Organizing Fat Quarters

This contributor post is written by Donna of donnaslavenderest


Happy Wednesday Y’all.
It is such an honor to be back at Clover and Violet.
Today we are going to organize our fat quarters.

I needed a place for all my fat quarters, so I can up with a plan.

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I went to the dollar store and got some clear plastic containers and cut the lids off. My sweet hubby came up with a plan to hang them in my sewing closet. I have two of them hanging side by side.

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This picture shows you how it looks with all my fat quarters organized by color.

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This is an old sewing drawr I found all by itself, so I rescued it and I used chalk paint to paint it. I also store some of my lavender/purple fat quarters it and use it to decorate my sewing room.

It is such a joy to be able to be here at Clover and Violet and would like to thank Jennie and Clara from the bottom of heart for having me here today.

Hope y’all are having a wonderful kind of week.
Hugs,
donna

The Jane Bag {Going to Print}

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!

Sharing My Pencil Case Swap From Instagram!

Now that I have been on instagram for a while I have joined a few swaps. They are so much!!

I thought I would share my first swap that is due (well yesterday)!! I am going to get it in the mail today, I just wanted to get some pictures first. And, I just finished it yesterday. Our goal was to make a pencil-case using the three favorite flavors our partners gave. Then to make a pencil-case using any pattern or design you chose ( I made it up as I went along).

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I really enjoy making hexagons, but I seem to only make them when I have a project in mind. I saw this pencil-case as the perfect opportunity to do that. This is the bottom, most of the hexagons are on the bottom.

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I also have found a love for DS fabric in various blue prints. I did add a couple of other colors, a little purple, green, grey and some text prints. I thought they looked good together.

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I also, love binding!! When I originally started making this my plan was to add a zipper. But as I continued to work on it I decided it would be fun to add binding and our signature covered button. Jennie is the one who got me started on the covered buttons.  I just love them. We also love adding binding to our bags here is the link to our shop. Feels so  quilty to us!! I am really happy with the way it turned out so I hope my #icecreampencilcaseswap partner is too!! I have a few more surprises that I am going to add to her package but they are surprises!

I hope you have a great weekend.  We were in Arkansas for two weeks and had a great time but it is even better to be home.

If you haven’t entered the giveaway from It’s Sew Emma for the Fat Quarter Style book, you still have time!!

And last but not least I would like to thank our contributors for their wonderful posts and the mini medallion quilt along by Chrissy. (Who by the way is in the Sewvivor race.) We are really rooting for her!! She is so talented and super sweet too!!

Bye for now!!

Giveaway! Fat Quarter Style

Giveaway is closed and winner has been notified by email!! Thank you all for entering!!

Hello! We have a copy of It’s Sew Emma’s second book  Fat Quarter Style!! This wonderful book is published by the Fat Quarter Shop and they were so kind to send us a copy to give away and one to keep. We really appreciate their generosity towards us and our blog readers as well!!

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I recently spent some time looking through the pages and found this lovely quilt pattern called “Blossom”, that I especially want to make. It is super cute!!

Fat Quarter Style features 12 different fat quarter quilts. Each quilt comes with four size options!!

If you would like a chance to win your very own copy just leave a comment on this blog post and we will draw a winner next Tuesday.

Thank you to the ladies at It’s Sew Emma!!

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!