Month: August 2018

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

The big reveal is here, my Spinning Wheels Throw Quilt is finished! This project was a breeze by cutting all these lovely Riley Blake Fabrics on my Cricut Maker.


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The Finished Spinning Wheels Quilt


The big reveal is here! I am pleased to have finished this beautiful project! This Spinning Wheels throw quilt is made from a kit by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs. I can’t wait to cuddle with it on cool evenings out on the porch!

If you recall, I have done two other posts about this entire quilting process. You can read more about how this entire project came together:

Read post 1

Read post 2

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Finished Quilt Size is 54″ x 70″

This post is sponsored by Riley Blake Designs and Cricut. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Quilt top has 35 Spinning Wheel Blocks

The Spinning Wheels Quilt

This project is made from 4″ quilt blocks that are assembled into the Spinning Wheels design. The great thing about it is that the Cricut cuts all those little pieces so you don’t have to. You can read more about that in my original post. Cut the pieces and then it’s a step by step process of sewing them together two at a time. Each Spinning Wheels block has 4 small blocks to make the larger blocks.

I made a number of step by step videos for this project. Explaining this construction on video is so much easier. For this project, you can see a dozen new videos on my You Tube Channel. Here’s the basic block construction video:

If you have done any quilting before, you know how much easier it is to quilt when all the pieces are cut exactly the same. The Cricut Maker is such a great tool for quilting because all of the pieces are machine cut, they fit together with out a lot of fussing and trimming. Honestly, I would have never attempted this Spinning Wheels Quilt pattern on my own because I know how time consuming and physically draining it would be to cut all those little pieces by hand. With the Cricut cutting the pieces, the entire process is so much more enjoyable!

After the blocks are assembled the outside frame or boarders are added. Once it’s put together with the other layers, it’s time to quilt and then bind it. I enjoy hand stitching the outside boarder in place, it’s a great way to relax while watching tv in the evening.

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The outside quilt boarder is hand finished.

Here are my top tips for stitching the blocks together and quilting:

5 Top Tips for the Spinning Wheels Quilt

1. Assemble the quilt blocks in small sections. Make all 4″ blocks, then go on to the larger ones. If you struggle matching the seams use small strips of fusible tape to hold them in place.

2. Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric on each square. This way the seam allowance doesn’t show behind the white pieces.

3. Starch the large blocks while pressing before assembling the rows. This makes joining seams easier and more accurate and will help the quilting process to go smoother.

4. Use a spray basting adhesive or large safety pins to make the quilt “sandwich” with the backing fabric and fiberfill before quilting.

5. Channel Quilt at 8″ intervals (stitching in the ditch of the seams) with a longer single needle stitch and a walking foot on your machine.

I cover many more tips in my videos, so be sure to check them out!


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Remember what the kit looked like before? Such pretty fabrics!

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Spinning Wheels Quilting Supply List

(affiliate links are included for your convenience)

Riley Blake Designs Daisey Days Throw Quilt Kit

Sewing Kit

Cutting Mat and Ruler

Rotary Cutting Tool

Cricut Maker with a Rotary Cutting Blade

This Daisey Days quilt kit can make any one of several different designs as you can see on the package. Some of my blogging friends made the other designs with the same kit! Be sure to check out their projects as well!

SookEe Designs

Sweet Red Poppy

Simple Life Pattern Company

Heather Handmade

Paisley Roots



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Thanks to Cricut and Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this post!

Here are some other fun things you can make with a Cricut!

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

If you are a blogger and are interested in Cricut’s affiliate program, click here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Re-cyled Jean Denim Vest

Denim is an easy fabric to work with, this jean vest uses pairs of old jeans for a stylish layering piece!


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Today’s project is easy to make from 3 pairs of old denim jeans. The Recycled Jean Vest pattern is super easy to follow, even if you have never sewn before you will have no troubles! You can purchase it from my affiliate link for Annie’s Catalogue here :

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This is a PDF pattern download, what that means is you will have immediate access to download the sewing pattern. It comes in sizes small up to 3x, and has a rather generous fit. Once you purchase the pattern you will need to tape the pieces together and cut out as shown below before cutting from your fabric.

