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Although a rainy day can be very gloomy, it can instantly become an opportunity for crafting bliss! Imagine, raindrops on the window pane and you’re engaged in your favourite needle craft! Let us offer you some exciting suggestions of projects inspired by rainy day activities. In this issue, you’ll find quilts of all sorts inspired by games like dominoes, I spy, hopscotch and word puzzles. Cozy knits, perfect for lounging around the house, including the In the Mood Tunic, the Comfort Crescent Shawl (in the very soft Chic Sheep merino wool yarn) and Colourwash Socks from the Thoughtful Soles Series which will have you singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ the whole day long! There’s also a tutorial on how to attach buttons using the Designer EPIC, this in a cushion cover project that was born out of sheer button love! And then there’s the cutest duckling wearing cute red boots in the rain – can you resist it? Rainy days are a great opportunity for reorganizing your sewing studio or craft room. Let Cynthia MacDougall help you with great tips on how to sort things out and finish the job for crafting bliss! Join us for a terrific issue!
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In the Mood Tunic
This is the perfect tunic to wear on a rainy day. It has a real sense of comfort. Knitting it with Knitswiss Yarn gives it excellent drape for lounging around, and using double yarn overs gives it a feeling of airiness.
Designed by Jacqueline Grice
Rainy Days Wallhanging
This is the ideal wallhanging for a mudroom, or an entrance to a home. It will remind you on a rainy day the importance of playing in puddles. The wallhanging is made with curved piecing, applique and quilting. The instructions include steps on how to use the SCANnCut by Brother to make the raindrops. Templates and instructions with photos are included.
Designed by Lynn Swanson
Brother Educator, Western Canada
Sari Ribbon Scarflette
An easy-to-knit scarflette is the perfect rainy-day project. It can be easily started and finished in an afternoon. Cosy up on the couch, put on a favourite movie and by the time the credits roll, you will have a beautiful wardrobe accessory. The silk is soft to wear and its insulating properties will keep you warm and fashionable!
Designed by Dawn Liu-Smyth
Owner of Heartfelt Fibre Arts, Toronto
Dominoes Game Tablecloth
Board and card games are making a comeback! A great family activity is made a lot more fun with this easy dominoes game tablecloth. Spend more time playing the game with your family and skip the extra time stitching around each of the dots on the dominoes by using the NEW no sew HeatnBond Soft Stretch Ultra.
Designed by Cathy McLean
Very much like the dreamcatcher, this Belarusan Talisman is created to protect the household and the family within it. It's the stitched version of the same Pavouk made up of straw. Frame this gem or make it to hang on your window, doorway, car or on the cradle. It is believed it catches and transmutes negative energies.
Designed by Iryna Varabei
Spirit of Belarus
Rick Rack Poncho & Cowl
Children grow up so quickly, it’s handy to have a quick pattern to knit up. Red Heart Gumdrop yarn was used for this poncho set, a plush and soft acrylic yarn perfect for children. Gumdrop comes in 15 fun and, well, very appetizing colours!
Designed by Flo Flory
Blissful Butterflies Quilt
Working with HSTs is fun, but put Banyan Batiks, Ketan and Mary collections in the mix and see the serendipitous collage it makes! Full detailed cutting and piecing instructions, with photos.
Designed by Sarah Vanderburgh
What else is there to say about this pretty piece of cross stitch? It's just super cute. Stitched on overdyed fabric for that stormy day feel.
Designed by Joanne Gatenby
I named this pair of socks ‘Colourwash’ because they remind me of watercolour paintings. They feature a heart motif and an afterthought heel. This heel allows uninterrupted patterning around the foot which is why I have used it again even though my favourite heel is the standard heel flap and gusset. These socks make the perfect pair on a gloomy day of rain. On a rainy day, what's better than socks that say 'you are my sunshine' and 'you make me happy'? They warm up your heart and your toes!
Designed by Lorraine Thompson
Comfort Crescent Shawl
Shawls come in different shapes, some cover more and others less. Some shawls, like this crescent shawl are perfect to wear even as a scarf. And on a rainy day, it keeps the shoulders warm. It's perfect for office wear too all year round especially if your desk is just below an air vent? Knit up in Red Heart Chic Sheep, 100% wool, so soft you won't want to take it off.
Designed by Lisa Gentry
I Spy Quilt
The I Spy Quilt is the perfect project for beginner quilters. This particular quilt has the 'around the world' pattern to it for extra visual interest! Get the easy to follow cutting instructions and diagram.
Designed by Elaine Theriault
Pulled Thread Pastries Part 2
This is Part 2 of the Pulled Thread Pastries. This series is about introducing you and getting a good feel of what pulled thread embroidery is all about. The whole series focuses on the basic and essential pulled thread stitches reviewing in detail three in each of the four parts. In Part 2 Kim Beamish gives instructions with charts and photos of the steps involved in executing the Waffle Stitch, Window Filling, and Wave Stitch.
Designed by Kim Beamish
The Pyramid Bag Options
This adorable triangle bag whips up in no-time. The beauty is in the ‘playground’ in which to combine piecing, embroidery, free motion quilting or other embellishments. Perfect time to explore assorted stitches, accessories, and techniques. Get creative and make it special, make it yours!.
Designed by Liana Kirkey
That Sewing Place
Newmarket, Ontario L3X 1X3
Hop to It! Table Runner & Placemats
Here's where the real fun begins, bringing playful memories of when hopscotch was king of playtime! This is a quilted runner fun for any kid's room or kitchen, with matching placemats made of the leftover fabric. Too adorable even for adults to resist a smile.
Designed by Colleen Blackwell McMahon
Rainy Day Fun Puzzle Quilt
This puzzle quilt makes a great wall covering for a child's bedroom. In the process, you get to use the embroidery features on your machine and machine embroidery skills. The words are based on the "Rainy Day" theme, but we highly encourage you to customize it according to the recipient's favourite things, people or activities. It will be cherished for a long time. This is a description of how to make it, as it can be easily tailored to your preferred finished size.
Designed by Elaine Theriault
Chenille Oven Mitts & Trivet
Making chenille is useful for many practical items, in particular for protecting your hands and countertop from very hot cookware. See full instructions on how to do chenille and the full pattern for the oven mitt too.
Designed by Clodagh Coker
The Quilt Store
17817 Leslie Street, Unit 40
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 8C6
Rainy Day Mug Rugs
Here's what raindrops look like when made up in Hardanger and satin stitches! Worked up in 2 colourways to show how colour changes the look of the same pattern. Choose your own colourway or make several in several colours. Stitches used: nun stitch, satin stitch, Algerian eyelets, woven bars and branched spokes.
Designed by Betty Stokoe