. Fun to make and people love them!

  2. My favorite project to sew with applique is small pillows for the couch or to just snuggle to. they are quick & you can do any theme of applique that you wish or do seasons to give at specific times. Raw edge applique lends itself to an organic carefree form of applique that can go on quickly depending upon your choices. TJenn

  3. I too fuse then stitch, or sometimes use embroidery machine applique, stitch around, cut away excess fabric, then continue (usually a satin stitch). The embroidery machines can also do reverse applique..

  4. I love this loose and free style of applique — it fits perfectly with my journal sketching style! (The ‘Spock’ image is instantly recognizable; so jealous.) I would love to start integrating ‘sewn’ pages into my journal/sketchbook. Mixed media is my latest obsession. Love this book and the article!

  5. My favorite quick project to make with applique is to make seasonal mug rugs. It takes so little fabric and leftover batting to do and also fun to make. It makes great hostess gifts.

  6. I love to appliqué small designs on Christmas stockings using cork fabric as the base and with the names personalized on the “cuff.” Fill the socks with candy and attach the sock to a loaf of homemade banana bread. It shows the recipient how much you care. I managed 30 sock ornament/gift tags last year.

  7. I so much love this book. I love to applique dresses, wagons, fun things onto quilt blocks for children. Also I love to applique dragonflies on my clothing!! I would love to own this book. Thanks for the chance..

  8. I don’t have a favorite quick project yet. I would love to try some quick little projects. Perhaps mug rugs, potholders or small pillows. Inexpensive and quick thank you gifts.

  9. Minki Kim creates the cutest ideas.
    I would like to make a table runner with ideas like these on it.
    Perhaps make personalized gifts for a wedding or anniversary, like a center table piece to give as a present. Or a wall hanging quilt. There must be a million ways to use these great ideas of hers and my own. Great looking book. Thank you for the chance to win…

  10. Applique blocks to identify tables.at.a.large.party are quick and easy to do. Then with signatures, the blocks can be put together to make a quilt to remember the event..

  11. Fabric Postcards! They are a great 4″x6″ ‘playground’ for experimenting with designs, threads, techniques… just add a stamp and send them off to put a smile in someone’s mailbox.

  12. First of all, I love, love, love your pillow! So cute! I also like your idea of a clothesline in the sewing room. I will have to think that one over and figure out how it will best serve me. THANX for such a great idea. My favorite quick go-to applique project is either a baby bib or a baby quilt. Quick way to dress something up or make it cutesy! THANX for sharing your talents!

  13. I love to appliqué on baby quilts, esp Childs name. I print letters from my computer right on to double sided fusible, fuse to fabric and then cut out. I love the thread work on the pillow.

  14. I love to make baby quilts, but not with baby-themed fabric. Instead, I use bright, contemporary fabrics I think the new mom will especially like. But on each one, I appliqué a couple of stylized bunnies. They are my unique “signature.” My open embroidery foot #20 makes it so easy.

  15. Quick appliqué ALWAYS makes zippered pouches special. So easy to make one of a kind, personalized pieces that share the joy of being a maker! From an initial to repeating an element from the fabric to a silly happy flower … just a little bit elevates the piece. I try to incorporate a little surprise on everything I make.

  16. This is darling thank you sew much for introducing me to this lovely book and the opportunity to win. I love to appliqué but I’m still learning so pillows and quilts are my only appliqué so far. However, I’m thinking this book would open up and entire new world I hadn’t thought of. 😊

  17. I adore handwork, my Mom did beautiful appliqué on quilts. I bought my first Bernina, a 180E to duplicate those beautiful handmade items by machine. I have so many ideas for Christmas ornaments, would love a copy of your book to help me with techniques to complete my ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Applique is really difficult for me. That’s somewhat surprising too, since I love hand work. I keep trying, though, and enjoy using different fonts to create messages on decorative pillows.

  19. I love making mug rugs and small pillows like your pillow in this project! They are fun and quick to do and seem to really brighten up people’s day when I give them away!

  20. I love to appliqué baby quilts, pillows, and children’s clothes. One day I want to appliqué a bird quilt. I saw a beautiful one at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. I hope to tackle one like this when I retire.

  21. My favorite appliqué projects were a set of scissors pincushions I made from your free patterns for my sewing bee friends! They all loved them! And I still need to make one for myself!

  22. I was making a large pillow as a high school graduation gift and machine quilted hands all over the body of the quilt. I used the corner blocks to quilt “okay” hand positions (index finger and thumb together with other fingers raised and “thumbs up” hand positions in the other two corner blocks. Cute and easy to do!

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