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Gingham Tote Bags

If I’m not making quilts, I’m usually sewing bags – mostly as gifts. Anna Graham from Noodlehead has written many great bag patterns, one of which is called the Gingham Tote from her book, Handmade Style. It’s a simple, cross body bag with instructions for two styles, however, I’ve only made the rounded pocket version. This bag features an open and zip pocket on the front, deep inside space and two open, inside pockets. It calls for a magnetic closure for easy access and has an adjustable strap. I first made this black and cream dot tote for my aunt a couple years ago.I enjoyed making it so much that I almost immediately made this black and white geometric designed bag for my sister-in-law.My mother-in-law borrowed my sister-in-law’s bag this summer when she traveled to Iceland and Greece and thought it was the perfect bag for her travels. When she arrived home, she asked if I would make one for her so that she can take it on her upcoming trip to Italy. I recently finished this black chambray version for her.This most recent finish means I met my January sewing goal, even though it was a very short list. Anything that I work on now is just a bonus for the month. I’m going to get started working on my February sewing goals.

–Stacy

Anne of Green Gables Blog Hop: Decorative Pillows

Anne of Green Gables is a classic children’s novel about an imaginative, orphan girl named Anne Shirley. The book was written in 1908, but has been a popular favorite amongst children ever since and was made into an Emmy Award mini-series in the mid 1980s. Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics will be introducing a new fabric line based on this novel and asked me to be a part of their Anne of Green Gables blog tour. You can view the entire collection here. As soon as I saw the fabric selection which consists of pink, blue, green and cream in florals, ticking and illustrations, I knew I wanted to make a set of decorative pillows for my mother-in-law’s bedroom. The color scheme along with the vintage florals would be a pretty addition to her bed. By the way, she doesn’t know I made these for her, but she will now if she’s reading this (Hi Elizabeth!).agg_1_bpThe front pillow pictured above is 12×16 and is quilted with 1/2″ vertical lines. I chose to bind the edges for a clean finished look and I think the ticking fabric works so well for that. The pillow in the back measures 16×16 and features a larger scale vintage floral on cream  – a print I thought should stand on it’s own. I quilted with traditional diagonal lines and added a pretty pink pom pom edge trim. Here are some detail images.agg_2_bpagg_3_bpagg_4_bpI hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the projects I’ve made. Make sure to check out the other projects that were made with this fabric collection.

Feedsack Mini Quilts

I’ve always loved vintage feedsack fabric, but it was only within the last two years that I started a small collection. I’ve been able to find some really great scrap bags online and have been lucky enough to be gifted some by friends as well. Feedsack fabrics were used in the early 1900’s to hold grains and sugars within the home. There is a great history explanation of these fabrics here. Many feedsack prints are loud, using colors that aren’t popular in today’s world, so they aren’t for everyone. I like to say they are an acquired taste, but if you like antiques and vintage goods, you’re likely to have an appreciation for these unique prints.FeedsackTray_BPThe other day I decided to make a simple patchwork mini for a friend. I settled on a 4-patch design so the feedsacks could be coupled together. Aren’t these so cute?!Feedsack_4sq_BPSome people might find these to be garish or gaudy, but when you put them all together they just sing. I broke up the feedsack prints with a vintage inspired solid color. This one happens to be Kona Sage Green.Feedsack_Top_BPA simple and classic quilting pattern fit this design perfectly. I love how it turned out and I am so excited to gift it to my friend. 4sq_FSmini_Fin_BPI recently made this feedsack mini shown below for a friend as well. It’s similar in design and color, but equally as pretty. Feedsack_Patchwork_Mini_SI_BPAre you into the vintage look of feedsack fabric or do you think they are too gaudy?

–Stacy

Paperie Love Letter Winner

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Congratulations Susan Frashour!! You are the lucky winner of the Paperie Love Letter giveaway! What a great little treat from the Paperie designer herself, Amy Sinibaldi of nanaCompany.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you who stopped by the blog on Tuesday and for all your wonderful comments. I also had some great questions regarding the solid colors I used on the quilt, backing quilts with minky and about the skirt pattern for which I plan to do follow up blog posts so stay tuned. Better yet, if you haven’t already, subscribe to my blog via email in the right hand column so you don’t miss a single post.

The Paperie Blog Tour has now ended, but what a fantastic tour it was! There were so many great projects by 20 different artists that showed the versatility and beauty of the Paperie fabric collection. If you missed any of the projects, check out the list of artists and links to their blog posts here.

–Stacy

 

Paperie Blog Tour: A quilt, a skirt and a giveaway!

BlogTourGraphicToday is my stop on the Paperie Blog Tour hosted by Amy Sinibaldi of NanaCompany. I am so honored to be sewing amongst some very fine artists and friends using Amy’s debut fabric collection, Paperie, for Art Gallery Fabrics. I simply adore this line for the soft colors and pretty designs. The possibilities are truly endless and if you’ve been following the tour thus far, you have already seen a wide range of handmade items. The first project I made was the quilt pictured below. I made it just for me and I LOVE it!! I cannot remember the last time I made something for myself. Every step of making this quilt brought me pure joy!PaperieQuilt_Full_BP

I paired each of the 10 prints from Paperie with a coordinating Kona Cotton solid, so 20 fabrics total. It just so happens that these are some of my favorite colors and they all worked together so perfectly. I used my go-to block, the half square triangle (HST), in a somewhat random pattern, but yet arranged in like groupings.PaperieQuilt_Me_BP

As with almost all my quilts, I stitched simply keeping the focus on the fabric.Paperie_Quilting1_BP

