It’s almost time for Quilt Market! My fingers have been busy whipping up samples for Shannon Brinkley. She’s releasing her first fabric line called Dryad with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. I created a few things from existing patterns and some from my own patterns. I will have my patterns up for sale on my website soon.
Hi. It’s been a while. I’m so very excited to be working with Kim Kight again for market this season. I can’t share what I’m working on for Fall 2015 just yet but I thought I would share a few projects I made for her Lucky Strikes line this last Spring.
I had the best time making the wooden handled reversible purse below. I used Kim’s unbleached cotton canvas Lucky in Mustard and quilting cotton Domino Plaid in Turquoise.
I also made a super adorable bowling outfit for a little lady. I modified a bowling shirt pattern and created a gathered elastic skirt. For the pocket, collar, and bottom of the skirt I used Cotton + Steel‘s pink metallic x basic. Kim’s Ladies League Gold was such a fun choice for the top and I’m in love with her clothesline floral in periwinkle for the main skirt fabric.
It’s always a pleasure to work with Kim on her new lines and I’m just bubbling over with excitement on the new fall line as well. I promise I will share more as soon as I can.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing what beautiful things you are working on. Happy sewing and creating.
School is back in session. My little guy started Kindergarten today and he’s so very ready. Me, not so much. After a few reflections and tears, I’m ready to hit the ground running, get some patterns written in preparation for Quiltcon in February and catch up on all things blog’o’sphere and crafty.
My son G asked that we turn the last messenger bag I made into his backpack for school. How can I turn that down? So, after a little seam ripping and a few new strategically placed straps, I put together this little ditty.
I added two shoulder straps, a little strap to hang on his cubby hook, and a little side tab to hook his name tag and bus tag on. I hope it serves him well for his first year of elementary school.
Morphing this bag into a backpack gave me some great ideas for a new pattern, so in the next several months, I’ll be working on prototypes and hope to release it out into the world before or during Quiltcon.
Happy school season everyone. I hope that if you have kiddos in school, they have a prosperous year full of fun and learning.
The winner for the Modern Patchwork Spring 2014 magazine and Farm to Fork bundle is Jocelyn who said the following:
“My favorite thing in the kitchen is my dishwasher
I’d love to make a tote bag with the pretty fabrics. Thanks for the Giveaway!”
I think the dishwasher is one of my favs too… but that dishwasher is my hubby.
I’ve sent you an email. I can’t wait to see what you do with the fabric. Enjoy!
I’m so pleased that my bacon and eggs chevron apron is in the Spring 2014 issue of Modern Patchwork. I had so much fun creating this apron for Lily Gonzales-Creed’s Fall Market booth and I am so excited that it gets to live on in print. When I came up with the bacon and eggs apron, I knew that it would add a fun touch of whimsy to my modern country kitchen. Not too country, not too modern, but just right.
To share in my excitement and join in the spirit of Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Days, I’m giving away a copy of Modern Patchwork’s Spring 2014 issue along with five fat quarters of select prints from Lily’s Farm to Fork line with Windham Fabrics (including the infamous bacon print). Please comment below and tell me what your favorite thing is in your kitchen and what you’d like to make with Lily’s Farm to Fork fabric. I’ll pick one comment at random and send this fun little bundle your way. And yes, I will ship internationally. Giveaway ends Friday, May 16 at 5 pm PST. Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway Day. This is fun!
Alright ladies and gents. Are you ready for a fun messenger bag sew along? I’m so excited to share this pattern with you through Windham Fabrics. I had a ton of fun creating this messenger bag for my friend Lily’s Ninja Don’t Sweat line.
Start by downloading the pattern from Windham’s site here.
Then run, don’t walk, to your local fabric store and pick up the supplies. I know there are several great online shops that still have Ninja’s Don’t Sweat including Spool who created their very own kit for our project. You can find it here.
I think the most tedious part of a new project is the ironing and cutting and ironing again. Especially when it involves fusible interfacing. As much as I hate getting that steam facial over the iron for hours, I’ve tried many shortcuts and it’s still worth it to take the time and just iron all the stabilizer on so you can enjoy your project you worked so hard on for years to come. If you’re lucky like me, sometimes I can coerce my awesome hubby to help me iron when I’m rushing to meet a deadline. I do make one short cut. Instead of cutting out all of my interfacing to fit the fabric panels for a project, I will lay my interfacing, glue side up on my ironing board and then lay out my fabric panels on top of it. I place an ironing cloth or piece of muslin over my fabric and interfacing and then iron my pieces together. I’ve found that cutting out my pieces after that saves me a little time. Plus it’s fun to put the puzzle pieces together on the interfacing.
So, cut out all your fabric pieces, iron on your stabilizer. Use my method or your own for the stabilizer. I don’t judge.
Then we’ll move on to the fun part. Sewing!
