Herringbone Mug Rug Swap


Today I'd like to show you the package I made for a swap I hosted on Instagram: Holiday Herringbone Mug Rug Swap! (Also my submission for the Quilting JetGirl AG Challenge!)

The swap required each person to make one Herringbone Mug Rug, from my personal pattern, and throw in a few extras. The extra's did not have to be handmade - they were supposed to be either a loose or bagged coffee/tea and some nice treats. (Whatever your partner likes).

My partner Christina (@leeleequilts) requested rainbow colors and specifically likes lots of Alison Glass fabrics, so I chose a mixture of old and new AG prints that I had in my stash to make her Herringbone Mug Rug. Her mug rug turned out vibrant and beautiful - I was totally in love with it!


The back features another beautiful AG print, but I think one of my favorite things is the binding. It is so pretty and one of my favorite colors!!

I sent Christina some hot chocolate for the kids, some flavored water mixes for her, chocolates, and salted caramel cookies. I was glad to hear she absolutely loved the package and the kids were thrilled with the hot chocolate!


Swapping is one of my favorite ways to connect with the Instagram quilting community. You meet so many wonderful people and get to communicate with them in a way thats unique - making and creating together!

Thanks for reading, and if you love my Herringbone Mug Rug Pattern you can purchase it at any time. It makes a perfect gift for teachers, coworkers, friends, and more!

FREE Mug Rug Printable Tags



If you've ever made a mug rug for someone who literally has never heard of one and doesnt know what they are, you sometimes might be confused at how you let them know just exactly what you're gifting to them (especially if it isn't accompanied by a mug, right?).

I designed these ones myself after doing a google search for some but not finding what I REALLY wanted. I use them when gifting mug rugs to teachers, family, friends etc. I find that almost none of them have ever heard what a mug rug is but they are always pleasantly surprised when they do find out! So, today I'm giving you my free mug rug tags to download for yourself!

Click here to download the free printable sheet.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find these tags useful!

Classic Bib Pattern

After many requests, today I've added my Classic Bib template to my shops. Typically, I would include this (or another one of my bib styles) in with a full photo tutorial on how to construct a bib - like my Modern Hexie Bib or QAYG Bib patterns. 

But, this time I've added the PDF template ONLY, meaning you won't get the step-by-step construction photos. This is for all those out there who already know how to make a simple bib with their sewing machine - they just want a good template at a cheap price. I've had lots of people ask to buy the template only over the last few months, so here it is!

The Details

My Classic Bib fits sizes 6-24 months (and beyond depending on childs size).  It's very versatile, has classic rounded corners and your option of closure method - snaps or velcro. This is my go-to bib for my son and for gift giving! I have made it in so many fabrics, plus you could jazz it up with some patchwork, hexies, or embroidery and make it even more special :)

Where to buy:

If you're looking for a cheap bib template, I hope you'll checkout my Classic Bib!

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!
(Fabric featured above is Santa Parade by Cotton & Steel)


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FREE 20.5" Log Cabin Block Tutorial


Are you participating in the latest #bclogcabinswap again swap on Instagram? I noticed tons of people asking questions about the easiest way to create the block using only 2-1/2 inch jelly roll strips, so I decided to write up an easy to understand tutorial for you. 

Click here to download the PDF - then save the PDF or print it. It will give you cutting instructions and shows clear diagrams of how to assemble the blocks and cut them into quarters for the swap.


I hope this was helpful! Thanks for stopping by :)

Update 12/11/16: I have corrected a small error that had to do with the order in which border strips were pieced on. Nothing major but you may need to download the new version :)

Strawberry Moon Baby


This week I had the pleasure of making an adorable baby set for one of my Mom's coworkers who has a brand new grand baby!

As I was shopping through Janum Fabrics Black Friday sale, I came across this absolutely beautiful "Roseberry in Honey" print from the new Strawberry Moon fabric line by Portabellopixie for Michael Miller Fabrics. I was instantly in love with it and knew I had to use it for the baby set I would be making this week.

I also chose a red scallop print from the Neco line by Momo for Moda. I thought the Roseberry print was busy enough that it likely needed a blender fabric or maybe even a solid to compliment it. I think the two prints go beautifully together!



For this matching set I made a drawstring bag, bib, organic teether, and burp cloth.

