Thursday, August 13, 2015

Typewriter Railroad Tote

I've been trying out some new bag designs lately, and one that I love is the Purl Bee Railroad Tote.

I admit I make changes to most patterns when I sew them up and this one is no exception... I changed the strap width, added an exterior pocket to both sides, and created a lined interior with zippered pocket, slip pocket, and magnetic snap closure. In all, LOVE how it turned out, highlighting the Melody Miller typewriters :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Little House Gathered Apron

I'm teaching a small sewing camp this summer for kids, and one of the projects we will be working on is a simple gathered apron. It will use techniques like making a sash/strap, zip zag stitching, applique, and free form sewing.

It's super cute. Cuter than I even anticipated before I made it!

I modeled the idea of applique buildings after this Oliver + S blog post.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bicycle Trail Tote

Oh man. I have not done a great job blogging once a week, have I?

Well, one can only try. I'll keep on trying :)

Here's a cute Trail tote to make up for it!

Noodlehead Trail Tote in Echino Bikes

I have a crazy stash. I know, everyone who sews says the same thing. We also say that we will use it up. This week. This month. This year. But I'm really really making effort to actually use up some of my stash. Hence this old (2012?) canvas print from Echino. I have to say, this bag makes a splash and really draws people to my booth at the Artist Market!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Plus quilt plus a pillow

Had enough of bags yet? No, neither have I. But today, I'll show you a fun nursery set I custom made for someone. She was going for gender neutral and also wanting to compliment some wall paper that she was using for the nursery. We worked together via Pinterest and came up with a lovely, modern plus quilt set:

I completely adore the color combination and plan to make another one *just because* it's so pretty :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hybrid Sewing

In my last post I mentioned what a big fan I am of Noodlehead bag patterns. I've sewn so many of them that I decided I'd try to merge two of them together! The Go Anywhere Bag is my favorite and I really wanted to use this beautiful KOI plus fabric for it, but I didn't want to cover up the fabric with the big pockets, so I decided to make a version similar to the Poolside tote, which really highlights one fabric. It's a hybrid bag!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Back to Blogging

It's been what, about 6 months since my last blog post and honestly I thought I had abandoned it for all intents and purposes. But then, spring and a rebirth of creative motivation happened.
And this:

I had dinner with Anna Graham of Noodlehead. I've been testing patterns for Anna since 2011 (four years?! gasp), and it's no secret that her bag patterns are my favorite. I make several Go Anywhere Bags per year!

Anna was here in Vermont teaching a workshop for a local quilt-and-yarn shop, Nido, and I was lucky enough to take her out for dinner one of the evenings she was here. We had a nice time talking creative and getting to know each other outside of the sewing world. She convinced me to keep blogging, and keeping in touch with this great supportive community we have.

Get ready for her new book, being released later this month. Handmade Style promises to have some innovative and beautiful new projects:

And check back here every now and again - I'm aiming to post about once a week, with some great projects I worked on over the winter, and ways for you to get sewing too.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor day? Camper Quilt!

There is something very definitive about Labor Day. End of summer, start of the school year. The first "day off" in a while... And this year it has made me nostalgic. Given me the itch for getting away, and the freedom of childhood. Maybe because it was the Best Summer Ever. Maybe because this is my last year with a kid-at-home (Mira starts Kindergarten next year). Whatever the case, the holiday weekend called for me to make a quilt to capture the feeling. So the Camper Quilt.

Made with a partial charm square pack: Kona Dusty Pallette
Moda S'more love campers
Various scraps and peices to round out the cheery vintage pallette

Some lucky kid will get to go camping with this. Maybe mine. But that will have to wait until next summer...