Monday, June 12, 2017

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

There are a few designers who just have a knack for creating sweet floral prints, and Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs is one of them. I want a whole bouquet of her flowers on fabric! Her new collection Arbor Blossom is just as lovely as her previous two lines, and I really enjoyed turning these prints into a simple patchwork pillow using a traditional hourglass block.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The pillow feels so vintage to me. I tried to pair similar colors in each block within both the feature and background prints. The white borders and colorful cornerstones let the blocks stand out a bit within the pillow top.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

My favorite print in the whole collection is this blue floral -- so lovely! I tried making my first button closure for the envelope backing, and I love the way it turned out.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The faux weave on the button surface makes me think of lattices and wicker furniture, playing nicely with the Arbor Blossom theme.

Keep your eyes out for other projects on the Arbor Blossom blog tour this week. Here's the schedule:


6-12-2017   Heidi Staples at fabricmutt.blogspot.com
6-13-2017   Kim Kruzich at retro-mama.blogspot.com
6-14-2017   LeAnne Ballard at everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com
6-15-2017   Allison Jensen at woodberryway.com
6-16-2017   Veronica Am at vividfelicity.wordpress.com
6-17-2017   Nadra Ridgeway at ellisandhiggs.com

Happy sewing, friends!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Soulful Sewing

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Last month I had the chance to make a few small projects for my friend Maureen's booth for Quilt Market using her new Soulful collection which is just starting to hit stores now. Maureen is the queen of bohemian chic, and this collection proves it. Her designs are organic and lovely and remind me of exotic destinations. The coin pouch above is probably my favorite sample. Those patchwork squares finish at 1", and I love the rounded edges on the bottom corners.

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Two larger zipper pouches show off more patchwork. I love pairing the quilting cottons with AGF denim.

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

This log cabin block makes a sweet tiny pincushion.

Soulful Fabric Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

For my last two projects, I used a few of my own tutorials. Pixie Baskets are always handy.

Soulful Fabric Pinnie Pennant by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

And I loved featuring one of Maureen's global inspired prints at the top of this Pinnie Pennant. Instead of twine or string, I used leather cord for the loop at the top which felt like a good match with these prints.

Soulful seems like just the thing for summer sewing. Be sure to check out the whole collection here!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five & Dime Goes to Market


My Five & Dime fabric made it's debut at Quilt Market last weekend. I wasn't able to attend, but the dear people at Riley Blake/Penny Rose were kind enough to let me have a corner of the main booth for a small display. I spent several weeks sewing up as many things as I could before everything had to be mailed off. It was so much fun to finally get to play with my own fabric!

I love the Girl Friday Sewing Case from my book which you see at the top of the post. It has so much room inside for tools and projects on the go!


This Trinket Case was the perfect chance for fussy cutting. I spotted that gum ball machine charm at Hobby Lobby and just couldn't resist!


I had to make a Deluxe Pincushion (also from my book) with all my tiniest fussy cut pieces.


These baby shoes make my heart melt. The pattern is from Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka.


This Boardwalk Mini Tote is from the Fast Fabric Gifts booklet I did for Issue 41 of Love Patchwork & Quilting last year. It makes such a fun reusable gift bag.


I can never get enough patchwork pillows. This cover features a large courthouse steps block.


It's so great to see a spectrum of all the colors and prints in one place on this pillow cover, and I love the way they look against the gray background. These diamonds can be pieced so quickly, making for a great fast finish.


My last project was a quick half apron in my Packaging print, complete with a bow and pom-pom trim.


Thanks to Cindy Cloward, I was able to get a glimpse of my display on Instagram. The biggest project in my display was my new Storefronts Quilt, which will be a free pattern on my blog. Would you believe that I was in such a rush to get it bound and mailed off to St. Louis that I completely forgot to take a finished photo? But I'll have a photo (and a pattern) for you coming soon...promise!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Blossom Pillow

Fat Quarter Style Blossom Pillow with Charleston and Les Petits fabrics by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

I'm guest posting over at the Fat Quarter Shop blog today, sharing this patchwork pillow I made using the Blossom quilt block pattern from Fat Quarter Style. Pairing Amy Sinibaldi's lovely new Charleston and Les Petits collections with some Sevenberry dotted canvas and this simple quilt block might just be the best decision I've made all week -- I'm definitely in love with the results. Head over to the blog to check it out!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

When I was a little girl, my mother sewed clothes for me and my sister whenever she could. After getting a glimpse of Amy Smart's new collection Gingham Girls for Penny Rose Fabrics, I was almost certain that she'd gotten a peek at my childhood closet. These prints would be right at home among those handmade dresses.


Light and happy and just a touch patriotic, Gingham Girls couldn't be more perfect for summer sewing.

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I haven't stitched up a Stationery Kit from my tutorial in a while, and it always makes for a fun afternoon of sewing. While I love using these projects to hold note cards and stickers, they make sweet little sewing kits with just the quick addition of a felt rectangle for needles and pins.

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I especially like using them for paper piecing. That snap pocket is just the right size for 1" hexagon paper pieces!

The more I work with Amy's fabric, the more I love it. I introduced her prints to my fabric stash too and found that it played really well with the rest of my collection. The kit was an early Mother's Day gift for my mom -- and a not nearly big enough "thank you" for all the gorgeous clothes she made for me over the years. I love you, Mom! You're amazing!!

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Be sure to check in at Amy's website for more stops on the Gingham Girls tour in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hair Bow Pouch

Fat Quarter Baby Hair Bow Pouch by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

I'm guest posting over at the Fat Quarter Shop blog today for this month's Pattern Makeover post. A fun block from Fat Quarter Baby has become the sweetest little pouch for hair accessories...donut charm included. Head over there to check it out!

Modern Triangle Quilts & Giveaway


It's an understatement to say how proud I am of my dear friend Rebecca Bryan. I've known this girl since the early days back when we were both starting our blogs and chasing toddlers around the house at the same time. She has completely blown me away as she's tackled challenge after challenge in the quilting business, always inspiring others with her creative work. I can't believe how many projects she can balance at once, and she has even more wonderful surprises up her sleeve that you'll be hearing about soon, I promise!


One of her most recent finishes was a gorgeous new book for Stash Books called Modern Triangle Quilts, and it was a joy for me to have a tiny part in it.


This clever take on sampler quilts features nothing but triangle blocks -- in equilateral, right, and isosceles versions, no less. It's such a great concept, and the patterns are so interesting to make.


All of the quilts in the book are made using only solid fabrics...with three exceptions: the sample blocks that Becca asked me to make featuring prints. I had an absolute ball playing with her patterns to come up with these mini quilts, and it was a wonderful challenge to see how I could highlight different aspects of the fabric designs. The mini quilt at the top of my post is the best example of this kind of fussy cutting -- so much fun!


Instead of a typical blog tour, Becca wanted to do something special to publicize her book. She asked a number of quilters to sew a block from Modern Triangle Quilts following a predetermined color scheme, and she has pulled them all together in a lovely new pattern called the Well Wishes Quilt. The pattern is currently on sale for a limited time through her blog for just $5 right here, and everyone who purchases the pattern will be entered for a chance to win the quilt. All proceeds from the pattern sales will be donated to Living Water International, a Christian group that digs wells for communities who have no access to clean water. You can read all the details at her blog post here.

Stash Books is giving away one copy of Modern Triangle Quilts to my readers (a hard copy to a U.S. resident or an e-copy to an international winner). Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win, and be sure to include an email address if you're a no-reply commenter! The giveaway will close on April 18th.

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour below!

Monday April 3rd: Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net
Monday April 3rd: Stash Books - www.ctpub.com/blog/
Tuesday April 4th: Heidi Staples - www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com/
Wednesday April 5th: Felice Regina - www.sewscatterbrained.com/
Thursday April 6th: Giuseppe Ribaudo - @giucy_giuce
Friday April 7th: Christa Watson - www.christaquilts.com/
Saturday April 8th: Christopher Thompson - thetattooedquilter.com
Monday April 10th: Karin Jordan - www.leighlaurelstudios.com/
Tuesday April 11th: Kitty Wilkin - nightquilter.com/
Wednesday April 12th: Nicole Daksiewicz - modernhandcraft.com/
Thursday April 13th: Sarah Thompson - www.sariditty.com/
Friday April 14th: Amy Sinibaldi - www.nanaCompany.typepad.com/
Saturday April 15th: Rebecca Bryan - www.bryanhousequilts.com

Happy sewing, friends!
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