Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween treats! mmmm...

These are the Halloween treat bags that Hillary made.

This is the fabric that makes up the Halloween treat bags that Hillary made.

This is the tutorial that is used on the fabric that makes up the Halloween treat bags that Hillary made.

Supplies needed~
Main color - 1/2 yard
Center panel - 1/2 Fat Quarter contrasting color
Black - 2 small 5"x5" squares
Batting - 5"x5"

Start with your center panel fabric and cut in half so you have 2-9x22" pieces. Trim selvages from one to make a 9"x21" piece.

Set the other strip aside. You will not need it for this bag.

From your main color cut 1- 5" strip the WOF. Sub cut into 2-21" strips. From the remaining fabric fold fabric in half (selvages down) and in half the other way so you have 8 thicknesses of fabric and 4 folds. Click here to print the pattern for the handle. Place on the fold & cut out as directed. After cutting out the pattern, cut through the indicated fold. Not both folds!

You should have 4 full handles with a cut through the center of the lower strip. Place 2 fabric pieces right sides together and sew along the outer edge & repeat. I would suggest serging or adding a zigzag to help secure the seams since kids can be pretty hard on these :) They should look like one of these. For your own reference I will be serging the edges of my treat bags.

Open both handles and place right sides of both pieces together and sew the side seams down

leaving the ends and edges that will be the rim and lower center front seams open

Put lower center seams right sides together and sew to form the rim of the bag.

Your handle and bag rim are finished! Press it flat and let's move on to the bag.

Sew 1- 5x21" strip to both sides of your center panel

Sew these seams 1/2" thick and finish the edges to secure them. (these bags are unlined)

Fold the bag right sides together vertically and sew side seams together at 1/2" thick again.

Pin the bag rim in place along the edge of the sewn bag, matching side seams. Pin the main fabric flat to the rim and find the center of the center panel and match that to the center seam.

Sew together, lightly gathering the center panel. Serge or zigzag the other rim edge.
Flip everything right side out.

Turn the inside rim edge under and topstitch around the seam catching the inside edge to hold it in place.

Add whatever embellishments you like :) I drew a little bat mirroring the fabric design and cut it out from my black fabric and batting made a quilt sandwich and free motioned stitched around the edge twice, then attached him to the bag by stitching him in place around the head and base of his wings.

Happy trick or treating!

Now it's your turn. These are the comments that are left by the people who liked the tutorial that is used on the fabric that makes up the Halloween treat bags that Hillary made.
Maybe will even get some picture links to people who've tried it and now have some seriously stylish kids ready to paint the town Halloween night!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Can you say Munki, Munki!

I'm so excited! Check out what I got in the mail today!!!

I'm loving my little gnomes! They make me smile :) I'm pretty sure they're gonna end up on some Quilt Market name badges!!
My favorite is the Ice cream trucks though!

I love all the little people.

The little kids are so excited!
It's a memory for me,
I feel like I'm in elementary school just out of class when I look at this!
Happy days and happy fabric!

It makes me laugh when I look at the pieces though because I used to do a lot of clothing sewing and seeing the shapes I can see what cute PJ's they used to be!

Smiling for so many reasons today! I hope you are too!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Embellishing Jeans, Jenean Morrison Style!

At the beginning of the school year I did the traditional going through clothes ritual switching from one size to another going through boxes and preparing a huge stack of pants to be tightened, loosened, cutoff, etc. I came across one pair of jeans that has been hanging around through several children and they are just always the wrong size!
They fit the waist of my size 6 girl but the length is somewhere around a 4-5. Thinking they'd fit someone, sometime, they always get shoved off for another child (After all I have 5! Surely they'll fit someone, sometime!!)

Well no more!
This year as my stack of mending grew and I came upon this same pair of jeans and I decided to do something about them!

Using my lovely stash of Jenean Morrison downstairs I whipped up some adorable cuffs and a flower and decked out these never worn jeans into the new favorite pair of capris!

Of course, then Alayna got to help me out with a photo shoot and had a blast in the process! Seriously you have no idea how much giggling went into showing off these new capris!
Okay, well here's an idea :)

I've got the full tutorial up today over at the MSQC blog The Cutting Table!
Go check it out and leave me some love!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Breakfast of Fat Quarters for Kelly!

I'm thrilled to let everyone know that Kelly O. from has won the giveaway of my "Broken Breakfast" mini quilt and FQ's.

She left several sweet comments (I think she got one into every post! Go Kelly!) One in-particular left me blushing :D

I'm sending you a little Jenean Morrison Mingle and some Sandy Gervais Fresh Squeezed... we can't wait to see what you do with them! I hope you enjoy your prizes!

If you'd like to get a special handmade treasure for yourself

A little fun stuff

Fun stuff is always going on around here, such as these fantastic Amy Butler patterns

and a FQ of pressed flowers (from her daisy chain line) sent from Mallory over at Amy Butler Design

just because I participated in a contest! Wow! Who knew you could win just for playing! I kinda like that theory!
You can probably guess I've added a few things to my to do list! Which one would you do first? The Weekender Travel Bag; the Mini Dress, Tunic, & Tops; or The Nappy Bag? Maybe we'll vote on it and The winning project happens first!

So, after receiving Amy Butler patterns & fabric in the mail I didn't think the day could get much better but, underneath that package I found another awesome surprise! I got my Doll Quilt from my swap partner Claire/milliemorgan!

Isn't she amazing?! Check out the gorgeous applique!
The inset blocks on the backing! I love those kind of details :)
And check this out...
Hand quilting!!!! Do I feel loved or what?! It's so beautiful! Thank you so much Claire!

Don't forget to check out Jelly Roll week and comment to win a mini quilt ( I'm drawing tomorrow night!) or sign up in my pay it forward to get a special project designed just for you!


I started a blog for my husbands Mountain biking interests.... he's been on the computer for the last 3 days!
I know it's a good thing but how am I going to get my stuff done now? :)
I'm sure we'll figure it out! I will not neglect you!
To prove it take a look at the Doll Quilt Swap mini quilt I made!!! Definitely a child of my own brain :) If I have a signature quilt it would be along these lines!

I love the bird in the funky circles and leaves... I love it!

I'm thinking I want to do one with a tree trunk embroidery coming down from the applique so it gives a funky tree effect :)

Check out my inset pinwheels on the back, they make me happy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pay It Forward

Check out this gorgeous "Nest" quilt!
I was lucky enough to sign up for a pay it forward under
lila mae quilts
aka Natalie
aka my sister!
Hehe :) I love the blessings of having talented siblings!

Seriously though isn't this the greatest pay it forward ever! I love it!
And now it's my turn!
I hope I can do something that will make my pay it forward friends hearts sing just as much as her's did mine!
So, here we go.

I want to pay it forward. Something nice was done for me, and in an effort to make our lives happier and the people in and around them kinder, I am opening this pay it forward to the first 3 people to comment on this post. To those 3 I promise that sometime in the next 365 days I will send you a special gift of kindness in some form. The only rules for you are you have to have a blog, leave me a way to contact you, and be willing to pay it forward to your own 3 people!

So, let it begin! Tell me if you want to play!