Hesketh House Collection Tour

January 8, 2019


Hi friends, I am so excited to take part in the Hesketh House Tour for Liberty of London and Riley Blake Designs! Hesketh House is the upcoming Liberty Quilting Cotton that is being distributed by Riley Blake Designs here in the US. This means more availability for shops and quilters this side of the pond with the same high quality we have come to expect not only from Liberty fabrics but Riley Blake as well.


I am a lover of Liberty fabrics and have been sewing and quilting with their classic Tana Lawns for almost as long as I’ve been sewing. Something about the timeless prints and selection of colors gets me every time, I *might* have even named my dog after the iconic brand! Needless to say, when I found out that one of my other favorite fabric brands Riley Blake would be distributing Liberty Quilting fabrics I got really excited. Trying to pick several fabrics from the Hesketh House Collection proved to be too difficult for me and in the end I simply asked them to choose for me.


My heart skipped a beat at the beautiful green- blues in this colorway and you can bet I’ll be using that Liberty selvage for something special.


What a treat to see one of my favorite prints, Wiltshire in this lovely tone on tone teal as well as the inspiration for the collection; Hesketh House in a soft sea green version. The fabrics are absolutely  buttery smooth, making them perfect for quilting.


For my project I went with a runner or table topper but discovered it also makes a really great wall hanging! I made a repeat of four 12 inch quilt blocks from the book Quilt As You Go Made Vintage (which also happens to feature a quilt I made!). I love the design it creates and how it shows off the contrast between the darker and lighter prints.


I was just shy of fabric for my binding so I added a scrap of a second print and I love how it adds to the character of the project, those little accidents always turn out to be my favorite bits.


I found some perfect green thread and floss from Aurifil to coordinate and just started stitching. It always amazes me what a bit of hand stitching can do for a quilting project! Now not only is the fabric buttery soft but the stitching is as well.


I wanted to portray just how soft this Quilting Cotton is, but a picture can only do so much. You’ll just have to trust me on this one and wait until April when they will be available in shops!


I’ve paired my Liberty prints with a soft neutral solid from Riley Blake and I think they work really well together. This runner will either go on top of my piano or back up on the wall near my sewing room where the colors play so nicely with my green dining chairs.


Be sure to follow along for the rest of the Hesketh House Collection Tour and check with your favorite shops in April to get your hands on this dreamy Liberty Quilting Cotton fabric.


Sonata Showcase

January 2, 2019


Happy New Year and welcome to my stop on the Sonata Showcase! As you may know, I am a big fan of everything Amy Sinibaldi, from her gorgeous fabrics to her sweet patterns, she is always inspiring! But even more than her sweetly stitched projects, she is a dear friend, encouraging and supportive through and through! She gave me my first blog tour invite for her Paperie tour a few years ago, I made a sweet simple pillow and some hearts, I had fun thinking about those projects as I tackled my Sonata quilt.


I know I say this with each of Amy’s collections but this one truly is my favorite, so much so that I kept these hung up in my living room for a few days just so I could look at them! Something that stands out to me with this line; look at all that glorious low volume fabric! So much to work with! Also, those deeply saturated blues have my heart, and I’m not always a blue person.


I had been wanting to try my hand at a flying geese quilt and I thought Sonata would go perfectly. I used the four at a time method from the book Modern Quilts by Emily Dennis and just started cutting. By the time I was done I had used up almost every scrap of my Sonata bundle which makes me sad and happy all at the same time, after all, fabric is meant to be used!

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My flying geese are mostly pointing down, with a few random blocks pointing up to give a bit of contrast with a diamond shape. I went with straight vertical quilting lines in Aurifil soft white to keep the focus on the fabrics and I really love how it all turned out.


I tried to make this quilt as big as I could, once I had the bold flying geese all pieced together I used the more subtle pink prints for boarder geese pointing in to frame it out nicely. I think this might be my favorite part of the quilt, those really soft prints. This was made with a fat quarter bundle and just look at all the low volume I had to work with!


I used two prints from Amy’s Dollhouse collection for binding and I love how well they play together! Actually, all of her lines go together beautifully, which I think gives credit to how well thought out each print is.


For backing I used this boarder print from Paperie, it took a little trick but I managed to have the salvage show on this corner edge. I wouldn’t usually do this, but since this quilt is just for me I did, and it makes me happy! It’s the little things, right?


I just have to say that between the four at a time method in Emily’s book and the 1/4 sewing foot on my Janome machine most of my points came out beautifully. That’s not to brag, just wanted to give proper credit, and also if you look closely you can find points cut off here and there, I try not to worry about those and remember the whole thing will be a beautiful crinkled mess soon enough. It’s quite gloomy here in the Midwest but even so, I think Amy’s fabrics just glow!


