Bella Skill Builder ~ Orange Peel

Hi!  Can you believe it is already March?  The year is flying by and I am ready for Spring : )

Today I am sharing the latest block in the Bella Skill Builder hosted by Fat Quarter Shop ~ Orange Peel. 

Fat Quarter Shop has a nifty Orange Peel template which you can find [HERE]  
I chose to do a turned edge appliqué.  No raw edges for me.
I started making my petals by using hand appliqué but then saw these gorgeous petals made by Amy Sinabaldi.
She cuts the petals 3/8" larger than the templates and then carefully irons the seam allowance around the template. You can see her petals and the explanation [HERE]

I am continuing with my pink lemonade palette which has been so fun and refreshing to work with!
So far, my blocks are playing nicely together : )

Be sure to share your block with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing


Pussy Cat Pattern ~ Available on Craftsy

It has been some time since I released a new pattern.
Life was busy in 2016 with a house remodel (almost done!!!), and a secret project (can't wait to share this November).

I decided to spend my time designing a pattern and donate the proceeds to an organization that does amazing work - Planned Parenthood.
The pattern is available on Craftsy

I don't use this platform to share my political views and like to think of this as a "happy place" to share my pretty projects and inspire your amazing creativity.

But, In my feelings of despair with the state of leadership in the United States, I decided to use this platform and my love to design as a way to "pay it forward" by donating the proceeds from this pattern to organizations I support.  
I understand that not everyone is in a position to share their political views for fear of losing customers and support.  
Fortunately,  I am in a position to share my political views and use my voice for what I see as good.

So....for the month of February I will be donating all the proceed from the sale of this pattern to Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for your support!





***The Splendid Sampler Anniversary Celebration - and lots of Give Aways***

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day.
Today I am hosting a give away in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the Splendid Sampler.

Pat and Jane are hosting a giveaway and you can find it [HERE]
They will have
* a US winner
* an Australian winner
* a Rest of the world winner
Just go to the link above where they will ask for a photo of ALL your blocks and what the project has meant to you. 

I am hosting a give-away, too!  
Leave a comment on this post and share what you feel is the most Splendid part of this Sew Along.

The winner will get a $25.00 credit towards any patterns in my Etsy shop!

Comments are open until Feb 21st at 11:59 PST
and I will announce the winner on February 22nd.

Here are my blocks.  I didn't make 100, but I am well on my way.  
And remember, it isn't a race!  
I have been incredibly busy this year with a house remodel and secret project 😉 so I am very excited to have time to make the rest of the blocks in 2017.

Be sure to get your copy of the book.  You can find it [HERE]

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
It is an extra special day for me since I met my husband 18 years ago today!
Oh my gosh, we look so young : )

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!



Splendid Notions Pouch featured in Homespun Magazine

Hello and Happy Monday.

I designed my Splendid Notions Pouch for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along
and you can find it featured in Homespun Magazines January issue.

The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew along with free blocks by 100 designers.

Homespun magazine asked if they could feature the project in their January 2017 issue.  
Of course I said yes!  

Homespun magazine has adorable projects to sew, quilt, embroider, knit, crochet, and appliqué.

The Splendid Sampler book will be released next month.  You can pre-order your copy [HERE].

The individual block patterns are free until the book is released and you can find them [HERE]

You can find my Splendid Notions Pouch [HERE]

We are currently experiencing a snow day here in Seattle!
We rarely get snow in the city so this has been a treat.  And of course my boys are thrilled to have a day off school!

Happy Sewing



Sewing on Repeat - Petal Pouches

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I spend lots of time on Instagram and there are lots of different ways to share what you are sewing.
Harts Fabrics is hosting a Self Care Sewing Month.  I think most of could use a little self care right about now.  There is a prompt for every day and yesterday was Groundhog's Day - What have you been sewing on repeat?

I have been sewing lots of Petal Pouches and started around the holidays in December.
A cute and easy pattern, I can't stop making them.

The patchwork version is my favorite and most of those fabrics are scraps from the scrap basket.
I used pink fabrics on one side, blue on the other and the alternating squares are Essex linen.

I made a few for gifts

and I have a few extras for future gifts.

What are you sewing on repeat these days?

Happy Sewing!




Bella Skill Builder - Kaleidoscope

Hello and thanks for stopping by.
I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop for the Bella Skill Builder.

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a sew along complete with free patterns and instructions to make a beautiful sampler quilt!

I love a good sampler quilt and am excited to be a part of this one.

The first month consists of two kaleidoscope blocks both measuring 12 1/2".

I chose a "Pink Lemonade" Palette consisting of summery yellows, coral pinks and red 

Fat Quarter shop is sharing the free blocks on their blog.
Patterns will be available from February 2017 to November 2017.

You can also buy a kit complete with fabrics and all the patterns in advance [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Playing with Kaleidoscopes

Happy Friday.
Starting on the first of February, I will be joining a sew along.
I can't wait to share a new block with you each month until November.
It is a perfect skill builder and there will be a finished quilt at the end.

In preparation for the sew along, I have been playing with fabric combos for Kaleidoscope blocks.  I love making these!

I chose an aqua and blue palette with a little red thrown in, and some fun Cotton and Steel Prints that are perfect for fussy cutting.
Hope to see you on February 1st!

Happy Sewing