A Little Christmas Sewing (Snuggle Up Buttercup Collection)

Hello Dear Friend,

It’s been too long! Working full-time has kept me busy. It’s already June and the months are passing faster than I can manage. Right in the heat of summer, we’re staying inside where the air conditioning is blasted so high, there are times I reach for a warm sweater and fuzzy socks. Isn’t that the silliest thing? It’s how we Arizonans get through the sweltering summers. While pretending it’s chilly inside, I had the pleasure of sewing with some adorable Christmas prints by Poppie Cotton! This is their Snuggle Up Buttercup collection soon to release just in time for Christmas in July.

That sneak peek photo was posted back in January. It was a teaser that immediately had me obsessed.

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/poppiecotton/

While staring at this fun line of quirky, unexpected Christmas designs I was thinking a quilt would be the obvious choice, but staying true to me I went with the more unexpected route. An over the top detailed Christmas apron!!! If you have followed my instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/linenbouquet/) for a few years I’m sure you’ve seen some of my past apron makes. For a short time I was even taking orders on Etsy. That was a ton of fun!

Fabric auditions at midnight

The best thing about handmade aprons is you get to customize every part. The chest can be widened the ties lengthened, the details exaggerated. They can be frilly or plain, decorative or utilitarian. My personal favorite is the extra girlie type, with ruffles, bows, extra trims and lots of color mixing. How perfect does that sound for Christmas baking???

Official lineup of finalists

With all the aprons I’ve made, there is exactly only one left in my house. It’s simple and was used during my stint with outdoor markets for carrying cash. BORING! Every time I make a pretty apron, I end up giving it away to a friend or family member as a gift. Or to my mom 🙂 She’s my biggest fan and tries to keep everything I make.

I’m hoping this one stays with me for a while and I get to make some sweet memories while using it.

A bit of frill.

More details.

Okay, now queue the bows!

Isn’t she lovely and festive?

The top panel is a bit wider than the typical 9.5″ since I’m heavier on top. This should help keep my clothes cleaner while baking.

I also like a big bow and long tails so this apron was made with an 88″ waist tie.

Large pockets to comfortably reach into and maybe sneak some chocolate chips!

This project wouldn’t be complete without a matching hot pad. Because matching your kitchen is so mom-like! Hahaa! Using the Winter Star Block from Lori Holt’s (link to blog) book “Farm Girl Vintage” I made a 8″ square hot pad. With a little extra time I think a sweet runner will look nice as well.

My girls love adding cooking projects to our advent calendar activities and I bet they would light up when they see a kitchen decorated for the occasion. Alright, it’s settled and I’m adding the project to my Christmas in July to-makes list.

I hope you enjoyed this project with the newest Poppie Cotton collection, Snuggle Up Buttercup. Enjoy the blog tour this week! The next maker will be announced on the Poppie Cotton Instagram account.

Happy sewing! Sending cool and refreshing thoughts to all toughing it out this summer.

Love, Jasmine

Picnicing Quilt Carrier – Tutorial

Hello Dear Friend,

What an excellent tutorial I have for you today. It’s the final reveal of the Picnicing Quilt Carrier I created for the ever-loving quilt makers that want just a bit more ease while toting around those quilts we are all so proud of.

I love my quilts! I’m incredibly proud of all my handmades! What I don’t like is carrying them on the go. They flop around in my arms, come undone, drag along and in many occasions have tumbled straight onto the dirt. It’s happened to you too, I’m sure.

For this reason I know every quilter, or parent for that matter needs to make one of my Picnicing Quilt Carriers. You will thank me, and wonder just as I have why this wasn’t done sooner. 😉

Here’s the list of materials:

(2) 14″ x 10″ Fabric
(4) 32″ x 1.5″ Fabric
(1) 14″ x 10″ Flex 1-Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer
(2) 32″ x 1.5″ Cotton Batting
(1) Adjustable Shoulder Bag Strap with Tabs
(2) 1″ Metal Swivel Hooks
(2) 1″ Metal “D” Rings
(2) 1″ Metal Slide Buckles
Sewing, Quilting & Heavy Duty Upholstery Thread

Here are a few of the materials I used and their affiliate links:

Let’s get on with the show!

Pick your prettiest two coordinating prints for the main body of the quilt carrier. I used the new floral prints in Poppie Cotton’s latest line Goose Creek Garden called Wildflowers Red and Soft Breeze Pink. The deep red Wildflower fabric is so beautiful to me. It was also an unusual choice as I usually pick lighter and brighter floral fabrics. Since I’m the one that will be using this carrier, I opted for a more mature colored floral and so glad I did. The great thing about this carrier is you can use any type of material you’d like, such as canvas, vinyl, upholstery, faux fur, etc. and it would look good in all of them!