For the backing, I used a good quality, super soft, white minky. I love the weight that it gives the quilt, not to mention the warmth, which is pretty essential for Wisconsin winters. However, I’ve found that minky backed quilts are wonderful all year long. For those of you who may be wondering, I do also use a cotton batting when I back with minky.Paperie_Fr_Bk_Bind_BP

I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out. I couldn’t wait to throw it in the wash so I could cuddle up in it, which is exactly what I am doing as I write this post.Paperie_Quilting2_BP

I also couldn’t resist making a cute skirt for my daughter using the Happily Ever After print. It matched perfectly with this fuzzy heart sweater she already had and what better outfit to wear to celebrate Valentine’s Day?PaperieSkirt_S_Full_Flowers_BP

Even though I knew she’d be wearing leggings or tights under the skirt for the holiday since it’s cold here, I did add a lining layer for those times she wouldn’t be since the fabric background is white.PaperieSkirt_S_Book_BP

I just love the soft, muted colors and the sweet hearts.PaperieSkirt_Waist_BP

And of course the fairy tale references.

I greatly appreciate you stopping by to see what I made. As a thank you, Amy is giving away a Paperie love letter package that includes a charm pack. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post or on my Instagram post.CharmPackGiveaway

Also, below is a list of all those participating in this blog tour with links to their blog. Be sure to check out all the beautiful projects created if you haven’t done so already.

January 25 – Heidi Staples of fabricmutt.blogspot.com

January 26 – Kerry Goulder of kidgiddy.com

January 27 – Cheri Lehnow of tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com

January 28 – Sharon Holland of SharonHollandDesigns.com

January 29 – Jemima Flendt of tiedwitharibbon.com

January 30 – Michelle Curtis of chellesquilts.com

February 1 – Christina Egner of onelittlepooh.net

February 2 – Ali Brorsen of BecauseofBrennaClothing.com

February 3 – Kristine Lempriere of townmouse.typepad.com

February 4 – Nicole Young of lillyella.com

February 5 – Lori Landenburger of sewpsyched.blogspot.com

February 6 – Jennifer Chon of sunnyincal.com

February 8 – Melissa LeRay of ohhowsweet.com

February 9 – Megan Jimenez of quiltstory.blogspot.com

February 10 – Faith Essenburg of saranaave.wordpress.com

February 11 – Renee Lange of sewnwithgrace.com

February 12 – Seder Imer of downgrapevinelane.com

February 13 – Kristyne Czepuryk of prettybyhand.com

February 15 – Heather Andrus of quiltstory.blogspot.com

February 16 – Stacy Olson of stacyolsondesign.com {you are here!}

February 17 – Erin Cox of whynotsew.blogspot.com

February 18 – Amy Sinibaldi of nanaCompany.typepad.com

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern

I’ve always had a thing for granny square quilts. I love the simplicity of patchwork and the vintage design. A couple years ago, I participated in a mini quilt swap where I designed and created this bright and cheerful granny square mini quilt for my partner using the Miss Kate fabric line by Bonnie & Camille. LittleGranny_MissKate_BP

The mini quilt consists of 9 mini granny squares made up of 1″ individual squares. This is such a fun and quick project to sew. I combined both machine quilting and hand quilting around the outer blocks using perle 8 floss so the stitches would stand out. LittleGranny_MissKate_Detail_1_BP

A few months later I was gifted many vintage feedsack charms by my friend Sam {@paeoniasfz on Instagram (IG)}. As a thank you for such a generous gift, I made her a mini granny quilt using those very same feedsack fabrics. This one using a medium mint colored solid is vintage inspired heaven.LittleGranny_FeedsackMint_Full_BP

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Since then, I was asked to write a pattern for this sweet little mini, which I did and it is available in my Etsy shop. (Link here or at the top menu bar). Below are a couple more different versions that have I’ve created but if you want to see what others have done, search the hashtag #littlegrannyminiquilt on Instagram. Here is a linen and Liberty of London version I made for my dear friend Melissa {@ohhowsweetco on IG}.LittleGranny_Linen_Liberty_Full_4ML_BP

I made this one for Jennie {@cloverandviolet on IG} as one of her secret sister gifts from the Swapaholics Retreat I attended this past September. It was made with a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabric lines and paired with a navy Swiss dot on a cream background.LittleGranny_SwapRet_Full_BP

If you would like to make a Little Granny mini quilt of your own, stop by my shop to download the pattern and make sure to tag #littlegrannyminiquilt on Instagram when you are working on it. I would love to see what you’ve come up with and share your work.

It’s me, Stacy

Well, it’s only taken me two years to write this intro post. That’s how long it’s been since I abandoned my old blog, Freshly Handmade, in hopes of starting a fresh, new site under my own name. It’s a long story with a hundred reasons why it took me so long, but I’m back and very excited to start blogging again. If you followed me at Freshly Handmade, I apologize for suddenly going MIA, but I assure you I have not stopped creating and sewing. I’ve just been documenting my work on my Instagram account. If you haven’t already joined me there, please do! If you are a new visitor, welcome! I’m thrilled that you have stopped by. Either way, I am super excited to be blogging again. Even though I’ve been sharing my work on my Instagram, I miss sharing the story behind each project. I miss sharing tips, techniques and tutorials so that you can create beautiful handmades as well. I hope to do all of that and more here. This site is currently a bit bare bones, but I will be populating it with helpful and fun content from my old site, as well as creating exciting and new content. I also plan to share some of my favorite projects that I’ve created during my blogging hiatus that may only be seen on my Instagram. I hope you will join me back here often. I promise there is good stuff on the horizon. Whether you are a new visitor or someone who followed me when I was over at Freshly Handmade, I hope you’ll say hi and let me know how you found me.

Stacy