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Today is my stop on the Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour! and I am delighted to be sharing this refreshing new book from Kirstyn Cogan. The tour began last week and runs through Monday, August 31.  I am joining five other talented sewing bloggers who are sharing their projects  and reviews of the book. Urban Scandinavian Sewing is available now at C&T Publishing and Amazon.

Book Tour Schedule:

WEEK OF AUGUST 17

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Hilary from Young Texan Mama

Nicole from Snips Snippets

WEEK OF AUGUST 24

Jennie from Clover & Violet

Tessa from The Sewing Chick (that’s me!)

Alli from More Please Thank You

 

I have always admired the Scandinavian style for its light colors, simple lines and organic nature. With a Scandinavian heritage, Kirstyn exemplifies the style beautifully in her projects for the home, fashion and baby.The instructions are well written and every photograph is a breath of fresh air.

Naturally, I wanted to make one of the quilty projects, and chose the Quilted Bed Scarf. Measuring 80″ long, it fits across up to a queen size bed nicely, but I knew from the beginning that I would hang it on the wall. I have a pesky, tall narrow wall in my living room that was crying out for something handmade!

 

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I have recently redecorated the living room (oh, let’s be real, I am still in the process of redecorating the living room) in a soft, coastal color scheme. The natural and white linens paired with a blue/green cotton evoke the elegant yet rustic, sand and sea feel I am going for.

 

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All the quilting is done with a 30-weight natural thread that blends well with the linen as well as the blue fabric. I spaced the rows apart at random widths to give it a bit more interest. I find the best way to keep my rows straight is to use the edge of my presser foot as a guide and move the needle position to get varying widths.

 

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The accent hand stitching is done with three strands of DMC cotton floss, color #3766. To get the stitches straight, I first drew lines with a Frixion pen – oh, I do love the Frixion pen!! Below is a little extra detail, just for fun!

 

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Wood buttons add to the organic feel…

 

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The back is a fun print – an older Dena Designs fabric that I just adore!  Nobody can see it, but I know it is there and that makes me happy!

 

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It’s not easy getting a good photo of something so long and thin, so I had to take it outside…

 

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And, if I change my mind, it can still go on the bed…

 

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Did I say something about a giveaway?? 

As part of the book tour, Kirstyn is giving away copy of her book and a FQ bundle of her new fabric line, Urban Scandinavian, that is shipping to fabric stores near you next month, to two lucky winners! Enter below in the rafflecopter giveaway, open through midnight, August 30.

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Be sure to also visit Kirstyn’s blog, http://www.kirstyncogan.com/blog/ for more inspiration and a round up of all the bloggers on the tour!

Thanks to Kirstyn for her beautiful book and thanks for stopping by,

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