Each baby item was backed with white organic terry cloth as well - my favorite backing for bibs and teethers next to chenille! I'm not much of a flannel person, I know it's popular for baby items but I much prefer quilting cottons or organic cottons and terry cloth (much more absorbent than flannel in my opinion) and as a mom of 3 I know all about what it takes to make a great bib!


I finished my drawstring bag off with this absolutely adorable Zakka style twill ribbon tape, also from Janum Fabrics. There is just something about twill measuring tape that gets me everytime!


The entire set was gifted to the new Grandma this week by my Mom to give to her coworkers daughter as "welcome baby" gift.  I'm hoping the recipient loves this set as much as I do - it almost makes me wish I had a new baby girl of my own to make one for...... almost, LOL.

Have your heard of the Strawberry Moon line before? I'd loved to hear your thoughts on this set, and as always you can purchase one for yourself or a little one in your life in my shop!

Charm Sale: Today 3:00 PM EST


Today at 3:00 pm EST over at @hilltop_charmsale on Instagram, i'll be selling 90 pre-made zipper charms (made by me, of course) plus I've opened up 20 slots for custom orders - where you pick the colors! *The IG account will be private until the sale goes live - all you have to do is request to follow me!

Each charm is made from either wooden or high quality glass beads in metallic or solid colors and they are approximately 1" to 1.5" in length. All you have to do is add a lobster claw and clip them onto a zipper!


My favorite place to use these are on Sew Together Bags, Necessary Clutch Wallets, or any other handmade zipper pouch / bag. I get compliments from customers all the time about how much they love the extra touch the charms add.

I hope you'll checkout my sale! :) Have an awesome day!

Bloc Loc Rulers + The Start of A Flying Geese Quilt



Well, I feel silly! I just recently hopped on the Bloc Loc Ruler train and wow, was I missing out! I totally underestimated how useful and amazing these rulers would be. I mean.. I've seen videos of them in action, but I didn't quite realize how badly I needed one!

I purchased the 3" x 6" Flying Geese Ruler from Missouri Star Quilt Co. during their Black Friday Sale on a whim... I have been contemplating making a scrappy flying geese quilt for a while now but the dreaded task of trimming them all had me putting it off. I feel like I never quite get them trimmed straight enough! Well, this ruler has totally solved that problem all together!

First impression...

I opened the package and was pleasantly surprised that it came with an insert that detailed what size squares and rectangles needed to be cut to achieve a particular size Flying Geese unit. Lots of sizes are listed, but for me I chose a 3" x 6" finished block size because thats the size of my ruler.

I cut the pieces, sewed and pressed, and slipped the ruler grooves into my seam allowance and trimmed. I was IN LOVE! It totally took the guesswork out of measuring and trimming my blocks and I know Im going to use this all the time!

The best part? For this size Flying Geese unit, two 3" half square triangles are produced as well! Just sew together the triangles that are cut off from each corner and voila! The only real issue I have with this is while I love that it is nearly waste-free... now i'll also have to find a project to use all of the HST's on LOL. And now I need an HST Bloc Loc Ruler, right??

A scrappy quilt in the making...

My plan is to use leftover fabric scraps from current and previous projects to make as many scrappy Flying Geese units as possible using this ruler. Eventually, over time, I would like to have enough to make a full sized quilt big enough for me and the hubs to snuggle under. Right now we only have throw or twin sized quilts that are really just good for one adult (or two kids lol) at a time.

The block shown here (first photo) will be the very first block I'll be setting aside for my long term quilt project. I hope to make more soon and post them here on the blog periodically under my new WIP tag :)

Do you like Bloc Loc Rulers??

I'd love to hear your opinions - I know they make several types and the Flying Geese one is the only one i've ever tried! Should I buy more?

Thanks for reading!



Olive's Flower Market + a Goody Goody Binding Kit


How beautiful is the new Olive's Flower Market collection from LellaBoutique for Moda? This is definitely not my usual color palette but I couldnt pass up these beautiful florals (and especially those bias stripes!).

I recently made a Goody Goody Binding Kit using a mini charm from this line plus some Fat 8's from my bundle. Have you ever made this pattern?? I ADORE it! I grab mine every single time I have hand binding or EPP work to do. It holds so much stuff!!



The details on the inside of the kit are my favorite!!

The measuring twill tape is a nice touch and especially useful if you only want a certain amount of thread for your needle or you could clip binding clips on it as well! The thread holder can accommodate 2 small thread spools and between the zipper pouch and slip pocket there is TONS of room for paper piecing, snacks, and much more! I have already sold this particular binding kit, and have orders for 2 more just like it :)

You can order one from my shop here!



