Bella Skill Builder ~ Orange Peel

Hi!  Can you believe it is already March?  The year is flying by and I am ready for Spring : )

Today I am sharing the latest block in the Bella Skill Builder hosted by Fat Quarter Shop ~ Orange Peel. 

Fat Quarter Shop has a nifty Orange Peel template which you can find [HERE]  
I chose to do a turned edge appliqué.  No raw edges for me.
I started making my petals by using hand appliqué but then saw these gorgeous petals made by Amy Sinabaldi.
She cuts the petals 3/8" larger than the templates and then carefully irons the seam allowance around the template. You can see her petals and the explanation [HERE]

I am continuing with my pink lemonade palette which has been so fun and refreshing to work with!
So far, my blocks are playing nicely together : )

Be sure to share your block with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing


Pussy Cat Pattern ~ Available on Craftsy

It has been some time since I released a new pattern.
Life was busy in 2016 with a house remodel (almost done!!!), and a secret project (can't wait to share this November).

I decided to spend my time designing a pattern and donate the proceeds to an organization that does amazing work - Planned Parenthood.
The pattern is available on Craftsy

I don't use this platform to share my political views and like to think of this as a "happy place" to share my pretty projects and inspire your amazing creativity.

But, In my feelings of despair with the state of leadership in the United States, I decided to use this platform and my love to design as a way to "pay it forward" by donating the proceeds from this pattern to organizations I support.  
I understand that not everyone is in a position to share their political views for fear of losing customers and support.  
Fortunately,  I am in a position to share my political views and use my voice for what I see as good.

So....for the month of February I will be donating all the proceed from the sale of this pattern to Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for your support!





***The Splendid Sampler Anniversary Celebration - and lots of Give Aways***

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day.
Today I am hosting a give away in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the Splendid Sampler.

Pat and Jane are hosting a giveaway and you can find it [HERE]
They will have
* a US winner
* an Australian winner
* a Rest of the world winner
Just go to the link above where they will ask for a photo of ALL your blocks and what the project has meant to you. 

I am hosting a give-away, too!  
Leave a comment on this post and share what you feel is the most Splendid part of this Sew Along.

The winner will get a $25.00 credit towards any patterns in my Etsy shop!

Comments are open until Feb 21st at 11:59 PST
and I will announce the winner on February 22nd.

Here are my blocks.  I didn't make 100, but I am well on my way.  
And remember, it isn't a race!  
I have been incredibly busy this year with a house remodel and secret project 😉 so I am very excited to have time to make the rest of the blocks in 2017.

Be sure to get your copy of the book.  You can find it [HERE]

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
It is an extra special day for me since I met my husband 18 years ago today!
Oh my gosh, we look so young : )

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!



Splendid Notions Pouch featured in Homespun Magazine

Hello and Happy Monday.

I designed my Splendid Notions Pouch for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along
and you can find it featured in Homespun Magazines January issue.

The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew along with free blocks by 100 designers.

Homespun magazine asked if they could feature the project in their January 2017 issue.  
Of course I said yes!  

Homespun magazine has adorable projects to sew, quilt, embroider, knit, crochet, and appliqué.

The Splendid Sampler book will be released next month.  You can pre-order your copy [HERE].

The individual block patterns are free until the book is released and you can find them [HERE]

You can find my Splendid Notions Pouch [HERE]

We are currently experiencing a snow day here in Seattle!
We rarely get snow in the city so this has been a treat.  And of course my boys are thrilled to have a day off school!

Happy Sewing



Sewing on Repeat - Petal Pouches

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I spend lots of time on Instagram and there are lots of different ways to share what you are sewing.
Harts Fabrics is hosting a Self Care Sewing Month.  I think most of could use a little self care right about now.  There is a prompt for every day and yesterday was Groundhog's Day - What have you been sewing on repeat?

I have been sewing lots of Petal Pouches and started around the holidays in December.
A cute and easy pattern, I can't stop making them.

The patchwork version is my favorite and most of those fabrics are scraps from the scrap basket.
I used pink fabrics on one side, blue on the other and the alternating squares are Essex linen.

I made a few for gifts

and I have a few extras for future gifts.

What are you sewing on repeat these days?

Happy Sewing!