Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Betsy Travel Bag- Blog Hop & Pre-Order!

EEEPPPPPP!! I'm so giddy about this awesome new pattern created by Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo for Rebel Craft Media! Its soooooooooo big, roomy, chock 'full of pockets galore.


I had so much fun putting this beast together! I must admit, I had a little trouble with some cutting due to not reading all instructions. I kinda scanned and winged it- be sure to ready every detail before starting- it will totally be worth the extra trouble- or extra fabric needed on the inside pocket... :)



I  kept my fabric choices fun and whimsical, which is totally my go-to scrappy style anyway- I love these cute novelty prints! I opted not to include a back side pocket since these fabrics were just too adorable, and ain't nobody got time for that!






I also skipped the canvas and went gun-hoe with Peltex Pellon interfacing- this baby is stiffer than stiff, hard as a rock! I figured I'd use only items I had on hand, with the exception of the hardware. Again, read all instructions. :/ 

Things I'd do differently:

  • Cut properly, less winging it and more accuracy
  • Cut the Peltex 1/2 inch shorter than fabric for seam allowance (I broke 2 needles)!
  • Do not add batting to the pockets on the side panels, instead use lightweight interfacing (that was probably in the directions somewhere...)
  • Steer clear of the denim for the hook tabs, it was so bulky

Overall, this pattern rocks! I made this bag in two and a half days with multiple cooking, cleaning, and errand breaks. My favorite part is that darn perfect Lizzy House Castle Peeps print pockets- makes my heart sing!





So- GO GO GO pre-order your pattern here and join the sew-a-long next week!! I have my fabric ready to make another one just for me! This particular bag will be donated to Crafters for Courage auction to raise money to build homes for minor girls rescued from sex trafficking. 

Sew-Along starts April 2nd- be sure to post and share your pics via social media with hashtags #thebetsytravelbag #redelcraftmedia #schnitzelandboo



And follow along with the rest of the blog tour..



The  Betsy  Travel  Bag  Blog  Hop  Schedule 
March  17
pattern available for pre-­sale  through  RCM  shop




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March  19
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March  21

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March  23
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March  25

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March  27

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ME!!



March  29

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March  31

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quilters Mixology- Loosely Curved Wall Hanging

I'm soooo excited to share this fabulous project with you for two reasons:

1) Angela is a sweeteheart. I had the opportunity to meet her last year at sewing summit and one of the reasons I love her so is because she's really real! No phoney bologna- but genuine. That speaks volumes to me!!

2) The book rules- full of amazing quilts and projects!!

I put together the Loosely Curved Wall Hanging in some fun prints from my stash.


Now I'm not a curve girl (maybe real life curvy) but I suck at curves and steer clear! The instructions were so easy to read and follow. It was a breeze and I'll admit I was pretty excited that my curves were spot on after awhile. Looking legit if I say so myself!





I really enjoyed pulling prints for this project. Lizzy House is my favorite so it was fun to cut up those leaves and the texty background print that's been in my stash forever!




You can find Angela's book here. Its pretty freaking rad, so I suggest you get it ASAP. I know I have a few more projects that I'm going to work on now that I'm not afraid of a little curve action!

 Time to quilt this little gem up!


Don't forget to enter your project into the sew-a-long pool via Sara's blog here. There are sew many sweet prizes!!! :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

25% Off!!

All items in my wee little etsy shop are 25% off this week! 
Coupon Code: EUPHORIA25







Monday, August 25, 2014

The Bag - A Sewvivor Post

Let's start at the beginning.

Sewvivor challenge #2:

A bag. Hmmm, lets get clever Jess. Like outside the box. {brainstorming} What do you think no one else would do?- So, a sleeping bag was on the agenda.Yup, a sleeping bag with a full on tent just for the photo shoot- coolest idea ever. My kid was on board for the best twinsies pajamas, smores, photo shoot ever. All of it!  Except it was a HUGE FAIL- I mean I cut out fabric and pieced blocks together that took a whole day to finish. A WHOLE DAY!!! So, whatcha gonna do, right?? Make a bag. That was the point after all! A bag that anyone can rock and by anyone, I mean anyone! (Pattern by Handmade Therapy)

I busted out my Heather Ross/Munki Munki stash and got to sewing. Heather Ross/Munki is one of my favorites to sew with. I love all of her awesome prints! So I broke out my slim stash and got to sewing. I wanted to do something different and thought pairing my HR/Munki with some denim was something cool that I have never seen before. So...




