Friday, May 4, 2018

Love Story by Webster Pages for Riley Blake

Hello and TGIF! I'm so excited to share my project for Love Story by Webster Pages for Riley Blake Designs! This fabric line is so beautiful and fun to work with just like Webster Pages planners and paper products. I know some of you sewers out there are also planner or stationary fanatics. I myself am a stationary/paper/sticker fanatic and have been collecting stationary for years (maybe even as much as my fabric collections haha). I've dabbled a bit in the planner hobby and it's really hard not to get hooked! 

So when I was asked to create something for this line, how could I not make a planner, or two, and a cute little pencil pouch. The fabrics in this collection coordinated so well, I just had to make a whole set of cute things! Planners and sewing for me, go hand in hand, especially when I am creating a project. I write and draw my ideas in a sewing planner/notebooks (I've created some before if you follow me on Instagram). 

Here's what I made:

Planner, Mini Needle Book  Planner, Pencil Pouch

Pencil Pouch

Planner - Love Story Fabric by Webster Pages for Riley Blake 

Mini Needle Book Planner

Here are a few shots of my process and progress for the pencil pouch. I decided to not do the traditional quilting lines. Webster pages is pretty, classic, yet modern, so instead of doing a busy patchwork design, it would be prettier to use pretty quilting lines instead. I did add a pretty vintage lace trim to accent the fabric. I think its beautiful and subtle and accents Love Story pretty good.

Pencil Pouch

Pencil Pouch

Details of Pencil Pouch

Pencil Pouch

Pencil Pouch inside

For the planner, I also was going to do some intricate patchwork design, but I decided I wanted something simple, but still quilty and fun. I wanted to make it look like a book with it's spine in contrasting fabric. For the cover, I just had to use the grey cabbage rose fabric. I love cabbage roses! Lastly, to make it cute and quilty like, I added a dog ear mark page on the corner in a contrasting fabric. For the inside, I used clear vinyl so you can see the pretty fabric and added a zippered pocket to hold pencils, bits and bobs, etc. 

Planner - Front

Planner - Back

Inside  - Zippered Pocket

Inside of Planner

Inside of Planner

Inside of Planner - Clear Pocket

My last make for Love Story is this cute Mini Needle Book Planner. I love mini notebooks and I have a large collection in different mini sizes of course. I usually make mini notebook planners but thought it would be fun to integrate it into a needle book as well!

Mini Needle Book Planner

Mini Needle Book Planner Spine

Back of the planner

Mini Needle Book Planner  details

Inside of Needle Book Planner

I hope you enjoyed my project and the explosion of pictures! Love Story Fabric by Webster Pages for Riley Blake Designs is out now, so go out your local or favorite quilting shop and check it out!

Have a lovely Friday!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let's Bake Sew Along

Hello! Happy New Year!! It's been too long. The twins have been keeping me busy but I still find the time to sew. It's what keeps me sane! If you follow me on Instagram (where I post most of my pictures), you can see how much they have grown and taken over my feed. Well, I was able to sneak in this project into my hectic life - Let's Bake Sew Along project for Bake Sale 2 by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Fabrics

I was asked by the lovely gals at Riley Blake to make a project and this is what I created - a Bake Along Wall Organizer. I chose the Let's Bake, Milk Jar, Egg Carton (which I adore, so much fun to make!), and Cocoa Jar blocks for my project. Not only is it cute and decorative for your kitchen, but it's useful as well! Check it out:

Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

I followed along with Lori on her Blog, downloaded her guide, and used her sew simple shapes for the project. Following along her blog made it easy and fun to put the project together. 

Ideas in the making.

All pieces ready to go!
Ready to applique the egg carton.

Egg Carton

I don't have a light box that Lori made (but I probably will get one soon!). I sew with a Bernina machine and it has this little window on the plate which I have no idea what it's for (I never read the directions lol), so I' used it as my lightbox! For the Let's Bake Block, I did actually tape the piece to the window and traced the words.

Cocoa Block - ready to embroider.

Please tell me this is a miniature light box, if not,
what is it for???

Okay, I have to admit, I didn't make my own binding for the Let's Bake block. I used pre-packaged binding and I'm okay with it! It turned out great!

Pre-made binding for the Let's Bake block.
Let's Bake block traced, and ready to glue.

Ready for quilting lines using my handy Clover Hera Marker!

Milk Block ready to applique.

Here is the final project done. Sorry for the explosion of pictures. Wanted to show you all the details!

Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

Bake Along Wall Organizer

I added a paper pad for grocery or to do lists.
I used clear vinyl and mad a recipe card pocket.
This can hold up to 3 x 5 sized recipe cards.

I added these cute strawberry buttons and bakers
twine so you can use small clothespins to hand
business cards or small things.

The Milk Block has no function other than
being cute!


The Egg Carton Block functions as a pocket to hold paper, money, etc. I added the small flower button in the middle to divide the pocket into two compartments. I didn't have the heart to sew a line down the middle of the cute egg carton!

 Egg Carton Block functions as a pocket. 

Egg Carton pocket details.

I also made a cute potholder using the Cocoa Jar Block. I knew the block wouldn't fit into my design, so I decided to make it into a pot holder. I added these tabs to the organizer so you can hang hooks for essentials such as a potholder or measuring spoons!

Cocoa Jar Block potholder

Cocoa Jar Block potholer

Bake Along Wall Organizer and Cocoa Potholder.

That's all friends! I hope you enjoyed my Bake Along Organizer!

See you soon!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Bee Happy Block Party!!


Happy Friday everyone! It's been quite a crazy month over in my household. My twins are getting bigger, faster, and more exhausting (ha!), but I do find the time to squeeze in sewing. It's what keeps me feeling normal! So when, I was asked to participate in Lori's Bee Happy Quilt Sew Along this month, I gleefully said yes. Lori Holt's projects are so much fun and I've always dreamed of making the entire quilt during a sew along. For this project, I chose 2 blocks - the flower box and bee hive and made these cute mini quilts. I have a blank wall in my sewing space, so I thought mini quilts would be perfect to start filling it. 

I've only started applique for dresden's and hexie blocks, so it was fun to use her Sew Simple Shape templates for the flower box and bee hive. It made the process easier that I may have to use more of her shapes for future projects!

Here is what I made:

Sew Simple Shapes by Lori Holt for Riley Blake

I'm not gonna lie, turning the flowers were the bane of my existence at first, but then I realized I missed Lori's advice to clip the corners. Clip the corners gals, it will make your life easier! After my mistake , it was smooth sailing from there and I was on a flower making, clipping corners frenzy! These actually were my favorite pieces to make. 

Process and progress

For the quilting, I decided to go with decorative stitches. These great little stitches are a cute way to highlight any shape to appliqueing. With the beehive, I quilted using a loopy stitch on my sewing machine. I thought these would be a cute touch with the beehive. With the flower box, I used a tulip stitch for the quilting to highlight the flowers. I chose all my favorite Riley Blake  and Penny Rose fabrics I've been hoarding. 

Here's that blank wall space, but I think I may just keep it on the
inside of my sewing cabinet. Please excuse Rosalie's bedhead. 

It was such a fun process making these projects and I can't wait to make more. 

I'm starting on my Christmas gift making bonanza and I think Lori's Sew Simple Shapes are definitely going to be included in some of my gifts! Happy sewing everyone!