Union Jack quilt and bag tutorials

For the past few weeks I have been playing with those Union Jack panels from Riley Blake that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. 
Today I am sharing a super-simple tutorial for this “Jacks are Wild” crib-sized quilt, using the flags from the “Blue” Union Jack panel

This quilt was quilted by my friend Monica at American Quilting. I added a striped binding that I already had on hand. This quilt is going to a friend who lived in London and just had her first baby. I had wanted to make her a Union Jack quilt, but considering the fact that it took me 3 years to finish my Union Jack quilt, I worried that it would never happen. So three cheers for the cute panel blocks for making this quilt a realistic possibility before this child starts kindergarten.

I’ve also been playing with the “Orange” pastel panel to create some quick bags, using my Easy Fat Quarter Bag tutorial. These have gone together SO FAST.
The only modification is that I used a 12″ x 20″ panel and lining fabric instead of 11″ x 18″. Everything else is exactly the same.

I made both the purse and hand bag version. I’m hopefully going to whip out a few more of these quick to give to my girls friends as Christmas presents. SO cute.

A new Union Jack bag + Fabric Fest

Welcome to my stop on the Riley Blake Fabric Fest blog tour. I’m so excited to show off my latest sewing project: a Union Jack bag! I made it this past weekend and I’m quite pleased with they way it turned out. (whew.)
I will be teaching how to make this bag in a class at the Riley Blake Fabric Fest in Las Vegas this fall.

If you’ve been around these parts before, you already know that I’m a total Anglophile. I’ve lived in the UK twice, loved it and still miss it constantly. It’s my dream to go back and live there again at some point. I finished a Union Jack quilt last summer in bright, primary colors. It was fun to try a new version in pastel colors.  I’ve also modified the Union Jack pattern.

This bag was made with fabrics from the new Kensington collection for Riley Blake, due out in July. The prints in this collection are SO pretty and I love the way they play together. If you sign up for this class at Fabric Fest, kits will be available for $35.

I will also be teaching three other classes at Fabric Fest including introductions to Modern Quilting as well as a class about using up those scraps. (A constant battle.) For more pictures from teachers and class teasers visit these other stops on the tour. Some of them even include Riley Blake fabric giveaways. There are some amazingly talented teachers involved with this event. I am still feeling a little bit out of my league!

Wednesday, June 5 Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs 
Thursday, June 6 Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet 
 Friday, June 7 Elizabeth and Liz Evans of Simply Simon & Co 
Saturday, June 8 Nancy Zieman/Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman.com 
Monday, June 10 Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair  
Tuesday, June 11 Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore 
Wednesday, June 12 Paige Hill of Riley Blake Designs, Jennifer of Tatertots and JelloBecky & Kari of U-Create 
Thursday, June 13 Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish 
Friday, June 14 Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe 
Saturday, June 15  Bonnie Bailey on Riley Blake Designs 
 Monday, June 17 Lila Tueller of Lila Tueller Designs 
Tuesday, June 18 Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter (moi) 
Wednesday, June 19 Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama
Thursday, June 20 Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs 
Friday, June 21 Eleanor Burns/ Sue Bouchard of Quilt in a Day 
Saturday, June 22 Jenny, Natalie, & Sarah of Missouri Star Quilt Company 
 Monday, June 24 Andrea Goddard of And I Sew 
Tuesday, June 25 Becky, Brooke, Jamie, Kirsten, & Nikkala of The Crafting Chicks 
Wednesday, June 26 Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes   
 Thursday, June 27 Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs  
Friday, June 28 Sydney Haglund of Memory Quilt Maker
Click here for more information about Fabric Fest. And let me know if you are planning to come! I hope you can. I love meeting blog-land friends in person.

