Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilted Suitcase Tutorial


This post is sponsored by Fabricworm

One of my girls favorite things to do is play "Baby"... which consists of packing every play baby item that they own, loading up their strollers, and going on an adventure with their bitty babies all over the house. They usually use their messenger bags that I made them as diaper bags, but as we have collected more and more baby clothes, the bags aren't quite big enough to hold all of the items. So last year, I made a dolly suitcase for them to share. The only problem was just that... sharing! That little suitcase is very much fought over in our house... and who can blame them?! It is pretty darn cute! 


 So after months and months of promising another suitcase to play with, and having the perfect bundle of Acorn Trail fabric show up at my doorstep from Fabricworm to use, I hunkered down and made a second suitcase.
Since it is such a fun little case, I thought I had better make a tutorial so y'all can make one too! Believe me- this little case is not limited to the use of holding dolly clothes either! It is perfect to hold just about anything! :)

Let me start with a preface. 
I made this case bigger and sturdier than my first case- which resulted in a tougher sewing job to complete, but I really love the result of how shapely it is. I will warn ya- there were brief moments of "Weekender Bag" flashbacks and a short, but very real moment where I wanted to throw it across the room... But all in all its a fairly simple bag to construct- especially if you opt not to do a "super sturdy" version... I'll explain that option in a bit.
For this case, I used a Quilt As You Go method for making my pattern pieces (just like I do in my Weekender Bags). I learned the technique from Elizabeth of Oh Frannson. She has a fabulous tutorial if you are not sure how to do this (just click to the link above). The only thing that I did different for this bag, was I substituted and used fusible peltex instead of quilt batting which resulted in a super stiff panel for my case. I really love the flat stiff panels that I created- but like I said... there were a few moments that I was regretting that choice! Sewing with peltex is a pain, but now that I am all done- I love it!


 So for the supply list, I'm gonna give the sturdy (peltex) suitcase list and the softer (non-peltex) suitcase list and depending on which version you make, you'll just make adjustments throughout the pattern, but I will do my best to accommodate my instructions for either version. Keep in mind that when I say "softer"- I use that term lightly... Creating a quilt as you go panels for your project results in a very sturdy/stiff case... But using peltex results in a RIGID case.  Make sense?

Please remember that I am an not a professional pattern maker. I just do this for fun. You may find a mistake or two in my instructions/design of the case. My hope is that if you are making this, hopefully you aren't too new to sewing and you've probably made a bag or two and should be able to make any adjustments needed along the way. 
And as always- my patterns are for personal use only... DO NOT MAKE ITEMS USING THIS PATTERN TO SELL


Whew... Enough chit chat- yes? 
Let's get down to business!
I am going to give a few supply lists. The first list will be the supplies you need regardless of whether you are making the stiff or softer case. The other two lists will be specific to whichever case you are making. 
Keep in mind that my case is about 11x15 inches and is 5 inches thick. You can totally make your own size, but the supply list and my instructions will accommodate this size.

One last thing... Please read through the entire tutorial before buying your supplies. There are a couple modifications you can make that are not included in the supply lists. 

SUPPLY LIST
-Various sizes of fabric scraps to created your patchwork panels
-1/2 yard fabric for lining
-3 1/2 yards bias tape (store bought or you can make your own with 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric cut on the bias)  
-36" Robe Zipper (It's a non-separating zipper- I get mine at Joann)
- eight inches of 1.5 or 2 inch wide grosgrain ribbon or twill tape for the suitcase handle
-Regular quilting machine needles as well as heavy duty machine needles to change out throughout the project.


SUPPLY LIST FOR 
STURDY CASE                    SOFTER CASE
1 yd. fusible Peltex           large scraps quilt batting
3/4 yard drill cloth                    3/4 yard duck cloth

(the reason I use drill cloth for the sturdy case is that I haven't had much luck with peltex fusing well to duck cloth since it is a rougher weaved fabric, but it fuses great to the drill cloth. And using duck cloth in the softer case, will give it just a slightly stiffer feel which results in a better shape than if you used the softer drill cloth. You can find both duck cloth and drill cloth in the utility fabric section of Joann or Hobby Lobby.)

Alright... I think we are ready to start!