In all transparency I felt like my original photo shoot sucked. I was mega bummed. But, I had a family obligation in downtown Portland, so on a whim took my bag- who knows, right? It rocked!! I asked some random strangers to pose with my bag. All but one said yes!! It was awesome!!! I met so many amazing people, it was one of the best opportunities ever!! And, they all ROCKED it!!









It ruled! Like serious. These peeps were awesome! It was not only rewarding to make a bag that I've never tackled before, but the people. The people- they made this challenge even better. They took me so far out of my comfort zone. They gave me praise for my bag not even knowing what it was (HR/Munki heeeelllllooooo?), or the time it took, or the anything. It was the best. The best challenge, the best stretch, the best everything! If this is as far as I come in this competition- I'm so pleased with it. I'm grateful for the people who appreciate handmade. The people who want to support, who give me joy by just rocking it! Isn't that what it's all about? Just sewing. Sewing to bring people joy with what my hands can create. Making them smile. Making others happy. Those random people, that I will never see again gave me what I was hoping to bring to them - Joy in craft. Joy in handmade. Joy in sharing. That's the most rewarding feeling ever.









Happy belated birthday Jen- I pray this bag brings you as much joy as it's brought to me!! I'm so thankful to call you my friend!

CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Sailor's Valentine - The Sewvivor Nautical Challenge Post

Here it is!! So so excited for the big reveal!!! My handmade Sailor's Valentine!!! What is a Sailor's Valentine? Let's break down.

Per wikipedia, sailor's valentine is a form of shell-craft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890 and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones.




I thought long and hard to select a great pattern and this Wheel of Fortune block by Wombat Quilts definitely called out "ship steering wheel meets compass star"- super nautical in my opinion.


As for the fabric selection- whew, what a process!! I tried to have each print represent something I felt was nautically themed:
  • Yellow prints represent the hot sun
  • Black prints are the night sky
  • Linen reminds me of bon-fire smoke
  • That Lizzy House print is for seaweed
  • Pink wood grain is for drift wood
  • Heather Ross seahorses are for, duh, seahorses!
  • The background blue is for the ocean
  • And to tie it all together- those steering wheel


I really wanted to create a real wooden frame for this piece and though I got mad love from my Home Depot visit- I apparently suck at math- angles are NOT my thing! So, a fabric wood fame was created and I just LOVE IT! I painted a few shells and added a sand dollar as my center piece.



I had a lovely photo shoot with my sweet friend Ale!! Even though our sunny Portland day was a wee be bright I think we got some pretty good shots.



This little gem is up for sale in my etsy shop. A wonderful woman Anne,was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 28. She just had a modified radical hysterectomy on August 7. All funds will go directly to Anne. If interested, please help Anne raise money for her medical treatment by visiting here.

And now... VOTING!!! Go, go go go vote right HERE for your favorite nautically themed piece. I hope you enjoyed seeing my Sailor's Valentine, there are so many amazing projects! Only 8 will make to the next round!!! EEEEEEKKKK!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Duffles,Sewvivor & Selfish Sewing...

What a super busy sewing weekend!!!

Do you ever commit to too much sometimes? I took on the task of making 9 duffle bags for one of my sweet friend's bridesmaids- yup, 9!! Repeat. 9! I've been cutting, cutting, sewing, sewing... I managed to finish two this weekend (woot woot) and love how they are coming along!! 6 more to go... I'm going to be a duffle making pro by the time I finish all of them!

Cargo Duffle: Pattern by Noodlehead for Robert Kaufman found here

On top of the cargo duffle sewing fest, I managed to make it into Sewvivor. What an amazing group of talented individuals- seriously! I've been brainstorming, plotting and planning for my Nautical theme challenge. I cannot WAIT to show you what I have up my sleeves! I hope you love it as much as I do. Here's a sneaky for ya!


While I should be getting my Sewvivor entry done, I decided a "Jessica Break" was in order. No more duffles, no more Sewvivor. What would a procrastinator like myslef think to do other than start a project for no reason whatsoever? DUH! Slacker Jessica in full force!!

The lovely Violet Craft has her new patterns out and the ever lovely new fabric line Brambleberry Ridge. Fabulous, yes? I've been eyeballing the Flying Falcons pattern for awhile and was elated to get to sew this up!! It came together quickly, and the pattern is very easy to read.






Be sure to check out Violet's AWESOME Forest Abstractions Sew-A-Along on her blog- AMAZEBALLS!! But I ain't got time for that! LOL!

My jam packed sewing weekend did include some awesome family time. We saw 7 shooting stars on Saturday night while hanging out at the pool. SEVEN?!?! So awesome! And I have a date with the best hubby... Dinner, Anchorman 2 (which I heard was okay), and dessert! :)

And... the lucky $25 Westwood Acres winner is...


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