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Blossom Blog Hop + 2 Giveaways


Its my Day! on the Stitching Stars Blossom Blog Hop that is! Its also Paula’s day so make sure to pop over to her blog from here…she creates and stitches the. best. Womens Fashions! We are on Day 4 and Ill post the full line up at the bottom of this post. Its a long one but bear with me, its worth it, I promise!

Blossoms is our Theme for this hop and in my #bagineer #teststitcher mind I found inspiration in the pretty yellow Floral paired with classic hounds tooth for Testing Sassifras Bien’s Hefty Hobo Bag pattern and topped with a Handmade Bloom. In addition to creating awesome pdf patterns, Angie hosts a Sewing Pattern Testing  group for Designers and Testers to find each other and work together. Its a great resource for both, Thanks Angie!

Would you like to win this Bag? Leave me a comment and Ill pick a winner a week from today, Thursday, April 13th.

Now, The Grand Prize!!! This Beautiful Quilt stitched by my very talented Blog Hop companions. I sadly wasn’t able to participate in the making so please make sure to enter via the rafflecopter on their posts. Great Job Ladies!


As promised, the Blossom Blog Hop lineup, you’ll find the Rafflecopter there and make sure to follow them on Instagram too!
Monday, April 3, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017

 Shewww, Thanks for making it, Good Luck!!!



Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Im so happy to be participating in the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop and there are 2 awesome giveaways at the bottom! The Sew Pro inaugural event was this past September and was for entrepreneurs looking to break into the professional world of Sewing. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness Patterns and Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, true sewing professionals in their own rights and the fellow professionals they invited to share their experience and expertise were off the charts incredible…Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Mimi G, Kristen Link of Sew Mama Sew,  Abbey Glassenberg of While She Naps, Craft Insustry Alliance and more!  Each shared their story of creating, knocking on doors and making the dream live.  Fan girl moments: I sat next to Pat Sloan during lunch Saturday, wheee and I carried my Tortoise Bag (Thanks Again for letting me test Sara!) made of Tula Pink Ponies, turned out it was the main print for one of her classes I attended, pinch me!!! Yaa, I’m just cool like that, ha, not really but man, I felt like a Star!






Just a few of the things I took away…

  1. Keep Knocking on Doors!
  2. There are no mistakes in creativity!
  3. Mean what you say and say what you mean!
  4. There will never be a “Perfect” time to start!
  5. It’s okay to be your loudest Cheerleader!

When I was checking in, Sara was at the table with Kim (yeah, Go Go Kim!) and as she introduced us she mentioned that I “always have a horse somewhere in my projects” so my Sew Pro inspired project had to be…Feed Sack Fun! I did what I do (test patterns, Thank You Designers!) and tested this pattern , its The Laume Clutch By Needle&Thread (&free on Craftsy!), Thanks Lauren!


I made a paper template of the main piece to mark on the feed sack where to cut for the front and back…fussy cutting, swoon. Really, it’s the Template that makes all the difference in this project and really, for all fussy cutting. With 10 horses here we go through quite a few feed sacks in a weeks time so you’ll be seeing more of these 🙂


Make sure to stop by all the Sew Pro Stars blogs to see what Sew Pro inspired for them…

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson –

Sherri Noel –

Andi McElvain –  

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer –  <<< you’re here

Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart –

Sherry Shish –

Joanne Kerton –

Lisa Nielsen –

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross –

Anne Beier –

Jessica Caldwell –

Pamela Morgan –

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell –

Cathy Smith –

Lissa LaGreca –

Paula Mamuscia –

Angie Tackett –

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker –

Holly Stockley –

Teri Seal –

Trinia Braughton –

Deanna Wall –

***Enter the Sew Pro Giveaway below to win a Fabric Bundle and Patterns***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

****And to win my Feed Sack Laume Clutch…just leave a comment here and Ill pick a winner next Tuesday 11/22/16****

Thanks Sew Much for making it this far! I can’t finish without also Thanking all the new friends I met and made, Thank You Ladies for a great weekend!!! Hope to see you again here, on Facebook or Instagram!


***some links are affiliates


Holland Road Bag

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“Yes, I made this Sew Sweetness Holland Road Bag” Thank You to all the folks compliments I’ve gotten on this bag, from friends, family and strangers alike 🙂 Sara created this bag with the Beginner Sewist in mind, with basic pattern pieces, small curves, easy slip pockets, a little hardware and a button. You can easily add to this bag with advanced techniques and additional hardware too if you are a more experienced bag maker.

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I made it even quicker by using Cotton Webbing for the handles and adding just 3 slip pockets instead of the 6 called for. I’m using mine as a tote to hold my tech/phone wallet and checkbooks so less pockets works for me…and I was running out of sewing time that day, LOL!

1st Bag

Oh that awesome Feathers cover and Print lining fabrics? It’s from the Cotton&Steel collection…and I should have bought more, swooon! Thank You Sara for the awesome bag and Thanks friends for stopping over. See ya next time!

Sewvivor- Vintage Barngirl

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 Im taking the chance and throwing my creative skills into the Sewvivor Season 3: Quilter’s Edition auditions! Rachel at Family Ever After is the host and being a huge fan following along with the past 2 seasons, I had to jump in. Im submitting my Modern Q Messenger-Baby Edition Bag. The bag is my own pattern and the herringbone block that Ive done a few times is from a Bijou Lovely tutorial from a couple years ago and is still up. This cute bag was created for a dear family friend and is loaded with 8 total slip pockets inside and out, 2 additional bottle/cup pockets outside, 2 elastic bottle holders inside, an inside zipper pocket, stroller straps and personalized with babies name.

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  Herringbone Block and Quilting in progress…

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Thank You sew much for stopping by and please join me keeping fingers and toes crossed to make it into the 1st round of 16…Wish Me Luck!

VBg Reversible Quick Tote

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So happy to be sharing the how-to’s for these cute and easy totes at Whimsical Fabrics Blog for Tuesday Tutorial! Danielle, Im so honored to be sharing with you and all your  Whimsical Fabric fans, Thank You for the opportunity! Special Thanks also to Michelle at Abigail Michelle, for her easy stitching and on trend machine embroidery designs! Head on over to Danielle’s blog and let me know what you think!

For anyone new stopping by, Thank You and be watching for the promised Fabric Flower and Key Chain to match tutorials here soon! Id love it you’d check out my ongoing projects on Facebook at Vintage Barngirl. 

linked up at Threading My Way,  Sew Can Do, Sugar Bee Crafts, Brag Bag Tuesday

Dot Dot Dash for Mom

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Told you Id be back…just didn’t think it would be 5mos later, LOL! Let me start by saying Thank You Sara of Sew Sweetness,  for just the right Bag to get me motivated to blog! I’ll be making another one or 3 of these bags! I’ve been a happy follower of Sew Sweetness for quite some time as I admire her choice of fabrics, her bags, her dresses, her style and I love that we both live in the suburbs of Chicago! We got to meet in person at The Sewing Summit last fall.  Yes, she is as adorable in person as she is on her blog and Im sew happy that she is opening her own pattern shop, Congrats Sara!  Click the photo to get a better look…its got 5 zippers on the front and a recessed zipper across the top, This Bag Rawks!!! The pattern can be found here .

I also need to say Thank You Mom, for sending the perfect Fabric and making the request for lots of pockets so long ago, long before Sara even posted that she was looking for pattern testers! Your “Mom” vibes were totally working that day, xox

ok, I still owe a post on The Sewing Summit so Ill be back…






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