Posts Tagged ‘Innocent Crush’

Birdie sling bag

Before our trip, I knew I needed a new bag to hold all of my stuff. I love the birdie sling bag (designed by Amy Butler) because it has a great shape, it holds a LOT of stuff, and it’s pretty easy to put together! (Also– it’s larger in person than it looks in the photos I have. Click on the pattern link above to see some pics of it being modeled to get a better sense of the size).

holding all our stuff!

I paired together a print from Innocent Crush (for the body of the bag) with one from Hope Valley (for the handles), and I can’t believe how well the colors work together! I’ve found that Hope Valley plays well with lots of other prints (I used a bunch of Hope Valley along with Castle Peeps to make this quilt).

I’ve already gotten a lot of use out of this bag, and I think I’ll be using it for a long time!

new birdie sling bag

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Ipad cover

My mom recently left for a long trip, and I wanted to make her a small “farewell” gift that she could take with her. I wanted it to be something practical, and I remembered seeing this tutorial for a quilted kindle case awhile back. My mom recently invested in an Ipad, and I knew she’d be taking it with her, so I modified the kindle pattern (simply by getting measurements for the Ipad (thanks Liv!) and adjusting the size from the tutorial).

A good fit!

Ipad cover

I used scraps from my Innocent Crush quilts, and cut 2.5 inch squares that I sewed together for a scrappy look. I also decided to use a magnetic snap for the closure. And, I found that the instructions for the tutorial were great, and even suggested a few extra stitches at the top to keep the flap from flapping up!

Ipad cover with flap up

Snap on the Ipad cover

extra stitching on the corners

This was such a fun little project, I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for something to cover!

Ipad cover

I’m also linking up with Canoe Ridge Creations today– check out all the cool modern sewing projects over there if you have a chance!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

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It has been way too long since I’ve written a post! Sorry for the silence around here– I had a crazy busy week of work, and then seriously needed a break from everything, so I went to visit my parents for a bit! Now I’m back, well rested, and ready to catch up on everything.

new fabric in the mail!

I’m feeling inspired by the fabric mail I’ve received in the last week. First up, I ordered a few basics from Hawthorne Threads. I was really excited to pick up one of the prints from Tula Pink’s Parisville line. I also stocked up on a few more of my faves from Modern Meadow and Innocent Crush.

I was talking to my sister today, and I was asking her what she’d like for her birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. I was (of course) thrilled when she requested that I sew her something new! This is my favorite way to go for gifts for my friends and family, but I don’t want for it to wear out its welcome. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas about what might be useful for her, and I think I might have to cut into some of this pile of fabric for her gift.

I was also SO lucky to win a fabric giveaway over at Kristie’s blog a little while ago!
Fabric from Kristie
The fabric arrived last week, and is just gorgeous. I was excited to see I had a few coordinating prints in my stash, so I’m already brainstorming ideas for this stack. Thanks so much, Kristie!

I have a few more posts already planned for this week to make up for lost time! Also, I’m quickly coming up on my 100th post, for which I have something special planned– so stay tuned!

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Another Rubik's Crush Quilt

Ok, this one may look familiar, because it’s nearly the exact same quilt I gifted to my sister for her 30th birthday early this year. I knew as soon as I saw Ashley’s Rubik’s Crush quilt design on her blog this past fall that I loveloveloved it and wanted one for my own. I also knew it would be perfect for my sister, and so while I would have loved to finish these at the same time, mine was only recently finished.

(**A note about the design– I contacted Ashley before making these quilts to see if it was ok to copy her design, and she graciously gave me her blessing, and I created this using my own approximation of her design (that is, without a specific pattern). Recently, Ashley posted that this pattern will be available in the magazine “101 Patchwork Projects,” due out this April. If anyone wants to make one but wants to wait for a pattern to follow, you’re in luck! Check out Ashley’s blog for more info, and look for the magazine this spring!).

Folksy Flannel Quilt Back

One reason I was so excited to finish this quilt was because I backed it in flannel (a Folksy Flannel print , also by Anna Maria Horner). It has been so cozy and warm, and I love having it around to add warmth to our living room– both in terms of the warm colors, and in terms of the literal warmth it provides! *sigh* I just love quilts 🙂

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Closeup of the 4-square Innocent Crush Quilt

My first finished quilt of the new year (in fact, started and finished!) is the 4-square quilt made with Innocent Crush fabrics, using the fabrics in the “potpourri” colorway. This quilt came about because when I was home over winter break, a good family friend saw the quilt I made for my sister for her birthday, and wanted to know if she could buy it from me. She had a specific purpose for wanting it– her sister is going through chemotherapy right now, and she wanted to find a unique and comforting gift to give to her. Although I couldn’t sell the quilt I was about to give as a gift to my sister, I did tell her I’d make a different one for her, and after discussing her sister’s favorite colors, we decided that using the same fabrics in the potpourri colorway would work well.