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Vest Supplies Needed:

3 pairs similar colored denim jeans with little or no stretch

PDF sewing pattern for the Modern Silhouette Vest from Annie’s Catalogue

Sewing machine
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Jean Vest Sewing Directions:

1. Layout the pattern pieces in order from left to right. Cut off the right and bottom side of each pattern piece along the marked line. Assemble the pattern from left to right matching the marked diamonds A1 matches piece A1, B1 matches B1 etc. Tape pieces together. Cut out your desired size on the marked lines.
2. Lay out the jeans as directed in the pattern. Placing your pattern pieces accordingly. Pin in place, cut out.
3. Sew the first panel with stay stitching 1/2” from the curved edge of the side front and side back pieces as directed in the pattern. This line of stitching keeps the pieces from stretching while you are working on it. Press.
4. Beginning with the front side panel and front panel, match the seam edges with WRONG side together. Stitch with 5/8” seam allowance keeping seam to the outside of the garment as shown in photo.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the back panels, keeping seam to the out side of garment. Press.
6. Top stitch seam allowances on front panels on either side of seam 1/4” away from center. Repeat for back panels. Press.
7. Sew shoulder seam and side seams together with right sides together. The seam allowance will not show on the outside of the garment for these seams. Press.
8. I did not finish the hem, neck or armhole seams. I prefer the raw edges to show. If you wish you can zig-zag stitch or serge the raw edges in these areas to finish them.
This project is quick to put together and sew. It’s a great way to get more use out of those old jeans that would otherwise be thrown away or be sent to the thrift store. You could also use recycled bits of fleece or wool for this project.
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Here are some other fun recycled projects:

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

Mens Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt Pattern

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

Easy to Make Scrappy Denim Skirt

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Sewing for the Renassiance Faire

Episode 009

Sewing Costumes for the Renaissance Faire

Here ye, here ye, Lords and Ladies of the Faire! Gather around for this fascinating tale of adventure! If you are interested in cosplay, steampunk or historical costumes, this is for you!


Hi everyone, I am thrilled to be back again and talking about sewing costumes for the Renaissance Faire. This is one of my all time favorite things to do, I have been attending Ren Faires for more than 25 years. It’s huge event that many people love and enjoy. I was at the bank recently opening a new account when I had an interesting conversation with the banker. I was telling him about my blogging business and he asked a lot of questions. Then he went on to tell me that he spends his weekends doing Steampunk events! It was so unexpected, he is a very conservative gentleman with a bow tie and neatly trimmed beard, but he has a weekend passion for making costumes. Who would have guessed?


  1. What is the Renaissance Faire? When we were newly married about 28 years ago, a friend of mine suggested we attend the local Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin. The Faire is a theatrical event, with historically accurate costumes, music, games and food. Anything that is part of the Renaissance period from 1450-1650 is part of this festival. It is an outside event, usually in a big field, with period tents, store fronts, jousting arenas and makeshift theaters. The Faire is open each weekend for about 2 months during the summer. Professional actors are in costume as members of the Faire, and help set the stage for your experience at the event. Don’t be afraid to engage with them, it makes the experience so much fun! For example, you will learn very quickly what a “Privy” is!
  2. There are a number of very large fairs world wide, in the USA we have 4 major faires:


I have been to of the above but the Faire in California. Each faire is a bit different and you will find that it’s fun to travel and see what the other one’s are like. They are ADDICTIVE for those of us who love costumes and becoming someone else for a day.


  1. Do you have to wear a costume? The answer is no. However, you will have so much more fun if you go in costume. As a creative person, you will find so much to inspire you to sew more at the faire! Before you begin your costume, you need to decide what sort of character you would like to be. If you study history of the time (great thing to do with your kids) you will find there was a distinct difference in social classes that determined what sort of clothing they wore.


Peasant Class: Poor people with little or money to spend. Clothing was very simple, no prints or patterns other than an occasional tartan. No fancy buttons, trims or elastics. Clothes were made from light to mid weight woven cottons, linen, gauze, wool and burlap. Unfinished types of leather such as shearling or suede. Colors include off white, beige, light blue, dark blue, orange-red, russet, light browns, grey.


High Social Class: Members of the Nobility, Judges, Gentlemen and people of wealth. Clothing includes lavish textured or embroidered pieces, delicate laces and trims, silver or gold buttons, fine leather. Prints were lavish brocades, damask, finely woven linens, velvets, taffeta, silk and satins. Colors included shades of purple, red, black, white, dark brown, green.


Each color that was worn during this time period symbolized something about the social status of the person who was wearing it. For example, light blue was worn by marriageable young women, greens by youths, yellow by prostitutes etc. You can read more about Rennassiance color symbolism here.


