March 9, 2015

Think Spring!!

Hi Everyone! I received a sweet email from Kerry asking if I would PLEASE update my blog! So here I am popping in to say Hello! Even though I'm not here on the blog, I am still sewing and being creative. If you're ever curious and want to see what I'm sewing, just pop over to Instagram. I am happylittlecottage1. I have also moved my shop to a new venue. You can find these cute bags here.
My obsession at the moment is making bags! Zipper pouches and cute tote bags. The tote bag is call the tessa basket pattern by greenletterday on instagram.  It looks so cute in different fabrics and is a great scrap buster. Can I just say how much I love Feed Company by Sweetwater????  I have a layer cake waiting to be sewn into something cute. Maybe another tote, or a zipper pouch, or a table topper? Time will tell.

This week I will be sewing pillows for my house. Becky asked for fabric for her birthday to be sewn into pillows. Just waiting for the package.

Hope you are all sewing and crafting and beating the winter blues! 2 more weeks til Spring!! YIPPEE!!!


October 14, 2014


Today I get to wish my very favorite quilting book, Quilty Fun, a very happy birthday. I'm so excited to share a birthday week with the book that has taught me so much over the past year.

I've learned that steam is my enemy, vintage irons are awesome and the difference between pressing and ironing.

I've learned how to make flying geese, teeny tiny four patches and fun piecing techniques.
I am well on my way to finishing the cutest quilt I have ever made. Thank you so much Lori Holt for writing such an amazing, and helpful book. Not to mention cute! How could I forget cute???????

If you'd like to make your own birthday block, here are the cutting directions. I made mine into a cute table topper to be used on family birthdays!! We tested mine yesterday :)

Happy Quilting! and Happy Birthday Quilty Fun!!!

August 10, 2014

Sew Together

One of the things I love most about the blogland and instagram is all of the amazingly talented people who love to share what they make. One item that kept popping up was the sew together bag. I was really intrigued, but totally scared of the idea of 4 (FOUR) zippers. But the bag was calling my name. I was up for the challenge.

One of the most enjoyable parts of making this bag is choosing fabric. You know I love happy scrappy, so I started pulling thought ALL of my Bonnie and Camille scraps. Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious are all part of this bag.

The zippers had to be scrappy too!

The pattern design is very clever, but to be honest, without the sew along by The Quilt Barn, I don't think I would have been able to finish this. I am a total visual learner, and the pattern had very few diagrams and photos. The pattern is called the Sew Together Bag and you can purchase it on Craftsy.

The pattern calls for machine binding, but this was such a small project that I decided to hand stitch the binding. I love the way it looks. The Ruby Sundae print is one of my favorite binding prints.....ever. Someone commented on Instagram and said I needed some Clover clips, my little budget clippies work just fine :)
I think I love the inside of the bag almost as much as the outside. It was so much fun to play with so many of my favorite fabrics, and use up some of the scraps from my scrap bins. The cute little label is from my dear sweet friend Christina, who makes these cute little labels and sells them in her adorable shop Emily Ann's Kloset.

I enjoyed making this from start to finish, and I am no longer afraid of zippers. I may or may not have made another bag, and have one more in the works....

August 4, 2014

July 26, 2014

Fat Quarter Style

Hi!! Happy Summer!!! To celebrate all the fun of summer...bbq's, beach time, pool time, flip flops and corn on the cob, lets add a fun giveaway!

The sweet ladies over at the Fat Quarter Shop sent me TWO copies of their new book by It's So Emma called Fat Quarter Style.  One for me, and one for YOU!!!

This book is so amazing. It has patterns for 12 delicious quilts and each one is prettier than the other. All the patterns are written for beginner quilters, though seasoned quilters will love them too. Lots of eye candy pictures, and plenty of solid information for you to complete a quilt will will be proud of and love for years to come.

All you need to do to enter is to leave me comment here telling me what you are working on this summer. A quilt? Making Jam? Your tan?

I will pick a name from a hat on August 2nd and announce the winner so that you can follow along on their blog tour!! Good Luck!!!


May 6, 2014

Flea Market Summer

 Hi Everyone!! I had so much fun reading your comments from last week's post and learning what all of you are working on! This is what I was doing last week.

 I had so much fun playing with some DSQuilts fabrics. These reminded so much of a summer flea market and that's what I ended up naming them for my shop. I made a bunting banner,
 A cute mug rug,
And a pinwheel pillow. Ladies (and gentlemen) I learned how to stipple!!!! It is so much fun and is now my new obsession ♥♥♥ . I have asked for a free motion quilting book for Mother's Day! Be prepared for lots of posts :) 

The winner of the Great Granny Squared give away is Kathryn. I sent you an email and can't wait to hear back from you!!

Happy Sewing!!!

April 28, 2014

Crochet Hook and Yarn Block

Hi! Welcome to week two of the Great Granny Along! I am so excited to sew along with you using
Lori Holt's super cute new book Great Granny Squared. Lori is the queen of cute, and also is an amazing teacher and writer. Her instructions are easy to follow, and you learn so many techniques that make quilting even more fun!!

This week we are making the Crochet Hook and Yarn Block. I was the first one to raise my hand to make this one, because as you probably know, my cute and talented daughter Becky is an amazing crocheter and I wanted to make something for her.

This is a fun block to make, and takes no time at all!!

The sweet ladies at the Fat Quarter Shop generously shared a copy of the book to give away to one of you! Just leave me a comment below to say "Hi", or to let me know what crafty things you are working on right now and you will be entered to win. Please make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!  I will pick a name next Monday!!!

For a chance at another prize, post a photo or two (or more) of your Crochet Hook and Yarn Block to the Flickr Great Granny Squared group. Winners will receive Lori's cute Stitchy Fun Sampler Pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Head over and visit my friend Kerri at Lovely Little Handmades, and the ladies over at Clover and Violet for another chance to win the book, and to see the super cute blocks they stitched up!

So, are you in? You can find the PDF here. If you missed last week, or want to find out where to go next week for more fun, you can go here and get all the scoop. Now go pick out some cute fabric :)
Good luck and Happy Sewing!!!