First we need to do some cutting.
(when we are cutting- be sure to ALWAYS cut your side panel pieces in each fabric and peltex or quilt battting because this panel needs the width of fabric since it's so long and then cut your other panels)
Drill cloth or Duck cloth
side panel= 5 x 36 inches (cut first)
front panel= 11x15 inches
back panel= 11x15 inches
bottom panel= we will cut this panel later on in the pattern

Fusible Peltex (if you are using it):
(we cut these panels slightly smaller to allow for less bulk in seam allowance)
side panel= 4.25 x 35.25 inches (cut first)
front panel= 10.25 x 14.25 inches
back panel= 10.25 x 14.25 inches
bottom panel= we will cut this panel later on in the pattern

Quilt batting (if you are using it):
(we cut these panels slightly smaller to allow for less bulk in seam allowance)
side panel= 4.25 x 35.25 inches (cut first)
front panel= 10.25 x 14.25 inches
back panel= 10.25 x 14.25 inches
bottom panel= we will cut this panel later on in the pattern


Lining Fabric
side panel lining= 5 x 36 inches (cut first)
front panel lining= 11x15 inches
back panel lining= 11x15 inches
bottom panel lining= we will cut this panel later on in the pattern

Step 1: We need to make our quilted panels first. This is done by taking your drill/duck cloth panel, layering it with your peltex (and fusing) or quilt batting centered on the panel and then doing your quilt as you go method to cover both layers and make one panel. You will need to do this with your front and back panel as well as your side panel. I like my front and back panels to have a slightly rounded corner, so I used a jar lid as a cutting template and rounded the corners before I started my quilt as you go. If you want, you can leave your corners square, which will result in a more boxy/square case.

One thing to note... if you are using peltex instead of quilt batting, you may need to insert a new needle a couple times throughout your quilt as you go panels... Sewing through the peltex is really easy, but it seemed to dull my needle quicker than usual. 
To cut down on the time, I used one fabric for the side panel instead of doing a scrappy panel- but you can do yours however you like. 

So once you are finished with your quilted panels, you should have your front panel- back panel- side panel (all quilted), and your front, back, and side panels cut for your lining. 
 (now you will notice in my picture that I added fusible peltex to my lining pieces as well- just for added structure... which caused the weekender bag flashback and moment I mentioned above of wanting to chuck this thing across the room! I would not recommend this... which is why I didn't add the extra peltex to the supply list or cutting list. If you want to have a little more support and bulk in the lining, opt for a canvas fabric for your lining fabric, or you could add fusible fleece or stiff fusible interfacing (just remember to cut it slightly smaller than your lining to allow for less bulk in seam allowance). Or if you want full out crazy, get another yard of peltex and line yours like I did... just don't say I didn't warn you!)

Step 2: It's time to add the zipper to your side panel.. Take your quilted side panel and place your zipper face down along the top side of the panel and pin in place. Using a zipper foot and the longest stitch on your machine, baste your zipper to the panel with a 1/8" seam allowance. 
 Step 3: Place your lining side panel wrong side down on top of your quilted side panel and pin. Your zipper should now be sandwiched in between the two layers. Now, using your zipper foot and a regular stitch length, sew as close as you can to your zipper. (if you aren't fusing anything to your lining- just ignore the peltex fused to my lining piece)
 Step 4: Once you have sewn your seam, fold your lining panel to the back and press. Then top or edge stitch along the top of your panel to give it a finished look and also hold your lining in place to allow your zipper to open and shut nicely.
The front of your zipper panel will look like this:
The back of your zipper panel will look like this:
 Step 5: Now it is time to make cut and make your bottom panels. To do this, you need to take a flexible tape measure and measure all the way around your front panel. If you didn't round the corners of your front and back panels, then your measurement will be 52" (15+15+11+11). With the radius of my rounded corners, mine ended up being 50 inches. So you will take that measurement and put it into this equation (just put your measurement in where mine says "50")... 
50 (my measurement) - 36 (length of our zipper/side panel)= 14 inches
Now measure how tall your zipper panel is with your zipper closed. Mine was 5 1/2 inches tall, but yours may be slightly different. 

Take the 2 measurements and that will be the size of your "bottom panel". You will need to cut out your drill/duck cloth and also your lining piece (my panel was 5.5x14 inches) and then cut out your peltex/quilt batting (remember to cut it slightly smaller than your panel to allow for less bulk in seam allowance). 

(Now you are probably wondering why I didn't have you add a seam allowance for your bottom panel, right? Read on to the tip I shared at the bottom of Step 6.)

Once your bottom panels are cut, use the same technique to quilt your bottom panel. Again, I used a solid piece of fabric instead of going for a scrappy look, but you can do whatever you would like.

Now it's time to put your heavy duty needle into the machine.

Step 6: 
Attach your bottom panels to your side zipper panel. 
first take your quilted bottom panel and place it right side up . Then take your zipper panel and place it so that the exterior side or quilted side of the panel is facing down with the zipper closed. Then place your bottom lining panel right side down and pin along the end. Sew layers together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Do the same to the other side. Since your zipper side panel is so long, you will need to fold it in between your bottom panels to sew the 1/2" seam on the other side. See below for example.
 Now once both sides are sewn and you flip everything right side out, your zipper side panel and bottom panel should be making a big circle. Press the bottom panels in place on and top stitch using a 1/8" inch seam allowance on both ends of the bottom panel. After topstitching the ends, you can bast your bottom lining panel and quilted bottom panel on each raw edge if you would like just so everything holds together- but not necessary. 

Tip- For some reason after I did this step, even though I measured around the perimeter of my front and back panels and I made my panel without adding any for any seam allowance, the side panel (zipper and bottom panel sewed together) was still a little long.  (I have found that when I am pinning fabric to a curve for a bag, I don't need to add seam allowances, sometimes less fabric through the curve gives a better finish less bulk. and with the peltex being in my side and bottom panel that was even more true.) So when I made this bottom/side panel the length I had calculated (even without adding any fabric for seam allowances), when I went to pin and attach my side/bottom panel to the back panel, it was just a little too much bulk through the curves of the bag and I needed to shorten both the side and bottom panels about a 1/2 inch to make my panels and peltex smooth out and not have a wavy side and bottom of my bag.  So I folded everything back and repeated the above step after removing 1/2 inch from both the side and bottom panel. 
So you are probably wondering why I didn't have you do this to start with right? Well since I made my bag with crazy amounts of peltex, I think that may have a lot to do with why I had to do this. Peltex doesn't gather and ease around a curve super well so it needed to be a perfect fit for my side panel to lay correctly. 
(Sorry that was long and I hope it makes sense...)
So I would suggest after you press your bottom panels, before doing your top stitching on the bottom panels, do a little "test run" of pinning your side/bottom panel circle piece to your back panel just to make sure that your panel is the right length and everything fits well together. Unpin and make any needed adjustments. Then you can top stitch that last edge of the bottom panel. (If for some reason your panel is too short, you can always shorten your seam allowance to 1/4" instead of a 1/2" to make your panel a little longer. 
(look down to step 8 to see how to pin your panels together for your "test run")
Step 7: Attach your handle to the side panel. I did this by using fray check on each end of my ribbon to prevent the ribbon from fraying (if you don't have fray check you can just fold the raw edge under and then sew) and then centered the handle on the zipper side panel, pining in place, and stitched a 1 inch rectangle on each end to secure it. There is no rhyme or reason to how much of a bend you put in  the ribbon when attaching it... It's all personal preference and as long as you center it on the panel properly, the weight of the bag should be evenly distributed. 
Step 8: Now it is time to assemble the case. Do this by marking the center of your bottom panel and the center of your zipper panel (these are attached to each other at this point but just fold the piece in half to find the center). Then mark the center of the top and bottom of your back panel. Now, using your center marks, start pining the bottom (raw edge- not zipper edge) of your zipper/bottom panel around the perimeter of your back piece. Do this by putting the linings right side together and your quilted pieces should be facing out. We are going to have our raw edges left exposed when the case is sewn together. See below.
Tip: You may want to make small clips in your side/bottom panel piece to ease it around the curves of the back panel while you are pinning and sewing. 
Once the zipper/bottom panel is pinned in place to your back panel, use a basting stitch and sew using a 1/8" seam all the way around the back panel. 
(When you are done basting your panels, you should have the bottom of the case and side of the case in place with no raw edges on the lining side- all raw edges should be outside the bag.)
 After your panels are basted together take your bias tape and apply it. The bias tape will conceal the raw edge. I used my machine to sew it to the "side" edge of the case and then hand stitched the bias tape to the back panel. See below. 
(I just did it this way because of how much peltex I had used and there was no way I was getting that bunched up under my machine to stitch the other side of the bias tape to the back panel to finish it- but you are welcome to finish the bias tape however you would like.)
After you have attached the side panel to the back of the case and applied the bias tape, you need to attach the side panel to the front panel. This is so much easier than attaching it to the back panel- so if you are about ready to toss your project across the room- hang in there! 
Ok... Unzip your zipper and pin the zipper and bottom panel around the lining side of the top panel. Make sure you match up the center marks that you marked earlier on your side panel to the center marks on the front panel so that everything lines up correctly. Also-  make sure you have your panels facing the correct way so you don't sew anything upside down! ha ha
Once your two panels are pined together, baste around the edge with 1/8" basting stitch to hold everything in place for while you apply the bias tape. Once they are basted together, apply your bias tape.  
Again, I applied mine to the zipper side with my machine (and a zipper foot) and then hand stitched the other side of the bias tape to the front panel. I don't mind hand sewing- but you can do yours however you would like. I used quilt binding clips to hold it in place and I hand stitched. 


