Quick Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a new tutorial over at Make and Takes.  This tutorial is for a quick little bag made from one fat quarter and some ribbon.  Perfect little summer project.

Make and Takes

Make and Takes is an awesome blog full of activities to do with your kids, craft projects, and quick recipes.  Marie is amazing and is continually coming up with great ideas. It is one of the first blogs I ever started following consistantly and I’m SO excited to be hanging out there today!

Quilt Bee Blocks

A little catch-up on May and June’s Bee Blocks.
This incredible tulip pattern was designed by and made for Penny of Sewtakeahike.
You can see more of the tulip quilt blocks here.
Have you visited Penny’s blog? She is one of my Hexie inspirations.
 
These next blocks are for Julie (of Jaybird Quilts.)
 
I’ve seen all the Neptune (fabric collection) love in quilt-blog-land but hadn’t actually sewed with any myself.  It is so pretty!  This is going to be another amazing quilt. You can see more of the blocks at the Bee Beautiful Blog.
 

This is kind of a busy week around here – both in the blog world and in real life. A new tutorial is on the docket and some Fabric 101.  Also, my friend from Norway is coming this week.  I am binding her flag quilt and catching up on last week’s SYTYCD.  I love how the quilt turned out. If I didn’t love her so much, I might not part with it.

Also, I love summer. :) But I need more sleep. I’m trying to not be on the computer during the day while my kids are around, so I’m saving my computer stuff until after they’ve gone to bed. This is not a good system. Especially when the 4-year-old wakes up at 6:45 each morning. Saturday night we finally hung curtains over the blinds in his room and he slept in until 7:20 this morning. I’ll take it! Every little bit helps.

Field Trip Friday: M & J Trimming, Manhattan

I was so grateful for the list of great suggestions of things to do in New York when I announced that I was going to there about a month ago.  One of the suggestions that came up a few times was M & J Trimming.  Little did I know that this is somewhat of a NY icon.  It’s located on 6th Avenue between 37th and 38th, just up the street from Macy’s Department Store.
If you need it, this place has got it! Holy smokes. That wall is just ribbon.
 
And here is the wall of Crystals.
 
Buttons anyone? And this was only a fraction of the button collection.
 
My pictures just don’t do this place justice. Pretty much everything you need for weddings, crafting, making clothes, studs for your inner-motorcyle-babe wear, Renaissance Festival gown, you name it. You know that if this is where Martha Stewart comes to get her crafting supplies, it’s got to be fabulous. 
 
You can order from their huge selection online at mjtrim.com
They also have a great blog at blog.mjtrim.com

Once again (as with Purl Soho) expect to pay New York City scale prices. (And why not? After all, they do cater to the likes of Martha.)  Coming from Utah, Land of Abundant (and often Cheap) Craft Supplies, I didn’t buy much. But I couldn’t walk away totally empty-handed and found these cute little trims.  Love those dapper little Scottie Dogs.

If you’re going to the Fabric District in NY, M & J Trimming is totally worth the stop!  Next field trip: The Fabric District.

A Quilt Story

Don’t you love the stories behind quilts? They make them that much more meaningful.  If you haven’t discovered the new blog, Quilt Story already, run (click) over there. There are some beautiful quilts to see with beautiful stories behind them. Today, they are featuring one of mine!

Fresh Poppy Design
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, this quilt will be a familiar one. 
It is probably one of my all-time favorites, and always will be.