February 22, 2015

Guest Post - Great Granny Star Pillow - Free Tutorial

Hello, Friends!
I'm guest posting again over at
for a new 3-part series.

We're going to use some of the brand-new fabric
from V and Co for Moda...

{I used a fat quarter bundle, but this project is layer-cake and charm-pack friendly.}

I've discovered a brand-new way to put zippers on a pillow,
and I'll show you how to do that, too, in the same post.

Best of all...I've designed a brand-new quilt block,
called the Granny Star!

The finished project is this brand-new pillow!

Oh, yeah, and it's reversible!

Yep - that's a BIG pillow...about 22" square!
I call it the "Great Granny Star Pillow".
If that's a bit too big for your taste, don't worry.
Soon I'll be sharing two more Granny Star projects,
with down-sized blocks.

I hope you'll join me over at
Bear Creek Quilting Company for this new series!

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February 15, 2015

Zen Blossoms Purse

Q: What's black and white
and red all over???

A: My latest tote bag!

Do you remember seeing this little zip pouch here?

Well, recently someone asked me to make
a tote bag for her,
using the same black/white/red floral fabric.

It's from Michael Miller,
and it's called Zen Blossoms.

It's been a while since that fabric came out,
and I had used up my supply of it.
led me to a shop that still carries this print.

{I just typed in "zen blossoms" and...poof!}

In my stash I found some black-and-white fabrics
that blended nicely,
as well as a bright red polka dot.

I can't tell you how many times I've used this pattern.
This time, though, I chose to leave out the pleated accent band.
Instead, I quilted the bag, in a diamond design.

That's one thing that my customer liked about
in the first place.

I love talking about my purses and bags...
Notice the two-toned bag handles
that I almost always create
for my bags and purses.

The zippered pocket just called out
for me to choose a RED zipper.
Such an attention-grabber!

For the interior pocket strip,
I went big and bold, with a chevron fabric.

The little "eamylove" label
lets my customer know I made this tote bag
just for her!

I wish I could make a custom tote bag for everybody!
But...I can't.
That's okay, though, because you can make
them for yourself,
just the way you want them,

{Here's another one of my purse-onal favorites,
created with Joel Dewberry's Aviary fabrics.}

If you make any,
I would love to see them!
Be sure to share them on my Flickr page,

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