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Issue Thirty Three

Inspired by1930s

Be inspired to make and create for your home

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Inspired by1930s


For centuries woman all around our globe have made things for their families and homes, sometimes items were made to pass the hours away as a form of recreation, but more often than not woman made things as a need presented itself. This was very recognizable during the Great Depression of the 1930s where women had to be adaptable to circumstances that seemed beyond their control, to use what was available and affordable when keeping their families clothed and warm. The trends in fabric clearly changed to reflect these tough times, with a ‘scrappy look’ becoming popular due to the scarcity of fabrics. Plain coloured cottons and small scale flower or leaf designs, geometrics and juvenile prints all with inclusion of white, where the predominant styles. Women who made quilts would source fabrics from recycled clothes, dressmaking scraps and feed sacks. Feed sacks where reused, traded and became quilt tops and backings. Common designs incorporating these 'scrappy looks' where Sunbonnet Sue, Dresden Plate, Grandmother’s Fan and Double Wedding Ring to name a few. As time continues to pass by styles come and go, although the colours and designs of the 1930s have endured and remain popular today amongst 'crafters'. As we delved into our own fabric and yarn stashes, styles and colours of the 1930s period greeted us. Soon a variety of projects sprang to mind and a new collection emerged. As you ponder this issue, we hope that you too are inspired to make something wonderful for your own family and homes, and that you reflect on the woman of the 1930s for their resourcefulness and creative flare.

Warmly Lenna & Janice

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. ~ Wilfred Grenfell

“Quilting is my passion. It’s been a lifelong obsession. It means a lot to me because I leave behind a legacy of my work for my family and all the lives that my quilts have touched.” Jude Spero

Designer Profile

Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs

Growing up in New York City, we didn’t have much. As a child I was always making do with what I had. There wasn’t a lot of money to buy expensive toys or clothes. My grandmother was an avid sewer and she raised my sister and me. My aunt lived downstairs and she and grandma would sew all evening making dresses. Aunt Margie would wear the dress to work the next day! As a result, many nights I would go to sleep with the whirring of the sewing machine. There was always lots of fabric around and I was sometimes

allowed to mess around with it. I loved dolls and Grandma would show me how to make clothes or little blankets. All the beds in the house had homemade bedding. Even the sheets were homemade. Grandma worked in the textile industry. Every night she would come home on the subway with a shopping bag full of fabric. Every closet, under the beds, hidden in huge pillows everywhere she could tuck it in, there was fabric. So you see, it’s in my blood!

“I’ve been exposed to sewing all my life and it came naturally to me”. In the early 1970s I developed an interest in quilting. I made baby quilts and dolls among other handcrafted items, as well as experimenting with embroidery, crewelwork and candle wicking. I've also dabbled in folk art painting and a little knitting, crocheting too. Once a year I would have an open house and invite my co-workers, friends and family to visit and buy. This would be my Christmas shopping money.

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I've been exposed to sewing all my life and therefore it came naturally to me. My style can range from being very traditional to folk art, Americana to modern quilting.

I used to attend craft shows to sell my quilts, table runners and other handcrafted cloth items. I began teaching at local quilt shops and then in my home. I purchased my first longarm quilting machine in 2002. In 2006 I opened my own quilt shop. This prompted me to begin designing with new lines of fabric that came in, making samples for the shop. That is how Little Louise Designs began and I started selling my own pattern designs in the shop. My brand is named after my cat, Louise, she loves fabric and quilts. She was always getting into my fabric and pawing around in it while I was working. Somehow she would manage to pull out just the right piece I needed. She continually supervised me and would even wrap herself around my neck while I was on the longarm quilt machine. After a flood in 2010, I made the decision to close my shop and to continue selling and marketing my patterns from home.

mn Requirements Twenty 2½” x18” (6.5cm x 46cm) strips butterfly fabrics from selected 1930’s cotton prints ⅙ yard (15cm) black butterfly body fabric 1⅛ yard (1 metre) white or cream background fabric ⅓ yard (30cm) binding fabric 1 yard (91cm) backing fabric 32” x 38” (81cm x 96cm) batting Rotary cutter, mat and ruler Walking foot General sewing supplies

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Butterf ly Ballet Quilt

Quilt Guide

Designed by Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs Approximate Size 24” x 30” (61cm x 76cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Bring some happiness and joy into your home with this colourful quilt. Jude has incorporated pretty 1930’s fabrics and a clever butterfly block in this stunning project. It will bring pleasure and happiness to all who see it.

Step 1 ~ Butterfly Fabrics ~ Cut two 2½” x 5½” rectangles from each of the twenty different fabrics, a total of 40 rectangles. Cut twelve 1½” squares for the sashing cornerstones. Cut one 4½” strip from the black body fabric and sub cut into twenty 1½” x 4½” rectangles.

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Requirements One fat quarter of white for main bag fabric One fat quarter for lining fabric 15” x 20” (40cm x 50cm) ultra firm stabilizer Red DMC embroidery thread NO 10 Crewel needle 6” (15cm) embroidery hoop Water soluble fine marker Large press stud Vintage feature button Spray adhesive Walking foot for your machine General sewing supplies

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Crinoline Lady Laundry Bag Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 7” x 10” (18cm x 25cm) A ¼” seam allowance has been sued throughout this pattern

Give your laundry or drying area some style with this vintage inspired project. Embellished with a favourite design of the 1930s, a Crinoline Lady, this project is a pleasure to make for those who enjoy hand embroidery. Hang from your inside drying line so that your pegs are always nearby, or make as a lovely addition to your craft room. It would be ideal as a storage bag for small knitting, crochet or embroidery projects. The possibilities are endless.

