Non-Quilty Sewing

I have been doing a little non-quilty sewing! Pretty exciting… When I was in high school I used to sew teddy bears out of felt and I occasionally made some slumber/lounge pants in middle school BUT I never really got into regular sewing.

Then I found this amazing pattern for a grocery bag- The Jane Market Bag by Posy gets Cozy. I’m really into the whole green thing and handmade fabric bags seem even better than those woven plastic bags they sell in the grocery stores! Plus this pattern also has pockets on the exterior to put a pen, your grocery list, coupons, maybe your moola if you don’t feel like lugging a purse :)

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So I made one…Then I realized I made the lining 2 inches to big! So I made a new appropriate sized lining, then a larger exterior :) So I have two grocery bags :)

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I originally was planning to make one for my older sister because she just had a kitchen makeover BUT I couldn’t decide what fabrics and colors to choose. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever get super excited to make a project and get paralyzed by the fabric decision? It actually happens to me a lot!

Well the fabrics I used for these two bags are Michael Miller Going Coastal Crab Walk, Timeless Treasures Farm Fresh blueberries, and Hoodie’s Collection Tablecloth Check Blue. I love, love, love the blueberries :) We have four blueberry bushes at my family’s home and they are probably one of my favorite fruits :) And the crabs are so cute! If you do decide to make the Jane Market Bag be careful when cutting! I almost sliced into the crab fabric as I normally would for a quilt…strip piecing selvedge to selvedge…but then the crabs would be rotated sideways and not as cute!

I have also made some beautiful pillowcases with cuff and trim :) I used Ashley of Filim in the Fridge‘s tutorial! It was so easy!!! Now I’m wishing I did have that walking foot…while sewing the cuff, the fabric didn’t go through the needle evenly and I ended up with about an inch and a half overhang which I ended up trimming…

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I think they turned out great! The fabric is Church Flowers by Heather Bailey that I bought at the quilt show I went to last month! The fabric is part of the collection I used in the quilt I made for my little sister Jennie, so they will go great together when she goes off to college in the fall!

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Next up for non-quilty sewing:

  • pillowcases for me
  • Jane Market Bag for Jessica
  • Jane Market Bag for me
  • Noodlehead Divided Basket

I really need to do better with these pictures! My iPad is convenient but sucks :/



Quilt Show!

I just got back from my very first quilt show! I’m telling you if you have never been to one you should! They are full of inspiration. They have quilts from the entire spectrum: vintage, traditional, modern, modern traditionalism, and more.

I wanted to share some pictures I took. Some of my favorite quilts didn’t get to be photographed because I didn’t realize you could take pictures and then my phone I was using died :/

With out further adieu…

Quilt shows are also great places to shop! I purchased some really cool things from three vendors that I never would have seen if I didn’t go!

I bought Machingers and a machine quilting skillbuilder panel! I’m really excited to make the panel into a sandwich to practice my FMQ!

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Then I bought a bunch of fat quarters and 1/2 yard cuts. I love the low volume blenders and I couldn’t stop eyeing that adorable stripe with hearts! The low volumes are from Red Rooster, Dear Stella and Henry Glass. No information on the other selvages.

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Then I came across Amelia’s Garden booth; she is an online quilt shopย and she stocks beautiful fabrics: Sarah Jane, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry and more! I tried to hold some restraint when purchasing because I really wanted to buy everything she had! She also convinced me to try out Aurifil thread.

The quilt show I attended is going on for one more day! If you are in the Pioneer Valley/Berkshires/UMass Amherst area you must check it out! Hands All Around quilt show at UMass Amherst April 6th to 7th from 10am to 4pm!