Friday, February 12, 2016

Henry Glass Winter Look Book and Newsletter

Here is the Henry Glass Winter 2016 Look Book. Click on the picture below to view!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Close Up View of the Get Outta Town Bag

We love all the beaches and pools here in Georgia!  It's so hot in the summer that when your outside literally it's because you are on your way to the beach or the pool!  

Some of my most favorite projects come out of necessity.  This one definitely fits into that category.  I needed a large bag to fit all of our swim gear into and honestly I couldn't find one.  So the night before a trip to Savannah, I threw together a bag similar in size to the "get outta town" bag.  This bag went with us everywhere and made my day trips so much easier and organized!   
My favorite thing about this bag is the size and all the pockets and places to organize all your must haves when you're outta town! Here it is, a close up view of the "get outta town" bag.
The front and the back of the bag are identical.   Sporting three separate open pockets along the front, there is plenty of room with three more on the back.  

The side pockets have cinch ties to hold bottles of water, sun screen, or whatever you need to get a hold of quickly. A magnetic closure is used along the top edge of the bag.  The straps are secured in the seam along the bottom of the bag and are topstitched for strength and security.

As you can see above, there is plenty of room for towels, sun screen and tons more.  Inside, there is a large zipper pocket that spans the length of the bag.  I love the zipper pocket because I know that all my important items, keys and cash are safely tucked away and won't unexpectedly fall out.  On the opposite side, there are three open pockets that can easily be mimicked to replace the zipper pocket if you are not comfortable with sewing a zipper.  I do urge you to give it a try, because once you do, you will love zippers….and they really aren't hard.   
I hope you've enjoyed this close up view of the "get outta town" bag.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Eye Masks, Mustaches & Birthdays!

Where in the world have the years gone?  My baby girl is turning 11 next month!  She keeps reminding me that next year when she turns 12 she'll be a pre-teen?  Why do they want to grow up so fast?! Yikes..

Even though I'm apposed at her getting older, we are going to celebrate her birthday this year…..with a stache bash.  She is obsessed with those cute little mustaches….so mustaches it is!

I've come up with a quick eye mask pattern equipped with a mustache felt appliqué.  I also added a heart appliqué in with the pattern pieces just incase anyone wants to make one for your cute little valentines.  I hope you join me and make a few for all your special little peeps!

CLICK HERE for access to the material list and pattern pieces.
Click on the link above.  Download the file.  Open the file and print.  Make sure to mark scale and 100%.
I've added a 1" box just as a test so that you can double check the pattern pieces have printed out correctly.  Measure the box and if it's 1", your good to go.   I know everyones computers and printers are different, so if you have a hard time,  shoot me an email and I will be happy to email you the file.

Note ~ This pattern was specifically made for 10/11 year olds, but would be very easy to trim down and bit for smaller children.  It fits me (and my almost 11 year old), so really the only other adjustment would be the fold-over elastic measurement.  Just use your model to get the desired elastic length.  I found the fold-over elastic at my local craft store.

First, cut out the mask pattern piece.

RSO, stack both 9" x 5" main fabric pieces together.  Pin the pattern piece onto the fabric and cut through both layers. (I use my rotary cutter because it's quick, but you can certainly use your scissors if it makes you feel more comfortable.)

Using the same pattern piece, cut out 2 pieces of Bosal light fusible batting or fusible fleece.

If you haven't used the Bosal light fusible batting, you are in for a surprise!  Unlike fusible fleece, it bonds to the fabric very securely and doesn't pull away.  It truly is fabulous!  I've also noticed that with fusible fleece it gives my fabric kind of a bumpy texture.  With Bosal, you get a nice smooth finish. fusible fleece is a lot easier to find, so if that's what you have, it will work just fine.

Press the fusible fleece to the wrong side of each mask piece.  Once it's bonded to the wrong side, flip it over and press from the right side of the fabric.  This will give the fusible fleece a stronger bond to the fabric.

Trace the mustache onto the HeatnBond Light, you can subsitute with wonder under, but HeatnBond works so much better on felt and wools.

Cut out the traced mustache or heart about a 1/4" larger all the way around the appliqué pattern.  Press the HeatnBond to the wrong side of the felt.

Once it's bonded to the wrong side, flip it over and press from the right side of the felt.  This will give the HeatnBond a stronger bond to the fabric.

Cut out the mustache along the traced line.  Peel the backing off the HeatnBond.  If needed, use the placement on the pattern piece to position the mustache onto the mask.  Press in place.  Flip and press for a strong bond.

Thread 2 strands of embroidery floss through an embroidery needle and stitch around the mustache using a running stitch.  I like to use a contrasting color so that the stitches are visible. Sorry, the running stitch in the picture below looks backwards to those of you who are right handed, I'm a lefty :)

Cut a 10" piece of fold-over elastic.  Transfer the fold-over placement markings from the pattern piece to the fabric.  Pin elastic to each mark and sew along each edge using a scant 1/4".

