Travel Outbound Bag


A couple days ago I finished this super rad Travel Outbound bag and shared on Instagram, so I thought id show some more photos here in a blog post along with my thoughts on the pattern and finished product.

First, this awesome pattern is written by Quarter Inch Mark, and you can purchase it here. It features two large zipper compartments connected by a gusset that provide a roomy 3" wide opening in between for more storage!


The Pattern

This is a well written and easy to understand pattern. The construction process is easy and the only thing one might find "difficult" is sewing on the gusset that connects the two pouches, then adding the bias binding (not everyone's forte) because its a somewhat narrow area.

The zipper pouches are super straight forward, so for anyone a little shy of zippers you could totally do this! Great photos of the steps are included.


I used a mix of Tula Pink Slow & Steady, Kate Spain Canyon, Cotton & Steel XOXO basics, and some Mochi Dot linen to make my pouch. Zippers are from ZipIt! as always :)


What fits inside?

This pouch is 10.5" long x 3" wide x 6.5" tall.

I made this specifically to use for vacation to Myrtle Beach this year. I plan to take my Urban Decay Naked makeup palettes, some brushes, foundation, sponges, etc. with me. It easily fits all those items but could also be used for EPP supplies, planners, notebooks, markers / pens, and more.


I REALLY love this bag. I cant wait to use it on vacation and I may even make myself another for some EPP work ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day :)

Quilted Tablet / Laptop Case Pattern


 

The Details

The Quilted Tablet Case is simple enough for a beginner but also enjoyable for an expert sewist who could whip this up in no time, just like my Quilted Mini Case! I have included full color photo instructions on the pouch making process as well as the easiest zipper installation ever and a printable PDF template used to cut your pouch corners.



The backside features a double slip pocket, perfect for a mini iPad, charging cable, pocket notebook, pens, and more! The inside can hold ANY laptop or tablet that is 13" or smaller.

I fit a Macbook Pro 13", and two iPads in the inside of mine, plus a mini iPad in the back pocket!


Where to purchase...

You can purchase the PDF pattern here:



 This pattern is copyrighted by Hilltop Custom Designs, but you may make and sell your creations on small business scale (Etsy, Personal Websites, Instagram, Facebook, Craft Shows, etc).

Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin Quilt



To my surprise... I realized I have never blogged about my beautiful Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin Quilt. I did share on Instagram, but never on my blog so I thought i'd take the time today to show you some photos and talk about this amazing quilt!



187 Quilters from 6 Countries

This quilt was made possible by 187 lovely women from all over the world (including myself), 6 countries to be exact, who joined in on the  Instagram block swap hosted by @heartfullyhandmade. 

Each of us who joined the swap made 12 - 20" log cabin blocks, quartered them and saved a few blocks for ourself. The rest went to the swap host who mixed up every block and sent them back to us to make a quilt.

The fabric

Every single block (and the entire quilt, including binding and backing) are made from Bonnie & Camille or Moda Fabrics. Each of the more recent lines go beautifully together as they're all from the same general color palette.

This is an extra scrappy quilt, and I LOVE that!


The Quilting

I have sent almost every one of my quilts to River House Quilting in Montana, U.S. The owner, Shannon Parrott, always does an absolutely fantastic job on my babies. Not to mention, she typically has them shipped and back at my doorstep in Ohio within 7 days. She is FAST!

This time, I chose an E2E longarm pattern called "Marmalade" which I thought was so fitting considering Bonnie & Camille have a Marmalade fabric line, some of which is included in these blocks!


I am really happy with how this quilt turned out, and it is definitely my all-time favorite!  Plus, participating in the swap and having these blocks from so many quilters across the world was an amazing experience. I love that this quilt has blocks from places I may never get to visit.




Have you ever participated in a block swap?

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! It has been a very pleasant experience and I cant wait to try another block swap in the future!

Quilted Mini Tablet Case Pattern


I am so happy to share with you a new pattern I'm releasing today, the Quilted Mini Tablet Case!

This case is perfect for a Mini iPad (or similar sized tablet) and can even accommodate your tablet with a keyboard case on it! It is constructed with Soft & Stable, which makes it sturdy and gives padded protection for your tablet.