That's it! You're all done! Now you have a darling case to hold anything your heart desires! :) 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope everything makes sense!

I love seeing everything you guys make following tutorials on my blog so be sure to tag me on instagram (@crafterbynight) or email me a picture of your cute projects along the way and after you finish!
Have a great week!
xoxo, Ashley

P.S. Fabricworm sent me the fabric for this project. I used various prints from the Acorn Trail collection by Teagan White for Birch Fabrics to do the patchwork panels. I used Tonal Floral Shell for the bias tape, Birds and Branches Coral for the side panel, and I used Peonies Mint for the lining. LOVE this collection! So gorgeous!

Paper Pieces Giveaway Winner


Thanks to everyone who entered the PaperPieces.com giveaway last week! I had planned to announce the winner Friday but the dreaded stomach bug hit our house this weekend and threw me off my game a bit! Sorry about that!

So the winner is.........
Elaine!!


Love your quilt Ashley (and everything you do)! I would buy one of the acrylic templates and some paper pieces. I have cut my own before, but would love to have "perfect" ones. 



And for those of us that didn't win the giveaway but are still interested in placing an order - Paper Pieces has offered 20% off to all Mommy By Day Crafter By Night readers for any orders! !
Just add the voucher code: DayNight20 at checkout (don't forget to hit the 'OK') for 20% off your entire cart! Expires October 31, 2014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hey Everyone! I got invited by my dear friend Rach to join in the Around the World Blog Hop. So today I get to share a little bit about me and my story by answering 4 questions! 

So here goes...

1. What are you working on? 
Hmmm... The question should probably be "What am I not working on?"- because I am working on about 5 projects right now! I usually work on one or two projects and commit myself to finishing one before starting another, but I just couldn't help myself!
-At this moment, I am working on a new tutorial using some gorgeous new Acorn Trail Fabric from Fabricworm
I'm not gonna say what it is just quite yet, but here is a little sneak peek:
Stay tuned for the new tutorial coming soon on the blog... 
-I am also working on (binding one and quilting the other) a couple of mini quilts for the wall in my studio. More to come on these projects soon!
  ....But since I know one person is bound to ask- the pattern I used for the lettering on the quilt above is called My First Alphabet by Diane Bohn. And the pattern for the Swedish Bloom quilt block below is by the very talented Ayumi in her book called Patchwork Please.
-I am ever working on my Grandmother's Garden Quilt... Just hit the two year mark with this project! You can read more about it here
And lastly...
-I just finished up my kids halloween costumes... Hallelujah! One is being Sheriff Callie and the other is being Little Red Riding Hood... Stay tuned for those on the blog soon too!! 


