Mini Sew Together Bag

Everyone loves a Sew Together Bag, right? I mean, if you haven't ever made one or received one as a gift you're totally missing out! They are beyond functional and can be used or multiple purposes. Today I want to show you the Mini version I made for myself specifically for EPP hexie projects!



I have a full size one (shown here) for sewing supplies (machine tools, extra needles, binding clips, presser feet, extra rotary blades etc) and I absolutely love it. It keeps all my essentials items all in a handy pouch that I could easily zip up and travel with if needed. It would also be great as a makeup bag or school bag.

This particular version is a Mini Sew Together Bag. You can find the instructions for sizing the original Sew Together Bag pattern down at OPQuilt.com, which is exactly what I used for this. Keep in mind you will still need to purchase the original pattern, the mini version just requires some simple math and removing a part or two in order to shorten the bag.



I used one-inch glue basted Cotton + Steel hexies on each side of my bag, sewing them down in different patterns on each side. I love the way they turned out and got a lot of compliments on the finished hexies on Instagram.

I find glue basting to be so much easier, more precise, and less time consuming as opposed to thread basting. But I find that a lot of people tell me they've never tried glue basting!! Its so great - you should try it if you haven't! Edit: I actually get a lot of questions about how I glue baste so there may be a quick tutorial for this coming up in the following weeks.




So let's get down to the bag itself - as you can see this Mini Sew Together Bag has 2 inside zippers instead of 3 like the original and is a bit smaller. Its the perfect size to use as a handy little binding kit or EPP kit.  I plan to fill it with hexie paper, glue basting sticks, fabric scraps, etc. - anything I need for paper piecing :)



I used various Cotton + Steel prints for the entire bag except the outside main panel background - that charocoal floral print is from Alison Glass SunPrint 2016.

As always, I suggest hand stitching to finish the binding on a Sew Together (any size). It adds a much more professional look even if it does take more time. And, of course I finished my pouch off with a cute tassel zipper charm :)



As you can see, it holds a lot! I have 30+ finished hexies, 100 cardstock hexie templates (one inch size), a fiskars hole punch, glue basting sticks, etc in this Mini Sew Together with room to spare in the outer compartments! I absolutely love it.

If you've never given this pattern a shot, you should! Thanks for reading and I hope you like this little bag.

Tips for Hosting Your Own Swap

Now that I,ve not only participated but hosted several Instagram swaps, I thought I'd put some of my tips out there for those of you thinking of possibly hosting your own! I have learned a lot (good and bad) and wanted to share some things with you.

But first, let me just say that with my current swap (Maker's Tote Swap -  in progress) I followed all of my own advice listed below. So far there are no flakers, whiners, etc and everything is moving along beautifully. I practice what I preach!



The good, the bad, and the ugly...

Not all swappers are created equal. This is a fact. Some lie on their forms and say they're an expert when they're really a beginner. Some flake out half way through and others are finished extremely early. Some make a phenomenal package and others just don't.

Mentally prepare yourself to deal with all kinds of stuff. You'll hear every excuse in the book as to why someone cant or won't finish their swap items, why they're shipping late or complaints about shipping costs (as if you can control that). You'll hear it all. Everything... just get ready for it! My suggestion is to be civil and levelheaded even though its easy to be annoyed.

My biggest tip for this? CHECK THE NAUGHTY LISTS!!! There are swapper naughty lists out there (do some research online). One in particular details more than 700 instances of bad swappers for a multitude of reasons. No matter what, always ALWAYS check this before giving someone a swap partner - even if they're a follower or friend of yours. You'd be surprised at these lists.. honestly.

Also, Say upfront and outright that if people don't check-in on the first required date or reply to the partner email to confirm they've received it, that they'll be dropped and replaced. If you cut the flakers loose from the get-go you'll be so much better off - trust me! If someone can't reply to an email you probably will find them unreliable in the end as well.




Be prepared...

