Archives for January 2017

Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂



Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).


I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.


…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!


Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 


2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!


Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.


Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.


Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!


Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.


Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.


Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.


Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)








Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!



Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom


Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

Heat n Bond Lite

Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.


You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.


Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.


Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!


Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.



Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

IMG_9100I am so in love with this tote bag!  It is such a great size, and if feels sturdy and it is super preppy plaid cute!!
DSC_0136I’m ready for an Eastern Seaboard Vacation!!!
Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!

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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads ( and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

Valentine’s Day Art


I’m giving my daughter a little shout out today on my blog!  She has just finished stocking her Etsy shop with these adorable vintage-inspired wood signs.  I’m hoping she will make me a set if she’s not too busy!  You can check out her art by visiting her Etsy shop, EllaSketchArt.  All the items are hand painted by her and all the money she earns is going toward her first year of college next year!!  Thanks for being supportive!!!!IMG_8928

Kiss me and Be Mine signs are 6″ x 3.5″ and stand on their own.


This gingham love sign is painted on a rustic cedar fence post and measures 10″ x 5″.IMG_8924

These three conversation heart pieces are cute by themselves or as a set.  Each measures 5.5″ square.  I love each different design!!IMG_8923

She also takes custom orders if you have something specific in mind 🙂


Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along 2017 Block #1



I’m so excited to be sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop’s 2017 Charity Quilt Along!!!  Today they are kicking off things with Block #1,  Souvenir of FriendshipDownload your free pattern today, and be sure to donate to Make-A-Wish!Make_A_Wish_e5732_450x450 Block-1-divider

Well actually Mufasa and I are both sewing along!!!  I decided to go with a traditional red and white quilt theme.  So all my blocks will be different prints of red and white.  I hope I don’t get sick of this color palette half way through!!!  But I totally love it so far!


Since all my blocks are the same, I choose to do a “cheater” method on the blocks to speed things up 🙂


I can’t wait for next month’s block!!!!  I hope you join us and sew along!  It’s super fun!!!IMG_8872


The designers of the original quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! Fun!
And look who else is sewing along!!!!!
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)

Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Five Fat Quarter Fun {Cabin Fever}

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five fat quarter fun quilt

We are super excited to bring you the second edition of 5 Fat Quarter Fun!!!  Amber from Gigi’s Thimble and I have been cooped up all January – she lives in the snow and it’s been raining every day here in Southern California!  This quilt is the perfect quilt to snuggle with on the couch while you watch the winter weather.  And best of all… only need 5 fat quarters and background yardage to get started!!DSC_0930 2

I love how Amber and I used the exact same pattern and our quilts have totally different looks!  So fun!!!


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You can download the quilt pattern over on Amber’s blog, click HERE.IMG_8710

I choose a mixture of wintery grays.  My living room and dining room are decorated farmhouse neutral and all my quilts are bright colors – which means I have zero quilts in my living room (gasp).  This quilt is going to look perfect on my couch with my fur pillows and galvanized buckets!!!  I can’t sew fast enough!



This is such a fun block!  It looks more complicated than it really is!  You can sew them up in a snap!IMG_8748

After you sew the 12 blocks you are ready for sashing!!IMG_8751

Now I wish I had a table runner to match!!!IMG_8778

I quilted this myself – which is never my favorite but I did it!  I chose a black and gray plaid flannel for the back and quilted meandering lines all over.

I stayed up late with my little helper binding because I am super exited to get it finished!!!!


I LOVE how it looks in my living room!  I don’t think I need tons of neutral quilts in my life but this one is a perfect fit!!


Mufasa loves it too!!!

Mufasa cabin fever

farm house style


Kitty Love Quilt Pattern is Here!!


It’s here!  It’s here!  My latest quilt pattern, Kitty Love!!!   January is feeling quite dreary!!!  I created this cheery Valentine pattern to brighten things up around here!  It is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.  The pattern is a PDF and has full color instructions and diagrams.  dsc_0861

I made this quilt with a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabrics by Moda: Vintage Picnic, Hello Darling, Vintage Modern and Day Sail.


This quilt measures 31″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall or put on a table.  What I love about this pattern is that it is super versatile!  I have included instructions to sew the quilt with charm packs and background fabric!  I love my friend,  Tina’s version – she made 5 heart blocks and 4 heart blocks all with charm squares!!



Also included in the pattern is a pumpkin block so you can make balck cats and orange pumpkins for Halloween!!


Mufasa is totally thrilled with this fun quilt and I know you will be too!!!


Young Women Camp 2016 Re-Cap {Girls Camp}


I love Young Women Camp!  Here is a little re-cap of our 2016 camp.  I love sharing ideas and thought these might be helpful to someone out there!  This might be the worlds longest blog post.  I’ve tired to break up the post into categories.  Here we go!  If you want any of the documents, click HERE to go to an online folder.  These are for personal, church use only.

Theme:  CITY ON A HILL,  inspired by Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

 Theme song: We Are by Kari Jobi.  These lyrics are amazing and the chorus sings “we are the light of the world, we are a city on a hill.”

From these two places stemmed all the inspiration.

Camp Leader Training

We meet together as leaders each month for 5 months.  We talk about responsibilities, ideas, inspiration, certification, and the itinerary.  It sure takes a lot of preparation to plan camp!  The YCLs also meet each moth to plan for their responsibilities.  Our YCLs are amazing and they really run camp and are the heart of everything we do.


Back to Camp Night

About 6 weeks before camp we have “Back to Camp Night” which is when all the young women gather together and get to meet their level leaders.  The YCLs lead us in songs and skits, we have fun refreshments and each level gets to meet separately and start planning.  We used yellow and gingham for the decorations.  All of the food was yellow: lemonade, lemon cake, cheese puffs, lemon taffy, vanilla Oreos, lemon sours, chips, and popcorn, etc.





Camp Preparations

Preparing for camp takes months.  Here are some of the things we do before we get to camp.


Each girl gets a lanyard, bandana, songbook, itinerary, and camp shirt.  During the week at camp they earn buttons.  So I spend months making all these fun buttons!


This is about 100 lanyards.  Each lanyard has a match, so there are two of each fabric.  When the girls choose their lanyard they don’t know it but they are also choosing their “Pine Cone Buddy.”


Pinecone Buddies are kind of like Secret Sisters, only the girls know who their buddy is and they are paired up.  During the week, they look out for their buddy, get to know their buddy, and make crafts for their buddy.  I love that this has replaced Secret Sisters.


The buttons keep coming!  We make buttons for archery, hikes, games, certification, special campfires, KP, nurse, crafts, rock climbing, and so on.

Each girl gets an itenary to clip onto her lanyard.  This is the hardest and most time consuming part of planning camp – getting this ironed out!



Also on their lanyard is a camp songbook with all the lyrics to our favorite camp songs.


Each lanyard has a name card pouch and they write their name on the tag.  They also got a little Warm Fuzzy chart and every time they did something nice for someone they got to mark it off.  Once they received 10 marks, they turned in their chart and received a fluffy pom pom to put on their lanyard.  These were a hit!!!
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We have fabulous Stake Leaders and I made each of us a clipboard – everything was gingham at camp!!


Each level choose a City to represent them.  They created a cheer based on their city and decorated their cabins according to that city’s culture.  This was super fun and it each of the levels were amazing!!!

Once at camp we never sleep and run from activity to activity.  Some highlights were our Amazing Race to kick off the first day of camp, 4th year over-night hike, crafts, certification, rock climbing, camp fires and mini classes, water fights, swimming, and archery.

img_9204We asked the young women who were interested to bring an artistic representation of the temple to help us decorate our large mantle in the lodge.  I loved what they all came up with.


The first night the Stake Leaders put on a fun party – we were the city of Los Angles so we hosted “The LA County Fair.”


