Finished Product, Gift Idea, New Patterns

It’s In the Bag, Bottle Bag That Is!!!

Three variations of the pattern
Three variations of the pattern

Just in time for the holidays, a very simple, fast and easy wine bag pattern, Put A Cork In It Bottle Cover pattern.  It’s easy to personalize by your choice of fabrics and/or message you embroider on the bag.  In addition, it is so much fun to make, I know you’ll make more than one.

A cork with drilled holes is used to cinch the cording around the bag (instructions are in the pattern) or you can substitute a large button instead if you are using the bag for a bottle of cider.

Back of bagTop of bag



The pattern is available online at Craftsy and at the Quilt Crossing in Boise, Idaho.

This would be an ideal gift for those “difficult-to-buy” for people on your gift list.

Happy Holiday Sewing!!!


View of bag from above




Finished Product, Gift Idea, Kitchen Accessories, New Patterns

Anna’s Apron – My New Pattern…

Last year, I made an apron for a gift exchange for our annual investment club’s Christmas party.  The girls really liked the apron I made and the final recipient said she loves to wear it because it is not only cute, but extremely practical as she no longer has to search for a kitchen towel when she is working in her kitchen.  Both of my daughters suggested that I should  create a pattern for it so I could share it with others, so…  

My first prototype of Anna's Apron with Terry Cloth Kitchen Towel and Route 66 themed fabric

I’m pleased to introduce my new pattern, Anna’s Apron.  The wonderful thing about this apron is that once you have it on, you always have a kitchen towel within your reach because it is the base of your apron.

Terry Cloth Apron with Optional Pocket

The pattern includes 2 different versions for the waistband as well as an optional pocket pattern piece and has detailed instructions and illustrations that walk you through the apron’s construction, step by step.   It is a fun and easy pattern to make.

The apron is a great gift idea and can be personalized for almost any occasion.  It is the perfect solution for those hard-to-shop for people on your gift lists. 

Anna's Apron with Woven Kitchen Towel as Base

You can also make the apron using a woven cotton kitchen towel.  I prefer the terry cloth towel because of the body and absorbency it provides and it is more wrinkle resistant. 

What I enjoy most about this pattern is that you can easily personalize the apron and really make it meaningful to the recipient,.  I have several pieces of fabric that I have collected for future aprons that will be a lot of fun to give because the theme of the fabric is relevant to the recipient.  For example, I have some fabric that has a coffee theme and the resulting apron will be a gift for my favorite coffee connoisseur.     The jumbo rickrack is a fun accent and perfect trim for this pattern.

This Apron has fabric with theme of San Francisco on Terry Cloth
Pat, my Apron Model


If you would like a  pattern, you can purchase a copy on Etsy  or by replying to this blog post.  It is also available locally in Boise at the Quilt Crossing. I think you will find this pattern to be a fun apron for yourself as well as for others.  You’ll be amazed at how handy it is to have your kitchen towel “at hand”.   I would love to see some of your finished projects and hope you will share pictures of them.   I also want to thank my friend, Pat Henderson, for being the lovely model for my apron pattern. 

Pattern Cover

I’m excited to share this new pattern with you and hope you will give it a try.

Happy Stitching!


Finished Product, Gift Idea

Anna’s New Hat – A Find from Quilt Works in Bend, OR

I have to confess, since the birth of our beautiful granddaughters, the focus for my sewing shifted, as far as sewing clothing, quilts, toys, etc.  Alecia, the mother of Belén and Eloise, occasionally has received a gift of some sort that is often associated with her girls.  Anna Marie, our youngest daughter, however, has not received a lot of handmade items from me; which made me feel a bit guilty.

To help remedy this situation, on Sunday, I made her a hat from a pattern that I found while on vacation last week.  Anna happened to drop by our house while in the area this morning.  I was delighted to see her, of course, and also excited to show her the hat I made for her. 

Anna being kind enough to model her new hat

Of course, the best complement you can receive is when someone genuinely likes the item you make for them, and I’m pleased to say, this was the case. 

Here are a couple photos of Anna Marie in her new hat.  If you look closely, the brown fabric has coffee beans with little hearts.  This is perfect for Anna as her day does not begin until she has had her coffee.

Side view of Anna's new hat
All smiles in her new hat...

 I realize the next question I will be asked is where did I get this pattern?  So, now I’ll  unveil the source for this adorable hat. 

While we were enroute to the coast last week, I had the good fortune of visiting a wonderful quilt store in Bend called Quilt Works

Quiltworks in Bend, Oregon

The owner, Marilyn, has a lovely store that is well stocked with beautiful fabric,  interesting patterns, along with wonderful models of the different patterns she carries.   While perusing her collection, I came upon a pattern called Chic Newsboy Cap and fell in love with it.  This is the pattern and models that inspired me to make Anna’s cap.