Make sure you plan ahead. Don't throw a swap together in a few minutes and post on social media before you have all the details worked out. I have been apart of swaps that were SO poorly organized :( Plus, people will ask questions - a lot of them. Don't post until you're 100% ready.

Create a swap timeline and include it on your swap form AND in the partner emails so everyone has easy access to it. Encourage people to write down the timeline dates and check-in with you on those dates. Timeline should at least include dates for the following: a day to expect their partner emails, fabric pull day, progress photo day, and ship day. Make sure your participants know they're expected to either check-in with you or post to their own timeline on these days no matter what.

I created a printable Swap Planner sheet for instances like this and encourage my participants to use it. It's free and you can share it with your swappers as well :)

Consider creating an email account separate from your own that is for your swaps only. This is something I wish I would have done from day one. Use it not only for the swaps you're hosting but also for ones you join. Being a Swap Mama means lots of emails sent and received and this can keep everything much more organized so you're not scrolling through your regular email inbox searching for a particular swap email you may or may not have lost in a sea of personal emails.

Prep a draft email ahead of time with any and all information you want the participants to have including the timeline dates, requirements, etc. Save it. Once you're ready to send partner emails use it as a template by copying and pasting it into each new partner email.

Create swap images before the swap begins and save them. You should have images for the following times during your swap:

  1. Main swap image: should include a background photo of the item you're swapping (tote, mini quilt, etc) the swap name in large bold font and your Instagram username somewhere on it so people know where to go if they see the image somewhere else on social media.
  2. Check in images: a background photo with large bold font of the swap name and the words "update" or "check-in" beneath that. Can be used multiple times throughout swap for all check ins.
  3. Shipping day image: background image plus large bold font of your swap name and the words "ship day" or "time to ship" on it.
Post these on your IG according to your swap timeline dates and tag swap participants in them. In the caption for the post detail what you want people to do for this check-in or what should be expected of them on that day. When people see these images posted on your feed they instantly know it's swap related so they can read it and check-in. If they don't check in after 24 hours tag individuals and say "please check in" so they know they're required to.

Once swap signups end, you'll likely have people who are sad they missed out. Tell them to leave you their email address if they're interested in stepping-in incase someone drops out. This will be a lifesaver in the long run... because inevitably someone WILL drop out and you'll have a handy little list of people ready to step in as soon as possible.




Give people some options...

In my experience having one main swap item is the best route. For example, my Super Tote Swap required everyone to make ONE Super Tote from the Noodlehead pattern and my Maker's Tote Swap requires you to make ONE Maker's Tote from the Noodlehead pattern as well. This way all participants are getting an equal package. They all make a tote and receive a tote. However, you need to give them options on wether they want to paper piece, do patchwork, epp, etc. Some have higher skill sets than others and its only fair to allow creative freedom.

In swaps I've participated in where there was a simple "theme" but the actual swap items and package was left up to the makers you can run into some issues. One person would make an amazing package with a large zippered bag, extras, and much more. And then in return they'd receive a tiny little mini quilt package that wasn't well made or put together. In my opinion this is not fair at all.

Match partners up according to skill level and location. Add an option on your sign up form where people check what skill level they are at and country they are from, and if they are willing to ship internationally or not.

Make sure there are requirements for everyone who is participating. For example: Everyone must make one particular item / everyone must use a form of patchwork, paper piecing, etc / everyone must be intermediate - expert level / everyone must use designer quilting cottons / everyone must post a mosaic to give partner ideas. These are key in a swap - it leaves nothing up to question when people sign up. They know exactly what they're getting into.

EXAMPLE: Mosaics should look similar to this. They have ideas for fabrics / colors / extras / etc. so your partner is never confused about what you want.

Resources...

Below I've detailed / linked some great resources for you if you're thinking about hosting a swap.

