Friday, May 31, 2013

Flip Flap- FUN-Quick & stylish new purse

These fabrics just sang out PURSE to me when I saw them. 


And this pattern has called my name for way too long.

Now, they are one!

flip flap

This is a super easy pattern, and super fast too.  Maybe 3-4 hours.

The bag has a magnetic snap under the flap for extra security, pockets inside & a pocket on the back.

DSCN5941flip flap pocket

I made my strap long enough for across-the-chest wear.  Perfect for shopping.  The strap length is a personal thing…and this pattern gives you guidelines on modifying the length to meet your needs.

I think it would be easy to expand on the finished size of 11" tall, 10" wide, and 3" deep to make this a uber stylish laptop tote.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

X Blocks Venetian Tiles Finally Quilted

Looking back, I finished this top May 10th of last year.  It feels really good to get it finished!

Venetian Tiles

I have been practicing with some new designs on the long arm and have started my adventure with feathers.  They still make me nervous & if you look at this like a quilt judge, you will shudder.  (so my tip…don’t do that)

Venetian Tiles closeup

Be sure to check out the original post & see how an easy-peasy 9 patch block becomes this cool quilt.

I’m linking up with Sarah.  Go see what everyone else worked on this week!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flats Dolls-so fun

Angela Yosten’s first collection for Moda is just so fun!  Flats are panels of dolls & clothing that finish up…FLAT!  You’ll use fusible fleece instead of stuffing the dolls.

Flats Clothing Panel Butterscotch 3401-12Flats Clothing Panel Grass 3401-11Flats Doll Panel Butterscotch 3400-12Flats Doll Panel Sky 3400-11

I had to play with these myself – as soon as they came in!

First I rough cut the shapes from the panel.  No  need to waste the fusible fleece in all that white space that will end up in the trash.  It’s a good idea to trace any faces now.  Once you fuse the fleece on it’s really hard to see through the thick layer to trace.  I just used a permanent fine line pen, but you could definitely embroider.  If you are free-handing, you can do it anytime.

Then, using an Applique Pressing sheet, I fused the shapes to the Pellon 987F fusible fleece.  I used a total of 1.5 yards for all 4 panels.


THEN, I cut precisely on the lines…well as precisely as my fingers could work.

One last pressing (no pressing sheet needed, as no glue is exposed at this point) & we’re ready to stitch!


As you can see above, the velcro spots on the clothing & on the dolls is clearly marked, so this step is a piece of cake.  Once the velcro is in place, just stitch the front & back of each shape together.  You could blanket, zigzag, or decorative stitch.  I went with a straight stitch, about 1/8” from the edge with a short stitch length.

Also, the hair options are not marked for velcro, but I did mine so they could be swapped out too.

flat girl

Depending on if you ironed or pressed you pieces to the fleece, you may have to do some trimming after you sew.  Gee, I wonder how I know that Winking smile

Click on over & check out the panels at  In each item description, you’ll find a link to download a free pattern for this cute little travel house/case.


I am planning on using these cuties in a secondary project, so you’ll want to be sure you are subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss that post!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

City Zipper purse with Florabella

Beautiful Florabella paired with the totally awesome City Zipper purse pattern has exceeded by girly expectations!


City Zipper Purse

City Zipper-lined with pockets

It is uber sturdy, and has the EASIEST zipper installation. Pockets all the way around.  22in W x 11in T x 6in D

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quilting to show and tell

Here are a couple quilts I quilted for friends.  Not fancy schmancy, but nice all over meandered quilting. 

I had fun & that’s the most important part!


Next up, practicing!  I have loaded up the machine with some scrap fabric & pieced batting to play with new designs, technique & whatever else strikes my fancy.

practice time

Monday, May 6, 2013

Customer LOVE

Today is a great day (well every day is a great day, but this one is special)!

Look what the mailman delivered for me.


It’s a sweet gift from my customer, Ann, who I made a quilt for last year.  It’s an oil painting that matches one of the blocks in her quilt

I believe I need to dig out the scraps from that quilt & make this beautiful gift a matching something!

In awe of the love and generosity….

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Four Patch Stack & Whack Quilt

I tend to create in muted colors, but every once in a while, I like to shout some bold bright color out into the world.  This is one of those quilts!

Four Patch Posies

I loved the Bora Bora fabric as soon as it came in & was thinking strictly about making bags with it.  But when I saw this stack & whack pattern, I new I had to use it.

I paired the Bora Bora with Moda Bella in Christmas Red & Kona Solid in Kelly Green.

The pattern is Four Patch Stacked Posies by H D Designs.  It was so fast to cut and stitch {and fun to pick each block’s design}.

If you’ve never done a stack & whack before, this is a great one to start with.  It’s just a four patch.  You can make a four patch, right?  Stack and Whack is just what you do:  stack up (in this case) 4 exact copies of the fabric repeat-all face up, then WHACK it up (in this case into squares).

My repeat was 23”.  I got 66 blocks from one set of 4 cuts of fabric.  I got a nice big quilt with about 3 yards of my focus fabric.

Check out the pattern here:

and it’s big sister (a little more advanced pattern) here:

I’m linking up with Sarah & Richard.  Go check out some other quilty eye candy in their linky’s