Navy and Gold Handmade Bag + Bag Patterns Giveaway

Navy blue and gold handmade bag.
I finished making my navy and gold bag last weekend. Not as timely as I was originally planning, but I took it with me to the conference closing day, so that’s good enough.  I didn’t follow a pattern for this bag – I kind of made it up as I went a long. As a result it’s got flaws character, but overall, I’m pleased with the result.  I basically pieced the fabric rectangles into 2 15″ 18″ sides and then quilted them using a layer of Pellon’s Peltex Ultra Firm that I got at JoAnn’s and a layer of cotton/poly batting. From there I used a basic tote concept to square the bottoms with gussets and add the straps.
Windham farbrics recently sent me a sample pack of the canvas prints from Lotta Jansdotters’ newest collection called Glimma. I used some of the same pieces in the bag exterior. I asked them if I could use the gorgeous gold stripe canvas for my bag and they kindly sent me some yardage. I love the way the canvas gives extra body and durability to the lining and the bag straps. The pocket fabric is some of Lori Holt’s Aunt Millie’s Closet yardage that I’d bought a while back. You can find the Glimma collection here, here, and here.
Other prints include Indie Chic by Riley Blake, Pearl Bracelts by Lizzy House for Andover, and some Dear Stella Zig Zag.  
I’m so in love with the navy and gold color scheme that is popular right now. I’ve always been a fan of navy blue – maybe becuase I was raised on navy blue – so I love seeing it make a comeback.
Seeing as I’m NOT a great resource for bag-making (maybe some day!) let me point you in the direction of someone who is. Have you met Sara Lawson? I took a class from her last fall at the Sewing Summit  about making bags. (Don’t you love that patchwork bag she made?) She gave us samples of all kind of Pellon products (interfacing, etc.) and explained how she uses them. I took notes right on the samples. It was SO helpful!
Sew Sweetness
Sara has a great blog called Sew Sweetness full of helpful bag-making wisdom and tutorials including this VERY helpful explanation of handmade bag interfacing options.
She also has some fantastic bag patterns in her shop and she has generously offered to giveaway 3 patterns to 3 lucky winners! If you would like to win a collection of Sara’s patterns, just leave a comment on this post. If you want, pop over to Sara’s shop and come back and tell me which bag is your favorite. I warn you, it will be hard to choose! Giveaway open until Thursday, April 25 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Winners: Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove]April 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I love the camera bag!!
They are all great bags…I think my first favorite would be the Locked and Loaded. Thank you for the chance to win a pattern.
Love the Aeroplane Bags. These would make great birthday gifts for older girls.

Zippered Pouch palooza

A few weeks ago I received one of the sweetest gifts ever.  My friend ‘Pink‘, who I originally met through blogging, and who’s since turned into a real life friend made this AMAZING zipper bag for me.  I was speechless when I first saw it.

I love everything about it.  The hexagons, the color spectrum, the colors, the navy blue (one of my all-time favorite colors – so happy it’s making a comeback) and the Liberty-looking print in the lining and hexy-flower on the ‘back.’  I am still quite overwhelmed by the perfection of it. I immediately made the bag a home for my own hexagons and other hand-sewing projects.  I’ve been carrying it around with me to piano lessons, soccer games, pretty much everywhere I go.

One day I was showing off it’s beauty to some local friends.  We all admired the sheer awesomeness to behold and one by one began expressing the desire to learn how to make one ourselves.  So Pink offered to show us how.
We used Anna’s Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial, which is great. I, for one, still have a hang-up with zippers.  I’d learned to sew with them when I was about 12 at the hands of an experienced sewing teacher, but it has been a long while since then.  I was so grateful for the hands-on encouragement and feel pretty darn proud to have produced my own zippered item.

What’s that old adage? Give me a zippered pouch and I zip for a day, teach me to install zippers and even though I bug you for a day, I bug you a lot less that I would have before? Something like that…

Not to mention the fact that it was fun to sit and sew with real live people.  A rare treat. Fun women who ‘get’ my fabric-obsession-weirdness. And who bring good food like Apple Crisp!

I also stepped outside my normal color palette – using some of Pat Bravo’s Rock ‘n’ Romance collection for my pouch.  I feel a little more chic than usual, not to mention quite proud of my newly acquired zipper skills.