Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

6.13.2017

 Arbor Blossom Blog Tour
Oh gosh the cuteness. My head started spinning with possibilities when the lovely and talented Nadra Ridgeway asked me to take part in a blog hop for her new Arbor Blossom fabric line. The gorgeous colors, the darling florals, sigh. Thank you my friend, this is such a treat! If you're not already following Nadra on Instagram, I encourage you to do so for a daily dose of inspiration and quilty gorgeousness.

 Arbor Blossom fabric

Always hunting for perfect minty green fabrics, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw just how many green prints were in this fabric line. In need of a new hot pad for my teapot, I knew a Granny Smith version of my Easy as Pie apple potholder was in my future.

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder
:: apple potholder pattern from my book ::

And because you can never have too much fabric fruit around, I made a new pear pincushion as well. I keep several handmade pincushions throughout my sewing room, though instead of pins, they are stuck full of threaded embroidery needles--so convenient!

 cute pear pincushion

 cute pear pincushion
:: pear pincushion pattern from my shop ::

For my third project, I just had to make a zipper pouch with this amazing red floral print. I love using little notions as decorations, and I think this bag will be perfect for storing small sewing accessories. I started out with my sewing kit template and tinkered with it until I had a bag in the shape I wanted.

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

A peek at the inside

 cute little zipper pouch

For more Arbor Blossom projects, follow along with the blog hop all week!


6.12 Heidi Staples fabricmutt.blogspot.com @fabricmutt
6.13 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com @retro_mama
6.14 LeAnne Ballard everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com @everydaycelebrations
6.15 Allison Jensen woodberryway.com @woodberry_way
6.16 Veronica AM vividfelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
6.17 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs


 Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

Arbor Blossom is available now, so no need to wait to get sewing!

Happy Stitching,
Kim

Made for Baby Blog Tour

6.07.2017

 Retro Mama | Made for Baby Blog Tour
What a treat it is to be a part of this blog hop! Ayda Algin’s new book, Made for Baby: Cute Sewn Gifts, is another wonderful addition to Tuva Publishing’s list of sewing titles. Gingham-themed and full of cute and useful projects, I found lots of inspiration in the beautiful styling and appealing fabric selections that capture Ayda’s style perfectly.

I don’t have any babies to stitch for at the moment (and my own “babies” are now *gulp* a teenager and pre-teen), but several of the baskets and organizer projects would be handy for any age or room. A helpful techniques section and diagrams throughout guide you through the trickier steps.

There was a little blank spot on the wall by my desk crying for a mail holder so I stitched up the House Wall Organizer. I have a bit of a thing for a cute house motif and using up scraps, so this project was right up my alley.

 house organizer

I put together a selection of brand new prints and older favorites paired with linen to match with the house ornaments already adorning my sewing room. Though time consuming, hand stitching the clamshells and applique was extremely satisfying.

 house organizer

 house organizer

The flower buttons were sitting right on top of the pile in my button jar, just waiting to be picked for this project!

 flower buttons

I couldn’t resist adding a house number from a favorite seed package print as a final detail.

 house organizer

Right at home

 house organzier

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other stops on the hop, and enter to win some goodies on Ayda’s blog (entries close June 12).

May.03
Ayda Algin
@cafenohut
May.04
Jemima Flendt
@tiedwitharibbon
May.05
Sarah Edgar
@sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08
Lisa Cox
@aspoonfulsugar
May.09
Ange Hamilton
@alittlepatchwork
May.10
Lauren Wright
@mollyandmama
May.11
Melissa LeRay
@ohhowsweetco
May.12
Minki Kim
@zeriano
May.15
Faith Essenburg
@faithessenburg
May.16
Kristin Esser
@kristin_esser
May.17
Lauren Guthrie
@guthrieghani
May.18
Bridgette McNay
@thefamilyhearth
May.19
Torie Jayne
@toriejayne
May.22
Constanca Cabral
@constancacabral
May.23
Stacy Olson
@stacyolsondesign
May.24
Caroline Husle
@SewCaroline
May.29
Nadra Ridgeway
@ellisandhiggs
May.30
Wynn Tan
@zakkaArt
May.31
Sedef Imer
@downgrapevinelane
June.01
Lauren Nash
@transientart
June.02
Jennie Pickett
@cloverandviolet
June.05
Amy Sinibaldi
@amysinibaldi
June.07
Kim Kruzich
@retro_mama
June.08
Elea Lutz
@elealutz
June.09
Samantha Dorn
@aqua_paisley
June.12
Ayda Algin
@cafenohut


Happy Stitching!
Kim









Sewing Pattern Release :: Sew Pretty Tomato Pincushions and a Sale!

3.13.2017

Are you in the mood for a quick and fun sewing project? Would you like to make an "heirloom" for your sewing room? Try my new Sew Sweet Tomato Pincushions PDF sewing pattern! Read on (and stick with me until the end for a discount code).

  Retro Mama | Sew Sweet Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

These pincushions were made with Garden Girls prints by Cori Dantini (which are still available--for the moment--on Etsy).

 Retro Mama | Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

These pincushions require very little fabric (they're great for scrap-busting!) and don't you think it's time to dig into your hoard of buttons? I've been collecting vintage buttons for years and always on the lookout for ways to use them in projects.

 Retro Mama | Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

The pattern includes plenty of photos, lots of tips on stuffing, a glossary of sewing terms, and the full-size templates have seam allowances included (as with all of my sewing patterns) so it's ready to just print and sew!

 Retro Mama | Sew Pretty Tomato Pincushion sewing pattern

The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop. And if you've read this far, I know you're looking for a coupon! Use the promo code SEWSWEET20 for a 20% discount on your entire order good now through Friday, March 17, 2017.

Happy Stitching!

Garden Girls Winner!

10.11.2016

This post is a little later than I planned as things got a little crazy with hurricane preparation last week. Thankfully everyone here is fine, as Orlando was spared of the worst of the storm. I'm hoping all of you are safe and that life returns to normal quickly for any of my friends who might have been in Matthew's path.

But back to business! I have a winner to announce for my Garden Girls FQ and pincushion giveaway, and the winner is...

 Retro Mama | Garden Girls giveaway winner

Mary on Lake Pulaski--Congratulations, Mary! I hope we might see those four Halloween costumes you are making soon on Instagram!

Thanks to all who entered, I would love to see all those fall makes! Everyone sounds so organized with already starting their holiday sewing and I'm still unpacking boxes! But for those who asked, I am writing up the pincushion pattern as we speak, which I hope to share with you soon!

Happy Stitching,