Sunday, August 3, 2014

Show a Baby some LOVE! You can make this quilt too, even if you've never sewn . . . yes, it's that easy!

I'd like to introduce you to my grand-niece Charlotte! She is enjoying the quilt I made her using my newest and easiest sewing pattern. The quilt was a shower gift and at the time we didn't know her name was Charlotte. Which is why the tag say's 'Baby C".  Isn't she a cutie?!  I haven't met Charlotte in person yet but her Mom sent me these fabulous photos.

If you have little ones in your life you can make this quilt too, even if you've never sewn . . . yes, it's that easy!





Super Simple Modern Throw Quilt - Scrap-bags


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Scrap-bags™ Super Simple Throw Quilt Pattern works for Babies Too!

I'd like to introduce you to my grand-niece Ivy! She is enjoying the quilt I made her using my newest and easiest sewing pattern. The quilt was a shower gift and at the time we didn't know her name was Ivy. Which is why the tag say's 'Baby G". Isn't she a cutie! I haven't met Ivy in person yet but her Mom sent these fabulous photos. If you have little ones in your life you can make this quilt too, even if you've never sewn . . . yes, it's that easy!









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Friday, April 11, 2014

Super Simple Quilt Throw Now Available from Scrap-bags™ Sewing Patterns!

Introducing my . . .  Super Simple Quilt Throw 
This is a great quick project when you need a gift! Looks super sweet in kids, baby or batiks!

Here is what one of the pattern testers had to say, " Directions are complete and understandable.  I think anyone who is a beginning quilter can do this and is a quick piece for the experienced quilter." BA

- Follow this link to purchase the pattern as an immediate download!






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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Original Scrap-bags™ Handbag Pattern with Carol Van Zandt's Pop Rox Collection for Andover Fabrics!



Link: Carol Van Zandt

Link: Andover Fabrics - Pop Rox

Link: Scrap-bags downloadable sewing patterns


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Big Easy Tote Bag Testimonial

I received a lovely email and photo from a customer today, she gave me permission to share with all of you. Thank you Diane W!

"Here is a picture of my Big Easy Tote!  I am so happy with this bag!  I have made bags before with regular sewing patterns and found them very difficult, although the end products were nice.

I found this pattern in a sale bin at a quilt shop. It was exactly what I was looking for! I made it from a sampler package of batik charm squares I was trying to figure out what to do with. This is going to be my project bag to take on quilt retreats. It is perfect!"


Downloadable pattern available here: Big Easy Tote Pattern



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's Threading the Needle Day! To Celebrate I Just Volunteered to Teach 4-H'ers to Make Hexagon Quilts!

What are you doing to celebrate 'Threading the Needle Day'?



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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas in July

I loved opening this box from my friend Lucy Senstad I knew she was sending me something but I didn't know what and that's what made it feel like Christmas!

(Lucy owns Aunt Annie's Quilts & Silks, in Avon, MN) Not only did she send me fabrics that I love including some organics! She also sent hand made beads that are beautiful and a book of poetry called American Haiku by Doug McNally. The really special thing is that Lucy illustrated the book!

Now I am off to the front porch with a tall cool drink to read some poetry!



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Thursday, July 11, 2013

This Photo Makes Me Smile!

I received an email from this young lady recently. She is 11 years old going into 7th grade.  She has sewn many outfits for herself for previous 4H years but decided she'd rather sew something to sell this time...and simpler. She wrote to me for permission to sell the bag she made from my Yin-Yang Pattern at the 4-H fair. After granting her permission I asked for a photo and this is what she sent me.

Happy sewing young lady and thank you for the photo!




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Friday, June 28, 2013

Modern? Vintage? Check out Jen's New Apron in Two Chickadee Prints from Andover Fabrics.

M1577Jen from To Your Health Market, found a 1950's McCalls apron pattern #1577 online and purchased it. I made the apron for her using two of my Chickadee prints. I changed the proportions and eliminated the ric-rak. What do you think? Vintage? Modern? 





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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chickadee Hexie Quilt Top

One of the ways I like to unwind is by hand piecing hexagons, so I grabbed the left overs of my Chickadee Fabrics from my Quilt Market projects and here's the result so far . . .

