well folks, i'm back from quilt market and officially rested up (i think!). talk about five fun filled days! if you ever get the chance to travel to Kansas City, i highly recommend it. the weather was perfect, the people were friendly, the food was great, and the Power and Light District rocks -- seriously! now that i've had a few days to get back into the swing of things, i can't wait to share what's been going on lately!
first things first, i need to choose two winners for the 241 Tote Pattern giveaway. the winners are: #6 Katie B. and #45 Jodi-usairdoll -- congrats, ladies! thanks again to Anna from Noodlehead for sponsoring this great pattern giveaway!
i just need to sew a few more linen hexagons onto this HST+hexagon mini quilt. i've really enjoyed the process of hand-piecing this little mini -- even if it is slow and time consuming! call me crazy, but i'm thinking i might tackle a Spring Carnival paper pieced project next. Katy just makes them look so stinking fabulous!
scraps, scraps, scraps! my scrap tub has been bursting at the seams for a while now so this morning i decided to tackle the issue. rainbow scraps + mason jars = yummy. the only problem is this didn't even make a dent in the scrap stash, yikes! thanks to Michelle for the great scrap organization idea!
and finally, here are some more pictures from Quilt Market!
Today I’m super excited to share my stop on the Summer Sewing Contest blog hop hosted by Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. Nothing says SUMMER better that a new bag – especially a fun, vibrant handmade one! The 241 Tote pattern by Noodlehead is the perfect size for an afternoon at the pool, a weekend getaway, trips to the park – it’s really just an AWESOME bag!
I made my 241 Tote using some prints from the Stockholm by Robert Kaufman fabric collection. The saturated neon colors + gray + bold geometric design makes my heart sing! Doesn’t it just remind you of a hot summer night?! You can find it at Contemporary Cloth and Mad About Patchwork. As for the pop of lime green, I used some Lush by Patty Young – which is such a great fabric to have stashed! Fat Quarter Shop has some available here.
This was my first time using Pellon Fusible Fleece in a bag and I am hooked on this stuff! It’s super easy to use and helps maintain great shape and structure to the bag. Not too flimsy and not too stiff, this stuff is just right! I’m super excited to give it a try in some zipper pouches!
I did make one minor adjustment to the pattern. Rather than have a shorter, over the shoulder strap I decided to make my strap a bit longer. That way I can wear it across my body and more importantly, will be able to have by hands free when traveling + shopping!
I highly recommend this pattern to anyone and everyone – it’s for all sewing levels! If you are a beginner (especially with bags!), this pattern is a great place to start. With such well written instructions + pictures + pattern pieces, you will have bag sewing basics down in no time! And for those of you that have been sewing for years, you will love the 241 tote’s basic bag design + shape!
You can find the 241 Tote pattern from Noodlehead right here. It’s available as a downloadable PDF pattern, so you can get sewing right away!
Here’s something SUPER exciting, Anna from Noodlehead is giving away two 241 Tote PDF patterns! Just leave a comment telling me what you have planned this summer – sewing & otherwise. You have until 5pm CST on Monday, May 14. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday!
Thanks again to Jennifer for hosting the Summer Sewing Contest and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop tour!