Simply Strippy Sewing Kit

Ever since I bought the Scrap Happy book by Retro Mama for #mayisformakers I couldnt wait to make a little Simply Strippy Sewing Kit! They are so ridiculously cute, easy to travel with, and great as a scrap-busting project - but they're also amazing gifts :) If you haven't checked out this book yet, you totally should - especially the hashtags on Instagram for all the finished projects people have made! So amazing!



Alright, let's get to it :) I used various scrap fabric prints from B&C lines (Hello Darling, Vintage Picnic, and Daysail) as well as some Michael Miller basics, Little Miss Sunshine, Farmhouse, and some various organic prints from my stash. Binding is an aqua Cloud9 Cirrus Solid.

My goal was to make this very aqua / blue / green as I have a special swap i'm in and this little kit will be tossed in as an extra for my partner! Shhh don't tell...


I added a little tag and a small felt needle holder as well. AND I even hand stitched the binding down to finish it off :) My new favorite thing to do. I'm not 100% perfect at it (yet) but I'm progressing and I love the way it makes your project look more polished and tied together as opposed to machine binding.

Now, will I hand bind all of my quilts? Um, no, lol. Sorry I don't have the patience or skill for that yet, but maybe we'll get there someday...




That's all I have for today, I hope you enjoyed these pictures and this little kit as much as I have. 

Do you own this book, or have you seen the Simply Strippy Kits floating around social media? 

My Hive: 2016 New Quilt Bloggers


I am beyond excited to be apart of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group, and now that things are starting to kick off we've been grouped into "hives". My particular group includes the following awesome ladies:

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter
Jen @ Cut & Alter
Velda @ GRANNYcanQUILT
Miranda @ I Have Purple Hair


Our hive chose the name "Miss-Bee Hivin'" and we were all asked to submit a button to represent our group. After voting, my button was chosen!! I was so surprised and excited - thank you again to my hive members for choosing my button! I did my best to make it cute, fun, and simplistic.



Soon we will be starting our blog hops which I am really excited for, I hope you'll stick around and read them and please checkout my other hive members blogs, they are all so great!

2016 Hosts:   Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

B&C Goody Goody Binding Kit

I have been wanting to make a Goody Goody Binding Kit (free pattern from LellaBoutique) for such a long time. I added it to my 2016 Finish-A-Long list and have been obsessed with the Gooseberry fabric line for a while now. I made my daughter a quilt from it and always wanted to making a binding kit as well, but alas I am out of Gooseberry. What I did have, however, was a lot of Bonnie and Camille fat eighths, scraps, and a Little Ruby mini charm pack.



I also don't consider hand stitching to be a great skill of mine, I'm pretty new to it to be honest. I prefer to machine stitch or bind at all times. But, I decided when making this binding kit that I would hand stitch all of the binding to finish it off, and I think it turned out great!

I used Bonnie & Camille prints from Little Ruby, Hello Darling and Vintage Picnic. The binding and ties are made from a cloud9 solid - the SOFTEST best quality solids I have ever used, hands down. They make perfect binding even when not cut from the bias. Love cloud9 solids!



The 1" hexie is actually a magnetic needle minder. I purchased sew-in magnets from JoAnn's and inserted one inside of a glue basted hexie, then stitched it down to the inside of the kit by machine to secure. I found this to be immediately useful, especially when I was hand stitching binding down on this kit. The strawberry was probably my favorite part side from the hexie. I enjoyed making it and its so cute :)


My only regret is that I didn't measure the width of the thread holder strap first to ensure it would fit through the middle of my Gutermann hand quilting thread spools. They are much more narrow in the center than the Aurifil spools, so I cant use them on the thread holder. Thats kind of a bummer, but ill just stick them in the zipper pocket along with my binding clips, paper hexie templates, etc.



That's all I have for now :) Thanks for reading and please checkout the free tutorial on LellaBoutique's website.

Easy Linen Hexie Mug Rug / Coaster


I recently made this 6x6" coaster for my sewing table and I wanted to write up a quick tutorial for you because it was so easy!! If you're someone who enjoys making hexies this will get done in no time - BUT even if you're a beginner you can do this! This was my first time every making hexies!

First, I have to admit that I don't like hand sewing - at all. I machine sew or bind whenever I can to avoid the dreaded hand sewing. I just cant seem to find it relaxing like a lot of people say they do. For me its just a lot of hand cramping LOL. So believe me when I say, if I can do this, so can you!

