Friday, May 5, 2017

The Fiesta Tote Bag

The Fiesta Tote Bag

I recently made a super cute tote bag!   I was testing a new  pattern,  called  the "Fiesta Tote",  by  Samantha , of  Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.

The Fiesta Tote Bag
You can buy it HERE
I really love it!!   It has some fun features:    rivets,  and  webbing  for both short handles and a removable strap.   There's an outside zipper pocket, and  inside slip pocket to keep you organized!

Here are the details:    

Pattern:   The Fiesta Tote PDF Pattern  by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H
Size:   W 14" x H 11.5" x D 5"

Fabrics:  Miss Kate     by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Special components:  Rivets  ,  Webbing,  zippers, magnetic snap. swivel clips. Soft and Stable interfacing

See the back outer  zippered pocket?  I love it!!
The Soft and Stable interfacing gives just the right of stiffness to the tote.

The back side of my Fiesta Tote 

It has both short handles....
The short handles
and you can use the long body strap!

The body strap.   It's removable, too!

There are lots of pockets inside!!
I added a zippered pocket, too.   Because you can never have too many pockets!!

Inside the Fiesta Tote

There's a magnetic snap closure , too.

Inside view
I love the size of this tote.... it can hold a lot , and yet look stylish as a purse.

Amanda's directions are clear and well written. This is a good bag for a beginner sewer.  

Fiesta Tote

I had a lot of fun making this bag!  Since I gave it as a gift, I want to make one for myself this summer!  

Linking up at:    Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts   and
                        Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                        Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts   and  
                         Finish It Up Friday  @  Busy Hands Quilts  and
                         TGIFF  @ Devoted Quilter

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

Mug rugs can be the perfect little gift to make for a friend's  birthday.  So I was thrilled when Amanda, The Patchsmith , released her newest mug rug pattern the other day! Her timing was perfect!

The Patchsmith's new pattern.... Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug pattern  {here}
  (You get it instantly since it is a pdf download!!)

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

~photo courtesy of The Patchsmith
I just  love Amanda's  bright and beautiful , "Easter " colored version!     

 I dug up some of my  beautiful Dogwood blossoms scraps to make my own Log Cabin Cross mug rug.           

I  just love using Amanda's patterns!!

**  The  directions are clear and the diagrams are excellent.  And always accurate!!I
  I print out the directions and follow them right on my cutting mat.  ( I can easily get confused with "just reverse the block"  kind of directions!  That's not the case with The Patchsmith directions! )

**  She includes the size of each component, so I can trim as I go, to make the final block the accurate size !

**  This pattern  even includes a foundation paper pieced pattern to make the log cabin block! I'll try that method the next time I make the cross.

** This pattern also includes directions for making little hanger pockets, to use the log cabin cross as a mini wallhanging !

My Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug      by Susie's Sunroom
I apologize for the  faded colors in my photos.  The weather was not cooperating with the pale pink colors.

Log Cabin Mug Rug 

And here is the back of the mug rug...  I'll tell you a secret.....

I used the "wrong side" of the fabric, to get the muted colors.... shhhhhhhh!

This little log cabin cross would make a beautiful gift as a wallhanging for a baptism, a confirmation, and  for Easter!  

What a clever design; marrying the log cabin block with a cross, Amanda!

This mug rug, and oodles more, can be found at The Patchsmith { HERE  }.

There's lots of time to make one for Easter!  And you'll find many more  designs that  are perfect for Spring time!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:  Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Quilts   and 

                           Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication      and  
                       Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and
                        Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts   and
                        Finished Or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts  and 
                         TGIFF @ What a Hoot Quilts

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wakey, Wakey!

Wakey, Wakey, Little Birdy!

It's the first of April... and that means a new edition of "Paper Piecing 1/4"  " is here!
It is titled:  Springtime Garden Patterns

Latest Issue:   Issue #13 April  -  June 2017
{avail HERE}

The super talented artist and designer, Janeen, at Quilt Art Designs, creates these amazing and fun foundation paper pieced patterns quarterly. 

The pattern that Janeen asked me to "bring to life" from this edition is called,
 " Cat and Bird in Tree."  I think she knows that I love cats... and especially little ,impish, black cats!!

Pattern:     Cat and Bird in Tree       {here }  found in Paper Piecing 1/4" dig mag 
                                                       issue  #13  April-June 2017        by Quilt Art Designs
                   An 18" finished block

"Wakey, wakey, little birdy!"
It is cute looking on paper.... but is even more delightful after it is made up in fabrics !

My sister, Amy, at " Amy Made That!" blog, told me : "How would YOU like to wake up that way... nose to nose?!  "     I laughed out loud when I read that!

"Yoooo Hoooo.... Let's PLAY!! "
I think that Janeen is going to make this cute little fellow into a regular feature, called "Mr. Whiskers!"       

I decided to plan on making this block, and 3 more future Mr Whiskers blocks , into a cute wall hanging or mini quilt! 

"What's your name?  I 'm Mr Whiskers! "

This is a fast and fun block to make up.  You'll want to check out the other awesome patterns in this new edition.  {here}  I have my eye on few of those patterns, so you may see them on my blog in the near future!.     I  just can't wait for another "Mr Whiskers" block to be created in the next issue!

I'll be linking up at:    Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Fabrics      and
                                 Midweek Makers @  Quilt Fabrications      and        
                                 Can I Get A Whoop Whoop ! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and                                    Finish It Up Friday @   Crazy Mom Quilts    and 

                                 Finished or Not Friday  @ Busy Hands Quilts

I'm off to my sewing room!

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