You can quickly take this on the go with you if needed. They are really handy.

Below is a shot of the entire exterior and interior of the kit. Soo pretty! Love these fabrics!

Is Olive's Flower Market a fabric line you would be interested in?? Im surprised at how much I love it!

Thanks for reading! :)

Santa Sacks: A Stocking Alternative

If you saw my last post, or have been following me on Instagram (@amistabaker) you'll notice i've been on a bit of a drawstring bag kick the last few days. I made a practice bag from a cute Christmas tree quilt block a couple days ago and last night I finished these super cute Santa Sacks for my kids!

This year we'll be swapping out our stockings for these cute bags. We don't have a fireplace (or a mantle) and no place good to hang a stocking so they always end up on the floor in front of the tree anyways! Usually, I'm frustrated at what I cannot fit into a stocking - I have to buy things I know I can squeeze in. With these drawstring bags, I won't have that issue. I can buy "stocking stuffers" in all different shapes and not worry about how they'll fit.


I used one of my favorite Christmas fabrics for these - "Santa Parade" (from the Garland collection by Cotton & Steel). The blue tops are a super soft Cloud9 Cirrus Solid and the inside print, pictured below, is an amazing pinstripe from Sweetwater for Moda.


The bag pattern is a free tutorial from Jeni @ InColorOrder.com - but you can also purchase a pattern from her site that gives instructions to make 8 different drawstring bag sizes!

I can tell you from experience now, after making these several times, that this is a great tutorial! It's easy to follow one of the simplest drawstring tutorials I've ever tried. Definitely my favorite!

Have you ever made one? What do you use drawstring bags for? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

DIY Drawstring Christmas Sack


Happy Sunday! I hope all of my U.S. friends had a great Thanksgiving! Today I want to share with you an adorable draw string bag I made yesterday using a couple different tutorials.

Earlier this year I participated in a Bonnie & Camille Christmas In July block swap and I have been going back & forth with myself about just what exactly I should make with my blocks. I finally decided to try out a bag, as I am thinking of replacing our stocking with bags this year - you can fit more in them (and various shaped items, unlike a stocking) and I just love the look of them sitting under the tree!

One of these blocks can easily make the front of a drawstring bag by adding a few borders. Keep reeding to see how I did this!

The Details

For those of you who may have participated in this swap or just want to make a similar bag, I've detailed below how I added my borders to make this tree block the right size for the bag. Also - these are free tutorials listed below and I am NOT taking credit for them at all - just want to share!. 

My fabrics are primarily Bonnie & Camille with some Sweetwater mixed in. You can easily whip up one of these bags in a couple hours, especially once you get the hang of making the easy Christmas Tree blocks!

Note: Each bag finished at approx. 10" high x 7" wide but Jeni has a great pattern you can purchase to make larger or smaller bags as well! There are 8 sizes total.


You will need..

*Measurements are in inches. A 1/4" seam is used throughout.

Tip: Make a "short" tree using the free tutorial from Diary of a Quilter so the tree top isn't cut off by the seam allowance or from trimming down your finished block.

Instructions...

  1. Add your 7.5" x 3.5" border strip to the BOTTOM of your tree block.
  2. Add one 12.5" x 1" strip to each side of your tree block (left and right). Note that nothing is added to the top of the block.
  3. Trim block to exactly 10.5" wide x 12.5" tall.
  4. Use instructions on InColorOrder.com to create the rest of your drawstring bag, using your newly made tree panel as one of the main exterior pieces.

I hope this helped, and if you make a bag like mine I'd love to see it! Tag me @amistabaker on Instagram :) Happy Holidays!


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Black Friday Sale!


It's almost Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Im not sure I am but I guess I don't have time to worry about that right now, lol. We will be going to my aunts house and my MIL's house as well this year and it can be a really busy and tiring day for us. How are you spending your Thanksgiving?

 I will be taking a break for a few days for the holiday, but I am having a Black Friday Sale in my shop! It includes custom orders, PDF patterns, and a few handmade items as well but they are in limited quantities!

I am trying to bring in some extra sales to help pay for those TWO American Girl dolls I bought my daughters this year! (they are so expensive!!!). Take a peek if you have a moment!

Happy Thanksgiving!


