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Liberty Flower Show

January 20, 2020


Liberty’s newest quilting cotton; Spring Flower Show feels so happy with soft colors and tiny flower prints, perfect for Spring that can’t get here soon enough.


I chose one of my favorite patterns from Amy Sinibaldi’s book Sweetly Stitched Handmades, instead of making one Starburst Dresden for a pillow I went all out and made nine for a whole quilt.


The centers of each starburst are made using various low volume fabrics I had in my stash that include Blossom fabrics and other Riley Blake staples.


Somehow this quilt seems to have an instant heirloom quality to it, I’m not sure if it’s the dresden shapes or the soft tone of the background or the fact that it’s already a bit crinkly to start with but I’m happy with the look and feel.


Iv’e added a few Wiltshire Shadow fabrics into the mix here, this is a line of fabrics that were made to coordinate with all the Liberty quilting cotton lines and they really do add to the collection nicely. Plus who doesn’t love the classic Wiltshire print!


Each block measures just under 20 inches and this quilt finishes at 58 inch square with a nice heavy feel from the weight of the dresdens, perfect for snuggling under.


Beautiful colors and classic florals make for a dreamy fabric collection, I especially love the green tones in here.


I had to laugh this morning when I came downstairs to see my freshly finished quilt had already been put to use by one of my boys. Quilts are made to be used and loved, over and over again.


Sew Cute Quilts and Gifts Book Tour

January 10, 2020


Hi! Welcome to my stop on the Sew Cute Quilts and Gifts Book Tour, I am excited to share what I’ve made from this beautiful new book from Atsuko Matsuyama and Zakka Workshop. If you are not familiar with Atsuko’s work, she is a fabulous fabric designer from Japan and has several books available in both English and Japanese.


This book has many sweet projects that include machine and hand sewing and range in size from small pouches that can be finished in an afternoon to a beautiful hand sewn quilt that is truly a masterpiece.


I decided to go with this Flat Zipper Pouch and used these cute fussy cut fabrics instead of the floral applique that the original pouch shows. It was a great way to showcase some favorite fabrics and also save on time.


My favorite part is the zipper and binding which were surprisingly fun to work on!


A little cherry print lining to add with the cherry theme on the outside. It was surprising how much fruit fabric I’ve collected over the years. The assembly was really fun and the directions in the book were clear and well laid out with plenty of illustrations for visual learners like myself.


Hand quilting added to the front and back in a soft mint 40 weight thread that is a little thicker than basic 50 weight thread, Aurifil 2800.


All of my fabrics used are from Sunny Day Supply and have been collected over the past couple years, most of these are still available in their shop I believe, along with SO many other beautiful fabrics. These are all Yuwa and I absolutely love the feel of this brand for small projects as well as quilting, you can see and feel the quality. Sunny Day Supply is also hosting a wonderful fabric giveaway for two which you can find HERE on Instagram and each of the makers this week have a book to giveaway as well from Zakka Workshop, so be sure to check them out for more chances to win!


I will be holding my book giveaway over on Instagram, so check that out as well! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to try a bit of your own creativity.


Rainy Day Sewing and a Giveaway

September 6, 2019


Today I have the honor of kicking off the Rainy Day Sewing Tour for my friend Amy and Kristyne’s book! If you’ve been following along here for a while you may know that Amy is truly the reason I was inspired to try sewing in the first place. Her’s were the sweetest projects and the first time I actually thought “hmm, maybe I could make that”. A while later Amy put out her first book Sweetly Stitched Handmades, one I ordered just for the pretty pictures and later ended up making every last project in the book during the sew along! A couple years after that I spent a weekend in Vermont with Amy and 20 other girls who are all dear friends now. I knew this second book of Amy’s would be special too and with Kristyne on board it could only get better!


When you can’t decide what you want to make first it’s a good problem to have! I decided on the little doll mattress and quilt, along with the Kitty, you know just for starters! I pulled some of my most hoarded fabrics and set to work. I especially love the visual instructions in this book, something I find helpful for not only beginners but visual learners like myself.


