A Maker’s Tote in Progress

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ve taken a quick break from my Crosses and Losses blocks to work on a handmade gift for my daughter for Christmas. A couple weeks ago, Anna of Noodlehead released her latest pattern, the Maker’s Tote. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my kids. They love to take their markers, doodle books, and little toys with them when we go on trips. I went in search of the perfect fabric for my 9 year old daughter. She is growing up so fast and quickly rejecting anything that she thinks is “for little kids”. Sniff sniff. :( When I came across Carrie Bloomston’s fabric, I knew it was perfect. I used prints from both her Paint (Brushes in Inky, Palette in Spackle, Patina in Aqua) and Story (Stars in Hot Pink) line.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really wanted to use the quilt-as-you-go technique for the outside. I checked in with Anna to make sure that it wouldn’t ruin something further down the pattern. She gave me the ok so I got stitching!

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent about 6 hours yesterday assembling. Don’t let that scare you away. I am very slow when it comes to making 3D objects. Especially my first time following a pattern.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I share my finished Maker’s Tote, I will go over all my modifications (not a lot). But in case you are in the process of making one too, my favorite change was adding stitched lines to one of the inner pockets to hold their markers. Spill proof! These markers are Stabilo 68, and my small Maker’s Tote fits 16 markers. My lines are stitched 5/8″ apart.

You can find Carrie Bloomston’s fabric at my sponsors below:

Fabric Spark
Gotham Quilts
Sew Modern

Now to make a second tote for my son. This time in Star Wars prints. It looks like my days of using licensed fabric aren’t quite over yet. 😉

Four

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

And then there were four. I spent more time yesterday cutting out background pieces for my Crosses and Losses blocks. Slow going to be sure! Usually I’m a huge planner and would do all my cutting, then all my piecing of segments (in this case, half square triangles), all my trimming, then all my final block assembly. I guess I’m feeling a bit antsy to see immediate progress because I have decided to focus my efforts on making a handful of blocks at a time.

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

I cut my next twelve bright fabrics and started chain piecing those. I promise it’s more than it looks in this pile. Because these blocks finish up at 8″, some of the HSTs are on the smaller side. I hope to get some time between errands today to get these trimmed up and pieced into more Crosses and Losses quilt blocks. Stay tuned!

Crosses and Losses

December is such a busy time here, but for some reason that reality hasn’t stopped me from making piles and piles of “future quilt” fabric stacks around my sewing space. Yesterday I spent the morning cutting into a variety of bright prints and making a sample Crosses and Losses quilt block.


Crosses and Losses is from the late 1800’s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets. I find vintage blocks so fun to make, thinking about quilters using them for over a hundred years.

For this quilt, I’m planning 8″ finished blocks and a scrappy, low volume background. (That will probably take me forever to cut out.) I think the bright colors will bring some cheer into my home during the long winter.

“Saturday” Sales ~ Black Friday / Cyber Monday Edition

I thought we would celebrate my sponsors a day early this week – and share their awesome Black Friday sales with you! Check back on Cyber Monday as well, as a few shops will have updated specials just for that day dedicated to online shopping

If you have questions about any of the below sales, please contact the individual shops as I will not be checking my email that often this weekend.

Dinkydoo Fabrics ~ November 23 through November 29, a new set of deals each day! Check the shop each day to see the announced special!

Fabric Please! ~ Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale! Fabric Please! is having a huge sale Friday, November 27th through to Monday, November 30th…

35% off
EVERYTHING in the store!
Use coupon code: BLACK15 at the checkout.

Fat Quarter Shop ~ 25% OFF all orders from Friday, November 27 until Saturday, November 28 at Midnight CST. Excludes purchases of gift cards. No code necessary.

Cyber Monday ~ 20% OFF All Precuts. From Monday, November 30 until Tuesday, December 1 at Midnight CST. No code necessary.

Fabric Spark ~ 20% off everything including new collections, sale fabrics, patterns, kits and bundles, until Midnight November 30 (Cyber Monday), using promo code – woohoo.

Gotham Quilts ~ For Black Friday, we have a lot of fabric deals for you: Voiles, Canvas & Organics 30% off, and all other fabrics in the shop an extra 15% (even if it’s on sale!). Sale is good on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Then for Cyber Monday, we have a whole new offer: free shipping on all US orders! No coupon code necessary for either offer.

The Loopy Ewe ~ 20% off all Loopy Short Stacks and Short Stack Essentials, Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Connecting Threads ~ Connecting Threads will be starting our Black Friday sales event on Wednesday with up to 60% off on select kits, samplers, bulk cuts, and tools. These sales will run through 11/30. Additionally, starting on Black Friday, we will be offering up one-day sales with our biggest discounts EVER, running through Monday.

Sew Modern ~ 20% off all regularly priced fabric yardage with Code BLACK20. Thru Monday 11/30.

Shabby Fabrics ~ Friday through Monday (11/30 – 11:59 PST):

$1 BOM/Club Sign Ups
20% OFF Patterns/Books, Remnants, Pre-Cuts, Thread
up to 30% OFF Select Fabrics and Kits
40% OFF Clearance Items

LoveQuilting.com ~ Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. As we round the corner from Thanksgiving to Christmas, our thoughts turn to baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping and hand made gift items. For all your fabric needs, we would like to offer you 20% off your entire cart contents with coupon code THANKYOU2015. Coupon code is valid from today through Cyber Monday, 11/30/15. Start Shopping Now!

Southern Fabric ~ Black Friday Sale!

35% off all Bundles (fat, half and fat eighth) including already on sale.
30% off all Jelly Rolls and Layer cakes including already on sale.
25% off all patterns and notions
25% off all charm packs
20% off all yardage

No coupon needed. Free U.S. Shipping for all orders over $100. Free Gift with each purchase.
*Discount given at checkout. Does not apply to pre-sale or out of stock.

Cyber Monday! ~ Set your alarms because our entire store is on sale, no coupon needed!*

35% off 9-10 am est
30% off 10-11 am est
25% off 11-12 pm est
20% off the rest of the day!

Free U.S. Shipping for all orders over $100. Free Gift with each purchase.
*Discount given at checkout. Does not apply to giftcards, shipping, clubs or out of stock items.

Lark Cottons ~ Holiday Sale: Save 25% storewide through December 2nd with coupon code turkey25 entered on the shopping cart page.

Therm O Web Adhesives ~ Therm O Web’s Black Friday Sale – FREE SHIPPING + 30% Off sale is valid on all orders over $30 Use coupon code: THANKS15 or thanks15 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/27 only 12am (EST) to 11:59pm (PST).

From Saturday, November 28th – Sunday, November 29th @11:59 CST we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30. Use coupon code: FREESHIP30 or freeship30 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/28 at 12am (EST) to 11/29 11:59 (PST).

Therm O Web’s Cyber Monday Sale – FREE SHIPPING + 30% OFF sale is valid on all orders over $30. Use coupon code: CYBER15 or cyber15 for the discount to apply. Good for 11/30 only 12am (EST) to 11:59pm (PST).

Sale valid at thermowebonline.com ONLY

Craftsy ~ **HUGE SALE** Black Friday – Cyber Monday —> ALL online classes & craft supplies!

Accuquilt ~ November 27th – 30th, lowest prices of the year!

CreativeBug ~ Buy a 12 Month Subscription Get a $10 Amazon Gift Card! Another promotion they are running through November, First Month Free with Code: COZYCRAFTS