Fabric Basket and Fabric Eggs Tutorials


I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been playing with some new fabric from Riley Blake called Wiltshire Daisy by Carina Gardner.


It’s such a pretty palette for spring, I decided that I would make some spring-time accessories and decorations.

Fabric Basket and Eggs Tutorials

I’m sharing a tutorial for this patchwork fabric basket over at the Riley Blake Designs blog today.



This collection comes with three really great patchwork “cheater” prints, so I used them for the baskets to give them the look of a pieced patchwork basket, with out any of the work. (I’m so smitten with the colors in this one!)



And what is a basket without eggs this time of year? So I used more of the prints from the collection to make a variety of fabric eggs. For these eggs I used this great fabric egg tutorial and pattern by Retro Mama. I have looked at this pattern and idea for year and finally got around to giving it a try. It’s kind of addicting!


It’s hard to believe that March is nearly over and Easter is almost here. It’s one of my favorite holidays, so no complaints here!

Wiltshire Daisy also comes with a CUTE printed panel doll outfit for your favorite 18″ (American Girl-type) doll. Look at this cute tutorial by Girl Inspired! Wiltshire Daisy is arriving in shops now. Online it is available from the Fabricworm, and precuts available from Southern Fabrics.

Playing catch-up and Maker’s T-Shirt


It’s been a busy week around these parts. Lots going on behind the scenes – including a new project with this pile o’ fun (Wiltshire Daisy from Riley Blake Designs) that I’ve been working with this weekend.

IMG_6545It was also school play week last week. There is this amazing couple who volunteer every year to produce a play at my kid’s elementary school. Each year they coordinate over 100 kids who want to participate and put on a fantastic production. This year it was the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. My 10-year-old was one of these adorable school boys. (Seeing them always made me want to start singing Newsies songs.)

Needless to say, it was a lot of fun but a lot of work – as a lot more parents get to help make it all happen. After a week of dress-rehearsals and performances making for later nights than usual, we’re all a little pooped. And a few things got done more ‘creatively’ than usual (like using duct-tape to hang a quilt for a blog post when you only had a few minutes of daylight left to take pictures between piano lessons and getting to the play that night *ahem*) or just tossed-aside altogether. But it’s all worth it. Such a great experience for those kids. This is the 6th year one or more of my kids have participated.


This also means that your husband get’s to go to JoAnn Fabrics as part of your Saturday-night-date so you can use that 60% off coupon before it expired. Very proud of him for putting aside all of his childhood-fabric-store-post-traumatic-stress to accompany me. (I’m pretty sure I’ve given the same thing to all of my children.) While we were there we also came across this delightful book. *wink, wink*


Last of all, my friend Amber is selling this awesome Maker t-shirt as a fundraiser for her 4-yr-old neighbor with Leukemia. I just ordered one for myself. They’re only available until the end of this week. If you want to know more, read all about it on Amber’s blog.

Finally a huge thank you again, since I can’t respond to all comments individually, for the kind words said about the new site. It means so much that you all continue to visit. Thank you! There are still a few things to fix – like my email address hasn’t been working – and I’m trying to figure out all the ins and outs of a new platform, but we’re getting there one step at a time. Continue to let me know if something isn’t working for you. I appreciate every heads up!

Thanks again and happy Monday!

Marmalade Fabrics Around the Color Wheel Bundles

Modern fabric for quilters & artists
Are you familiar with Marmalade Fabrics and their Around the Color Wheel program? This is a a great way to build your stash a little bit at a time with a bundle of fabrics in a different color on the color wheel available each month – including both a solids bundle and a prints bundle.
Marmalade Fabrics Color Wheel bundles
You can subscribe to the monthly club in either the Fat Quarter option of Half Yard option with no obligation and can cancel any time. Or bundles are available a la carte in certain colors, if you are looking to beef up your stash in a particular hue.
The prints included in each bundle are always a variety great modern blenders in that month’s particular shade or hue. Here’s what February’s Yellow bundle looks like. Click here to check out all of the bundles available in a wide variety of colors. A great way to plug the color holes in your fabric stash.
Other new collections in stock at Marmalade include Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe, Melody Miller’s Playful, and Cotton+Steel basics.
Tammy from Marmalade Fabrics is also giving away this cheerful yellow Around the Color Wheel FQ bundle to one of you. If you’d like to enter, just leave a comment on this post. (Remember, for right now the COMMENTS section for this post is at the TOP of the post. We’re working on putting it back at the bottom.)
You can also keep up on the latest happenings, sales, etc. at Marmalade Fabrics through owner Tammy’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Cotton+Steel baby quilt finish


I’m continuing to knock past projects off the WIP/UFO list. This is a little baby quilt that I started last summer. It’s called Blossom and it’s from the book Fat Quarter Style from the Fat Quarter Shop. I modified the pattern just slightly to use some of the leftovers from piecing the blocks. Finished it measures 33″ x 43″.


I just picked it up from Sew Shabby Quilting last weekend so that I could bind and finish. This quilt has so much negative space so I told Melissa that she could just do what she wanted and really play with the quilting. I love the custom quilting that she did and the texture it gives the finished quilt.


For the backing I used a large piece I’d found a while back from the Wish collection by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit. The colors worked perfectly with the front. I didn’t have quite enough so I pieced a panel left over from the butterfly Cotton+Steel fabrics.


When I started this quilt last summer, I’d made a goal to play with color palettes outside my traditional primary colors zone. The gray solid on the front is Kona Ash. The prints are mostly Cotton + Steel plus a few other pieces from my stash. To bind it I used a simple Swiss Dot in navy from Riley Blake.


Always a good feeling to rescue another project from the WIP (works-in-progress)/UFO (un-finished-objects) pile. I think this is the third finish this year! (I need to go back and count…) At the moment this quilt is not spoken for, and I am considering selling it, so if you’re interested, feel free to contact me for details.

Also, a big thanks for all the love and encouragement for this new site in your comments. Also for the feedback – we fixed some bugs that were found. I’m sure they’ll be more. Don’t hesitate to give a head’s up if you spot something. I’m also figuring out how this move affects subscriptions, RSS, etc. Thanks for bearing with me. Any other feedback or suggestions welcome!