Chickadee Hexies

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Linsey's Penguins Quilt Fabrics are Heading Out of Here!

Like I said yesterday, I've got to make room for the new fabrics and so I am clearing out the old designs. There's not a lot of yardage left so hurry if you are interested. These fabrics have been long gone from your local quilt shop so this is your last chance to get them. Here's the Link: Jamie Kalvestran Online Shop.




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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gotta Move the Ducks to Make Room for the Chickadees!

Do you remember my Duck Duck Goose Collection? Well, it has to move out to make room for my Chickadee Collection. So . . . I am offering the fabrics to you via my online shop. Duck Duck Goose has been long gone from your local fabric shop, so if you want some this is your last chance!  


Here's the link: Jamie Kalvestran 



Hurry on Up . . . I'll be here waitin' . . .


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

No More Waiting!

Are you tired of waiting? My cat Sofi couldn't wait any longer either. She climbed inside this basket before I was finished sewing it.



The good news is, you don't have to wait any longer either . . . because my Chickadee is finally arriving in stores!

If you need ideas for using the fabrics don't forget to check out my free PDF Ideas Book.



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Sunday, May 19, 2013

More Sunday Sewing - The Perfect Trifecta!

Fabric: Chickadee - Andover Fabrics
Pattern: Scrap-Bags™ Triple Squares Shoulder Bag. This pattern is available as a download or from your local independent quilt or fabric shop.

So "EASY" to sew! Excellent beginner project. Finished bag measures 14" x 14" (not including the strap). The first photo I followed the pattern . . . 

Pattern: Scrap-Bags™ Triple Squares Shoulder Bag.

But I don't always like to follow the instructions, even if it is my own pattern! So the other side of the bag looks like this. I used left over quilt blocks for a much larger pocket. BTW - My ipad fit's in this larger pocket just perfectly!!!

Pattern: Scrap-Bags™ Triple Squares Shoulder Bag.

I also remembered my sister Tracy made this Checkbook Cover for me from a left over Chickadee quilt block. The Scrap-bags™ Checkbook cover and pattern is available from your independent quilt or fabric shop.



So I am all set with my new three piece set!

Pattern: Scrap-Bags™ Triple Squares Shoulder Bag & Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Pattern: Scrap-Bags™ Triple Squares Shoulder Bag & Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download 

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String Theory Meets Chickadee

Fabric: Chickadee - Andover Fabrics
Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download now, and coming to a quilt shop near you very soon!

I decided I needed a "new little something" for myself and using my Chickadee fabrics and my new String Theory Handbag pattern I whipped this up! I love the string closure option and so chose that over the button closure this time.

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download

Handbag Pattern: Scrap-bags™String Theory - Available now as a download


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cheers! And Many Thanks to My Sewing Angels!

Cheers! Here's a toast to the fact that all the projects are in route to International Quilt Market - Portland Oregon. And a second toast to my sewing helpers, Lorie Anderson, Tracy Krueger, Louise Schotz, Barb Zimmerman, Susan Bolte & Roxanne Baumann. I could not do this without you!

Pattern: Downloadable Scrap-bags™ Stripy Stripey Quilt Pattern This is a variation on the pattern, covering only have the foundation square.

Chickadee Fabric:  Andover Fabrics

Downloadable Scrap-bags™ Stripy Stripey Quilt Pattern


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chickadee and Tic-Tac Quilt - Cozy Modern Quilts by Kim Schaefer for C&T Publishing.

Tic-Tac Quilt by Kim Schaefer combined with my Chickadee prints. Easy project. My sister Tracy and I pieced it in one day.



Miss Sofie enjoying her spot among the birds.



From C&T Publishing


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Thursday, May 9, 2013

McCall's M6496 Little Girls Dress in Chickadee Fabrics

Fabric: Chickadee - Andover Fabrics
Dress Pattern: McCall's #M6496
Models: Marley
Set Assistants: Sofi (cat) and  Axel (pup)

Casual version of Marley's Chickadee Dress.

Add the bow for a more dressed up version.
Below is a cute sequence of events that I captured during the photo shoot. Enjoy!

Axel meets Marley.

Axel spies Marley's toes.

Axel touches Marley's toes.

Axel sniffs Marley's toes.

Axel licks Marley's toes!!!

We just have too much fun here!


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