We had face painting….img_5755

country line dancing….

candy bar….img_5991

cotton candy & popcorn…img_5992 photo booth….

and awards and prizes!!!

In the lodge we hung a photo of each young women mounted on yellow paper and throughout the week the girls wrote sweet words.  They got to take them home at the end of camp.

Not sure who is having more fun….leaders or girls!!

Camp Crafts are such a fun part of camp.  We made pom poms and yarn crafts….


wood, nail, and string art….


Embroidery projects, and lots of other fun things.


For one of our campfires, we had a service night where we could “Let our Light Shine”.  We helped make these draw-string bags for the Days For Girls.  The girls LOVED it and it was super meaningful and brought everyone joy!!!

By the end of camp there is no room left on the girls lanyards!  These are a fun keepsake for each girl to look back at through the years and remember what each button represents.

I would say the highlight of camp was seeing our challenge we issued the year before come forth.  We challenged the young women to take this past year to memorize the Living Christ.  On the last night of camp before testimony meeting, we all stood and recited it together.  It was so AMAZING!!!  It had such a huge impact on everyone and really helped to strengthen our testimony of Jesus Christ.


Well, that’s it all in a nutshell.  It’s hard to summarize a years worth of work, prayer, service, and love in one blog post, but I hope you find a little inspiration from our experience.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Riley Blake Speedster Quilt Tutorial

speedster-quilt-tutorialA little update on one of my favorite quilts…..

I am so in love with this fabric called Speedster by Riley Blake Designs!!!  I created this quilt for my son, Ryan, for his 11th birthday. riley_blake_speedster_quilt_tutorial_6You can personalize the quilt by adding a favorite number, team number, or in this case, a special birthday age.riley_blake_speedster_quilt_tutorial_7 This is a great pattern to use with large print fabrics.

This quilt pattern is great because it shows off the wonderful prints in this fabric line.

Finished quilt: 45″ x 67″

Block size: 16″

Let’s get started!  Here’s how you can make one:


Assorted prints of Speedster 1/3 yard cuts or fat quarters

Heat n Bond Lite


Cut the center theme blocks (12) 10″ square

Top and bottom strips (2) 3.5″ x 10″

Side strips (2) of each print 3.5″ x 8.25″

Lay the block out like this:


Sew the top and bottom strips to the theme block. (1/4″ seams throughout) Press seams.  Sew the 2 side rectangles together to make the left and right strips.  Press the seams toward the dark.  Sew to the sides of the block, press.  This completes a block.

Continue until you have 12 blocks.  I used 3 different theme prints.





For the arrow blocks:

Cut a 5″ square of white

Cut a 5″ square of Navy

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white square.


Layer the white and navy squares right sides together.  Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the diagonal line.  Cut on the drawn line to make 2 half square triangles (HST).  Press toward the dark.  Square up to 4.5″ finished block.

Cut a navy rectangle 6.5″ x 5″

Cut (2) white rectangles 2.25″ x 6.5″

Sew in this order and press toward the dark:


Sew the two block sections together and press.  Make 4 arrow blocks and sew them together all going the same direction.  You will need to add a 2.5″ x 8.5″ strip of white fabric to the pointy end of the arrow row.

Prepare the applique block:

Trace a 8″ circle on the Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron to the wrong side of the white fabric.  Cut the circle and fuse in the center of a block.  Top stitch around the circle two times in black thread,


Print out the number in reverse.  I tried to find a font that matched the numbers in the fabric.  Trace the number on the Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron to the wrong side of the black fabric.  Cut out numbers, press in place and top stitch in black thread.



Assemble the quilt:

Sew blocks together in rows.  Press each row alternating directions.  Pin the seam intersections.

(notice the white rectangle next to the red arrow.  This needs to be squared up.)


Quilt as desired.  I put minky on the back of mine so it is super cuddly!!!


I love how the quilt turned out and I can’t wait to give it to my son!  If you are making this quilt for a smaller boy, you could use 9 blocks instead of the 12 blocks.