Thursday, January 14, 2010


I've decided to take the plunge and switch over to Wordpress. I've been playing around with it for the last week or so, and am quite happy with it. I am hoping that the fresh start will prompt me to post more often(feel free to laugh).
I will be using the blog to announce various patterns as I finish them, and hope to offer a selection of free embroidery patterns as time goes on.
Hope to see you there!
The Bella Modiste

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I'm proud to announce my first e-pattern! Just listed last night, and completed after a great many hours of work, editing and layout! I am so excited to introduce you all to Bailey Bunny!

Bailey measures 25inches from the tip of her ears to the bottoms of her feet. I made her from wool felt, but the pattern works for any kind of fabric from quilting cotton to fleece. I've included step by step instructions with a photo for every step.
The PDF can be found in my Etsy store here
I hope to have more patterns finished in the next few months, for the stuffies from this post last year.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

And the winners are......

The winner of quilt #1 is....#101 Industrioushead from Evanston, IL

And the winner of the unseen 2nd mini quilt #2 is.....Jewelry Elegance by Jill in Marietta, Georgia

The winners have each been emailed....
Thank you so much everyone for your comments and compliments...I've appreciated each and every one of them! Thank you Lisa for hosting this event...
Thank you so much to the people who have drawn my name....was fun to wake up to "you've won" emails!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Such a huge response to the giveaway! Guess I need to get to work on that second mini quilt!

At this rate I may need to make a third! Thank you everyone!

I'll get to work on that soon, and try to get a picture posted a soon as I can!
Once I'm not so busy I'll be back around visiting everyone again!
Also....I'll be adding to my blog list if you would like to be added to my Blog list...just drop a comment on this post...
to enter the giveaway...comment on this post only....I will NOT be including comments to any other blog post in the giveaway drawing.

~The Bella Modiste

Monday, January 19, 2009

One World One Heart Blog Giveaway Event!

I finally have a chance this year to participate in the wonderful giveaway event hosted by by Lisa "oceandreamer" Swifka
To learn more about this worldwide blogging event, click on the above logo, or the the one to the left.

To Enter, you must leave a comment on THIS post ONLY...This is open to fellow bloggers only please, unless you are willing to leave your email address in your comment! The winner will be chosen on February 12th.

And the item I am giving away.....Machine Appliqued Owl Mini Quilt!

If I get above a certain number of comments(100-150), I may make a second mini quilt(in different colors), or hey, maybe even 3rd if it gets all the way to hmmm....600? Might be a far shot, but we'll see right?
Let the commenting begin!
~The Bella Modiste

Comments to this post have now been disabled- Thanks so very much everyone! I'll be posting the winners in the next little while!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I forgot....

to show off my gingerbread man...a friend sent me this tutorial...and as soon as I saw, I just *had* to make one for here he is in all his half-eaten glory....

I'm a Procrastinator

See!? I even procrastinated *after* I typed my title, I wanted to check something else, and then I re-discovered a blog, I am almost half an hour later...

Well...I've taken a TON of pictures since the 1st...and made/finished 24 projects...

This fella started it all...

Albert is a miniature elephant at just 5 inches tall, and because of his size he loves to climb rocks to get a better view. He is a little shy, but once he gets to know you, he is a friend for life! Made of a men's dress shirt, he is all about recycling! His big ears keep him cool in the summer, and are perfect for pulling over his face when he is in a crowd...

And then came this girl!

Elizabeth is quite the adventurous little elephant. She loves to play hide and seek, and is she ever the perfect size! 5 inches tall and full of energy!Made of a wonderful Japanese print fabric with circus elephants, balls, and circus tents all over it, and the inevitable "elephant" printed in cursive all perfectly cute!

After that it just went kinda crazy...I've made 24 all together since I started on the 2nd....and that includes my new giraffe and zebra patterns...and I have requests to make other ones, hippos, lions, and once the wonderful holiday season is *over*...I gotta get back to work!

All my Christmas presents are done, made a quilt and a red dress up cape for brother, a pink dress up cape for sis along with a pink tutu skirt(really need to find a tutorial somewhere that I like)....the whole layering and gathering wasn't fun, and didn't produce a very nice tutu look, of course I didn't give myself much to work with, only 4yds....
And tonight, I made the cutest owl, found a tutorial here and sketched(and measured) out my pattern...don't have a good picture of it, but I'll try to get a decent picture of it soon.

Had a wonderful visit with Mom's mother, short but nice....found a few vintage goodies, a set of 6 Pyrex mugs with collapsible stand in a 70s shag carpet orange/slightly brown, and a set of salt and pepper shakers that are egg shaped, in a really bright orange! I think someone must have donated them after storing it all for the last 30 years...haha...Hopefully though, I can make them work in my future kitchen....and a none vintage red belt, finally found a nice one that wasn't $50! I've been looking for the perfect width, perfect length, perfect buckle belt since around Feb....and finally finally found one!

And maybe once I get the cups and shakers all can see a picture of them!

~The Bella Modiste