A Scrappy Quilted Tote Gift

After I gave my sister the book shelf tote bag for Christmas my mom mentioned wanting a tote bag of her own for her birthday. I wanted to try out a new pattern though so I started looking through Pinterest and came across this scrappy quilted tote pattern from A Bright Corner. The pattern is a variation of Jedi Craft Girl's quilted tote bag tutorial but with a patchwork panel instead of one large piece. Jedi Craft Girl's zipper pouch tutorial is my favorite, so I was excited to try another one of her projects. This tote bag is fantastic for using scraps but the ... Read More

Paper Pieced Monogram Mini Quilts

A few years ago I went through a big monogram phase. It's been awhile since I've made any, but when I saw the Geometric Uppercase Alphabet Pattern (affiliate link) from Quiet Play, I had to grab it. Evie's favorite colors are pink and purple so they were a natural choice. I made these entirely with pieces from my scrap bin. The pattern is really easy and quick and I love how it turned out. Mira's favorite color is blue, but I did throw in some aqua too. Diagonal straight line quilting is my favorite. I mark the first line right down the middle ... Read More

Pattern Testing – Hexie Bunny Pattern

Michael Ann released a new paper piecing quilt pattern and I was lucky enough to test the pattern. I previously have made her mini raspberry kiss blocks for a pouch I made. The pattern is absolutely adorable and perfect for spring. I just did one block and turned it into a mug rug, but the pattern has instructions on turning it into a super cute mini quilt. I love the little hexie tail, there's so many options for it! You can get your own copy of the pattern here*, (affiliate link) and this weekend it's 25% off! And make sure to check out ... Read More

Save the UFOs – February

Last month I posted my UFO list with the goal of finishing some projects. I was feeling really daunted because the list was so long and so many of them seemed so far from completion. But I have some good news, I managed to cross THREE things off the list this month and I'm really close to another! I've been itching to start a new English paper piecing project but despite being a member of Project Starters Anonymous, I had to put my foot down on that one. I told myself I wouldn't start a new English paper piecing project until I finished the two Ferris wheel ... Read More

Death Star Mini Quilt!

All the way back in September I started two mini quilts for Josh. The first was the Batman EPP quilt I gave him for his birthday and the second was the Death Star from Quirky Granola Girl. Please note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk.* I figured I would start both and hopefully finish one by his birthday in October and the other for Christmas. Mollie from Wild Olive made her own Death Star mini quilt earlier last year and gave me some of the gray scraps she had leftover. Piecing it was a lot more intimidating than I expected. ... Read More

January TSNEM – Free Motion Quilting

First, thanks so much to everyone who's joined the Facebook group! I love all the interest in trying new things this year! And next, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows it's ok if you don't want to follow along with the month's theme. Stephanie and I thought it would be fun to set themes to give people a little direction and to see other people working on similar projects, but they are definitely not strict guidelines. If you have no interest in the month's theme, we would still love to have you participate and try whatever you are interested in! January - ... Read More

December TSNEM – Using a Fabric Die Cutter

I did it. I made it through an entire year of trying something new every month and I'm quite pleased with it. There were some things I had hoped to get to but didn't, but I still challenged myself a lot and did a lot of things I had been nervous to try. Please note: this post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk.* This month's project falls into the "nervous to try" category. Last year for Christmas (yes, I've had this sitting around for almost a year...) my mother-in-law got me a Sizzix 659500 Fabi Cutting Machine*. It's been sitting on a shelf ... Read More

November TSNEM – Binding

I can't believe it's already November and I've almost done a year of trying new things. I've been getting more and more interested in quilting and I've been using TSNEM as an opportunity to try out different quilting techniques. This month was binding. My first attempt did not go well. I tried machine binding and the first time around didn't get the binding attached on the back. So I figured this would easily be remedied by a second pass and the next thing I knew I had sewn 6 times around to finally get all the binding secure. Somewhere along the way I knew ... Read More