Cut them down to 14″ x 10″ each. Take the print you plan to use as the outer shell and iron it onto the foam stabilizer. It’s your choice to round the corner like I did or keep them squared. Here I used a two inch round to trace and cut out the corners.

With just the top fabric and stabilizer fused together, quilt a fun design onto your quilt carrier base. I wish all quilting was this quick and easy. Haha!

Press the stitches then pin the bottom layer fabric on with right sides together. You will sew a 1/4″ seam around the entire piece leaving a two inch gap for turning.

Press, snip small v’s on the round corners, being careful not to cut through the thread seam. Turn inside out and press again. I like to soak my edges and iron a crisp edge, especially on the round corners. Take your time, this can make your carrier look sharp, or sad… 😦

Stitch an 1/8″ seam around the entire edge especially the open gap. Going around again, add another seam 1/4″ inside the previous one. Finishing with two seams looks oh so niiice!

Let’s make the adjustable carrying straps now. Here is the Country Confetti basic cotton I used also from Poppie Cotton in Weathered Wood. Friends, this color is a darker gray but not too cool toned, it’s versatile and I’ve already used it in multiple projects because I love it so.

The weathered wood gray also looked excellent next to my brass metals hardware, it was an obvious yes! Take two of your 32″ x 1.5″ fabric strips, line them up right sides together, add a strip of cotton batting of the same size to one side and pin. Repeat with the other two pieces and batting.

You can round the corners of one end on each strap if you would like, but I left mine squared. Sew a seam around the entire edge, leaving one end open on both straps. Turn them inside out and press crisp edges.

Now add a 1/8″ outer seam along all the sewn edges. The reason I sew such a small seam is because it’s easy to let my machine guide the fabric along the foot’s edge. You thought I had a good reason didn’t you? But I’m really just a lazy sewist. Ha!

Here’s where the real measurements come in. We’re going to attach the metal hardware and want it to look just right. Speaking of hardware, the set I ordered came with all that I needed metal swivel clasp, “D” ring and slide buckles all in a handy little box that is now holding my collection of metal accessories.

With the open end of the carrier straps, measure a 1/2″ mark and 1.5″ along the strap (see purple markings). Insert your “D” ring, fold the half marking up to the second line at 1.5″, pin as shown. Carefully sew two lines with a heavy duty thread to ensure it won’t come undone. Repeat with the second strap.

Along both 9″ ends of the quilted carrier measure and mark 1.5″ away from the edges as shown. You will pin the carrier straps on the inside of this marking leaving the “D” rings hanging off the front edge.

With a heavy duty thread, sew them together following the previously stitched line on the carrier straps, adding some extra seams on both ends to secure. So far so good? It should look like this.

No seams needed when attaching the slide buckles and clasp. Take the carrier straps in the back and weave them through the slide buckles, through the clasp ring and down into the buckle again. Now they should feel secure. If not you will have to get smaller buckles that hold a little tighter so the quilt straps don’t slide out.

It’s ok to stop and admire those adjustable straps. I was a bit proud of myself after that step too!

Final step is adding the purse strap to the top. There are so many options available. I chose to go with a dark brown leather strap to compliment my wildflower red fabric. While I love the look of the purse strap I used it’s a bit more stiff than I had hoped for.

Still it’s a beautiful finish especially with the petal shaped tabs. Very pretty! Measure the quilted carrier lengthwise and find the center line for tab placement. Depending on the tabs you have your step may look different than mine.

I knew with the tab’s leather finish, my sewing machine would have eaten right through and added stitch holes in the unmarked areas. So, I opted to hand sew them on with multiple pieces of heavy duty thread in a matching color that I sewed onto the outer material only.

In the pic you can see the stitches did not go through to the back. It’s a clean finish that I’m very happy with.

Do what you think will look best with your strap, because this last step finishes your carrier.

So, what do you think? Your very own Picnicing Quilt Carrier and it was much easier to make than expected. Once you have all your materials, this quilted accessory comes together in a short afternoon.

Will you make it again? Make one for a friend? I think it’s an automatic win for all the quilty friends in your life.

And it looks so pretty!

I keep admiring my quilted, feminine, modern Picnicing Quilt Carrier. It’s going to be on full display as I take it on family picnics and the current soccer season.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, or on Instagram @linenbouquet. For a share use the #PicnicingQuiltCarrier I really want to see your designs and the adventures you take your quilts on.

with love, Jasmine

Goose Creek Garden Picnicing Set – Fabric Tour

Hello Dear Friend,

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. Many moving parts to my life right now and I’m riding out the changes while I sew, quilt and epp the days away. The best way to weather the storm is with a good attitude and pretty fabric right? I say yes.

Speaking of pretty fabric, lookie what I have here the newest Poppie Cotton collection Goose Creek Garden!

