Friday Flashback – Bearing Love – Includes New Freebie Design

Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.

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This week I am bringing you the Bearing Love collection.

I am loving looking back at different designs, and being able to see as I learnt new techniques in digitising. I am also finding that as I am taking an in-depth look back, I am re-visiting some of these techniques for new collections.  For the Bearing Love collection, it was all about the furry jagged outline, giving the impression of real fur.  I also love the delicacy of the stitching on the hearts and wings of the bears.  It really does give an impression of sweetness, whilst still adding colour.

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As always, this collection started off with falling in love with a set of artwork, and these chubby bears were just the thing.

I wanted to create a collection that was perfect for a baby’s bedroom, and that was quick to stitch out. I am still so happy with this result.

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There are 18 different designs in the Bearing Love collection (22 designs, however a few merge together to create 1 actual design). I found once I began, I could not stop.  And the exact same thing happened once I began creating projects for this collection.

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I started with the quilt. Initially I had simply planned to make a wall-hanging quilt for a child’s room, however as the quilt took shape, I felt that I just had to continue.  I then added an upper and lower panel, which would have made it a lap rug size, and then finally added the last two panels making it single bed size.

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The quilt came together for me in a single weekend. I can remember sitting at the sewing machine on a Sunday afternoon, and asking the wonderful Edward to put dinner on so that I could do some of the quilting to finish the quilt off.

Once the quilt was complete, I was on a roll, and found myself creating a pillowcase (the kids still use this one), a library bag, wallhanging, tissue box, towel, photo album, table runner and pyjama bag. So many of these samples are still in my sample boxes, and I really love looking at them throughout the years.

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At the time of creating this collection, I hadn’t heard of a product called Iridescent Embroidery Film, or Mylar. However this is one of those collections that easily lends itself to the medium.  The Iridescent Embroidery Film would so easily work under the wings and hearts, adding to the overall look of the designs.

Initially we gave away a double heart design (available HERE) as a freebie with the Bearing Love designs.  As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Bearing Love design, one of these amazing teddies, as a free download.  Simply click HERE to collect your copy.

Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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