Archive for January, 2014

January 29th, 2014

Sew Together Bag

by Julie Hirt

I’m going to start this off by saying I LOVE this bag!  It ranks up there with my Triple Zip and Weekender in the ‘bag love’ department.

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It’s called the Sew Together Bag and you can purchase the pattern via SewDemented on Craftsy.

Personally, I think it should be renamed the Hold all the Things Bag.  I mean, take a look at the guts of this thing:

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Heaven! I love pouches, zippers, scrapping together fabrics… everything about this bag is so fun.

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The weight of it is nice, it’s pretty substantial with fusible fleece interfacing.

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I’m going to use mine to store crochet hooks and tatting needles.  Over 30 hooks, a couple pairs of scissors, tubes of needles and still room for more.

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Even after you zip the pouches there is plenty of space to store goodies.

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My overall take on the Sew Together Bag pattern:  Get it, make it, love it. Make more.

When I first saw the price I was a little on the fence, but it’s totally worth it.  There are a couple of tricky spots, but I asked for help on Instagram and instantly had a few replies, even by SewDemented herself.  woot!

This is also my very first selvedge (salvage?) project.  Now I’m really happy I started saving them because it’s so fun to play with those little ends.


January 26th, 2014

First post of the year? Shameful!

by Julie Hirt

Sometimes life happens and I can’t get to sewing and blogging as much as I’d like.   As of late, I’ve been on a roll!  Blocks for two different quilt bees are finished.  Yippee!


I finished up my Fussy Cut Swap blocks and they aren’t even due until mid February!  (Maybe this will make up for the Scrappy Trip blocks below.)

This fun swap is hosted by Amanda at What the Bobbin. The square in a square paper piecing pattern has taken off in quiltyland under the name ‘Economy Block’.


The template Amanda made for us creates 4″ finished blocks.


Hello Tokyo fabrics star as the fussy centers.  This line is so cute I can’t stand it!

Finally, I’ve finished up my Scrappy Trip Bee blocks… which were supposed to be mailed 2 weeks ago. Gack!


Colors requested: Nothing!  She wanted to see what would come her way, so I made something I would enjoy.


Colors requested:  Oranges, navy, turquoise/aqua.


Colors requested:  Solids!


Colors requested: Brights, all colors of the rainbow.


Colors requested: Prints with a white background for outer squares and happy bright colored print for the center.

This about sums up what I’ve been up to.   I’ve decided to scale back the size of the Stars quilt for my nephew.  Thirty blocks would be entirely too big for him.  Plus, it’s daunting.

Happy Stitching!



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