This collection was designed with delightful waddling geese, it is bursting with sweet florals and stripes in a beautiful mix of soft yellows, pink contrasting teals and burgundy. I love that the collection has a large variety of florals and not the same repeating flower in different scales. Look closely and you can see how much range there is in this bundle.

Goose Creek Garden is a well rounded collection that will can easily complete a slew of projects. As you can see here, I had no trouble pairing these fabrics in some very pretty combinations.

I can’t forget to show you the Country Confetti basics also offered by Poppie Cotton. Very smart design, as the confetti dots coordinate so well with this and past collections. Definitely, get these to compliment your projects!

When my fabrics arrived from Poppie Cotton I couldn’t wait to start planning out my project. I wanted to play along with the outdoor theme of a creek. Thinking along those lines, past memories flooded my mind of outings with the kids when they were a little younger.

We would visit the community lake in the neighborhood. My four and two year old would ride their trike & scooter down the path along the lake to the park, while my littlest would be laying on a blanket in the wagon I pulled. There would be ducks floating atop the lake and some trailing behind us hoping for breadcrumbs.

I would lay out the blanket for Adeline’s tummy-time where she usually stayed and napped under a tree while the other two played. We should read, snack, swing and run … until they wore themselves out. The walk back to the house was a slow one followed by a long nap for everyone, me included.

Those were some sweet days and this Goose Creek Garden collection brought back all those memories. To recreate that into a sewing project was the goal and challenge.

Considering the scrumptious feeling of a nap in the cool breezy shade, of course brought me to the conclusion of making a quilt. Since I had yet to make a classic barn block style quilt I found one of the new designs by Melanie A Bit of Scrap Stuff to be just what I was looking for. This lovely is the Sunrise Quilt pattern available here.

Obsessed??? Yes, I definitely am!

The large sun blocks with contrasting sashing really drew my eye and I liked that I could showcase the larger printed fabrics in the center. It would be a shame to chop up those little geese into unrecognizable blocks.

Melanie’s pattern was easy to follow and the blocks came together quickly. I really loved how perfectly the smaller floral repeats played with the larger prints in each sunshine block. Making my job even easier. Using the gray, “Weathered Wood,” Country Confetti basic as a background brought a bit of maturity to the project that complimented the burgundy and teal. It was actually my husbands recommendation to add it in, and I think he was so right!

The blocks were a breeze to piece together but it was the quilting that really slowed me down. While sandwiching my top, batting and backing fabric I ran out of basting spray. UGHHH I completely regret what I’m about to type. I pin basted my quilt, and naively thought it wouldn’t make a difference. Yikes! It took me almost four weeks to machine quilt this beauty because of all the puckering. The basting was not taut enough and it had to be readjusted each time I changed directions.

Don’t be impatient like me, take the hour to drive to the store and by that basting spray, save yourself weeks of puckering. LOL! Thankfully, my quilting came out pretty well and pictures do not show my frustration of the moment.

Here’s a picture of the geometric marvel of the back quilting. Color me completely shocked at how gorgeous it came out! And big points to anyone who spots the red hen.

I was very pleased with this quilt choice but kept thinking that it wasn’t complete. Let me tell you why.

When I go out with the kids, I’m usually carrying so many items that I just have no hands free. Purse, food, drinks, toys, extra changes of clothes and now a blanket??? I kept thinking, “I need something that is hands free,” and makes my outings just a little bit easier. This bred the idea for my Picnicing Quilt Carrier.

First I designed my vision, ordered the strap, hardware, and then got to work. You know, I’ve never seen anyone make a quilted blanket holder but I had something similar wrapped around my yoga mat. There was no carrying strap, but it helped keep my mat rolled up. With fingers crossed, I hoped this idea would work and look like a strappy mess.

I chose the Red Wildflowers print thinking the deep color would look a little more grown up and match the dark brown leather strap. It was definitely the right choice. I’m happy to tell you, this carrier looks even cuter than imagined! My Picnicing Quilt Carrier not only serves it’s function but it’s quilty and feminine.

This momma is happy with a little extra help carrying all the necessities. I already know I’ll be using it a couple times a week during soccer season.

So, would you like to make one yourself? This post has already reached capacity so I’ll have to share the step-by-step tutorial on my Picnicing Quilt Carrier next week. Promise!

For now, I hope you’re inspired to take bits of sweet memories and make them into lasting projects like I did with this set. Also, get yourself the charming Goose Creek Garden fabric collection by Poppie Cotton arriving in shops soon, you can find them here https://poppiecotton.com/where-to-buy/.

My sweet helper.

Thank you Poppie Cotton for inviting me to join your fabric tour and thank you friend for stopping in to see my creations!

with love, Jasmine