Quickly popping in today to let you know I’ve got a new pattern that’s just about ready! I’m taking final pictures this weekend and it should be in my shop by the middle of next week. Here’s a tiny sneak peek without giving too much away. 😉
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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!