Fabric Bins

Annually the Philadelphia MQG hosts a secret santa/elfster swap that is scheduled for our January meeting. Last year it happened as scheduled, this year not so much. I was all ready to take the trip to Philadelphia so I could partake in the fun, but Mother Nature had other plans…two months in a row. They finally exchanged gifts yesterday night so I wanted to show off what I made for Angie.


She requested fabric baskets to help organize her sewing room and I did a bit of snooping to find out that she liked teal/aqua. I used this tutorial from Haberdashery Fun and used Mousy Mouse from Catnap by Lizzy House, teal Garden Pindot from Michael Miller, and Orange Grid from Citrus by Another Point of View. Bonus, all of the fabric came out of my stash.

To round out the gift, I paired it with a sketchbook and a fresh set of colored pencils – two items I do not think I could quilt without.

Belts & Buckles!


I feel like running around and shouting, “I finished a quilt top, I finished a quilt top!” This is my first big piecing finish of 2015. I present to you my version of Rebel Craft Media’s Belts & Buckles Quilt designed by the lovely Melissa of Tension Issues!


I took a bit of liberty with the pattern and left out some patterned partial buckle and belt units along the edge of the quilt and subbed in some charcoal and some bright orange. I love the dimension, edges, and movement that my decision gives the quilt.


I used a Carolyn Friedlander Doe roll-up with the exception of the teal fabric, Kona Charcoal for the background, and I am planning on using Lighting in Yarrow for the binding. I am currently debating on making the top bigger with some sashing and a few more bits of orange for my guest bedroom, which is why it is not finished.

I worked on it during the #sewingathomecon weekend while drooling over everyone’s QuiltCon photographs on instagram. I created quite a bit of goose poop!

And had some supervision!

I have a furry assistant this morning. #sewingathomecon

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@andpins) on

To celebrate the release of this fun pattern, Rebel Craft Media has given me a copy of the pattern to give to one of you. Since the weather was warm, sunny, and I was able to ride home with the sunroof open on Monday afternoon, leave me a comment telling me what you are looking forward to this spring. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new ones at Mid-Atlantic MOD, closing on our new house (eek!), and enjoying the warm sunshine.

I’ll close the giveaway on Monday evening, 7pm EST.

Be sure to check out Rebel Craft Media’s blog the rest of the week to see the other featured pattern testers. It is always fun to see how other people work with a pattern! Melissa posted a awesome piecing trick on Monday, Carla, Abbie, me, Katie, and Kaitlin round out the week.

Quilt Details

Pattern: Belts & Buckles designed by Melissa Kirk for Rebel Craft Media
Front: Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and coordinating Kona Charcoal
Finished size: approx. 59″ x 69″

February Bee Blocks

February was a big month for blocks! I have two blocks for the Philly MQG bee for Cathy and I signed up for The Bee Hive and am participating in and leading two swarms. I am hoping that by having an official leader, deadlines, and schedules that they will run much smoother than my Modern Insta Bee. Sadly, I am still missing five blocks from the Insta Bee. I have not had good luck with swaps (I have an angel for my Schnitzel & Boo Mini swap since my partner is MIA) and bees so far. Oh and I made a few Hazels as well.

A quick aside, if you are in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and would like to check out a quilt show, Southern Comforters of Bowie is hosting their annual The Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland on March 21st and 22nd in Bowie. I will have three quilts in the show and will be doing and Infinity Scarf demo on Saturday at 1pm. I hope that you will stop by and say hello!

After last month’s scary feathers, we had a lovely block for the Philly MQG. Cathy chose a Japanese X Block pattern from Making Rebecca Lynne.

andpins_PhillyMQG_FebruaryBoth of my February Queens for The Bee Hive Swarms selected the Tic Tac Toe Block. Patty divided up the swarm into warm and cool color X’s with random low volume background and corner pieces.

andpins_Swarm2_FebruaryTaslim selected a color palette of aqua X’s, low volume corners, and white backgrounds.

andpins_Swarm11_FebruaryMy final blocks for February were for the winners of my NYE giveaway. Michele, Tabitha, and Gill all selected Hazel the Hedgehog blocks. They were popped in the mail earlier this week.

andpins_HazelsHow did your February treat you? I am so ready for Spring! I am happily pulling mainly from my stash and only buying fabric when I “absolutely have to”. (Whatever that means!)



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