Friday, May 16, 2014

:: Pretties in the Mail ::

Hello! I hope you are all are having a great day. Mine started out a little different. It's a long story. It involved a possum and me. All survived but I'm a little afraid to go outside, hahaha! Sometimes I wonder if I'm really cut out for this country stuff :)

Then I received this beautiful package from Heather of Vintage Grey today and I completely forgot about the possum, well almost. Isn't it all gorgeous?! The packaging was even beautiful! Her handmades are incredible. So much attention to detail. So well-made! Heather is the one who totally inspired the crocheted edges I put on some of the things I make. I'm also super excited because she is restocking and opening up her shoppe again today! I love seeing all of the vintagey things she makes.

Thanks so much, Heather! Everything is perfect, so sweet and pretty! and thanks for always being such a  sweet and encouraging friend.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Happy Sewing
xo Erin

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

:: My Amy Butler Sophia Carry All ::

Hi there! I hope you all had a nice Mother's Day weekend. Mine was great! We took some time to unplug and unwind a bit. I FINALLY made The Sophia Carry All from Amy Butler's pattern. I've had the pattern for years and have pulled it out several times and then put it away.  I cut the pattern pieces out long ago and had some of Amy's Midwest Modern fabric I was planning to use for it. Then while searching for tips and such for the carry all I came across this Weekender bag that My Sewcial Hour made a few years ago. It was gorgeous, I fell in love with the fabrics, and I knew I wanted to make my bag with them.

This bag is a lot of work and I took the suggestions of some of the people who had made it by cutting the pieces one day and sewing another day. There is A LOT of interfacing in this project. I found the directions to be very straight forward and the diagrams were great. I love the way she has you install the zipper. That was fun. Some people left the piping on the bottom panel off but I kept it. I really like the way it looks. And although there are lots of layers to sew through, and mine did not turn out great, I am happy with it. My lining was a little (a lot) saggy too. But still happy with it! Another thing I modified was to make the handles longer so I could carry it over my shoulder.

This bag holds so much, too! I think it is supposed to be a travel bag and companion to The Weekender Bag. I am using it as my everyday bag / purse. I'm a mama of 4. I keep a lot of stuff in my purse so this bag is great!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sew Together Bag

Over Easter, when my mom was visiting, I made her a sew together bag (which I did not get one single picture of). I pulled the fabrics and prepped all of the pieces for my bag but that was as far as I got. This weekend  I had the chance to sew my bag together. I think it is adorable! 

It's a gloomy overcast day today but I had to try to get pictures of it. I added a little patchwork and hand quilting to the exterior of the bag.

My daughter said it looks like a candy store! love that!

I plan on using it for my sewing stuff. But I can see it being used for so many things. It's really roomy inside and I'm always fond of lots of pockets.

Aren't these tiny pins so cute?!

I also added this pretty little patch just because :)

I will definitely be making more of these. Pulling fabric for them is just too fun with so many possibilities.

Happy sewing!

xo Erin

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Layer Cake Giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts

Good Morning! Today I have a Moda Layer Cake of 3 Sisters new line Winterlude to give to one of you courtesy of Green Fairy Quilts.

I love Layer Cakes. If I know I really like a fabric line and want every piece from it but need more than a Charm Pack then I get a Layer Cake. I think they are really fun and you can make a lot with them.

I love 3 Sisters fabric lines! I have a little bit of many of their lines tucked away for a rainy day. They are so pretty. Wouldn't it be great to get this and get and early start on Christmas presents and decorations?

Green Fairy Quilts has a lot of pre-cuts and shipping is free in the U.S.

To enter leave a comment below. If you'd like tell me your favorite pre-cut is and what you like to make with them, or just say hi or hey :) 

For a second entry sign up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter HERE.

The will announce the winner Thursday, May 8th.

Thanks so much to Clint and Judy!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin


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