Hello readers! I’m back from vacation! Well… actually I was back about 5 weeks ago… either way, here I am!! And I’m ready to get my nose back to the grind!

But first… vacation was amaze-balls! Me, hubby, and my sister had an excellent time in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Greece! We had not been on vacation in 5 years almost! More importantly, Levi did so great with his grand parents during those 2 weeks! How about some photos, you ask?? Well, sure! You can find the gallery at the end of the post. 😉

I’m pretty excited to tell you about these 2 AWESOME fabric shops I visited (read: left a small fortune at) while in Amsterdam! The shop “Den Haan & Wagonmakers” (love that name!) sold dutch heritage fabric and the shop next door, “Birdsnest”, sold more modern fabrics.

And here is what I brought home!

Right away I started dreaming up what to make with my dutch fabric. After some deliberation and opinions, I decided on a Swoon Quilt by Thimble Blossoms. I’m so glad I did! I also decided to pair them with fresh modern solids so that it didn’t feel too much like a heritage quilt. I wanted a modern-vintage feel. I think I am succeeding! Here are a few blocks I have done so far!

They look so good!

 

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I felt it was time for the next challenge, and I wanted to center it around bags! Why? ….Why not?! I have been seeing so many great bag patterns popping up on social media and on blogs. Also, I thought its a great bridge-gapper for quilters and apparel sewers. Also, I need a cross body shoulder bag for my upcoming trip to Europe in May… so its a little bit selfish too… but I did say at the beginning of SewMyStash2015 that I personally wanted to focus on selfish sewing.

Rules:

1. Must be a bag! That means bigger than a zippy. I would say, if it has a strap of any sort, then it counts. So the smallest could be like a wristlet wallet or clutch and biggest all the way up to weekenders and whatnot.

2. Must be 75% stash! That means the main fabrics. Buying zippers, hardware, etc are all ok.

3. Must be completed by April 27th! Lets make it to the end of the month! the 30th! I will accept bags started this month too. I know I said it starts the 13th, but there are some sew-alongs happening out there so if you are doing one of those and using stash, it counts!

***Bonus submission for coordinating zippy!

I am also happy to announce that the very awesome Jennie from Clover and Violet is offering a single use coupon code for 50% bag patterns! You may use it for up to 2 pattern purchases! Use coupon code “sewmystash50” […]

Friends! Last week I published my first sewing pattern! OMG!

I am part of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and we have a series this year of “Block of the Month”. 12 members will create a block using predetermined fabrics and share it with the guild members and the monthly meeting! I created the block for March and I was so excited! March is a great month for me. Not only does it house my birthday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), but other family and friends birthdays too!

Since March is so celebratory for me, I wanted to create a block that felt like a party… and maybe a hint of a clover. Voila! The Marching On block! The center is comprised of 4 different color banners against a dotted background (Cotton + Steel Dottie in Cloud). This felt like a parade to me! All the colored banners or buntings out for celebration against a confetti sky! I couldn’t love it more! AND when you make more blocks, the corners create a clover!! THE BEST, RIGHT!!?? Well, I think so.

The great thing about this block is that its easy to change the vibe of it by using different fabrics. I think the clover shape is subtle enough that if you use different fabrics, the clover wont be so obvious. Its also a great scrap buster for #SewMyStashers! Below are some photos of test blocks that other great quilters made to test the pattern!

(Stacey Peterson)

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I am so bad at selfish sewing. So many times I make things for others either as gifts or for swaps… and then vow that I WILL make it for myself when I am done! But I don’t… lol. Selfish sewing was one of my main reasons for starting SewMyStash2015, so that means I will be taking full advantage of Selfish Sewing week!

What is selfish sewing week? Well, just what it sounds like! Make something FOR YOURSELF! There are no other requirements! It can be anything, though typically it refers to apparel sewing. Indie Sew is heading this up and they have a great contest/challenge to go along with it! Head over to their site and see what its about!

