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!

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 PDF printable sheet.

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

**Due to Craftsy deleting my patterns and being unable to find another site that provides instant downloads for my customers for free and paid patterns, I now offer this printable for $1.00 -  I have to do so in order to cover fees associated with my monthly charges in my store and the file hosting platform. Thank you for understanding and supporting small business! 

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)


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!