Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Pretty and Practical Bag for Travel

April 28th 2016

I love my Vintage Picnic Traveling Tote. You may have seen me over-gramming about it on Instagram a few weeks back. It was so fun to make!

Traveling Tote 2

It’s no secret that I hoard collect fabric. It’s no secret that I have a vault for my most favorite lines. (pictured below) It’s no secret that sometimes I forget what I already have. And it’s definitely no secret that if I don’t buy “that fabric” right now it will be gone FOREVER!! At least that’s what the fabric addiction neurons in my brain keep saying. But I digress.

The Vault

My traveling bag, my “go-to-bag-with-all-the-right-pockets-holds-everything-I-need-for-traveling” bag had broken and I had to make a new one ASAP.  And there was no question, once this fabric arrived, that it was the right one for this project. It was also the first fabric bundle I busted open so soon after it’s acquisition. Really.

It’s Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille. I loved the classic red and blues in this line, the gingham and dainty flowers, whose scale is not so dainty, made a perfect match.

I chose the darker bolder colors for the outside, since it will hide any wear and tear and smudges.

traveling tote choices

I had made these scrappy stars and wanted to incorporate them into the bag. The first design showcased four across the top of the bag.

traveling tote design 2

 But after sleeping on it and playing with the fabrics some more, I changed the design and fabrics several more times.

Traveling Tote inside

The inside would be in the lighter color ways of the line with a bit of Hello Darling thrown in. That divided pocket was a must, I kept the broken bag and use the size and inside as a sample. I know, no one can see the inside of these aqua dotted divided pockets, but I know it’s pretty in there!

pocket options

Besides the beautiful colors, I was determined to make it with zippered outside pockets with the prettiest linings. These pockets turned out to be perfect for boarding passes, lipstick, my phone or dollars for tipping if necessary.

traveling tote outer

Above is the outer part of the bag. I sewed and quilted it all in this chartreuse green #1231 thread by Aurifil. There is a crazy method to quilting a bag with divided inner pockets and zippered outside pockets.

Traveling Tote quilting

I am still perfecting the zipper tab but it works!

traveling tote zipper2

I know there are so many bag patterns out there, but this one is so pretty and practical, I’ll be making a pattern for it, and revealing my crazy methods, for the handful that want to make it. Sign up for my newsletter for the heads up on the pattern.

If you want to save your fabric for this pattern, you’ll need:

1/2 Yard main blue

1 FQ side panels

4-6 FQs for outer pockets, pocket linings and inner pockets

1 yard inner lining

1 FE for sashing (gingham)

Scraps to make four star blocks (4″ finished)

(1) 18-20 inch zipper, (I prefer larger so I can trim)

(2) 9 inch zippers

1 square yard of

Accents or details you may want to add.

traveling tote details & accents

The finished size of the Traveling Tote is 14 inches high, 16 inches wide at the top, 11 inches wide at the bottom and  6 inches deep. I still love my bag!

Traveling Tote 1

And here it is in action! It really is great for travel! I hope you wanna make one!

traveling tote summercrafter

How to Grow your Quilting Business

April 19th 2016

The Creative Arts Professional Summit is an annual event put on by Morna McEver from International Association of Creative Arts Professional. It’s a great event to attend to work ON your business instead of IN your business. By answering introspective questions and participating in focused exercises, you grow both personally and professionally. Collaborating, networking and eating together is also a sure way to make new friends and business associates (pictured below). But most importantly, you learn how to move your business forward through specific action driven by a new mindset for where you want your business to be. This is my second year and it was great! Since last year I have released 7 quilting patterns and have been picked up by 2 distributors. I am so excited to do something that I enjoy and see my business grow.

Cabs 2016

1. Laurie knows a lot of Information that helped me with how, who and where.
2. Relationships build business.
3. Promote. Promote. Promote.
4. Communication is key, be clear with expectations.(Contract)
5. I need a square.
6. You never know where your next business opportunity will come from (Terri’s card game).
7. Proof your patterns. Again.
8. Know where your peeps are, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs
9. Your website should let people know what you are doing, what you are selling.
10. SEO? Please add info.
11. Success or failure? Own it.
12. Find ways to work smarter, collaborate.
13. Dream bigger.
14. Copyright: tangible and intangible rights.
15. YOU are your brand.
16. Project your dreams with positive statements and read them daily.
17. Believe in your dream and in yourself.
18. Work toward your goals, 3 things daily.
19. When hosting a blog hop, clear your calendar!
20. Replace limiting beliefs with positive affirmations.
21. Facebook groups can build fan base.
22. Stretch your neck during photos. Lol
23. Get them to Know, Like and Trust you.

Every year I make a list of what I learned, see what I learned last year on this post.

This event is a great investment to build your creative business, for more information on next year’s conference, click on the picture below.