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2017 100 day project – completed!


I was determined to get to the end of my #100daysofslowstitches project, and here I am.  It wasn’t the project I thought it was going to be, and I was pleased I had made the definition of what I could do broad, so I could change it as I went along.

My two main projects were completing 25 blocks of The Splendid Sampler, for my niece – quilt top above.  And I kept up with the Ice Cream Soda blocks (see the end of this post).

I started with embroidery and English Paper Piecing, and as the days went on I included machine patchwork and applique.  My thinking was, it might be done by machine, but takes ages, so it still qualifies as slow stitching!

The 100 day project I completed a couple of years ago was #100daysofnewrecipies, and that one really affected me.  I saw a huge difference in my cooking ability and confidence by the end.

This time, I think I’ve learned what I do and don’t enjoy stitching.

I wanted to make a sampler of embroidery stitches, but hated counting threads to get straight and even rows of stitching.

I enjoyed making a Sashiko sampler, because the lines were printed on the fabric, and the embroidery transfer from the Aimee Ray book worked well too (see my previous post for more).  I’d like to use more transfer embroidery on garments, as I prefer to make something that can be used, rather than purely decorative.

The project encouraged me to persist with techniques I was finding difficult – like teeny, tiny patchwork pieces – gah!  And push myself to improve my quilting skills (points, people, points).

It might sound obvious, but making the time to do something towards a goal, however small, is a really good habit to get into.  I hope it’s something I will continue.

So, I’m glad I did it, I’m thrilled I completed 100 days – and I will probably join in again next year!



PS I loved this podcast from Elise on Starting The 100 Day Project


The 100 day project – halfway there!


So it’s day 51 of The 100 Day Project.  I’ve been through the “I love this and never want to stop” phase, the “why on earth did I sign up for this, I hate it” phase, and am currently in  “sometimes this is a pain but I am enjoying it”!

My project this year is #100daysofslowstitches.  I’ve learned from past years that it is best to go for something that doesn’t take too long and has a broad definition.  That way, I don’t get stressed or bored with the project.  Actually, I still did, but I would have given up if I’d chosen something more time intensive or restrictive.

I had pictured myself relaxing in the garden/armchair adding a few stitches to a sampler every day, and learning new stitches along the way.  I began a sampler with lines of different stitches, and I enjoyed the stitching but hated having to count threads and get the lines straight.  This is as far as I got before giving up –


I really enjoyed stitching this Sashiko sampler – the lines are printed on the fabric.


Mr D gave me Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching Transfer book for my birthday and I’ve almost completed this one


I’ve also included English Paper Piecing, with the Ice Cream Soda quilt blossoms


and some Liberty and chambray hexagons (possibly for a quilt border)


And because I like to have lots of different projects on the go (!), I’ve just started to make some of The Splendid Sampler blocks.


You can follow my progress on Instagram at dottie_doodle.  Hope to see you over there!



The 100 Day Project

Sashiko sampler available from Sew Hot

Doodle Stitching Transfer Book

Ice Cream Soda quilt

The Splendid Sampler


Lazy Daisy flower card

My card for Mum on Mothers’ Day this year (15 March in the UK) is a beaded Lazy Daisy embroidery.  She doesn’t use the interwebs, so I’m safe talking about it now!


I got the embroidery  idea from Jane Brocket’s lovely book, The Gentle Art of Stitching, and added the beads for some sparkle.

It’s very easy to do.  All you need are some embroidery thread, a scrap of canvas or heavy fabric, some beads and a card blank.


I struggled to get even petals, and found the easiest way for me is to stitch opposite pairs of petals in order.


If this is a new stitch for you, there is a very clear tutorial here.


To attach the embroidery to the card, I like to use double sided tape, then stitched it with my machine.  I was going to suggest just using the tape, but it fell off overnight!  I make the mistakes so you don’t have to….

Make + Review – Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw

This is the second in my Make + Review series.

Stitch at Home by Mandy Shaw has such a pretty collection of designs, and a wide range of projects – a garden kneeler, dog bed, Christmas decorations, even a teepee for the garden.

There are masses of applique designs in the book and you could make them as they are, or use the ideas for other projects. The patchwork quilt has twelve applique picture blocks which could all be used individually on smaller items or cards.

I used part of Mandy’s sewing machine cover design to make a birthday card for Sue, my favourite fabric buying enabler.


The little scissor charm is from Etsy here.

Next, a bandanna for Hetty.  A very simple pattern, but so nicely designed.  It’s double sided, and slides onto her collar – which I much prefer to tying something round her neck.

Dottie Doodle Hetty

I made this version larger than the pattern size as her Christmas bandanna got a little lost in all that fur.  She doesn’t seem to notice it at all.


And this is my first entry in the Crazy Dog Lady Sewing challenge  #crazydogladysewing.

The next project on my list to try (when I have time!)  is this sampler.  I love embroidery samplers, and this design is so pretty.


So, it’s a great book!  Masses of ideas to try, and so it’s one to turn to again and again.