If you have a bucket list, I sure hope you have several of our National Parks on it! Whether you've already made travel plans or you're still working on your list, here's a fun project that might get you in the mood.

Made with the nostalgic collection National Parks by The Anderson Group brought to us by Riley Blake Designs, this fun bucket hat will certainly get you ready for a park visit. Whether for gals, guys or little ones, bucket hats are a fun project!

A quick internet search will bring up several bucket hat how-to's. We chose this free pattern: https://www.turnerpublishing.com/files/uploads/BasicBucketHat-2.pdf​

We tweaked the pattern a bit and made it reversible. The best place to do this in this type of hat is the side seam of the band. Though it seems like sewing two hats , sandwiching them together and sewing at the edge of the brim is a good idea, it really isn't.

Making the brim section first and doing your multiple rows of top-stitching (the iconic look of most bucket hats) before sewing to the band, is much better.

We used the Sea Green National Parks Patches print for the outside and the Sand Map print for the reverse. Because two fabrics are just never enough, we added a snazzy hat band of the Black Sign print.

You'll need cuts larger than a fat quarter due to the circumference of the hat brim. Buy at least half yard cuts and you'll have nice scraps for another project!

Next up: we'll have the pattern to make a great saddle bag!

Feeling adventurous yet?

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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Updated: May 6


When a new fabric collection is getting close to release we download the images and start plugging the fabrics into quilt designs. Never before have we downloaded a collection where we came up with so many beautiful quilts! Painter's Palette by J. Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Designs is truly a palette of fabric every quilter needs.

In Paint by Row we used Rolie Polie strips and yardage to make this fun take on the old Hatchet Block. As a beginner level pattern, it comes together quickly and easily. Using Janet's classic antique paint tin fabric for the border ties all the colors together.

Here's what we used:

1 -RP8940 Multi Rolie Polie 1.75 yards -C8944 charcoal texture (background, inner border, binding) 1.25 yards -C8946 painters palette (border, this is directional fabric so you need 2.25 yards if you want all sides of the border going in the same direction) 1 yard -RBD Basic Shades WB200 snow (background)

You might recognize that paint tin design. We've sewn over 1,500 items with it since it's original release a few years back. It's an Aunt Henri staple and we shed more than a few tears when we used the last yards we had. In fact, you might say we 'pestered ' this re-release into existence. As in, we might have asked Janet a couple times a week for two years to bring it back. Possibly. That might have happened. (It's a wonder she still takes our calls.)

Paint By Row is available as a digital download.

You can find the pattern HERE.

Here's a peek at some other quilt patterns we are working on:

Bingo!

Did you notice the bingo number prints? Here's a fun way to incorporate numbers and dates that are special to the quilt recipient.

Pattern coming soon!

The Star of St. Louis: another Rolie Polie or 10" stacker friendly pattern. We adore the cascading color!

Ode to Van Gogh: Pull the yellows, green, and black out of the line to make giant sunflowers!

Yule Tide: Haul out the holly and berry colors for a festive Christmas quilt! Isn't this jolly?

We could do this all day but boy, do we have a lot of sewing to do. If we had to come up with one word for this collection, it would be 'versatile.' Whether using all the colors with pre-cuts or just buying yardage of your favorite colors, you can make so many projects! Feeling inspired yet?

Paint by Row Quilt Pattern

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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This week's great gift idea showcases the fabulously multi-crafty Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs and https://www.busyfingerspatchwork.com/

We all know Sue as The Empress of English Paper Piecing and as a fabric designer at Riley Blake Designs, but Sue is also an avid crocheter! Visit her website and you'll find yarn, patterns, and kits right along side all her quilting goodies.

When her latest collection Paper Daisies was released we thought it might be fun to sew a set of bags to make traveling with your crochet projects stylish and easy.

Paper Daisies is a garden of pinks, blues, yellows and greens with a little bit of gray. It's cheerful and sunny and so easy to work with. (You'll see two new quilts with this collection in the next few weeks.) Our absolute favorite part, which I'm sure the entire Sue Daley Designs team is sick of hearing about, is the fat eighth panels! What a brilliant use of design! It's available in three colorways: blue, gray and pink. If you bought all three you would have 24 prints in just three yards of fabric, how awesome is that? Quilting heaven to be sure.

Here's the blue panel we used to make our first bag:

We built our crochet tote bag with 2" strips of each print. We used the quilt-as-you-go method to sew them to batting, adding 3" strips of the main Paper Daisy print to the sides.

Next time around I think we'll use foam rather than batting to give the tote a sturdier silhouette.

After it was quilted we cut it to the shape of our bag front and back, then added sides cut from white vinyl. We like vinyl on the bottoms because it can easily be wiped clean and stands up well.

Inside our bag we have our signature Aunt Henri elastic pocket made with elastic thread by Gütermann. Yarn comes in many sizes and shapes and having a stretchy pocket helps hold any of them in place. We like to knit or crochet with the yarn still tucked in our bag pocket and the bag flap closed. The yarn feeds out through the sides and stays clean and tangle free while you work.

The bag lining is Riley Blake Designs linen in Aqua. Using linen inside as the lining gives the bag good body and really shows off Sue's Ceramic print.

Roomy enough to hold your phone and wallet, it's a great bag for carrying to appointments so you can crochet on the go.

Our second little bag is a zippered organizer for your tools. Measuring at 6.5" by 10.5" it's large enough to hold a written pattern. Look at those precious dragonflies fluttering around the daisies!

The crochet hook holder can be customized to fit the size hooks you most use. There's plenty of room for chunky hooks and a pair of snips.

Using clear vinyl with a zipper lets you see all your small accessories while keeping them secure. We added a long strap because sometimes we like to hang our little bag from the arm of the chair.

Watch for both of these patterns coming to our shop soon.

We hope you like this first taste of Sue Daley's Paper Daisies, we can't wait to show you the quilts!

Happy Sewing,

-AH

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