That Handmade Touch Book Hop

That Handmade Touch Book Hop

That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

I’ve been following the work of Svetlana Sotak for years now and am in love with her clean, practical, handmade aesthetic. When I heard she had a new book out I was excited to get my hands on a copy and be part of her book blog hop! Follow along on the hop via her Instagram feed at: @sotakhandmade

Soft Storage Bucket from That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

Soft Storage Bucket from That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

The book is called That Handmade Touch and is a Lucky Spool publication. It was so hard to pick just one project to make because honestly, I want to sew everything in this book but I needed to leave projects for the other blog hop makers to sew so I decided to sew the Soft Storage Bucket because:

  1. It’s so darn cool

  2. I can always use more pretty storage baskets

  3. I’ve always wanted to work with leather handles and try adding rivets

That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

That Handmade Touch by Svetlana Sotak

Never having added rivets to a project before was the only part of this project that made me nervous. Sewing up the bag was a snap and the instructions and illustrations were easy to follow. I think it took all of a half hour to make the bag and another 4 days to get the nerve to add the rivets!

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Turns out, it was really no big deal to use the pre-cut leather and rivets—look for the affiliate product links at end of post. For the fabrics, I used the Sand Bar canvas from my Art Gallery Fabrics Coastline collection on the exterior of the bag and AGF Crosshatched Textured Denim for the lining.

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This bag is just the perfect size and there’s so many uses for a bucket bag like this; toys, throw blankets, craft supplies, shopping, and the list goes on. I also like the fun option of rolling the top edge down to reveal the interior print or having it up for a taller bucket bag or easy-carry tote.

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Don’t you just love the antique gold rivets with the leather!!!??? The leather adds the perfect accent for the coastal-look of this bag. I plan to make more of these to use as gifts for the upcoming holiday season—their roomy enough to fill with fun items and useful beyond just being the wrapping.

H-Block Quilt

H-Block Quilt

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Some time ago I did house cleaning on my Free Patterns page to clear out PDFs that were not up to my current formatting and pattern writing standards. Unfortunately, the H-Block baby quilt pattern was one that was pulled. I have been intending to bring this pattern back but it's hard to find the time to devote to a free pattern or get excited about remaking a quilt when new projects keep cropping up! 

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Well, I got a whole bunch of motivation not only to publish a new version of this free pattern but to make a baby quilt for a new grand baby coming this spring! Now I was ready to remake this quilt with renewed love and excitement. 

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The H-Block quilt it simple but so much fun and rewarding to make. It would be an excellent use of jelly roll strips because all the pieces are 2-1/2"-wide. I selected an assortment of prints from my various Art Gallery Fabrics collection: Gossamer, Coastline, Tapestry, Bountiful, and Fusions reprints (of my prints and other designers like Bari J. and Bonnie Christine) from Bachelorette, Woodland, and Floralia. I've also added in AGF Smooth Denim for a lovely departure from solids. See my Fabrics page for online shops that carry my collections.

My quilt uses 8 dark fabrics, 8 medium fabrics, and 6 light fabrics. My daughter wanted an earthy-boho look too the quilt and goes beautifully with her eclectic style of decorating. I couldn't be happy with how the quilt came out!

Download the free PDF H-Block pattern from my Free Patterns page.

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The finished size of this quilt is 46'' x 58'' and a great snuggling size as baby gets bigger. I used a very simple free-form half circle with a loop machine quilting design that was fast and easy to make. I didn't mark out the design ahead of time--just free motioned it and it's not perfect but I love it! 

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For the batting I used my all-time favorite Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting. It's incredible in every way. The batting handles like cotton but it light weight. The drape of the quilt is exquisite and will be warm and soft for years to come. I machine washed the quilt before brining it to my daughter this weekend and dried in the dryer on low. There we no noticeable shrinkage of the quilt so this makes an excellent product for a baby quilt. 

Constellate Quilt Kit Giveaway

This week we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall as the autumnal equinox officially begins. Time to start nesting as I described in my last post. As many of you are aware, this blog is sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop. It's great fun working with Kimberly Jolly, founder and owner of FQS and her terrific staff. Did you know about all the helpful YouTube videos FQS has?!? From how to use the latest sewing and quilting tools, to step-by-step block piecing, and how-tos, they've got it all and do it all.

Each month, this blog and the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway Art Gallery Fabrics fabric bundles. At the beginning of the month we gave away the Ivory Color Fun bundle to one of my readers and Katy Marriott was the lucky recipient! My generous sponsor has a surprise this month with another incredible giveaway--the Constellate Quilt kit! Yes, that's right, a quilt kit will be given away this week. The Constellate Quilt is an Art Gallery Fabrics pattern made with AGF Denim Studio fabric.

AGF denim is like chambray--soft and drapey. The same high quality you'd expect from any Art Gallery Fabrics substrate. The Constellate Quilt kit with printed and solid denim fabrics is a $99.98 dollar value and makes a 41" x 54" quilt top the includes binding*. See details at the end of this post on how to enter the giveaway.

*Please note that backing is not included in this kit and would require 3 yards of additional fabric.

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TO ENTER:

Giveaway for the Constellate Quilt kit begins today, Monday, September 19th, 2016 and will end on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 4 p.m. EDT. 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post anytime between 9/19/16 and 4 p.m. EDT on 9/26/16 to be entered into drawing

The winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email so be sure to completely fill out the comment box entry form with a valid email address. If commenting anonymously or with a no-reply, be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment to qualify for the drawing. If the winning entrant does not reply to my congratulatory email or comment reply within 24 hours I will select an alternate winner's name. 

Good Luck!