Friday, August 1, 2014

Celestial Star QAL

Come on over to From Blank Pages today to see my Celestial Star block made with cotton + steel fabrics.  I'm sharing some tips on paper piecing.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heather Ross Mini for Handmade Birthday Club

Goodness, I am so behind on posting it is hard to know where to start.  So, I am in this group on flickr where we make a birthday gift for each other throughout the year.  My birthday is in April and I got an amazing haul of gifts.  I will share those soon, promise!  But today I am sharing a mini quilt I made for Sarah's birthday earlier this month.

It's not always easy to make something for someone you don't know without the direction of a swap that might have specific guidelines about what to make, but in this case Sarah happened to comment that linen and Heather Ross was her favorite combination.  I just happened to see that comment the day I was trying to find some inspiration for her present.

I had seen similarly constructed quilty items and I just decided to start with a hexagon and build it out, in rainbow order, log cabin style.

You can see that the yarn dyed essex linen gave me a little trouble with some stretching, but overall I love the design and all the fun Heather Ross fabrics.  In fact, I actually cut out two of all the pieces in an effort to make it easier to make one for myself some day!

I added some hand stitching around the princess :)

Well, I hope you are all having a lovely summer (or winter, depending which hemisphere you're in), and I promise not to be gone so long.  Almost back to school and routines, and more me time. sigh, mixed emotions!
xo, Courtney

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Long time, no post

Wow, I didn't mean to take a blogging break!  I think realizing how much I missed sharing here made the task too daunting.  So, we'll start small.  I made my mother-in-law a 241 Tote for Mother's Day.  I bought the orange floral linen from a friend on the IG #greatfabricdestash sale and the metallic linen was from a random listing on etsy.  This was not my first 241, and I love this Noodlehead pattern so much.

I even added one of my personalized buttons (flash sale on  to the back.  I always use an elastic ponytail holder for buttons like this.  Easy and they come in every color you'd ever need.

Okay, that post didn't take so long!  I'll be back soon(ish) to share some more!  I have three (THREE!) quilts basted sitting on the floor next to my sewing machine (and a few more tops that need backs and batting).  I usually don't baste until I am ready to quilt; preferring instead to have a collection of quilt tops, not sandwiches. Someday when I finish with bee blocks, swaps, clubs, etc.  I will quilt and bind them!  

Oh, and she seemed to really like the tote!

xo, Courtney

Monday, March 3, 2014

Circle 7 {Lindsey's Quilt}

Our Circle 7 traveling bee is coming to a close.  I received two quilts from Amy last week and quickly got to work on Lindsey's.  Lindsey chose to do a kitchen theme for her quilt and it is looking amazing!

I added that top row of four squares and espresso cups, but other than that, this is how the quilt looked when it arrived in my mailbox.

I recently bought the book Playful Little Paper-Pieced Patterns and knew as soon as I read through it that I would be making this for Lindsey's quilt!  By the way, this book is amazing.  The first portion of the book features a calendar quilt with a pattern for each month of the year (and a bonus project to make for each month's pattern).  I think the fruit plate is September. 

Before I got that book, I purchased the kitchen and pantry pattern sets from Sew Ichigo during a black friday sale.  I figured I should put that to use as well and made a row of cups and four patch blocks.  The only problem with an organic creation like this is that it can be hard to get things to line up.  Do I center my row on the real center?  Try to line it up with some other patchwork?  I really wasn't sure what to do.  I did add a border of white above and below it.  I was really trying to help this quilt grow vertically a little!

I didn't sew my fruit stand to the quilt before I passed it along, I figured Jennifer could finish that row before it goes home to Lindsey.  So now I have Jennifer's quilt to work on and it will be a full circle!

I have a busy week of sewing ahead of me, and it seems like everyone does!  Are you overcommited for March too?
Hope your week is off to a good start! xo, Courtney 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Crafty Traveler Blog Hop :: makeup roll

I am thrilled to be headed back to Sew South this year and so excited to be joining Jennifer in the Crafty Traveler Blog Hop.  I love to travel handmade and it is so much fun to see all the great ideas and words of advice from the stops on this blog hop.

After much hemming and hawing I decided to make the Makeup Roll from Stitched in Color.  I purchased this pattern an embarrassingly long time ago (like, um 2011!).  I love the finished product, but sometimes it is hard to get around to making things for yourself.  I also had it in my mind that all those pockets would take forever to sew.  I think I thought they had elastic in them to keep the contents from spilling out, but the good news is that they don't (so no elastic casings or pulling elastic through).  All in all, it took me about 2-3 hours to make and I love it so I am just slapping myself for not making it 3 years ago!

I used a print from Anna Maria Horner's new Dowry line for the outside and had fun picking different prints for the inside and pockets.  Although it would be faster to make all the pockets from one fabric, but not as fun!

As I've come to expect from her, Rachel's directions were very clear and included lots of photographs in the PDF file.  I was a little confused during the final assembly process, but I just did what the directions and pictures showed and it all worked out beautifully!

