Friday, March 27, 2015

Black Stripe Binding

I'm rather obsessed with the fresh look that a black stripe binding adds to so many of the different quilts (here and here) and SewTogetherBags I've made recently.  It's my go-to binding for most projects. 
I've had been asked quite often about which stripe I use and where I buy it.
The answer is: I used 2 different stripes, and I usually buy them from (or from @auntipami on IG)
small stripe
black stripe binding
large stripe
Timeless Treasures Stripes Black/White
The smaller stripe I use is by Timeless Treasures, and you can find it numerous places online.  I usually get it (here) from (or from @auntipami on Instagram).  I buy it multiple yards at a time.   =)  It adds a bit softer contrast, while still being fresh, classic, and unexpected.
Michael Miller Clown Stripe White/Black
The larger stripe is Michael Miller Clown Stripe, and gives a more dramatic contrast and flare.   (Also bought here at
So there you go.  Now if you've been looking for some of the "famous" black stripe binding fabric, now you can get what you're looking for.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Finishing things up

This past January, I made it my goal to finish all my half-completed projects, before letting myself start new ones.  I don't know why it's so hard to get them out of the drawer and finish, but boy does it feel good after I'm done.  Kinda like cleaning bathrooms, I guess.  =) 
This baby quilt (available in my Etsy Shop) was a fun project for me to improve my paper piecing skills.  Kite Tails is a free PDF pattern by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time.
The colors are just so fresh and soft.  Perfect for a sweet baby girl, I think.
After making Audrey's purple quilt, I used leftover 2.5" strips to make this twin size quilt.  I seriously love it.  When I started quilting this one, I thought I was fairly good at FMQ (free motion quilting), but once I started in on the loop pattern, I realized how much room for improvement I have.  But I still think they are charming.  =)
This throw-size Dutchman's Puzzle quilt top has been sitting for at least 3 years.  The fabric is a mixture of Ruby (by Bonnie and Camille) and other scrappy reds and aquas.  Can you tell they are my favorite? (right up there with black stripe binding. =)
My WIP (work in progress) list is shrinking rapidly, and my Etsy Shop is re-stocked.  I work so much better when I don't have a bunch of unfinished projects hanging over my head.  How about you?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

First-Aid Pouch - Pattern Now Available!

Wow!!  I had no idea there would be such an astounding response to the Travel First Aid pouches I posted last week!  As a result, I decided to write up the pattern, so you can make them too. 

Pattern now available in my Etsy Shop and at as an instant PDF download!

I think they would make such cute Mother's Day gifts, don't you?!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Travel First-Aid Pouches {and Giveaway!}

You know those projects you've wanted to get around to doing for a long time, but never do?  A first-aid bag (for my purse) was one of those things for me.  With 5 little kids, everywhere we go someone is getting hurt, a splinter, a scratch, or simply in need of a little TLC.  =)

A dear friend of mine is having a birthday next week, which pushed me to make one for her... then one for me... a few for my Etsy shop (you know - while I'm at it!), and one over on my Instagram for a fun GIVEAWAY! (see bottom of this post)
(And I'm making 6 pouches, I wonder to myself: how does a person make just ONE of anything? me.)
I made up my pattern as I went along - which was frustrating while I was doing it.  But the multiple styles/sizes ended up being fun!  Sometimes when I sew I have to remind myself that "learning while doing" is a part of things, and to not let it frustrate me.  Of course, I learned a few valuable things along the way, and LOVED them once they were done. =)

These 2 styles (below) are available in my Etsy Shop (while supplies last).
But this little guy is for ONE LUCKY WINNER!   (Don't you just adore the blue lining with the little dogs?!)
- Giveaway Now Closed -
(pattern now for sale - click here)

Head on over to my Instagram account (click here to enter!) 
1- be sure you're following me,
2- tag as many friends as you want! 
One lucky winner will be picked this Sunday (3/15/15) at 6pm Mountain Time.
Good luck!

Modern Pearls Quilt Along - Week Four (the finish!)

Good Morning, friends!  It's the fourth (and final) week of our Modern Pearls Quilt Along, and this is where all those 9 patches start t...