Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Vintage Keepsakes for Riley Blake

Hello! Vintage Keepsakes by Beverly McCullogh (she has a fab website - for Riley Blake Designs is pretty, floral, and dainty - the three cornerstones of perfect fabric in my opinion! When I got these lovely fabrics I knew I had to make it into a bag of some sort. Bags are my specialty!

Vintage Keepsakes by Beverly McCullogh for Riley Blake Fabrics

Vintage Keepsakes Fabric

I created an Everything Bag which is boxy (to hold a lot of stuff), has a drawstring closure (to hold even more stuff), and pockets galore (to hold everything in your kitchen sink!).

One of my favorite prints in this collection was the handkerchief print. I used this print as the base of the bag and went from there.

Here is what I made:

Everything Bag using Vintage Keepsake Fabric

Everything Bag

Front Pocket
Everything Bag

Front Pocket

Side Pocket - It can fit a tiny book

Inside of front pocket

Drawstring detail

Inside of Bag - More pockets

Sketch of bag

I hope you enjoyed my project for Vintage Keepsakes fabric. It is available now, so check out your favorite fabric and quilt shops to see if they stock it!



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hesketh House Collection Tour

Hello there! I'm so excited to share this project with you!  Liberty fabric is beautiful, timeless, and let's be honest, special! So I was floored when I heard that Riley Blake Designs is going to be the distributor for Liberty of London Quilting Cotton. Hesketh House is the upcoming collection to hit the US through Riley Blake. It comes in beautiful colorways of deep greens, blues, and beautiful pinks. I knew instantly I wanted to make something with the deep green colorway (because it would match my Staub Pot hehe!). 

If you follow me, you know I just moved into a new house. My husband designed the entire house and I was left with only my sewing/guest room to decorate. I needed to add my handmade touch to something, so when I showed him Hesketh House he loved it (he's a a fan of Liberty too) and caved for me to make something. Our kitchen back splash has a herringbone design, so I instantly knew this was going to be my design for pretty potholders. The design is hand pieced (dont' ask how long that took but it was worth it!). I used a pattern I found online for tile tradesman as my template and went from there. I also used Riley Blake Linen in natural. I thought it would pair so well with Hesketh House! 

Hesketh House Collection for Liberty of London

Here is what I made:

Hesketh House Potholders


I also made a coordinating tea towel as well:

Potholders and tea towel in Hekseth House

Here's the back of the pot holders . I used leather trim for the loops.

Back of Potholder

Details of back

Here is the template I used for the herringbone design:

I hope your enjoyed my project with Hesketh House Collection. The collection will be arriving soon, so check with your local fabric store or online for more information!



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!



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