  1. What should you wear? Let’s begin with what not to wear. Do not wear:
  • Tennis shoes
  • modern apparel and athletic wear
  • High heels
  • graphic t shirts, blue jeans
  • baseball caps
  • heavy winter clothing (it’s always the hottest day of the year at the faire)


  1. What can you sew for the event? What type of class you choose will determine some of what you make, but here are some ideas. Let’s start with the ladies:
  • long full skirts
  • cotton chemise (under dress) or blouse
  • corset
  • satchel (a simple drawstring purse)
  • snood (a net that is worn over long hair)
  • crescent shaped headpiece or veil
  • cape or wrap
  • blouse with ties on the front, with leg o’mutton sleeves
  • skinny pants or leggings with long boots and a big blouse (think Pirate costume)
  • loose fitting hat or bonnet


For the Men:

  • loose billowy under shirts with open necks and big sleeves
  • doublet or vests in leather or faux leather
  • jerkin or loose fitting top over the under shirt
  • loose fitting pants or cropped pants
  • leather breeches
  • tartan sash and kilt
  • cape
  • flamboyant flat style caps
  • garments with fur trim
  • pumpkin hose (balloon-ish style breeches covering the upper thigh)


Sewing and construction:

Garments during this time would have been custom made completely by hand. Fortunately, due to the popularity of the event there are a number of great historical patterns available. I chose a Simplicity Renaissance costume collection pattern that had both a peasant class design and a high class one.


It’s relatively easy to find plain cottons or linen. Look for brocades and fancier types of fabrics in the home decor department. The corset I made is made from gold brocade, perfect for this period.


When sewing, stick with simple stitches straight stitching or zig zag. I would not bother serging the seam allowances unless you plan on wearing your costume regularly.


General info on Corsets:

Not as hard to make as you think. The corset is the foundation garment worn over the chemise to support the bust and shape the waist. You will not want to wear a bra under this garment, although you may be tempted to do so. A corset is actually quite comfortable to wear provided it is not extremely tight and you can still breath and move in it.


Corsetry will require using boning. Boning during the Renaissance period was made from animal bones, today the choices are plastic or steel boning. I would suggest starting with plastic because it’s easy to use and rather forgiving to wear. Once you understand the construction of the garment, steel boning will be an easy transition. Essentially you are adding an interlining, an inner layer of material to the corset with vertical seams that contains the boning. Channels are stitched along the seam lines and then the boning is inserted. I discovered that the seam allowances are only ⅜” for this corset pattern not the usual ⅝”. That’s something to look out for. I really love my corset, it was easy to add the gromets in the front with the lace up ties. I am looking forward to making another one soon.


The chemise and skirt are easy to sew. I cheated and added elastic to my chemise, it’s not historically accurate but I don’t think anyone would ever know it was there. You can decide what works for you. I have seen a lot of different things at the Faire, unfinished hemlines are completely okay. It’s a costume, you can take it as far as you like, or just keep it simple.


You can read more of the sewing specifics on my lifestyle blog here:


I have a huge Renaissance Inspiration board on Pinterest if you need more costume ideas! Click here to join the board.

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How to Have a Sewing Portfolio: Interview with Candice Ayala

Do you have a place to host all your sewing projects, connect with other influencers and brand partners? Sewing Portfolios is exactly what you need to fill the void! In this episode we talk with Candice Ayala from Sewing

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Welcome back to the podcast! I have a treat for you today. My special guest is an amazing business woman. She has found a huge need in the marketplace for connecting influencers who sew with brand partners. Sewing Portfolios is a way to showcase your work and find connections for sponsored posts, collaborations and other sewing business related relationships.

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  1. Tell us a bit about what inspired you to create Are you a sewer?
  2. Can you give us some examples of how Sewing Portfolios has worked with influencers who sew?
  3. What are some brand partners that you have worked with?
  4. How does one become a member of Sewing Portfolios?Do you work with specific types of influencers like bloggers, Instagrammers, You Tubers?
  5. What’s in the future for Sewing Portfolios? I just saw your new Look Book and it is great!
  6. I would love to see a conference where brands and influencers can connect, is that a possibility?
  7. How can people connect with you? What’s your favorite form of social media?

Thanks so much for being here and sharing your story! Here’s how you can connect with Candice:


Twitter @sewingportfolio

Instagram @sewing portfolios

Facebook: Sewing Portfolios

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