 I ended up using the standard layout, although the pattern comes with several variations on pockets to help you fit your products in perfectly.  My only adjustment was to make that bottom right pocket an inch wider to accommodate a large bare escentuals compact.  I just made bigger pleats to fit it in the same "footprint" on the case.  
Another thing I did different was to use fusible fleece instead of batting.  And I fused it to my background (green hugs and kisses print), before sewing the pockets on.  I felt like this made everything a little more stable, but probably wasn't necessary. 

 Here it is all filled up with my essentials.  I'm actually not just traveling with them like this, the case is their new home in my bathroom drawer.

The final change to the pattern I made was the button and loop closure.  Rachel suggested a lovely crocheted chain loop, but I am horrible with the needles, so I did my old standby, a hair elastic!

 This is the nice flap that helps to keep everything in place.

You can see I am pretty pleased with my little pouch and I probably will make a few more.  I was also thinking it would be pretty easy to customize this pouch to hold lots more than makeup.  This won't be my last makeup roll!

Now, for some more information on the blog hop and how you can win all the fun stuff below:

Crafty Traveler Blog Hop: Feb 3- March 12

Link-up your travel handmade project March 6-12 for a chance to win one of three great prizes! (US only) 

#1: Free Spirit Fabric, Crafty Traveler Tote supplies and Dritz rotary cutter. 

#2: Box of 50 Coats Threads

#3: Pellon Prize Pack (Interfacing & Batting) 

To enter to win simply link up your project at on March 6. Please link from a new blog post but your project can be anything you've made to travel handmade within the last 6 months. 
You may also link from Flickr or Threadbias. 

Blog Hop Schedule
3/6: Link-up opens at 
3/13: Winner's announced!

So get ready to link up your project!  Good luck! -Courtney

Friday, February 14, 2014

Share the Love {giveaway for imagine gnats indiegogo}

Two items to share today, one completely selfish and one not so much,  we'll call it mutually beneficial.

First, the selfish.  My hubby has been out of town all week.  So that meant the three days that the older kids were out of school for snow I was on my own.  I did a lot of laundry and a lot of dryer-only loads of mittens, hats and scraves.  We had a blast, but I ended each day in a state of exhaustion.  I had big plans to sew in the evenings while he was gone, but instead I let the big boys stay up and watch the Winter Olympics with me since we didn't have to worry about early school mornings. Side note - I LOVE the Olympics and this year with the patchwork and matroyshka dolls, I am just smitten (I choose to ignore the politics and focus on the athletes and regular people coming together in peace) and I am so planning a project with those diamond rainbow patchwork panels! It was definitely a fun week, but I was itching to sew.  Today, my in-laws took the big boys to go get heart shaped donuts and hang out for a while during the baby's afternoon nap and wouldn't you know, the stars aligned and he actually took the nap.

I knew exactly what I wanted to sew.  I had seen this adorable valentine's pouch on IG and had to make a copy.  Perfect for the coupons I never seem to bring into the store and the frequent customer cards crowding my wallet.

I loved cutting all of those pink squares and I used my glue basting tips finally!  I think I'm converted!

My valentine is finally home from New York and putting the boys to bed.  When he woke up this morning he found his flight home was cancelled.  When he called the number for USAir, they just hung up, so he went to LaGuardia and was told "we can get you on a flight Tuesday."  So he kept trying to talk to different people and wound up on a flight to DC this afternoon, thinking he would have to drive a rental car home.  He got lucky and got a flight to Charlotte on standby.  He landed on time and then when he got to his car it wouldn't start.  Volvo-on-call told him 11:30pm was the earliest they could get to him.  A nice man with the airport parking deck spent 45 minutes trying to get his car jumped and they finally got it.  So I'm extra happy to be with my Valentine tonight.  After 15+ years of valentines with him, I don't need candy or flowers, I just want to watch the Olympics next to him and maybe make some popcorn!

Okay, if you're still with me, thanks for that!  Second item of business, the mutually beneficial one, is a favor for a friend!  Rachael, the amazingness behind Imagine Gnats has started an Indiegogo campaign to get her patterns on to paper!

You know I love her patterns, from the Meridian Cardi to the Bess Dress and all the sweet ones for little girls, too.  You have a chance to fund her dream and you can get her awesome patterns just by donating (as low as $10 if you get in quickly).  There are many options and every dollar adds up, so please consider  donating (HERE!).  If you donate a bit more, you can even get shop credit as a perk, that's what I did - I love her fabrics!

image credit: Rachael, Imagine Gnats

If you donate (or already have) and leave a comment here, I will pick one winner to receive an awesome selection of charm squares from my fabric collection.  No idea how many or what yet, but don't worry, I'll take care of you : )  Let's just do honor system here.  Tell me "I donated" and make sure I've got your email address somehow. 

thanks for reading!  Extra hugs and kisses for today, I love my readers and stitchy friends! xxxooo, Courtney