June 20, 2016

Sew & Sew Sew Together Bag

Hi Everyone! I know today was supposed to be the next step of the Weekender Bag sew along, but I'm going to be honest and say I am still in the planning stages!  Between work, pool weather and watching the Cleveland Cavs finals (WE WON!!), I haven't done much with my bag. Sorry. But I wanted to share something that I did sew!!

Have you seen the new cute adorable fabric from Chloe's Closet for Moda called Sew & Sew? The colors are just so fresh and summery and lovely, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a sew together bag with cute patchwork print.

This is my first time making a non-patchwork exterior for a bag, and it took almost half the time to put together. Look at that cute tape measure print!! So fun as a binding!

I ordered 5 different half yards, and have enough fabric to make a few more bags. A tote bag might be in my near future.

I promise to get started on my Weekender Bag, and I will post on Wednesday with the cutting and sewing the panels part of our sew along! I think Chrissy is way ahead of me :)

June 17, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary

Congratulations Lori!!! It's hard to believe that it has been a YEAR since we all became sewing farm girls and spent our Fridays sharing the cutest blocks imaginable!

Thanks to my sweet friend, #farmgirlvintage has been added to so many photos on Instagram and is one of my favorite hashtags.

In honor of this very special anniversary, the fun ladies at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would make a special block designed just for this occasion. I was thrilled to be asked, and had so much fun making this cute little 6" block. The block includes some of my favorite Bake Sale fabrics which Lori designed a few years ago. Lori has kindly made the block available in both 6" and 12" sizes and you can find the pattern here.

I've been loving all things Summer this month, and knew that I had to make some summer inspired blocks.

Sunflowers and Cherries

Pinwheels and Old Glory

And a Layer Cake!!! Which in my mind's eye is a strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting!
These will all join together to become a cute runner for a summer picnic table!! Just waiting for more cute polka dot fabric so I can finish!!

If by any chance you still do not have this amazing book and think that you want to be a farmgirl too, you can find a copy here.

If you would like to see how other bloggers made this block, here's a list of the talented quilters who are part of the anniversary celebration!!
Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kelly from Kelbysews
Renee from Sewn with Grace
Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion
Lisa from In the Boondocks
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

Happy Anniversary to Farm Girls everywhere!!

June 10, 2016

Weekender Bag Planning Progress

So in my usual fashion I have changed my mind about how I want to make my Weekender Bag. My overflowing bins of Bonnie and Camille mini charms may have played a small part in that decision. That, and seeing the really cute patchwork bag by Porch Swing Quilts. The minute I saw it I knew that's what I wanted to make. If you follow the link you'll not only see the bag, but you'll get lots of tips and tricks for your bag.

I made a small pocket panel earlier in the week as an experiment, and though I love cathedral windows, I love little squares even more. According to Jennie,  a total of 274 squares is needed! I am going to make my pockets with batting and lining only, no canvas. The bulk when sewing all these layers together is really scary, and the batting should give plenty of structure to the pocket.

I'm still deciding what fabrics to use for the top and bottom, and for the straps. I am leaning towards the cream quirky from the Little Ruby for the top to give the eye a rest from all the color, and either red polka dot or gingham for the straps. I need to place my order so I'll be ready to make my panels!!

How is your planning coming along??

June 6, 2016

Week One - Weekender Bag Sew Along

It's time to start our Weekender Bag Sew Along!!  Chrissy from Sew Lux and I are thrilled that so many of you are sewing along with us. A few of you have made the bag before, but lots of you, like me, are making one for the very first time.

We know this bag can be a little intimidating, so we're splitting up the process over several weeks and sharing how we are making all the parts and any modifications that we incorporate as we sew this bag together. With a little patience and some denim needles you can totally do it too! 

Here's our schedule of events: 

Mon. June 6 - Planning - Fabrics & Materials
Mon. June 20 - Cutting, Interfacing, Making the Panels
Wed. July 6- Sewing the Outer Bag Together
Mon. July 11  - Finishing the Bag & Link Up
Mon. July 25 - Prizes!!!

As you can see, we are taking our time with this bag. I know lots of us are super busy during the summer with kids at home, vacations to plan and lots of pool time!! This week we are planning and gathering our fabrics and materials, if you haven't already. Here is the link to Chrissy's original post that will help you along the way.

I am planning on making my bag with patchwork panels using lots and lots of Bonnie and Camille scraps and cute mini blocks on the side pockets, and following Chrissy's lead, will be using quilting cotton, batting and cotton duck instead of the peltex that is called for in the pattern.

Leave a comment with any questions, and let us know how you plan to make your bag! We would love to see your progress. Please post on Instagram using @wbsa2016 so we can all see!!
Happy Planning!!!

