Friday, August 24, 2018

Cats, Bats, and Jacks for Riley Blake

Hey you...BOO! Seriously, is it Halloween yet, or a least fall?! In my mind it is. I've already made pumpkin bread and made these cute trick or treat bags for my twins second Halloween! I realized this is the first thing I've sewn for them since they're baby quilts...bad mommy! Really though, I don't have time, and when I do sew anything, it's mainly for myself. So it was a real treat to sew something cute for them with the cutest Halloween fabric called Cat's bats, and Jacks by Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs.

Here's what I made:



Trick or Treat Bags 


Cats Bats and Jacks fabric by Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs


Jack's Bag


Rosalie's Bag


Back of the bag.


Inside of the bag.


Inside of the bag.


I usually don't use patterns and just measure, cut and sew. Sometimes, I don't even know what the heck I'm making and I design as I go! I cut, measured, and pieced together a design for the bag. I left the middle blank so I can place a pumpkin there. I cut out a pumpkin template and traced it onto the wrong side of the fabric. I then used the zig-zag stitch on the lowest setting and applique sewed it onto the panel.  I quilted the entire panel just using simple, close lines. I made a different panel for the backside of the tote using the Happy Halloween fabric and proceeded to complete the tote with inner lining and handles. 


Pumpkin template


Process


Process


And here is my cute model Rosalie and a little bit of Jack (he would not cooperate lol).  I tried to make the bags their size so they don't get too much candy! 


Rosalie and her treat bag.


Rosalie


Rosalie


Rosalie


Jack Jack with his treat bag.


Twinning


Bye Rosalie!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now onto Christmas presents!! 


Best wishes,

Karen

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


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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!


Karen




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!

Details



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!


Karen