One last thing, if you have never worked with Art Gallery Fabrics you really have to feel them! Crisp yet soft which makes them beautiful to work with for any project.

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to poke around and come back again soon for more sewing inspiration and fun!



Janome Free Tutorials

December 13, 2018

I wanted to let you know about my two newest projects for Janome and give you an easy link over to them, you can also search Janome’s blog for projects by maker (Faith Essenburg). Here they are, just in time for Holiday gifts and beginning of the year organization! I hope you will enjoy these free tutorials! If you make them be sure to share on social media with #Janome and #faithessenburg so we can see them.

First up we have the adorable

Gingerbread House and Christmas Tree Potholders




And the classy

Travel Correspondence Folder




Happy Sewing!

Zakka Home Book Tour

November 8, 2018
Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book Tour! I am sure you have already seen so many beautiful makes along the way so far. Sedef’s second book is a beauty, full of sweet patterns and new designs to brighten any home.
With 19 projects to choose from, the Scallop Trivet seemed like a good place to start. I pulled some striking Liberty fabrics from Ava And Neve and added a pale gray floss stitching from Aurifil. The backing is a classic navy stripe ticking fabric which I think always pairs nicely with Liberty fabrics.
This trivet came together in no time and was the perfect Saturday sewing project I had been hoping for.
This pattern will be a fun one to make again and again. I saw this Christmas one and it is just the cutest!
All set with my afternoon coffee and ready for some hand stitching and Zakka Home book browsing.
For all the Zakka Home inspiration make sure to follow along for the whole tour and thank you for stopping by.
22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane (ROUND UP)

The Hand Picked Blog Tour

November 5, 2018


When Riley Blake asks if you want to be a part of one of their blog tours, for me the answer is always yes! Especially when it’s a bright and beautiful bundle like the gorgeous Hand Picked Collection by Tammie Green. The colors are so warm and fun, they remind me of summer.


I drew up a simple churn dash mini quilt that would show off each one of the prints in this collection. Such a fun and easy block to make measuring six inches each. It was a bit simple and smaller than I had wanted, so at the last minute I pulled a couple of my favorite prints and decided to add a churn dash boarder which I think framed it nicely and gave just the right pop of color I had been wanting.


I used the main red print that has beautiful big bouquets on it for the binding. I think I’m a bit picky when it comes to red fabrics but this color is right on, nice and bright. To add to the low volume of the mini quilt, I went with some of my favorite Riley Blake Swiss Dot fabrics in red and aqua. These tiny dots are really a great addition to any project.


In keeping with the vintage feel of the churn dash block, I added simple machine cross hatch quilting in Aurifil 50 weight #2311 which is just a bit off white and keeps the focus on the fabrics. This mini measures 26×26 inches. I am still debating weather to keep it right here in the corner of my dining room or to gift it to a friend, gifting handmade things is just the best, but it looks pretty at home right here too.


I just love that top little floral motif in aqua, don’t you? To see more of the Hand Picked Collection check out  Cassie Massolia on November 12th and Anjeanette Klinder November 19 and thank you for stopping by.

Sunny Stocking Sew Along

October 23, 2018


The Sunny Stocking Sew Along is well under way this year and I am excited to share my fun yo-yo edition! You can’t go wrong with this fabulous stocking pattern from Sunny Day Supply, I have seen so many beautiful ones under the #sunnystockingsal on Instagram, each one is sweeter than the last and no two are exactly alike!


I pulled from my favorite pink and green fabrics, some Christmas but most not and set to work with handy yo-yo makers from Clover in the small and large sizes. They are so quick and fun to make that I soon had enough to cover the front of a stocking. I made a plain white stocking and hand quilted both sides using 28 weight Aurifil thread to give my stocking a vintage look. The yo-yo’s applique nicely with 80 weight Aurifil (doubled up for durability).


Yo-yo’s are the perfect addition to any project and really give that vintage look I was going for. I used every fabric from lawn to linen and they each sewed up beautifully. I think sitting watching a good Christmas movie while making yo-yo’s sounds like the perfect night to me!


Since the newest edition to our family is our Husky; Liberty, I decided to make this stocking for her. Instead of stitching her name onto the stocking I decided to make a little dog bone tag with her name (smaller and perhaps cuter).


Not only is it a cute addition to a Sunny Day Stocking but they also make great Christmas ornaments or gift toppers for your dog loving friends. To make your own Dog Bone Tag, you will need to print out this simple little template, grab three favorite fabrics (2 1/2 by 4 inches), a felt piece the same size and Wonder Fuse to back each fabric with.