  • Google Forms is a great place to start a sign-up form. Its easy to understand, allows you to control a lot of aspect of the sign up process and you can get instant emails when people sign up. It also allows you to turn sign-up form link on and off and sent yourself a spreadsheet of all swap responses. 
  • Google Sheets is a lifesaver for swap mamas. There is an option on your Google Form where you can click a little green spreadsheet icon and send yourself an organized list of ALL swap sign up responses. It literally does all the work for you. This is incredibly helpful when partnering people as this puts everyones name, address, and preferences all in one place. I use these spreadsheets throughout the entire process, making check marks and notes beside each person when they do (or don't) check-in and ship packages. You can also copy & paste the names and address into your partner emails - again a total time saver - so you're not typing them all out individually.
  • Gmail is by far my favorite email server. Not only is new account setup quick and easy but the interface is much more user friendly than other email accounts I've used and it links up flawlessly with Google Forms and Sheets which is a MUST if you're using them all.
  • PicMonkey is a great free online photo editor that you can use for creating swap images if you don't have a phone app or program on your computer to do this. You can add text, shapes, edit colors, add masks, etc.
  • My Swap Planner printable is great for participants and hosts. You can write down timeline dates, notes or ideas for swap, your partners info and much more. For hosts it includes a spreadsheet for writing down each person plus their partner as well as check box areas for marking if they checked-in with you on required dates or not.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Feel free to comment with any and all questions regarding hosting or joining swaps and I'll do my best to answer! :)

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated by Paige of Quilted Blooms for the One Lovely Blog Award! I was super busy so it took me a few days to get this post up, but here it is! Thank you so much Paige, I'm flattered :)

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them.

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I'm a wife and mom of three: two girls and a baby boy. 
  2. I'm a food allergy mom as well. My youngest has an avocado, milk protein (casein) and soy allergy. Although they are not fatal allergies it still presents many problems as the alternative to milk is typically soy. Being exposed to any of those gives him severe thick / crusty eczema and extreme stomach discomfort for several days or weeks. He doesnt have many option aside from fresh fruit and veggies and some meat. Its hard for him to gain weight because much of the dairy/vitamin D and healthy fats he needs as a baby (like the ones in avacado, which he's allergic to) usually contain soy or milk. The hypoallergenic formula he requires for healthy growth and weight gain costs us $600.00 a month :(
  3. I went to college for IT and worked there in their Human Resources department handling their website on a daily basis. It was my very first job as a teenager.
  4. My original passion was graphic design and that's how my business started out. I made (and still make, actually) digital invitations, printable party supplies, and design Etsy shop images for other sellers / makers.
  5. I will be 30 next year. :|
  6. I live in the country directly next to a landfill. (the one where the trash is buried and covered by several layers of dirt and environmental fabrics) Its not as smelly or unsightly as you see on TV, believe me. It just looks like rolling hills and you see lots of heavy equipment and trash trucks driving around every day.
  7. I made my first quilt in 2014. It was a "Simple Cuts Crazy Quilt", pattern by beffie48 on Etsy, and I used Good Natured Fabric by Maron Sutton for Riley Blake. It was for my son's birth and I made it to match his nursery. I was instantly hooked to quilt making! This quilt started it all for me.

I Nominate...

Thanks so much for reading and to Paige who nominated me! Please check out the blog of the people i've nominated! Have a great day :)

Farmgirl Vintage Quilted Pillow Cover + Tutorial

Earlier this week on Instagram and my private Facebook I shared some photos of a pillow cover I made for my son. It got a lot of great feedback on both platforms so I thought I'd share it here along with the details of how I made it incase you'd like to make one for yourself :)


Fabrics: I used various Bonnie and Camille prints from the Vintage Picnic line for the blocks and backing, mixed with a little Widescreen in grey from Robert Kaufman and finished it off with two Sweetwater prints from the Feed Company line for the binding. 

Design: Both blocks shown are from Farmgirl Vintage by Lori Holt. I used a large barn block with a churn dash block inside of it (plus borders). The back of the pillow is envelope style and inside is a 16" pillow form.

