The Denim Studio by AGF

by Katie on May 11, 2016

If this video doesn’t make you want to run to your sewing machine and stitch up some garments, I don’t know what will!

See The Denim Studio collection here. I especially love the florals and unique solids like Frosted Sage and Nectarine Sunrise!


On Pins and Needles

by Katie on April 1, 2016

I never would have dreamed THIS was the process behind creating two of the most essential tools of my most beloved hobby!

How pins and needles are made.

This is how pins and needles are made.Thanks to our friends at Science Channel for sharing. "How It's Made" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Posted by INSIDER design on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

This video popped up in my Facebook newsfeed from INSIDER design. Takes me back to my Mr. Rogers days! πŸ˜‰


Mary Makes

by Katie on March 24, 2016

I’m by no means a designer, but I do appreciate good design and the work and talent that goes into it!

When a friend or relative has a design challenge, I try to help if I can! It’s a fun way to help someone out (and pay it forward for all the design help I’ve been given in my lifetime!) and I usually learn a thing or two along the way. My aunt Mary is an embroidery pro and has a one-woman operation where she makes custom pieces for her customers. She was interested in a logo, so I offered to [attempt to] design one for her!

Here is the first round of designs we put together after discussing some brands she found aesthetically pleasing.


I was really pleased with how they turned out, other than the scissors on #4 looks like an “X” instead of a “K”! After some thought, she landed on logo #6, with the minor change of adding “handmade goods”. I sent another round of logos to pick from, all versions of #6.


We both liked #3 the best – it just “felt right”. :) So! I mocked up that logo with a couple of print-at-home label concepts to inspire her until she lands on a label design she likes. I envision these printed on kraft card stock from a home printer, trimmed, the punched with a hole punch, then attached to a product with ribbon. Simple and cost efficient!


Thanks for letting me play with these, Auntie Mary! I can’t wait to make up some labels and see them printed and wrapped around your products!


My Cozy Village Blog Tour + Giveaway

by Katie on March 11, 2016

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web! If you’re new here, I’m Katie, and I’m fabric-OBSESSED. I love it. I think about it all day everyday… I suppose it helps that “fabric” is both my job and my hobby. πŸ˜‰

I was tickled to be asked to participate in Felicia‘s digital book tour to introduce her fabulous new book/pattern pack, My Cozy Village. I met Felicia through work and have admired her designs for years. I love the nordic details that pop up in some of her projects, and the clean, modern style you see in many of her patterns. Everything she makes has a touch (if not more) of sweetness, which makes them all that more lovely!


The night before I learned of the release of My Cozy Village, I had had the most lovely dream about a quaint Norwegian village. It looked something like Whoville, with wonky houses and everything buried under a foot of snow. But the snow wasn’t cold! It was magical. I was actually a little sad when I woke up – I didn’t want to leave my little dream town!

But! I got to hold onto that dreamy magic just a tiny bit longer. When I sat down to work the following day, I was introduced to Felicia’s newest project! The whimsical homes and scenes in My Cozy Village instantly took me back to my whimsical dream world.

11163_049Blocks from left to right, top to bottom:
Town Hall, Good Neighbors, Fire Station
Edge of the Woods, Under the Old Tree, Orchard House
Prim and Proper, By the Lake, Village Church

Even though I’ve only been able to spend a little time with the booklet and pattern pack, I already know I’m going to have a blast with it! What do I love about it? Let me tell you!

1. The booklet showcases two applique quilts – one made by hand applique and another by fusible raw-edge machine applique. I adore anything that can be stitched by hand, but I rarely actually have time for those types of projects! I really appreciate having examples of both available in the book.

The image above shows the hand applique quilt, and here’s the fusible raw-edge machine applique piece! I love how the change in fabrics makes the two pieces look completely different, like villages on opposite ends of the earth. :)

2. The supply list! Half of what I love about sewing and crafting in general are all the supplies one “needs” to make something! Felicia gives us a wonderful list of supplies needed for creating the My Cozy Village quilt with both hand and machine applique methods, along with details about why each item is helpful when creating your own quilt.

3. The Special Techniques section! With easy to follow steps and images, this part of the book details useful techniques to help you make your own My Cozy Village quilt. Use this section if a technique is new to you or you just need a quick refresher. I especially like the Reverse Applique and Hand Embroidery Stitches features.

4. The blocks! Of course all of the blocks look marvelous when they’re sewn together to make a quilt, but they can stand on their own, too! Each one would make a lovely pillow, or three sewn in a row would make a charming runner.

5. Embroidered embellishment suggestions! The embroidered details add so much whimsey to this quilt. Since hand embroidery is pretty new to me, I appreciate the suggestions provided for each block, along with closeup images so I can see what everything is supposed to look like.

There are so many more things I could say about this book, but I must leave something for you to discover on your own! πŸ˜‰


Here’s the tiny bit of progress I’ve made on my Under the Old Tree block, using some Island Batik scraps. I think she’s destined to become a pillow for my office….once she’s grown some leaves (and built two chimneys, added some window boxes and sprouted some flowers)! πŸ˜‰ I’ve used raw-edge machine applique to build this block so far, but I might mix it up and use hand applique for the the leaves and window boxes. What do you think?

***UPDATE*** Giveaway Closed ***UPDATE***

Before you leave, I have a little something for you! Comment below, telling me which block is your favorite (and why!), and enter to win your own My Cozy Village pattern pack and a scrappy bundle of batiks – the same fabrics I’m using in the block above. US residents only, please. Winner will be chosen and announced on March 16th, so be sure to enter before then!

A quick note on the fabrics – they are MUCH more vibrant in person. They only look muted and dusty because, well, I can’t not use my favorite photo filter. πŸ˜‰

Batik Bundle

Thanks so much for joining us on the My Cozy Village digital book tour! It was a pleasure having you here. Be sure to swing by Generation Q for the next stop on March 14th. And if you just can’t wait to see if you’ve won your own copy of My Cozy Village (I never can when I read posts like these), you can purchase your very own copy this very moment, right here.

In case you haven’t had a chance to check out the other posts on the tour yet, here’s the schedule:
3/7 – C&T Publishing Blog – the Book Tour Kickoff!
3/10 – Quilter’s Dream Batting (This post includes a batting giveaway!)
3/11 – Quilty Folk
3/12 – Live Originally
3/14 – Generation Q
3/15 – Felicia’s World


Wonky Pink Stars

by Katie on September 16, 2015

I love making baby quilts! I love wonky stars! I love pink! When I found out my boss’ sister was having a baby girl, I knew exactly what had to be done! πŸ˜‰

Wonky blocks are THE BEST because pieces and blocks aren’t supposed to be perfect. They are so much fun to work on – you don’t have to think too much and there is very little math involved! πŸ˜›

Here’s a very poorly edited shot of my most recent finish:


All the fabrics in the quilt are Island Batik, of course! Some are older SKUs, and some are new (like the few fabrics from the Full Bloom collection). The background is Sprinkles, a delicate white with light grey swirly dots. I use this fabric way too much! It really is the perfect neutral/white batik (not that I’m biased or anything).

Wonky Stars Quilt 2

The AWESOME quilting was done by my local longarmer, Kristi Ryan. She does such wonderful work and we think alike when it comes to style – I just drop off a top and say, “do whatever you think will look best”. I have yet to be disappointed, and I especially love how she kept the design funky and fun to match the wonky blocks on this piece!


Little-Gems-CoverImages from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

I was delighted to participate in the Little Gems Blog Hop, a hop celebrating the release of talented designer Connie Kauffman‘s new book “Little Gems“, for Island Batik. Connie is such a joy to work with, and the projects in her book were very much the same!

I had the opportunity to make Cotton Candy, a sweet little paper pieced project from the book.

Here’s my remake! I used scraps from work (yes, some I literally pulled from the waste bin) and a few pieces from the new fabric line from Fourth and Sixth Designs, Full Bloom.

Cotton Candy - Island Batik

This is by far the smallest quilt I have ever made. It was fun, though I did have troubles matching some of those tiny points. Connie made me feel a little better when, after I told her I struggled, saying that this was one of the more difficult projects in the book. Whether it’s true or she was just being kind, I still appreciated it. πŸ˜‰

Here’s a photo of the original, hanging on an adorable wire stand from Ackfeld Wire.

Cotton CandyImages from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

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Salads in Jars

by Katie on April 12, 2015

Best lunch idea ever! Easy to assemble, lasts in the fridge, super easy to grab when you leave for work. I found the recipe below (quinoa, homemade dressing [only four ingredients!], salsa, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, cilantro) and many more right here. This is the first one I’ve tried and I can’t wait to make more!

No #mealprep on Sunday = no good lunches or dinners the rest of the week. Salads in jars to the rescue!


All the Pretty Colors

by Katie on April 6, 2015

I’m SO excited to get started on my All the Pretty Colors quilt by Felicia’s World. While the original quilt calls for Cotton Couture solids, I opted to use Kona solids since the local quilt shop where I was shopping didn’t carry Cotton Couture.

Finally got all of the #fabric I need for my #alltheprettycolorsquilt by @feliciasworld1 during a quick trip to @missouriquiltco ! Can't wait to get started...though I'll have to. Quilt Market duties call!

I’m attempting to make THREE of these beauties, actually. Two will have a grey background similar to the original, and one with a grey Essex Yarn Dye in Steel from Kaufman.


Harold’s Doughnuts

by Katie on April 4, 2015

I have been ALL ABOUT the doughnuts lately. Especially the doughy, cakey kind. With white frosting and colorful sprinkles on top, of course!

While heading to St. Louis for Easter, we stopped in Columbia with the sole purpose of finding doughnuts, though we told ourselves it was to drive around campus and be nostalgic. πŸ˜‰ We “stumbled upon” (after googling on our phones) a nice little doughnut stop – Harold’s Doughnuts.

Donut stop on the way to St. Louis! The Red Velvet didn't taste anything like red velvet, but it was cakey and delicious.

We got a big ole’ box for completely reasonable price. My favorites (because yes, we sampled many) were the, you guessed it, the plain cake doughnut with [homemade!] sprinkles and the Red Velvet. I thought it tasted nothing like red velvet, but that was more than fine by me – it was absolutely delicious.

We will definitely be back!


An Itty Bitty Quilt

by Katie on March 8, 2015

A tiny sneak peek for an even tinier quilt! πŸ˜€

Working on an itty bitty quilt, which is so not usually my thing (the smaller the quilt, the more obvious my misaligned points, right?!), but is has been fun! #littlegems #miniquilt #batik #aurifil