The Weekender

I bought this pattern (The Weekender by Amy Butler) sooo long ago. Like 3+ years ago. I love this bag design, but it’s a bigger project and a lot of the reviews I read said that it takes a long time to make. So it sat in a basket of patterns for years. Recently (last fall) I noticed a bunch of quilters making them on Instagram and fell in love all over again. The Quilt as you go Method is very popular and looks awesome! I’m not sure who did the quilt as you go method first, maybe Elizabeth of Oh Fransson, and I’m pretty sure there is a post on someone’s? blog that shows a how to.

Anyway. I started mine before Christmas. Set it aside and decided to push through to finish it right  before we left for our trip to Miami last week (9 year anniversary trip: can you believe that?). I went with the quilt as you go method using my stash of selvedges I’ve been saving forever.

I cut the pattern pieces from white canvas, then a layer of batting, then I sewed the selvedges on top of the batting.  In hindsight I could have done without the batting. It adds nice thickness, but those seams around the bottom with all the selvedge fabric coming together were exceptionally brutal to sew through as they are super thick.

I didn’t waste selvedges on the inside of the pockets and used mainly a white and gray polka dot, but also used some of this lovely fruit fabric I love so much. The inside of the bag is the same white and gray polka dot.  I also used this awesome grass green canvas from Joann’s for the top zipper placket and the straps. I wanted to break up the selvedges a little bit and thought this made it look modern and fun.

This bag is HUGE. I was wondering as the side pieces don’t feel that big as your cutting them out. But once you get to the sides and bottom on it is so big. Bigger than my diaper bag, which is saying a lot. :)

Below it is holding a couple books, a magazine, a couple notebooks, a bag with my instax, the bigger bag with a knitting project, and the oilcloth bag with snacks, and there is still sooo much room left in it.

There are a couple things I would do differently than the pattern and what I did this time. I would use thicker cording, I went with the prepackaged cording from Joann’s to save time and because it’s thinner, the pattern calls for 1/4″ (I think) and that would probably have been perfect. It’s not as crisp as some I’ve seen and doesn’t hold it’s shape as nicely with the thinner cord. I also would (maybe will) sew the straps down right below the cording. I am not sure why the pattern calls for the first tack down to be a couple inches down the bag, and maybe it would be fine with thicker cord, but I think mine would be better with the straps tacked down higher up. Oh and in hindsight of my trip I should have taken a small purse to carry when I didn’t need it as carry-on or to tote beach towels around because it’s huge.  But  that’s it! I love it, especially all the selvedges, and the size, and the green. This is definitely my go to carry-on/big bag now. I think I may need to make another one that is plain. I love this bag by lbg Studio and I think these colors would make a fabulous Weekender.


Have you made a Weekender? Please share a link I would love to check it out. And if you haven’t, please go make one. :)


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Foldover Frenzy

Have you noticed all the Fold Over Clutches out there lately? I have been seeing them pop over all over and have fallen for them. I paired some lovely fabrics to make one for myself. Now I just need a place to use it. Perhaps a date is in order soon.

I used Anna Marie Horner Field Study Coordinates in Midnight which I am totally in love with. This print is AMAZING! I paired it with a mustard linen (Joanns) in my stash and a lovely, heather brown 100% wool felt for the corners. It is lined with Amy Butler’s Cameo Forget me Not in sugar.

I have a couple more of these cut out, I am thinking a giveaway may be in order. I will keep you posted! :)


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Boxed Bag

Original title Huh? ;)

I have been seeing lots of boxed bags around the internet lately. Specifically one shabby chic and heyporkchops instagram – link to blog- (both fantastic blogs). I found a couple tutorials to run through to make sure they where constructed how I thought and got to work. (yep I’m on Instagram: woollypetals or Kristin Rauch will find me)

I picked up some lovely laminated fabric at my local quilting shop this week and thought I would use it for this. I also used an Amy Butler polka dot I had on hand to use as lining and the handle.

I think the zipper was 22″ to start but I cut it down to 18″ to fit the fabric I had on hand. I didn’t do anything different than the tutorials I read. This one from drago[knit]fly is the one I referenced the most.  I realized as I was making it that I have done lots of bags with these corners on the bottom, just not in this format.

The corners kicked my but this time. I think it’s the combo of not have seams to align and having to line up the handle so it’s symmetrical. Oh well after about half an hour longer than necessary from picking seams a bajillion times I finished it to my satisfaction. :) I tend to be very particular and know I won’t use something that I don’t feel is 100% right.

I do love it. This fabric is so gorgeous. I plan on using this bag for the knitting project I usually have in the works following me around the house. Currently it’s an infinity cowl and Luke loves to get into the yarn. So this bag will keep him from unrolling my ball again. :)

Just a quick shot of it open. It is pretty relaxed. I didn’t want it to be super stiff, but I could have probably used a bit thicker interfacing.

How about a bit of cuteness to finish this post off. :) I think he was excited his favorite song came on, Good Feeling by Flo-rida. :)

Let me know if any of you have made a boxed bag. I would love to hear about your experience and see pictures.  :)

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Some more farming this week!

Wow it seriously took me 4 days to write and get this post uploaded. I have to much to do lately.

Okay onto the blocks…..

Block # 4 Basket Weave

I like how it turned out. Simple and monochromatic, basically. :) Not sure of the fabrics, The green leaves is from a local quilting shop, and the other two are from Joanns.


