Posts by Jennie

Bee Block Catch Up from June

Bee-Block-2I think I’m having one of those days weeks months summers where I bit off more than I can chew. Not to complain too much, but I feel like life has sort of snowballed on top of me and I’m digging my way out with a teaspoon! So, in the midst of having three crazy kids, I’m slowly working on getting unburied from projects that are long overdue. These bee blocks are one example!

Bee-Block-1They were the June block from the Modern Stitching Bee and I just finished them and sent them out a couple weeks ago. While they’re very pretty, they took a lot of time, so I’m glad to have them finally on their way. Hopefully I can find some time to finish the rest of my behind blocks soon. I’m doing my very best to avoid joining anything else until all my swapping, bee, and pattern writing commitments come to a close, with all the swaps out there, that is a hard thing to stick to!

In the meantime, we have some new patterns underway, which always takes longer than I think it will, but I hope they’re worth the wait! Thanks for sticking with us, even though we haven’t had much to show. I do have a couple kids waiting on some Banana Ice Cream, so I should probably head that way!

Spell It With Moda ‘S’ Pouch

S-BagI did a little last minute sewing yesterday, making my special little boy a snack pouch before he headed off to an afternoon activity. I used the Spell It With Moda letter ‘S’ {find the pattern here}. But when I first made it, the ‘S’ was way too big. So, I used Electric Quilt 7 to scale it down from an 8″ x 10″ block to a 6″ x 7 1/2″ block, and it was perfect!

Letter S Two SizesHere are both blocks side by side {I have yet to decide what to do with the larger one!}. I did add a 1 1/4″ border to the top and sides, and a 2″ border to the bottom.

S-Bag-Sidemade a little gusset on the side too, so it will hold his snacks nicely.

Bag-with-HeartAnd I sewed a little red heart to the inside. Lately he’s been wanting to stay with me instead of going to nursery or children’s church on Sundays, so I wanted him to feel a little extra love while we’re apart! He was pretty excited to pack this up and take it with him, so hopefully it will do the trick!

I’m so happy with the smaller size block, it is so usable! Maybe I’ll scale a few more down for a quilt with some words…in all my free time!

Island Batiks Bags

lucy-hobo-smallWe have some lovely new bags to show you today! Sandie of Crazy ‘Bout Quilts sewed these amazing bags for us to send to Island Batiks to show off their fall collections. Above is the Lucy hobo, one of our most popular patterns {and my favorite of the Island Batiks bags!}.

anne-handbag-smallHere’s the Anne handbag, another of our popular patterns. Of course, I love how the light lavender looks in the gathered detail.

louisa-bag-smallThe Louisa bag is my personal favorite of all our patterns, I feel like it is just the right size for every day. I also like that it uses slightly larger cuts of fabric to really show off the prints.

Jane-bag-smallAnd finally, the Jane bag, our very first pattern {printed patterns should arrive this week or next!}.

As always, Sandie did amazing work on these bags! With the severe time restraint of having small children, and my mom traveling this summer, there is no way we could have sewn these bags and keep up with anything else. We cannot thank her enough for helping us keep our business moving forward.

Additionally, Island Batiks will be distributing our patterns along with these fabrics, so, if your local quilt shop carries Island Batiks, you may find some of our patterns on their shelves soon. And if you own a quilt shop {or know someone who does}, and would like to carry our printed patterns, please check out our wholesale page for more information on carrying our printed patterns, we’d love to work with you.

The Jane Bag {Going to Print}

The printed patterns are in, you can find them here!

jane-bag-pattern-coverAll of my sewing life has been a little off-track over the last couple of weeks as I’ve been working on getting the Jane bag ready for printing! Fortunately, Nicole of Lilyella does the layout for us, so at least I don’t have to learn how to do something else!

Jane-view-cSince print is forever {there aren’t any options to make little changes later!}, I made up a new single fabric version for the pattern cover. I used some Sunkissed by Sweetwater for the body and then some Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for the handle {I am so excited that the scallops were reprinted with Miss Kate!}.

Jane-view-bYou’ve probably seen this before, but here’s the fat quarter/fat eighth version I made a while back, when I updated the pattern. I really love the Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda!

jane-bag-aAnd here is the original style of the Jane bag, made out of Malam Batiks by Jinny Beyer for RJR Fabrics. The bag turned out really pretty, I love the turquoise colors!

jane-3-stylesAnd here are all three styles together, they’re the same size, it’s only the angle that makes them look different! So, you’ll be seeing printed patterns available soon, but the PDF is in the shop now! This bag makes up really quick and is a perfect starter bag, if you’ve never sewn one before!

It feels really excited to have the very first pattern in our history becoming a paper pattern!

Interfacing Bags: By Annie’s Soft and Stable

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In working on the Felicity bag I decided to try a different form of interfacing because the metal frame would weigh down the purse {I’ll talk more about the interfacing we use in our other bags in a separate post}. I stopped by the By Annie’s booth at Quilt Market and received a tiny sample of Soft and Stable, it intrigued me, so I picked up a package when I was at the quilt shop with my mom. Since this is something one either has to order online or buy from a quilt shop, not everyone has easy access to decide weather it is a product they’re ready to try.

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I took a scrap of Soft and Stable and quilted a small piece of unwashed fabric to it. Then, I threw it in the washing machine on warm and in the dryer. Since I’m a mom {and somewhat clumsy}, that products are washable is important to me. I’d hate to put an investment into something only to have it ruined in the wash. I’m happy to report that it turned out great!

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Here’s a picture of the Soft and Stable from the side, the deep lines on it are where I quilted the fabric down, but you can see how easily it sews, and also how thick it is from this angle. This is after washing, and it looks the same as it did before washing.

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And here’s a picture of the inside of the Felicity bag that I’m working on, again, you can see the Soft and Stable is a little puffy, but the bag stands up nicely on its own. I did make my original Felicity bag with the Soft and Stable and have been using it for over a month, so know that I’ve not only sewed with this, but have used it myself too. You will be seeing a few more sturdy bags in our pattern lineup because of this great product!

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If you’re making a sturdy, yet light weight bag, that you want to stand up on its own, Soft and Stable is an excellent choice because it is easy to work with, affordable, and even washes well.

While some might find cost a concern, I feel Soft and Stable is very reasonably priced. I have been able to make two bags out of the 36″ x 58″ package I bought, and I believe {hope} I should have enough to make one more. Also, since bags are upwards of $20 even at big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart, I feel it is worth the investment for a custom bag made out of beautiful fabric.

There are only two drawbacks that I could think of, but both have easy solutions.

First, it does look a little puffy when quilted, which I personally am not a fan of. So, for this bag, I interfaced the bag, quilted it, and then added the Soft and Stable. Fortunately, the Soft and Stable doesn’t need to be quilted!

Second, since it is so flexible, it does not make a sturdy bag bottom for a flat bag. I found that when using the bag, if my wallet and keys were off to one side, it pulled the bag kind of funny. Again, by adding something for a bag bottom {either a purchased bottom or plastic canvas}, this problem is completely solved.

I hope you’re encouraged to try some Soft and Stable! And if you’re on the lookout for the Felicity bag, I am hoping it will be ready soon! Some other pattern work and three busy kids have been keeping me from it, but I’m steadily trying to finish it!