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Made for Baby Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Made for Baby blog tour hosted by the amazingly talented Ayda Algin from cafenohut.com. I have been a super fan of her work for years and am so honored that she asked me to participate in her blog tour featuring projects from her book, Made for Baby. Ayda has designed so many cute items that you can make as handmade gifts for the new baby in your life.
I thought it would be fun to make the “Mom’s Carry All Bag” since it could be a universal project. This is the tote that Ayda made. Isn’t it adorable?!Here is my version. I found a beautiful Japanese floral linen as the main focus and paired it with a dark pink gingham and cream cotton duck cloth.

I loved how this fun tote turned out. Please follow along with the other talented makers on this blog tour listed below.

May 3    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com    

May 4    Jemima Flendt    blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

May 5    Sarah Edgar    alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk

May 8   Lisa Cox    aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

May 9    Ange Hamilton    alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

May 10    Lauren Wright    mollyandmama.com.au

May 11    Melissa LeRay    ohhowsweet.com

May 12    Minki Kim    minkikim.com

May 15    Faith Essenburg    SaranaAve.wordpress.com

May 16    Kristin Esser    kristinesser.com

May 17    Lauren Guthrie    guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog

May 18    Bridgette McNay    thefamilyhearth.com

May 19    Torie Jayne    toriejayne.com

May 22    Constanca Cabral    constancacabral.com/blog

May 23    Stacy Olson    stacyolsondesign.com (you’re here!)

May 24    Caroline Husle    sewcaroline.com

May 29    Nadra Ridgeway    ellisandhiggs.com

May 30    Wynn Tan    zakkaart.blogspot.com

May 31    Sedef Imer    downgrapevinelane.com

June 1    Lauren Nash    transientart.com

June 2    Jennie Pickett    cloverandviolet.com

June 5    Amy Sinibaldi    nanaCompany.typepad.com

June 7    Kim Kruzich    retro-mama.blogspot.com

June 8    Elea Lutz    elealutzdesign.com

June 9    Samantha Dorn    aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

June 12    Ayda Algin    cafenohut.blogspot.com

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.


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.

Sew Illustrated Blog Tour & Giveaway

It’s a miracle – I sewed something! This summer has been crazy busy for me and my family and it seems like forever since I sat down at my machine to make anything. Thank goodness I was asked to create something from the fabulous new book, Sew Illustrated, by the talented duo Minki Kim and Kristin Esser for C&T Publishing.SE_Book_BP“Drawing” with your sewing machine can seem quite intimidating, but it really isn’t as hard as one might think. And, it’s super fun and addicting! Minki and Kristin provide all the information you need to create a beautifully illustrated sewing project of your own. When I discovered Minki’s work on Instagram, I was in awe. Everything that she creates in nothing less than jaw-dropping. I am always amazed at how she works with such tiny pieces of fabric and illustrates such beautiful works of art. Sew Illustrated is filled with so many adorable and versatile designs. If you ever needed justification for saving tiny fabric scraps, this book is it!

I decided to start out making this lovely framed art piece for my sewing room. I’ve made other projects using this technique, but never this elaborate. I usually am just sewing around a simple object like a heart, but Minki’s designs show you how you can add more detail like in the basket or the sewing machine. I prefer to attach the fabric scraps using fusible web, but the book shows you several different methods. For the piece below, I then stitched once around each object with dark brown thread and then added in the details. I just love how it turned out!Remember I said this was addicting, so I decided to make a padded pouch for my sewing scissors. You know how we sewing people protect the good ones with our lives. The pouch itself is not actually a pattern in the book –  I just made it up to fit my scissors. The scissors graphic that I appliquéd to the top of the pouch can be found in the book, however, and is the same scissors graphic as in the framed piece pictured above – I just enlarged it.ScissorsPouch_Closed_BP I stitched around the scissors twice on this one since it was fairly large without too many fine details. ScissorsPouch_Open_BPThere is no doubt in my mind that I’ll making more goodies from Minki and Kristin’s book. Perhaps, I will venture off and create some of my own sewing illustrations as well. Make sure to follow along with the Sew Illustrated Blog Tour. Below is a list of all the talented makers with links to their blogs.Banner_BP

August 15:   C&T Publishing

August 16:   Amy at nanaCompany

August 17:   Wynn at zakkaArt

August 18:   Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19:   Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20:   Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21:   Stacy  at Stacy Olson (you’re here!)

August 22:   Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

August 23:   Generation Q Magazine

August 24:   Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25:   Ayda at cafenohut

August 26:   Melissa at Oh, How Sweet

August 27:   Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28:   Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29:   Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30:   Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

August 31:   Kristyne at Pretty by Hand

September 1:   Elnora on Instagram

September 2:   Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3:   Auribuzz

September 4:   Minki at Minki’s Work Table / Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast


Would you like to win a copy of this book? C & T Publishing is generously giving away a copy of Sew Illustrated. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen and announced on August 26th. A USA winner will receive a hard copy of the book and an international winner will receive an eBook. The winner will be notified by email from me. Good luck!


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.


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!


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.


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 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