I kind of feel like a broken record saying that I’m so excited to share this finish! But I really am excited. This is the 2 by 4 quilt that I posted about a few weeks ago. It’s make using the Stash Design Star bundle I had curated late last year.
After finishing the quilt top I basted it right away and then things got busy and I let it hang over my door for a few weeks while I contemplated how to quilt it. So it was perfect timing when my annual sewing retreat with friends was just around the corner. I like to be a sneaky retreat sewist and come with mostly finished projects. hehe. It’s actually really practical for me because I feel really accomplished and excited to move on to other projects so it’s a win-win!
So as I rushed out the door for the retreat I threw the basted quilt and a few binding options in the car and was on my way. At the retreat I was able to talk over some quilting options with my table mate Amanda Jean. Lucky for me! I even got to borrow her machine to do the quilting because my travel sewing machine isn’t the greatest at free motion quilting. I went with loops and it was pretty fun! I’ve done loops before in the past but it’s definitely been over a year or more. It’s fun and goes pretty fast, too. Despite the first rows being a bit rough, I’m happy with how it turned out.
The backing is one I’ve been hoarding for a while. It’s a wide back from Carolyn Friedlanders’s Doe collection that I just loooove. It’s the perfect geometric backing for this quilt and really contrasts well with the loop quilting. Also, the binding ended up being the perfect choice, it’s a chambray from Art Gallery Fabrics that I really love.
Pattern: 2 by 4 Quilt block tutorial from Film in the Fridge
Fabric: Stash Design Star Bundle, Doe wide back, and Art Gallery Denim Studio binding
Hope you have a great week!
It’s finished! Last summer I took a class for hand stitching a leather tote up at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN with instructor Candace LaCosse. It was such a great experience and I’m so glad I jumped in and grabbed at the opportunity.
I was researching classes to take and happened upon the North House Folk School’s website. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t too far away and in the same small town as my friend Brienne. I reached out to her for me to join me and it ended up working out for us to take the class together.
Honestly, I was super nervous on the first day of class. Once we got started though it felt really comfortable and I was happy to be learning some new skills. The major part of this tote was the hand sewn leather handles. I definitely got my practice in for saddle stitching! Stitching them together took almost all of the two days of class time plus I sewed a bunch the night between class as well. I left the end of class with a few seams on the body of the tote to finish up and it took me almost a year to finally pick it back up and finish. It feels great to have it under my belt and I’m excited to keep moving forward and trying new things.
I would definitely encourage you to try any hands on classes that interest you! Nothing can replace being in a classroom setting with a knowledgeable teacher and other students who are learning side by side. It’s something I hope keeping pushing myself to do! I know there is so much out there, so many ways to connect, and so many crafts I want to try and learn.
And a huge thank you to my friend Holly for snapping the pics of me! yayyy!
Yess! Bring on the fun and simple summer projects please!!! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of a simple and useful sewing project like these king size pillow covers for my kids. It was actually their idea, which is a nice twist. Natalie had hers for quite a while with a different cover, but Emily was able to make use of a king size pillow that I had stored away. I can’t even remember what I had bought it for, but it was nice to have it on hand.
I think this makes such a great gift for kids and I’m storing it away at the back of my mind for the next birthday party my girls get invited to. It’s of course not as big as a body pillow (which is kind of nicer in my opinion) and still makes for a great pillow to read or get cozy with, especially for kids! The other part is that it takes so little time and just a few supplies so that makes it super friendly for gifting and fun for kids to help with or even make on their own with a little supervision.
So we sifted through my stash and found the cutest prints. It was definitely the best part! We came up with all kinds of options and then finally decided on these. Aren’t they so cute?! Lucky for me I always keep a few invisible zippers on hand. I buy mine from Zipit on etsy but you can always pick one up at your local craft store. What’s really a game changer is having a invisible zipper foot. For just a few bucks you can have perfect invisible zips every time, no joke. Many years ago I followed Sew Katie Did’s invisible zip tutorial which I definitely recommend. I’ve done so many now that I’m sure I have my own little tricks and twists and am happy to show my kids, too. We had a great time sewing them up and I’m sure we’ll be making more soon!
Fabrics: Water Land by Jessica Neilson for Cloud9 Fabrics, backed with Summersville by Lu Summers for Moda (yes, we busted into the good stuff!)
Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel, backed with Carolina Gingham by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Emily’s quilt is in the background, you can read about it here.