If you're interested in learning how I made this, keep reading...



Materials Needed:

  • One - 14" barn block from Farmgirl Vintage with any 6 1/2" block from Farmgirl Vintage inside of it (instructions on how to do this are in book)
  • One - 19" square piece of batting
  • One - 19" square piece of backing (can be anything - it won't show!)
  • Two - 2 1/2" x 14" border strips
  • Two - 2 1/2" x 18" border strips
  • Two - 12" x 16 1/2" pieces for envelope backing
  • 2.5 yards binding that is at least 2 1/4" wide, folded in half and pressed
  • 16" pillow form
  • Basic sewing / quilting supplies

- In the book Lori refers to all of the small blocks as 6" even though it is noted they finish at 6 1/2". Im not sure why but just don't let it confuse you :)
- Pattern assumes you have already made your Farmgirl blocks.
- Use 1/4" seams throughout.

Instructions:

  1. Once Farmgirl blocks are assembled together, add one 2 1/2" x 14" border strip to the top and one to the bottom of finished block. Press seams open.
  2. Add one 2 1/2" x 18" border strip to the left and one to the right to finish off your block. Press seams open.
  3. Make a quilt sandwich: 19" backing piece will be face down, batting will be in the middle and your finished block will be on top facing up. Quilt as desired. *I did diagonal / diamond quilting exactly 2" apart.
  4. Once quilted, trim off excess batting and backing so pillow top is 16 1/2" square.
  5. Take one of your 12" x 16 1/2" pieces of envelope backing. Fold one 16 1/2" edge over by 1/4" then again by another 14". Press and top stitch in place. Repeat for second piece.
  6. Place pillow top face down. Place one envelope backing piece on it facing upward. *Make sure the folded edge we just tip stitched is in the "middle" of the pillow top and not on one of the raw edges.
  7. Repeat step 6 with second envelope backing piece. It will overlap he first one you laid down. Now that both pieces are placed, secure with pins or binding clips and top stitch around entire pillow top using scant 1/4" seam.
  8. Finish off with binding and you're done! You can now insert your 16" pillow form!
I had to do some adjusting with my pillow form, it didn't go in perfect the first time. I wiggled the corners and pushed it around until it was right.

I hope this was helpful. If you make any Farmgirl pillows using my tutorial I'd love to see your creations! Feel free to tag me on IG: @amistabaker

Then and Now: Quilts

Leanne over at Devoted Quilter is having a linky party dedicated to showing off how far you've come from the time you first start quilting, sewing, knitting, etc. and where you're at now. I think this is an awesome idea and I wanted to join in :)

Im going to talk about my quilts (skill wise, not really about photography) and show you some photos.

My very first quilt...

Boy does this baby have some issues!. I am not ashamed of it by any means, but nothing is anywhere close to "perfect" on this quilt... much of which you cannot see from the photo. Many of the points don't match, I had tension issues while quilting and the binding didn't catch on the back every time - BUT it was my first ever quilt and to my defense I had no idea what I was doing when I started... I had never quilted before. I simply bought the pattern and dove in head first.

Some day I'd like to do this pattern again and see how much better it turns out :)

Pattern by beffie48 on Etsy

Jelly Roll Racers

After my disastrous first quilt, that same year I tried the Jelly Roll Racer tutorial. I made one for both of my daughter's that year and this is what really got me hooked on quilting! The pattern is quick and easy and I'll admit I'm a bit obsessed with jelly rolls!



Hexie Framed

This quilt is one I will forever be proud of, but it was my first experience at any sort of "difficult" piecing. I learned how to match triangular edges correctly and it was my first time cutting so many pieces! There were over 1,000 pieces in this quilt. Again, not everything matched up quite like I wanted it too but it was so much better than my first! I even did half inch straight line quilting on the entire thing by myself at home - and made super scrappy binding for the first time ever. Each separate binding piece is approx. 2-3 inches long.

Pattern from QuiltyLove / Emily Dennis

Farmgirl Mini

This mini quilt was made for my swap parter in an IG swap earlier this year. It was my first time making any sort of star block - EVER. I was a bit intimidated but it turned out beautifully and gave me more confidence. This is when I knew my skills were sharpening.

Block from Farmgirl Vintage book by Lori Holt


Spell It With Moda

Finally, the last quilt I made was my son's Spell It With Moda quilt which just returned from the long armer a couple weeks ago. First time I ever had a quilt long armed!! My piecing skills are more refined. I now hand bind to finish my quilts off. Everything is so much better than it was 2 years ago when I started :) This quilt has NO mistakes. Nothing is off center, point are "on point". Everything is spot on.

Pattern from MODA


There are several other quilts Ive made that aren't showcased here, but these are just the ones I feel helped me learn and grow. 

If you want to participate head over to Devoted Quilter, grab the button and write up a post :)


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Quilt Planning Workbook

I am happy to announce today the release of my printable Quilt Planner Workbook! If you are like me, you scratch quilt designs, do math for cutting instructions, etc on random pieces of notebook and planner sheets or sometimes even post-it notes! And if you're like me you also sometimes damage or lose them or just don't have enough space for everything!

I have a solution for that....



This workbook is a handy printable 8.5" x 11" PDF that allows you to plan each new quilt design in an organized fashion! It comes with three pages that will help you from start to finish with any new quilt design you've been dreaming up but also works great for quilt patterns from online sellers as you can sketch out your blocks preferred color / fabric choices and put everything thats in your head down on paper.

Features:

  • Graph area for single quilt blocks
  • Graph area for entire quilt design
  • List your fabric requirements then use as a handy checklist for shopping
  • Area for taking notes or writing thoughts
  • Area for working out your quilt math
  • Area for detailing cutting instructions
I really think you're going to love this workbook, and the best part is it's only $3.00 USD and you can print it an unlimited amount of times!! You could easily slip these in with various WIP tubs that correspond with your quilt project or save them for future reference incase you want to write a pattern.

I have listed it on various sites to make it easy for use with local and international customers.

Where to purchase:

  • United States / Canada customers: Craftsy
  • International customers: PayHip
  • Anyone can buy it now via PayPal below

Craftsy and PayHip purchases are delivered instantly. However, you can also purchase from my personal shop or PayPal and those PDF's will be delivered via email within 24 hours of payment confirmation. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this workbook!

FREE Printable Swap Organizing Sheets

I've been doing a lot of swapping on Instagram this year and I've realized that each time I do a swap I need a way to keep myself organized, wether I am the Swap Mama or just a participant.

Today, I've got some free printable PDF sheets for you for both swap organizers and participants alike!


Swap Planner for Swap Mamas / Organizers

The first freebie I have for you is for swap organizers like myself. It allows you to write down everything you could possibly need to know to keep yourself and your swappers on track such as...
  • Check-in dates and requirements for that check-in
  • Requirements and rules for swap
  • Naughty swappers and why they were bad
  • Swap name, ship dates and sign up dates
  • List each and every swapper, their partner, and check off wether they checked in, shipped and received on the handy checklist i've created. *You can print this sheet multiple times if needed.


Swap Planner for Individuals

The next freebie I have for you is for individual swappers, someone who is participating in a swap organized by another person. It allows you to write down all necessary info such as...
  • Check-in dates and requirements for that check-in
  • Requirements and rules for swap
  • Swap name, ship dates and sign up dates
  • Partners name, address, IG name, etc.
  • Notes area where you can write ideas for swap items you may want to make, extras you may want to make or throw in for your partner.


I hope you can use these sheets and they turn out to be helpful for you! Feel free to tag me on Instagram (@amistabaker) and use #swapplanner if you post photos using your swap sheets :) Thanks for reading!


