June 10, 2017

Anita Vacation Tote Bag - Black, Red and Linen Version

Hello, Friends!
Are you going to be traveling this summer?
I took some business trips recently,
so I made myself a new tote bag.

Do you recognize the pattern?
It's my very own "Anita Vacation Tote Bag" design,
available as a PDF pattern here on Craftsy, or

For this latest version,
I wanted a mostly-neutral bag that would go with
a lot of my business wear.

The main exterior fabric is a floral print
from the original Mama Said Sew line
The contrasting fabric near the top of the bag 

The interior of the bag is also made from
the Essex Linen.
I find it to be very durable, especially when interfaced with
Pellon 987F fusible fleece, as I do for all of my purses.

Inside my bag, along one edge,
I use a strip of pockets,
to keep my sunglasses and other key items handy.

How do you like that cute zippered inside pocket?
For the inside of the pocket, I used a coordinating Sweetwater print,
from Volume II. 

What about that magnetic snap closure?
If you don't know how to add those,
my pattern will teach you...it's sew easy!

Even if you're not going on a vacation,
They make an excellent gift for a new grad!

Come back soon...we'll chat about this sweet pouch
that I also made, to coordinate with my new Anita Vacation Tote Bag.

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June 6, 2017

Summer Fun - Red White and Blue Zippered Pouch

Hello, Friends!
Who's ready for summertime?
I am!!!

Whenever I need a nice gift, I like to make a new version of
the Open Wide Zippered Pouch,

I've made so many of these...
and I've never been disappointed with the results.
This time I chose some red, white and blue fabrics
that I bought from Connecting Threads a few years ago.
The line was called Smooth Sailing.

{I love the anchors, all lined up!}

The addition of gray to the 
traditional patriotic palette looks so smart! 
That's why I chose a gray zipper to bring it out.
The lining fabric is a gray dot,
with a little red star popping up every so often.

The red and gray stripe provides a nice contrast 
for the bottom of the pouch.

I use Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 interfacing on my pouches,
for all of the exterior pieces, as well as the lining.
It adds soft shaping, and the pouch
is stable enough to stand, even while it's empty.

Once I've finished making one of these pouches,
I often add a ribbon for the zip pull.
I found this red gingham and could.not.resist.

I hope you'll have time for some summertime sewing, too!

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April 29, 2017

Project Sweetwater - Solids - Part 2

Hello, friends!
Remember when I shared my Project Sweetwater box?
I used the pattern booklet to create this fun - and reversible - Treehouse Club table runner!

I chose one of the designs from the booklet
and made the same block from three different prints.

Here's the red one...

the yellow one...

and the gray one.

I lined them all up, framed with the creamy
Parchment Bella Solid for framing.

I chose to quilt this little runner with a small curlicue design.

As promised, the Bella Solids from this bundle
coordinate beautifully with Sweetwater fabrics.
I made a lime green star block for the back of the runner.

I love a reversible table runner.
The stars in the print pick up the star theme
of the blocks.

For a big finish, I chose several strips from the Project Sweetwater box.

I had a blast making this scrappy binding!

Time to enjoy my new table runner,
front and back!

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February 19, 2017

Blueberry Park Photo Shoot

Last week I treated myself to a fat quarter bundle
of Blueberry Park fabrics, in the Cool Colorstory.

Today, I'm going to treat my readers
to a closeup view of this perfectly pretty bundle.
I held a photo shoot yesterday,
and I hope you'll be inspired by these pictures.

I'm a little late to the party, it seems...
this line from Robert Kaufman
was released a while ago.

The prints are modern and simple
and allow the colors to take on the starring role.

These colors!!!
I love the way they all work together,
without being too "matchy matchy".
There's a lesson to be learned here.

My favorite color zone is the blue/mint area.
I love that the bundle also contains
some green-yellow prints,
to warm it up a bit.

What will I make with my FQ bundle???
Well...I'm also a late arrival to the 
Elizabeth Hartman party.
I made this Hazel Hedgehog block recently,
and she's the one who talked me into buying
the Blueberry Park bundle!

Stay tuned...for more animal friends!

Linking up to Fabric Frenzy

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February 7, 2017

Kiss Me Quick, Valentine!!!

Hello, Friends!
If you're looking for a quick gift idea
from the heart, for someone who's sweet,

This pattern is very versatile, which is great news.
This is an example of a clean and simple design,
using one single fabric for the front.

 I had all of the supplies on hand...
this mug rug started out as two 10" layer cake squares
from Sweetwater's "First Crush" line for Moda.

I used a charming label from Sweetwater,
to put into words exactly what I was thinking.
This mug rug will be a birthday present 
for my wonderful mom!

{Shhh...her birthday is right after Valentine's Day!}

It was so easy to add the label to the heart shape,
with some fusible webbing and a neat straight stitch.

I used some squiggly free motion quilting,
to add interest.
I love the contrasting red ric rac edging.

I came up with an even quicker version,
using two more 10" squares of First Crush prints.

See how easy???
I didn't even need to add quilting,
since the fusible fleece gives it a beautiful finish.

I had fun using some labels I've been hoarding
for way to long!

It's reversible, too!

I normally piece together a patchwork for the front. 
That's super fun, when there's time available.

I got this "kiss me quick" idea,
because the backs of the mug rugs
are just as pretty as the fronts.

I hope you'll be inspired to try some quick versions

Be sure to share them on Instagram
by tagging with @eamylove or #amymadethat,
or any other page.

And remember...
gifts from the heart are welcomed every day,
even beyond Valentine's Day.

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