Binge and Stitch


In anticipation of the Gilmore Girls Revival coming to Netflix on November 25th, I have joined up with some stitching friends to bring you some projects to do during the epic 6-hour marathon. I remember watching the final episode nine years ago and saying to my then 16-year-old daughter, “My life will not be complete if I never find out what happened to Lorelai and Rory.” So, yeah, I’m pretty excited!!

My idea for a project comes from Season 5 when Rory discovers a secret society at Yale University and attends one of their extravagant events. The group is known as the Life and Death Brigade, and their slogan, In Omnia Paratus, which means “ready for anything.”


I used a simple technique for the stitching – multiple rows of backstitch. It works great for script lettering where the lines vary from thin to thick, just add as many rows of backstitch as you need to fill in the letters. The umbrellas are scraps of some pretty Liberty lawn, kept in place with Wonder Under. I outlined them with more backstitch so they would stand out more, and did an easy chain stitch for the handles.


I then stretched the linen around an 8×10 artist canvas and hot glued it to the back of the frame. Some pretty vintage ribbon gives it a finished look.

I used Robert Kaufman yarn-dyed linen in “Flax” and stitched with Finca no. 8 perle cotton, color #3319. A #5 crewel needle works great with the perle cotton.

By the way, if you aren’t already a Gilmore Girls watcher, I highly recommend it. It’s a great mother-daughter show or just watch it by yourself. All seven seasons are available on Netflix and if you start now, you just might have time to watch them all before the Revival goes live the day after Thanksgiving. Be sure to have a giant cup of coffee and a stitching project on hand!!


I have made the design for this available as a pdf download so you don’t have to spend hours pouring over fonts and clip art to come up with “just the right ones.” Please tell me I’m not the only one that does that…




This is a pretty simple stitch along. Each day, one of us will post a simple stitching project. Here is the line up!

Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, November 19: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell

This is a SUPER casual stitch along! Basically, all the designs are free. We’d love for you to stitch them up while binge watching your favorite episodes or even during the second viewing of the revival. The first viewing will require focus. We are having a little giveaway on Instagram. Every time you use the hashtag #stitchingwithlorelai, you get an entry. You can post anything from choosing your floss to your finished product. Unlimited entries. On December 1, we will randomly choose a winner who will receive a SewLux gift card for $50! Special thanks to Chrissy & Linda for donating this awesome prize!

I hope you enjoyed this post and have fun stitching while you reunite with Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Sookie and all the gang!!

xo, Tessa



A Halloween{ish} Pillow

modern scrappy halloween patchwork pillow by the sewing chick

I had some orange and black strips left over from a jelly roll of Denyse Schmidt Florence that were just crying out to be made into a pillow.  I am not a big October 31st decorator, but for just a little touch of Halloween, they were perfect.

I added some black and white dots and a few other stash fabrics along with black yarn-dyed Essex linen for a fun pillow for this time of year that doesn’t scream Halloween!

I cut the strips into 2 1/2″ squares and then sewed three squares together. The original plan was for square patchwork, but I forgot how much trouble these strips had been in this quilt. The strips are not all 2 1/2″ – combine that with the wide pinked edges and getting a consistent quarter inch seam was a real challenge. So instead, I trimmed the sections of three squares to varying widths and then stitched them together to create the patchwork.

I actually like it better this way. The variation is more interesting and allows the eye to move around over the pillow. To echo the uneven patchwork, I quilted straight lines that are unevenly spaced. I love the texture it creates!

The binding is scrappy, made form more of the leftover strips. And to continue the waste-not-want-not theme, the back is a piece of gray canvas that was leftover from another project. The zipper is hidden behind a contrast orange flap. I used my favorite pillow zipper tutorial, see it here.

The finished size is 16″ x 26″ allowing me to re-use an existing pillow form.
Linking up today with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Fresh Poppy Design

 and Happy Sewing,
Tessa Marie

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