Maker's Tote Swap

It's that time again! If you've missed out on my Instagram swaps before, this is one you will definitely want to be in!! I am choosing approx. 20 intermediate - expert level sewsists to participate in the Maker's Tote Swap. They will be handpicked by me (people i KNOW are reliable and experienced) to ensure everyone gets a quality made Maker's Tote. 

Sign Up Link will be posted on my Instagram profile from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST today.

If you're someone who's nervous about swapping because you're afraid you'll get a sub-par package compared to what you'll make for your partner - I assure you this swap will not be like that. Many of the swappers will be from my previous swaps - people I know with 100% certainty are super talented and reliable. They won't let you down!

Photo Credit: Ana Graham / Noodlehead
Sooo.. is it peaking your interest yet? Below are the requirements and timeline. Swap is open internationally, anyone can join!


Requirements:
  • Must have a public Instagram account for duration of the swap.


  • Must be willing to use from your stash or purchase designer quilting cotton fabrics. (EX: Moda, Riley Blake, Cotton + Steel, RJR, cloud9, FreeSpirit, Windham, Andover, Art Gallery, etc.)


  • Tag ALL posts with #makerstoteswap and tag me (@amistabaker) so it's easier for me to keep up with them and follow progress.


  • Follow swap timeline and check-in when required.


  • Must be willing to ship worldwide. This is an international swap!


  • Make one LARGE Maker’s Tote from Noodlehead pattern. (Approx. size 16” wide, 13” tall, 7.5” deep)


Swap Timeline


  • AUGUST 29th: At least ONE photo collage must be posted to your *public* Instagram account on or before this day. It should include styles of Maker's Totes you like, or fabrics and designs that you like to show your partner your sense of style.


  • SEPTEMBER 5th: Note that you have just under 4 weeks from this date to complete swap. A fabric pull photo posted to your IG is required on or before today so I know you're at least planning your items.


  • SEPTEMBER 19TH:  A work-in-progress must be posted to your Instagram on or before this day. Do not show the entire item(s), leave some of it a surprise but I do need to see that the item(s) are in process of being made or nearly finished.


  • SEPTEMBER 31st: SHIP DAY!! This is the last day for all packages to be postmarked and shipped out to their partner. YOU MUST send me an Instagram message or email giving me the tracking number for your package.


Important Information


You can purchase and download the Maker’s Tote Pattern at Noodle-head.com.


  • You must make one Maker's Tote (large size) for your partner. I understand that the pattern comes in two sizes, but we will make the large size. It's not enormous though, I promise. The large tote is approximately 16” wide, 13” tall, 7.5” deep.


  • Please add some form of piecing, patchwork, epp, etc. to a part of your partner’s tote. Because I asked that only intermediate - expert level people join, this should not be an issue for anyone. It can be as simple as adding some modern hexies to your pocket / tote panel or as advanced as doing some foundation paper piecing for the main bag exterior. Its up to you!


  • Stick to the pattern for the bag construction. Please dont change sizes or shapes of anything - this is just to ensure everyone gets the same size bag. The top zipper closure IS optional however, and can be substituted for magnetic closure instead (pattern will explain this).

  • Adding little extras to your package is is an added bonus. Many people enjoy sewing notions / tools, fabric, candies or treats, zipper pouches or coin purses, etc.

Again, sign up links go live from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today on my Instagram profile (@amistabaker)! Partner emails will be sent out within a weeks time so everything can get started!


Spell It With Moda Quilt

I am so proud and happy to announce my "Spell It With Moda" quilt is finally finished!!! *cue confetti* I started this quilt last fall in the hopes it would be finished for my son's first birthday (February 2016, whoops) and although the top was done, I never sent it to be quilted! :(

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I sent this treasured quilt of mine to River House Quilting (see @riverhousequilting on IG to see a video of Shanon using her long arm on my quilt!). I was nervous and excited all at the same time! I was finally sending my baby off.


