I finished my 2 by 4 quilt top yesterday! I’m definitely excited about it. I had been plotting and planning after finalizing my fat quarter bundle for Stash Fabrics Design Star last year. There was no way I wanted it to sit around any longer! I just love these colors and fabrics together. They’re fresh and springy and make me pretty darn happy.
I had considered doing something a bit more elaborate with the bundle and kept flipping through my list of quilts that I someday wanted to make. Nothing was quite striking a chord though. Until Ashley posted her latest 2 by 4 quilt top, that’s when it sort of clicked in my head, but then it took my brain a few months to finally commit and then one day I started chopping up fabric. It just felt right.
The blocks came together in less than the Hamilton soundtrack and I chain pieced the rows together and finished the top in a few hours as well.
As I was sewing the blocks together I realized I really didn’t have a plan for this quilt and who it will eventually live with. Almost every time I make a quilt I have a gift to give or already have somewhere I want to donate it to, but not this time. I suppose I might keep it for myself but I think I’ll wait until its finished. It’s kind of different feeling to not know where it’ll end up, but I do know I’m excited to quilt it. It doesn’t feel like I make a lot of quilts, so I really enjoy the quilting process itself. I’ve spent enough time making mistakes and learning that now I’m able to not worry about messing things up, so it’s relaxing and exciting at the same time.
Pattern: 2 by 4 Quilt Block by Ashley (Film in the Fridge)
Fabrics: Stash Fabrics Fat Quarter Bundle that I curated last year (bundle here at Stash)
It’s finally feeling like summer here the past few days, we may have even acquired our first sunburns to go along with it unfortunately. I’m excited to see what unfolds for us this summer. It’s been such a privilege to be able to be at home with my kids and I really want to soak up every minute this summer. Time seems to be quadrupling in speed lately! So whenever I feel stressed out I usually go on a cleaning and clutter busting spree. My closet is where I usually go a little crazy. So this summer I definitely need some wardrobe staples including tanks like the Willow Tank and probably as many shorts as I can muster. I really don’t like wearing shorts, but sometimes you’ve gotta bite the bullet.
So this is my first Willow Tank (pattern by Grainline Studio) and it was a super satisfying sew. It maybe took 2-3 hours total from printing and taping together to cutting and sewing. I tried not to rush it too much. It’s easy for me to see the finish line after sewing just a couple of seams and then push through only to be disappointed that I didn’t slow down and take my time. So I was pretty successful on that front.
I picked this chambray that I’ve had for a bit, it was actually one of the only garment fabrics I had that had been washed and ready to go. It’s super soft and I’m glad it’s got some give because I’ve got some tweaking to do for the tank for the next time I make it. I have fairly broad shoulders so the upper arm area and back is pretty snug. If anyone can point me to some info on those kinds of adjustments I’d love to try it out. It’s one fit issue that I have with RTW clothing, too. I have a hard time finding woven shirts that are comfortable across the back and shoulder area.
Anyway, I’m excited that this is a tank I think will get worn quite a bit. I can see myself layering it under a cardigan for the fall and winter, too!
Pattern: Willow Tank by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Dot Chambray in Indigo by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Hello hello! I’m happy to share my bag that I’ve been toting around the last few weeks, my Traverse Bag. I’m very excited to show this to you, it’s been fun using this bag.
So as part of my last minute packing scramble to get out the door and on my way to Sewtopia a few weeks ago, I decided I needed to load up my stuff into this sample Traverse Bag I had made. I wasn’t planning on switching last minute, but it ended up being so great. I knew that I wanted to switch to a crossbody and something smaller for summer, but I hadn’t taken time to plan something out ahead of time. It ended up being perfect timing with the Traverse release, so it was fun to fill it with my things and take it for a test drive.
I’m pretty sure the true test to any travel bag is to take it on a trip. I’m so happy I did! Normally it makes me a little nervous switching bags just before traveling, but I felt right at home. I was able to fit everything I needed and not feel weighed down. I did carry on a really big canvas tote with all my kits and step outs, but the rest was in my bag. It held what I usually carry on a daily basis plus a few travel extras that I carried along. I’m usually super minimalist when it comes to traveling, but when I’m traveling alone I have to make sure I’ve got what I need just in case!
Happy to report this bag is my new fave and I was so thrilled to hear the women at Sewtopia tell me how much they liked it, too. I was pleasantly surprised to hear many of them tell me the size they chose (regular and mini) was just right for what they need, it’s always to hear things first hand in person. I really love that part about teaching!
Pattern: Traverse Bag (regular, but you bet I have a mini on my list to make for myself as well!)
Fabric: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander (this Essex is about as light-weight as I would go for the exterior fabric,
anything lighter and you’ll probably want to add extra interfacing than what is called for)
Fun bonus, I’m wearing my Josephine Top (pattern by Made by Rae), which is my all-time favorite and most worn handmade top!
Lastly, I’ve restocked the hardware kits for the Traverse Bag, so be sure to grab one!