Keep reading for more photos and links to purchase :)


The Details

The Quilted Mini Tablet Case is simple enough for a beginner but also enjoyable for an expert sewist who could whip this up in no time! I have included full color photo instructions on the pouch making process as well as instructions on how to create the log cabin block I made for the front panel and a printable PDF template used to cut out your pouch pieces for precision.

The backside features a double slip pocket, perfect for a charging cable, pocket notebook, pens, and more! The inside snugly holds your iPad so it isn't sliding around and the Soft and Stable provides protection.

Where to purchase...

You can purchase the PDF pattern here:

 This pattern is copyrighted by Hilltop Custom Designs, but you may make and sell your creations on small business scale (Etsy, Personal Websites, Instagram, Facebook, Craft Shows, etc).



I am currently working on writing up a pattern for a full-size version of this that would fit an iPad Pro or regular iPad, so keep watching for that!

Sew Much Fun Blog Hop - Save Our Scraps!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Amista Baker, and if you're new here and visiting from the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop hosted by Jen @ Faith and Fabric, I've got some great scrap busters for you that are my go-to projects for living as waste-free as possible when it comes to fabric.

Below you'll find instructions and ideas for using up all those tiny scraps you never thought you'd have a use for!

Scrappy Gift Tags

This is my #1 favorite way to use up block trimmings. I know some can be a bit too thin and really theres not much you can do with those, but if you've got close to 1/4" (or bigger) strips left from trimming quilt blocks, squaring up fabrics, etc. then you can definitely make some of these gorgeous tags!

Instructions: Simply gather your trimmings and some paper tags. Trim the fabrics with a pinking rotary blade (optional) then add a few scraps onto the tags near the top and sew with a 1.0 - 2.0 stitch length. Trim the top flush (all one length) and trim the bottoms of each strip to various lengths as shown. If you need a step-by-step tutorial with some free printable tag shapes then just click here :)

Leaders and Enders Jar

If you chain piece, leaders and enders are likely something you use often. I keep any fabric trimmings that are too short for Scrappy Tags in a cute little mason jar and save them for use in chain piecing. This one is a bit of a no-brainer: Just grab a jar and throw the little fabric bits in whenever you have some that are suitable.

I like to finish the jar off by adding a 5" charm ontop of the lid disc to make it extra cute :)


One Inch Hexies

Another one of my favorite's is to use any 2.5" or 3" leftover squares to make one inch EPP hexagons. Sometimes I don't always know what project i'll use them for, but I eventually do use them. I like to store the fabric cuts in my Mini Sew Together Bag and bring it out whenever I want to do some hand stitching. It's a nice slow and steady project :)

If you're not into EPP, you could also save squares for small patchwork!

What about the EXTRA tiny stuff?

After using the methods above each time I sew, what I'm left with are typically teeny tiny little trimming piles that really cant be used for anything and most people throw them out, right?

WRONG - save them in a bag and use them to stuff pincushions! ;)


What is your favorite way to use scraps? 

If you can find a way to save and use your scraps, eventually you'll be down to waste-free sewing! I hope you found these helpful and thank you so much for visiting the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop!


Mandala Moonflower Embroidery Pattern




This gorgeous hand drawn Mandala Moonflower embroidery design is perfect for begginers and pro's alike. I sketched it out myself as a way to do a stitch sampler and thought I'd share the design with all of you :)

Use the printable PDF pattern to practice basic stitches, or fill it in with intricate designs and make a true work of art!

  • Available on Craftsy and Payhip.
  • Must transfer design to fabric.
  • Great as a stitch sampler or used in a class.

Have some fun! No planning is necessary :) I used DMC embroidery threads in various shades, 3 strands for each individual stitch, and simply worked my way around the mandala choosing different stitches as I moved on to new areas. In total, I used 6 different stitches.

I found myself ultra relaxed while making this, and I hope you will too! I spent an hour or so hand drawing the design, then several hours (over the course of a couple days) stitching it onto this beautiful essex linen.

Feeding My Posy Fabric Addiction


Lately I have been obsessing over Aneela Hoey's 2013 fabric line called Posy. Yes, it's obviously an old one - but it's so amazing! I cant think of another fabric line that incorporates these beautiful pastel Spring-like shades in such a cohesive way.

