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Lisbon Pouches | A Finished Project| Scrap Project 10 & 11

One of these days I will have a finished quilt to share, but I just haven't made the time to finish any. Plus this time of year, I love a quick project that I can finish in one sewing session. So these Lisbon Pouches by SOTAK Patterns are that perfect quick project.


My oldest daughter has been asking for a wallet like pouch for awhile now as she has been earning money from loosing tooth and doing additional chores than her usual. So when trying to find a pattern that would work, I remembered the Lisbon Pouch and with the two zippers I thought it would be perfect.


And if I make one for my oldest daughter, that means I better make one for the youngest as well! So two quick zip pouches in an afternoon, made with scrap fabric, interfacing, and leftover zipper ends!


I love Svetlana's patterns, so clearly written and easy to follow. I have so many of her patterns, that I sew up constantly. Useful patterns that create function items that work well for daily life!


Now I just have to …
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Explorer Tote & Essex Wallet | Finished Projects

Hello Thanksgiving Week! Popping in to share my latest bag project. Lately I've been on a bag making kick and here is the proof, 2 bags within a couple of weeks! But with the busy holiday travel season almost here, I wanted a new bag to tote around.
When the Explorer Tote by Noodlehead came out, I wanted to make one. Well I finally got around to making one! Of course I made some modifications to make this bag work for my lifestyle.

The first modification I did was to leave off the exterior flap. If I were to use the larger size (I made the small size) the flap might be useful when packing as an overnight bag. But to use everyday, I just wanted to zip and go.


Since I left off the flap, I needed to modify the front pocket. So I added a zipper front pocket and it is the perfect size for my phone! No more digging through my bag to find my phone. Plus the zipper adds a little pop of color to the front of the bag along with the handles.


Plenty of space to tote around all the things I n…

Maker's Tote | A Finished Project

How is it near the end of November!? This month has been flying by, obviously this is my first post for the month. I have been sewing and sewing, just most of my sewing lately has been for shop samples for a newer quilt shop that I am helping out at. 
This Maker's Tote by Noodlehead Sewing Patterns is just one of those samples. I needed a sample for the class that I taught last weekend. Since I made the large size last year for myself, I decided to make up the small size.

This such a great pattern to showcase a great print, like this one from P&B Textiles. I love the watercolor dots, so bright and cheerful perfect for these rainy dreary November days. I enjoy making this bag, stitching on the binding can be tricky but if you go slowly it will come out.

This bag really makes me wish that I knitted as this would be the perfect bag for a knitting project. I use my large size as an overnight bag or taking my supplies that I need when I teach sewing/quilting classes.

After making …

Fall | The Best Season and a Little Sewing

Fall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan doesn't disappoint! The colors this year have been amazing. A few weekends ago we did a little fall color tour to the Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. While it was a rather blustery day, the scenery did not disappoint.


This was my first time in the region of the UP and I can't wait for our Labor Day weekend trip here next summer!


The pictures just can do justice to the landscape of the Porcupine Mountains. If you are ever in the western area of the UP, it really is a must see area!


Earlier this summer I made two Bjorn Bear pillows for my girls. Well now my husband and I have our own pillows, made in our favorite colors. First is my husbands red with blue bear. And keeping with the quilting that I did on my girls pillows I did a straight line grid, just added a little extra echoing since I just love the look of it.


My bear is in my favorite colors of green and blue. I really need to make a green and blue quilt someday.  Bot…

Mini Rainbow Swoon | A Finished Mini Quilt | One Monthly Goal Finish | 2019 FAL | Scrap Project 9

Hoohoo! I finished my One Monthly Goal and my first project from the Q4 2019 FAL list! With the changing temperatures, I have noticed an increase in my productivity and I'm loving it. With school in full swing, I am taking full advantage of my free morning.

I've had the Mini Swoon pattern by Thimble Blossoms for a number of years and a swoon has been on my must make list. So when I pulled out those mini patterns purchased awhile ago, this one went on the top of the list.

Since I wanted to use my scrap bins again (they never seem to get smaller!) I could not decide on a color palette. So I went with my go to palette of rainbow.


These little 8 inch blocks are fun, but man there are a lot of tiny pieces! And of course at one point I sewed my blocks together incorrectly. Thank goodness for a sharp seam ripper.

With all of the seams, I decided to keep the quilting straight forward. I marked out a 2 inch angled grid and the quilting went quickly on my Janome HD9. I love having an i…

2019 Finish Along | Quarter 4 Projects

Last quarter was quite successful for quilty finishes! Of my four proposed projects I finished three of them, I'm pretty excited about that.

Now that we are moving into Q4, I'm hoping to keep up the momentum that I built up in Q3. School is well underway and having both girls in school  (only half the day, youngest is in preschool) has been great for my productivity. So here is my list of projects for the last quarter of 2019


Enna's Sunshine quilt, I actually had time set up on my local long arm, but my hubby had to go out of town last minute, so I had to cancel my time. Hoping to get this one quilting in the next few weeks. I really want to finish this one before the end of the year.


Nora's Blue Tiles quilt. One of my goals for the year was to complete both girls bed quilts. Well here is the second one and with time on the long arm, this shouldn't take too long.


My Mini Swoon quilt. I have been so focused on finishing my large quilt tops, that I stopped making mi…

One Monthly Goal | October Edition

This month my One Monthly Goal is to complete my Mini Swoon Quilt. I have wanted to make a Swoon Quilt for sometime. Well I don't really need another large quilt, so the Mini Swoon is the perfect way to still enjoy making a Swoon for myself.


I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.