Posts by Jennie

Washi Tape Pincushion {Pattern Release}

washi tape pincushionI love embroidery. It’s fun, relaxing, and has such a personalized result! So, today, after much delay, I’m releasing the Washi Tape Pincushion pattern. This cute little pincushion {with a little price tag of $2!} is now available in our shop.

Washi-Tape-Pincushoin-1The sample pincushion is stitched on Mochi Linen Dot and has some glittery Cotton + Steel Netorious on the back. I used Finca Perle thread for my stitching, Perle cotton is my favorite!

Washi-Tape-PincushoinIf this little pattern generates some interest, we’d love to do some more. As always, our shop is ever growing and evolving {though, there will also be more bags, of course!}.

There are also kits available, with the pattern included, at Sew Lux Fabric.

With our impending snowy weather, it seems like the perfect day to sit around and do some stitching. What’s your favorite sitting around project?

Quilt Goals for 2015

Ruby-and-Miss-Kate-Jelly-RollsFor the past several months I’ve been participating in a Facebook group run by Angie of Gnome Angel, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts, and some others. It’s a group for quilting bloggers and instagram users to grow their blogs, business, and themselves, through the support and encouragement of others. Every month the admins are working on putting together a list of blog prompts, and I’m just now getting down to writing my first post! The prompt is quilting goals for 2015, what you want to make, learn, and conquer.

I thought about this for a while, and thought about setting some lofty learning goals, but then I realized, along with my “focus” theme for the year, I really just want to make quilts. I love quilts, but I find I’m generally drawn to smaller projects that have a more immediate result. But, every time I snuggle under Silas’s quilt for reading or chatting, I realize I really want to make quilts for all the beds. So, that is the goal for 2015!

Cluck Cluck Sew Shortcake CoverI’ll be making the Shortcake Quilt by Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Norah’s twin bed {the kids have bunk beds now!} using Ruby and Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille  for Moda {maybe a little Bliss too, since Norah’s baby quilts are made with Bliss and Ruby}.

Lydia-Plus-QuiltI will finish up Lydia’s Plus Quilt for her toddler bed {she’s still sleeping in the crib, so hopefully I can finish this before we turn it into a toddler bed!}.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3I’ll also at least make great progress on my Simple Scrappy Sampler for my bed.

Low-Volume-Scrappy-StarAnd, if I get really motivated and successful, maybe I’ll get to my Low Volume Scrappy Stars for the spare room…but that may be more of a pipe dream for the year!

So, there’s my quilt goal list for the year. While I may not be learning any new quilting skills, perseverance will probably be a lesson I’ll really be learning. What are your quilting goals for the year?

Snappy Boxy Pouch in Jet Set by Benartex {Tutorial}

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Do you love the look of boxy pouches, but feel intimidated about actually making one? Me too! Instead of making mine the traditional way, I’ve added little tabs and snaps to a regular pouch and turned it into a boxy pouch. The fabric is Jet Set by Kanvas for Benartex, and it’s so cute and whimsical. I think this would make an excellent make up bag set: one for home and one for on the go.

novelty hop logoThe tutorial is available today at the Benartex blog, Sew in Love {with fabric}. Benartex is also giving away a fat quarter bundle of Jet Set. To enter, leave a comment on this post that you’re a follower of their blog and/or Facebook. We’d also love to know what you’d make with these fun prints.

Snappy-Boxy-Pouch-20The giveaway will be open through Monday, January 26th, and we’ll draw a winner on Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by and head over to the Benartex blog for this fun tutorial!

Snappy-Boxy-PouchIf you make a Snappy Boxy Pouch we’d love to see it. Tag it on social media with #cloverandviolet #snappyboxypouch. Also, feel free to add it to our Flickr group here.

Looking Forward to 2015

FocusThe new year is one of my favorite times. We’ve just finished the mad dash that is the holidays {especially with three little ones!} and everything seems fresh and new. Since it’s also during winter, I feel like there’s lots of extra time to think about things, because I rarely go out in the cold {see note above!}. I love the idea of choosing a word for the year, rather than setting specific, potentially easy to break, goals

Last year my word was “relax”. I wanted to slow down, enjoy things more, and be less stressed. Honestly, I’m not too sure how well I accomplished it, but I decided that a good follow-on goal for this year would be “focus”.

My goal with “focus” is to be more careful with what I spend my energy on, and to give my full attention to those things. I want my children to feel like my time with them is focused on them. I want my goals to fall in line with a larger goal. And I want my sewing and fabric acquiring to be based on things I love,  just what I feel like I ought to sew.

I am hoping this will help me waste less time and enjoy the things I’m doing more. I don’t have too many specific plans yet, but I will share how this shapes up as the year goes on! Thanks for following along on this continued journey and I look forward to new and exciting things for 2015!

Do you make resolutions or choose a word of the year? I’d love to hear about what you have planned for the year ahead!

Handmade Gifts – Final Swaps of 2014

machine-sewn-miniI think 2014, or at least the second half of it, was the year of the swap for me! A few years ago, I was involved in a lot of swaps, but as Flickr became harder to use and I focused more on the blog and patterns, the swaps sort of dwindled into the background. But, swaps have made a resurgence on Instagram {my new favorite hangout}, and I signed up for quite a few. Here are the final swaps of 2014. This Machine Sewn Mini {pattern by Sew Lux Fabric} might just be one of my favorite 2014 finishes. I used the amazing gold hexie print from Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller for the sewing machine, and then some lovely stashed fabrics for the rest of the mini. The binding is another new favorite, Netorious in Mixing Bowl by Cotton + Steel.

organizer-hoopI also made this little hanging hoop, it was my first one, but I’d like to make one for myself now too!

Machine-sewn-mini-swap-packageAnd here are all the goodies I sent to Kayse as part of our purple swap. I felt like everything in this package was fun, sweet, and sparkly. I’m using it as my inspiration for Lydia’s room too!

Merry-Gift-BoxesThen, here are my Swap Before Christmas goodies. I sent this Merry Gift Boxes table topper to Cheri. She loves woodland things and neutral colors, so I had some fun with linen and used some browns too.

DSC_6882I also made my first hoop ornament for this swap. I loved how it turned out so much I made a bunch more!

night-before-christmas-swap-1And here’s the rest of the swap goodies I sent. I love giving gifts, so picking out the perfect swap extras, and then packaging the whole thing up, is lots of fun {and you don’t have to spend a fortune either, everything in these packages were either on sale, in the dollar section at Target, or under $10}!

I’m taking a little break from regular swaps this year, as I joined a crafty birthday club {more on that later}. But making fun packages for fabric loving friends is really a highlight of my quilting and sewing life! I forgot how much joy it brings to make up the perfect package for someone that they’ll love.

I think one of my goals this year will be to center gifts around a handmade element, like I do with swaps, but for my friends and family too. I’d like to put as much love into the gifts I give people I care about dearly as I have into the gifts I’ve made for quilty friends. Do you have a favorite handmade gift you’ve given or received?