2. How does my work differ from others?
That's a hard one!
I would have to say that one of the biggest compliments that anyone has ever given me, when it comes to sewing, was back when I taught my very first sewing class at Sew to Speak...
One of my students had been scrolling through the collection of Weekender Bags on Flickr for inspiration and she told me "I can always pick out which weekenders are yours before I even click on them because of the way they look."
 That was huge for me! Two of the people that inspire me most when it comes to sewing are  Amy of nanaCompany and Mary of Molly Flanders Makerie. I can pick their projects out a mile away because of their style, fabric choice, and workmanship. Anytime I scroll through Pinterest and see a project by either of them, I know it before I even click to follow the link! 
So when I heard someone say that of me, I was so flattered! 
Though I can't quite pinpoint what makes me different than anyone else, I do know this:
-I am a HUGE perfectionist! If I am going to take the time to create something, I want to do it right. I like to be very neat in my sewing. I love my seams to be straight, my corners to match up, and my points to be pointy- But every once in a blue moon- I toss caution to the wind and let myself get sloppy. ;)   
-I try to stay true to me and only use fabrics that I love (unless I am sewing for someone else with a different taste).  I love stripes, polkadots, nautical, primary colors, and usually work with bright fabrics... But I have a very big scale as far as my taste goes, so sometimes you'll see me using funky, boho prints and other times you'll see me using delicate florals! I'm flexible that way. I definitely know what I like and what I don't like but it seems to be ever evolving! ha ha

3. Why do I create?
I guess that's an easier one for me to answer. I create because it's my passion. From the time I was a little girl, I was always "creating". I loved to cross stitch, tried my hand at crochet, and was constantly transforming junk into "treasure" as a kid. 
As I got older, I focused my creativity on scrapbooking. Once I had kids and motherhood set in, my creative flow had an abrupt halt due to the new found craziness of feeding babies, changing diapers, and lack of sleep that was my life now. It wasn't until 3 years ago that I decided to try out a new hobby: Sewing. 
Holy cow... If someone would have told me, even 5 minutes before I turned that machine on for the first time, where I would be now- I would have laughed in their face! I would have never pegged myself for someone who loved to sew, quilt, and work with fabric! I always rolled my eyes at the people who sewed their own clothes and thought what a waste of time it all was. Well, I am eating crow now, because I have officially turned into my Grandma and you can find me in front of my sewing machine most nights! 

Sewing is my happy place! I feel totally at home with a fresh blade on my rotary cutter and a stack of fabric to cut for a project! And if you ever see me day dreaming- you can bet that I have some crazy project on the brain! I love love love to sew! 

4. How does my creative process work?
I would have to say that the fabric I use is the driving force behind everything I make. Sometimes I have a project in mind for the fabric I buy, and sometimes I just buy things that I love on a whim- knowing it will be put to good use. I just love to shop for fabric! 
I love it when I find a fun pattern to make or quilt along to follow, but a lot of times, I create my own patterns.
Marcelle Medallion Pillow
 Since I myself, learned to sew following tutorials online, I love to create tutorials to help others out.
Quilted Ukelele Case Tutorial
So if I am making my own pattern, I roughly sketch my project (and by roughly, I mean roughly... I am not an artist!) and write down some preliminary measurements. Most of the time, the sketch and measurements change along the way. I am not one to cut all my fabric out in the beginning and then start to sew- I like to cut a little, sew a little, and then cut a little and sew a little more. 

Little House Needle Book Tutorial

I would say 9 times out of 10- in the end, my project works like I hoped it would, but that 1 out of 10 project is a royal disaster, but I just toss it in the scrap pile and live to sew another day!! Such is life, right?;)

Well, I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me and what makes me tick with this post! Be sure to check out the talented gal that I have tagged to join in on the fun next week: Meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted.  She is constantly inspiring me with the things she makes!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo, Ashley

P.S.- I don't say this often enough, but I have to say thank you to anyone that reads my blog- especially those select few of you that read and have been with me from the beginning! Y'all are so sweet with your encouraging comments on my blog or on Facebook or Instagram. Nothing makes my day more than a nice comment from one of you.  So thank you for that! Mwah!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

English Paper Piecing + A Little Giveaway

One of my favorite, if not thee favorite, projects I have ever worked on is my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
Just this weekend, I hit a milestone... 
I've spent 2 years (so far) working on it. 
I've clocked hundreds and hundreds of hours, thousands of stitches, and so far it is 31 flowers strong.
It's the perfect take along project! I've lost count of the states and countries this little quilt has traveled to.  I'm only halfway finished, but I have enjoyed every moment of it.  For me, there is just something about doing every single inch of a quilt by hand! I love it! 
I shared a little bit last year about my hexie-ing process in this post in case you are interested in seeing my method for English Paper Piecing.


