Toddler Backpacks

When my friend, Sedef, from Down Grapevine Lane asked if I would make something for her quilt market booth to showcase her debut fabric line, Sweet Orchard, I knew her collection would be perfect to make a cute toddler backpack. I used this pattern from Made By Rae, but since I hadn’t ever made it before, I thought it would be best to make a one first with fabric I had on hand (shown below left). At the time, Sweet Orchard prints were only available in limited quantities for quilt market projects and now you only have to wait a few more months for it to be released this August.Backpacks_Front_BPI knew I wanted a scrappy look in the sense that more than one print would be used, which is not always typical with backpacks. I figured it would be the best way to showcase as many of the collection’s prints as possible. This probably isn’t a project for a beginning  but I did find that the bag came together quite well.Backpacks_Back_BPI used nylon webbing for the bottom of the straps, but I recommend making your own fabric straps for the bottom and sewing them inside the seam multiple times. Once the kiddos get a hold of these and stuff them full of goodies, it can be hard on the seams and straps.  I ended up redoing the straps for the boy version due to the nylon fraying inside the seam and ultimately pulling loose after a bit of use. I gave this little guy, Theo, the boy backpack as a birthday gift and he loves it to pieces (hence having to make the straps more secure – but it’s all good!).TG_1_BPTG_2_BPAnd cutie pie, Lucy, kindly volunteered to model the Sweet Orchard backpack before I sent it off to quilt market.LO_2_BPLO_1_IGIf you attended the convention this past weekend in Salt Lake City, you may have spotted it in Sedef’s booth, along with my Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt. There will be more sewing with this fabric line later this summer when the collection is released in August.


Sewing for Baby Girl

I love sewing for new babies, but add pink in the mix and I’m giddy. This weekend I had so much fun sewing for a friend who recently had her first baby girl. First, I made this adorable diaper cover set. Who wouldn’t want to see a cute little baby’s bottom crawling around in these? You can find a free tutorial for them on the Made Everyday site. Dana also has a video that walks you how to assemble them. I also made a matching set of drool bibs made from cotton prints and backed with white terry cloth. You can find a template for the bibs here, but I altered mine a bit.Bibs_Covers_BPCenterBib_BPDC_2_detail_BPDC_1_detail_BPI also made one of my go-to, quick, whole cloth cuddle blankets. The combination of a gray flannel print backed with white minky is so incredibly soft and cozy!JE_Blanket_Full_BPJE_Blanket_Detail_BPOne of my favorite things to do is create really great packaging. I bundled up all the items, tied them together with pretty ribbon and attached my signature tags. Instead of wrapping them in a box or using a gift bag where you can’t see the items, I found this really cute, shabby white crate which can be reused for diapers or books in the nursery. I love the finishing detail of a pink, silk hydrangea bud to fill out the basket.JE_Basket_1_BPJE_Basket_2_BP

I can’t wait to deliver this sweet gift box to my friend and sneak a peek at her new, precious baby girl.


Sweet Orchard Little Granny Mini Quilt

Another day, another Little Granny Mini Quilt. This time featuring the debut fabric collection, Sweet Orchard, by my friend Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs. This bright and pretty mini was made for Sedef’s quilt market booth which started today in Salt Lake City. How fun it is to know my creation is hanging on the wall next to so many other beautiful handmades.SO_LittleGranny_Fin_BPI just love how this little quilt turned out! The combination of tiny granny squares, Sweet Orchard fabric and aqua LeCreme Swiss dots is just so pretty!SO_LittleGranny_FinDetR_BPSO_LittleGranny_FinDetL_BPI also made a toddler backpack for Sedef’s booth, which I’ll show you in an upcoming post. This is not the last of my sewing with Sweet Orchard fabrics. There will be a blog tour later this summer so stay tuned for that.SweetOrchard_Bundle_IG

The Little Granny Mini Quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop here. Below are links to other posts related to the Little Granny Mini Quilt.

Linen and Lawn Little Granny Mini Quilt

Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern


A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour: Patchwork Jewelry Wrap

Blog Tour BannerToday is my stop on the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour. I am honored to be amongst so many talented makers from across the world to bring to you projects from the new book A Spoonful of Sugar available now. Author Lisa Cox has designed 20 beautiful and simple projects to sweeten your surroundings zakka style and wrapped them up into one great book!T5822_C_SpoonfulSugar cover.inddThere really are so many pretty and useful projects in this book so it was hard to nail down which item I wanted to make first. When I was initially paging through the book, the Pretty Patchwork Jewelry Wrap jumped out at me immediately so I figured that would be a good place to start. Pretty patchwork gets me every time.JewelWrapBook_BPThe wrap that I made combines prints in cool blues, aqua and lavender with dusty blue Essex linen/cotton blend. This is the third project that I’ve made using these prints. I just can’t seem to separate them.LC_Book_WrapClosedFr_BPI love to pair fun jewelry with my outfits so I find this wrap to be essential when traveling.LC_Book_WrapHalfOpen_BPThe inside has three separate pockets so there is room for several pieces of jewelry. Plus, the pockets are padded with fusible fleece to protect your gems.LC_Book_WrapOpen_1_BPLC_Book_WrapOpen_2_BPLC_Book_WrapClosedBk_BPWhy limit its use to just jewelry though? This wrap is useful for carrying anything really and it makes for a great little gift for someone special as well. I know I’ll be making more of these.

