NICU Smock Drive

Thank you for helping the Music City Modern Quilt Guild donate 1,082 NICU smocks to Vanderbilt and area Nashville children's hospitals in 2015! Read the story in the Tennessean here. For info on next year's charity drive, join our Facebook group and download the free pattern here.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Faraway Forest Fabric Gift Bags

Drawstring Gift Bags

Are you getting ready for the holidays? I wanted to share with you some little fabric gift bags I whipped up with an easy drawstring bag tutorial by my friend Veronica! If you enjoy sewing more than you like wrapping presents, you'll want to make several of these to have around the house.

Drawstring Gift Bags

This adorable fabric is Faraway Forest by Lizzie Mackay (Blend Fabrics), and I'm in love! It's hard to choose my favorite print, but I really love the animals and rainbows on white and dark grey. There's a nice border print and some cute floral coordinates, too.

Drawstring Gift Bags

If you check out the tutorial, you'll see four different sizes of bags. I made a total of 6 bags in the three smallest sizes. The smallest bag is a nice size for a gift card or jewelry.

Drawstring Gift Bags

I made three bags in this size, which are great for storing my sons wooden blocks, trains or other small toys. They are a great fit for wrapping up a T-shirt or other small gifts!

Where are you on your holiday sewing plans? Do you have a lot more to do, or have you just about wrapped up?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Around the World Quilt

I shared some sneak peeks of this on Instagram, but I'm glad to say that my world map quilt is finished!

Around the World quilt

I have really had fun with this scrappy applique method, which I also used in my Indiana quilt and Tennessee quilt! I used a variety of scraps for the continents, black Essex linen for the background, and an orange Carolyn Friedlander print for the border. Thank you to all who helped me decide on the border color on Instagram. I always have a hard time choosing!

This is the "Around the World Quilt" pattern from Shannon Brinkley's book Scrappy Bits Applique (Stash Books). You can see her original above. Isn't it just amazing? Shannon teaches workshops on how to make this quilt. I appreciate her suggestions to make it as complex or as simple as you'd like. After tracing and cutting out all of those little islands, I'd probably skip quite a few of them next time around!

Around the World quilt

Thanks for checking out my latest finish! What's on your sewing table right now? Are you getting gifts ready for Christmas? 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sporty Strap Pack in Art Gallery Fabrics Bound Canvas

I had some extra Bound canvas after finishing up my "Man Clutch" for Purse Palooza, so I decided to remake another project from my upcoming book with Janelle MacKay, On the Go Bags.

Sporty Strap Pack

I designed this pattern, a one-shoulder backpack, and call it the "Sporty Strap Pack." It appears on the book's cover in Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. It's great for intermediate-level sewists, and takes a few hours to sew, including cutting and interfacing fabrics.

It's so fun returning to an old project and giving it a totally different look! This Bound canvas fabric was designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery. I sewed another version of this bag for their Canvas Lookbook and Quilt Market.

Thanks my workout friend Libby for modeling! This bag is really designed to hug the body, so you never have to wonder where your wallet, phone or keys are. This is something I truly valued as a mom to a newborn, and was my inspiration for writing this book. When my son was born and we would head out to run errands, I was always forgetting, dropping and losing everything!

Sporty Strap Pack

For the pocket flap, strap fabric and zipper flap, I used a brown Cuddle Suede from Shannon Fabrics. Cuddle Suede is really easy to work with, and easier to sew with than leather. I used lightweight interfacing on the back. It does act just like a leather when wet. There's a magnetic snap under the pocket flap to keep contents secure.

Sporty Strap Pack

For the lining fabric, I used another print from April's Bound line. Aren't they so pretty together? The bag has two pockets, one inside and one outside.
 Sporty Strap Pack

The strap is also really easy to adjust with a plastic slider. I'm entering this bag in the Bound Fabric Challenge!

Thanks April and Art Gallery for the awesome fabric inspiration.


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