Bias Trim, Finished Product, Gift Idea, Home Decor, New Patterns

New Pattern – The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea quilt for Eloise
The Princess and the Pea quilt for Eloise

I’m very pleased to share with you my new quilt pattern entitled, The Princess and the Pea.  A quilt that was designed for our 2 year old granddaughter, Eloise.  We are so fortunate to have two beautiful granddaughters, Belén (age 4) and Eloise (age 2).  When Belén transitioned from the crib to her “big girl” bed, I made a quilt for her bed, which eventually became my first pattern called B’s Big Girl Quilt.

 

Now that Eloise has also moved to her “big girl” bed, it was time to create a quilt for her new bed.  My daughter, Alecia, (aka Mommy) had a great idea to make a quilt based on the Princess and the Pea story.  I thought it would be fun to come up with a quilt for Eloise incorporating that popular fairy tale and started to jot down ideas.  Eventually, my notes and sketches all came together to create this pattern.

The pattern includes a hand and machine embroidery design for the crown and the pea.
The pattern includes a hand and machine embroidery design for the crown and the pea.

I wanted to be able to personalize the quilt for our own little princess, so I digitized a crown embroidery design that can easily be personalized with a child’s name.  For my pattern model, I used the name “Princess,” and Eloise’s crown has her name on it.

The pea is an important element for this quilt and has a personality of his own.  I created a digitized version for machine embroiders as well as a template that can be hand embroidered.

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Adding the pea to quilt top
Look closely to see the pea on the finished quilt.
Look closely to see the pea on the finished quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time to sew the bed frame and prepare it to be machine appliqued onto the quilt top.

It was fun to work on the quilt as it came to life.  The wandering vine and its many colorful leaves and spiral flowers are the focus for the outside border.

Making leaves for the vine from a variety of green fabrics
Making leaves for the vine from a variety of green fabrics

I came up with an unusual spiral flower design and have a unique way of making each of these flowers.  I enjoyed mixing up the colors for the flowers to add a bit more whimsy to the quilt top.

Making the unique and whimsical spiral flowers
Making the unique and whimsical spiral flowers

Once the quilt top was completed, I took it to Yvette Ebaugh to quilt.  She did a beautiful job of capturing the essence of the quilt with her quilting.  Then it was time for the finishing touch, a playful bias binding.

Sewing the binding onto the quilt
Sewing the binding onto the quilt

Last, but not least, final photos were taken and Eloise’s “big girl” quilt was complete!

Taking pictures of completed quilt
Taking pictures of completed quilt

It was a very fun project and I’m excited to see Eloise’s quilt on her big girl bed.

If you would like to make this quilt for your little princess, you can purchase the pattern online at Craftsy or locally, in Boise, at the Quilt Crossing.   I will also be teaching a class on this quilt pattern (check out the class list at the Quilt Crossing website) and welcome you to join the class.

New pattern created from quilt I made for Eloise
New pattern created from quilt I made for Eloise

Note:  I made another version of this quilt, replacing the bias trim on the border with large rickrack.  You can read more about this in my blog, The Princess and the Pea for Eloise.  It was a fun variation for this pattern and Eloise loved her quilt!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

Finished Product, Gift Idea, Kitchen Accessories, New Patterns

Anna’s Apron Pattern Update

IMG_1443 - C IMG_1628 - CAnna’s Apron is a unique pattern for an apron in that it incorporates a terry cloth or cotton towel as the base for the apron.  When you wear this apron, you will always have a towel within reach.  Recently, I edited the pattern to include a trim along the hemline of the apron.

The apron can be made with a cotton towel, as shown in the first photo or a terrycloth towel as shown in the apron with the alphabet fabric.

When I recently taught my last apron class, all of the students chose to make the apron with the hemline trim.  They really liked the additional  “pop” the trim provides to the overall apron appearance.

Therefore, I have updated the pattern to include instructions for adding the optional hemline trim.  If you have already purchased this pattern and would like instructions for adding the trim, please leave a comment below and I will email you a copy.  Just let me know where you purchased your original (Etsy, Craftsy, Quilt Crossing, etc.)

Apron without hemline trim
Apron without hemline trim
Another apron with hemline trim.
Another apron with hemline trim.

If you would like to purchase an apron pattern, you can do so at Craftsy online or the Quilt Crossing in Boise.