The mattress has instructions for making it any size to fit the bed you have which was helpful since this is a one of a kind doll bed that my grandpa made years ago. The quilt was just right with a few strips left off of the sides. This block is so fun it could also be made up into a full size quilt with repeat blocks!


For such a sweet little project with some of my favorite fabrics I decided to go the extra mile and add hand stitching. I used one of my favorite neutral Aurifil threads in a 28 weight (2311).


It’s all in the tiny details – – – – –


This Kitty was especially fun to make, from choosing her little socks and ear prints to making her dress and stitching her face. This is a great weekend project or Saturday sewing in a time crunch, think birthday gift! I will note that I used a zipper foot to sew her body together which I find helpful for all my small scale sewing.


My boys are asking me to make a boy kitty next and I think it can be done. For now this little girl is hanging out in my sewing room.


The mattress is extra plush, fit for a kitty princess and ready for play!


Just like Amy’s first book, I already have several other projects marked for sewing and I know it’s one I will be turning to over and over again. If you would like a chance to win a copy of your own, head on over to my Instagram page for more details!


This morning when I was looking for this little bed set I found it in my youngest boys room, he had tucked his two favorite bears in before heading off to school and it made my heart full.

Be sure to follow Amy and Kristyne to see the full lineup of makers this month and order your copy of this wonderful book available mid September from Sunny Day Supply and other shops.

The Seedling Quilts Book

August 17, 2019


This beautiful book came a while back and I’ve slowly been enjoying some hand sewing all summer long. Jodi of Tales Of Cloth has beautiful patterns and English Paper Piecing designs in her shop and her book is no different.


The Seedling Quilts book has a gorgeous sampler quilt along with all the individual blocks made up into their own quilts. You can take her designs and EPP a whole quilt or make a smaller project which is what I have done.


I loved the look of this Honeycomb design and was so pleased to find they came together really quickly especially since I decided to make a very long table runner.


I’ve wanted to pair Liberty fabrics with classic ticking for a while now and decided this would be the perfect project to run with and I couldn’t love it more!


I decided for durability and time that I would machine sew the finished Liberty piece onto the runner using a soft white Aurifil thread.


And because I wanted to give the smaller honeycomb papers a try I made place mats as well. Only four so far but I’ve got more on my stand to keep working at the rest. For these I used a natural linen with a ticking back on each mat.


My color pallet here was intentionally random to let the eclectic Liberty prints and colors really shine in all their individual glories. I think it brings a fun feel to our Victorian dining room.


If you’ve never tried English Paper Piecing I highly recommend starting with Jodi’s help either from her book or right from her shop. Her instructions are clear and the templates and papers just work really nicely. Remember my Mandolin quilt I finished this year? That was all her pattern and guidance!


Most of these prints can be found at Ava and Neve or Duckadilly Fabrics. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and leave here feeling inspired to try something creative of your own. To see the rest of the Seedling Quilts projects, follow Jodi on Instagram and stay tuned for a sew along she will be hosting just in time for Fall sewing.

Merry And Bright Collection

August 7, 2019


Hi there! Over here we are busy wrapping up Summer and sadly getting ready for the start of another school year, and while the temps in the Midwest are still sunny warm, my sewing room has been all Christmas!


When I saw this Merry and Bright Collection by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs, I jumped at the chance to play with it. The colors are perfect and the prints have this beautiful vintage look to them.


I wanted to make a simple quilt block that would show off the prints really well, I almost went with a basic large scale patchwork to let the prints really shine but landed on this block called First Place from Emily Dennis‘ book Modern Quilts Block By Block. It ended up being really easy because of the way Emily has her patterns laid out. I just love the look of all these blocks together.

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Ahhhh! Makes my Christmas loving heart happy! I love the mix of greens from dark to light along with the pop of pinks and red. The low volume prints are a must in any winter fabric stash, I’ll be ordering more of those!


