Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Handmade Teacher Thanks You Gifts

With all of the sewing I was working on for Quilt Market, the last week of school really crept up on me this year and I was scrambling for what to give my kids teachers. Both of my kids teachers were phenomenal and I wish I would have had the foresight to make quilts ahead of time for them, but as a perpetual procrastinator, that wasn't really realistic, right?!

I knew that I want to do something with apples. I love apples and rarely get the chance to sew with an apple theme, so you better believe that my kids teachers get something "apple" every year. (I have heard teachers get sick of apples, but how could you not love a fabric apple?!)

I loved this pillow that Heather of Vintage Grey Handmade made a few years ago, so I used her pillow as my inspiration. I got searching and realized that the pattern she used to make her pillow was a free pattern offered by Bustle and Sew- perfect!! It's called the Appley Dappley Cushion Cover.

I used the apple templates that were available in the pattern from Bustle and Sew and raw edge appliqu├ęd them onto a 16x16 inch background fabric for the pillow front. I tacked the apples down with just a bit of elmers glue (yep- the white washable kind) and then stitched them with black thread to give it a bit of a pop. Super easy.

I just kinda winged the rest of the pillow and added jumbo rick rack to the edges and created an envelope closure on the back side. I ran to Joann and used a coupon that they have going this week for 60% off of a pack of two- 16x16 inch pillow forms, so with the coupon, they only ended up being a couple dollars a piece for the inserts. Score!
 I made two pillows, one for each of their main teachers and then wanted to make something smaller for their "specials" teachers- gym, librarian, music, technology, art, etc. I saw @mommy2lu on IG made some darling little patchwork apples for Lunden's teachers so I knew that would be the perfect thing. I used the Scrappy Apple Pincushion & Ornament pattern by Retro Mama and I was so impressed with the pattern. The apples turned out darling and the pattern was very clear and easy to follow. Which is always a a plus when I fork out $ for a pattern. :)

I wrapped the pillows up with a thank you for their  teachers and then for the teachers that they rotate to throughout the week, I wrapped up the little patchwork apples with a cute soap from Bath and Body Works and added a tag that said "We could not have 'PICKED' a better (gym, art, library, etc) teacher this year!" to the ribbon. They looked really cute all wrapped up and the teachers loved them when we ran them around the school. 

Whew! Glad that I finished everything up in time! I fly out for Quilt Market in a few hours so I better run and pack! (Procrastinator as always- remember?!?) 
If you are at market, I would love to meet you!!

Have a great week!!
Happy Sewing!
xoxo, Ashley

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Backyard Roses Blog Tour // Maker's Tote

I am so happy to be a part of the Backyard Roses Blog Tour! The minute saw the Backyard Roses fabric by Nadra of Ellis and Higgs for Riley Blake, I fell in love. Y'all know I am a sucker for a good floral and these florals are perfect! 

I have been wanting to make a Maker's Tote for a while so I figured this was the perfect time. 

The Maker's Tote is a great pattern. Anna of Noodlehead is a genius when it comes to pattern writing so I expected no less. 

I made the smaller version of the bag and plan to send it to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. It's a darling little bag that is perfect for keeping sewing notions or whatever you want in it. It totally reminds me of the old school doctor bags- which I think was the inspiration for Anna when she came up with the pattern. So cute!

I love the gusseted pockets on the inside and the gusset on the side of the bag. Little details like that are what I love seeing in a pattern and make the pattern exciting to me.

I didn't make any modifications to the bag- it was perfect as is in my opinion. :)

Be sure to check out the other projects that have been made as part of the tour- they are amazing!
4/25 - Why Not Sew
4/27 - Allie & Me
5/6 - Oh How Sweet
5/10 - Greenfietsen
5/12 - Ellis & Higgs

Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo, Ashley

P.S.- These last few week have been so busy! I am getting ready to go to Quilt Market for the first time ever and I am beyond excited! (Let me know if you'll be there too- I'd love to meet you!)

I'm making several things for some of the fabric designers to display in their booths, which is super fun, but has kept me busy! I'll share those projects soon! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

First Finish of 2016 + Some Exciting News

For our family, 2016 is going to be an exciting year. We found out shortly after Thanksgiving last year that I was expecting, and just this week we went in for an ultrasound and found out that our baby is a BOY! Due in early August. After 2 girls close together, followed by a 6 year gap, it's going to be fun to have a baby in our home again and we are thrilled to find out that it's a boy. So that means I finally get the excuse to use up all of the darling blue, nautical fabric I've been hoarding for years! :)
My first trimester was filled with lots of nausea and not much desire to sew, so I haven't had too much to show over here on the ole blog, but I just finished my first make of 2016. It's just a small mini quilt for a swap that I was a part of, but it felt good to turn on my sewing machine and put the petal to the metal after weeks spent lying on the couch feeling blah. ;) My second trimesters are always much easier for me, so I am doing my best to take advantage of the surge of energy I've been having... And because it would be just too simple to sew one large quilt at time, I've jumped in and am in the middle of sewing 2 queen sized and 1 king sized quilt at once. My sewing room is kinda a disaster with three projects going on at once, but its fun. :)

Back to my mini quilt... This was such a fun little project to make. I love foundation paper piecing. I feel like it is the only way that I will take on intricate quit blocks because I can be so precise doing it that way. This cute little envelope block can be found in darling book Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi. It may be the only book that I have that I actually like every single pattern included in the book, so I always feel totally justified in recommending it to a friend. Ayumi is just one of the most kind, and talented people that I know. Everything that she comes up with, from fabric to pattern to pretty much anything she touches is seriously GOLD in my eyes. (ok... I'll quit gushing now. ha ha)
This pattern is perfect for fussy cutting small pieces of fabric into the insides of the envelopes. I used cute bits of fabric by Tasha Noel from her Vintage Market and The Simple Life lines, and then bits of Bonnie + Camille and a handful of other fabrics I had in my stash for the envelopes. Firefly in Whisper from Bonnie Christine's Hello Bear line was the perfect low volume background. 

