Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sew Much Fun Week 18

 Sew Much Fun 2021 Block Tour Bobbins, Bobbins, Bobbins!

Click on the photo to get your downloadable PDF Pattern!

For my Sew Much Fun block I decided to showcase one of my favorite tools in my studio...
my bobbin keeper!

After falling in love with thread painting and learning the joys of working with thicker weight threads in the bobbin to create some super fun art quilts and stitches on applique projects, I quickly learned the joys of having plenty of wound and ready bobbins 
within reach!

Not only is it fun to see all my pretty threads lined up and ready to play, it's wonderful not to have to stop and wind a bobbin while I'm in the 'zone' of thread painting. 

I hope you have fun choosing different colored fabrics to create your own bobbin keeper applique block, and maybe play with adding a few extra stitches to add some fun 
texture to them as well. 

If you've not tried bobbin work before, you can learn more about it on my YouTube channel where I have some fun demo and tutorial videos to watch.  And if you are looking for some good threads to play with, swing by my website and start building up 
a fun collection of colors to wrap on your real bobbins as well!

Happy Sewing!!!



Each week stop by to get the link for a fun (and free) pattern
with a cute sewing theme! 

Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Dec. 5th
to see what Jennifer from Inquiring Quilter  has for us!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!  

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sew Much Fun Tour: Week 17

 Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!


Each week stop by to get the link for a fun 
(and free*) pattern with a cute sewing theme.
*Patterns are free until the end of the tour

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by 
Raylee Bielenberg from 


Click on the photo to get instructions for your free pattern. 


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Nov 28th to see what 
from Yours Truly at Ladybug's Cabin

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!  

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sew Much Fun Tour:Week 16

 Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!



Each week stop by to get the link for a fun 
(and free*) pattern with a cute sewing theme.
*Patterns are free until the end of the tour

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by 
Kristi Schmits from 


Click on the photo to get instructions for your free pattern. 


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Nov 21st to see what 
Raylee Bielenberg from 

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!  

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sew Much Fun Block Tour: Week 15

 Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!



Each week stop by to get the link for a fun 
(and free*) pattern with a cute sewing theme.
*Patterns are free until the end of the tour

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by 
Carolyn Burgess from 



Click on the photo to get instructions on how to receive your free pattern. 


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Nov 14th to see what 
Kristi Schmits from 

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!  

Monday, November 1, 2021

Sew Much Fun Block Tour: Week 14

 Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!



Each week stop by to get the link for a fun 
(and free) pattern with a cute sewing theme.

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by Kathryn LeBlanc from 

Click on the photo to get instructions on how to receive your free pattern. 


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Nov 7th to see what 
Carolyn Burgess from 

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!  

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Plein Air (on fabric) using Inktense pencils and blocks

I love to wander our great outdoors and usually have my camera at my side to capture the colors, the landscape or moments that I can enjoy later, or use for inspiration in my textile art. For a while I've wondered what it would be like to try a little plein air painting using fabric instead of canvas or paper. With the encouragement and companionship of one of my artistic friends, we decided that the time was neigh for an attempt!

This past weekend we decided to do our inaugural plein air play-date in my back yard (as the swan river offers lots of great composition ideas) and the fall colors are still offering some wonderful contrast to play with. 

We wandered the property for a few moments and then decided on the hillside location that offered up some good views and began to play. 

As this is a new endeavor for me, I don't yet have many of the tools that can be useful for this type of work, so I decided to get creative and use what I have on hand. Acting as my hand-held easel, I used a wrapped canvas larger than the fabric I was going to work on. I used blue tape (painter's tape) to stretch the fabric tightly onto the canvas so that it wouldn't move while I was working. 



My medium of choice was Inktense watercolor pencils and blocks as they are permanent on fabric even with just water--this makes them unique for coloring on fabric and they are one of my favorite tools in my toolbox when it comes to my fiber art. I used the Outliner pencil from my box set and did a brief sketch of the different sections of my chosen view. I then took my plant mister to spray a fine mist over the entire fabric to get it nice and saturated with water. 

Working on the wet fabric I started adding colors to the water and the sky. I sometimes would test a color off to the side of the piece, but as I was committed to exploring and playing without expectation of any finished result, I allowed myself to experiment freely. I used dry sponge brushes and small paint brushes to spread and blend the colors as I worked and played with using the tip and/or sides of my pencils to achieve different textures and lines as I layered the colors. I focused mainly putting down a base layer of colors for each section, knowing that I would focus on finer details in my later passes. 

Working outside in a (somewhat brisk) autumn breeze, my fabric would dry fairly quickly which meant that I was able to work a bit quicker than I normally would inside. Once the colors dry, they are set in the fibers and I can then work on top of them and am able to wet the fabric again without the colors bleeding or running. 

I was thrilled to see the scene begin to appear on my fabric and remarked on the significant difference in working on a landscape out in the field vs re-creating a scene from a photo. We see so much more immersed in a landscape than we'll ever be able to see looking at picture. It was so helpful to watch the movement of the water as I attempted to capture it on my fabric. The changing nature of the current encouraged me to work the area a bit more than I would have done with a static photo. I watched the light change across the landscape as I worked, highlighting details that I might have missed at first glance. 

I had so much fun with the first view, (and it seemed to come together a bit easier than I had expected) I decided to try a second composition to see if maybe the first round was just beginner's luck. I moved my chair to a new location and started the process again. 

In some ways the second piece was easier than the first, as I had the joy of a first success to fuel my curiosity, along with a palette of colors that I already knew I was enjoying, so there was less time needed to pick which pencils I wanted to use. I loved seeing how the light was playing differently across this view from the first composition and how the scene included a lot more depth and distance to play with. As I worked I could also start imagining what it would be like to add the texture of some stitching to my fabric once dry (for a as thread 'enthusiast' that is bound to happen.) In fact, both of my compositions are now pressed with stabilizer and ready for some time with some threads.  More to come!

Sitting in the open air, taking in the fall colors, exploring and experiementing with coloring with no firm expectations of an end product...it was a blissful, creative time, and I look forward to scheduling more opportunities soon!

If you'd like to see more of my work using inktense pencils on fabric, you can visit my website: www.ladybugscabin.com or follow me on facebook and instagram where I like to post photos of my work and inspirations. 

Happy Playing!


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sew Much Fun 2021 Block Tour: Week 13

  Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!


Each week stop by to get the link for a fun (and free) pattern 
with a cute sewing theme!

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by Nic Vaughan from Craftapalooza Designs

Click on the photo and follow her instructions 
to get your free block pattern


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Oct 31st to see what 
Kathryn LeBlanc from 

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Sew Much Fun Tour: Week 12

 Sew Much Fun 2021 

Block Tour Continues!



Each week stop by to get the link for a fun (and free) pattern 
with a cute sewing theme!

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed by Monkia 

Click on the photo to visit Monkia's post


Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Oct 24th to see what Nic Vaughan from Craftapalooza Designs has for us!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sew Much Fun Tour Week 11

 Sew Much Fun 2021 Block Tour Continues!


Each week stop by to get the link for a fun (and free) pattern 
with a cute sewing theme!

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block designed Kris Driessen 
Click on the photo to visit Kris' project

Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Oct 10th to see what 
Monkia from Penny Spool Quilts has for us!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sew Much Fun Block Tour: Week 10

 Sew Much Fun 2021 Block Tour Continues!


Each week stop by to get the link for a fun (and free) pattern 
with a cute sewing theme!

Want to make it super simple? 
Take advantage of 
collecting kits when available!

This week we have a block from Carolina Moore from AlwaysExpectMoore.com

click on photo to go to Carolina's Post

Join the Facebook Group to share your progress, 

find out more about each week's block and find out how to 

win some fun prizes!

Check back here on Oct 10th to see what 
Kris Driessen  from Phoebe Moon Designs has for us!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Click on this button to go to our Rafflecopter site.  Rafflecopter is our way of sharing some great prizes with you.  Revisit our Rafflecopter at least once weekly throughout the Sew Much Fun Tour to be registered to win great prizes each week.  New week, new prizes!!!  Oh, and you can't win if you don't register!!