 I am using 1 1/2 inch hexagons and I use pre-cut papers for my piecing. I get my pieces at PaperPieces.com. I also use their acrylic cutting template that allows me to fussy cut fabrics, and adds the seam allowance as well- so every hexagon I cut is exactly the right size. AMAZING! 
I would never attempt to cut my own shapes because:
1- I would be worried that the papers I cut would not be completely uniform.
and
2- I am making such a large quilt that I would have to cut over a thousand hexagons! AHH!

In case you are wondering, I reuse my pieces a few times before I have to toss them. I ordered the large pack of hexagons when I started this quilt and have added a small pack here or there to replace bent papers- but worth every penny! These papers are a lifesaver, and for me- a must! 

So far I have only done hexagons, but I have some clamshell and diamond papers that are just begging to be made into some mini quilts for my studio wall! Plus- I am dying to jump on the bandwagon and make a La Passacaglia quilt. Ahh!! So many things on my to-do list!!
Now for the fun part... A little giveaway!

Paper Pieces is going to give one lucky reader a $15 gift certificate to their shop!
So whether you are a seasoned English Paper Piecer, or looking to dip your feet into it (and become addicted like I am)- this is the perfect time to see what they offer!  And as an added bonus- they have generously offered 20% off to all MommyByDayCrafterByNight readers! Score!!
Just add the Voucher Code: DayNight20
at checkout (don't forget to hit the 'OK") for 20% off your entire cart!  Expires October 31st, 2014

To enter the giveaway, just stop by PaperPieces.com, take a look around, and then come back here and leave a comment with what you would choose if you won the giveaway!  (your choice will in no way effect the outcome of the giveaway)

Easy right?! Just be sure to include your email address so that I can notify you if you are the lucky winner! 

One person will be selected at random and announced on my blog next Friday.


And as an added bonus- they have generously offered 20% off to all Mommy By Day Crafter By Night readers for any orders! Score!!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Handmade Halloween Costumes

It's finally looking like fall has come to visit in my neck of the woods... Temps dropped from in the 90s to the 60s in a matter of 2 days. A little drastic if you ask me, but I love this time of year so I guess I shouldn't complain! I have pumpkin spice candles filling my home with a yummy, cozy aroma and I've started working on Halloween costumes for my two little girls. 

It's totally crazy to me that it's already time for Halloween costume preparations, but with going the handmade route, it is a lot of work and I don't want to be burning the midnight oil on October 30th to finish them up. Thus, I am being proactive and feeling on top of things (for once in my life!;).

I said I would never do handmade costumes. EVER.

For a couple reasons.... 

1- On a whole, I think they cost A LOT more than buying a costume at the store. 
and 
2- They are so much extra work and time... 

But never say never I guess... I waffled this year and the handmade costumes are in full swing at our house! 

I am going the homemade route mainly because my youngest wanted to be something that I knew I was not going to be able to buy somewhere. She wants to be Sheriff Callie. (If you don't have a toddler in your house, you probably have no idea who that is, but trust me- She's a big deal)

I'm really excited with how the costume is coming along so far... I can't wait to finish all of the other details and  try it all on my daughter. She is loving watching the progress and very excited about the thought of being "Sheriff Callie"- which is making all this extra work totally worth it! :)  


My oldest daughter was kinda wishy washy on what she wanted to be, but leaning toward Elsa- which we already have a costume for, but since I was doing handmade for one I figured I better go all the way crazy and do handmade for the other- right? 

So after brain storming together, we came up with Little Red Riding Hood. 
Luckily, I have the darling book Little Things to Sew, which has a pattern for the cutest Little Red Cape. 

So with my favorite show starting again tonight (NASHVILLE- can I get a Hallelujah?! I dying to see what Rayna is going to say about Deacon's proposal!!) and lots of pattern pieces to cut out, you know where you can find me for the next little bit!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!
xoxo, Ashley

P.S.
I haven't done a work in progress post in a while...  do y'all like WIP posts?? I post plenty of behind the scenes pictures on Instagram, but I know not everyone is on there, so I thought I would pop over and go the "old fashioned" route with the old bloggety blog... So let me know one way or the other by leaving a comment on whether you like seeing it here, or would rather just see it all on insta and see finished projects on the blog...
Thanks in advance for your input!