Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Design Yourself

So I started another semester of college this week.  It's been a couple years since I've been in school, so it's definitely been an adventure. My first assignment was to create a collage that tells about "Who you are."  Which I actually kind of dislike, I don't believe that what we do, or what we are interested  in really make up "who we are."  I believe we are much more than the things that happen to us, or the activities we do each day.  

Regardless.  I did manage to figure out how to incorporate some sewing and fabric into my project. I wanted to make a small quilt block to show my passion for creating, sewing, quilting... etc.  So I found one of my mini quilt patterns.  This one happens to be Rise and Shine by Camille Roskelley. I just made one of the quilt blocks instead of the whole mini. 

Of course I had to use my favorite Amy Butler fabrics scraps for the job! 

The smallest flying geese I think I have ever made.

 I wasn't planning on quilting it, but then I thought, I wouldn't want this to be incomplete.  So here goes nothing!  I quilted it with a small scrap of Soft and Stable I had laying around, which made it very stable! (I know, perfect name right!)

 I cut my binding 1.25'' wide.  Then I used an 1/8'' seam allowance. and stitched it on just like a normal quilt! 

I am a wonder clip crazy person.

 And viola... a 5'' quilt block.

Here is the completed project. I think I spent more time on my little quilt block than most students in the class spend on your whole project, AND now want to make 100 more.  

I hope you all remember you are not your story, you are really:


 and so many good qualities that will change the world.


Thursday, August 20, 2015


So... if you haven't heard already, there is a lot of hype about this little bag!  

The Stash and Dash Bag is a pattern that Annie wrote for her 2nd Annual summer sew-a-long.  It a fabulous pattern and even better... it's FREE for a limited time. So don't wait to snag a copy for yourself.  (Until Oct. 1)

I had so much fun making this bag and especially loved brushing up on some of the best bag making tips I've seen! They are all posted on Annie's blog.  If you have never made one of Annie's patterns try out this one. Then go crazy with the rest of them.  The tips presented in her blog series will help you become a #patternsbyannie master!

Pictured above are some of the tools I used while making the Stash and Dash bag.  These are bag making necessities in my opinion. I wouldn't be without them while making a bag.
  • Wonder clips
  • Stiletto
  • Pressing tool
  • Quick turn tube turner
  • Clover chalk markers (whites my favorite) 
I wanted to make a patchwork Stash and Dash, so I gathered some lovely Amy Butler Violette fabrics scraps I had laying around.  I cut 2.5'' squares and pieced them together. Then quilted lines a 1/4'' away from each seam through the layers of lining fabric and soft and stable. I love how the quilting turned out, and I especially love the colorful patchwork.

Two things to note, I did leave of the vinyl pocket on the back, and I did not make zipper pulls on my case. (I may add them later, but I haven't decided.)

As I started thinking about the next Stash and Dash Bag I would make I remembered I have bunches of quilted Soft and Stable scraps left from previous projects.  SO, I just grabbed a pre quilted piece of Soft and Stable out of my selection, and came up with this fun combination.                 

I used some fabric I had left over from a bag I had made for Sherri and Chelsi out of there new collection Bright Sun for Quilt Market. My quilted fabric wasn't quite big enough so I just adjusted the size! It's a Mini Stash and Dash.  AND I LOVE IT.

I really love how the Mini turned out!  I think i'm addicted to these bags!

So now... Here's your opportunity to win a Stash and Dash Finishing Kit for yourself. Leave a comment below on what you would store in your Stash and Dash bag and you will be entered to WIN! Winner will be selected Monday August 24!

As always thanks for stoping by! 


UPDATE! The winner is Denise, Congratulations!  Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments!