Each year I set a goal for myself to try something fabric related that is new to me. Sometimes the things I try I end up hating. Sometimes they are a total flop. Other times, I do something that turns out to be so fun and liberating and enjoyable that I want to keep making it over and over again. This is the case with these fun espadrille shoes. I bought a kit from Melissa at A Happy Stitch. I cannot believe the attention to detail she puts in to each kit. It was really like opening up a present to myself. The instructions are easy to follow and everything is included to make these adorable shoes. I started off with a wedge kit and have since purchased a kit to make myself some flats for the summer. I get compliments every time I wear my wedges to church and it never gets old to be able to say, “Thank you. I made them!” If you’re looking for something to ignite the creative spark, I cannot recommend these shoes enough.
Moda Bake Shop is hosting such a fun holiday quiltalong right now. They post a new block every single day that will turn into a fun Christmas sampler quilt. The instructions for each block are given in 6″ and 12″ sizes, so it is a great resource for blocks for swaps or other things! I designed this present block for the quiltalong. I am not going to lie, I have big plans for this block, once Christmas sewing calms down and I can dive in head first. For the instructions, head on over to Moda Bake Shop blog!
Have you ever made a quilt with half rectangle triangles? I hadn’t until I made this Jolly Bar Meringue quilt. Guys…. they are SO fun! I loooooved making them way more than half square triangles. Fat Quarter Shop recommended a Creative Grids ruler for half rectangle triangles and it was so helpful! This quilt uses 1 jolly bar and a bit of background yardage. I thought it would be fun to make my prints be low volumes from Zen Chic and my background be zen chic gray. I love the soft look of this quilt. It would be such a beautiful baby quilt. For the pattern, head to the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog. They will have all of the supplies and instructions listed there.