I used a soft cream solid from RBD to match the retro feel of the colors. Each block is 15 inches and this generous lap quilt measures 60×75.


The backing is a small red gingham that I just fell in love with and for binding I used several of the green prints. I kept the quilting simple with wavy vertical lines every three inches using a soft cream Aurifil thread (2000).


I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite print from this line, the gifts, the vintage looking ornaments and cars with trees tied on the tops, the adorable deer and the larger scale print with Santas and snowmen, all so perfect!


Now I’m ready for a cup of hot coco and a cozy fire with this quilt! Well, almost ready!


How cute would Christmas clothes be in this line!? A family of matching pajamas or dresses and shirts? There is even an adorable ready to sew advent calendar! Really with a line this cute you can’t go wrong! Check your favorite quilt shops now for Merry and Bright and get a head start on your Holiday sewing!

Loyal Heights Project Tour

June 13, 2019


Hi friends! Welcome to my stop on the Loyal Heights project tour for Quilting In The Rain Jera’s newest fabric line. I have been lucky enough to play with a few of her lines in the past as well as contribute a quilt to her second book Quilt As You Go Made Vintage.  This time around I was taken away by the beautiful range of colors, especially those peachy pinks!

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I decided to make a runner using the QAYG method and improv log cabin blocks. I cut my strips 2 inches wide and 1.5 wide placed around blocks of 2.5 inch and 4.5 square for lots of variety to choose from.

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I added bits of decorative machine stitching on each block as well as a couple of the cute salvage bits with the golden umbrellas just for fun. The tiny gold heart prints are some of my favorite prints along with the fruit print and the more low volume floral ones.

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I used all the leftover green prints for the binding to frame it out nicely. If you have yet to try Jera’s Quilt As You Go sewing method, I highly recommend it, whether you are going for a classic look or a more modern quilt block, shes got you covered with both of her books!

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More sparkly umbrellas and tiny gold hearts, such a sweet line!

I wanted to make one more small make to show off these cute prints and was just in time to pattern test for my friend Melissa!


This tiny Caravan Pincushion was just the right thing to use up the last of my favorite peachy low volume print with tiny leftover scraps for the rest. You can find the pattern from Melissa available soon.


This runner works well in my sewing room as well and I think it’s just the touch of Spring colors this room needed. Be sure to follow Jera to see all the beautiful projects on this tour.


Liberty Pin Cushion Sale

March 9, 2019


I wanted to drop in over here to let you know about my Liberty Pin Cushion sale happening over at my Instagram shop @faithessenburgshop on Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! I haven’t held a sale in well over a year and I am so excited about all the pretty pin cushions I have for you!


My Original Liberty egg cup pin cushions that started it all almost exactly two years ago! I just love these little classy cups and I know you do as well!


I was extremely disappointed to learn I can no longer find this style dish for my double Pinnies, they were perfect for keeping a spool of thread or thimble in the extra cup spot. I will have a few available on Monday and then they are gone! While I was sad to loose these, I have found two new styles that I hope you will love as much as I do.


This sleek modern dish pairs beautifully with the classic Liberty prints we all love and has an added bonus of being magnetic to hold pins, clips and things while you work!


I could not love these little dishes more! At just under four inches square and two high, they are the perfect little sewing companion to hold your sewing notions.


For this Original Liberty Pinnie dish debut I have pulled out some of my rare and hard to find Betsy prints, a few of which are pictured here along with classic Betsy colorways.


I am also giving this oval style a try and while they are not magnetic bowls, the dish is big enough to hold several clips or even a spool of thread. I think the ridges in the bowl will be handy for getting clips out too.


Here’s a little custom beauty I made this week for a special order. Pop on over to @faithessenburgshop and follow along so you don’t miss any of the sale information and set your clocks for Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! See you there!



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!



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 –
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)

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.