Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sophie And A Free Pattern

I hope you've all been well, it's been a warm and wet spring for us here in Allie-land.  I'd like to introduce you all to my new grand-kitty, Sophie...


That was her first day home at my son's house.  She follows him everywhere.  She loves him so much.


Apparently she loves his retro bathroom, too.  The tile matches her eyes, and the black trim tile matches the rest of her.  I can't wait to cat-sit in July!!!  The rescue named her Sylvie, but he preferred Sophie, and so do I.

I haven't been home a whole lot lately, but today I was able to finish up a couple of new patterns.  Just in time for the holiday!  Here is Liberty - -



Do NOT look close at my satin stitches in the center of the flowers.  I normally avoid that stitch, as I'm rubbish at it, but decided the only way to get better was to just DO it.  I can live with it....

And also, Freedom.


Both are in my shop, Allie-oops Designs, and Freedom is, naturally, free!  My son thought that was appropriate.  Both are finished with a log cabin block to turn them into either snack mats or table toppers, but you could easily put the log cabin block on the bottom for a wall hanging.  Full instructions are included for the mats - if you orient the blocks vertically, just swap out the border strips, put the longer strips on the sides instead of top and bottom.

My next project is going to be a larger quilt.  I've been wanting to do something with birds, and it's starting to come together in my head.  It'll be applique and I'll use that gorgeous romantic fabric I bought, I can't wait.

It's almost bedtime [it's 8pm] so I'm going to sign off, the rest of the week is flat-out busy - have a great week, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, for those in the states!
Love,
Allie


26 comments:

WoolenSails said...

She is beautiful and I like Sophie too.
Wonderful stitcheries for the holiday.

Debbie

Jeanette said...

Sophie is gorgeous. Yes i prefer Sophie to Sylvie too. Love your new patterns. Hugs, xx

Yvonne said...

Lovely blocks!
And also lovely is Sophie, so happy she found such a good home. I think she is grateful!

Michele McLaughlin said...

Sophie suits her! I love your son's retro bathroom. The stitches are perfect for the holiday!! Have a great weekend! Hugs!

Donna Pheneger said...

I love your new pattern for Memorial Day and the Fourth. Thank you for offering the free one! You come up with the best ideas! Congrats to your son on Sophie. She looks like she's going to be a real character!

Lin said...

Great designs Allie and oh Miss Sophie is gorgeous! xx

I am said...

Hi Allie awwhh Sophie is so cute and how lovely that she has attached herself already to your son,she is a beautiful kitten. Love your beautiful stitcheries,you Do such beautiful work my friend,well done xx

Patricia said...

Thank you for the free pattern.

Jocelyn said...

Sophie is so adorable. And the pattern is so lovely.

Janice Holton said...

Love these patterns! My daughter has been showing interest in learning embroidery. I used to embroider quite a bit in my elementary and high school years but haven't for a long time. Do you have any tutorials or could you recommend any that show how to do the basic stitch? You're look like such a perfect line. I don't remember mine looking that fine. Maybe it is the thread you are using? Anyway, what books and supplies would you recommend for a beginner?

Shasta Matova said...

These are both wonderful patterns! Thank you Allie!

Anonymous said...

Flower centers. I too have major problems with satin stitch. As an alternative use French knots stitched very close together. This makes a soft and slightly raised center.
The trick is to only wrap the thread around the needle once so the stitches lie quite close to the fabric and do not flop or spill over.
This has worked for me and looks quite lovely.

Enjoy your blog and the many designs you create.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really cute, but not as cute as Sophie...:)

Cathy said...

Sophie is adorable. My granddaughter has one identical to her. I love your latest designs. Hugs

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Sophie looks like a sweetheart. So adorable and snuggly. Thank you for the wonderful block! I'm going to go print it out so I can hopefully get it made before the 4th of July.

Createology said...

Kitties are so very sweet and I adore your new Sophie. Thank you very much for the Freedom stitchery pattern. <3

Anorina Morris said...

Your patterns are beautiful and so is your new kitty-kat

Little Penpen said...

Sophie is adorable and truly does match the bathroom!! lol Thanks again for the new freedom designs. I love them! I'm looking forward to seeing your next project.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Sophie is adorable. She will bring you so much joy! You make me want to get another cat, but for now I'm sharing the neighbor's cat. (Don't tell) Thanks for the cute pattern!

TerriSue said...

Dear Allie, I am excited to hear about your next project. I am an avian person through and through. Right now I only have four birds sharing my space with me but I have had up to 28. The ones at the moment are two Budgies, one Black Capped Conure and one Sun Conure. All four were rescues. I have gotten a reputation that if someone has gotten a bird and didn't realize the noise, or work, or mess, or time, etc. I will take it off their hands and give it a good home. At one time I raised Lovebirds and would handfeed them so they made wonderful pets but that became exhausting with my medical problems as you have to feed them every three hours around the clock and it would take an hour to feed the entire clutch. Also my pair were highly prolific and never gave me any down time. We have a wonderful cat that is twenty years old who ignores our birds. The last little member is a five pound Papillion who only wants to sit in my lap. She is the sweetest little dog in the world. They both were rescues also.
My mother started me embroidering when I was four years old. I guess it was a way to keep me out of her hair when my brother next to me in age started Kindergarten. How I wish I still had the first ting I ever did as I remember it clearly. When embroidering on chambry shirts was all the rage I can remember doing shirt after shirt. Satin stitch was used quite a bit and so I used it. My mother would find ideas for me to do for gifts for relatives and would prepare them and I had a never ending stream of projects ready to stitch. While the family watched TV I always had needle and thread in hand. From an early age I have never been able to just sit down and do nothing. Going to a movie Is hard because I have to do nothing.
I like your Freedom block. Thank you for your generosity once again. I think that and the Liberty block would make nice pillows that my daughter would appreciate.
I hope all is going well with you and have a wonderful day!

Linda in Calif. said...

Such a pretty cat! I love black cats - and black and white cats. Well, all colors of cats. I don't have one, and will not be getting one. My dogs are enough for me. Lovely stitcheries!

sunny said...

I'm in love with Sophie! How nice to have a grandcat. Just catching up on some blogs. Your patterns are beautiful. I'll print out Freedom, although it might be awhile until I have time to stitch it. Thanks so much!! Looking forward to seeing your birds. What is the $80 pattern?

Beth said...

Thanks so much for the gift! You are quite generous in sharing your talents.

And thanks also for the day-brightening photos of Miss Sophie. What a darling girl she is.

Sandra :) said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Sophie looks like a darling girl ... and she rather looks like Hermione! Welcome to the family, sweet girl -- something tells me you're going to be spoiled when grandma cat-sits in the summer, LOL :)

Tanya said...

So nice to meet Sophie! So nice to see her so happy in her new home! So many blessings for all of you!

Susan said...

Sophie is adorable! I love her eye color. Our Russian Blue/Manx kitties had a change from blue-grey to gold for one and green for the other. That was a surprise, but they are still so pretty. (Our meaning my son, not me, of course! LOL - but they do live down in my basement.)

I love your designs. I guess I had missed these in the crunch of life lately!

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