I'm still here, I promise!


Whew. Life has been busy.

In the past 4 weeks we have attended 2 funerals, a wedding, 2 gymnastics meets, 2 parent teacher conferences, doctors appointments, and a many family functions. Plus, I work weekends and the holidays are VERY quickly approaching and I'm not sure I'm totally ready. I am spent. I have hardly had any time at all to sew (or do laundry, dishes etc) and it is totally wearing on me! I need my creative time to keep me sane.

No-Spend December

I went a little overboard with fabric purchases this November. Really overboard. So for December I will be having a no-spend month. For obvious reasons I will need the extra money for Christmas gifts for the family, but really I realized I had spent too much in November. I won't tell you the total but let's just say I took advantage of many Instagram destash sales, online fabric store sales, and even local quilt shop coupons!

BUT - I will say this... see all that Aurifil thread in the firs picture up top? I got it ALL for $14.00. All of it. How could I pass up that deal??

Have you have had a no-spend period?

It seems like even when I limit myself on fabric purchases that money I saved always ends up going somewhere else anyways! My goal is not to save a certain amount of money, but to simply save. I would like a little "cushion" in my bank account.

And another swap...

My LAST swap for the year is the Herringbone Mug Rug Swap using my pattern that is was recently released. Its a super easy beginner level foundation paper piecing pattern. Even if you haven't joined the swap, you should totally try it! So quick and such a great gift for moms, sisters, teachers, coworkers, etc.

Myself and 30 other swappers will be sending each other one mug rug, a tea or coffee, and a few small extras as a holiday gift! I think it's going to be a great swap.

That's all for now, just wanted to give a bit of a personal update - something I don't normally do, but I have felt a bit guilty about my posts being sporadic for the last couple months. Thanks to everyone who continues to read and comment!

Happy Holidays!

Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted, 2!




Last year around this time a neat swap was going around on Instagram called "Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted" (#getyourquiltywishesgranted) and it is essentially a way for people to put out there in the IG universe a special something they've been looking for wether it is fabric, notions, threads, patterns, etc. and then someone who may have that sees it, asks for your address, and grants your wish!


I LOVE the idea of this, so when I saw #getyourquiltywishesgranted2 circulating around IG a couple weeks ago I knew I had to jump in and participate this year!

I ended up granting several wishes - mostly for fabric and one for a MODA Merit Badge, plus one for a package of Cotton + Steel selvedges. It felt great to help people out! In return I put my wish out there for Cotton & Steel or Alison Glass prints (scraps or even F8's) and ended up getting 4 packages in return for those!


I plan to use some of these in a sampler quilt (my very first one!) soon and the rest will be put into smaller projects here & there. So thank you to everyone who sent me something!

I am always inspired by the generosity of the quilting community :)

Harry Potter Baby Quilt


Last night while watching the election results I quilted and bound this gorgeous Harry Potter themed baby quilt. It's for an old friend of mine from my school days that I keep in touch with online. She is having her second baby, a boy, and I was honored to have her sister ask me to make a quilt for the new little guy!

It has got a pretty huge reaction on Instagram and since I had several questions about the fabrics and whatnot I thought i'd share the info for the quilt here!


This quilt is made up of several cuts of designer fabrics, which I've listed below. I went a bit into the rabbit hole with these fabric choices. I wanted them all to be perfect, and in some way, for them all to represent something from the Harry Potter world and I think I accomplished that! There are owls, newspaper prints, deer, prints that looks like equations or "spells" written out, and even specifically Harry Potter themed prints from Spoonflower which are SO cute!

Pattern:

Framed by Silk Road Life - only 16 blocks with a row for name.

Pattern calls for a layer cake (10" squares) but i did NOT use precuts. It just requires a bit of math and cutting your prints correctly to get 2 blocks cut from each prints.

Quilt Top:

Quilt Backing





The baby's name is done in a foundation paper pieced Harry Potter Alphabet by Fandom in Stitches. Wonderful, wonderful website for anyone who loves FPP. So many amazing free patterns.

The fabrics used were scraps leftover from the 1/4 yard and fat quarter prints used in the quilt top. I had just enough of everything to finish this top with what was purchased.


The recipient already loves the quilt and I hope you do to! This was a fast finish and I'd love to make more in the future!
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Halloween Quilt + A New Machine!


