Monday, January 14, 2019

Pretty Bunnies and Flowers for Riley Blake

It's Monday again and I got a new project done! I made a pretty spring time strip quilt using Pretty Bunnies and Flowers by Riley Blake Designs. This pretty fabric is part of their Novelty of the Month Collection. Pretty, pastel, and floral's, this is a perfect fabric for Spring and Easter!

The bunny panel brings all the patterns together nicely, and it was easy to decide to make this panel into a quilt. I thought the best way to showcase the continuous bunny and floral patterns, was to cut the fabric into 3 inch strips. 




Pretty Bunnies and Flowers for Riley Blake Designs


Here is what I made:



Springtime Quilt



Springtime Quilt



Springtime Quilt


Back of quilt


Back of Quilt


Back of Quilt



Quilt Details



Quilt Details - I used a decorative stitch for the quilting.



Decorative stitches for quilting.



Springtime Quilt

I hope you enjoyed this springtime quilt using Pretty Bunnies and Floral's for Riley Blake Designs. This is definitely a pretty fabric to add to your stash!


Thanks!

Karen

Friday, January 11, 2019

Gretel for Riley Blake

Hello and Happy New Year! This is my first finished make for 2019. I'm so delighted to have worked with this adorable fabric called Gretel by Amy Smart (she has the cutest blog - Diary of a Quilter) for Riley Blake Designs.



Gretel Fabric by Amy Smart for Riley Blake Designs


It's absolutely darling, cute, and nostalgic. I decided to make what I call a  - busy bag for girls on the go (or Mom's like me). It can hold all the essentials - apple juice boxes, hot wheels, little dollies, wallet, and phone (yes, in this order because Mommy's essentials take a back seat to kids essentials).

Here's what I made:


Busy Bag made with Gretel Fabric


Busy Bag details


Back of Bag


Front Pocket


Gretel Fabric

So many of you have asked me, is there a pattern for your project, and sadly, no! My process of creating bags and projects in general starts off with deciding what I want to use it for, sketching, measuring, creating rough pattern, and sew as I go along.  My New Years resolution is to make patterns for all my projects (something long overdue). So hopefully, sometime this year I will have my patterns ready for all of you!

Here are some details of my process for the Busy Bag:

Making the front panel


Making the zipper panel

Sewing the bag inside out, and praying it turns out okay!


Bag turned inside out.

I hope you enjoyed my Gretel Busy Bag. Gretel really is adorable. I'm hoping in making a mini version for my daughter Rosalie!


Busy bag made with Gretel Fabric



Thanks!

Karen

Friday, December 7, 2018

Pout Pout Fish for Riley Blake

Hello! It's finally December and Christmas present making is in full gear at my house. I just recently introduced my kiddos to Pout Pout Fish Books, so when I was asked to make something with Pout Pout Fish for Riley Blake Designs, I was ecstatic! 

I made an art portfolio with handy storage slots and clear pockets to store art supplies, stickers, paper pad, and even a book! This folio will be for my son Jack Jack. He loves opening zippers and messing with buttons, so this is a perfect gift for him. He's also into drawing (on walls), so hopefully this will keep his drawing contained!

Here's what I made:


Pout Pout Fish Art Folio

Front of Folio

I had the idea of the folio looking like an aquarium, so I used clear vinyl for the front pockets.


Front of Folio

Front of Folio


Back of Folio

Back of Folio
Add caption


Inside of Folio

Inside of Folio

Inside of Folio


Inside of Folio

Inside of Folio

I hope you enjoyed this handmade present in my present making series! Onto the next one!

Karen

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fruitful Pleasures for Riley Blake

One month and two weeks till Christmas guys! Christmas present making is in full swing in my sewing corner (I'm getting my sewing room back in 2 weeks yay, but more on that later!). For this present project, I made a bag. I made a bag! I haven't made a bag in 2 1/2 years because of my twins. I had the opportunity to sew using these bright, pretty florals called Fruitful Pleasures by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs

This fabric line is just stunning. I love love love how bright and pretty it is. The fig print is beautifully done and goes so well with the all the floral prints. 

If you follow me (or if you don't), I use to make a ton of bags pre-twinning days. This was and still is my favorite thing to sew if time allows me. I based this bag on a scaled down version of the diaper bag I made a couple of years ago using Strawberry Biscuit fabric. 

Here's what I made:


Fruitful Pleasures handmade handbag


Details


Fruitful Pleasure handmade handbag


Outer pocket details


Zipper and side details


Inside of bag


Back of bag


I used pellon bag interfacing and quilted all the pieces. I have had a huge roll of this for awhile and I love working with this for bag. It gives it a nice shape and make the bag sturdy.




I made the handles myself. I was contemplating using cotton webbing, but my supply is somewhere buried in a box in my garage as I'm in the process of moving. I used the same pellon bag interfacing.
I cut a 2 inch long strip of interfacing and a 2 1/2 wide piece of fabric. I wrapped it around the interfacing and basted the sides.



Then if folded the two sides into the middle and blind stitched it together.



I turned it over and sewed the side edges to give it a finished look. Voila..handmade handles!

Handmade handle


Fruitful Pleasures by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs


Thanks for stopping by! Onto the next present!


Karen

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lemonade Sundae for Riley Blake

Hello! My twins have started preschool this past month, which means more sewing time for mommy! Now that I have some spare time, I'm starting on my handmade Christmas gifts. I gave Rosalie access to my toy collection and of course she picked out one of my faves...my Anniversary old school Cabbage Patch doll Maryanne. 

I bought her a doll bed for Maryann from Ikea, but the blanket it came with was not suitable for Rosalie's taste (mommy's taste hehe). So, I made a quilt and matching pillow using sweet, nostalgic fabric - Lemonade Sundae by Leonie Bateman for Riley Blake Fabrics. Pretty, dainty florals, and nostalgic, it goes perfectly with Rosalie's doll bed. Now I have to hide it from her for 2 months till Christmas. I hope she loves it!

Here's what I made:


Doll quilt with matching pillow


Doll quilt using Lemonade Sundae


I cut out hearts and used the needle turn applique method onto 4x4 squares. For the pillow, I used a larger heart and appliqued to the pillow.



Doll Quilt Lemonade Sundae

Doll Quilt Lemonade Sundae


I used the same backing fabric for the pillow to tie it all together.

Doll Quilt Lemonade Sundae


Beautiful Lemonade Sundae Fabric


I hope you enjoyed my little project. One Christmas present done, 11 more to go!


Best wishes,

Karen