About Charlie Mankin

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In the press!

I loved making this hexietile quilt for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap last year and it seemed lots of other people loved it too when I posted in on Instagram and now, it’s been shared in a magazine!

I was super excited to see it in this months edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (even if I wasn’t credited for the photo!). That’s me on the left and Aromrak Luangrath‘s gorgeous mermaid version on the right.

To have a go at your own version of this quilt, check out Julie Hirt’s free hexietile paper piecing pattern. If you share on social media, I’d love to see!

Shop Update

I’ve finally taken some time away from all my other projects to photograph and list a few things I made a while ago…. It’s been 3.5 years since anything was in this Esy shop! Wowza! Thah break was a bit longer than the 2 months I had originally planned! All of these and more are available in my shop (link in top banner).

Stitchsperation

I mentioned the idea of Stitchsperation in my last post. I love crossstitch but was so fed up of there being no crossstitch patterns that I wanted to stitch. Even when I did find patterns I didn’t hate, I had to change the floss colour as I didn’t love them either! I wanted something cool and contemporary, something I would want to hang up in my own home.

From my years as a Pinterest addict, it seemed that everyone loves inspirational quotes, so the idea of Stitchsperation came to me. Inspirational quotes in modern designs that can be stitched on anything or on brightly coloured evenweave in kits made by me!

Stitchsperation Logo

I started designing and stitching and finally, after a year of designing, stitching, doubting myself, giving myself pep talks and preparing, Stitchsperation was finally opened on September 1st!

Stitchsperation

I have released 9 patterns so far which may be downloaded as PDF charts or bought as ready to stitch kits. I have lots more patterns in the pipeline as well as one-of-a-kind hand-dyed evenweave which may be used to stitch up a Stitchsperation or any pattern you want!

I’d love to hear what you think, do you have any favourite quotes you would like to see?

Sh** Just Got Real

When trying to think of what to make for my super cool Swedish friends’ wedding last Autumn, I was stuck. I didn’t have a lot of money and my sewing machine was still half way across the Atlantic so I decided a framed cross stitch would work. However, the lack of appropriate ‘super cool’ cross stitch patterns was ridiculous! I know, ‘super cool’ and ‘cross-stitch’ don’t seem to go together but I don’t see why not?! I scoured the internet for hours trying to find something that would remotely suit them and I couldn’t find anything. Nothing. Not a thing.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands and design my own!

I started by designing what I wanted in photoshop (one of these days I will have to get illustrator but photo shop is all I have for now!) and then I painstakingly drew the whole pattern out in pencil onto graph paper…. it took forever!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!


Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!

Once the giant version was complete, I reduced it down – by hand, yes, I know there were probably a million more economical ways to do this but sometimes I’m stubborn!

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I decided that just type on a plain background needed some colour so mixed up some water colour paint with some fabric medium, painted my evenweave and then got stitching!

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The gift was late…. by 6 months! Oops! But was gratefully received by the newlyweds and gave me the idea for Stitchsperation!

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Thangles Quilt

Whilst taking the ‘Perfect your piecing’ class at the Chicago quilt festival, I was introduced to ‘Thangles‘. I’ve never used them before, although after using them at the show, I remembered someone once gifted me some and I had put them away in a box as I had no idea what they were! I am now a total convert! I managed to make this quilt in two evenings start to finish. It will end up in the shop when I get round to listing it!

Thangles

Thangles Quilt

Thangles Quilt

Have you ever used Thangles? Do you have any other tips for piecing that you want to share?

Quilt: Flying Geese Baby Quilt
Size: 28.25″ x 32.5″ (71.75cm x 82.55cm)
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Fabric: Kona cottons, backed with black and white cotton and finished with white stripy binding
Lives: Looking for a new home!

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