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About Me:I'm a geeky, happy, sewing-obsessed wife, mother and crafter. I'm an American living happily in the UK with my lovely husband and tween daughter. I create handmade handbags, quilts, and other accessories. I love writing my blog and publishing craft tutorials, and I also write quilt and bag patterns. If you're looking to be featured or want other information, email me at jennaexcell(@)gmail.com
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This post is sponsored by Abakhan Fabrics (UK).
Hello!!! Today’s my big day: My Tula Pink Love Quilt pattern review is up on Sew Sweetness! Please go have a look – it’s a great pattern and if you’re a newer quilter it’s a perfect way to experiment with negative space, wonky blocks and just a little bit of piecing. If you’re an experienced quilter, it’s a fast, easy quilt with plenty of WOW.
I used Klona solid red fabric for the background; it was the first time I’ve ever used it and Will at Abakhan Fabrics was kind enough to send me some to have a play. I’ll do a full review on Thursday, in case you’ve been wondering about using it.
Thanks for looking, my friends!! And a HUGE thank you to Sara for having me as a guest!!!
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© J C Excell, 2012
Hello! I’d like to welcome Kat of StudioKat Designs, the newest sponsor at SewHappyGeek. She sells handbag patterns which are adorable, and sewing supplies too – those nifty bits and pieces you need to make a really profesh-looking handbag. She sent me 2 patterns to review, the Reuse-a-Bag, and the Boho Baguette:
Isn’t it adorable? I also like the sophisticated look of the Bellagio Bag:
She has TONS of great patterns available. And although I haven’t made the Boho Baguette, I have made the ReUse-a-Bag and have read both sets of instructions through. This is where Kat’s patterns really distinguish themselves, above any of the big pattern companies – the instructions are really thorough. They’re so good, and written in such a casual, easy to understand style, that it’s more like taking a class than reading a pattern. And I’m not just saying that because she’s a sponsor. And they’re a great price – $10 to $12 each. Plus she’s got some adorable free patterns too!
It’s taken me weeks to get to a point where I could make this Studio Kat Designs ReUse-a-Bag pattern, but I finally did it! I’m super proud of it:
I didn’t put in a zipper because I wouldn’t use it, so I just folded the edges over twice and made a hem. If I had it to do over, I’d do the ‘lock-in’ seam option before basting the interior and exterior together, so that it would match the side seams as well. I didn’t have Peltex so I jerry-rigged the straps, but I’m very happy with them. And the instructions were so easy to follow!
Here it is unfolded – I made the medium size and plan to leave it in the car. That way, when I pop in to the local shop I can just use this instead of their plastic bags.
It’s got a wee pocket inside for receipts and lists. Please excuse my awful stitching. I forgot to change the bobbin to orange thread :p.
All in all, what I can tell you is this: using one of Kat’s patterns is a delight, and I like buying from an real person, and an independent designer.
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© J C Excell, 2011