campfire messenger bag

campfire messenger bag frontI’m sure it will come to no surprise to you when I say I’m a big fan of Anna’s patterns.  Her step by step explanations make what might be a nerve-wracking actually completely doable.  Things like strap extenders and snaps are actually kind of easy when broken down step by step.  Even the inset zipper went in like a breeze!

campfire messenger bag inside

I used a natural linen for the exterior and some of the sugar resist cotton I dyed last summer for the flap and binding.  It’s lined with Summersville which always makes me smile when I see it.

This pattern is part of the Bag of the Month Club.  There are some amazing patterns available.  You should definitely check them out.

campfire messenger bag side

I would say I’m looking forward to using this bag but I don’t think I’ll get to.  I used it one day, but lulu saw my things in it and wondered why I was using her bag.  She said that was fine for the day, but my time is up and I think it’s all hers now.  I really can’t blame her.

the fantastic quilt voyage begins

fantastic quilt voyage blockI have never been a part of a traveling quilt project before, so when Jacey invited me to be a part of her fantastic quilt voyage project I was mixed with fear and excitement.  The idea is you make one block to start your own quilt and then it’s shipped around to one of the other participants, who in turn make a block and send it on to the next quilter.  Once everyone has made a block it comes home and you can put together a quilt top.  Most of us are on pinterest and we’ve been busy pinning all sorts of inspiration for our quilts.  Using pinterest has been a great way to really focus on what you are hoping for your own quilt and also get a feel for what would work for someone else.

fantastic quilt voyage packet

Some of us are also sending along a journal/blank book of some sort for all of us to write in as we work on a block.  I ended up making a sort of a journal pack with mini copies of the pins I found for inspiration and punched ovals from paint chips for color palette matching.  There are also some fabric scraps along with a clip to hold the journal cards that people put together as they work on the project.

fantastic quilt voyage box

I used a box from Fat Quarter Shop for shipping (they always use such sturdy boxes) but I thought I should do something to make sure people knew it wasn’t being sent from Fat Quarter Shop.  I didn’t want anyone to walk out to the mailbox and think “did I order a big box of fabric and completely forget about it?”  It could happen, right?!  So I doodled all around the box in the hopes no one has a panic attack on their front step.

Even though it’s months away, I’m already looking forward to putting together my quilt!

shop sale

front of little apples quilt

It’s that time of year when winter starts to drag on a bit.  I thought I would brighten things up a bit with a sale.

aorund the block quilt

During the month of February you can get 20% off your purchases in my etsy shop.  Just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY20.

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