Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jubilee for Riley Blake

Happy Fall officially! Everything should be orange, browns, creams, you know fall colors, but I'm sneaking in a punch of summer colors with this project. Jubilee by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake Designs is bright, beautiful, floral, and fun! I made these fun, basket weave pillows to go with my new, neutral couch.  

Here's what I made:

Basket weave pillows using Jubilee fabric.


Basket weave pillows using Jubilee fabric.


Basket weave pillows
Large pillow




Back of large pillow



Smaller pillow


Back of smaller pillow


When I first received the fabric I immediately knew what I was going to make. The leaf pattern was a perfect pattern for a basket weave type pattern. I wanted to do something different than quilting sqaures or hexies together, so I came up with this random pattern using the leaf print as my guide. I hand appliqued each piece, so this was a gratifying make. I made beautiful pillows to go with my new, ginormous couch. 



Jubilee Fabrics by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake Designs



I cut 2 3/4 strips for the weave.


Basket weave

Process

I hope you enjoyed my project. It was a joy make using this cheerful fabric! On to the next project!

Karen

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autumn Love Block Party

Hello Fall! Finally. I think this was the longest wait ever for fall right? It's starting to cool down here in forever Sunny Southern California. I can't wait to not use air conditioning and just open windows and doors. My husband likes the house delicious at 73 degrees. 

What better way to kick off Autumn with some fall sewing! I'm joining Lori Holt's Autumn Love Block Party and I signed up to make the Scarecrow. I have to say this is the cutest thing I've ever made! I used Calico Crow Fabric by Lauren Nash for Riley Blake Designs because it was fitting for this block! 

I used Lori's Sew Simple Shapes and followed Sew Along Guide. As usual, instructions were detailed, simple, and easy to follow with great tips. 

I made a mini quilt to hang with lovely fall decor! I may just have to make a couple of more blocks into mini quilts as my sister is requesting this one (her favorite season is fall and her house always looks like fall exploded with all her decorations!). 

Here's my project:

Scarecrow Block  Mini quilt - Autumn Love Sew Along


Details 


I used Calico Crow fabric by Lauren Nash for Riley Blake. My absolute favorite print was the crows on gray. I knew when I signed up for the Autumn Block Party, I had to use this fabric. So cute!

Calico Crow Fabric by Lauren Nash for Riley Blake, Sew Simple Shapes by Lori Holt  for Riley Blake


I used a decorative stitch for quilting the mini quilt so it would complement the fabric.

Details

Sew Simple Shapes

Prepping an apple


Apple basket, so cute!


Scarecrow

for visiting! On to the next project. 

Happy Fall!

Karen














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