What am I planning to make? Well, lately I have really been wanting to make ALL THE CLOTHES! I have seen so many cute dress and shirt patterns on Instagram and Flickr… but one thing stops me… my body. I’m not happy with my size. I have never been thin. I see so many cute sewn dresses on great straight, thin bodies and I find myself wanting to look the same. And it’s the reason I don’t sew clothes. I keep holding onto the idea that I will as soon as I get down 20 lbs or more! Then I will be so happy and feel so beautiful… RIGHT?? Recently, there has been a really important body positivity movement happening, thanks to many influential women like my friend

I’ve been holding in a little secret that I can finally share! Well, maybe I was allowed to share before, but I doubt it and I didn’t ask… and secrets are fun! Anyway…. I was interviewed for a magazine!

Make Modern Magazine is an Australian based digital magazine, made by quilters for quilters. They produce bi-monthly issues and are on their 4th one! Even though they are somewhat new, their issues are packed full of great articles, tips, tricks and projects! The issues are easily over 100 pages! I feel totally honored to share the digital pages with other great quilting enthusiasts!

Make modern contacted me to be included in a section they were dedicating to sewing your stash. I got to answer a series of great questions and send some pictures of my not-too-giant stash to be included. I ended up with 2 whole pages discussing the #SewMyStash2015 challenge that I started on Instagram! If you have read my previous posts for SewMyStash, you know the story… but I still highly recommend you head over to Make Modern’s website and get the latest issue! If not only to check out yours truly, then to pour over the entire issue in all its quilty goodness!

Thanks for all the support and participation in #SewMyStash2015! Its been so fun so far and there are many more exciting and interesting things to come!

Leasa

Are you guys ready for the next challenge??!! It’s PRECUTS!!!!

That’s right! Use up those mini charms, charms, jelly rolls, honey buns, layer cakes, Fat quarters, Fat eighths, dessert rolls, honeycombs and turnovers! We all have them… looking so yummy stacked pretty in our fabric cabinets and on our shelves… looking like our very own fabric store……… AHEM…. let’s use them! We will be using the hashtag #SewMyStash2015PrecutsParty to share our work together! There will be another giveaway at the end. Details for everything below!

Rules!

1) Your fabric must come from a precut bundle. I will accept your own precuts as long as it’s from all the same collection, or manufacturer, or designer. I believe most manufacturers make precuts, but the most popular are Moda and Robert Kaufman. But in case you didn’t know, Windham Fabrics and Cotton + Steel make them too! (I only just discovered this while researching for this post!). Anyway, the point is to use up coordinating precuts!

2) Again, sew anything you want!! This will be a common rule! It does NOT have to be a quilt! Precuts are super great for pillows, fabric baskets, backpacks, and bags too! This challenge may not lend itself well to apparel sewing, so if you make a lot of clothes, break out of your comfort zone and try something else!

3) Yes, you may purchase fabric you need for background/sashing, backing, binding, bag hardware, etc. Just use precuts that are in your stash!

4) This must be complete in 4 weeks! That’s […]

In case you didn’t know, Kids Clothes Week is halfway in and I’m only just now giving you all a heads up! Sorry about that! But I didn’t want you to miss an opportunity to sew some stash for any wee ones in your life!

My favorite thing to sew for my kiddo right now is pants and shorts! I wrote about the pattern I used a few months ago (read it here) but a refresher and links to some truly great patterns and free tutorials is always a good idea!

I mostly have used the patterns and free tutorials from Dana at Dana Made It.

Made by Rae has great stuff too!

You can browse the hashtag on Instagram or the Flickr Pool to see what others are making and discover some new patterns!

And of course there is always Pinterest.

I, personally, will be taking out the hem on the pants I made for Levi back in October. He has grown some and they are becoming capris! Lol. That is probably all I will have time for this round, but its fun to participate either way! And I get a ridiculous amount of compliments on all the pants I make for him! There is not a lot of cute variety when it comes to little boys fashion, that’s for sure.

Are you participating in Kids Clothes Week?? What are you making!?

Leasa

PS. A precuts challenge is coming!!! Details in a few days 😉