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Hand Woven Bali Basket Finish

I’ve had this pattern for a month or two now and it ended up being the one quilty/sewy thing I did on my holiday break. You don’t have to use your sewing machine at all to make these and there is only a teeny bit of handsewing involved in the beginning and end of the basket. The rest is just weaving ends together and wrapping around the piping to create the basket. It was very simple to get the hang of and the pattern offered both written and photo instructions. Hand Woven Bali Basket Pattern The pattern is intended to be used with jelly roll strips so I tried it with a 1930′s solid jelly roll...
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WIP Wednesday – Bags and Such

I tried a new Quiltsmart kit ‘The Bitty Bag” (the smallest version of the Mondo and Midi bag) this weekend and really had fun with it. There are so many cute variations you can do with this kit to make the bag you want. I decided to make a foldover flap and shoulder strap but I may make another one and do it with drawstrings. This is the Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda line. The kit comes with enough pre-printed interfacing to make two bags and also includes two hooks and a button cover kit for one button.  It only takes 13 charms to make the outside of the bag! I also finished up some...
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Tinkertote Finish!

I fell prey to the latest Instagram craze – the Tinkertote! This is the bag from Tara Rebman’s class on Craftsy – Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bags.  So many firsts in this class for me – my first hidden zipper pocket, first bias binding, first quilt as you go project, first time doing a bag with a binding for the finish… and the class made it so easy to understand! I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton mako for the entire bag construction. It looks beautiful with the 1/4″ quilting lines on the fabric and blended nicely with everything else. I pulled fabrics from my scrap bin and used a lot of leftover Lily Ashbury Summer...
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Birthday Gifts!

My birthday isn’t till the end of the month but they’re already showing up in the mail! It’s so much fun to get quilty packages. Had to share these with you! First one is from Mary Jo and Matthew of The Quilt Bear! They were so sweet to send me a gift. I love it so much! I really do think I squealed when I opened it. It’s so perfect! Owls, Aurifil thread, Moda Petit Fours and a great little storage box for fat quarters. I’m a sucker for storage boxes and this one will be perfect for sew days! Thanks so much Mary Jo you are so thoughtful. My mom and dad bought me some...
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A Little Iron Caddy

I’ve been wanting to make a little iron caddy for a while so that when I go to a sew day or a class I can pack up my hot iron and go without having to wait on it to cool. This is a great pattern and I really enjoyed making this cute caddy! The pattern comes with enough heat resistant liner to make one caddy. It’s not difficult to do and I learned how to bind odd angles which was fun.  I used some of my fabric I bought on my Panama City trip that I took with my Mom last year. Sisters Common Thread – Caddy Pad Pattern It would be a great gift...
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Another Midi Bag Finish, Shopping at Rainbows End, Meeting a Podcast Listener

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m working on finishing several projects I’ve had on the back burner. I’m doing class previews and decided to teach a new class that I think a lot of people will love – the Midi Bag class! I already have one sample done for the store but I wanted to make a second one with a different handle and pocket style to show people they have options. I cut into a Terrain by Kate Spain jelly roll I had collecting dust on my shelf.
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A Start and a Finish

I finished the Midi Bag! it turned out pretty cute I think. The colors remind me of the 1980′s.
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An Oscar Bag! Quiltsmart Midi Bag *almost* finished in one night.

Last night I worked on a sample for a new class I want to teach. This is the smaller version of the Mondo bag I made a while back.  The Mondo bag required 208 squares of fabric and the Midi version shown here only requires 108. The Midi Bag from Quiltsmart I love that the kit comes with enough interfacing to make two bags. Another neat thing about Quiltsmart kits is once you order a kit with instructions you can order the individual interfacing panels at a discount and just keep the instructions to use on future projects. So if you really like an item you can save money making multiples of that item by not...
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61 – Cruise prep, Tank Top Dresses, Serger fun, Viking Update

Prepping for my cruise that’s coming up in less than a week! More involved than I’d like but I’ll make it. I’ve spent the last few days working on some tank top dresses and really had fun learning about making skirts.   Exploring my serger has been really fun too! I’ll update you on the latest with my Viking Topaz 20. Hotfix crystal fun and making a folding clutch purse Rearranged the quilting corner a bit and shared photos of the new layout I went to Video Games Live! The one and only time I’ll probably get my husband to go to the symphony. I met Mary Jo from The Quilt Bear!
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