Little Miss Sunshine fabric by LellaBoutique & Essex Linen (Flax) by Robert Kaufman

My apologies for not having step-by-step pictures. It's a really simple process, and I'll add links for YouTube tutorials for beginners. No binding required. These cute coasters feature a raw edge. I'll do my best to describe my process :)

Materials Needed:

  • 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece each of linen, backing and batting.
  • Seven 1" hexagon paper piecing templates
  • Pinking shears or pinking blade for rotary cutter
  • Fabric glue stick or needle and thread
  • Machine, cutting mat, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Using your seven 1" hexie paper pieces, cut fabric to approx 1/4" to 1/2" larger than the paper piece. (2.5" charm squares are perfect for this!!) Glue baste or hand sew in place. *I find glue basting very fast and just as secure.

  2. Next, place two hexies right sides together and ladder stitch (or blind stitch) together along one edge. Take remaining hexies and use same process to complete a hexie "flower" of sorts. Checkout this tutorial if you need help.
  3. Once the entire hexie set is sewn together remove the paper templates. Then, press with a hot iron to flatten. Use starch if you want. 

  4. Now onto the coaster itself - grab your three 6 1/2" squares (backing, batting, and linen). Put your batting face down, your batting on top of it, and your linen face up ontop of that. You should now have a "sandwich" in which your batting is in the middle of your backing and linen. Machine quilt as desired. 
  5. Trim your coaster to 6 1/4" square. Sew around the quilting coaster with a 1/4" seam twice. You will overlap your first stitches, and go around again for durability since your raw edge will be exposed.
  6. Lay your hexie flower ontop of your linen coaster and center it. Pin in place and sew down by hand or by machine.

  7. Using pinking shears or a pinking blade on your rotary cutter, trim a bit off all 4 sides of your finished coaster. You're done!


Ok, that's it! I hope I explained well enough. Ofcourse, if you've done hexies like this before you'll probably get the general idea of how this came together and won't need video tutorials (bravo to you lol).  I was afraid to try them for such a long time, but there was really nothing to be afraid of.

Im in an #UnderTheSeaSwap on Instagram that will be kicking off soon and I cant wait to practice hexies more. I'd love to incorporate them into my swap package for my partner! 

Thanks for reading :)



TBT: Zoey's 7th Birthday Quilt


A while back I realized that although I share lots of photos on Instagram every week, I don't blog as often as I should about the things I create, especially quilts. So, today I want to show you the simple Jelly Roll Racer quilt I made for my daughter last Summer for her 7th birthday.

The instructions (with a nice video tutorial) for making a quilt like this can be found at Heirloom Creations. Although many have posted similar videos and tutorial since, this is considered to be the original. At first I was a bit flabbergasted at just how long your finished strip (of all the strips together) was going to be, but once you start making your rows it goes extremely fast!



The fabric I used was from a general unnamed Jelly Roll found at JoAnn Fabrics in their nursery / precuts section. It was my first ever time using a precut like this and I was instantly hooked! The backing is also from JoAnn's, I pieced together two prints from the same line.

The think I like most about Jelly Roll Racers is that not a ton of planning or time is involved - you're not even 100% sure what the quilt will look like or where the prints will end up / how they'll mix together until you're totally finished. I loved that!

Have you ever made a racer quilt? Would you consider it?

Handmade Style Birthday Gift


Today is my best friend Amber's birthday :) This past weekend my friends and I celebrated Amber's birthday by going to a movie then lunch and prior to that I whipped up a quick pencil pouch from the Handmade Style book by Anna Graham as well as a matching key fob (not from the book - I did this myself).

This was my very first make from the book and the pattern was extremely easy and yields a rather large pencil pouch. Anna suggests 1/2 inch seams but I used 1/4 seams instead - only because I prefer using my 1/4 seam foot whenever I can for nice clean lines, and I liked the look of a narrow binding.


The binding and fabric...

If you've never cut or made bias binding yourself PLEASE checkout this video by Londa Rohlfing on YouTube. She explains it as she shows you how to fold and cut the fabric to make a lot of bias binding all at the same time. Cutting on the bias is what allows you to work the fabric around corners without getting lots of bunching and folds (see below).

Main fabric is from the Far Far Away line by Heather Ross, and binding is a Cloud9 organic solid (these are soft, flexible, and work AMAZING as binding). I also used a cute vintage looking key charm for the zipper, which I found at Walmart in a pack. And as always - I buy my zippers from ZipIt on Etsy because they have the absolute best prices and ship ridiculously fast.



Making the key fob...