There are so many great projects in this book and I look forward to making more items. Go grab yourself a copy and join us for an Instagram Sew Along from June 1 – August 9. We will be making projects from A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book.  Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL

SALAlso, be sure to check out all the other talented makers participating in the A Spoonful of Sugar Blog Tour!

April 26            Jodie Carlton                           Ric Rac

April 27            Minki Kim                                 Minki’s Work Table

April 28            Melissa LeRay                         Oh How Sweet

April 29            Jemima Flendt                       Tied With a Ribbon

April 30            Beverley McCullough          Flamingo Toes


May 2              Sedef Imer                               Down Grapevine Lane

May 3              Nadra Ridgeway                     Ellis and Higgs

May 4              Amy Morinaka                        Chick Chick Sewing

May 5              Caroline Critchfield               Sew Can She

May 6              Kristyne Czepuryk                 Pretty By Hand

May 7              Bronwyn Hayes                      Red Brolly


May 9              Anorina Morris                       Samelia’s Mum

May 10            Peta Peace                               She Quilts A Lot

May 11            Faith Essenburg                     Sarana Ave

May 12            Angie Wilson                           Gnome Angel

May 13            Sharon Burgess                      Lilabelle Lane Creations

May 14            Stacy Olson                              Stacy Olson (you’re here)


May 16            Ayda Algin                                Cafenohut

May 17            Jennie Pickett                         Clover and Violet

May 18            Wynn Tan                                 Zakka Art

May 19            Lisa Cox                                     A Spoonful of Sugar

Have a great weekend!


Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop: Pinwheel Baby Quilt

strawberry_biscuit_blog_hop_graphicToday is my stop on the Strawberry Biscuit blog hop and I am so glad that you’ve stopped by to see what I’ve made. Strawberry Biscuit is the latest released fabric collection by the ever-so-sweet and very talented designer Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics. Elea has a fantastic sense of color and her designs bring me back to my childhood and all the wonderful handmade items my grandmother would sew. This collection is full of vintage inspired prints using strawberries, petite florals, large scale florals, poodles, birdies, kittens, bears, turtles and more. I love using Elea’s designs for baby or toddler items  so I have made a pinwheel baby quilt with 3″ half square triangle blocks.SB_Pinwheel_OverChair_BPI paired the Strawberry Biscuit prints with coordinating pink Swiss Dots by Riley Blake Designs. I love Swiss Dots fabric and use it often in place of a solid fabric for added interest and sweetness.SB_Pinwheel_FrDrape_BPSB_Pinwheel_Folded_Top_BPFor the back, I couldn’t resist using super soft white minky which I think is perfect for a baby quilt. I quilted it very simply by mimicking the horizontal and vertical seams. And for the first time ever, I used one of the cheater prints from the collection to make an easy scrappy binding.SB_Pinwheel_FB_Hang_BP_revSB_Pinwheel_FB_Hang_Closeup_BPSB_Pinwheel_TagCloseup_BPSB_Pinwheel_Binding_BPThank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other talented ladies participating in the blog hop. Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon is also sharing her project today and  Ange from A Little Patchwork and Glenis from Gees Projects are up tomorrow. Below is the full list in case you missed some of the previous posts.

4/18   Karen – Cream Craft Goods

4/18   Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane

4/19   Angel & Amy – Tada Creations

4/19   Lindsey – Fortworth Fabric Studio

4/20   Sarah – Pretty Fabrics and Trims

4/20   Megan – Quilt Story

4/21   Minki – Minki’s Work Table

4/21   Heidi – Fabric Mutt

4/22   Kristyne – Pretty By Hand

4/22   Gina – Party of Eight: Our Story

4/25   Taunja – Carried Away Quilting

4/25   Amanda – Jedi Craft Girl

4/26   Stacy – Stacy Olson (you’re here now)

