Thursday, February 16, 2017

Big HSTs for a Little Baby.

A tiny little baby entered our world, and I wanted to make a special quilt for him.

It all started with this bee fabric.  I've been holding onto it for a few years now, waiting for the right little baby to come along.

My second goal with this quilt was to experiment with large half-square triangles.  I started with 10" squares, and the rest is history.

At first I didn't love this quilt.  I got a little nervous when I was arranging blocks....but with each step that I took to make the quilt, I loved it even more.  And the binding (scrappy, of course!) was the icing on the cake.

I'm linking this post to Simple Simon & Company's Modern Quilt Along.  I'm looking forward to 10 months of stretching myself and trying new things!

Enjoy!  :)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eggs 2.0.

Nearly three years ago I opened up my Etsy shop with a few items, and I got my very first sale of fillable fabric Easter eggs.

About a year later I added a pdf pattern for the eggs, and finally this year I've been able to add another size to the sets of eggs.

I'm really excited (egg-cited?) about these guys.  They're a little bit larger, and I added a zipper closure on the back.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm officially ready for Spring.  Bring on the eggs!  I'm looking forward to adding more styles in this size very soon!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Finally back to the Farmer's Wife Quilt.

My original goal was to finish the Farmer's Wife Quilt by the end of 2016.


Never fear.  I'll finish by the end of 2017!  (I hope.)

Alas, I returned to the quilt this week, and I finished up three more of the blocks.




Annnnnd 21 of the 22 blocks so far!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some squares and stripes.

A little baby entered the world not too long ago, and I had the distinct privilege of creating a quilt for her.

My favorite part of the quilt?  The scrappy binding.  :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Latvia Tote Bag.

Recently I got a message in my Etsy shop from a woman who purchased a bag from me two years ago.

The customer loved her bag so much that when it came time for her to order another one, she thought of coming to me first.  I wish you could see the smile on my face as I typed that sentence.  Do you know how neat it makes me feel to know she thought of asking me to do another bag?

In her message, the woman explained that she has a friend from Latvia, and she was wondering if I could incorporate a Latvia-themed scarf into a tote bag for her friend.

Friends, this is what I love about the Etsy thing.  I really enjoy custom orders, and I really REALLY enjoy it when I get to come up with something thoughtful/special/unique.

Her only other request was that I use denim, so I took the scarf and got to work. 

Confession:  I was terrified to make the first cut.  Terrified, I tell you.

But once I got past the first cut, the rest was fun.  ;)

Because of the large scale of the map on the scarf, I decided to use half of the country on the front of the bag, and half of the country on the back. 

Some of the placement of the panels was dictated by the recipient's hometown of Daugavpils- I wanted to make sure I didn't crop out the most important city on the map!  (and wouldn't you know it was wayyy on the bottom...)

On the inside of the bag I added a pocket, and used some of the leftover scarf material.  I think that's one of my favorite parts.

Et voila!  I really hope the recipient of the bag enjoys this reminder of her home!  I think it's such a thoughtful gift from her friend!