April 9, 2016

Purple and Pink V and Co Tote Bag

Hello, Friends!
So...you know me pretty well,
after reading my posts and seeing photos of my projects, right?
How many times have I used purple?
Hmmm...have I ever used purple???


Do I even OWN any purple fabric?
There's a lilac print in this divided basket...maybe that counts.

I've been stitching with this junior layer cake
in the purple colorway.

{You can find lots of other colorways, too, over at Kimberly's Fabric Stash.}
There are shades of pink on the top layer,
but a lot of the fabrics inside are purple.
They are actually very purple indeed.

When I opened it, I could feel my heart racing...
uh-oh...I think I may have a touch of purplaphobia.

I have a bundle of the Ombre Basics, also by V and Co.
When I put them together with this layer cake,
I could see that the plum and magenta ombres 
went together just perfectly.
It calmed me considerably when I saw the potential!

I cut some squares from the ombres,
and some more squares from the purple and pink prints,
and I created a wild and crazy tote bag.

I really love the way it turned out.
There's plenty of room inside, with the bag
measuring about 11" wide by 10" tall.

It's a full 6" deep.
It would make a great travel tote bag.

I love the various solid shades of ombre,
interspersed with the bright prints.

Along the bottom of the bag,
I used a strip of the darkest ombre shade.

It's very difficult to photograph,
but I made a large patchwork of prints
and solids, to add interest to the interior.
I always use a large piece of yardage for the lining
of my bags, so this was another step out of my comfort zone.

Even the handles were patched from
three different layer cake prints. I love the look!

My mother doesn't read this blog...
shhhh...this tote bag is right up her alley!
Mom looks great in purple and really loves to accessorize.
I can't wait for Mother's Day, when I give it to her!

This project has been therapeutic for me.
Maybe next time I won't go into a purple panic,
when I see 50 shades of violet!

Do you have a color phobia, too?

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April 6, 2016

Cathedral Window Pincushions - Spring 2016

Hello, Friends!
I'm getting ready for a fun spring craft fair,
so I've been making some new Cathedral Window pincushions.

{Have you seen glimpses of them on Instagram? My Instagram name is @eamylove.}

I've made lots of these sweet little pinnies.

 I kind of have it down to a science now.

I love to prepare the backgrounds for several pinnies, all at once.
There is a lot of pressing in the first steps,
and I can do the prep work even if I have no time for sewing.
Later comes the fun part...placing the fabrics.

If I have more than one background prepared,
I don't have to fret over selecting the PERFECT combination
of colors and prints.

Instead of stressing, I can actually experiment and play
with various combinations of prints and colors.

Here is a sweet set I made from
Happy Go Lucky prints by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

This dynamic duo was made with Strawberry Fields Revisited
by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

I have a "thing" lately for that brown, yellow and green palette.
The final touch is the covered button.
They are really fun to create,
especially with a lovely tiny print like this one.

These pincushions look so adorable stacked up together.
They're just a wee bit pudgy...I call them pleasingly plump!

I also made this darling little white pincushion...
in my humble opinion, it's absolutely exquisite!

I will be making one to keep for myself.
The fabrics are Flower Sugar from Lucien.

You can never have too many, or make too many of these pincushions.
Also...you can never take too many photos of them, right?

I hope you don't mind this photo-heavy pincushion post!

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March 26, 2016

An Easter Present for Everyone - Bunny Garden Tutorial

Hello, Friends, and Happy Easter!
Bear Creek Quilting Company has just published
for a Bunny Garden Table Topper tutorial!

{Be sure to scroll down to the
because there's an awesome giveaway going on, too!}

There's a super cool template set that I used
to make this table topper, and I gave it four bunny feet up,
in my review. 
Made by Creative Grids,
Any quilter would enjoy this tool,
novice or experienced. It made this project so quick and easy.

I couldn't resist giving a sneak peek of this fun project,
on my Spring Primroses post.

The fabrics that I used are from a new-to-me designer
called Lewis and Irene
This line is called Bunny Garden,
and I am enchanted by the soft tones and
whimsical artwork of these prints.

Bunny Garden is perfect for springtime and beyond...
wouldn't these fabrics be lovely for a baby's nursery,
children's clothing, or a baby gift?

My sister Susie at Susie's Sunroom
 has created the most charming baby gift set,
made up of a soft toy, a pillow and a book.

{I am definitely going to steal copy this idea! I am admitting it now.}

Photo from Susie's Sunroom blog
to learn how to make your own table topper
and to register to win a $50 gift certificate to
Bear Creek Quilting Company!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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March 15, 2016

My Pixie Basket

Have you see it the Pixie Baskets
making their way into blogs and
Instagrams and every quilter's heart?
Here's my contribution to this teeny trend.

Heidi Staple of Fabric Mutt
has generously provided a free tutorial,
so that anyone can make a Pixie Basket.
They require very little fabric and time...
and you get a whole bunch of cuteness in the end.

I used some scraps of Simply Color
by V and Co for Moda, for my basket.

I like the navy blue interior and the lime accent band
against a lighter outside fabric.
This little basket aren't destined to get very dirty, after all.
It will be kept on a pedestal and will only be asked to stay cute.

And speaking of cute...
can you barely stand the sweet buttons inside the basket?
They are a treasured gift from my dearest friend,
and I recognized those button cards right away.

by the incomparable Amy Sinibaldi of nanacompany.
You can print them and attach your own favorite buttons.
Trust me...they make an awesome present.

{Mother's Day is just around the corner, here in the USA...}

Just sayin'...
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March 12, 2016

Spring Primroses

Every year, I look forward to seeing
primroses for sale in my local grocery store.

Look at this wave of color!
Who can resist bringing home one of these
signs of springtime sweetness?

Then, every spring, I get my little flower home...
and it looks kind of...lonely...in that plastic pot.
Oh.My. Kind of sad.

I had planned to use the primrose as a prop
for my latest blog photos.
So...I took 5 minutes and a few supplies
that I had on hand,
and I gave my little primrose pot a makeover.

Do you have 5 minutes?
Here's a fun way to spend it.

{Note: This pot has no drainage holes. If yours has holes,
you'll need to place some plastic around the pot,
to keep the paper dry.}

All you need is a bowl and a piece of coordinating tissue wrapping paper.

Choose a bowl that is slightly larger than the flower pot.
My bowl is an unlikely candidate, with that Pittsburgh Pirates logo!

However...on the other sides,
it's a lovely plain white, with a slim black line around the rim.
It's perfect for my blog photos
and the logo doesn't show from most angles.

Next prepare the tissue wrap.
All you need is one piece, and it can be slightly wrinkled.
Cut 8 to 10 rectangles from the tissue paper,
each measuring about 6" x 10". 
Hold each one in the center, and shape it into a tuft,
as shown in the photo.

Place the flower pot into the bowl,
and tuck the tissue tufts in between the two containers,
until you are pleased with the fluffy layer.

That's a lot better!
My primrose has a pretty tutu for her blog debut.

I hope you'll find a way to brighten your spring days, too!

{Stop by again soon to see more of that table topper!}

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