I thought it would be fun to share some photos of apron class at Quilt Crossing last week.  It was a  fun group and they were all very pleased that everyone completed their apron, as you can see in the class photos below.

Thank you ladies, for a very fun time.  I hope you enjoy your lovely aprons!

My students adding trim to their apron
My students adding trim to their apron
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Monica changing thread colors for her trim
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Monica and Megan modeling their aprons
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Talented Trio, Mary, Sarah and Connie
Finished Product, New Patterns

Fun Time in Project Bag Class

One of my favorite things to do is to share a pattern I have designed in a class.  I teach several classes at the Quilt Crossing in Boise, Idaho.  On Friday of this week, I had the pleasure of meeting 5 ladies who enrolled in my Project Bag class and were interested in making a bag from my recent Practical Project Bag pattern.

They were all excited to learn how to construct their bags and I shared a fast and easy way to insert a zipper, along with some sewing tips and tricks, in general, including how to sew on vinyl.  I was impressed with their fabric selections and also their intended purpose for their finished bags.

Madeline ready to go!
Madeleine ready to go!
Susan cutting her fabric pieces
Susan cutting her fabric pieces

 Madeleine was making her bag to use as a project bag in her sewing room. It matches  a sewing tools organizer she also made (see picture below).

Susan was making her bag for her grandson to put his toys, etc. in.  This is a great bag for a child because he/she can see through the clear vinyl and easily view its contents.

It was a fun group of ladies to teach and we had various levels of sewists from beginners to more advanced.

Abigail trimming her pieces
Heidi trimming her pieces
Monica starting to stitch her cute yellow floral bag
Monica starting to stitch her cute yellow floral bag

 

Monica and Heidi are friends who are excited to get to know their machines better so they are taking a variety of classes to learn more about sewing.  Their project bags will come in handy to keep their various class materials, etc. organized.

 

 

I also enjoy teaching classes because it gives me an opportunity to see first-hand how easy it is for my students to interpret my pattern instructions.  I am able to make updates, based on their feedback for future versions of my patterns.

Abigail made this darling pink satin bag for her nursery.
Abigail with her cute pink satin bag.

 

 

Abigail made her project bag from a pretty pink satin which will coordinate nicely with the rest of her items for her cute new owl-themed nursery.

 

 

 

It really was a fun class and I’m pleased that everyone went home with a finished project bag (as you can see in the pictures below).  Several already had plans to make a few more.

Susan's grandson is one lucky little boy!  Isn't this fabric perfect for a boy?
Susan’s grandson is one lucky little boy! Isn’t this fabric perfect for a boy?

Thank you ladies for taking my class.  I really enjoyed getting to know you and am so pleased with the wonderful bags you made.

Monica and Heidi with their darling floral bags!
Monica and Heidi with their darling floral bags!
Madeleine with her bag and matching organizer; nice job!
Madeleine with her bag and matching organizer; nice job!

If any of you are interested in a project bag pattern, you can purchase them locally at the Quilt Crossing or online at Craftsy.  I will be teaching another Project Bag class, that is still to be scheduled for sometime in February.  If you would like to attend it, please let me know and I will get the details to you.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

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.

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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!!!

Jane

View of bag from above

 

 

 

Finished Product, New Patterns

Practical Project Bags

 

Practical Project Bag Pattern

I’m excited to introduce my latest pattern, the Practical Project Bag.  One thing I’ve learned about quilters, seamstresses and crafters is that we are usually working on several projects intermittently.  I personally have multiple projects in progress in my sewing studio at any given time.  Since each project has its own unique components, it was becoming a challenge to keep myself organized.  They say necessity is the mother of invention and I do believe that is what happened in the creation of my new pattern.  I had to come up with some way of keeping my “works in progress” better organized.

Put your patterns and fabric together so they are ready to go when you are!

 

Another great way to use these project bags is to store toys with multiple pieces.  It is ideal for this because the children can quickly see what is in the bag and don’t have to open it, unless they want to play with it.

With the holidays around the corner, these project bags would make great gifts.  You can purchase the pattern at Quilt Crossing in Boise, Idaho, or online at Craftsy and Etsy.

Of course, you can always contact me with any questions and contact information is included with the pattern.  I hope you’ll give them a try.  They are not only a lot of fun to make, they are so practical and handy to use!

Happy Sewing!!!

Great way to store toys with lots of pieces!