Review Step 3 in the pattern to create side panels and pockets:
Instead of creating a separate binding in my pockets, I like to leave a little bit of the lining of the pocket showing. I think it adds a nice clean line to the pocket instead of adding additional bulk with a binding at top.
Step 4, Create the front panel and pockets:
Here is a picture of my sew in stabilizer on my front panel. Note that I center the stabilizer on the wrong side of the front panel and baste stitch the two together.
If you would prefer to have two or more pockets in your front panel, measure the center line (or custom mark the lines you want) and mark with chalk or erasable ink. Sew a top stitch on the marked lines through the pocket and front panel.
Step 5, sew exterior bag panels together:
I like to fold my corners in like the picture below to reduce as much bulk in the corners.
Step 6, prepare flap of bag:
Step 7, insert magnetic clasp:
There are many different types of clasps. I chose to use one you can find in most big box fabric stores.
Step 9, prepare straps:
Step 10: You’re almost there! Slip your lining over the exterior bag, right sides together.
Note: For a cleaner look, I like to top stitch the top of the bag. I usually lengthen my stitch to 3.5. An old rule of thumb, the thicker the fabric (or fabrics at this point), the longer the stitch.
Step 11: It’s so close! The dummy panel:
And voila! A nifty messenger bag all your friends will be jealous of. My son has already claimed this bag as his own, so I guess I’ll have to make another one for myself.
Please feel free to post in the comments section or drop me an email if you have any questions. I’d love to see all of your beautiful finished bags on my flickr projects page here and post them all on Instagram with hashtag #ninjamessengerbag
Thanks for sewing with me!
My older brother had his first born a month ago. Our family is over the moon! The last baby to be born was my son G over five years ago. Of course I made a quilt for her. I had a completely different one planned out, but when I saw her for the first time I quickly changed gears and put this together.
My husband and I made a quick trip to Dallas in April. I was excited to find out that we were staying right around the corner from City Craft’s beautiful new space. My dear hubby is a good sport and knows I can’t turn down the opportunity to visit a fabric shop, so he took me over there. I picked up a fun little color palate of purples and grays including Robert Kaufman’s Sorbet Chambray. That’s really what did me in. I saw that beautiful orchid purple and just knew it was EJ’s color. When we got home I picked out some additional fabrics in my stash and went to work.
I rarely follow a pattern, but I’ve had Better Off Thread’s Scrappy Lone Star tutorial bookmarked for years and finally decided it was time to try it out. The tutorial was so quick and easy and I had my scrappy lone star in no time. I knew that I wanted the star to sit on the quilt off kilter. I think getting it to lay out just right was the hardest part of the whole thing! I played with it for quite a while and finally got it.
I chose to dip into my voile stash for the back. I’m hoarding quite a bit of it because I love it so. Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Koi The Way of Flowers virtually leapt out of my cabinet and into my arms. I chose some additional fabrics to compliment the voile including a little more from Rashida’s Koi line and some Denyse Schmidt’s Shelburn Falls. I added the name of the quilt “Starstruck for EJ” and my custom label as well.
Time was running out and I know that quilting is my weakest link, so I asked my friend Gina Pina to do it for me. I’m so glad I did. She provided this whimsical compilation of wavy lines radiating from the star and put in a great straight line detail on the star itself. I’m so very happy with it and so grateful that she managed to fit me in. Gina is now offering quilting services and she also has some fantastic quilts in her shop. Check her out here!
For some reason I always gravitate towards Denyse Schmidt’s fabric for bindings. I continued with the same fabric from the backing. I love a dark binding. If you look around the walls in my home, all my pictures are framed in dark frames and if my hubby will let me get away with it, I add additional dark matting around it as well.
All in all, I’m thoroughly happy with this quilt. I hope that EJ will enjoy it for many years to come and know that we are all truly “starstruck” for her.
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be sewing my Ninja Messenger Bag with you. Gather your supplies and meet me back here next Monday, May 12.
I am so excited that my Messenger Bag is now available on Windham Fabric’s website. Not only do I get to share one of my favorite boy bags with you, I also get to promote my dear friend, Lily Gonzales-Creed’s fabric line, Ninjas Don’t Sweat. It’s hitting store shelves as I type this. You can download the pattern for free here. Please be sure to gather all of your supplies and join me in May 2014 for a Messenger bag sew along.
Also, check out Rebecca Roach’s free quilt download, Flying Stars.
Lily has another amazing fabric line coming out at the same time, Farm to Fork. If you recall my October Market post, there were a ton of super cute projects made from her bacon, eggs, steak, pigs, etc. fabrics. You should look for it in stores soon too.
I will post more projects from both lines in the future.
I’m part of a charity bee called do.Good Stitches. I’m lucky enough to be in the Empower group full of awesome gals. I just finished my flying geese and gradient blocks for my contribution.
The flying geese paper piece pattern is from Piece by Number. I can’t wait to try out a few more of her patterns.