Well I hope that y'all are having a great day. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my exciting news. :)
Happy Sewing!
xoxo, Ashley

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Cure for February

Do y'all ever get the mid winter blues? I am all about sunshine and good weather and when the gray skies stay constant and the weather makes me not want to leave the house I start longing for spring! I've been loving that the past couple days at my house have been full of sunshine and the temps are going to be in the low 70s this weekend, which is pretty crazy for the Midwest. Sadly, I am sure it won't last and we will be back to more dreary days before the sunshine and spring weather comes to stay. Blah!

Some good news though-
My blogger's choice bundle for the Fat Quarter Shop is in stock!! YAY! I just got my bundle this week and was so pleased with the way the colors came together... they are sure to brighten the dreariest of days! I can't wait to make something with these beauties!

So who could use a little pick me up, until Spring is here to stay? A little giveaway never fails to help brighten those dreary February days right???Since this little bundle brought some sunshine to my sewing room and a smile to my face, I thought it would be fun to do the same for someone else. 

My friends at the Fat Quarter Shop are always in for a fun giveaway! They are going to send one lucky reader a fat quarter stack of my blogger' choice bundle.


So just leave a comment 
{with your email, so I can contact you if you win}
and let me know what you would make with this bundle. 

I will choose one winner at random next Thurs. February 25 and notify them by email.

The winner is: 

Well after I stare at them for a while (a stunning bundle I must say), I think they would compliment a mid-century modern quilt I've been conceptualizing for a while - thanks for the chance!
Have a great weekend! 
xoxo, Ashley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FabricCadabra Giveaway

Oh man guys... Have you seen Alison Glass Handcrafted Indigo line? Y'all know that I love blue and these blues are so rich! I love them! 
If you are a blue lover like I am, then today is your lucky day! 
FabricCadabra is doing a little giveaway for a fat quarter bundle of Handcrafted Indigo! Aren't they the best?!

So here are the details... 
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment {WITH YOUR EMAIL- so I can contact you if you win} and let me know what you would make if you won the bundle. Easy Peasy!
........If it were me, I would totally buy a bundle of Cotton + Steel Bluebird and make a quilt with a combo of those blues + these blues by Alison Glass. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be?!? Oh man.... i LOVE blue!

 One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email {that's why it's so important you leave your email address} on February 10, 2016.

And in case you've had your eye on one of the many bundles over at FabricCadabra, all bundles are on sale- 20% off for the next few days. So head over quick and snatch it before the sale is over. No code needed.

Hope y'all have a great week!
xoxo, Ashley


Love those blues-they'd make a great quilt for my grandson!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Stash Case for Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 30

A few months ago, Love Patchwork & Quilting asked me to make a fabric suitcase for their magazine. I always love working with them, and it's pretty fun to have a project published, so I jumped at the chance.  It's my first time being featured on the cover of the magazine (even if it is just a small picture), so that was kinda fun for me. ;) 
My project is called the "Stash Case" and can be found in Issue 30 of the magazine. It's a really fun, quick project that's perfect to store fat quarters in, or pack your supplies in to take for a sewing date with a friend, or pretty much anything else you might need a small suitcase for. (My girls have laid claim on the two cases I made and they are currently being used to cart baby doll things around the house.)

Here is a sneak peek of the Stash Case until you can get your hands on a copy of the magazine. 

The magazine is on sale now in the UK as well as the Apple Newstand. It will be coming to the US shortly and as soon as it does copies can be found at Barnes and Noble as well as Joann, so keep your eyes out! If you do happen to get your copy of the magazine on your tablet or mobile device, you can find printable templates to all of the projects HERE.

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start for 2016. I took some time off social media and sewing during the holidays to be with my family, but now that the kiddos are back in school I can't wait to jump back in and get sewing! 
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Happy Sewing!
xoxo, Ashley

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Wish List Giveaway


Every year when I was growing up, I would make a Christmas Wishlist. So, with Christmas just around the corner,  I thought it would be fun to "be a kid again" and make my TOP 5 WISH LIST and do a little giveaway. The winner will choose one item from my wish list. The Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to jump on board and sponsor the giveaway. :) 

Here are the top 5 items on my wish list:
4. Fall 2015 Retro 30s Child Smile Lecien Sushi Roll
5. Cotton + Steel Clover Fat Quarter Bundle

To enter the giveaway is simple, just leave a comment with your EMAIL ADDRESS and let me know which of the 5 items would be at the top of YOUR wish list.
(Your answer in no way effects the outcome of the giveaway, it's just fun to hear. Please make sure to leave your email or I won't be able to contact you.)

One winner will be chosen at random on December 23, 2015 and notified via email

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway... One winner was chosen at random and the winner is: 

the thread box, which is not something I'd normally purchase! I just love the colors, the box is so tidy, and I hope to have a couple projects in the spring that would be perfect for the thread!