4/26   Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon

4/27   Ange – A Little Patchwork

4/27   Glenis – Gees Projects

4/28   Megan – Dolly Henry

4/28   Stacy – Farm Road Quilts

4/28   Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop

4/29   Christa – Cotton Berry Quilts

4/29   Elea – Elea Lutz Design


Linen and Lawn Little Granny Mini Quilt

Whenever I’m sending a package to a quilty friend, I like to include a little something handmade when I can. Yesterday, it was this mini version of my Little Granny mini quilt pattern. Instead of making it with nine blocks, I made it with four so the finished size ends up being 12″ square. I pulled petite floral fabrics from my bundle of Memoire a Paris lawn collection and paired it with Essex cotton/linen blend for the background.MK_LGmini_full_BPThese prints are very similar to what you’ll find within Liberty of London’s fabric offering – tiny florals in a variety of soft and brighter tones.MK_LGmini_pinkdet_BPI kept the quilting super simple since it was such a small quilt.MK_LGmini_purpdet_BP MK_LGmini_yeldet_IGMy favorite part is the binding. I just love the pretty floral pattern and the combination of teal green and citrus yellow. MK_LGmini_bind_BPI’ve been on a Little Granny mini quilt streak lately, and to be honest, I have one more planned within the next couple of months. You can find this pattern in my Etsy shop and some links to previous posts about this mini quilt below. Plus, if you search the hashtag #littlegrannyminiquilt on Instagram you’ll find many other versions made by others. Go check it out!

Related Posts:

Little Granny Mini Quilt Pattern

Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt


Patchwork Stationery Kit

After working with the beautiful pink, green, aqua and yellow fabrics I used to make the round pencil pouch recently, I just couldn’t put them back into my stash. I knew I wanted to make something else with them and this patchwork stationery kit seemed to be just the right project. This time, however, I wanted to sneak in some lavender and I am so thrilled with how all of these prints and colors play together.StatKit_FrontAngle_BPTo make the kit, I used a tutorial by Fabric Mutt which you can find here. My kit has a few slight variations which include a strap closure, patchwork back cover and a separate pocket for a pen on the inside.StatKit_OutsideBott1_BPStatKit_OutsideBott2_BPStatKit_BackAngle_BPThe inside also has two slip pockets that can hold such things as a small notebook and notecards.StatKit_Inside_1_BPI really love the cute little envelope pocket that can hold small items like paperclips, stamps or envelope seals.StatKit_Inside2_BPStatKit_Inside3_BPIt’s so fun to make scrappy projects like this one because you can use so many different fabrics. This little stationery kit is on its way to a friend as a “just because” gift. I’m sure I will be making more in the future and maybe one for myself. What I’m not sure of is whether I can put these fabrics back into my stash. I love them all so much together and almost feel that if I don’t make something for myself with them I’ll be unsatisfied. I’ll ponder the possibilities while I move forward with my other projects.


Ambleside Little Granny Mini Quilt

I finished another Little Granny mini quilt and I think this might be the sweetest one I’ve made to date. This time I used the Ambleside fabric collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda. This line screams spring with its pretty pastel colors of pink, blue, green and yellow. The romantic and vintage inspired dark pink roses are beautifully combined with classic floral ticking and gingham plaid. Very girly. Very sweet.Ambleside_Granny_FinFull_BPFor the background, I used Riley Blake’s Le Creme Swiss dots in baby pink. Having that little bit of pattern instead of just a solid gives it that much more interest.Ambleside_Granny_FinStitch_BPTo push the sweetness factor over the top, I included a cream colored lace trim to the binding. Swoon!Ambleside_Granny_FinTrim_BPEven though I would love to keep this mini all to myself, I’m sending it to a friend of mine. I really hope she loves it too! The Little Granny mini quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop here. I’ve previously posted about this mini quilt here and if you’re on Instagram, search the hashtag #littlegrannyminiquilt to see other versions that have been made.

Have a great weekend!


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?


Vintage Picnic Quilt: Getting Started

I’ve had an idea for a simple layer cake quilt for a couple years now. In fact, I have already made a quilt from this very idea but I never got around to sharing the final results. (Yeah, you’re probably going to hear that excuse a lot around here for a while). I did share the beginning stages of it though and if you followed me at my old blog, Freshly Handmade, you may have remembered me starting a quilt using April Showers by Bonnie & Camille paired with a charcoal gray solid. Ring a bell? If not, forget I mentioned it. I could have easily shared that quilt and the whole back story here, but I decided to start fresh with the same quilt design, just with a more current fabric line. Vintage Picnic is the latest fabric release by Bonnie & Camille and would make a really happy and pretty quilt. Below is the layer cake along with some of the other fabrics I’m choosing to use.VP_LayerCake_BPEach layer cake consists of (42) 10″ x 10″ squares, with only a few prints repeated twice. Look at all the pretty colors and prints!VP_SK_CutSqares_BP

I am pairing these prints with a Kona cotton solid in Ivory. My quilt will use all 42 layers of the layer cake which makes it super easy to get started – simply cut each layer instead of having to choose which prints you want to use. I had a little bit of fabric left over from the layer cake so I decided to cut up the scraps for two more quilts. Yes, one layer cake = three quilts! How great is that?!VP_SP_CakeStand_Full_BPVP_SP_CakeStand_Full_Crop_BPVP_SP_CakeStand_Detail_BPI can’t wait to get started assembling all these piles of fabric into some pretty quilts. More to come! And, I promise not to leave you hanging on this one! Happy Leap Day friends!


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