Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blog hoppin'

I signed up for another blog hop. The reason I want to do this one is it provides the impetus for me to cut up the collection of vintage sheets I have been saving. Ever since I started the studio purge I have been itching to reduce the amount of fabric that I have stored.

Sew We Quilt has a new hop that starts on May 23rd. I am going to make a picnic quilt! I am a little apprehensive about making the first cuts on my sheets but sometimes you just have to grab the rotary cutter and start!

I hope you will follow the hop. I know you will see some incredible quilts and quilt projects! (Links will be provided as soon as they are posted. So far all I have is a button!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Anyone like French General?

I have so much fabric in my studio that I know I will not use in this lifetime. I am going to part with a lot of fabric and before I start listing on my Etsy site, I thought I would run it through the blogs first.

First up is a fat quarter bundle of Rouenneries Duex from French General for Moda. (And, yes, the label appears to have been printed incorrectly or I know less about French that I think I do!)

There are 40 fat quarters in the bundle. I am offering it for $85 with free shipping in the US. I will ship internationally for $125 (US). Please contact me via email if you are interested.

Thanks so much!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We have a winner!

I ran the Random Number Generator and the winner of a box of scraps is Regina who doesn't really NEED the scraps but WANTS them! Regina, I will sent you an email to get all the particulars. 

Thanks so much for all the interest. I know there will be more fabric in a giveaway soon!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


I have been "in the zone" for about a week. Now that I have found a real confidence sewing vinyl I have been making tote bags every day. My dear friend, Quilty Pam, was my model yesterday afternoon.

I love this one - especially the woven faux leather on the bottom!

Something about the red on this tote just makes me smile!

Isn't this fabric fabulous? Love, love, love!
I have four more already cut out and I am promising myself I will get at least two of them finished today. Nothing I like better on a Sunday afternoon than playing with fabric!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


My studio has been in a disaster state since before the holidays. My quilty sister came over last Saturday and spent many hours with me starting to organize and purge. On Sunday I went up to continue the job. I found projects I had totally forgotten as well as fabric I didn't even remember buying. I also discovered that, once again, I have an inordinate number of scraps. I am never going to use all if them so it is time for a scrap giveaway. Because I am going to pay the postage I have to limit the giveaway to US readers only.

If you would like a large box of scraps, please leave a comment. If you are a "no reply" follower, please leave your email address in the body of the comment. I will do a random drawing on Wednesday, March 19th.

Please help me purge!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Now Faux Leather!

I had some pretty faux leather in my stash (because I cannot walk away from a good remnant!) and thought if I could work with leather surely I could work with the fake stuff. I decided to make some very simple totes. They are a nice size for library books or paperwork from the office or even for a handful of diapers, wipes and a change of baby clothes. I made two and sold one at the office before I had even opened my office door!

This one is pewter on top and a lovely basketweave black on the bottom.

I had some pretty red, black and gray fabric in my stash that was perfect for a simple lining. 

The next day I brought in this tote.

I used a "home dec" fabric for the top of the bag and lipstick red vinyl for the the bottom and handles. This one just makes me smile.

The lining is a bright and cheery as well.

This one also sold the day I brought it in so I made another one very much like it to put in my Etsy shop. This bag has longer handles and is a little bit bigger than the first tote. The basic tote is $25 and the longer handled (and tiny bit larger) tote is $30.00.

I just purchased some additional vinyl and a little bit more home dec fabric and plan to sew all weekend. More pics next week!

Thursday, February 6, 2014


I have been wanting to try working with leather. Just a little leather. I love fabric but thought bits of leather might make for some interesting bags. One of my co-workers requested a cross-body messenger style bag. I made this for her. (I wish she had wanted a leather strap!)

I lined up the fabric so that the flap piece matches the body of the bag. I love how that looks!

I added just a couple of pockets
I learned lots of things when I was sewing the leather. First, because this is very soft, buttery leather, a leather needle is overkill. The nylon thread I used liked a titanium jeans needle (110/18). I used a teflon foot and also took the pressure on my presser foot down to about a 2. I discovered that even with the special foot, there was a little drag until I reduced the pressure. I also used a longer than normal stitch length. I think I used 3 instead of my usual 2.5 that I use when making bags. I topstitched with 3.5.

Since I love making wristlets, I used some more of my upcycled leather and made this

The bag is about 8.5" wide and stands about 6" high. I love the paisley lining fabric. I put a couple of pockets in this one as well. It will be for sale in my Etsy shop.

I am in "bag making mode" so there will be a couple of new bags in the shop this weekend. I have a gorgeous piece of Amy Butler fabric that I have been saving. I decided to add a little black leather to it as well and it is adorable!

I recently purchased a fair amount of really nice home decor weight fabrics that are really beautiful and I am looking forward to finally cutting into my stash this weekend. I am also in the mood to make some of Nancy's "Polar Vortex" blocks. If I don't do any housework this weekend I might be able to do both!

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