A crinoline is a stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman's skirt, popular at various times since

Requirements Sixteen 6” x 10” (15cm x 25cm) different 1930’s cotton print fabrics Four 3” (8cm) squares fabric for large flowers Four 2” (5cm) squares fabric for small flowers Four 1” (2cm) squares for flower centres 3” x 24” (7cm x 61cm) double sided fusible paper 12” (30cm) length of background and backing fabric 4” (10cm) length of binding fabric 12” x 48” (30cm x 122cm) lightweight fusible batting such as Pellon DMC embroidery thread #310 No 9 Crewel needle Walking foot Stiletto (optional) General sewing supplies

Dresden Delights P lacemats Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 10½” square (26cm) each placemat—pattern is for four placemats Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide A ¼” seam allowance has been used throughout this pattern

Add some 1930’s colour to your dining table with these charming Dresden placemats. Made with sixteen different prints embellished with hand embroidery, these four

Step 1 ~ Cut out the Dresden template from the pattern supplied. Glue to cardboard or alternatively, cut out using template plastic. You will require 16 Dresden blades for each placemat. Select 16 different 1930’s fabrics and cut 4 blades from each fabric. Place one of each of the fabrics into four groups for each placemat. Cut four 10½” squares of background fabric, backing fabric and batting.

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From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts. ~Honore de Balzacg

Mini Project Requirements Two 8” (20cm) squares of fabric for front and back Six 2” (5cm) squares of fabric for hexes DMC perle thread Wool roving or fibrefill stuffing 1” (3cm) feature button YLI silk thread for applique Packet of ⅝” hexagon paper templates (or light weight card to trace from pattern) No 10 Applique needle No 10 Sharps needle Doll’s needle Water soluble marker General sewing supplies

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Hexie Pincushion Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 5” (12cm) round A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern

Handy Hint

Make this quick and easy pincushion in a few short hours. It is a perfect project for trying your hand at traditional English paper piecing and is also ideal for using up fabric off cuts. You can never have too many pincushions!

Handy Hint ~ The hexies in this project have been cut from the same fabrics, although they would look equally good in six different fabrics or in two different fabrics that are alternated when pieced together.

Requirements ½ yard (½ metre) background fabric 2½” x 24” (6cm x 53cm) strips of at least 8 1930s fabrics for border and nine patch blocks Offcuts of 1930s prints for applique pieces ¼ yard (22cm) border one fabric 26” (66cm) square backing fabric 6” (16cm) binding fabric 26” (66cm) square lightweight batting DMC embroidery threads to match fabric choices No 9 Crewel needle No 10 Quilting needle and thread Rotary cutter, mat and ruler ⅛ yard (11cm) double sided fusible paper

Give You My Heart Mini Quilt Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 23½” x 23½” (60cm x 60cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern Length is based on fabric 44” (112cm) wide

Give your heart to this pretty mini quilt—a friendship inspired quilt for all to enjoy. Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam sharing their hearts. The light and happy 1930’s prints will brighten any room in your home.

Step 1 ~ Print the templates using the pattern supplied. Trace each template shape onto the smooth side of double sided fusible paper, two complete sets of Sunbonnet Sue and two complete sets of Overalls Sam (noting that one of each will be reversed). Trace four centre hearts as well. Roughly cut out each template shape. Place these shapes onto the wrong side of your chosen fabrics. Using a warm dry iron, press onto your fabrics. Cut out on the line. Remove paper backing when cool.

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Mini Project Requirements 5” x 10” (13cm x 26cm) of body fabric 5” x 6” (13cm x 15cm) wing fabric Two white shank buttons or small offcuts of white wool felt Black Perle 8 cotton Wool roving or fibrefill for stuffing Matching thread Scissors General sewing supplies

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Ladybird Ladybird Designed by Janice Kellaway Approximate Size 2½” x 3½” (6cm x 9cm) A ¼” seam has been used throughout this pattern


Make this sweet little Ladybird using 1930s fabrics and remember the Mother Goose poem that made this little creature famous. This quick and easy softie project would delight a child, or use it as a novel pincushion for your sewing room.

Ladybird, ladybird f ly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan.

Requirements One 100g 8ply ball of white and pink cotton yarn 1 Moda Vera Mini Cotton Yarn Pack of 8 x 10 gm balls No 3.25mm (USA size D, UK size 10 ) crochet hook Blunt tapestry needle 13” x 26” (35cm x 65) white fabric for pillow insert Fibrefill stuffing

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Crochet Terms British vs American British double crochet (dc) = American single crochet (sc)

Funky Crocheted Pillow Designed by Lenna Green Approximate Size 13” (33cm) square

Add some flair to a chair or bed in your home. This colourful and funky pillow is an ideal project for those new to crochet. Based on a simple square pattern, this pillow is ideal for using up yarn remnants or can be worked in the same coloured yarn for a different look.

Step 1 ~ Ridged Square ~ This pillow design is made up of 36 coloured squares on one side and 16 white squares with 26 coloured squares in the centre on the other side. They are then framed with a border of white crocheted rows.

British treble (tr) = American double crochet (dc)

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Inside this issue 7 unique projects with full size templates and 8 other inspirational projects to make: * Sew and embroider a Crinoline La...

Kindred Stitches Magazine Inspired by 1930s (Preview only,links not active)  

Inside this issue 7 unique projects with full size templates and 8 other inspirational projects to make: * Sew and embroider a Crinoline La...