The key fob hardware is 1" across (found at JoAnn Fabrics) and I simply cut the front and back fabric pieces at 1 1/2" wide x 10" long. I folded the long edge on each piece in by 1/4" and sandwiched the two together with a thin strip of batting in between them and quilted in straight lines to secure. After that I simply folded it in half length wise, placed it between the key fob hardware and secured.

*Note: If you've never done this before its beyond easy so don't be afraid! - Simply wrap some scrap batting or fabric around the key fob and use pliers to pinch the metal sides together with the key fob fabric you've sewn together in between them. 


Ok, I think thats it! I hope you try making a key fob of your own, I promise its really easy! And the Handmade Style book by Anna Graham is definitely worth a look if you enjoy making bags, pouches, pincushions, etc. Wonderful read and great patterns!

Thanks for stopping by!

May is for Makers: Week 2

For week 2 of my May is for Makers purchases I chose 3 books. One was a physical copy and the two other's a got for FREE (thanks to my Kindle Unlimited account!!) and digitally downloaded via Kindle ontop my phone and Macbook Pro.



The first purchase was the physical book,  Handmade Style book by Anna Graham. It wasn't a difficult purchase for me as I've already bought single patterns (for bags and such) from Anna's shop before, so I knew it would be worth buying. It has gorgeous photos and wonderful directions for patterns accompanied by hand drawn illustrations which I absolutely loved! Such a personal feel!

I have already made a project from this book to gift to a friend (sneak peek below) which I will blog about this coming Monday with lots more pictures and details :) I can't wait to dive into it some more and make something for myself.


Next up were the digital Kindle versions of Scrap Happy Sewing by Retro Mama and Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi. I don't have photos of them, obviously, but I have read through both books and even made a Roll Up Jewelry Pouch from the Scrap Happy Sewing book! 

Have you heard about May is for Makers? Are you participating? I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on it and what you're buying or plan to buy!

Thanks for reading :)


All In One Box Pouch


For my first #mayisformakers purchase I chose the All In One Box Pouch pattern by Aneela Hoey. I was pretty busy but I did my best to find time to work on it whenever I could. I was so excited to see the finished product I finished in a couple days!

I used some natural linen and prints from the Mendocino line by Heather Ross. This great little shop on Etsy called SewElegantly sells hand cut 5" charm packs and yardage of this line.



This bag was definitely not difficult to put together, but it does require at least intermediate sewing skills. It even comes with instructions for a quick little pincushion. However, it would be hard for a beginner with little to no experience to accomplish.

Obviously the front zipper pouch required the most detail and work. But, once you get it together everything else comes along pretty quickly :). It has 2 clear vinyl zipper pockets inside of the front pouch itself and the back has 2 slip pockets.




As you can see, the whole pouch has a nice "boxy" look and feel and thanks to the interfacing and fusible fleece used on it it stands up nicely and has great shape. I used a cute little suede tassel to finish it off. And although its hard to tell from the photos... this pouch is pretty large. Perfect for EPP, hand embroidery projects, and more!

 The only trouble i had was the binding - not sewing it on - the actual making of the binding strips. For whatever reason I found the instructions in the pattern for making binding strips to be 10x more difficult than the ways i had previously learned how to do it. It just came down to my personal preference and knowing a way to make the strips that was much easier and faster for me.



Hope you enjoyed checking out this All In One Box Pouch, and if you'd like to make your own hop over to Aneela Hoey's site and grab the pattern! Thanks for reading :)


Grandma's Window Quilt and It's Story


Since i'm on the theme lately of blogging about old quilt that have yet to make it here, and Mother's Day was yesterday - the first one without my Grandma, I'd like to talk about the quilt I made for her just before her passing late last year.

This quilt, fittingly, is called Grandma's Window (pattern by TheVintageClothespin)


Several months ago my Grandma, who had dementia and COPD, began to get pretty ill. She hopped back and forth between a hospital and a nursing home for rehabilitation and treatments. My mom and her sisters and brother would also care for her at home when she wasn't so sick and was aloud to be there.

As she continued to worsen, her birthday was coming up - October 30th. My mom asked me if I could make a quilt in enough time for her birthday. I chose this pattern for it's simplicity because that's the type of woman my Grandma was. She was easy to get along with, always pleasant, never complained about her illnesses. She was so strong.

I finished the quilt and gave it to my Mom, who decided to give it to my Grandma days before her birthday, not knowing if she would last much longer. The day she gave it to her and my aunts and uncle read her her birthday cards and showed her the gifts as she lay in her hospital bed, she soon passed away.