Block #29 Economy

Love the colors I paired in this one. Kelly green is from Joann’s, the Pink zigzag I ordered online a long time ago. Michelle Miller? If anybody knows let me know and I will add it in. :)


Block #30 End of Day

This is one of my favorite color combos in general so I like this block a lot. Some Heather Bailey freshcut I believe, and then some red polka dots, and aqua floral from Joann’s.


Block #31 Evening Star

Oh I love this zigzag. I just got it at my local quilting store. The salvage says Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman. And I think an Amy Butler Fabric?


I am the worst at remembering fabrics because I usually just buy bits and pieces here and there and mix and match lines. I think the only large amount of a single line I ever bought was Joel Dewberry and that was for a specific quilt.


Anyway. Here are all my blocks so far.  I am sticking with going as scrappy as possible, yet sticking to brighter bolder colors and prints. I love seeing them all come together.

Check out the awesome Flickr group of wonderful Farmer’s Wife Blocks. I just can’t get enough.

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crawling room

Luke, understandably, has been in shorts all summer, wearing pants all of 3 times.  So, when putting him in pants since he started crawling, he has a little less maneuverability.  I happened across Sascha’s blog Piccoli Piselli the other day, hm… can’t remember how , but I was reading back a bit and noticing all the super cute clothes she was making her little man. It spurred me on to try and make some for Luke hoping it would make it easy to crawl. :) Here’s hoping it will get cold enough for pants around here sometime soon!

I grabbed my Amy Butler’s Little Stitches book remembering there was a pants pattern I had used for a friends baby a while ago.  I dug through my stash and came up with this brown linen and navy and white stripe. I know pretty crazy fabric selection huh?

They were super quick and easy to make. I even took the time to cut and match the stripes on the cuffs. Not hard, but something I like to pay attention to, because it would bug me if they weren’t lined up.

I made them in about 30 minutes late last night so the lighting was horrible to get a picture of them last night. Thus I only have pictures of Luke wearing them. That’s what we would rather look at right?

I did think they would be to short looking at them last night, but they are the perfect length. Just longer than his ankles without touching the ground for him to trip.

I think I will be changing a couple of things next time. I am not sure that I like the outer seam on the legs? It’s definitely not necessary so I will try without that seam and see if I like the look better. This would also make adding the coordinating band at the bottom quicker. I am also going to try Dana’s tutorials on making a flat front pair, and adding fun pockets.

I discovered during the many diaper changes today that I need to make and add some tags to the inside back. I’m sure the husband will also appreciate that while dressing Luke . I’m digging the idea of making some twill tape tags that say Danger. :)

And he is off. This picture about sums up Luke as of late; on the move leaving a mess of toys behind. :)

So as you can see he is having no problem moving in these. I love them and think I will be making several more pairs for the fall. Now I just need to stock up on some simple boy pant fabrics. :)


Oh and I am continually working on my manual photography skills. When Luke and I have a day at home, I just let him crawl at will and following him around with the camera. :) I didn’t edit any of these pictures, they are straight off my camera. I am seeing how they look posted. :) Give me feed back if you like!

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Quilt Action

The past week I have been working on quilts. Not as much as I’d like though since Luke is wearing me out with his constant movement. We are having a blast though!


Swoon Block #3

Still totally in love with this quilt. I cannot wait to make more blocks and get them finished.

I’m not sure what these fabrics are. They have been in my stash for awhile. I do know i purchased the coral at Joann’s, but I am not sure where I purchased the mustard.


Stacked Quilt:

One stack complete! I think it’s rather smashing. But it is a bit time consuming since I have to be careful how I line the strips up as I go. Winging it has it’s perks and it’s downfalls. :)


Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along:


Week 3 for me and week 10 for the group:


Block #111 Wrench. So fun! I fussy cut the center and love that. I also paid close attention to the direction of the raindrop fabric.  Not sure what these fabrics are I’m so bad at that, but; the center and the raindrops are from my local quilting shop, and the mustard paisley is from Joann’s.


Block #108 Windmill I like this one too. I made sure again the woodgrain all flowed in the same direction and I really think it makes the block look so nice. The fabrics again a couple are from Joann’s, and there is also some Joel Dewberrry and Amy Butler in there.


And finally all my blocks combined so far.

I am definitely going the scrappy approach and most of my fabrics I am pulling from my scrap bin. This is totally not my style to go scrappy. I am more of a planned chaos kind of gal, but this so far is turning out to my liking. :)


I have a couple crafty projects up my sleeve this week that do not require sewing. I will posting those soon.


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Swoon Block 2

Oh my I love this quilt more and more.

Block #2

The Red fabric is Amy Butlers Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry, the yellow is Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy Yellow Posies, and the white is Kona Solid in Snow

I found the Denyse Schmidt FMF folded in with another fabric. I was very excited when I pulled it out. :)  Oh I can not wait till I get this quilt finished.

You can see my first block here if you like.

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Swoon Block One

I first saw this block on Fussy cut, the first post I read after discovering her blog. I knew at first site I MUST make it, whatever it was.  So after finding out on a previous post, that it was Camille’s Swoon quilt I couldn’t put that pattern in my cart and click buy fast enough.

This is my first block and I love it even more now. The pattern was super clear and easy to follow. I can’t wait to finish a huge quilt of these. They are roughly 24″ wide so I am thinking 3 wide and 4 tall with white sashing in between. I want a nice giant family size sofa quilt to cuddle under. :)

A closer look at my fabrics.  The yellow is Midwest Modern 2 Mustard Fabric by Amy Butler, and the pink & red is Kumari Garden Red Fabric by Dena Designs. I plan on this quilt being mainly yellows, pinks, & reds.

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