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Jan 30, 2015

Moccasin BOM Alternate Color Inspirations

Jan 30, 2015
Pin It I always like to show off others work who are participating in the quilt-alongs I host.  Sometimes we get blinders on when we see only the sample made for the pattern.  If you have a hard time seeing past the hot pink, orange and yellow I used, have a look at these blocks.  Serious inspiration here!

Moccasin BOM - Lady of the White House
Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination's super sweet Moccasin Block #1s.  Her post is here. SO adorable and completely different from the sample.  Swoon!

Kristi (@71Stitches on Instagram) decided to go the low volume/neutral route with her Moccasin Block #1s.  I am loving the sweet subtlety of her blocks.

Jennie of Jennie's Threads Moccasin Block #1s using a nice combination of prints and solids.  She's keeping the navy background for her quilt, but completely changing the x & + flavors.  I love her take on changing up the colors.

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Jan 27, 2015

Supertote in Black & White Fabric

Jan 27, 2015
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Welcome to my stop on the Black & White Blog Hop!  Today I am featuring a project I made with this sophisticated line by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman. I met Jennifer at Fall Market last year.  She has such a great eye for design.  The Black & White collection is so stylish and classy.  It applies to not only quilts, but garments, bags, home dec, etc.  Just check out the other projects on the hop.... you'll see!  (Schedule at the end of this post)

Warning. This post is photo dense for me.  You'll be rewarded with a giveaway if you make it to the end.  I don't normally post this many pics.  My oldest son (8) did this photo shoot for me on a glorious winter Sunday morning. The snow just started falling as we were taking the shots.  He took some awesome shots.  Tell me I don't have mother's bias. :)  Anyway, the lighting and the setting were perfect.... I was dressed up with hair done from church.... and my 8 year old son knocked the photo shoot out of the park.  Plus this bag is sweet.  I'm actually a teeeeeny bit concerned people will think it was store-bought.
I decided to make Noodlehead's Supertote.  If you've never tried one of her patterns, you should give it a go.  I'm always impressed with how polished these bags end up.  It's in the details I think.
In the Black & White collection, there are 3 prints with an ombre effect that change tone across the width of the fabric along with the black checks.  I chose this print that has a gold tone to it as the main fabric of my bag.  For the gusset, I chose one of the coordinating Studio Stash Yarn Dyes.  Love. It.
And to really class it up, I added black vegan leather accents on the straps, cording along the front pocket, and zipper pulls.  The vegan leather can be found at Girl Charlee.
I really love the way this bag turned out.  I struggled a bit with the vegan leather, but I was able to understand better how to work with the fabric after a trial run on the straps.  Note to self: don't try to line vegan leather with quilting cotton.  The leather accents coordinate so well with the Black & White collection.  I can think of more things I want to try with both!
The bag has a recessed zipper.  This was the first time I have tried this.  It actually lays very nicely and looks superb with the yarn dye.  To me it seemed that using dark fabric could hide some flaws that you might notice on colored fabric.  Always a plus.
I used the feather print for the interior pockets.  I love this fabric, but it's hard to see here.  I'm thinking I want to do something else like this with my leftover scrap.
Ok, so here they are.... the perhaps unnecessary shots that I love...

There are lots of fun activities going on with this Blog Hop.  Be sure to enter Jennifer's BIG giveaway - for the FQ stack of Black & White's whole collection.  Enter by Feb. 8 on her blog.  There are other giveaways going on on Instagram and at every stop on the hop.  So be sure to follow along!  Enter my giveaway below...

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule

If you would like a chance to win this FQ pack, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Monday, February 2, 2015 at 11:59pm)

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Jan 21, 2015

A New Needlebook

Jan 21, 2015
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Sometimes it's the little things.....
Sometimes I'm avoiding what I really should be working on....
Sometimes I can't help myself from adding cotton crochet trim....
I found this tutorial via Pinterest and I immediately knew I wanted to make a new needlebook using one of those mini charm packs.  Do you have any of those?  I have a bunch, and I'm never quite sure what to do with them.  This little needlebook was the perfect use.

I chose a mini charm pack of Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.  (available here
The tutorial has a couple cute ideas for embellishing the pages of the book.  It suggests using felt for the pages, but I honestly just used batting scraps.  I used to belong to the Sweetwater Label Crew and I have a bunch of these adorable labels stockpiled. I used the "a" initial on my favorite blue charm and added the label with my name to the front inside cover of the book. 

For as tiny as this project is, I spent quite a few hours playing with trims and embellishments.  Adding mini charms to pages, etc.  It was a fun little diversion and would be such a cute gift.  Well, I guess I should stop avoiding all my hand work now.  I just couldn't work on it before knowing I needed a cute new needlebook!

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