Disply at Quilt Works of Chic Newsboy Cap

In addition, Quilt Works has an ongoing Quilt Show/Museum on the second level of the store of local artists’ quilts and wall hangings and they were remarkable.  Marilyn told me that the quilts in the display are rotated periodically and feature a variety of artists.   I wish I would have taken a few pictures of some of the quilts on display as they were amazing!

Marilyn with Mary Ann

Best of all, the staff at Quilt Works was great to visit with.  Marilyn is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and a wealth of information pertaining to her fabric, samples, the patterns she carries as welll as information on the Bend Area in general.

Another view of Quilt Works

Both Marv and I really enjoyed our visit to Bend and especially to Quilt Works.  Marilyn and her team and lovely store will definitely be one of our destinations on our next trip to the beautiful Bend area.   I think Anna is pleased that we stopped there as well…

Banner above door as you leave Quilt Works

If you are in the Bend area, be sure to check it out.  I guarantee you will be glad you did!

Happy Stitching!


Finished Product, Gift Idea, New Patterns

New Kit Available – Ride ‘Em Cow Girl (or Cow Boy) Western Paper Doll Play Quilt Kit

Belén with her Western Paper Doll Quilt

For Christmas this year, I made our granddaughter, Belén, a western play quilt.  It became one of her favorite toys to play with and she really enjoys it. 

Belén dressing the dolls in her quilt.

I had several requests for a kit for the western play quilt and am pleased to announce the “Ride ‘em Cow Girl (or Cow Boy) Western Paper Doll Play Quilt” kit.

The finished play quilt is 50” x 42” with little cow boys and cow girls as the main focus on the center fabric of the quilt.  They are all ready to be dressed in their western wear that is on a separate coordinated fabric.  The coordinating outfits will be backed with fusible fleece (included in the kit), to help keep them in place, even when the quilt is in an upright position.  

Close up of Western Clothes and Gear for Paper Dolls and Horses

The cost for the kit is $59.00 and includes all the 100% cotton fabric for the quilt top and borders as well as the fabric for clothing and gear for the paper dolls and horses, including:

  • Pattern with detailed instructions for making the play quilt and western clothing and gear for dolls and horses.
  • Fabric for main focus fabric with horses, cow girls and cowboys on it.
  • Blue fabric for outside border of quilt that has boots, ropes, horseshoes & cowboy gear
  • Fabric for paper dolls’ western clothing and western gear
  • Fusible fleece for the backing of the paper doll western clothing and gear
  • I will make a custom label with your child’s name (4 lines maximum) and your own personal message that you can put on the back of your finished quilt – see sample below.  The cost for the label is $10.00.
Quilt with all the paper dolls and horses dressed

You’ll need an additional 2 ½ yards (42” fabric) or 1 ½ yards (60” fabric) for backing and 3/8 yard for binding.  (Note:   I used a minkee cowhide print for backing Belén’s play quilt.)

This is a fun project to make for your little cow poke.  It is an easy pattern to follow and sew and does not take long to complete.  Once it is finished, you’ll be amazed how well it will entertain your little buckaroo. 

Finishing Touch - Custom Label will be included with your kit

If you would like to order your kit today, please leave a comment to this blog post or send me an email at:  [email protected].

Thank you and Happy Sewing!


Bias Trim, Finished Product, Gift Idea, Kitchen Accessories, New Patterns, Serger Option

New Pattern for Cake and Casserole Carrier with Potholders

Casserole Carrier with Potholders and outer spoon pocket
Fresh off the press!!!  I’m excited to share my new pattern for a very handy item – a cake and casserole carrier.     I made one for myself many years ago and after numerous requests, have recently made it into a pattern to share with others.
This view shows the inner pocket and lining

It is an easy to make pattern for a very practical item. If you make this for yourself, you will discover that this carrier will be one of your favorite items to use to transport hot dishes or cakes to your next picnic or social event.

The pattern includes 2 versions of the carrier and potholders.  Instructions are included for 2 types of edge finishes, a bias trim edge as shown in the previous pictures and a serged edge finish as shown below.
A carrier with a serged edge finish and inside spoon pocket
 It’s also a great gift idea that will be used over and over again.   This pattern will quickly become one of your favorites and if you can’t find a pre-quilted fabric in the kitchen colors you want, you can simply make your own quilted fabric to use.  What a great way to practice your free motion quilting.
Don’t forget the pair of matching potholders…

This is also a great project to use a binder attachment, if you have one for your machine.  I was able to make the models you see in the pictures using Bernina’s Binder Attachment #88 and it worked great.The pattern is currently available at Etsy and is also available locally in Boise at the Quilt Crossing.

I will be teaching a class using this pattern on Tuesday, June 12th at the Quilt Crossing, which should be a lot of fun.  I need to caution you, this pattern can be addictive! Happy Sewing…Jane