Shanon used an edge-to-edge design in her long arm machine that I picked called "Count Your Blessings". It's random numbers (1-9) scattered across the quilt which I think is PERFECT for an ABC quilt like this one. Letters and numbers. How does it get better than that?

Side note: 77,753 stitches were used on this quilt!



The quilt pattern is called "Spell It With Moda"and letter blocks of this quilt are made from a precut jelly roll of Modern Minis fabric line by Lori Holt for Riley Blake (with a wee bit on B and C prints mixed in for an extra scrappy look on certain blocks). This pattern only took approx. 20 or so jelly roll strips! The background is a creamy off-white Kona solid with for the life of me I cant remember the exact shade name, sorry!

I pieced the quilt back from a few yards of grey Widescreen 108" quilt backing from Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I ALMOST had enough to not have to piece it together - it was so close. But in the end I did have to do some cutting and piecing.



The binding is a scrappy mix of random jelly roll strips I had saved up. Each different print is anywhere from 5" to 12" long and after piecing them together to get 8 yard in length, I stitched to the front of my quilt by machine, then it was hand sewn to the back with a blind stitch.

The binding prints are from lines from the following designers: Bonnie and Camille, Lori Holt, Sweetwater, various Cotton + Steel, Kate Spain, Marion Sutton, and a few others that were in my scrap bin (unsure of print name / designer). I think they add to the overall look and feel of the quilt and I am so in love with it!


My thoughts on this pattern: It's easy. I know it looks a bit difficult but believe me its much easier than you would expect. Plus, I found piecing each different block to be super fun and I flew through this quilt top in no time. You should totally try it out if you've got a kid or even a teacher in your life that you'd like to make an amazing quilt for!

The best part was that it takes less than half of one full-sized jelly roll. So you could literally make two sets of ABC's with one jelly roll and some solids for background!

Thanks for reading and I hope you love this quilt! :)


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Kate Spain's Grand Canal Fabric

I am so excited to show you the complete Grand Canal fabric line from Kate Spain for MODA. This beautiful line won't be released until October 2016, but I got my hands on a sample spree fat quarter bundle and I wanted to let you all see how amazing it is...


First off - Kate Spain never lets me down. "Canyon" was one of my favorite lines EVER. Hands down, she always one of the best lines!

Grand Canal is meant to "send you on a marvelous gondola ride through Venice, Italy" with warm saturated colors, mosaic tile inspired prints and timeless florals. It truly is a stunning showcase of Kate's talents as a fabric designer. So you know I couldn't pass this one up!


Ok, on to the individual prints...

You can view MODA's Issue No. 20 Catalog for exact print names / shades, but for now I've bundled some prints together to show them off a little better. Because lets face it, you cant see them very well when they're all stacked ontop of each other!








I don't know about you, but I am totally in love with these prints! There isn't a single one that I don't like. Im super excited to plan a project with them (a Grand Canal Quilt maybe?)

Here's the entire line in all it's glory...




Super Tote Swap: My Package

Today is the official ship day for the #supertoteswap on Instagram. Everyone should be postmarking their totes no later than today! I'm glad to have the swap wrapping up and I love seeing everyone shipping and receiving their totes already!

I received my Super Tote from my partner last week (@jennaquilts) and I was so beyond happy! She made me this gorgeous Cotton + Steel plus sign patchwork tote and I'm in love!
Front of tote with slip pocket

Back of tote
Jenna used all of my favorite colors and some really gorgeous prints. from new and old Cotton + Steel lines. She did an amazing job and I cant wait to use it for the first time!!!

Recessed zipper
The inside of the tote, each side has stretchy elastic pockets.
 Look at that viewfinder print!! One of my favs! The inside stretchy pockets will come in handy I'm sure... I have 3 kids and constantly have water bottles or sippy cups and snacks in my purse!

Closeup of patchwork design
I am so so beyond pleased with this. Thanks so much Jenna!!