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!


241 Tote by Noodlehead


I have a super quick-finish tote to share with you today! A couple days ago (late at night) I made this 241 Tote (pattern by Noodlehead). I wanted to use it the following morning while taking the kids to the pumpkin patch with my husbands family. I was surprised at how fast it came together, especially after making almost all of Anna's other tote patterns previously. Estimated? I'd say it took me about 3 hours start to finish.

I used 3 Cotton + Steel prints - Netorious in Roadster, XOXO in Plummy Silver, and the Black & White Pencils print is called "Study Hall". The black main exterior panel is "Studio Stash Yarn Dyes Small Check" in Black from Robert Kaufman, it has great detail and texture, which is exactly what I was looking for.



The 241 Tote opens up super wide as you can see from the photo above. But, it's also incredibly light weight. I used mid-weight fusible interfacing on all exterior pieces and strap (which i made cross body length). You could easily fill this bag with lots of stuff and because the bag is already so light, you won't be carrying lots of extra weight.

The outer zipper pocket is pretty small, I did what the pattern called for but could have definitely made the pocket longer and wider to create more room inside it. Maybe next time...


My favorite part is easily the side pockets. they are perfect size for keys or a cell phone and I love the ease of access they create. This would be the perfect bag for an outing with the family or even for running errands. Love it!

And just for fun here are some photos from Pigeon Roost Farms.... Enjoy :)






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Little Bits Mug Rug



Yesterday was my Mom's 52nd birthday. I had been wanting to make her a mug rug for a long time, but I just hadn't found the perfect design yet. Then I saw the Little Bits Mug Rug pattern on Instagram and I fell in love!!

I have been diligently searching for the Little Bits Mug Rug pattern for quite some time now with no luck. Each link I clicked took me to a login page for a website and asked for a username and password.

I finally found out the pattern was from Green Bee Patterns but they were updating their new website and had not added the free tutorial for the mug rug yet. Alexia Abegg (you may know her as a Cotton + Steel fabric designer) kindly told me I could email them and they would send the tutorial my way - which they did! Very quickly, might I add. So Thank You, Alexia!!


Prior to trying this pattern, I had NEVER sewed curved seams when piecing. It was a bit of a challenge but I quickly figured it out and the free tutorial was very helpful with good instructions and illustrations. I quilted it with teal / aqua variegated thread in circles on the outer edges and straight lines in the middle. It was bound by me (by hand) and done in my moms favorite colors :)

Overall, I totally LOVE the way this turned out and my Mom (and husband) did also! He thought it looked a bit like a scrappy compass of sorts. I think I may need one for myself ;)

Maker's Tote Swap


Now that the Maker's Tote Swap I hosted on Instagram has wrapped up, I wanted to show you what I made for my partner and what I received as well! 

First up (see photo above) is the package I made for my partner Susan, @alfamare. I used Susan's sign up form to choose her favorite colors to make a super bold & bright Maker's Tote for her along with a Carry-All Pincushion and a Pencil Pouch (both from Handmade Style Book by Anna Graham). 

The inside of the tote (see below) and gussets were done in a super fun black and white polka dot print, some Robert Kaufman widescreen in grey and a pink Cotton & Steel print. I enjoyed making this back although attaching the handles did make be sweat a bit! LOL


The package that was sent to me by @cecivas was absolutely amazing! She did a great job using my favorite colors and fabric designers to make a super cute tote for me and she sent an unreal amount of extras. I felt so spoiled when I opened this package!!

She even sent me a rope bowl (my first one, i LOVE IT) and a beautiful beaded box all the way from her trip to Bolivia! So amazing!



This swap was a bit of a challenging one, I think a lot of the participants would agree with me but we all learned a little on the way and almost everyone has shipped so now we're just waiting on packages to arrive at people's home so we can all see what was made!

Thanks again to all of my fantastic swappers! This was a great one!




SALE: Halloween Mug Rugs


I recently made this super cute Halloween themed mug rug for my #starbucksmugrug swap partner and it was such a huge hit on my Instagram feed! 

So, after getting some requests, I've decided to do a sale on these mug rugs for anyone who may be interested in ordering one. Each mug rug will contain one foundation paper pieced cauldron and one potion bottle and they are approx. 6" x 9.5" in size, quilted in sparkly silver metallic thread and bound by machine with scrappy binding.


Place your order by October 17th to ensure delivery before Halloween.