So, I found myself searching the #thegreatfabricdestash tag on Instagram (the best place to find OOP, rare, or just ANY fabrics you've been looking for.) I came across a particular person who was ridding herself of her entire Posy stash in small bundles at a time. I bought a couple, then went back for her very last set (a much larger one) a few days ago.


This past week I snagged a complete 5" charm pack, over 6.5 yards of fabric plus a partial F8 bundle ontop of the yardage and multiple fat quarters I already owned of this line. So now I'm pretty happy with my collection.

My next goal is to grab a few coordinating Bella Solids.


The only issue I seem to be having is that not one single shop carries all of the Bella Solids shades I'm looking for (If you know one that might PLEASE leave a comment and let me know!). It seems as though I'm only finding shops that carry one, or maybe two, of these shades which means I'd have to order from at least 3-5 shops just to get what I want and thats a lot of shipping to pay!

Side note: Have you ever used the Moda Color Palette Builder before? You simply upload a photo of a fabric print (or an entire line like I have here) and move the little dots around to match Bella Solids to your prints. You can add or subtracts as many palettes as necessary. I chose 7 here.

So, what do you think of this line? Have you used it before?

I must admit I did typically pay double for everything I bought, so I did not get these at manufacturer suggested price by any means. But to me, it was worth it ;)

Raised Fist Mini // Women's March Craft Swap

A few weeks ago I eagerly joined the Women's March Craft Swap on Instagram. Although I did tell myself "No more swaps!" I made an exception for this one because the theme is near and dear to my heart.

After a bit of confusion (and zero communication) from the main Swap Host who has yet to reemerge, a partner switch up, a sort-of-collab with Sew Hooked Jen, and a whole lot of sickness going around our house, I FINALLY got this mini done. **I have to add, Thank goodness for a group Swap Mama stepping in and taking the reigns, she saved the day!



A little background...

This image has obviously been seen a lot during the Women's March, and subsequent events, but the paper piecing pattern is all thanks to Jen from Sewhooked.com (@sewhookedjen). I sent Jen an Instagram DM several weeks ago wondering if she or anyone she knew could turn this image into a pattern and she graciously agreed. Not long after that she got back to me with a 10" test pattern to try out, and after a small adjustment the pattern was first released on my Instagram account then on Jen's blog.




The details...

I used a mix of fabric designers on this mini ranging from Cotton & Steel, to Lella Boutique, Bonnie & Camille, and Zen Chic. Everything except the "skin" was done in various shades of pink. 

The NASTY lettering at the bottom comes from the "My First Alphabet" paper piecing pattern by Diane Bohn. Each letter finishes at 3" tall and although they are small they were actually pretty simple to piece together.




The echo quilting is done in Auriful #3817 , called Marrakesh. It's a beautiful multi-color variegated 40 wt. thread. This was my first time using an Auriful 40 wt. (I typically only use 50 wt) and I have to say I absolutely loved it! Hard to see from the photos, but in person you do see the effect of the multi-color thread on the hot pink background. I think it gives it that nice extra pop of something special :)

The 40 wt. has a thicker finish and quilts up rather nicely. Below is a quick sample quilting I did on some scrap fabric and batting to show the colors.



I sure do love the way this turned out. And even though I'm sure not everyone who follows my blog may agree with the pattern or it's message, I hope you can at least appreciate the effort, creativity, and love put into it. I am rather proud of it and I think I may need one for myself :)

I hope my partner enjoys it as much as I do.

Zip Up Tray Pouch



A couple weeks ago I was honored to be asked to test Aneela Hoey's brand new pouch pattern, the Zip Up Tray Pouch.

As you can see, it's definitely a very unique zipper pouch. It is super sturdy and has lots of form. It folds at the sides and zips using a separating zipper, which when unzipped pops right open to form this beautiful high-sided tray.



When I first saw this pattern I was intimidated.. I mean you have to admit it looks a bit complicated but I assure you it wasn't. The pattern is simply written and easy to understand, plus the construction process is just genius!

What came to mind after I was finished making it was that it immediately is useful for cars / road trips. It is perfect for sitting on your lap to hold supplies, do some EPP, or any kind of hand stitching. Not to mention if you have children like I do, it works amazingly well for markers, carvings, pencils, etc. Any kind of art supplies could easily be stored in this pouch and used in the car without fear of them rolling allover the childrens lap or the back seat of the car.



