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My Favorite Gifts to Sew for Others

Posted on December 19th, by Amy in finished project. 7 comments

I make them every year it seems – the Pieced Pouch, full of color yet sophisticated enough for anyone to carry or use. It is my very favorite gift to sew for anyone – teachers, friends, family. Now I’m wishing I’d sewn a dozen since these are all spoken for!

I love Kaufmans Essex Yarn dyed in black for these pouches. It adds texture and depth without quilting or too much pattern. The prints are from Alison Glass, and zippers from Zipit on etsy. A pattern has been requested a few times already, I’ll be getting that together in the new year.

Table runners always make their way to the top of my list to sew for others too. The top runner is made from left over bits from a quilt I made earlier this year, all the extra bits had already … Read More »



Handmade Gifts

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in finished project. 8 comments

I am nearly done with my book, and can’t wait to send everything in this week! I realized that I never shared my tiny bit of handmade gifting here – and wanted to, before it’s any later!

These blocks measure 3 1/2″ square, and were paper pieced for precision.  I just love how crisp all the corners are when paper-pieced!

I had this idea for for a zip pouch for a while, and wanted to show off the prints with the subtle background. I also think the size is perfect, for just about anything!  Prints are Clover Sunshine, the background, Essex yarn-dyed in black. I finished up these teacher gifts late the night before the last day of school, added a few extra bits and they were well received.

I made a second … Read More »



Getting Organized!

Posted on August 26th, by Amy in finished project. 5 comments

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! With our first week of school behind us, we were glad to have a chance to relax together, and have fun! I am slowly getting my desk/office area organized again, finding new homes for all the usual things, to do lists, bills, school papers, etcetera.

When looking through my pins recently, I found a wall mail organizer that I decided would make great use of the wall space around me. Plus – it’s bright and colorful on the white wall next to my desk! Once I get the rest of the desk under control, I’ll share more.

This week, I’m working on a number of little things and a few big ones – what about you? Hopefully, I find a little time to sew too … Read More »



Binding Bucket – Upgrade!

Posted on April 3rd, by Amy in finished project. 5 comments

Good afternoon!  My week is all mixed up with my kids home on Spring Break, but last night after they all went to bed, I made a little sewing time for myself.  For the last few years I’ve been using a yogurt container to keep all the binding necessities in one spot.  Boring…I think it happened when I was writing/binding quilts for my first book, I just needed something quick! And I never took the time to make something new.

This is my new binding bag!  I used Anna’s tutorial, and added a few of my own details.  Like a double zipper, meeting in the center, quilting to the exterior with a layer of batting, and a divider in the lining to keep my binding clips separate from the scissors and thread.

Now … Read More »



Quick Laundry Bags

Posted on June 12th, by Amy in finished project. 9 comments

Hi friends – My older two girls, 8 & 12, have been doing their own laundry, they decided doing their own, was better than helping to sort for all for kids. So to keep things organized they needed their own laundry bags. I found a few full yard pieces in my stash and let them choose which they wanted. Then I took an hour to make these fun drawstring laundry bags!

 

On the left is It’s a Hoot by Momo, for Moda, mostly out of print at this point, for Emmalie. On the right is Delighted, by The Quilted Fish, for Riley Blake, for Ella.
I had fun with a fast finish, and the girls immediately picked up all their laundry to half fill their bags. That’s a win – win situation!
Any fast finishes at your place today?
Amy



My Quilted Tote

Posted on May 31st, by Amy in finished project. 23 comments

Last week, in the midst of all the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival emails, I finished this tote up for myself on my birthday! I had been working on the panels here and there while other projects came and went the few weeks prior.

BTW – Today is the last day to vote here and here! There’s been a good turn out for voting – Thanks for taking the time!

I was inspired by Penny and her tote, but of course had to make it my own.

That’s the beauty of this type of work, each piece is as different as the scraps in your bin.

