August 7, 2015

Summer Sewing????

Our weather here in Ohio has been more like fall than summer, so I thought I might as well play with some cute Halloween fabrics. These are by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics and are "Spooktacular". I wanted to make something to take advantage of the large scale prints, and decided on a tote bag.

I used a fun pattern by Sotak Handmade and you can find the pattern here.
This was easy to put together and really lets the fabric take center stage. This is a big bag and will hold lots of candy..... Or knitting..... Or would be fun to use a tote bag during the month of October. I'd love to make a few more of these in a smaller size for a few little trick or treaters that I know. This one has been claimed by my son's girlfriend, who absolutely adores owls.

Next up.... Christmas????

August 3, 2015

The Adventurers

I think this is my first time sewing with boy fabric, and I'm so happy I waited. I absolutely adore The Adventurers by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics. The colors are so fresh and soft and cute.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a one hour basket by kelbysews. It really does just take an hour and you end up with the sweetest basket to hold diapers, or onesies or storybooks full of adventure.

I have a stack of more this cuteness that is just waiting to become a quilt. I need more hours in the day!!

May 15, 2015

It's Baking Day

Hi Everyone! It's another Farmgirl Friday and time to make something cute! I'm in charge of the Baking Day block. How cute are these bowls and wooden spoon??? Are your bowls vintage Pyrex? Or maybe they're from World Market...or Anthropologie?

Lori Holt has written another amazing book, and each block is cuter than the other. I love that you have your choice of block size, either 6" or 12". The 6" size is so cute and perfect for pot holders, or I was thinking of a pocket on an apron! Or sew all of them to make the super cute Farmgirl Vintage Sampler Quilt!!

My first thought for fabric for the farmgirl blocks was going to be 1930's repro fabrics, but Lori's fabrics are just so perfect! Fat Quarter shop has a Farmgirl Vintage bundle hand picked by Miss Bee!!

I hope you'll keep sewing along with us! You can find a list of all of the amazing bloggers who are sewing along here.. You can also check out #farmgirlfridays on Instagram to see lots and lots and lots of cute Farmgirl blocks.

April 27, 2015

Daysail (or how I got my "sewjo" back)

I've been in a bit of a sewing slump lately which I really hate. I started looking through my fabrics and decided to play with some Daysail. If Bonnie and Camille can't get you out of a sewing funk, nothing can. I decided to revisit the cathedral window pincushion. I haven't made one of these in forever. I made one and my sewjo was back.

I made another pincushion so that I had a pair.
And then i started a mini Sew Together bag. I added some blue polka dot that I found at Joann's and was instantly in love with the red, white and blue.
This is my fifth Sew Together bag and my first mini, and they get easier and more fun to make each time. I love making scrappy pockets and colorful zippers and patchwork on the outside.

This one is a gift for someone special, and I have two more in the works. My sewing machine is happy to see me again!

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....