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I don’t know about you but sometimes I need a fast and easy project to give me a sense of accomplishment and skill. This pet bed from “One Yard Wonders” is the perfect project for it. I mean how hard can any project be that involves six rectangles and some piping?

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I used “Leo” by Alexander Henry.

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I picked this fabric up a couple years ago in a quilt shop not knowing what I would use it for but also knowing I couldn’t leave it behind! I decided to use it for this project to add a little color and whimsy to our living room and because it coordinates with my favorite piece of art that we own.

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It took me about 30-45 minutes to put the whole thing together. I stuffed it with two bags of organic bamboo fiberfill and the stuffing from an old pillow (we are all about reusing things around here) and I think our puppy, Pearl, approves.

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Pearl is about fifteen pounds now and won’t get much bigger, she’s a silver beagle, so this bed will be used for a very long time. If you’ve got a small dog the bed is the canine equivalent of a king sized bed but if you’ve got a medium sized dog it’s more of a canine twin sized bed (it works but there isn’t a lot of room to stretch out). If you’ve got a medium to large breed dog this would work when they are little but you’d have to increase the size if they are going to use it when they grow up.

So far our cats haven’t tried the bed out but they could both comfortably fit on it if the dog would ever move 🙂


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I’m in love with my new pouch and broach set!

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The set is the “wrapping” for my sister in law’s Christmas present. She is a big Vera Bradley fan and while I found those bags too expensive for my Christmas budget I thought these twp prints by Timeless Treasures and Alexander Henry were very evocative of the Yellow Bird print from Vera. I considered using fleece interfacing to add some puff and quilting but I didn’t want to make it a Vera Bradley copycat. I wanted to make something useful that I know she would love and using her favorite purse as inspiration seemed like a smart move.

After making the pouch I thought it needed some adornment, the broach serves this purpose beautifully and was a breeze to make. And she can take it off and put pin it on a sweater or jacket.

My goal is to turn this into a free tutorial but it needs a little tweaking first to perfect it.

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Sunday Stash- Cross Quilt, originally uploaded by Make it Modern.

These are the fabrics for my nephew Edward’s quilt. I’m going to make a crass quilt like this. I started with the Groovy Guitars by Michael Miller and a couple of solids from my stash- Carolina Chambray in Pacific, Kona Cotton in Fern and Clover and some random brown of unknown origins 🙂 I added to that Kona Cotton Jade, Azure, Chartreuse, and Zucchini as well as Michael Miller Ring Dot for the binding and Alexander Henry 2-D Zoo for the back. The idea is that most of the quilt front will be the solids with the occasional guitar cross to add interest. I think it’s going to look pretty cool but for now the fabrics are getting shelved while I try to get through a couple other projects on my worktable.

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“One Yard Wonders” was a must have on my Christmas list this year and thankfully Santa was kind enought to oblige me. Of course the danger in getting any crafting book is that after the first perusal it will sit gathering dust on the bookshelf.

To prevent this I’ve decided to make at least five projects from this book in the next six months. It may not seem like a lot when you consider that there are 101 projects in the book but well here’s the deal. Like any other crafting/sewing book 1/3-2/3 of the projects are repeats of projects you can find in any other crafting/sewing book or find free instructions for online. There are slight variations of course but at some point an apron is an apron and a bag for laundry is just a laundry bag. When you buy a book like this you have to go into it realizing that and either the author’s style/concept or a few more original projects make the book worthwhile. For me it was the concept, I buy a lot of fabric that doesn’t match any other fabric I have because I’ve “fallen in love” with it. My default purchase is one yard because anything less seams like it won’t go very far.

My first project is the laptop sleeve. I’m traveling to Switzerland and Germany for work in a couple weeks and I want to protect my laptop for the journey.

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I wanted something somewhat professional since this is a work trip so I used this bold black and white home decorate weight fabric from Alexander Henry. I don’t usually waste good fabric for the lining of a project and this was no exception, instead I used a purple/berry kona cotton. It’s jewel tone a nice counter point to the black and white print.

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As I mentioned the concept of the book is a collection of projects using one yard of fabric but this project only took about 1/2 yard depending on the size of your laptop. I skipped the applique piece, which is what makes their laptop sleeve different but I didn’t really want a wiener dog decorating my work laptop sleeve.

The instructions in the pattern are concise and for the most part easy to follow. I got a bit tripped up trying to figure out if I was putting the right or wrong sides together but it’s easy enough to figure out.

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This project was the first time I’ve ever dropped my feed dogs. I know it’s not a big deal to some people but for me it was a bit scary. I’ve always kept my feed dogs firmly in place and stuck to straight line quilting. My stitches are far from perfect but I can see improvement even over the course of this small project. Honestly, you can’t even see the quilting on the outside so it doesn’t really matter.

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The only tricky part of this project for me was the double fold bias tape.

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I don’t use it that often and the instructions in the book are sadly lacking. Most of these books have a small section at the front going into more detail about the specifc techniques used in the projects. I realize space is a premium and they can’t explain everything in detail in any book but I still think they could have done a better job. At a loss for guidance from the book I went to the internet and my favorite double fold bias tape tutorial from the Angry Chicken.

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That accomplished my laptop sleeve was done!

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The whole project only took a couple hours and I’m quite happy with my new laptop sleeve. It fits my computer nice and snuggly and will certainly protect it from getting banged around during my world travels. Next up I’m going to make a small drawstring pouch for the cord so it doesn’t get lost or tangled in my bag.

Don’t have the book but want to make a laptop sleeve? You can find free instructions from Sew, Mama, Sew here.

Want one but don’t want to make it yourself? You can buy one here.

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You can see a part of my next tutorial on the table but most of it is covered with the pieces for Butterick 5319.

My Next Summer Dress

I’m making the short sleeve version using a navy blue linen as the main color and the Alexander Henry print for the sash. I need to get working on this so I can wear it to my family reunion on the 1st of August.

Its hard to motivate myself to leave the couch when this one is feeling cuddly but I should have a new tutorial for you all tomorrow!

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What’s on your work table right now? Leave a link so everyone can check it out!

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I didn’t get a chance to work on my pincushions today because I got sidetracked fabric shopping. I travel a lot for work and when I do I try to make time to visit local quilt shops because you never know what you will find.

Today I scored Lush, Heather Ross, and American Jane Wee Play for around $9 a yard each. I bought 10 1/2 yards and had to stop myself. I almost bought the entire bolts of the Sky Painter’s Palette and Deer but I forced myself to behave.

They had some other hard to find fabrics and a lot of current prints that I love. It’s a good thing this store isn’t right down the street!

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Sunday Stash- In Crowd, originally uploaded by Indie House.

Let me tell you how lucky I am. I started collecting fabric in the past couple months and by then this fabric was already impossible to find. So although I loved it I gave up on the idea of ever getting any. Imagine my suprise when Alison contacted me to see if I would swap some of my birds for some Alexander Henry In Crowd. It took me about two seconds to say yes.

I had to wait a little bit longer for the fabric to make its way from London but it was well worth it. Now of course the question is what to do with it. I have a 1/2 yard so I could probably eek out a small purse or wrislet. What do you think?

Speaking of what to do with a certain amount of fabric have you heard of One Yard Wonders? It’s coming out in October and will have 101 projects for use with a single yard of fabric. Made by Rae has a pattern in it that I can’t wait to try.

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