Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hazel Pouch Trio

Today I'm going to show you pictures of the finished bag from the Hazel Pouch Trio Pattern that I tested for Jennie of Clover and Violet.

It's a cute bag!

It's a very versatile pattern too, with three different size options.

This is the largest size of the bags in the pattern.

I plan to keep some hand sewing in it so I can pick it up and take it with me when I'm on the go.

For that reason, I went with the option of leaving out the dividers inside the bag and going with more open space.

There are big deep pockets on the inside where I can keep some smaller sewing items.

I used Prairie fabric for the accent squares and Maker fabric for the background.

I'm not a fan of white bags, but this one just had to be made, there was no resisting!

I love this fabric combo and you can be sure I'll use it again.

For more information and pictures of the bag in progress you can check out my post HERE.

In other news, in the continuing effort to keep my blog up to date and refreshed I've removed a few inactive blog buttons and I've also removed a few blogs from my blogroll.

 I've only removed blogs that haven't had posts for two or more years. I figure if you haven't written a post in two years you have probably decided to stop blogging.

If this isn't the case and you decide to continue to blog or to reactivate your blog button, please let me know because you are missed and I'll be more than happy to put you back on.

   Have a great week!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Minis and More in 2016

Welcome to the first Minis and More Parade of 2016!

Usually I can't get my Christmas decorations down and put away fast enough, but this year I'm being pretty slow about it and I'm sad to see them go.  Maybe its because of the crazy warm weather we had over the holidays.  If I remember correctly it was 83 here on Christmas Day!

Well warm or not its time to move on to the New Year, and Sherri and I are excited about what we have in store for you for Minis and More in 2016.

Today its a small, but wonderful Parade, as I'm sure many of you were busy with plans over the holidays.

Hildy made this beautiful Christmas tree pillow by combining two of our pattern choices for December,  Oh Christmas Tree by Amy Rivera and Christmas Baubles by Jen Daly, both available in the Moda Bake Shop.  She can use this pillow all year.  I love how Hildy comes up with creative ways to use the patterns and this one is no exception!

Nancy E. made this adorable mini pattern by Camille Roskelley for a friend at 
Christmas and she sent it in.  This pattern is wonderful!  That cute checked binding is perfect!  Nancy used First Crush by Sweetwater for her fabric.  I think that's a brand new line of fabric, out just in time for Valentine's Day. 

During December I was able to squeeze in time to make Abundantly Blessed by by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way.  I had a great time making this quilt!  Cathedral Windows have always been a favorite of mine and add the quilt as you go method and this is definitely a winner in my book!  I used Charlevoix fabric by Minick and Simpson and some Moda Bella Solid Off White too.  You can read more about it HERE if you're interested.

I'm so excited to tell you about the pattern we've picked out for the February parade!

It's Sherri's brand new pattern Hope Chest Mini!

Remember the Hope Chest pattern I tested for her a few months back?

 It's one of my favorite patterns ever! 

So when she sent me the mini to look at just a few days ago, I asked if it was possible to have it out in time to introduce as the pattern for Minis and More this month.

The PDF is on sale in Sherri's Etsy shop until Friday for the reduced price of $3.50 with the code minihopechest.

If you're interested in the paper version there will be a short wait of 1-2 weeks until the paper pattern is available.

The Hope Chest Mini is a great way to use up some scraps or a few precuts you have left over from a larger project, but couldn't bear to part with.

I walked right past that pile of laundry and all of the Christmas decorations that are begging to be taken down this morning, so I could get my Hope Chest Mini finished up and show it to you!

I'm looking forward to seeing your version at the end of the month!