Paperie Blog Tour Quilt: A mini version + solids used

I have had the best time reading all the wonderful comments on the quilt I made for the Paperie Blog Tour, so thank you, thank you for all the love! I also appreciate when you have questions about one of my projects, like what material or technique I used. I will try my best to answer every single one of them, but better yet, I hope to show you in a follow up blog post. Today’s post stems from the many questions I received about the solid fabrics I used in my quilt. Below is a picture of the full size quilt in case you missed the original post here.PaperieQuilt_Full_BPAnd before I share with you those colors, I just wanted to show you the mini quilt version I made for Amy Sinibaldi, who designed Paperie. I loved the full version so much, I thought I would share that love with her. The large quilt consists of 4″ finished half square triangles (HSTs) and the mini version consists of 1.5″ finished HSTs.Paperie_HST_QuiltMini_BPOk, now to the fabrics that I used for both. I used all 10 prints from the Paperie collection and paired them with 10 Kona cotton solids. I don’t necessarily prefer Kona over any other solid brand, even though I do like it, it’s just that it is the only color card that I have right now to choose fabrics. I did just recently order a Pure Elements color card by Art Gallery Fabrics, so I am excited to see and feel their selection. Kona is available is such a wide array of colors, they are pretty easily accessible, and they don’t cost a fortune, but are still good quality. Kona has a sturdier feel where other brands may be more of a silky feel. And by sturdy, I don’t mean scratchy. Don’t buy the cheap, scratchy stuff at the big box stores. Below is the list of fabrics used and how they were paired.Paperie_Solids_Swatches_Numbers_BP_new1.  Paperie Paper Circles + Kona Pearl Pink

2.  Paperie Eponine + Kona Pink

3.  Paperie Quoted + Kona Melon

4.  Paperie Happily Ever After + Kona Peach

5.  Paperie Parchment + Kona Aqua

6.  Paperie Gathering Blooms + Kona Dusty Blue

7.  Paperie Stamped + Kona Evening

8.  Paperie Library Gardens + Kona Windsor

9.  Paperie Cosette + Kona Seafoam

10.  Paperie Manuscript + Kona Ash

And because I’m anticipating questions regarding how big the quilt is and the number of HSTs I used, here are a few more specs. The finished quilt is 52″ x 72″, that’s 14 HSTs across and 18 HSTs down for a total of 252 HSTs. I cut (13) 5″ squares of each of the 20 fabrics, paired them together and created the HSTs, then trimmed them down to 4.5″ for piecing. You’ll have a few HSTs left over in the end. I hope this information helps and again, thanks for all the great feedback. Leave a comment if you have any further questions or if you just want to say, “hi”.



A Finished Round Pencil Pouch

I love making handmade gifts for those special to me. So when I realized it was going to be my dear friend Melissa’s birthday, I ran to my fabric stash and picked out a big pile of some of my most treasured, pretty fabrics.RPP_FabricPull_BP Our love of sweet, feminine florals runs deep and she, like me, loves fabric, sewing and handmade goodness. I decided to make her a round pencil pouch, designed by my friend Kristyne of Pretty by Hand.RndPouch_Full_BP This pouch is the perfect little gift – not only is it beautiful, but you can fill it with all sorts of small goodies like candy, pens, or sewing notions. There are three variations to the pattern, but I chose patchwork as I usually do. It’s a great way to show off a lot of different fabrics, plus I love a scrappy look.RndPouch_Full_crop_BPI quilted it with a classic diagonal stitch and adorned the top with the prettiest lace trim.RndPouch_Top_BPI also added a sweet little thimble zipper charm for a finishing detail.RndPouch_Detail_BPThis is the second round patchwork pencil pouch I have made and I love how much character they have. I’m positive this will not be the last one I make. Have you made one of these before or do you plan to?


Paperie Love Letter Winner


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.



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

January 26 – Kerry Goulder of

January 27 – Cheri Lehnow of

January 28 – Sharon Holland of

January 29 – Jemima Flendt of

January 30 – Michelle Curtis of

February 1 – Christina Egner of

February 2 – Ali Brorsen of

February 3 – Kristine Lempriere of

February 4 – Nicole Young of

February 5 – Lori Landenburger of

February 6 – Jennifer Chon of

February 8 – Melissa LeRay of

February 9 – Megan Jimenez of

February 10 – Faith Essenburg of

February 11 – Renee Lange of

February 12 – Seder Imer of

February 13 – Kristyne Czepuryk of

February 15 – Heather Andrus of

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

February 17 – Erin Cox of

February 18 – Amy Sinibaldi of

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


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.


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