Emily’s Kawaii Quilt

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Yayyyy! A finished quilt is always reason to celebrate. It felt great to pull this out of my work in progress pile before heading off to the retreat with my friends. I’m usually pretty terrible at coming up with projects to sew at a retreat, but maybe I’m possibly getting the hang of it?! I pulled out this finished quilt top and a hunk of backing fabric that I had set aside. Lately I’ve been trying to use the coziest backings for quilts, but these apples on quilting cotton were too perfect not to use.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

So I grabbed the quilt top, my batting, backing and binding fabrics and headed out the door! I pieced the backing with some of the leftover large squares from the front, it adds a little bit more fun to the back. I still have to make a quilt label though, I think it’ll be fun to add one.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

It felt really great to have some quilting to do. I find it really relaxing, especially straight line quilting like I chose here. There’s something about it and I’m glad it’s something I can comfortably do while listening to a podcast or chatting with friends. I even had help basting, you know you’ve got great friends when they help you baste (thanks Amanda and Brianne!). I also ended up hand tying with some yarn in the middle of each four patch. I love the way it looks.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Finishing felt so great, and it ended up being perfect timing. My daughter Emily’s birthday was just a few weeks later. She was soooo thrilled to get the quilt. When she opened it she immediately snuggled up on it and then put it on her bed. Can’t get much better than that.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Read more about the beginnings of this quilt:
Fabric Journey
Getting ReadyEmily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Pattern: none (based it on this photo)
Fabrics: all the kawaii and fun fabrics I had in my stash forever!,
backing is Apple Jack by Tim and Beck for Moda

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

p.s. I’ve restocked a bit of the 3/4″ leather and will be continuing to restock other leather throughout the next week and will add a few more length options.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead


Indigo Dyeing + a Pillowcase


I love this little project so much! It all started with a chunk of PFD fabric that I’ve had in my stash for at least a couple of years. I was planning on just giving it away, but when I got together with my friends earlier this month they encouraged me to dye it!


Each summer we’ve gotten together people have dyed all kinds of fabrics, I didn’t ever jump in. I’m not sure why really, I don’t have any excuses.  I was so glad though when I did this time. It ended up being really fun, especially when a group of people do it together. It’s a really great way to try something different. It’s not so scary as it would have been if I had tried it on my own!


Jeni brought an indigo dyeing kit and her supplies, thanks Jeni!!! It made things go so well – being prepared is a good thing, and one that I’m glad Jeni is great at. I wrapped mine up and then gave it a good dunk. Jeni had done this type of folding before so it was easy for me to choose which one I wanted to try and go for. After it was all set I knew I needed to make something with it quick! I figured this pillowcase would be perfect. And it is! I’m so glad I made it last minute on the day we were leaving. Even though a pillowcase only takes a few minutes, I still think I would have put it off. p.s. be sure to check out the awesome stuff Jeni has made from hers!


So yay! I got home and gave it to Emily (her favorite color is blue). Plus I figured I could always steal it from her, hehe, she’s good at sharing. And I probably should have ironed it for these pics, but we’ve been using it non-stop!

Here are a couple pillowcase posts (here and here) I’ve written about in the past. Quick and easy!


p.s. Thanks for the Petal Pouch love, I’m so excited that you like it! And thanks for hanging in there while I restock my leather products!



Petal Pouch Pattern now in the shop!


Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the Petal Pouches that were part of the first issue of Making magazine. I heard through the grapevine that Flora (Making’s first issue) sold out quite quickly so I’m happy to be able to release the PDF version of the Petal Pouch here in my shop.


They’re my fun twist on a zippered pouch, a sewing project that will never cease to amaze me. I love the quick and satisfying result and of course how functional and giftable (that’s a word I know it) they are! So if you’ve sewn a pouch before, this might be a fun way to stretch your skills a bit with fun curves and darts.

Click here for more information and to purchase.


One of the hardest parts about sewing for printed publication is waiting patiently for it’s release. These were so cute (especially the small size) that once I finished I wished I could have shared immediately. But being patient is good, and now I’m excited for them all over again. Patchwork exteriors anyone? Appliqué? I know you like to get creative.


I also listed more leather in the shop as well. I’ve added 3/4″-wide leather in a few lengths. One of the lengths is for the Tiny Treasures Basket pattern, the other length is great for short tote straps. I’ll be doing a full restock in the next few weeks, so thank you for being patient. If there’s something specific you’d like to see let me know and maybe it’s something I can add in the future.

Stay tuned for the second issue of Making magazine (titled Fauna) in the fall. I’m excited to have another project included!

Have a great weekend!