Saturday, May 30, 2015


I was thinking of the name Crazy Quilts for the class being offered on Craftsy, wondering why they would associate such a beautiful art with the word "crazy".  Since I haven't yet taken the course, I'll have to leave it at "wondering".  Perhaps it's because nothing makes sense, yet as you work at it, it becomes increasingly lovely?..and that's crazy?  Okay, okay...just  surmising!!

These two projects, the pillow and the eye glass purse, were made by Sue Goodfellow.  Don't you just love her work!  

For the cushion, Sue printed the center image onto cotton fabric. She then cut the image into a five-sided shape, adding the asymmetrical patchwork pieces.  The fabric was embellished with with lace, beads, and embroidery.

 Sue didn't use a pattern, but she had previously taken a class with Allie Aller on Craftsy, called Crazy Quilts.  

Allie, the instructor, gave her the inspiration to have a go at these projects.  What a lovely work evolved!  Wouldn't you agree?

If you would like to know how to work with different fabrics like velvet and silk, play with hand-embroidered seam treatments, and much more,  then check out the Crazy Quilts class.  You can find it  HERE! 

Thank you Sue for the inspiration in sharing your lovely work!

Monday, May 18, 2015

QUILT-AS-YOU-GO TOTE BAG - Video Tutorials

An easy quilting project with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co and Vanessa of Crafty Gemini.  They show us how to make an easy quilt-as-you-go tote bag, using jelly roll strips. 
There are two free video tutorials, and you can find them #1 HERE and  #2 HERE.

Love these bags!  Look at that fabric!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

BEACH BAG - Free Tutorial

This  stylish on-the-go beach tote bag has rope handles with grommets all around the top, making it easy to open.  You can load up a  few towels and important beach gear, and head for the beach.

The bag is made of canvas and hosts outside pockets 

I really like the fabric, as well as the clean lines!  What do you think?  What colors would you use?

The tutorial can be found at Sew 4 Home.

Friday, May 8, 2015


This is a simple duffel pattern with oval ends, side pockets accented with wrap around straps.  There's no need for lining or  having to cover the seams with binding.

The bag measures approximately 20" x 10"

You can find this free tutorial/pattern at The Stitching Scientist.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Boho Sling Bag Tutorial - Free

Another free tutorial!  Check it out HERE at The Destashification Project.

 The Boho Sling Bag  can be made plain or fancy.  It's a sewing project for everyone from the novice to the expert.  Make it plain or take a few extra steps, and make a patch bag!