Every Adventure Tote Pattern Hack

Can you believe I have been quilting for YEARS and just made my first quilted tote bag?! Whether you’re wanting to get into quilting and learn the basics, or are a quilt-making machine, this tote bag pattern is a really great project to try! This pattern hack not only follows a completely FREE tutorial, but is specifically designed to teach you how to add interior pockets to your very own Every Adventure Tote!

Here are some of my favorite things about making this Every Adventure Tote:

  • Uses way less fabric than a whole quilt
  • Finishes so much faster than a quilt
  • You can bring it anywhere
  • Every time someone compliments it, you get to say “THANKS I MADE IT!”

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Bear Path // Quilt Pattern Review

Is it just me or have there been tons of amazing patterns coming out lately?! I’m always so impressed by the amazing creativity of quilt pattern designers and how easy they make it look! I recently got the chance to test @patchworkandpoodles’ newest quilt pattern: Bear Path, and spoiler alert: it’s a fun one!

If you want to purchase this pattern for yourself, you can find it in Patchwork & Poodle’s Pattern shop.

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7 Quick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Sometimes we all just need a quick win, a fast baby shower gift, an easy pattern to showcase your new favorite fabric line. Amiright?

I’ve compiled a list of all beginner-friendly quilt patterns that you need to check out, all by some of my favorite modern quilt pattern designers! I made many of these patterns in baby size, but most have many options for making various sized quilts!

In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are some of my favorite, quick, easy quilt patterns:

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9 Tips for Selling Homemade Goods

Are you a creative person looking to make some side money selling things that you make? You want to turn your HOBBY into a JOBby? Are you wondering how to find your niche and actually start making sales? I’m here to help you start your creative business.

While there is a ton of information out there, I hope these tips help get you started and give you some ideas for things to research further while building your creative business. If you think of any other tips you have learned, please leave me a comment! I love chatting about business and sharing tips within this community, please reach out and share your input!

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Zakka Home // book review

Today’s stop on the Quilt Pattern Book Review Blog Series is a book that’s not even entirely dedicated to quilt patterns since sometimes you just gotta switch things up and break some of your own rules.

Quilting books have a very special place in my heart because I am a naturally budget-conscious, debt-free kind of girl, and I love how you can get literally tons of patterns for a fraction of the price if you were to purchase them individually! I also love how you can get books on a budget by using your local library or checking to see if your guild guild members have the one you are looking for!

I saw a few people on Instagram make some really cool projects from the book Zakka Home and it got me thinking of ways I can use my sewing and quilting skills to make other little things for my house. The first thing I knew I just had to make was the arm chair sewing caddy. This little organzational tool makes hand stitching so much tidier and is super cute too! Continue reading

Quilter’s Spray Basting Comparison

If you’re new to quilting, you might be wondering “What is spray baste?”, “Which spray baste is the best”, “How to baste a quilt?” or maybe even “What is basting?”. hint: I’m not talking about what you do to a turkey at Thanksgiving. I am happy to say I’m here to help you figure out all the basics of quilt basting and help you determine which spray baste product is the best one to use!

First off, basting a quilt is the step after you finish piecing together your quilt top. There are a few different basting methods out there for when you put together your “Quilt Sandwich”. Continue reading

How to Brighten Your Sewing Space

Since moving into my new sewing space a little over a year ago, I have been dreaming of having better lighting in my room! I just have one medium size window and a little ceiling light fixture and the lack of light had been making it hard to see what I was doing, and even more difficult to take any decent photos! Luckily, I have been able to partner with Ottlite to brighten up my space and share with you how I went about it!

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Whether you are a quilter, sewist, crafter, or have another amazing hobby, you might also feel that you need to increase your lighting but aren’t sure which products are right for you – so this is how I made my decision. I thought about which areas I needed concentrated lighting in the most, and where I currently had space for a light or could make space for one! After much deliberation, I decided to get the Dual Shade LED Floor Lamp with USB Charging Station and the Extra Wide Area LED Clamp Lamp. I chose the LED lamps on purpose because they are going to last a lot longer and they’re more efficient! Continue reading

Embroidery Machine Buying Guide: How to pick the right one for you

For the last few years I have been super enthralled by the amazing work that an Embroidery machine can do! I love how you can personalize literally ANYTHING and I love how they really can add a special touch to any quilt or sewing project. It’s that extra level of pizzazz and it is a heck of a lot of fun!

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve wanted to be able to design and embroider your own things, but just didn’t really know where to start. I want to help you get your feet wet and learn a little more about how to pick a great embroidery machine, and later on, I will show you how to get started with those initial purchases of the essentials. I’ll tell you the best threads, interfacing and scissors to get started like a total embroidery BOSS.

My mom actually introduced me to making my quilt labels on her embroidery machine, and I used it a ton, especially when I was living at home with my parents. Now that I’m “grown up” and have my own place, I’ve been really wanting an embroidery machine of my own. You might already know that I am pretty comfortable using my HUSQVARNA VIKING® sewing machine, so naturally that brand was also my first choice for an embroidery machine.

I want to share with you my own decision making for which model I should get. I know it is overwhelming with SO MANY different models on the market at all kinds of different price points. Continue reading