Posts by Jennie

Playing with Color :: Lydia’s Quilt


With things settling down for fall, it is high time I got to work and made Lydia a quilt {she is one year old now!}. As you may have guessed, I really love purple {Clover & Violet}, but I feel like the options for purple in the fabric world are minimal and not always pretty {why is that? Do we as a collective quilt community dislike purple?}. So, over time, I’ve scouted out a few favorite purples and stashed them. I chose this stack {plus some more that I added later} for the quilt.


Then, I remembered seeing that Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric made a Kona® Color Swatch for Adobe Illustrator. I went over to download it, did some internet searches, and discovered that, yes, I can use this in Photoshop Elements 12 too! So, now I am able to use her virtual Kona® card to make some pretty neat fabric photos too, for inspiration and for saving {and, of course, fabric shopping!}. Now, I just hope she adds the new colors so all 303 are there {and, I need a new Kona card too, since two of the colors I chose weren’t even on my color card, it is that old!}.

Lydia Quilt Small

So, here’s my stack for Lydia’s quilt with the Kona® colors next to it. Now I’ve just got to get the quilt sewn up!

Do you have a favorite color combo you’d love to see in fabric?

Ruffle Girl Tote Bag – Lovebirds Fabric

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-BagIt’s that time of year again, Fall Quilt Market is this weekend! We had the privilage of sewing with one of RJR Fabrics new lines, Lovebirds by Patrick Lose! We have a new pattern and a free pattern in the works, but for today, I wanted to share a ruffly version of our patchwork book bag!

Fabric requirements:

  • 6 – 10″ x 2 1/2″ strips for flat strips
  • 2 – 14″ x 2 1/2″ strips for ruffle strips
  • 1 – 10″ x 5″ strip for back
  • 2 – 10″ x 11″ rectangles for lining
  • 2 – 4″ x 16″ strips for handles
  • 1 – 2 1/2″ x 25″ strip for binding

Batting & Supplies:

  • 2 – 11″ x 12″ rectangles flannel
  • Coordinating thread for quilting
  • Ruffler foot (optional)

Read all directions before beginning. All seam allowances 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-1Gather the two 14″ x 2 1/2″ strips until they are 10″ wide.  The strips can be gathered by setting your sewing machine to a long stitch and then sewing 1/8″ from each long edge. Then, select one thread (top or bottom) and pull gently to gather the fabrics.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-2Sew the two ruffle rows lengthwise between three of the 10″ x 2 1/2″ strips to make the front. Place the patchwork panel on the 11″ x 12″ piece of flannel and quilt in place (we stitched 1/8″ from each seam. Trim the flannel to the size of the patchwork.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-3Sew the remaining 10″ wide strips together to form the back. Place on flannel and quilt as for front.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-4Place the front and back right sides together and sew side and bottom together. Clip corners. Repeat with two lining pieces, but use a 3/8″ seam allowance so the lining will not be loose.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-5Place the lining inside the bag body, line up side seams, and pin in place.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-6Make handles by folding the 16″ x 4″ strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and pressing. Unfold and then fold the outer edges toward the center. Fold in half along crease, then top stitch 1/8″ from each edge. Position the handles 2 1/2″ from each edge.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-7Fold binding strip in half, lengthwise, and press. Sew to the top edge of the bag with the folded edge down. Use your favorite method to join binding (I love this tutorial – scroll to “Joining Your Binding”!).

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-8Fold the binding around to the inside of the bag and top stitch close to the edge of the binding, stitching the binding in place on the back. When you come to a handle, fold the handle up and stitch through the handle and binding.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-9Top stitch handle 1/8″ from top edge too, and you’re done!

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-BackWe’re not at quilt market this time around, instead we’re celebrating a cute little girl’s first birthday (how has it gone so fast!). Hope you have a great weekend!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 5}

Shoo-FlyI’ve been absent from my sampler quilt for too long {see the rest of the posts here!}, but I’m determined not to let this one slip by the wayside. So, I’ve made up two more blocks in hopes of getting back in the swing of things. I am still dreaming of having this quilt on my bed someday, so I chose two easy blocks {they’re essentially the same, just the half-square-triangles are rearranged!} for my first week back. Here they are:

Friendship-StarI’m honestly still undecided if I’m going to use the navy. There are so many navy prints that I love though, so I decided to try it with a couple blocks and see how I feel about it. For now this one stands out a lot! I had also intended the star to be the lighter aqua, but accidentally cut the pieces backwards, and now I’m glad I did!

Block 9 and 10Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. This time my notes on block construction is easy, for both blocks I cut my larger squares to 3 3/4″ and then sewed and trimmed them to 3 1/8″. I’ve heard that there’s a ruler that will trim the blocks before pressing…I need to check into this!

Ten-BlocksAnd here’s the 10 I have so far. See, the navy really stands out…but I’m hoping if I add some more, it will be okay, thoughts? If you hate it…please tell me! I’d rather remake this one than have to remake a bunch!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m already looking forward to next week’s blocks!

Little Geofabulous Skirt

skirtI sewed my girl a skirt today. I’ve been mulling over the idea of how to curate a handmade wardrobe for my daughters, and have decided to make skirts. tops, and dresses, and then buy pants, leggings, and t-shirts. Anxious to get started, I used some of the Geofabulous leftover from the Felicity bag and made this quick little skirt!

girl-skirt-1I tried to get some cute pictures to show everyone, but my girl was more concerned about her Minnie Mouse and what her silly brother was doing.

girl-skirt-2So, instead, here are some fun, action shots! And look at that crazy hair, I could not get her to let me put a ponytail in it, and so, sometimes she just wins!

I’m really excited to put more handmade pieces in my daughters’ wardrobes. Wearing clothes my mom made growing up is such a fond memory for me, I want my girls to have the same! Have a happy weekend!

The Felicity Bag: More Versions

Felicity-Bag-Fluffy-Sheep-Quilting-2Last week when I shared the Felicity bag, I was still waiting on a photo from a tester, so I didn’t share their versions. But here they are! This first bag is made by Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting, isn’t it cute?

Felicity-Bag-Fluffy-Sheep-Quilting-1She used Vintage Happy by Lori Holt for the prints and Essex Linen for the body. The bright fabrics stand out so great against the solid background.

felicity outsideThis bag was made by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts, and she used a dark corduroy for the body of her bag. Again, I love the contrast of the hexagons! And, of course, I love the happy-go-lucky by Bonnie & Camille she used for the hexagons.

felicity topAnd here’s a picture of how the bag looks from above. The pattern has the option to have the frame purse either match the lining or use a separate fabric. I love how the separate fabric gives the illusion there’s a second purse inside the first!

DSC_6134And here’s a version I made of the Felicity bag this weekend. The fabric is Geofabulous by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics {my mom pieced all those lovely hexagons, isn’t she great?!}. I think using a subtle print for the bag body, behind the hexagons, looks really nice.

DSC_6139This bag is on its way to Blend Fabrics now, to be displayed in their quilt market booth {but I kind of want to keep it!}.

If you’re thinking about making a Felicity bag, I think you’ll be happy with the result. And, if you make one, we’d love to see it! You can add the photos to our Flickr group or share on Instagram and tag #cloverandviolet and #felicitybag. Can’t wait to see them!