Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Big Spring Clean Designs for Love Patchwork and Quilting

So here is it, the Big Spring Clean cover booklet that we have designed for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine with eight new retro themed designs.  It goes on sale in UK shops today and hits USA in around 4-6 weeks.

It includes a step by step tutorial for the radio block.  This includes using templates to cut more accurate pieces, fussy cutting and adding appliqué details.

This is Penny's design, an atomic sparkle! 

The soap bubbles was a joint design, started by Penny and finished and sewn up by me.

Shine is one of my favourites, and I used the minimum number of separate sections for the text to simplify the construction. 

Penny picked the most perfect fabrics for this brush, the bristles have got so much movement!

Penny's Wash and Go block shows how effective fussy cuts can be in foundation paper pieced blocks.  The text print is the first piece to be added in that section which makes construction much easier

This retro light was by me- I think it has the wrong name on.  Its a quick straightforward design to sew!  It is such a happy collection of blocks and we both love the art work and layout from the Love Patchwork and Quilting team- thank you to Jen and Alice and all others involved. You can find Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 20 in the UK in WHSmiths, Supermarkets and large newsagents.  

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Spring Cleaning at Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

Hot on the heels of our Spring Fever bird and flower patterns releases comes 'The Big Spring Clean" but these patterns as a coverbook for Love Patchwork and Quilting April issue, out next week in the Uk, and in 4-6 weeks in USA.  The big reveal of all eight designs comes next week when the magazine is on sale, but meanwhile some sneaky peeks…

Thankyou to Love Patchwork and Quilting for the beautiful pics!  More coming very soon!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spring Fever- a new pattern set

Who is ready for spring? We are!

Kerry and I have been feverish for spring, so we decided to bring it a little early with a new pattern set "Spring Fever". You can buy them as a set, or as singles  (links below).

And make sure and check out our other pattern sets here in our shop.

Happy Spring to you!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Moving forward with VAT

As most of you know by know, the EU VAT laws took effect the 1st of January.
In order for Kerry and I to meet these new laws, we have decided to switch to a new payment platform, Payhip. (Here is our Sew-Ichigo shop page on payhip!)

You will still find our patterns for sale in our shop here, however, we have removed our Craftsy and Etsy patterns until they change the way their sales are completed.

We are so happy that payhip has allowed us to continue selling our patterns! You will notice our shop page is slightly different now. Just click on the photos to purchase whichever pattern you like.

Happy shopping!
Penny and Kerry

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday 25% Discount!

A black friday sale awaits you here at Sew-Ichigo! There is a 25% off all our patterns in our shop, plus the Craftsy and Etsy shops. 

There will be changes starting in January to what we sell, where and pricing may rise at some point to take account on new EU legislation that effects all digital sales to the EU no matter where the seller is based- see here and here for more info.  We don't know exactly what the full impact will be but we hope to still be selling to everyone everywhere as soon as we can.  Our guess is it will take a little while to get everything into place so this is a great time to take advantage of our annual Black Friday discount and this one is even bigger than last years!
Obvious choices are the Sew Very Christmas pattern selection:

Or the best selling, Kitchen Classics:

Don't forget the very handy Latte to Go with the free gift card holder tutorial:

And the ever useful Strawberry-Ichigo

The price has been discounted for you on Etsy and Craftsy.  To get your 25% discount in our Sew-Ichigo shop, use blackfriday as your code!  See our tutorial page for lots of free links to make bags, mini quilts and more with our block patterns.  Discount runs from Thursday to Sunday inclusive.

Happy thanksgiving to USA readers!  Kerry and Penny xxx

Saturday, 8 March 2014


I cannot tell you how thrilled Penny and I were last year when we received an email from Erin of House on Hill Road.  She wanted to profile Sew-Ichigo in her forthcoming book, Quiltessential.  The book is has been published a few months now and it is so exciting and an incredible honour to be in the company of some amazing designers.
It is a directory style book; a reference for process and design.  Inside you'll find piecing techniques, texture, colour and practicalities like quilt sizes, fabric maths and binding alongside clear and detailed  photographs and rich inspiration images.  I've had it sat on my shelves a few months now and it is my go to resource when I want to check on a technique or just bounce ideas around my head.
I did have a wry grin at the mention of grease proof paper for the freezer paper technique.  I have the UK edition and at an editorial level, someone has made the decision that grease proof is the nearest UK equivalent to freezer paper!  The tulip design in the picture above might look familiar: it's Charise's  'Hello Spring'.  There are lots of other familiar faces inside from Rita of Red Pepper Quilts to Kajsa Wikman of Syko.  A thoroughly useful, inspiring and recommendable book!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

New year Latte slippers

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to quickly share a new pair of slippers I made using Ayumi's log cabin slipper pattern (you can get the slipper pattern here). I love this pattern!  I mean I really really really love it!

For the tops, I used my Espresso cup pattern which is available in the Parisienne Cafe Set.  The Espresso cups seem very appropriate for those early mornings when you put your slippers on. Reminding you that a little bit of caffeine will make everything all better.

Happy weekend to you all!


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