This quilt was made with a MODA Ambleside 10" layer cake plus a Ambleside 5" charm pack, and some Kona solids. The backing is natural terry chenille and the binding is a beautiful grey polka dot with crochet edging found on Etsy.

I am so glad I got to make this quilt, even if my Grandma only got to enjoy it for a few minutes. It now lays across her favorite arm chair in my mother's house. I hope you enjoy this quilt and the short story I shared about it - and thanks for stopping by :)

May is for Makers: Week 1

Over at lrstitched.com, Lindsey is discussing how 'the balance between what we expect for free and what we are willing to purchase is way out of whack'. For each week in May she is committing to support a different pattern maker by purchasing one of their patterns. I LOVE this idea.

May Is For Makers | LRstitched.com
I am in no way a super skilled or professional pattern writer, I wrote four simple ones myself (you can find them here) but what I can tell you is this... ALOT of effort goes into it. More than some would like to think. The pattern testing, photo taking or drawing up digital illustrations, the actual pattern writing itself. It all takes so much time, and unless you've tried it yourself I guess it's a bit hard to understand why some pattern makers ask anywhere from $6-$10 on average for a bag or quilt pattern.

To most its just a simple PDF, or some instructions printed on paper. In reality there is a lot of love and tons of creativity and effort put into these patterns. I highly suggest you read Lindsey's blog post. Im also joining her in committing to purchase one pattern per week for the month of May.

So.... for my first purchase I chose Aneela Hoey's pattern the All In One Box Pouch. I plan to use it for small EPP projects like hexies and hand embroidery supplies. Its a great bag to take on-the-go and Ive actually already started making it :) Please check out Aneela's blog and search #allinoneboxpouch on Instagram for some great photos of completed projects!

Photo Credit: Aneela Hoey // comfortstitching

You can find photos of my bag making progress on my Instagram: @amistabaker

Hexie Framed Quilt

I have blogged about this quilt quite a bit on Instagram and suddenly realized today I have never blogged about it here officially, and since the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop has kicked off and I'm meeting all these great new quilters, I thought id share some older quilts!

This quilt is Hexie Framed (pattern by Emily Dennis). It is a total labor of love, let me tell you! lol. While the pattern is beyond easy to follow, and the tutorial is great, the only real struggle with this quilt is the hours and hours of cutting all those half hexies and border pieces!



Using a jelly roll precut will help you immensely with time on this quilt. I used a Color Theory Jelly Roll by V & Co and a Kona Solids in 'Snow' Jelly Roll. Then I chose a grey & white polka dot cotton backing and used my leftover scrap pieces to do a super scrappy binding (each scrap binding piece was only 2-3 inches wide).

This quilt took several weeks for me to finish. I am not the kind of quilter who has several WIP's laying around, I like to start & finish one project before beginning another. So I worked on this daily, whenever i found time, until it was done. Even though it was a lot of work... it was so worth it!

If you're a little uneasy about the Y seams in a hexagon quilt  - fear no more! No Y seams in this pattern, you should totally give it a try!


Thanks for stopping by! And if you're visiting from the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group, nice to meet you :)

My #BCChristmasInJuly Swap Blocks

I recently joined in on the Bonnie & Camille Christmas in July swap on IG (#bcchristmasinjuly hosted by @quiltsbysara) and I thought I'd share some of my first blocks with you!


These blocks are based off of the Modern Christmas Tree block tutorial from Diary Of A Quilter. They are quick, easy, and due to the nature of the way you cut and piece the blocks each set of trees can be totally different! You could have short trees, tall trees, crooked wonky looking trees. Its totally up to you! Its also what makes end result so awesome - you get a 'forest' of all kinds of different trees!

This particular swap only allows red, green, and low volume Bonnie & Camille prints plus a designer brown quilting cotton for the tree trunks. I chose prints from the following B&C lines: Daysail, Hello Darling, and Vintage Picnic. The brown print is a 'graph' print from the Modern Mini's line by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Fabrics.



Once all blocks are sent to the swap host, they are shuffled and sent back to us. So what I will get back are mixed blocks from various other quilters. I love that!! My plan is to make a table runner and some hot pads from the blocks I receive. I cant wait to show you the finished product!

Ive already got plans to join another swap (as soon as sign ups are open) that is going to be AMAZING so i'll be posting about it as well. All swap post are tagged 'swap' on the blog and you can find them there :) And as always, I post to Instagram under @amistabaker daily. Thanks for reading!