Moonlit by Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt

mini-quiltThe Felicity bag is finally out to the pattern testers, which has given me a chance to just start catching up on some of my other sewing! The first finish I have for you is this mini quilt made out of Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics.

We have worked with RJR Fabrics for a while {our Anne handbag out of Mary McGuire’s Cold Spring Dreams was our first collaboration and is still one of our best selling patterns!}, so it was exciting to see the new division launched and all the fanfare that has come with it!

mini-quilt-1And, just like RJR’s other fabrics, these Cotton + Steel fabrics feel so nice! I’m also working on making Norah a dress out of some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel and I know it will be a dream to wear {maybe i need to make myself one!}.

mini-quilt-2Based on the sewing community’s response, I think we’re going to see a lot more Cotton + Steel in the future, and after having worked with it, even just this little bit, you’ll be seeing more of it around here too!

Now, this quilt is off to a quilty friend who’s been waiting far too long for it! I’m so glad it’s done and I”m hoping to keep things going at a little better pace now that the summer race {and relaxation} is over. What are you hoping to get accomplished this fall?

Great Granny Squared Sew Along

The winner is #32, Capi Cohen!

Hello and welcome to the second week of the Great Granny Sew Along!  The Fat Quarter Shop is hosing a sampler sew along for Lori Holt’s book, Great Granny Squared, and making a sampler called Mama’s Crochet Quilt.  Last week was the Filled Basket Block, and this week we’re making the Yarn and Crochet Hook.

Yarn & Hook Image

All the cutting directions are in the Great Granny Squared book, then, there are additional PDFs available to make the sampler {so, you will need both a copy of the book and the PDFs to make this quilt}.

Crochet-Block

One of the fun things about the patterns from this book is that they use little pieces, so they’re great for scraps.  I pulled all the yarn ball pieces from my scrap boxes!  And, don’t forget to visit Kimberley, Lori, Debbie, and Kerri to see their blocks!

Block-&-Book

And, now for the part I’m sure you’re here for, giveaways! The Fat Quarter Shop has given me a copy of Great Granny Squared to give away to one of you! So, just leave a comment about a current sewing or crochet project. I’ll draw a winner Friday, May 2nd so that I can ship the book over the weekend.

But, that’s not all, submit a photo of your Yarn and Crochet Hook block to the Great Granny Squared Flikcr group and be entered to win the Stitchy Fun Sampler pattern!  Three winners will be drawn by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Happy sewing {and crocheting}.

Patchwork & Ribbons Bunny Ear Wood Teether {tutorial}

Bunny-Ear-Teether

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.

Teether-1

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.

Teether-2

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

Teether-3

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}.

Teether-4

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.

Teether-5

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:

Baby-Teether

Blend Fabrics Bags for Quilt Market

Emma-Clutch

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}:

Emma-Clutch-Back

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

Caitlin-Pouch

the Caitlin pouch :: Topiary by Amanda Murphy

Stella-Bag

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

Madeline-Bag

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

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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?

A Cupcake Bib and a Scrumptious Bag Beginning

Baby-bib-front

I made this simple bib for baby Lydia and finished the raw edge with ric rac instead of binding for a quicker, easier finish. I really like the contrast of the pink and blue fabrics.

baby-bib-back

I used a couple of small pieces of Velcro for closure and it was done in no time, I can’t wait to see it on her.

new-project

Here are the fabrics we chose for our newest project: a different style of diaper bag! It has lots of pretty Scrumptious and some Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. Also some Moda Crossweave for the main fabric! I had so much fun having all this pretty fabric delivered to my house.

scrumptious-scraps

We wanted to use smaller squares so I cut down 5″ charms and look at the cute scraps I was left with. We may not use all the colors in the line on this one project, just not sure yet.  But these scraps are so pretty I think I need to plan a little project for them too!