June 3, 2016

Moda Love Quilt

The Moda Love Quilt has been on my must make list forever. What could be better than a quilt that uses one charm pack! The pattern actually comes in three sizes: mini charms for a mini quilt, charm pack for a baby quilt/table topper and layer cake for a bed sized quilt.

Since I love making smaller projects, I chose the charm size quilt.  Vintage Picnic would make a super cute table topper for the summer holidays....or just everyday. I think any charm pack would be amazing!! You can find lots of cute charm packs here.

There are just enough HST to keep things interesting, but not so many that you want to pull your hair out :)

You can make this super scrappy, or color block, which is what I chose to do.

The finished block is 32" square, so I added a 2.5" border to make it just a tad larger.

I love using stitch #22 on my machine which is this cute wavy stitch. Just look at the texture that this kind of quilting gives. It's so much easier than stippling and works with almost any quilt. It's also super forgiving if you don't do it perfectly!! :)Do you love the background fabric??

Cute bias gingham binding is the finishing touch.

I LOVED making this and this is the first of many!! You can find the free pattern here.

May 27, 2016

The 2 1/2" Square Series - Mug Rug

If you've hung around with me for any length of time either here or on Instagram, you know that #ilovelittlesquares. The 2 1/2" square is without question my favorite shape. There are an abundance of projects you can make with them, and over the course of the next months they're going to be the focus of some weekend inspiration.

Today lets use them in their natural state. Simple patchwork!

Today I am going to show you how to make an easy peasy mug rug that you will use all the time. Do you want to know a secret? I will share how to "piece" all of these little squares without breaking a sweat.

1. Here's what you'll need
(16) 2.5" squares (mini charms or cut scraps)
(1) 10" piece of fusible featherweight interfacing. You can get some that is printed with grids to keep things super straight, but I like to live on the edge :)
(1) 10" square of batting (SAVE THOSE SCRAPS!!)
(1) 8.5" square coordinating fabric
(1) Package medium ric rac

2. Grab your interfacing, and with the bumpy side facing up, place all of your squares with edges touching and as even as you can. Make it cute and iron them in place once you're happy with the arrangement.

3. Here's the fun part. Fold the strip over right sides facing and sew a 1/4" seam.

4.Repeat twice more.

5. Then using a small pair of scissors, cut the center of the seam.

6. Open it up and press. Repeat the steps 3-6 going the next direction.

See! Easy peasy patchwork.

7. Now take your batting scrap and place it underneath your cute little patchwork. Quilt as desired. You are only quilting the top and batting. The bottom layer will come later.

Trim and square up your little quilt.

8.Cut your ric rac in 4 pieces slightly longer than your square. I baste mine to the edge so it's easier to sew on the backing. Simply match the edge of the ric rac with the edge of your patchwork.

9. Now we're ready to add the backing. Cut your backing fabric 8.5" square.

10. Put your quilt and backing wrong sides facing and pin or use your clover clips to hold together. Leave about a  3" opening for turning. Stitch, using a 1/4" seam. Clip the corners and any bulky ric rac that might be in the corners. Turn your patchwork right side out through the opening and give it a good press, paying special attention to the opening.

11.Top stitch all the edges and give it another press.

12. Jump up and down that you have a cute little mug rug for your sewing space!!

Hope you'll give this a try and make a bunch for you and for your non-quilty friends!!

Happy Holiday Weekend!!

May 20, 2016

Weekend Inspiration - Everyday Hipster

Happy Friday!! It's time for some weekend inspiration and I have to admit that I am on a bag kick!! Today I am sharing two really cute patterns in one project!!

First up is the sewing illustration by Minki Kim. I changed it up just a bit because free motion handwriting is scary!! :)  How cute is this mason jar?? I totally cheated and just left my regular foot on my machine, and stitched around the jar. I also traced the design onto the lid and top of the jar with a Frixion pen, and just stitched over the lines. If you are a confident FMQer, you could have fun adding more designs. If you need help Minki has lots of information on her blog. You can find the pattern for the mason jar here. It is actually part of a pincushion, which I really want to make. But as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be on the flap of the Everyday Hipster.

The Everyday Hipster by Three Owls Handmade is one of those cute and small bags that you will use all summer long. Trips to zoo, amusement park or farmer's market will leave you hands free. There is enough room for your phone, keys and a coin purse.

The flap portion of the bag is so fun as you can customize it any way you would like. Hexies or patchwork would be so cute. I decided to make a pocket and use the cute mason jar applique.
You could also make this super simple and make the entire bag in one of your favorite prints!
The pattern is really well written, and a confident beginner would have no problem making this as their first bag without any modifications. An advanced sewist would have fun making this as scrappy as they would like. You can find the pattern here.
Scrappy handles are a must! Fabric is Fog City Kitty by Pam Kitty Morning. Linen is from Joann Fabrics.

Happy sewing!!