Friday, November 1, 2013

Big-City Bags from Sara Lawson

Oh boy, I can't tell you how excited I am to share this with you today.  I've been excited for over a year to share it!  Next week, the amazing Sara Lawson's book, Big-City Bags is finally (finally!) available!

Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson
From Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson, Martingale, 2013; used by permission. 
Photo by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

I was so honored when Sara asked me to test one of her bag patterns (there are 12 in the book).  I had a really hard time choosing, but was ecstatic when she gave me my first choice, the Go-Go Bag.

Go-Go bag by Sara Lawson
From Big-City Bags by Sara Lawson, Martingale, 2013; used by permission. 
Photo by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

I was nervous about making the bag since it included a twist lock (I usually stick with magnetic snaps), but Sara assured me I would have no trouble with it.  I remember sitting at my sewing table, literally shaking because I was so afraid of messing it up.  If you've never installed a twist lock before, you have to cut a hole in your pretty much completed bag to install the twist lock.  Err on the side of too small, you can always cut the hole bigger, but you don't want it too big so the lock falls out!  Sara's instructions for adding the twist lock are perfect (most locks don't come with instructions of their own), and once I got over the initial fear, it was actually super easy.  I've even installed one in couple other bags, and none of them have fallen out! 

As with all of Sara's patterns, the instructions in Big-City Bags are clearly written & easy to follow, even if you're doing something new like the twist lock.  Sara walks you through it so you'll feel like an expert, or at least not so afraid the next time!

Unfortunately even though I had my bag done in plenty of time, I wasn't able to get it sent to Sara in enough time to be included in the book.  I'm still kicking myself for that, but on the plus side I've been able to use it for the last year unlike everybody else who sent their bags in.  I absolutely love this bag!

Go-Go Bag

Go-Go Bag front

Sara was even great enough to send the fabric to use for the bag, and I fell in love with this Perfectly Perched by Robert Kaufman.  I even picked up some more to use in other projects!

So what are you waiting for, go pre-order your book right now, or head out Tuesday to pick up a copy for yourself.  You won't regret it!

Until next time...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL WINNERS!!!


Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

There are some really amazing blocks & tops in the Flickr group, I hope everybody checks it out!  I'm so glad we decided to do a random drawing for the winners, there's no way I could have picked my favorite or "the best" blocks!  As I was sorting through the blocks, I kept finding new favorites. :)  And it was so fun when I started recognizing whose blocks where whose based on fabric choices.

First of all, congratulations to everybody who completed any of the blocks!  They were all gorgeous, and I wish we had prizes for everybody!  

First Prize:  Quilting Capers
Cathedral Window QAL Quilt

Second:  Julie @ Distant Pickles
Cathedral Window Sampler final layout

Third:  min_pin_63
cathedral window block 1

Fourth:  Robin (noteverstill)
Cathedral window block # 9

block 1:  Kallie B
Cathedral Windows Block 1

block 2:  Casa Kelley
cathedral QAL2A (1 of 1)

block 3:  Trillium 12
Cathedral QAL Block 3

block 4:  Ellie Q
block 4

block 5:  klmunoz 
Block 5

block 6:  Nikki Meim
Cathedral Window Quilt Along-Block 6

block 7:  Christy@a.AmeliaHandmade
Block 7

block 8:  Negligent Style
Block No.8

block 9:  Whispering Willow 
Block 9

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL - one day left!


Cathedral Window Sampler QAL


Just a quick reminder that you've got until midnight Thursday (central time) to complete your cathedral window blocks & mini quilt tops and get them loaded up to the Flickr group!  The group will remain open since we'd all love to see your blocks/tops even if you don't get them completed in time, but only those uploaded before the deadline will be considered for the giveaways.

What are you waiting for?!  Even if you've only gotten one or two blocks done, these blocks all come together so quickly, I know you can get at least one more finished!  :)  Remember, there are some amazing prizes for completing single blocks as well as completed tops.

