Happy Friday! The sun is out and shining today plus my girls are home because there’s no school today. I love days like this! I figured it would be fun to pop in and share a couple of fun things I’ve been up to.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days at a sewing retreat with my friends. It was just a blast and I so look forward to those times together. We hung out at Stitch Supply Co. in Eau Claire, WI and I highly recommend it. Ann has really thought of everything when designing the space! It was my third time there, the first time I went for another retreat and the other I was teaching at!
So at the retreat I worked on my double gauze quilt which was totally inspired/ripped off from my friend Jeni. You can see her finished quilt here and read all about her great tips, too. I followed suit and went with a random patchwork. I need to get a small bit of fabric to complete the backing and then it’ll be all set! I can’t wait to cuddle with it and have reserved a spot for it in my living room where it will live. So snuggly!
I also sewed up this infinity cowl thanks to my friend Deedee who just happened to have already made an infinity cowl out of the same fabric. Black and white, yes please. It went together in about 3 minutes and I wore it the rest of the trip.
I also walked away with a few fun gifts! My friend Amanda gave me a copy of her new (yes!!!!) book, No Scrap Left Behind. I’m so pumped about trying out a project or two. They’re all so pretty. I also scored some fabric and a needle wallet and this great tote bag.
I couldn’t be more grateful and feel so lucky to call them my friends.
Also, I’m working on getting some hardware kits together!
Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a video of how to install a turn lock! Nothing fancy, but I hope it’ll help and give you a little more confidence when installing a turn lock for the first time. In the video I use a few supplies that I’ll list here:
I hope this will be helpful and that you feel comfortable installing a turn lock. The tote I featured in this tutorial as well as the picture above is the large size of my Explorer Tote Pattern (below is a pic of the small size).
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Happy Friday everyone! I put the finishing touches on this sample of my Explorer Tote pattern the other day. I’m glad to be able to get some pictures and show it off a bit. I’m pretty certain that this one will be mine to keep.
I had actually made this sample a very long time ago and had to do a bit of bag surgery on it to get the turn lock installed. I had made it without one before I finalized the design and knew I couldn’t just leave it heaped in a pile in my closet. So out it came and I had to rip some seams to get the bottom of the turn lock in, but it wasn’t too bad of a struggle! I’m so glad I did because I really like this color combo. The Rain Walk, Carkai, and waxed canvas combo just had to be made.
I’m hoping to take it on my next sewing trip!
Also, not sure if you’ve heard of Quilter’s Candy Box yet, but one of my patterns will be included in their March boxes! I’m so excited!!! I had gotten one of their first boxes and it was such a fun treat. Speaking of treat, I think that definitely sealed the deal, a treat to eat is included in each box! I love that. So stop by their website and see if you’d like a box for yourself or maybe gift one to a friend!
Lastly, I was considering selling some turn locks – either individually or as part of an Explorer Tote hardware kit, is that something you’d be interested in at all? Let me know!!! I’m planning on having the turn lock video tutorial ready for next week. I promise they’re way easier than you think to install, and super user-friendly to use. 🙂
Pattern: Explorer Tote (large size with recessed zip option)
Fabric: Rain Walk by me! (it’s a couple of years old now so maybe a few shops still have some?),
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander, and waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles