Paper Cuts Quilt featuring Quarry Trail

I’m so excited to share this quilt today! It’s the Paper Cuts quilt featuring Quarry Trail! Paper Cuts is a quilt pattern by Megan of Then Came June and I just love it! I think it is the perfect showcase for your favorite fabrics.

Paper Cuts quilt featuring Quarry Trail

When I was getting ready to make my samples for Quarry Trail (that’s my new fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics), Paper Cuts jumped right to the top! I loved that Megan gave instructions for making this using directional prints. Quarry Trail does have directional prints so I made sure to note that (I made the Throw size).

Paper Cuts quilt featuring Quarry Trail
Paper Cuts quilt next to my Poolside Tote

Each column is made up of the same print in my sample, but Megan has tons of examples of scrappy and solid versions, too, so be sure to check them out!

Quilt Details

Of course I was pushing it to the last minute so I quilted this one myself, too. I really do love quilting on my machine. It’s fairly quick on a quilt this size (~56×68″). I did simple straight lines and just kept quilting! I used Kona Natural for the background and love how it compliments Quarry Trail. I like the subtle flecks in the Kona Natural.

I’m excited to make another quilt using this pattern. I love that it lets each print really shine! I haven’t made a quilt since this one and I’m really getting the itch to finish up a few in my work-in-progress pile that has been sadly neglected over the last few months.

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Can’t wait to have this one back after it makes its tour to all the quilt shops!


Quilted Buckthorn Tote

I thought I’d share this quilted Buckthorn Tote I had made using my newest fabric collection, Quarry Trail. Quarry Trail is overprinted on Robert Kaufman’s beautiful Essex, Essex Yarn Dye, and Essex Homespun Yarn Dye fabrics. I love the versatility of this substrate, but it sometimes means you can get a little creative with things in order to give you your desired outcome.

Quilted Buckthorn Tote

Quilting the pieces

The Buckthorn Tote is a fairly small tote. You could just stick to using a single layer of fusible woven interfacing on the exterior with Essex, even a double layer of interfacing is an option. But I wanted to quilt it like my Buckthorn Backpack, and so I quilted my Buckthorn Tote, too! I have a bunch of notes in my backpack post if you want to read more.

Quilted Buckthorn Tote

Quilting your pieces before assembling a bag is another fun way to add your own creative touch on a project. I did a simple organic grid on my pieces, but there are so many beautiful quilting designs to dream up! And with a small project like this, it is a fun opportunity to experiment a bit (you know, before quilting a full quilt!).

I also used fabric handles here instead of webbing. I love using webbing, mostly because it really speeds up a tote project. But sometimes you just gotta use that perfect fabric, in this case it was Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax which I thought was the perfect compliment to this fabric.

Life Lately

I’m having a hard time keeping up these days! I just wrapped up the Sandhill Sling Sew-Along which took place over the past 5 weeks. It sure is fun to hear back from folks. I really do appreciate the support and encouragement because as you might guess it’s a lot of work, fun, but still work. If you know of anyone in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area, I might be looking for some help at my studio (contact me)!

I also just wrapped up my next fabric collection that will release at the end of this year (with fabric arriving at shops in the first few months of 2022 if you can believe that!). I absolutely love stretching my creativity when designing fabric. It doesn’t come easy to me, but I really enjoy the process of working through it.

All in all things are picking up here with vaccines rolling out. I’m anticipating a full summer of family activities! I’m also hoping to release a new pattern next month. Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

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Hope you are having a great March! Let me know what you’ve been sewing lately, I’d love to hear!


Coneflower Divided Basket | Quarry Trail

This coneflower Divided Basket using Quarry Trail has to be one of my most favorite makes of all time. I’m not quite sure why it’s my favorite ever, but it makes me smile!

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve seen a parade of Divided Baskets over the years. I can’t say I’ll ever tire of making them. They’re fun to feature my favorite prints and they’re quick to sew – but not boring. Not boring is essential to me! I think that’s why I like bag and accessory making, always something different.

Coneflower Divided Basket Quarry Trail

You know I love a basket for gift-giving. Dreaming up gift ideas to put in these Divided Baskets is always a treat! I love thinking about things to include that would make a unique gift. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever shared a basket full of yarn and knitting goodies though! So when I was filling this one up, I couldn’t help but think how fun a gift that would be. Make a basket, fill it up with yarn for a certain project, include the pattern and any fun notions or needles needed and you’re all set!

Here are a few Divided Baskets I’ve sewn in the past for more inspiration: