Introducing the Hexy Bottom Bag

It’s here, at last–the Hexy Bottom Bag! The pattern has been written, edited, tested, edited again and finally, with the help of my daughter we got the photos taken and the pattern finished.

(insert cheers from the crowd here)  

If anyone ever tells you it’s easy to write a pattern, punch them in the gut. This stuff takes so much more time than actually sewing anything. But you know what? I kinda love it. There’s this challenge to it that I find enjoyable. I think I might even do it again before too long.


But for now, this little guy is available on Craftsy.

Hexy Bottom Bag in linen


Thank you Audrey, Kristi, Paula, Kathryn, Pat, Cassie, Jen, Peggy and Sam for all the help, feedback and support through the process.
IMG_8204Find out more on adding the pockets here.


Hexy Bottom Bag Pockets

The pockets for the Hexy Bottom Bag are not a part of the original design but as I worked through samples I thought it could be a fun and functional addition.  If you want to do the same, here’s how:

For each pocket, cut an outer pocket piece and a pocket lining piece. I made three pockets on mine, adding one to every other wedge side piece. The pocket lining is about 1/2″ longer than the outer pocket. This is exactly as it should be, don’t panic.

Align top edges and stitch, right sides together, with a quarter-inch seam.   Press seam toward lining. 

Press lining down, wrong sides together. Top stitch at edge of lining.     

Mark 1/4” seam allowance along bottom edge of pocket.

Line up seam allowance at corner, right sides together and stitch in place.   

Press pocket up into place and baste along both sides.  Continue with step 2 of Hexy Bottom Bag pattern.

Row by Row Experience — have you played along?

Before this spring I’d never even heard of the Row by Row Experience, but from what I hear, I’m not the only one.

This nationwide shop hop is right up my alley, promoting brick-and-mortar shops and the quilters who love them. My work over the years with shop owners has given me a real love for the them and all the effort they put into have a local place for us fabric petters to converge. The folks behind Row by Row Experience are on the same wavelength and started this hop a couple years back to encourage quilters to seek out and visit their local quilt shop, then go on a little road trip to visit others. <3!

This year there are several shops in the Portland area participating, including Fabric Depot, Cool Cottons and Modern Domestic (is it weird that I’ve worked with all them at some point over the last three years?!). Each has a free row pattern for you, but you have to go into the actual shop to get it. And while you’re there… buy some fabric and notions.

Working with Fabric Depot, I got to design three different rows for the Row by Row Experience participants–applique, paper piecing, and patchwork.Row by Row - Bridge Row by Row - Mountains Row by Row - Sailboats

It’s been a bit crazy with thousands of patterns being taken and hundreds of kits bought. Awesome and nutty. It’s a challenge to try and keep up, but I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see people liking the designs. 

Get on in to your local shop and see what they’ve got. I’d love to see what you make!

Let’s Talk: Sewing Pillows

IMG_3043Head over to Sew, Mama, Sew for an inside scoop on how to make pillows that look more professional than a simple envelope pillow cover. I did a guest post for them earlier in the month, but forgot to get it published over here. Oops!

I’ve been making pillows for a while and have them up as PDX Pillows on Etsy and have figured out a few tricks that make a real difference in the final appearance.

One important thing that I don’t really talk about in the SMS post is the choice of pillow form. I prefer a down pillow form, but they can be hard to find (and expensive!). Instead I have been using the Home Elegance pillows from Poly-Fil. They have them at work and feel more like down than most other pillow forms. They sell for $20-25 for a 20-inch square pillow, so they cost a bit more than your typical stuffed pillow form, but they feel so much better. And really, when you’re leaning back against pillows on your sofa, you want them to feel nice.

Do you have other tricks for making nice pillows? Do you prefer invisible zippers or lapped? What’s your take on button closures?


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