Posts by Jennie

Patchwork & Ribbons …


I saw these wooden ring Bunny Ear Teethers on Instagram and Etsy and had to have one for Lydia.  But, naturally, I wanted it to be a patchwork one.  And since she really likes those ribbon blankies, I thought maybe adding some ribbon and ric rac would be a great addition.  These are super easy to make, and I’m sure there are lots of tutorials, but here’s the simple way I made mine. Download the PDF shape here! I plan to make a couple of the fabric parts, so when one’s in the wash, I’ll have a spare too.


Sew together a variety of 5″ strips that are between 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ in width until the piece measures about 16″ long x 5″ wide.


Fold the patchwork in half and cut to the bunny ear shape.  Add ribbons and ric rac if desired.


Place right sides together on a rectangle of Cuddle fabric {Shannon is my favorite!} and stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 3″ opening on one edge {I recommend stay stitching if the opening is over seams of the patchwork}.


Trim the Cuddle and clip the curves {it creates a lot of fuzz, so I do mine over a trash can!}.  Then carefully turn the bunny ears right side out through the opening.


Then, top stitch 1/8″ around the edge, stitching the opening closed.  Additionally, stitch along seam lines if desired. Then loop it through a wooden ring {I got mine from Sunny Sprout} and give it to your favorite baby:


Blend Fabrics Bags for …


It seems like I was just frantically preparing for Fall Quilt Market and Lydia’s birth…and suddenly Spring Quilt Market is almost here!  I am not sure why the months are racing by me so fast {though, I suspect three little ones might have something to do with it!}.

Anyway, here are the bags we’re sending to Quilt Market with Blend Fabrics.  The two clutches were made by me, and the two large bags were beautifully stitched by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts. So, here are the bags {above you see the front of the Emma clutch out of Maisie by Maude Asbury}:


The back of the Emma clutch :: Maisie by Maude Asbury


the Caitlin pouch :: Topiary by Amanda Murphy


the Stella diaper bag :: Blown Away by Josephine Kimberling {sewn by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts}


the Madeline bag :: Clementine by Ana Davis {sewn by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts}


And, one last, super exciting note: if all goes as planned, I’ll be there too! It is hard to express through typing, but I am so excited!

If you’re going, I’d love to meet you!  And if not, I plan to bring back lots of pictures, anything you specifically hope to see?

Hand Quilting and …

mini-quilt-1I started some hand quilting this summer, but it ended up in a bag in a corner after we arrived in New York.  After my mom’s post on hand quilting, I thought it was about time to dig it out and finish it. I would love to hand quilt a larger quilt {maybe lap size?}, but feel I need more practice first.  When I saw this print, it seemed like the perfect place to start.


The more I worked on it, the more comfortable I felt with my quilting.  I used an embroidery needle because I was using Pearle cotton thread, but I may try something different next time {perhaps an Aurifil 12wt and a quilting needle?}.  I think I need a hoop/frame too…


My stitches were much less even on the back {I know it’s hard to see!}, but I think that will come with practice too.  I have been reading {and re-reading} Anna Maria Horner’s tutorial here and her Q&A here.  One thing I definitely needed was a good thimble.  I saw Rachel of Stitched in Color’s mention of these sticky thimbles, so I decided to give them a try.

I cut one of these Thimble-It stickies in half and stuck them to my first and middle fingers.  They worked well as far as keeping my fingers comfortable, but the edges stuck to my thread a little bit {I wonder if I need to trim them down a bit as I have small fingers}.


I will continue to give these a try, but would love some other suggestions/ideas, if you have a thimble you really love!  I’m thinking maybe the leather sticky ones?

Knitting :: Lace Hat and …


I love knitting, in fact, there was a time where I knit a lot more than I sewed.  But, with all the constant sewing projects, moving, and kids, it just slipped away to the back burner.  But, I recently signed up for a swap and ended up knitting a hat, it was so fun!


I used a lace pattern from a scarf I’d knit before (and had made into a hat before), and found it much more difficult to get the feel of than it was the first time!  But, once I had knit about half the hat, it seemed to all come back, and I found I missed knitting.  It is a great thing to do in the evening when watching TV.


I tried to get a close up of the pattern and the yarn, but it is a little more difficult than fabric.  Even so, I think it is interesting to see the stitches.


Now, my next venture is going to be knitting socks.  I received these books for my birthday and am itching to get started. I just need to choose some yarn and get some tiny needles.


I think I’m going to start with this pair.  I like how knitting a pattern allows for easier stitch counting, and I worry a little about making the socks the same size!

Have you knit socks before?  Any tips? Or knit at all?  I’m really excited to get started.

Bella Quilt Top


Do you know the feeling, when you put something off and put it off, debating back and forth what and how you want to do it? Or is it just me?  Well, anyway, that is the story of this quilt.  I don’t often make quilts, and when I do, they’re usually for my children, but this one is for a friend who is going through a rough time.  I honestly haven’t known her that long, so I am hoping she’ll like it.


The fabric is Bella by Lotta Jansdotter.  I’ve been a fan of Lotta’s art since my college days, when I was a stationery hoarder collector instead of a fabric collector.  Since the fabric is such large, bold prints, it seemed like a perfect chance to remake my Take-Along Quilt, and I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.


This quilt came together fast, I got the top pieced in about a week, which is lightening speed considering Silas’s twin bed quilt took over a year…  I finished this quilt last Friday and shipped it off to the quilter promptly, it was a rainy day, so I couldn’t get enough light to get the whole quilt.  But, when I get it back and bound, you’ll be seeing it again!

Have you ever gifted a quilt to an adult? I feel like babies and children’s are easy to choose fabric for, but that it’s much harder to choose for a friend.