Cathedral QA Lg

Until next time...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 9

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I hope you didn't miss out on Block 9 from Heather at Olive & Ollie last week.  I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to share it with you at the time!  Life just kind of got in the way of things the past couple weeks.  I'm sure you can all understand.  

Heather's block is a fun & simple one, I hope you enjoy making it!

Cathedral Window QAL Block 9 from Heather at Olive & Ollie

Remember, you have until November 15 to complete all your blocks & completed quilt top (it doesn't need to be backed, quilted, or bound, but the blocks do need to be sewn together) to be entered for the giveaways.  All photos must be submitted to the Flickr group by midnight central time November 15.  There are already some gorgeous completed tops in the group!

IMGP9402
by missalissa4him

Cathedral Windows Quilt Along Top
by Kallie B

PICT0697
by Donna F.2012

finish2 (1 of 1)
by Casa Kelley

FinalQAL
by reeskylr

Cathedral Window Sampler Quilt
by StaceyinStitches

Cathedral Window Quilt Sampler
by bjpinckard

Finished top
by christy@a.AmeliaHandmade

Make sure you're sharing your blocks & tops in the Flickr group!

Until next time...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2012

Amy's Creative Side


I always enjoy seeing all the quilts pop up for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and was excited as I worked on Coop's quilt to be able to share my own!  Unfortunately, I didn't quite get it finished up in time for it this past spring, but I'm happy to share it now!  Head over to Amy's Creative Side to check out the rest of the quilts.

Coop's quilt

Those of you who have been around for a while already know this quilt's story.  I started it in January 2011, shortly after finding out I was pregnant, but before officially finding out that we were having a boy (I knew it all along).  I stumbled upon the Postage Stamp QAL at PS I Quilt & decided it would be fun to make for our baby, originally planning to make it gender neutral.  But then I found this Boys Will Be Boys fabric & couldn't pass it up since I knew deep down that I was having a boy.  Unfortunately, I fell behind in the quilt along, but hoped to be able to finish it up by the time our "Goose" (his name before he was born) was born in August.  I got the top & back finished, then basted it only 10 days before he was born.  Crawling around on the floor basting with that big ol' belly in the way was not an easy task!  Coop was born in mid-August, and since I had decided to hand-quilt it, and couldn't decide how to quilt it, I told myself I had to have it finished by his first birthday.  This past winter I played around with some different ideas, and finally decided on quilting lines through all the solid squares, and managed to finish it up in June.  We absolutely love this quilt & use it all the time.  Coop's not old enough to care much about actually using it as a blanket yet, but he loves crawling around & playing on it, and it lives in the living room for hubby or I to cuddle under as the evenings are getting cooler.  It makes me so happy & proud every time we use it, knowing how much work I put in to it.

Coop's quilt

Coop's quilt

Coop's quilt

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Fabric:  Boys Will Be Boys by David Walker & Kona Brown
Finished quilt measures:  65″x 77″
Quilted by:  me
Best Category:  Hand-quilted Quilt, Throw Quilt

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 8


Cathedral Window Sampler QAL


I can hardly believe we only have one block left!  October has absolutely flown by!

Today, Block 8 is brought to you by Kim at My Go-Go Life.  Kim used the traditional cathedral window folding & took it in a whole new direction!

Cathedral Window QAL Block 8 from Kim at My Go-Go Life

Make sure you're adding photos of your blocks to the Flickr group!

Until next time...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 7

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Sorry guys, I'm slacking today!  Hopefully you've already found the Block 7 tutorial over at Don't Call Me Betsy today.  Elizabeth has come up with an absolutely gorgeous block!  I think it looks like a flower in each corner.

New block tutorial: Cathedral Star

Make sure you are sharing your completed blocks in the Flickr group!  Remember, you have until November 15 to complete your blocks & mini quilt, so even if you haven't started yet, you've still got plenty of time to catch up!

Until next time...