Happy Halloween! I hope you all had a great October. Mine had its ups & downs but last week during my birthday was overall pretty good. I got a few things finished, did some shopping with my mom and a new quilt shop I had never been to and spent time with family :)

First up, I want to show you my latest finish - a Fat Quarter Fizz quilt (free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop) done in a mixture of Cotton & Steel lines Spellbound, Lucky Strikes & Boo, as well as a little Maud Ashbury and Alison Glass mixed in for good measure.

Fat Quarter Fizz is a SUPER fast pattern. I completed the top in less than 2 days (working on and off) and could have easily done it in a few hours total if I had had the time to sit down and focus solely on the quilt itself.


I love, love, LOVE the colors on this quilt!! I am totally a Halloween person though. You know how most people love Christmas? Thats not really me, which probably seems odd, I mean everyone loves Christmas and I do too it's just not my favorite holiday to decorate for... what can I say? lol My birthday, husbands birthday. moms birthday, wedding anniversary etc. etc are all in October so I naturally love Fall!


Anyway, moving on. The quilting on this was done by Shanon at River House Quilting and I adore the way it turned out! It's done in the Webs & Spiders long arm design in charcoal colored thread. It complimented the quilt so well!

This quilt finished at approx. 60" x 72" and is the perfect throw size for my family - especially since the kids love to snuggle under it with me anytime I grab a quilt lol. The batting is Quilter's Dream 100% cotton. It was my first time using this batting and I LOVE IT. It has phenomenal drape and isn't too light or too heavy. Its perfect. New favorite batting!




Last but not least, I would like to share my brand new machine! My mom was kind enough to take my shopping for my birthday to a quilt shop I'd never been to and after doing some damage to our wallets on fabric we checked out the machines they had for sale and I tested a few out.

I fell in love with this Janome 3160 and how user friendly and simple it was - plus my previous machine did not have an available quilting extension table (it had an embroidery unit) so I really really wanted my next one to have a table. After testing a few and mentioning I really liked this one, she surprised me and bought it for me, paid for all my fabric then we went to lunch and Olde Dutch Restaurant in Logan, Ohio (great home cooked food!).


Overall I has a great month and I hope the rest of the year follows! How was your October?

Thanks for reading :)

Herringbone Mug Rug Pattern


Happy Friday! Today I'm releasing the foundation paper piecing pattern for my Herringbone Mug Rug and it's also my 29th Birthday!!

I have been working on this for a while, but my son (20 months old) was sick this past week and it has bee a rough few days wit little-to-no sleep for me. On Tuesday he seemed to be coming around and during his daily nap I finally took some "me time" to finish up this pattern and test it out for myself.

Photo courtesy @eliseandemelie

This is about as easy as you can get when it comes to foundation paper piecing. Straight lines, no tricky curves, and it still gives you an awesome finished piece!

Supplies:

  • Fabric scraps at least 2" wide
  • 6.5" x 9.5" backing fabric and batting
  • 30" Binding
  • Printed pattern pieces
My pattern assume *some* knowledge of paper piecing. A beginner could easily knock this out in no time, and it would actually serve as great practice! :)

If you're interested in purchasing my pattern you can visit...




Also, a big thanks to the ladies who tested my pattern! Three of them are shown above (@sewsewmaria, @stitchharmony, and @mldecker). They did an amazing job and I love the mug rugs they made!

Made by me for the #hhmugrugswap on Instagram

Thanks for reading! :)

Trinket Trail Tote



I have been on a tote making frenzy lately!! The Trail Tote by Noodlehead has been on my list for a while but I was indecisive on wether to make the small or large size. I ended up going with the small as tester I guess and I looove the way it turned out!

I used Trinket Fabric by Cotton & Still for the interior and exterior as well as a yummy Cloud9 Cirrus Solid for the straps.



The small version is not a super roomy tote. But its great for errand running where you'd like to take only your keys, wallet, phone and some essentials with you. Its also awesome for kids! This is a great size for tweens or young girls.

I did add some things to my tote that weren't in the original free pattern - there is an exterior and interior zipper zippered pockets and a double slip pocket. The original pattern only calls for the exterior zipper and a single inside slip pocket, but I really needed the extra space.



I don't know about you but I don't feel safe putting my phone in an outside slip pocket of a bag. If i bend over or something happens it might fall out!! I like to have that secure.

Anywho, I hope you loved this bag and since the pattern is free you should totally try it yourself! Its a very quick finish!