I used a Kate Spain Daydream print for the main pouch body and an orange Alison Glass print for the binding (which has to be hand stitched down to finish it, for anyone wondering). I think it turned out beautiful and Im excited to make more! :)

You can purchase the pattern in Aneela's shop. I promise you'll be surprised at how easy it is!!

March Fabric Haul



In the mailbox today was a hefty package waiting for me. I had purchased a fair amount of fabrics from FabricBubb.com recently, as well as a small Etsy shop called ClayDeal filled with hard-to-find fabrics. I grabbed some essentials plus a few things I had my eye on.

Below is a look at everything I purchased, minus a Tula Pink - Tabby Road F8 Bundle from Janum Fabrics on Etsy -  I forgot to take a photo! It really is a beautiful line though, bright colors and modern prints.


First up, let's talk Kona Solids. I wasn't always a fan of solids, there was a time I owned NONE. Yes, none. If i needed one i typically used a very low volume or a blender fabric instead. I love my prints! But, now I'm slowing introducing myself to solids as I love the way they love mixed into some improv quilting.

From top to bottom: Pond, Cactus, Lime, Kumquat, Yarrow, Peach, Carnation, Melon, Bright Pink, Violet, Wisteria, and Magenta.


Here are some out of print and hard to find Aneela Hoey (first 3 from the left), and Heather Ross (2 on the far right) prints. They are some of my absolute favorites from the Posy and Briar Rose fabric lines. Those strawberries are to die for!


These top two are are half yard cuts from Carolyn Friedlander's Carkai line. My two favorite prints from the line, actually. They are beautiful in person. It's hard to describe the hues these purples and oranges give off. Definitely unique.

The bottom print is an older Cotton & Steel print that I thought went great with the Friendlander prints. I'd love to make a bag soon from these.


Alright, now lets talk pastels. Another thing I don't buy enough of. These are Cotton & Steel (top 4 prints) and Dear Stella (bottom 2). They have great texture and I love the way Cotton & Steel has been printing on unbleached cotton - it's so different from any other fabric line and it gives a really natural look and feel to projects.


Last but not least, linens. Once again, something I don't buy a lot of unless I need it for a very specific bag or project. I have used linens a lot I just don't stash them and keep them much. I use what I buy.

These 4 prints are from Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen line. I love that it's so common to see linen in various shades now instead of just browns. :)

That's all for now..

I wish I had taken photos of Tabby Road! I did some major damage this month on fabric purchases LOL It would be embarrassing to show it all. 

Have you bought something you love lately?
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Scrapbook Quilt Pattern


Good morning! Today I want to introduce you to my brand new quilt pattern, Scrapbook!

This beautifully scrappy quilt will be unique to each person who makes it! Because it uses prints from your personal stash, it will reflect each persons love of color and prints and no two quilts will be the same! It's a wonderful way to preserve those special fabric from previous projects all in one place!

BONUS: You get a throw size and baby size (two totally different patterns) in this PDF. The baby size is made from cut-off pieces from the throw size, so you can quickly and easily make two quilts :)  It also means this project is essentially waste-free!


The Details

Finished size: 48" x 60" - throw size // 40" x 40" - crib size
Difficulty level: Skilled Beginner - Intermediate

Click here to purchase pattern on Craftsy

This quilt uses blocks constructed entirely from Half-Square Triangles and Flying Geese units. To make this process quick and easy, I suggest using chain piecing whenever possible and Bloc Loc Rulers to trim each unit precisely. These two things made a world of difference for me.




I hope you love this quilt design as much as I do. I'd love to see your creations! Please use #scrapbookquilt on Instagram, or tag me @amistabaker, to share! :)

Valentine's Drawstring Bag



Just stopping by today to say Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you're all doing well and surrounded by love today (and everyday).

If you're looking for a quick finish project to gift to someone you love today, I whipped up this adorable little Lined Drawstring Bag with a heart block panel earlier today. You can find links to the patterns / tutorials I used below :)



First, I made a 6" heart block using Cluck Cluck Sew's Free Heart Block Tutorial. Personally, I wish I would have made the 5" or 4" block then added some sashing instead so the entire heart was showcased on the bag - just a tip. Depending on the size of bag you're making, you could make various sized hearts using her tutorial.