I’ve been using the bag for a week now, of course it’s full of receipts, and coupons, but the pocket is one of my favorite parts!

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Almost 12

Posted on May 1st, by Amy in finished project, My kids, sewing. 13 comments

Ella will be 12 in less than two weeks – I have a hard time wraping my head around that number still!

Anyway, she has a violin concert at school this week, and requested a purple skirt.

Nothing too busy, she said, and was immediately drawn to my Kona stash.

45 minutes later we had a skirt, and a compromise – I had to add a little print.

She’s happy, and it was a fast project!

Both make me a happy mom.

- Amy

Fabrics: Kona, Thistle, Amy Butler Lark, Floral Couture



Cosmic Burst Pillow

Posted on March 22nd, by Amy in finished project, finished quilt. 21 comments

I stayed up a little bit later than I should have last night, but I really wanted to get this pillow finished up!  I’ve had a busy week of computer work, and sometimes sewing late into the night is the perfect way to wake up my creativity.  Pretty sure some of you can relate to that!

For this pillow, I had a charm pack of Cosmic Burst, and something small seemed like the best way to let them shine together.  Most of the charms where marked, and yielded 8 HST units – yep, they are tiny!  1 1/2″ across, I’ll have to share my method in another post soon.

As much as I typically love things orderly, I had fun laying out the HST units randomly, and watching different patterns emerge.   … Read More »



Weekend Sewing

Posted on February 20th, by Amy in finished project. 9 comments

Hey!  It’s been a relaxed weekend here, and with the kids out of school today, we are enjoying an extra family day!

First up today is a birthday party for one of Sophia’s favorite classmates, I made this sweet pouch, and we filled it with hair barrettes and bands.

Fabrics are from AdornIt, and perfect for the girly girl :)

I’ve got another project in progress, I’m excited to share it with you later this week!

What are you up to today?

Amy


Tablet Keeper Blog Tour with Nancy Zieman

Posted on January 4th, by Amy in finished project, give away. 51 comments

I’m excited to be participating in this blog tour celebrating Nancy Zieman’s most recent Trace ‘N Create templates.  All month long you will see lots of creativity on the participating blogs, as each blogger shares their personal Tablet Keeper.

One of my sewing projects last week was my own Tablet Keeper!

Nancy’s new template set is perfect for your e-reader or iPad, but if you prefer paper there’s options for a  paper pad as well!  The best part is there’s no paper pattern pieces to keep track of, all the measurements, and markings for three sizes, are on one template.

I made the medium size to fit my iPad.  Once I cut my pieces and added interfacing the project went smooth and quick!

The instructions are on precise, and easy to follow.  Also the … Read More »



Teacher Gifts

Posted on December 21st, by Amy in finished project. 15 comments

I left these to the last minute, BUT I sent these pouches to school with the girls today!  It’s their last day of school “for the year” as Ella likes to point out. 

I had the girls help pick out fabrics for their teacher yesterday, and spent the evening paper piecing 6″ blocks.

 I then just added a bit more fabric to 9 1/2″, and added fusible fleece for a bit of body.  I like the structure it gives zip bags, without stiffness.

Each pouch has a baggie inside with a dozen cookies inside, a good sampling of what we made, without being to much!

I had fun making these, and love how individual they are, hopefully the teachers find a good way to put their pouch to … Read More »


Weekend Sewing

Posted on November 15th, by Amy in finished project, sewing. 21 comments

Over the weekend I put a new die to use!  I’ve slowly added to my die collection, and most recently ordered the diamond die.  Looking for a fast finish, and a different way to use the diamonds, I settled on this table runner!

For the picture I hung it on the kitchen wall, since table pictures are never that great.  (Please ignore the drawing on the walls!)

I assembled it in four long rows, and used random straight lines to quilt it, pretty densely too, so it stays flat on the table.  I have to say, a runner has saved more than one spill on our table, from running to everyone, and it always returns from the wash, good as new!

Anyway, with each die that I add, I’m so glad … Read More »






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