Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Foxglove Fabric Showcase


I have been an Aneela Hoey fan ever since I started sewing. I remember seeing "Sew Stitchy" at my local quilt shop back in 2012 and thinking that it was the cutest fabric ever!! I have just a teeny tiny bit left, plus some of my other favorites by her in my stash and I ration them like crazy! So when Aneela asked me to be part of the fabric showcase for her newest line, Foxglove, I knew I couldn't resist!


Foxglove is a group of 12 prints on cotton, designed by Aneela for Cloud 9 fabrics. She was kind enough to send me a little bundle of each of the prints to use in my La Passacaglia quilt. They are just perfect for fussy cutting... Those foxes are just too cute aren't they!? I love that they look like they are chasing each other around my cog. 


The Foxglove Showcase just started yesterday, so there will be many more amazing projects to come featuring Foxglove, so be sure to check out Aneela's blog or IG to keep up with them all. You can also search the hashtags on IG #foxglovefabric and #aneelahoey for more yummy inspiration!

Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week! It's always hard to get back into the groove after a long holiday weekend, isn't it!?!

Happy Sewing!
xoxo, Ashley

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! :)