Friday, May 30, 2014

Shop Update Today-- and a Giveaway!

It's been forever, but I'm updating my etsy shop!

patchwork pouches

Today I've listed pouches made with my screen printed fabric and leather, some new patchwork pouches, and screen printed fabric panels! Right now I'm just listing what I have in stock as I've played with different colors, but you can also request custom panels. I'm doing free U.S. shipping (and discounted international shipping) through next week.

screen printed log cabin fabric
leather and screen printed pouch

To celebrate, I'm also going to do a little giveaway. Comment here for a chance to win a custom patchwork pouch! Comments will close on Monday. And have a great weekend!

Update: the winner of the pouch is Tamie!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Road Trip Pattern Club

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

Recently I got to test another pattern-- the Road Tripper Duffle from Betz White. Betz knows her stuff! Many of the construction techniques were new to me, and they produced a really sturdy and professional looking bag. Claire has been dying to adopt it to use for our road trips this summer!

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag
Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag
Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

You can get the pattern by joining the Road Trip Pattern Club. Upcoming designers include Patty Young, Carla Hegeman Crim, Liesl Gibson, and Carolyn Friedlander! So you know it's going to be good all summer long.

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

Fabrics used in the bag: Premier Prints Cameron in Aquarius (exterior), Essex in Flax (straps), shot cotton in Apricot (exterior details), and Leah Duncan's Gentle Breeze (lining).

Monday, January 27, 2014

Road Trip Case- a new pattern from Anna Graham

Have you seen Anna Graham's newest pattern, the Road Trip Case?

Road Trip Case

I had the opportunity to be one of her pattern testers-- totally exciting! I love using Anna's patterns because they are always completely unique and well-written. This one was no exception. What I love about it is the options-- you can sew up pockets to fit the so-very-popular Rainbow Loom or make it a more versatile case for art or sewing supplies.

Claire got a Rainbow Loom for her birthday last year and got really into making bracelets after Christmas, so I started with that version using some new fabric. Turns out that Lizzy House's Catnap and Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics are a match made in heaven...

Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case

I sewed up the alternate version this weekend to use as a journaling case for me. I tried a couple of modifications to the pattern this time. I used a fabric tab and snap as a closure instead of a button (I loathe sewing buttons) and used two different fabrics for the handles. I also added a couple of felt pieces for needles like I saw Anna do on one of her versions in case I want to use it for sewing later on.

Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case

My first case took me about 6 hours from start to finish, but the second only took about 4 hours. (If I wasn't so terrible with making and applying bias binding it would be even quicker.) It would be a great gift, especially filled up with goodies!

Road Trip Case

Thursday, January 16, 2014

and I'm back...

Yes, it's been awhile. Let's just pretend that it hasn't been almost 5 months (!) since I blogged, and that I did the all-important 2013 recap, posted pics of everything I sewed, told you about my fabulous retreat at Loon Lake in November, and all of that. Truth is that it's just been very busy. With 4 busy kids, moving, and just living life, it's been hard to keep up here.

But I have been sewing. My latest finish was a wall hanging version of Ingrid. Seen in baby form here. It's a quilt that I love to make every time.

I've also wanted to learn how to make boxed pouches for a long time, so when Bonnie of Pink Stitches posted this tutorial on her blog a couple of weeks ago, I gave it a try. I loved it! So much easier than I thought it would be.

So there we go! Hopefully I'll be back more often. (And with photos taken with a real camera, that are not grainy and taken off of Instagram. Sorry about that.) I've missed this place.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

reading pillows

A few weeks ago, I offered to make pillows for an old friend's kindergarten classroom. One of her biggest challenges as a kindergarten teacher is teaching her students to read. She works so hard to get them excited about it, so I thought some cozy pillows for her reading area might help. 

Most of the fabric for these came from my scrap bins. It was fun to include some hard-to-find stuff, like original Flea Market Fancy and fish-in-bags Munki Munki, knowing that I'm the only one who will recognize it as such. The backing is an Ikea canvas that I've had forever. 

I enclosed the pillows with invisible zips for the first time. I used Katie's tutorial, which was clear and perfect. But if I do it again, next time I'll buy an invisible zipper foot. 

I'll admit that after so much time lately of not sewing, it felt foreign. Like I had to relearn my machines. I couldn't find my bobbins, extra feet, etc. Part of it was a failed sewing room rearrangement that I thought would make things more efficient. Then things just kept going wrong. My serger pooped out on me. I used a yellow chalk pen for some quilting lines on the blue pillow when I set my hera marker down and couldn't find it, and now that yellow chalk won't come out. Anyway, not my finest sewing. 

But I think the kids will like them.