Friday, October 18, 2019

My Range Quilt

 Range Quilt

I recently finished a baby quilt and wanted to share my photos! Isn't this ombre colored office building a perfect match?

 Range Quilt

The story of this quilt... I love to gift quilts when my friends are having their first baby. There's something so special about giving something handmade. It's a joyful process for me to customize a quilt based on the nursery colors and just thinking about the parents and what makes them unique.

This couple loves to travel, go climbing, and be out in nature. I'm sure their little sprout will become an adventurer, too! So I chose to work with the Range Quilt pattern by Modern Handcraft. I chose the colors based on a print they knew they wanted to hang in the nursery.

 Range Quilt

I did modify the pattern in a couple ways! First, I knew I wanted a baby size, so I resized all the pieces to 60 percent. (Here's a 75 percent version at Quilty Therapy.) While I was at it, I also recalculated some cutting directions so I could piece strips in bigger sections.

Second, I eliminated the bottom color and took some liberties with the lower mountains to fit the fabrics I had and knew I wanted to use.

Range Quilt

I free motion quilted the Range Quilt with grey Madeira thread and used a triangular pattern to play up the mountains theme. Read more about my labels from Dutch Label Shop!

Range Quilt

For the back of the quilt, I machine embroidered a saying carefully chosen for the recipients: "The best view comes after the hardest climb." I hope it reminds them of all of the beauty that can come after a difficult journey. These words inspired me when I thought of them, and I also felt they worked hand in hand with the mountain and climbing theme. I hope it develops new meaning for them as they climb through parenthood in all its beauty and challenges.

I stitched the quote on my Baby Lock Destiny II (the same machine I used for quilting) before adding it to the quilt back. I used Embrilliance software to format the lettering, which I picked up at Jolson's Designs. It stitched up really well!

Range Quilt 

I found this fun wall mural in my neighborhood, and the colors make me so happy!

Range Quilt

See more pics of my quilt on Flickr!

Have you ever resized a quilt pattern? Did it turn out how you expected, or were there some bumps along the way?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

My "Sew Powerful" Purse

Can you imagine what it would be like to be a teenage girl, on her way to school, and you realize you're on your period and you don't have a pad or tampon?

Now imagine that you actually have no access to feminine care products. Nor can you buy soap to wash your clothes. It's not available in your village. Since you don't have these things, it's easier to just stay home from school. And when you return to school, you've lost an ENTIRE WEEK of learning.

This summer, while attending a sewing machine training event with Baby Lock, I met the founders of Sew Powerful, a charity led by husband-and-wife team Jason and Cinnamon Miles. The 501c3 exists to combat extreme poverty in Ngombe Compound in Lusaka Zambia. They are helping girls attend school all year long by giving pads and purses, sewn with love.

Sew Powerful Banner


Baby Lock and Sew Powerful

When I learned about the Sew Powerful Purse Project, I knew I wanted to be involved. Thankfully, Baby Lock is partnering with Sew Powerful during the National Sewing Month (yes, this September 2019!) to host charity sewing parties. All over the U.S., Baby Lock retailers are inviting you to come into the stores and sew a purse for a girl in Zambia. To find out if your local retailer is participating and sign up, go to for details! 

Sew Powerful Purse 1a
Sew Powerful Purse in Fairy Edith fabrics (Riley Blake Designs)
This simplified version of the purse pattern takes about 1-1.5 hours to sew (depending on how creative you want to get with the flap)! It's a beginner-friendly project, and I made mine entirely with fat quarters.


The Sew Powerful Purse Project

Sew Powerful Purse 4
Sew Powerful Purses in Riley Blake fabrics (left, Azure Skies; right, Fairy Edith)
Sew Powerful invites YOU to make a Sew Powerful Purse! These handy little bags have pockets to hold reusable feminine care products, which allows girls to stay in school all year long and improve their academic performance. (The local seamstresses in Zambia are employed to make re-usable hygiene pads to go inside the purses. Win-win!)

Sew a Purse, Change a Life...

Make as few or as many purses as you’d like. Take your time and make them as nice as possible. We want quality purses! The girls like cute and colorful purses. Share your passion for this project with us and others on social media with #sewpowerfulpurse This makes a great and very meaningful sewing group activity! Check out the Sew Powerful website for group activity resources.

Sew Powerful Note


Include a Special Note...


Include a kind greeting in your purse. Write something special to the girl who will receive your work. Maybe a poem, scripture verse, prayer, or word of encouragement. These cards are an important part of the program and each girl looks with anticipation in the purse to see what the sender has written – make it special!
Make sure you . . . Sew Powerful Purse 3b

Just think about what these bags will hold... the tangible help of reusable feminine products, and also the sense of love and pride that a purse was handmade, especially for them!

Sew Powerful Purse 6

Let your creativity shine! I hope you join us in sewing a purse (or two)!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sign up Today! Mod Bee online quilting conference March 14-16

Hey guys! I'm super excited to tell you about a brand new online quilting conference, organized by the ladies behind Simple Simon and Company.

It’s called the Mod Bee and it is 3-day quilting conference with live classes taught every 2 hours by quilting bloggers from across the country. I'm super excited to be TEACHING!

The best part? You don’t need to travel to attend. In fact, you don’t even need to leave home! You can attend this conference from the comfort of your own couch and in your pj’s if you like because this 3-day quilt-a-palooza is held online! How awesome is that?

Cathedral Windows Pillow Lindsay Sews

During Mod Bee I will each be teaching a 1-hour class to show you how to make this cathedral windows pillow!

Read more about the event below, including the free PDF patterns that are included, the PRIZES you can win, and special discount code for my readers!

Today I'm are excited to announce that tickets sales for Mod Bee are now open!

Mod Bee is 3 day, online conference full of interactive quilting classes taught by some of the Internet's favorite quilters.

This year Mod Bee will be held:
Thursday March 14th, 
Friday March 15th, and
Saturday March 16th  

(With classes running every 2 hours from 9am to 7pm)

When you register for Mod Bee you receive:

  • Access to a private Facebook group where 6 classes will be taught each day during the conference (Making that a total 18 classes!)
  • 12 PDF Patterns sent to you via email prior to the conference beginning so that you can be prepared to sew along with the classes of your choice
  • Automatic entry to win daily prizes during the conference
  • Continued access to the videos that will remain posted throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Ticket price for this 3-day event is just $75 (get an extra $20 offwith the coupon code LINDSAYSEWS)

The Mod Bee is a modern twist on an old fashioned quilting bee...a chance to gather together quilters from across the country into one location to learn, visit, be inspired and enjoy the love of quilting!

And, we hope you will join us.

The team of teachers gathered together this year include:

Bev from Flamingo Toes
Amanda from A Crafty Fox

Mathew Boudreaux from Mister Domestic

Kate from See Kate Sew

Cindy Cloward from Riley Blake Designs

Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Company

Lindsay from Lindsay Sews

Becky from Patchwork Posse

Caroline from Sew Can She

Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts

It is going to be three days worth of quilting awesomeness that you can take part in without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home!

Register HERE

(And when you do register don’t forget to enter the code LINDSAYSEWS to take $20 off the ticket price!)

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