Stack both mask pieces RST and sew together using 1/4" seam.  Leave a 3" opening along the top edge of the mask.

With a pair of scissors, clip around the curves about every 1/4", take time when clipping not to clip through the seam.

Turn RSO and press.  Turn opening under 1/4" and pin closed.  Topstitch 1/16 to an 1/8" around the entire mask.  (I like to use matching thread for topstitching.)  Start topstitching along the top at the opening. *The picture below doesn't show the opening pinned closed, sorry…I generally don't use pins, but if you need them, pin the opening closed and then sew.

Keep the elastic on top of the mask.  When approaching the elastic, pull it out of the
way of the sewing machine.  You don't want to sew over the exposed elastic.

That can be it, or you can add a second row of topstitching, it's not necessary, but it gives the project a nice finished look.  Using a 1/4" foot, topstitch 1/4" away for the first row of topstitching.

I love this fun little project and it's really quick! I think all the girls at her stache bash are going to love these!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Catching Up!

It's 2016 and things are super busy here in our temporary Georgia studio.

Our newest items get outta town, and Miss Sally are now available on our website!

I love the pleats on the bodice.

The fabric shown on both covers is #LaughloveQuit.  It's available now at your local quilt shop. 

This last photo shoot was so much fun.  Here are a few pictures of our adventure!

Little miss Regan thinks she needs some heals!

 It takes a circus to keep us going!  Thanks to our friends for the use of their awesome truck and all the extra help behind the scenes!  My beautiful models Miss Sarah and Miss Regan, you did great!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Another Happy Blog Hopping Day!

Hey everyone!  I'm so glad you stopped by.  I am pretty excited to have been included in this blog hop celebrating such a great accomplishment and company Jaftex Corp.  Jaftex is a parent company of Henry Glass, Blank Quilting Corp., and Studioe Fabrics, which supplies us with high quality, beautiful
fabric!  I don't know about you, but I love a great piece of fabric!

Jaftex History:
Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  

I used the Folio Collection for this tote to organize all my important, can't live without, stuff!  I have to admit, I really like how it turned out.

Don't forget to enter to win here (with a comment)  as well for a chance to win this beautiful Folio fat quarter bundle.

If you get a minute, check out my new line of fabric #laughlovequilt along my side bar.  It will be arriving in quilt shops this November!

A big thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Have fun hopping around!



85th Anniversary Giveaway

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop

This is going to be so much fun!  Jaftex, a parent company of Henry Glass, Studio E and Blank Quilting Corp. are celebrating 85 years!  Pretty impressive.  If you choose, you get the opportunity to visit 34 blogs one, sometimes two a day throughout the entire month of September!  Get ready to meet some pretty cool new friends and welcome to our fabric family.

I have listed the blog hop schedule on my side bar along with a link to each blog.  This should help you navigate easily to each blog.

If you are interested, here is a list of the prizes you could win!

1st Prize:
Blog Readers - Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine and 20 fat quarters
Your Favorite Quilt Shop: 30 bolts of fabric.

2nd Prize:
Blog Readers - 15 fat quarters and a box of Aurifil Thread (48) spools
Your Favorite Quilt Shop: 15 bolts of fabric.

3rd Prize:
Blog Readers - 6 fat quarters and a special edition tin from Schmetz Needles
Your Favorite Quilt Shop: 6 bolts of fabric.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Aurifil Threads, Schmetz Needles and Janome!

Have fun :)


85th Anniversary Giveaway

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hello….I've Missed You!

It's been a while since I've posted, and I've missed you! I always say I'm going to do better, but life gets in the way of all the fun!  I feel like the teenager telling his or her parents what they want to hear.  Probably with good intentions, but never following through.  So I'm not going to tell you my goal is to be the 2015 blogger of the year, just that I'm sorry I haven't been around!

Kati Cupcake just released four new patterns that you should see trickling into your local quilt shops about now.
Bullseye is a throw size quilt featuring a star block with a Bullseye center and bordering modern arrows.  I love the modern/vintage feel to this playful quilt.  It also includes a mini Bullseye quilt just as an extra, and it's Jelly roll friendly.

Eclectic is also jelly roll friendly and a throw size quilt!  I love the scrappy happy modern look!  This one is proudly used and abused in the Hamberlin household.

Next up……is Cutie Pie! This one is a baby size quilt, but could easily be sewn into a throw!

Momma Mia is our final spring Design.  I love the lines on this bag and the size!
It also has an optional middle divider zipper pouch shown below.

All of our new patterns are available here on my website including down loadable patterns.
My new fabric line #LaughLoveQuilt ships in November!