Cool Colors Innocent Crush 4-Square Quilt

I wanted the quilt to look similar to the other one I made, but I wanted to get it done a little faster so it could be delivered in a timely manner. Instead of piecing little squares with sashing in between, I decided to simplify that part of the pattern by making 4 square blocks (hence the name of the quilt). Those blocks were then sashed in kona cotton in the color bone, and then when all blocks were ready, the quilt top was assembled. It really came together quickly, and I am happy that it has the same overall feel as the first Innocent Crush quilt I made, but involved a lot less piecing, allowing me to finish it much more quickly!

I backed the quilt using the loves me-loves me not print in grape. I was surprised by how much I liked this particular print for the back of the quilt– the colors were so vibrant and saturated, and gave the quilt a really luxurious feel. (Also, I had to sew 2 pieces of this fabric together so that it would be large enough for the back, and look how well I matched them up! You can barely see where I joined them!)

Back of the 4-square Innocent Crush Quilt

Next up: I’m hoping to finish MY innocent crush quilt by this weekend. The one I’m making for myself is identical to the one I made for my sister– I cut all the pieces at once, and I can’t wait to get it finished and bound. I’m looking forward to more sewing time later this week and weekend! I am anticipating cuddling up under one of these:
Innocent Crush Quilt Finished!

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Innocent Crush Quilt

Innocent Crush Quilt Finished!

I made this quilt for my sister using Anna Maria Horner’s innocent crush fabrics, and Ashley’s (from film in the fridge) “rubik’s crush” design.

Innocent Crush Quilt close-up

When I first saw this quilt on Ashely’s blog, I knew it would be the perfect design for a birthday gift for my sister. I contacted Ashley, who graciously allowed me to copy her design and fabric choices. I’m so glad she didn’t mind– I just love her quilts!

Innocent Crush Quilt

I decided to back the quilt using a flannel print from Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannel line (this print is called buttoned up berry). I love how warm and soft it made this quilt– perfect for getting through the winter months.

Lindsay's Innocent Crush Quilt Back

Before I gifted the quilt to my sister, I showed the quilt to a family friend who came by to visit. She loved the quilt and offered to buy it off me on the spot! I had to resist, since it wasn’t for sale, but in lieu of purchasing that quilt, she commissioned a similar quilt using the other colorway of Innocent Crush fabrics. I modified the design a bit to keep the piecing simpler so I could put the quilt top together a little more quickly, and I’m nearly ready to quilt this second quilt. I can’t wait to get it done– there’s something so satisfying about finishing up a quilt!

Working on a new Innocent Crush quilt!

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Making progress on my Innocent Crush quilt

In addition to working on all of my secret Christmas projects, I’ve been sewing together pieces for my innocent crush quilt. I can’t wait to finish this one! These squares may look familiar– I was instantly smitten with Ashley’s Rubik’s Crush quilt top, and set out to make my own.

I picked out some of Anna Maria Horner’s folksy flannel in “buttoned up berry” to back it, and I think it will be the perfect throw quilt for our living room when it’s finished. Now I have to resist the temptation to sew instead of doing my work! I only have a few more strips of solid to add to these pieces, and I’ll have the quilt top together soon. Yay!

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This is what happens when you get too excited

I sewed these together the wrong way. Shoot! I hate taking time to rip things out. At least it’s just one small piece– I was so ready to get to work on my quilt top I didn’t double check before I sewed this one.

a different angle

Ah, well, I think it will be super cute when I fix it.

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Innocent Crush all cut and ready to sew!

This weekend I spent some time cutting into my stack of Innocent Crush, the newest line of fabric from Anna Maria Horner. Shortly after I saw this fabric for the first time I fell in love with it. It wasn’t long before I had ordered some, and I think this is a record time for me cutting into new fabric. It arrived Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday afternoon I was piecing the quilt top. That brown print is my favorite– I’ve been daydreaming about making everything out of it!

Innocent Crush

It has been so fun to work with such bright fabrics– just what I need to combat the cold temperatures and darkness because of the time change!

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