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!
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.
For Fall Quilt Market 2013, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Lily Gonzales-Creed on her two debuting fabrics lines, Farm to Fork and Ninjas Don’t Sweat with Windham Fabrics. Lily, Rebecca Roach of Frybread Quilts, and I sat down one night in a coffee house in Austin to talk about Lily’s plans for market and what she wanted to feature in her booth. Lily is an event planner by day and fabulous craftswoman by night. She had a vision for her booth full of wonderful things and Rebecca and I spent the night brainstorming and planning with Lily and came up with some additional fantastic ideas for her booth.
I’ve been developing some new patterns and decided to take them for a test drive at market. I put together this Bring Home the Bacon Market tote made with Lily’s milk bottles and red herringbone fabric from the Farm to Fork line. The idea for this bag came from wrestling with bags at the Farmers Market that just didn’t quite work for my needs. I tend to pick up a baguette and a few bottles of olive oil and always struggled with how to get them home safely. The big pockets on the side of my bag serve the purpose well. I also wanted to have a cavity in the bag big enough to fit my fresh veggies and other goodies I regularly purchase at the market. It’s been test driven a few times now at the farmer’s market and I am pleased with the end result. I’ve also noticed that it’s handy to use everyday when I need to carry my laptop around with me or if I have a long outing with my four year old son that requires carrying water bottles and extra snacks. I would even gander that it would make a good diaper bag too. I’ve made a few versions of this bag for myself and friends. It seems to be working to suit all our needs, so I’m pretty happy with it.
An apron was a must for Farm to Fork. As Lily and I were shopping one day, we came across a vintage style chevron dress. I immediately knew that I wanted to make a bacon and eggs chevron apron. It was so fun to fussy cut the strips and make the chevrons come alive in some of my favorite breakfast foods. My husband always weighs in on my craft projects and lends a creative and fresh eye to my work. After sewing the band on the chevron apron, he suggested quilting the band to mimic the chevrons. Brilliant. I think this little detail makes the apron and I have my awesome hubby to thank for it.
Lily also asked me to make a messenger bag out of her Ninja’s Don’t Sweat line. I previously made one for her prior to being picked up with Windham and I was happy to be able to play with the pattern again, tweak some issues I had with it, and create a new, more vibrant version for her for market. I have additional plans for different sizes of this bag and different strap options. I’m excited to play with the pattern some more and I’m sure this will not be the last you see of it.
I put together a little boy outfit for the booth using the Ninja’s Don’t Sweat collection. I used Dana Made It’s the basic pant pattern. I took the liberty of tweaking the pattern and instead of doing Dana’s big pockets, I created knee patches. I also appliquéd a black tshirt with a little bit of scraps.
For each day of market, I made a little something for Lily to wear out of her fabric. Saturday was Simplicity’s 1609 shift dress out of Lily’s red herringbone and “stripes“. Sunday was a scalloped hemmed ninja skirt made from my old standby Stitch skirt pattern. Monday was by far my favorite, a Colette Parfait dress made out of Lily’s Eggs and Yellow Herringbone. I modified the dress to have a tie sash in the back and big rectangle pockets in front.
Lily and Rebecca’s fingers were tirelessly working to fill the booth with fabulous handmade crafts. Also, Jessica Sloan of Remnants:fiber[culture] added her amazing quilting touch to the two featured quilts in the booth. Sadly, I did not take a full shot of the booth, but I do have a shot of the oh so famous flying pigs pre-flight.
In addition to being showcased by Windham at market, Pat Fryer of Villa Rosa Designs also put together several quilts with Lily’s collections. Pat’s patterns are all so easy to put together and I can’t wait to play around with them some more.
Lily’s fabric lines will be released in April. Windham will be providing some fantastic patterns to go along with the collection and I can’t wait to see what the world does with all these fun prints.