Then, I made a "Snack" size bag using Jeni Baker's Lined Drawstring Bag pattern. It's the perfect size for storing washi tapes, extra thread spools, small skeins of yarn, mini charm packs, and more! You could also fill it with candy and other treats and gift to your Valentine :)


In other news... I have recently had tension issue with my Janome 3160QDC (its brand new) when using large Aurifil thread spools. After doing some digging through sewing machine forums and such, I found that Janome makes a Special Spool Holder Cap for large thread spools like the one pictured above - it works like a charm!!! And it was inexpensive... so if you're also someone to has issues using Aurifil with your Janome machine and get thread breakage, bird nests, etc please check this out!

That's all I've got for today, Happy Valentines Day to you and yours! :)

Over The Rainbow Pattern!


I've got a brand new easy pattern to share with you today! Meet the Over The Rainbow block!

Take the stress out of piecing curved panels with this easy to assemble Over The Rainbow pattern. You'll be amazed at how fast these blocks come together when you can use simple foundation paper piecing to put your rainbow blades together as opposed to traditional piecing!

I've provided a coloring sheet to help you plan your block, included tips & tricks for paper piecing and curved piecing, as well as an easy to understand assembly diagram. It's so quick I whipped up one of these in less than an hour!

Click here to buy it on Craftsy or Payhip



Block finishes at 7" x 16"
but can be trimmed down to a smaller size if preferred.

Pattern Includes:
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- 6 page PDF with printable pattern pieces.
- Coloring sheet
- Assembly diagram
- Tips and tricks and fabric requirements included
- Background leaves room for embroidering names, quotes, clouds, stars, and more!
- Unique rectangular block instead of traditional square block.

Assumes knowledge of foundation paper piecing and curved seams.

*This pattern comes with basic instructions and pattern pieces only. It is not a step-by-step foundation paper piecing or curved seam tutorial for beginners. Must have some knowledge to assemble.

Click here to buy it on Craftsy or Payhip

Sweet Sprinkles Mug Mug: FREE Tutorial



Today I want to share with you this delicious Sweet Sprinkles Mug Rug Tutorial! 

I actually had the idea for this mug rug design a few days ago when trying to come up with as many different ways as possible to use teeny tiny little scraps that are leftover from various projects. If you've visited my blog before, you'll know I aim to be as waste-free as possible with my fabric usage.

What you'll need...

  • 30-35 tiny scraps approx. 1/4" wide by 1/2" long.
  • 1 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" white fabric
  • 1 - 6" x 9" background fabric (I used linen)
  • 1 - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" backing / binding fabric
  • rotary cutter / scissors, basic sewing supplies

Tutorial:

1. Grab your piece of white "icing" fabric and draw curvy lines along the outside edges with a marking tool, then use scissors or a rotary cutter to trim off excess fabric.

2. Center the icing fabric ontop of your background piece (again, I used linen) and appliqué the icing to the background fabric. I chose to do raw edge applique, but you can use a blanket or zig zag stitch.

3. With approx. 30-35 pieces of scraps, set your straight stitch length to 2.2 or 2.4. Next, you're going to place the scraps ontop of the white appliquéd "icing" fabric one at a time and stitch them down. Simple stitch a straight line down the center of each piece, backstitching at the start and stop points.


4.  Once all pieces are stitched down use a ruler to trim your entire piece to 6" x 9" and straighten up any skewed edges.

5. Next, spray baste your top appliquéd piece and center it ontop of your backing fabric. Baste the entire outside edge of your top piece with a 1/4" seam. When you're done trim your backing piece so that it is exactly 1" wider than your top piece.

"Cheater binding" instructions coming up next..



6. Now we'll begin binding our mug rug using the excess backing fabric. Start by folding the raw edge of the backing piece on one long side of the mug rug over so it touches the edge of the top appliquéd piece, then fold again and clip as show above in the last photo on the right. Repeat with the opposite side of the mug rug.

7. For the corners you'll want to fold each one inward at an angle on your short sides. Then you'll fold the raw edge of the backing piece on that side over once, then twice, just like in step 7. Repeat with all four corners and secure binding clips or pins.


8. Stitch the top of the binding down as close to the edge as possible and you're finished!


I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! The color and design options are endless, you could do so many different sweet combinations! 

Thanks for stopping by :)