November 3, 2015

Lori Holt's Cozy Calendar Blog Hop!!

Welcome to my stop on the Cozy Cottage Blog Tour!! You can only imagine my excitement when I heard that my cute friend Lori Holt was coming out with her own calendar in partnership with Fat Quarter Shop. Especially since the name of the calendar was the Cozy COTTAGE calendar. They did an amazing job and I almost can't wait for 2016 to hang this cute calendar in my sewing space! It is full of THE cutest photos of Lori's amazing cottage as well as a pattern for a cozy cottage block!
 I knew right away that I wanted to use my Holly's Tree Farm fabric to make a cute holiday cozy cottage. Aren't the matching wonder clips perfect?? This is also the first time I've used my Alphabitties for a project and they kept all of my pieces organized and looking cute at the same time!
The block comes in 2 different sizes for all kinds of fun projects. The calendar includes instructions for a cozy cottage pillow, which I chose to make, as well as a mini quilt!! How cute is this flying geese border??? As usual, Lori's instructions are so complete and detailed that she makes it easy to complete the projects with amazing results.
There is still time to order your own calendar to get yourself ready for a cozy and creative 2016!!!

August 7, 2015

Summer Sewing????

Our weather here in Ohio has been more like fall than summer, so I thought I might as well play with some cute Halloween fabrics. These are by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics and are "Spooktacular". I wanted to make something to take advantage of the large scale prints, and decided on a tote bag.

I used a fun pattern by Sotak Handmade and you can find the pattern here.
This was easy to put together and really lets the fabric take center stage. This is a big bag and will hold lots of candy..... Or knitting..... Or would be fun to use a tote bag during the month of October. I'd love to make a few more of these in a smaller size for a few little trick or treaters that I know. This one has been claimed by my son's girlfriend, who absolutely adores owls.

Next up.... Christmas????

August 3, 2015

The Adventurers

I think this is my first time sewing with boy fabric, and I'm so happy I waited. I absolutely adore The Adventurers by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics. The colors are so fresh and soft and cute.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a one hour basket by kelbysews. It really does just take an hour and you end up with the sweetest basket to hold diapers, or onesies or storybooks full of adventure.

I have a stack of more this cuteness that is just waiting to become a quilt. I need more hours in the day!!

May 15, 2015

It's Baking Day

Hi Everyone! It's another Farmgirl Friday and time to make something cute! I'm in charge of the Baking Day block. How cute are these bowls and wooden spoon??? Are your bowls vintage Pyrex? Or maybe they're from World Market...or Anthropologie?

Lori Holt has written another amazing book, and each block is cuter than the other. I love that you have your choice of block size, either 6" or 12". The 6" size is so cute and perfect for pot holders, or I was thinking of a pocket on an apron! Or sew all of them to make the super cute Farmgirl Vintage Sampler Quilt!!

My first thought for fabric for the farmgirl blocks was going to be 1930's repro fabrics, but Lori's fabrics are just so perfect! Fat Quarter shop has a Farmgirl Vintage bundle hand picked by Miss Bee!!

I hope you'll keep sewing along with us! You can find a list of all of the amazing bloggers who are sewing along here.. You can also check out #farmgirlfridays on Instagram to see lots and lots and lots of cute Farmgirl blocks.

April 27, 2015

Daysail (or how I got my "sewjo" back)

I've been in a bit of a sewing slump lately which I really hate. I started looking through my fabrics and decided to play with some Daysail. If Bonnie and Camille can't get you out of a sewing funk, nothing can. I decided to revisit the cathedral window pincushion. I haven't made one of these in forever. I made one and my sewjo was back.

I made another pincushion so that I had a pair.
And then i started a mini Sew Together bag. I added some blue polka dot that I found at Joann's and was instantly in love with the red, white and blue.
This is my fifth Sew Together bag and my first mini, and they get easier and more fun to make each time. I love making scrappy pockets and colorful zippers and patchwork on the outside.

This one is a gift for someone special, and I have two more in the works. My sewing machine is happy to see me again!

March 9, 2015

Think Spring!!

Hi Everyone! I received a sweet email from Kerry asking if I would PLEASE update my blog! So here I am popping in to say Hello! Even though I'm not here on the blog, I am still sewing and being creative. If you're ever curious and want to see what I'm sewing, just pop over to Instagram. I am happylittlecottage1. I have also moved my shop to a new venue. You can find these cute bags here.
My obsession at the moment is making bags! Zipper pouches and cute tote bags. The tote bag is call the tessa basket pattern by greenletterday on instagram.  It looks so cute in different fabrics and is a great scrap buster. Can I just say how much I love Feed Company by Sweetwater????  I have a layer cake waiting to be sewn into something cute. Maybe another tote, or a zipper pouch, or a table topper? Time will tell.

This week I will be sewing pillows for my house. Becky asked for fabric for her birthday to be sewn into pillows. Just waiting for the package.

Hope you are all sewing and crafting and beating the winter blues! 2 more weeks til Spring!! YIPPEE!!!


October 14, 2014


Today I get to wish my very favorite quilting book, Quilty Fun, a very happy birthday. I'm so excited to share a birthday week with the book that has taught me so much over the past year.

I've learned that steam is my enemy, vintage irons are awesome and the difference between pressing and ironing.

I've learned how to make flying geese, teeny tiny four patches and fun piecing techniques.
I am well on my way to finishing the cutest quilt I have ever made. Thank you so much Lori Holt for writing such an amazing, and helpful book. Not to mention cute! How could I forget cute???????

If you'd like to make your own birthday block, here are the cutting directions. I made mine into a cute table topper to be used on family birthdays!! We tested mine yesterday :)

Happy Quilting! and Happy Birthday Quilty Fun!!!