Smitten Quilt: Large Hexagon One and Getting Started!


I am super happy to share that I have started my Smitten quilt! This project is something I have had my eye on for a very long time, and I finally took the plunge and ordered all the supplies (papers, acrylic templates, and pattern) from PaperPieces.com.

The pattern is by Lucy Caron Kingwell, and there are multiple ways to piece it, but I will be using the English Paper Piecing method for my entire quilt top and hopefully entering the finished quilt into our local county fair next Summer. (And by hopefully, I mean.. I hope it's finished by then LOL).


Aurifil 40 wt. threads from L to R: Light Salmon 2220, Blush 2415, Jade 4093, Medium Mint 2835

I chose the Sugar Pie fabric line by LellaBoutique for my quilt and a range of Aurifil threads from my collection to fabric. I chose these fabrics because wanted something that had a good color range, but not something too loud or crazy. Once I had all my supplies together, I started on a small Maker's Tote to hold everything for this specific project and quickly filled it to the brim with everything I needed. I'm beyond pleased with this bag. It easily held everything I needed!

I also purchased this little 6" x 8" Olfa cutting mat for less than $5 shipped on Amazon and it fits perfectly in my Maker's Tote as well which makes me super duper happy!



Don't you think the Large Hexagon One blocks turned out beautiful??

This has been a relaxing and really fun project so far! Yes, English paper piecing takes a lot of time and effort - cutting fabrics, organizing paper pieces for specific blocks, etc - but it is so worth it! I love that I can take this project in the living room (or anywhere else) and work on it when I have time and I'm not tied to my sewing machine.



I plan to update again once my blocks are finished and share my progress!

Have you done a quilt top entirely pieced using the EPP method before? What was your experience? Would you do it again? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! <3 p="">

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt Tutorial


Today I've got a super cute quilt pattern tutorial to share with you using a Jelly Roll and a Layer cake and a little bit of yardage! It's a great throw quilt size, perfect for the couch, picnics, etc.

I initially saw a quilt similar to this by Cindy Clammon and was so inspired to make one for my Mom for her birthday, but I wanted different sized blocks and I used a different sashing method, etc. So I talked to Cindy and asked her if she minded I share my own tutorial, inspired by hers. :)

If you're unfamiliar with precuts, a Jelly Roll typically consists of 40+ strips of fabric that are 2.5" wide x WOF, and a Layer Cake is a stack of 10" squares. We'll only be using 10 strips from our jelly roll to make a lap size quilt, but you could essentially make a King Size quilt from an entire jelly roll (and another layer cake or 2 of course). This quilt is also an awesome way to use up scraps!


Download the free PDF or follow instructions below..

Fabric Requirements:

  • One Jelly Roll
  • 20 White Layer Cake squares OR 2 1/4 yards of fabric for sashing
  • 3 yards background fabric (border and setting triangles)
  • 4 ½ yards backing fabric
  • Half yard binding fabric
  • Batting
Finished quilt size: 53" x 74"

*Use a ¼" seam throughout.

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Tutorial:

1.   From your printed Jelly Roll, choose 30 strips. From each strip cut the following pieces:
    • Four - 2.5" squares
    • Four - 2.5" x 4.5" strips
    • Two 2.5" x 6.5" strips
  • *You may have a few pieces leftover at the end. Feel free to make a matching pillow cover :)
    2.   Cut 10 Layer Cake squares into 1.5" x 6.5" strips, and the other 10 squares into 1.5" x 7.5" strips and set aside.You should yield 6 strips from each square, you will need 118 strips total. (59 each of each size)

    3.   Mix and match the pieces you cut from your printed Jelly Roll to make your blocks. Each block will require 3 separate prints as shown below. Make 59 blocks total.


    4.   Once all blocks are completed add a 1.5" x 6.5" strip to the left side, and a 1.5" x 7.5" strip to the bottom to finish off. Each block should finish around 7.5" - you will now trim them down to 7" each to square up the edges.


    Quilt Construction:


    5.   Using your background yardage, cut 24 - 7" squares for setting triangles. Assemble 11 rows on point as shown below, placing a white square at the beginning and end of each row.



    6.   Once your rows have been completed and quilt top has been pieced, trim off the excess fabric on each side to square your quilt.

    7.   To finish your quilt top, using your white background fabric, add a 2.5" border on all four sides of your quilt. Quilt and bind as desired.




    I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find it useful! My quilt top has been sent to the long armer and will be back soon, I can't wait to share it with you!

    Scrumptious Maker's Tote


    Hello all! I hope you're having a wonderful Summer. We have been super busy with vacations, back to school prepping, 4H, etc. so I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to. I do keep up with Instagram daily though, so if you'd like to see my posts before they hit the blog, head over to IG and follow me @amistabaker :)

    Today I want to share with you a Maker's Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) that I made from some beautiful Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille which were gifted to me by a dear friend.



    I used Mochi Dot Linen in Putty for the exterior main fabric, along with a gorgeous (if I do say so myself ;)) hex panel done in Scrumptious fabric. Each hex is 1" and I needed nearly 50 for the entire panel. It took me a couple days to sew it together but it was well worth the effort!

    The interior pockets are made from a Hello Darling print and the lining + gussets from a Lotta Jansdotter print from her Follies line. I don't know why, but I absolutely LOVE that print. I even have it in orange :)


    I plan to use this Maker's Tote to store my Smitten EPP quilt while I work on it over the next several months. It will house completed and in-progress blocks as well as necessary EPP supplies.

    I'd also like to make some matching accessories to go with it soon... maybe a pincushion or a zipper pouch?

    Anyway, I hope you love this Maker's Tote! Thanks for reading :)

    Luisa Crossbody Bag


    I am so excited to share with you today the beautiful Luisa Crossbody bag that I tested for S.O.T.A.K Handmade..

    The Luisa bag features a hidden front zipper pocket, two back slip pockets, and one interior zipper pocket as well as a recessed zipper and cross body adjustable shoulder strap. Read below for more photos and details on the fabrics I used!



    What I used...

    I used a beautiful Sevenberry Petite Garden 2017 floral print that has hints of aqua, lime, and yellow. To compliment this print I chose to use Aquamarine Essex Died Linen and antique brass bag hardware.

    Instead of using SF101 as a stabilizer, I chose single-sided fusible fleece instead for extra durability. If I made another I would likely use Soft & Stable at least on the bottom panel.



    Pattern Review

    The bag construction process is easy for an experienced bag maker. Nothing about the construction was new or too hard. The zipper installations are simple and to the point.

    My only real suggestion would be to add about 10 inches to the cross body strap if you're a taller person or someone with a large chest (just saying). I am 5'7" and had to extend the strap as far as it would go for it to reach hip level on me.

    The size of this bag is somewhere in between small and medium. Its not tiny but it isn't large either, and because it's only 2-3" in width it makes it a good every day bag for the essentials. I also really love the recessed zipper top. Those are my favorite kinds of bags!!


    Overall I really enjoyed making this bag. Please go to S.O.T.A.K Handmade blog and checkout her Etsy pattern shop to see this pattern and more!

    A big thanks to Svetlana for allowing me to test the pattern. I love it! :)