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Ode to Lizzy House Quilt

I couldn’t think of a better time to share this Ode to Lizzy House quilt that I made! Even though I finished this quilt a little while ago, I thought it deserved to be documented in the springtime. The other event that happened recently is that Lizzy House is making her return to fabric design!!!! I’ve followed Lizzy for quite a while and I felt that she kept hinting at a possible fabric collection, so I was thrilled to find out her Love Letter collection with Moda will be coming out January 2025. Get ready folks!

Ode to Lizzy House quilt

A long time coming

Onto this quilt, it was a long time in the making. Like it could possibly be my longest project ever. Not that it took long to make, but it was collected and worked on over time. I’ve always love Lizzy’s fabrics, and found myself collecting quite a few of her collections over time. I would grab a few pieces here and there from quilt shops, even getting a few scrap packs from fellow makers. I had kept it all in a muslin bag in my sewing room as I collected each fabric.

Ode to Lizzy House quilt

Quilt Design

Eventually the bag got way way too full and I knew it was time to start! If you are familiar with Lizzy’s fabrics you’ll know that they’re special. I wanted to make sure I would be able to fawn over each square once the quilt was made. So I revisited a simple quilt I had made for my daughter years ago. A basic four patch within patchwork.

Ode to Lizzy House quilt

I took my time working on the quilt top. My kids helped a little when I was cutting fabrics. It came along to a few of my sewing retreats with my friends – all so long before Covid. I think I picked up the project sometime last summer and decided it was finally time to finish.

I sent it off to Katie at Modern Textiles to be quilted. We settled on the Raindrops on Water pantograph with bamboo batting and I bound it in a beautiful chambray stripe.

Project Details:

  • Pattern: made it up
  • Fabrics: Lizzy House (when she designed for Andover Fabrics), plus a few gingham and chambrays thrown in
  • Backing: Carolyn Friedlander wideback and a super huge gingham (anyone know who made that? I seriously no longer have the ability to remember specific fabrics!)
  • Quilting: Modern Textiles (Raindrops on Water panto, bamboo batting)

Thanks Lizzy for your fabrics, and I’m excited for the new ones to come! I’m thrilled with how this Ode to Lizzy House quilt turned out!

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Cork Firefly Tote

I made this cork Firefly Tote quite a while ago! I had it saved to gift to a friend of mine for over a year. I took pictures the other day and got to gifted it to her finally. It’s always fun to finally be able to give a gift!

Cork Firefly Tote

Cork exterior

I don’t think I’ve used cork for the full exterior of a bag until now (only as accent features). It’s really great to use for the Firefly! You don’t have to use interfacing on the cork and I think I only used SF101 on the Main Lining pieces and interior pocket. It’s a really nice option and it is pretty speedy, too!

Cork Firefly Tote

This is the Project size Firefly and I think it’s perfect to use as a lunch box or for holding your knitting/crochet projects! Of course you can use it however you’d want, too! I think the cork will hold up really well over time and will be wipeable for any spills that might happen.

If you’re newer here, the Firefly Tote has a full video sew-along available for FREE on my blog. Maybe you’ll check it out and sew your own cork Firefly Tote! It’s also the perfect project for using cotton canvas, dry oilskin, and waxed canvas or waxed twill! Lots of great options to choose from, hopefully you can find something in your stash!

Cork Firefly Tote

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Spring Crescent Tote

It had been too long since I’ve made one of these, so I made this Spring Crescent Tote! The other day one of the places I’ve taken photographs before had their lawn covered in these beautiful blue Spring blooms. I’m not sure what kind of flowers they are, but they only last about 24 hours or so.

Spring Crescent Tote

Inspiration Strikes

I got to work sewing up this Crescent Tote using See You At Six floral canvas (purchased from StyleMaker Fabrics) that I had on my cutting table. This combo was pulled originally to use on another pattern, but it felt like a good opportunity to sew up the Crescent Tote instead! I was hoping that it would be fun to take pictures with the little blue flowers, but by the time I sewed up the tote it was high noon and I didn’t really end up liking how my pics turned out. Then I was busy that evening so it was too late to take more later. Oh well! It was a fun burst of inspiration and I’ll take it!

Spring Crescent Tote

So I took the rest of the pictures in my studio and tried not to be too disappointed that I missed my opportunity with the little blue flowers. Next year?

Fabrics and zip!

Carolyn of Sullivan’s Trim kindly gifted me a handful of zipper-by-the-yard cuts. This minty blue/green color match too perfectly not to use! I paired the floral canvas with a yarn dyed canvas for the lining. And my Cookie color webbing (from my shop) for the handles. The lining canvas is one of my favorites. It’s one I purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts and am kicking myself for not ordering more. I don’t think the manufacturer makes it anymore! It’s a really nice weight hemp/cotton blend. Hope you find this Spring Crescent Tote inspiring!

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Spring Crescent Tote