It's been a busy summer!


I made a pincushion to swap! The Houston Modern Quilt Guild is swapping with the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild. I should be getting mine at this month's meeting.


One of my favorite friends let me use her long arm machine. It was magical.

Sewing Machine Mini

I also made a sewing machine mini to swap at HMQG. I think I need to make another one for myself!

sew together bag

Sew Together Bag

A friend of mine talked me into joining a sew-along.

Sew Together Bag

I absolutely LOVE whatever this print is that I used on the outside. Seriously.

Sew Together Bag

And it's got so many zippers! I think inside the pouches is the same pink as the binding. I like the insides of my bags to be solid for some reason. Helps me see what's in there, I guess!

open wide zipper pouch

Open Wide Zippered Pouch

The Houston Modern Quilt Guild did a "small items" swap in March. I'm still new there, so I thought I'd finally join in on a swap this time! I like making bags and pouches but don't feel like I get to enough, so I decided to try out the Noodlehead Open Wide Zipper Pouch this time.

Open Wide Zippered Pouch

It turned out pretty cute! I really love the bright gold on the inside. It's a nice surprise!

Open Wide Zippered Pouch

This was a fun pattern to make, and I think I'll revisit it in the future. It was very easy to understand and follow!



I whipped up a couple of potholders for my mother-in-law right before Christmas.


I used some Pat Bravo prints that I had on hand to make them fun and bright. I used some simple quilting on them to let the prints really shine. I think I need to make some for myself!

2014 Sewing Goals

It's that time again! 2013 has come to a close, and I always like to sit down and think about what I'd like to quilt and sew in the next year. It's been a year of changes for me - a new job and a move to a new city. It's been hard to find the time to sew, so my goals this year are going to be fewer, but that doesn't mean I will be any less excited about them!

Looking back, apparently I never made goals for the 2013 year (whoops!). Going back to my 2012 goals, some of them I accomplished, and many of them I did not. Working from that list as a base, here are my sewing goals for the 2014 year.






Okay, this clearly is not a small list. I guess I'll just see how it goes! What are your plans for the upcoming year!

twenty thirteen

Sewing 2013It's been a colorful year, hasn't it? I definitely didn't get as much sewing and quilting in as I would have liked, but I most certainly enjoyed what I was able to make. Happy New Year everyone!

a tote for a swap

Now that it's been received, I can finally show you what I made for our Imagine Circle (do. Good Stitches) swap partner!

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

I had a really, really hard time sending this away, but I'm glad I did, because she liked it! I noticed from stalking her Flickr photos that she likes plus blocks, texty prints, scrappy things, and rainbow colors. One of the items on her wish list was a tote, plus favorite colors of pink and teal, so I managed to get them all into one tote for her. I even used some of my absolute favorite seed garden print on the back (don't worry, I have more!), and that was the first time I dared to cut into it.

Imagine Circle Swap Tote

The pattern is the Perfect Quilted Tote by Elizabeth Hartman, and I really loved the pattern. Elizabeth is extremely thorough in her directions (I believe this pattern topped 30 pages!), so it's very easy to follow. I'll definitely be making another one of these for myself!

future washis

Dress Fabrics

I've finally decided to bite the bullet and take a step into the clothes-making world. I've decided to start with a Washi dress, and picked up four different prints to be either dresses or tunics. This pattern seems to work for many body types, and it's popular enough that many people have customized it and discussed tips to make it work for everyone. As usual, now the question is how long these fabrics will sit here before I actually get started!