Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Ruby Star Wrap-Along

Big welcome today to those of you visiting from the Ruby Star Wrap-Along! Last October at the Sewing Summit, we received a copy of Ruby Star Wrappingby Melody Miller and Allison Tannery. This book is a beautiful collection of handmade ways to wrap and give gifts, as well as other fun surprises like recipes!

When Amy suggested a blog hop for the book, I knew immediately I wanted to feature a project that I could make with my 6 year old daughter. Today I’m happy to share with you The Simple Drawstring Bag.

I let my daughter pick her fabrics from my stash. Naturally she picked these adorable little girls and boys – a fat quarter I had been saving – So Happy Kids by Puti de Pome for Kiyohara Fabrics. That’s ok though, I can’t imagine a better use for it really.

We spent some quality time in the sewing room on Sunday. I cut the fabric and she pinned…

sewed…

and snipped.

The top of the bag is made with elastic thread. I *love* working with elastic thread – feels all magical. I did that part and then added the 6-year-old-required rose embellishment. See more about that on Katie’s blog hop stop.

She was very pleased with the end result and it really is perfect for little gifts.

You can make these easily in any size.

I think a tall skinny one would be awesome for gifting a bottle of wine. Or a Christmas ornament.

You can add a tie using a strip of fabric, ribbon, or baker’s twine. I put a little gift tag on one using plain tags from Office Depot and some Washi Tape. These smaller bags would be great for gift cards!

You can buy a copy of the book at the following shops:

Roostbooks
Sew, Mama, Sew
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Random House

If you make a project from the book, be sure to add it to the Flickr group.

And don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the blog hop!

11.7.12 Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 Sukie of Sukie – don’t you know who I am?
11.26.12 Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Me!
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of Happy Zombie

December 5, 2012   11 Comments

A New Summer Bag!

241-Tote

Sometimes you just need to make yourself a new bag. Last Friday was one of those days. I always love Anna’s patterns so I decided on her super hip 241 Tote. It’s an instant download when you buy it ~ love getting things immediately!

241-Tote-Hori

I have been hanging on to this Ruby Star Spring fabric by Melody Miller for quite some time. It’s a cotton/linen blend and I thought it would be perfect for a bag. I paired it up with two Essex linens – Sand and Putty. I’m always a bit intimidated to work with linen because of all the shifting but the Essex linens are really nice and behave (most of the time).

241-Tote-Vert

The pattern was great to follow, even for those of us that are 3-dimensionally challenged. ;) Here’s a view of the other side of the bag.

241-Tote-Back

I used another Ruby Star Spring print on the inside and you can see there is also an magnetic snap enclosure.

241-Tote-Inner

Can’t wait to take this bag out on the town!

May 16, 2012   20 Comments

Antique Tile and Nancy Cabot

As I wrap up work on more UFOs (hopefully to share with you soon!), I am letting myself cut into new projects with much less guilt. This week I added a few more fabrics to one of the stacks I posted last month.

And added in those adorable typewriters from Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Shining line.

This block is actually a traditional design called Antique Tile by Nancy Cabot. Some of you probably know that I have a weird obsession interest in Nancy Cabot. I don’t know why, but it seems that so many times when I see a traditional block I think would look great in a modern quilt, it’s by Nancy Cabot. It’s also cool that she was from Chicago and wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune…fun to think of someone like her so close to where I live. Anyway, I like her so much that I made a Flickr group called Nancy Cabot Made Modern full of blocks attributed to her.

I even bought an index with hundreds of Nancy Cabot blocks. It is great! Similar to The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns, as it shows drawings of the blocks but you need to figure out how to make them.

I really love this Antique Tile block, and it was quite simple to figure out the dimensions. I’ve posted the sizes to cut below for you to create a 12.5″ unfinished block. If you make any of these blocks, be sure to post them to the Fresh Lemons Flickr group as well as the Nancy Cabot Made Modern group!

March 14, 2012   25 Comments