Michelle Patterns Idea Pouch

Bending Pins: Idea PouchThis past weekend, on a whim, I decided to purchase and make Michelle Patterns’ Idea Pouch, a new pattern which is well padded to hold an iPad or notebook if, you’re old school. Rummaging through my fabric drawers I stumbled upon Crafty Chloe by Heather Ross which I purchased last summer and thought it would be perfect for a creative young girl with big dreams. And I couldn’t possibly let this project escape a little Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry.

Michelle Patterns are extremely well written and illustrated with full colour photos, this was no exception. After preparing the fabric and cutting out the pieces, this pouch was quick and easy to whip together. When I’m working with fleece in a pattern like this, I always cut it 1/2″ smaller than the pattern so that the seams are easier to sew and mostly bulk free. If some of the fleece gets caught in the seam I’ll trim it as closely to the seam as possible without snipping stitches.

If you’d like to make an Idea Pouch for yourself, you can purchase the pattern from Michelle Patterns.

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Idea Pouch Open   Idea Pouch Open   

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Denim & Ruby

What looks great with a pair of blue jeans?  Ruby by Bonnie and Camille!

Last weekend I took advantage of Keyka Lou’s anniversary sale (now known as Michelle Patterns). I waffled around wondering what fabrics I wanted to use for this pattern. I hadn’t intended on using denim but I found a pair of jeans my husband no longer wore and decided to cut them up.

I didn’t want  to make the bag entirely out of denim and this print from Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby line looks so sweet with it, a great contrast of masculine and feminine. I happened to have some yellow top stitching thread which came in handy for this project.

I was going to use denim for the strap but the way I cut the jeans ruined that idea so I decided to make one out of fabric. I put a piece of batting inside and top stitched 4 times.

This bag is generous enough to hold an iPad or book without being oversized, I also love the little side pockets, cute and functional.

New Ikea Duvet Cover

DH picked out this fresh, spring floral duvet cover which came with matching pillow cases, we selected two more in navy blue. While we were there, I grabbed two feather accent cushions with the intension of making covers for them. When we got home, I went through my stash looking for fabric to match, here’s what I came up with (click on photos for larger view):

Flea Market Fancy   Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung      Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung   Flea Market Fancy

I think all these fabrics go well with the Ikea print but for me, the two fabrics that really stand out in the crowd are #1 and #2 although the blue floral print, #3, really echos the blue flowers in the print. Now I have to find a pattern or make something up. 😀

In just 27 days we’ll be on a flight to Germany. We’ll be spending a week in Bremen with my Mother-in-Law then flying to Munich and driving into the alps to Austria and perhaps Switzerland. While there, I’ll be blogging with my iPad and bringing you along. This vacation can’t come soon enough!

Happy Saturday!!

Bear Paw.v2

Let’s try this again. Being the eager person that I am, I missed the part where it says “correction” in the instructions. You’re supposed to cut the little squares for the half square triangle 1 & 7/8″, not 2″ and trust me when I tell you that this makes a huge difference! I tried shaving the little HSTs down to size but it just didn’t work so I scrapped the whole block and busied myself with easy and cute little Granny Square blocks.

So here I am again attempting the Bear Paw. Wish me luck, I’ll see you tomorrow with the results. This is part of Why Not Sew’s Hand Pieced Quilt Along.

W.I.P. Wednesday #3:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWorks in Progress:


  1. Japanese Linen iPad cover
  2. Flea Market Fancy skirt

New Projects: None?.. Yet.

Featured on Craftsy!

My Japanese linen iPad case was featured in Craftsy’s newsletter today!!


It’s listed under New Project Spotlight, I’m so excited! I suppose I should write a tutorial for it now.

In the mean time, I’m working on gorgeous Granny Squares using Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, I love how these are turning out and I’m thinking of incorporating them into a skirt. I have a super easy pattern that is quick to sew up, the pattern includes instructions for pants, a maxi skirt, shorts and knee length skirt all with draw string waists. What’s better than that? I’ve made them with “formal” fabric for the office as well, this pattern is so versatile it’s become my tried and true.

I completely screwed up yesterday and missed my hair appointment so have rescheduled for next week. Our Himalayan, however, had his biannual shave down and is once again a free roaming lion.

Hope your weekend has been productive and enjoyable!

Jacob’s Ladder

Although there are twenty tiny 1 & 1/2 inch squares in this block, I enjoyed stitching it together and am really pleased with the way it turned out. I like the contrast between fabrics and colours.

The Ohio Star is next on the list which I’ll work on this evening but for now, I’m going to start on an iPad cover for myself and Mother-in-Law using this tutorial from the Polka Dot Chair and was thinking of mixing a little Flea Market Fancy with Hideaway.

Have a great Saturday!



Week End


Yesterday I was going to write a post entitled something like “Quilting Fail” but it really wasn’t a fail, I was just running out of steam.

I put together the quilt back for my Backyard Jellybean quilt and started quilting it. I have to admit, I love piecing and quilting small, manageable items but I’m not so big on quilting anything larger. Having to wrestle the quilt back and forth through the throat of the machine really doesn’t put a song in my heart.

I also sewed together a bunch of little triangle scraps from my Backyard Baby fabric and made a mug rug to practice free motion quilting on and broke a needle on one of the very bulky seams. I have to work on making my seams more managable, especially with traingles, you know how fat and ungainly those can get!!

Lastly, I worked on my Covert Robin gift. I tried the velvet and raw silk idea but it really wasn’t turning my crank (or DH’s for that matter) so I scrapped that project and moved on  with some Patricia Bravo fabric, photos to come…

I ordered labels from Lilla Lotta on Etsy, I discovered her through Red Pepper Quilts, will show and tell once they arrive.

Hello Spring!