Basic Wallet Patterns

This weekend the Basic Wallet pattern is saying goodbye and heading off into pattern retirement.  So this will be the last chance to order this pattern.  To make the final farewell extra special, an additional set of pieces to make a “Long Wallet” version of this pouch will be delivered with the pattern.
The Long Wallet is great for a phone, small set of keys, cards, and few other trinkets.  It is also perfect for a checkbook, pen, and stamps.  If you still need to use a few paper checks each month, the long wallet is a sweet place to store them.

The Basic Wallet pattern was really a first in a few different ways.  It was the first time these things showed up:

  • strategic cutting to ease bulk in the corners
  • a tip for sewing corners
  • a simple trick to keep pockets from gaping open
  • seam grading

The pattern and extra pieces have been combined into in a zip file that can be ordered here. If you already have this pattern, go to this blog post to find the extra pattern pieces.

I am alive, thank you so much for asking!! Admittedly I’ve lost my sewing mojo but have managed to finish my tutorial which will be released next week and I did finish my Simply Solids BOM, YAY! May’s block was selected by Shena of Apple Pie Patchwork and she has an interesting, fun way of making flying geese.

Alberta Triangle

Alberta Triangle

I won’t lie, I got the measurements screwed up TWICE and it wasn’t until Shena pointed it out that I finally got it! After I finished the block, I thought it looked a lot like the old CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) logo and others agreed. 😀











Simply Solids Bee: April

April’s bee block was chosen by Lisa in Port Hope, she designed an original paper pieced block called “Modern Butterfly”. Lisa’s original block was created in pastels but since we’re scrap busting, I decided to use brights, butterflies have bright colours to warn predators that they’re poisonous. To offset the bright colours, I used my go-to grey, Kona Coal.

SSB Butterfly

I hope Lisa likes it.

A few weeks ago I asked Pam from Mad About Patchwork about Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons from Westminster, I haven’t seen shot cottons in person and was wondering what all the fuss was about. Today I received three lovely, generous sized samples, Pam sure knows what colours I love!

Kaffe Fassett Shot CottonsIn the photo above, specifically the Prune, you can really see the two different colours used the weft and warp of the weave. The fabric itself has a very soft hand, I’d love to make a shirt for my husband out of this, it is gorgeous! The hamsters are working hard to create a special project  Thanks Pam, I love them and will be looking to you for colour recommendations.

Since American postal costs have skyrocketed to $20.00 for a small package to Canada (!!!) buying from Canadian retailers where postage is under $6.00 just makes sense, even if the cost of yardage is a little more! Have your online shopping habits changed since the outrageous American postage rate hikes?


Open Wide Zippy Pouch

Bending Pins

This is my first attempt at Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippy Pouch, I really like it and learned a few new tricks in the process. I quilted the exterior fabric prior to construction.

Bending Pins

Bending Pins

I also worked on M-R‘s block for our Simply Solids: a modern {bee}, she wanted a Trip Around the World block and supplied us with the dark grey and deep purple fabrics, we filled in the rest.

Trip Around the World

I need to continue working on my quilted basket tutorial!!  Have a great weekend everyone!


“How Many Squares?” puzzle bee block

How Many Squares PuzzleThis year I joined my very first quilting bee, my block doesn’t come up till NOVEMBER but I wanted to be prepared and organized. Writing a tutorial or pattern takes a lot of time and thought!  My tutorial for this block and be found under my “Tutorials” tab at the top of my blog, if you try it, let me know and be sure to send me pictures! My quilt won’t be completed till the end of 2013, after I receive the blocks from my bee mates.

Here’s an image of what it might look like as a quilt block.

Completed Block


I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!


Simply Solids: A Modern (Bee)

Calling all Canadians, there is a new bee in town and we need more members. It’s a 12 month commitment starting February 1st, 2013, are you up for it?

This is actually a worldwide bee but each region has a group of 12, currently, Canada only has 5 members. Shipping would be within Canada only (unless there aren’t enough members) and you can either send out fabric to your members or stash bust so no one has to go shopping.

For more details, visit Sew at Home Mummy.

Will you join me?