Mustangs + 241

A huge happy birthday goes out to my little (and only) sister! She is one of the strongest women I know and I am proud to call her family. I know that she had an amazing day yesterday and received some pretty awesome loot (though I am a bit biased). I tackled Noodlehead’s 241 Tote Bag complete with inset zippers and it was a huge success!

andpins_241tote_JenniferAs soon as I saw Cotton + Steel’s Mustang print, I knew I was making something with it for my sister. She has loved horses for as long as I can remember and this print is tasteful and well done. The 241 tote is the perfect size for my sister and I love the shape of it.

I paired the mustangs with a dark denim and gold zippers. The inside features a rich Kona Navy paired with Cotton + Steel’s XOXO in Toy Boat and gold.

andpins_241tote_zipperI had some fun with the pockets and used Netorious in Teal (more Cotton + Steel!) for the lining. I used an awesome tutorial by Katy from The Littlest Thistle to help wrap my head around putting those zippers and pockets in the front panel of the bag. In many cases, I am a visual learner so I need a bit of help with the zippers.

I already have my next 241 tote designed and ready to cut out when I get some free time.



October’s Bee Block

It’s still October and my October Modern Instabee block is in the mail! No last minute sewing for me. This month was the lovely Ninja star with cream linen, coral and aqua. I LOVE this block! I am super surprised that I like this color combination so much, since it is not a set of colors I use or wear in my daily life.


We have to months to go and I’ll be sad to see it end, but I am looking forward to December since it is my month to be Queen. November we are Cordelia’s Garden and I already have some fun fabrics in mind. You can see all of my blocks here.

November also kicks off my participation in the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild Bee! I am thrilled that I am able to participate from afar and to make blocks for a very dear group of friends.

Cascade Blog Tour + a Tutorial

I’m going to Quilt Market! Well not really, me, but one of my quilts is and that is almost as exciting as being able to actually go to quilt market. Color Block is going to market! Welcome to my stop of the Cascade blog tour! blog tour icon The wonderful, talented Jessica Levitt is releasing her new line of fabric, Cascade, which debuts at Quilt Market later this month and I am thrilled that I was able to make my Color Block quilt to showcase her awesome fabrics. Cascade is Jessica’s third collection with Windham Fabrics. With Art Nouveau references, Cascade is Jessica’s graphic interpretation of water in many of its forms. She used a beautiful palette of shades of blue, gray, green, and other earth tones that are fresh and luxurious to create 19 wonderful prints and four coordinating solids. glacier stack   pond stack

Check out the Cascade Lookbook to see all of the fabrics and the inspiring quilts, bags, and clothing made with the fabric and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour participants (they are hosting giveaways as well so you have more than one chance to win)!

Monday October 13th – Jessica Levitt – Juicy Bits / Windham Fabrics
Tuesday October 14th – Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts / Jenn Nevitt – knit ’n lit
Wednesday October 15th – Amanda Kattner – What the Bobbin / Andy Knowlton – a bright corner
Thursday October 16th – Marci Debataz – Marci Girl Designs / Jennifer Auh Chon – Sunny in Cal
Friday October 17th – Angela Walters – Quilting is my Therapy / Rachel Gander – Imagine Gnats
Saturday October 18th – Elizabeth Timmons – andpins / Andrea Taddicken – knitty bitties
Sunday October 19th – Erin Erickson – Dog Under my Desk / Jessica Skultety – Quilty Habit
Monday October 20th  – Caroline Press – Trillium Design / Karin Jordan – Leigh Laurel Studios

To celebrate the release of Cascade, Windham has graciously agreed to give away a fat quarter bundle to one lucky andpins reader! Details on how to enter are after the tutorial for Color Block Quilt. Cascade_ColorBlock_andpins

The amazing quilting and photography was done by Jessica Levitt.


I designed Color Block to be a simple, fast baby quilt that lets the fabric shine. The clean, bold aesthetic is fun as well. It has only ten pieces! I’d love to see your version of Color Block, tag me on Instagram @andpins and tag it #andpinscolorblock!

Color Block Quilt

Designed by Elizabeth Timmons,

Finished Size: 33.5” x 41.5”

Fabric Requirements (quantities have very little margin for error, you may want to purchase extra)


IF Directional Fabric (like Cascade)

IF Non-Directional Fabric

A Cascade in Ice

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

One well cut fat quarter or 1/2 yard

B Splash in Midnight

2/3 yard

1/3 yard

C Drip in Haze

1 yard

1/2 yard

D Splash in Fog 1 ¼ yard

1 yard

Cut All dimensions are listed as height (tall) x width. If you are using directional fabrics, use the diagram and be sure that your pieces follow the directional fabrics.ColorBlockQuilt_diagram_ElizabethTimmons_andpins Fabric A: 17.5” x 15.5” Fabric B: one 21.5” x 4.5” and two 2.5” x 15.5” Fabric C: one 29.5” x 6.5” and two 4.5” x 19.5” Fabric D: one 41.5” x 8.5” and two 6.5” x 25.5”

Sew Sew all fabrics right sides together (RST) with 1/4” seam allowances and press seams to one side. If you are sewing with a directional fabric, pay special attention to how you place the strips before you sew. That extra second or two of thought will save you from ripping stitches. (Ask me how I know!)

  1. Sew 2.5” strips of Fabric B to the top and the bottom of the center rectangle of Fabric A, press seams to one side.
  2. Attach the 21.5” strip of Fabric B to the left side of the panel, press seams to one side.
  3. Repeat process with Fabric C and D, sewing the short strips to the top and bottom of the panel and then the long strip to the left.

Give the entire top a good press and marvel at your new quilt top! How would you like to win a fat quarter bundle of Cascade? Windham would like to send one lucky winner a complete bundle of Cascade by Jessica Levitt. To enter leave a comment telling me what you would make with Cascade – and let me know you commented by using the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are some optional, bonus entry options as well. The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 21st at 6pm EST and I will announce the winner later that evening. The giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering. The lucky winner is Must Love Quilts who would love to make a water inspired quilt.

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