Print Bone template and cut out around black outline, fuse web to back side of each fabric, trace bone shape to back of your base fabric and cut out (the pink and red fabric is my base fabric on this one), next trim the bone print out template just inside the black outline to make your smaller (top fabric) template. Trace smaller bone to back of your top fabric, make a “sandwich” as shown here and fuse all the layers together with hot iron. Trim excess fabric using the front side as your guide.


Add string and small bells or grommets and embroidery. Just a little something fun to add to a gift or your Sunny Day Stocking.


I don’t always embellish the backs of my projects but I couldn’t let these cute extra yo-yo’s go to waste, we certainly have the fanciest pup on the block now! Also, white on white quilting just has such a classic clean look to it, LOVE!


There is still plenty of time to whip up a Sunny Day Stocking with this free pattern and Mary has so many tips and options for making it your own. Did I mention there are also prizes? I might try to make a couple more of these next month for the new babies in my extended family too, they are such a fun weekend project to sew up.


Thank you for stopping by! Make sure to follow Sunny Day Supply for ALL the best projects, sweetest fabrics and brilliant sewing tips!

Modern Quilts Block By Block Hop

October 17, 2018


It’s here, it’s here! When I found out that Emily Dennis had a book coming out, I had high expectations for it being really good. Emily has a great eye for design, color combos, and simplicity. Not only is her book full of amazing, all new quilt designs, but it also has helpful diagrams for cutting based on your fabric size, and step by step picture instructions for making classics like flying geese and hourglass blocks. My favorite books are the ones I not only turn to for inspiration, but also for helpful tips and instructions, and this book is exactly that!


Like a lot of you, I am a visual learner, and am forever needing a refresher on the basics like making half square triangles four at a time (don’t tell me you haven’t cut those blocks wrong once or twice too!), the diagrams in here are worth their weight in gold and for that reason alone, I HIGHLY recommend this book.


Another thing that really stood out to me in this book is the color pallet, but it’s really more than that, it’s a seamless look the whole way through from cover to cover, without a doubt you can look at the beautiful pictures and know right away that it’s Emily’s work. As someone who is still finding my own creative “voice”, this is something I aspire to do in my own work.


Emily asked me to make one block and choosing was really hard, there is a gorgeous sampler quilt at the end of the book if you can’t pick just one block! I went with this 12 inch Hourglass block using some favorite fabrics. My friend Jenni and I just started a friendship quilt where we each make the other person one block a month for a year, at the end we will both have a custom made quilt top ready to quilt and cherish from the other. Our only “rules” are to have fun and don’t stress which has made this the most fun sewing I’ve done in a long time. I especially love choosing from my hoarded fabrics, you know the ones we save for something really special, and since we have similar taste it’s made it all the more easy, just make what we love! Although I did warn her that I’m afraid each block will have some sort of green in it (I just can’t help myself!). The blocks in this book are a variety of sizes (including a rectangle one!) and I look forward to making a few more for this friendship quilt. For now, I’m keeping Modern Quilts Block By Block on hand for inspiration and reference.


Be sure to follow along with the rest of the book hop on Instagram for more inspiration and order your own copy from Amazon!

Pretty Little Projects

August 28, 2018


After two big quilting projects in two months time, I felt the need to do some small sewing. Some ‘just for me’ sewing. I spent an entire day last week pulling fabrics and making pretty little combos for patchwork coasters.


This set was made with a recent Liberty Society bundle from Ava and Neve and added to with a beautiful scrap pack that I got in July. The blues, grays, purples and bit of green are so soothing to look at.


Since this was “just for fun” sewing, I decided to pull all my Betsy and Capel Liberty prints to make a set of coasters out of them. It made for two warm and two cool, a fun coaster set.


Each one is soft and has just the right amount of puff to them. I wonder, is it just us quilters who enjoy the look of patchwork or does it bring comfort and a feeling of nostalgia to others as well.


I added bits of trim to each set for an added touch of sweetness. This one has a beautiful vintage golden yellow crochet to it.


Backed with ticking stripe fabric for the perfect touch of classic.


This set in green, pinks and yellows has found their place around our home. There is something so good about just sewing for fun, a small project that can be done in a day, using pretty colors and tiny trim and bits of charm. Reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things.


I have two sets that will be available in my Etsy Shop shortly and are looking to brighten up someones home. For now, I think I will do one more small sewing project before I start on my next big quilt.

Calico Crow Tour

August 6, 2018


As Summer begins to wind down and we start to think of school supply lists, lunchbox prepping and cooler days ahead, us quilters and sewers also start planning our Fall makes. Lauren Nash AKA Transientart has just come out with the perfect Fall fabric for Penny Rose Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs! I knew right away that I wanted to make a more traditional quilt with these fabrics, to go with our new to us old home.


