Archives for June 2016

Sizzix Anchor Baby Quilt

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I’m super exited to be sharing my latest pattern for this adorable nautical baby quilt on the Sizzix blog !  I love giving quilts as gifts and this is the perfect pattern that you can sew up in a day.  The fabrics are from Dear Stella and I love that they are not traditional baby girl fabrics.  I know my ocean-loving Sister-In-Law will just love this!IMG_8957

Mufasa was very helpful on this project!



You can read the full tutorial here. It can totally be made start to finish in a day!  The best kind of project!!







This is such a great size baby quilt and you could easily change up the center die for a heart, flower, animal, or holiday die!!



Beginner Charm Pack Placemat


I love placemats, table cloths, dishes, and table settings.  I won’t even confess to how many sets of dishes I own.  I love coordinating my table linens with my dishes for the seasons and holidays.  I was thrilled to find this wonderful tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s a video showing how to make a set of placemats using a charm pack and some additional yardage.


Click below to watch the video:

I choose Vintage Picnic fabric because it’s perfect for summer!


The pattern is has (4) 4-patch units and 5 solid squares with added strips on the sides.  Then just quilt and bind!


Mufasa loved helping with this project!  He thinks they are little table quilts for napping 🙂IMG_8871   They are so fast and easy you can sew up an entire set for your family in a few hours!

Doll Days Blog Tour

DSC_0273   My friend Erin Hentzel has just released her latest book called Doll Days!

Doll Days! is a fabulous doll clothes pattern book, inspired by vintage styles and designed with modern flair for 18″ dolls, such as the American Girl Doll.

I love this book!  It has fabulous pictures, instructions, and patterns.  To be honest, I’ve never sewn a doll dress before (gasp).  My mom always sews the dresses for the dolls.  The instructions were easy to follow and the dress came out perfect!  I can’t wait to make more of these little dresses – how perfect for birthday or Christmas gifts!  There are also suggestions of how to change up the patterns or add embellishments.  You can follow the basic patterns and then add your own creativity.


I made the Vintage Party Dress with elastic sleeve.  This is my favorite style of dress and I think it would be so fun to make Sally and dolly matching dresses sometime!  The dress I made for the Mary Ellen doll is from Vintage Picnic by Moda.


I added a little lace trim to the hem and a ribbon sash.  I love that the shoes match!


Check out these fabulous designers to see even more Doll Days! inspiration 🙂

Here’s the complete schedule:

June 13 Kickoff! Erin on the  C&T blog

June 14 Amanda on  Jedi Craft Girl

June 15 Erin on  Dear Stella

June 16 Karen on  Karen Mom of Three

June 17 Erin on  Sew Mama Sew

June 20 Lindsay on  Lindsay Sews

June 21 Jane on  Janie Carroll Designs

June 22 Bonnie on  Fishsticks Designs Blog

June 23 Tracy on  Generation Q Magazine

June 24 Rachael on  RJR Blog

June 27 Cherry on  Cherry Blossoms Studio

June 28 Final stop! Erin (me!) on  Avery Lane Sewing

Pretty Pincushion Sew Along {and catnip toy}


Pin Cushions are so much fun to sew because they are fast and a perfect stash buster!  I was so excited to try this new little pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can watch this little video and whip one up in a snap!  I added dried lavender to the inside of mine 🙂


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I had to include Mufasa in my little project so I sewed on into a catnip pillow!IMG_8728

For the pin cushion I used Backyard Roses by Riley Blake Designs.  I followed the instructions for the piecing and used a piece of lace instead of twill tape.  I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece and I used Crossroads denim on the back.  I purchased the walnut shells at my local pet store – boy I will be making more of these to try an use up that big bag!  I thought it might be nice to add some dried lavender into the mix.  That way you put the pins in, it smells nice 🙂


Wouldn’t these be super cute for little hostess gifts, birthday gifts or swap extras?


For Mufasa’s catnip pillow I filled it with poly fill and dried catnip.  I also used cotton on the back so it would be light – I knew he would want to carry it around in his mouth!

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If you choose to make the catnip pillow, make sure you don’t use it as a pincushion.  You don’t want those pins anywhere near your kitty!cat lady catnip pillow 5

I love Cotton+Steel selvage – especially when it involves cats!  It’s the purrrrrrfect accent to this little pillow!  cat lady catnip pillow 6


You can read more about this little project on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog!  Be sure to check out these talented designers to see their renditions of “The Pretty Pincushion”.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kitty from Night Quilter

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Jessee from Art School Dropout

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Michele from Island Life Quilts

Angie from Gnome Angel

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Simple Zipper Bag {Fat Quarter Shop}


Today I’m sharing my version of the Simple Zipper Bag pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  They just released this fun and instructional video with all the measurements and instructions so you can make your own!!

I selected a charm pack of Cotton + Steel and I sub-cut the pieces into 2.5″ squares.



I used a super soft Crossroads denim for the back and the binding.

I followed the instructions almost exactly – only making a few changes.  I didn’t have the Soft n Stable so I used my trusty stabilizer trick:  Heat n Bond medium weight fusible stabilizer and then Spray n Bond basting spray to adhere it to quilt batting.  It gives such a nice feel!


I used a chunky metal zipper which I love!  You just have to be careful when sewing over the metal teeth.  I used the hand wheel and not the foot control to gently sew over the metal teeth.  Then I used the junkiest scissors I could find to trim it down.


This size pouch is perfect to hold a journal or small sketch book and writing or drawing supplies.  It would also be perfect for embroidery projects!IMG_8528

Mufasa loves the pouch too!!  I can hide cat toys in it!IMG_8541Hop over to these wonderful blogs to see more versions of the Simple Zipper Bag!!!

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Jessee from An Art School Dropout’s Life

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kitty from Night Quilter

Leanne from She Can Quilt

Vanessa from Lella Boutique

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Cristy from Love You Sew

Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker

Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress