New Beginnings . . . Week 4

Forty-nine weeks to go . . . What will I create this week? 

Once again I’m down to the wire, but I completed this weeks project (Sunday, Jan. 29th). I made the 1 Hour Basket by Hearts and Bees. The tutorial is free at As usual, I changed the pattern’s size. Instead of making the 10.5″ x 16.5″ basket, I increased the height and length to 19″ x 21″. I also added a stiffer fusible interfacing.


New Beginnings . . . Week 3

Tomorrow begins week three for me. So far, I’ve completed two projects. Fifty more weeks to go . . . I really cut it close this week. Just completed my third project yesterday; January 20th. I made a phone pouch. If you are interested in making a phone pouch click on the links below for the pattern and tutorial. Just in-case you’re wondering why my pouch looks different, I made a few changes to the pattern.

New Beginnings . . . Weeks 1 & 2

I don’t make new year resolutions, but I’ve decided to challenge myself this year and see how far I can get and create something once a week. It won’t matter which day of the week I make it, what matters is that it’s created before the week is out (this doesn’t include any and all WIPs or UFOs) So, last week; which was the first week of January, I used the Gourmet Quilter’s zippered pouches using 10″ squares video, so I made the quilted pouch featured below using her technique. If you are interested in making this pouch click on the video below. You can also purchase the Gourmet Quilter’s pattern by clicking on the zippered pouch photo.

Zippered Pouch  (fabric by DearStella)

This week, I’ve decided to make another quilted 10″ pouch with zipper tabs. I’m going to use Jenny Doan’s technique for adding zipper tabs. View video for tutorial.

Completed week two’s pouch with zipper tab. I watched Jenny’s video and used her technique for the zipper tabs. I made a different pouch.


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag

linedpouchbagI enjoyed making Jeni Baker’s lined drawstring bag. Her tutorial was easy to follow and quick to execute, so this is my Tips and Tutorials Tuesday. I’ve posted a picture of my bag. I thought about posting step by step pictures of what I did, but I don’t see any reason to reinvent the wheel; when everything’s been laid out for you. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the picture below for the tutorial.


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – 3 Methods for Boxing the Corners on a Bag

Lately, I’ve been making tote bags, purses, and even Ipad/Tablet cases; which sometimes requires you to box the corners. A nice even corner makes your bag look great. I know and use two of the methods for boxing corners, but I found a video by Deby Coles from So Sew Easy ( that shows a third method. You may have seen the third method on a market bag or a large beach bag. Anyway check out the video!

3 Ways to Box Corners in a Bag:

1. Cut the cornerboxcorner2a

2. Sew the cornerboxcorner2

3. Sew into seamboxcorner3bc3

Wow! I always wondered how the third method this was done.

I’m sure you all know how to box the corners of your bag, but it’s always good to have a refresher.

Click on the video and check out all 3 methods.

Sewing Strips – Quick Tip

As always, my STITCH this! newsletter had another great tip article. Sewing strips so they don’t bend like an archer’s bow. Well Amy Smart has a tip for that. In fact she has several tips on sewing and working with strips in her book Fabulously Fast Quilts. I’m not endorsing her book nor do I get anything for mentioning it. I just enjoy sharing tips, techniques and shortcuts for quilting. So click the STITCH this! link above and check out the quick tip for straighter strips. Alternating the sewing directions will prevent strips from bending. See sewing direction below.