Lauren is such a fabulous artist and her talent shows through in each fabric line. Many of these prints are perfect for year round making, not only Fall specific items.


I chose three block designs from Quilt As You Go Made Vintage ( a book that I was honored to make a quilt for) and sketched up a layout in my graph book with a medallion feel to it. I went with traditional machine quilting and a simple outline in a variety of thread weights and colors.


This quilt measures 60×60 inches and took one adult and three children to hold it up for me, plenty of room to snuggle under on those cool Fall nights.


No filter needed on that hot sunny day and these colors are perfect in my opinion, not too drab with a touch of sunny yellow and variety of orange tones. Lucky me, our little town if full of corn fields, perfect for photo ops! I am just loving those tiny black Crows peppered all over this quilt!

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I especially love how these sunflower blocks turned out and those little bits of green make me happy.

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The four center star blocks were quilted with an orange wool Aurifil thread, just for fun. You can see the low volume prints are so versatile here but I think could also be used as a focal print in a project as well. The pond scene is one of my favorites, like telling a story of the little crow families.


My boys were looking this quilt over and having a bit of “eye spy” fun with it, finding houses, pumpkins, squirrels (or Squirrly as they have lovingly named every squirrel they see), farm stands and tiny birds talking back and forth.


I used the recipe prints to make a scrappy binding and a soft old sheet for the backing. I might not be ready for school to start (I never am!) but at least now we are ready for after school snuggles under our Fall quilt, perhaps with a slice or two of pumpkin bread as well.


I always look forward to seeing what Lauren creates and over the past couple of years I find myself more and more in love with each Penny Rose line that comes out, “simply sweet” comes to my mind.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your Fall (AND Fall sewing!).




Mandolin BOM Club

March 5, 2018


I’ve had the honor of joining Jodi from Tales Of Cloth and Martina from Ava and Neve for this years Mandolin Block of the Month Club. When they first asked me if I would like to play along I was a bit hesitant. For one, I had never done a year long project (at least not one that I finished!) and two, we are moving this Spring/Summer and life has been very busy to say the least. I had some encouragement from dear friends and I am so glad to be making these blocks! It’s the perfect hand sewing project to take with while our house is being shown and most nights it’s really all I have energy left to create at the end of a long day. The blocks are BIG (I think about 12 inches across) and all the pieces were a little overwhelming at first, but they do come together quicker than I thought and it really is so fun working with these GORGEOUS fabrics!


Since we are trying to keep our house spotless, I’ve been keeping all my EPP pieces rather organized and I thought you might like to see what I use and how I keep them (since I myself love seeing this type of thing from others!). I tried using Elmer’s glue stick to glue baste my shapes but found it much too sticky, especially working with such fine Liberty Lawn fabrics. Clover has been just the right amount of stick for my liking, however my biggest papers have been coming out from all the folding and handling, so I added a bit of Elmer’s on those pieces only after they were sewn in. The Richard Hemming and Son milliners needles are from Sunny Day Supply and have been great! Just the right ballance of thin and sharp. A trusty Needle Minder from my friend Cheri, AKA Tinkerellen. Aurifil 80 weight which I double up for extra strength. I tried a 50 weight but it wasn’t a good fit with the Liberty fabrics. And of course a scissors all packed in one of my favorite zipper bags from Lisa Ann.


When my first three months of Liberty fabrics came I sorted them into groups of five, cut them up into their shapes and put them in zip lock bags for safe keeping. Now whenever I’m ready to start a new block, I just grab a bag and start. I suppose I could also glue baste them all, but I prefer a little change of pace as I work on projects.


Jodi makes these really great templates which made cutting fabrics SO easy. Such a great tool to have on hand for future projects as well.


Each months papers come with shapes for two Mandolin blocks and one joining block. This Cotton & Steel fabric was such a good choice to pair with the classic Liberty fabrics that are bright and bold, thank you Jodi! I’m still debating whether or not to make the center of the joining blocks a Liberty print as I’ve seen some others do. Also make sure to check out the #mandolinquilt hashtag for loads of inspiration!


Well I think that’s all for now, it’s been a while since I had the time and brain power to blog (not to mention take proper pictures!). I do manage to post on Instagram though so make sure to follow along over there. It’s also not to late to join in and start your own Mandolin quilt! I’ve included links that are highlighted to make it easy for you to find any products or further information (I do this because I personally don’t like hunting for something I find on a blog, it’s just helpful).

Now back to my Mandolin block which is coming along nicely =)