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Some New Quilting Discoveries

I’m running around this weekend NOT sewing, but made some fun discoveries I’d like to share.

The first is Make Modern magazine, an online magazine based in Australia. I just signed up for a trial subscription, and I’m really impressed. It’s loaded with quilting patterns, ideas, and tips. What’s even better is that the ideas are modern and fresh – in keeping with the Itty Bitty Handmade aesthetic. They have a fantastic online pattern gallery where you can look at patterns from past issues and buy the issue separately if you wish. There are so many I want to try!

Another discovery I made is this darling succulent mini-quilt pattern from Rachel Rossi. Designs. I have no connection to Rachel Rossi or her site; I just found this pattern online and purchased it this weekend. I’m impressed by the thoroughness of the pattern – I can’t wait to actually get some time to give it a shot! I love mini-quilts because they’re a chance to hone skills for larger projects, and they usually finish up a bit quicker so you get that great feeling of having accomplished something! I recommend that anyone who has finished an Itty Bitty Handmade quilt kit give a mini-quilt a try as their next step in quilting.


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Surface Pattern Design

One of the absolute most fun and addicting parts of being a quilter or sewist is picking out fabric. Going to a fabric shop is BETTER than going to a candy shop. It’s inspiring, and I find the colors and patterns are natural mood-boosters.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and a beautiful pattern for a fabric pops into my head. It’s like I’m dreaming in quilts. Unfortunately, I usually forget the fantastic pattern the minute I wake up!

I am an illustrator (IG: @orangeoakart) as well as the owner of Itty Bitty Handmade, and I’d love to some day design the Itty Bitty Handmade quilts from scratch – everything from the pattern on the fabric to the layout of the quilts. So, I decided to formalize my efforts and signed up for a design class by one of my favorite designers, Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost fame. As a coincidence, Bonnie is the designer of a couple of the fabrics featured in Itty Bitty Handmade’s baby quilt kits – our Falling Leaves kit and our Rolling Hills kit. Among other things, she designs for Art Gallery Fabrics, which has quickly become my favorite line. Here are some pics of her work and how it’s been integrated into our quilts:

More than anything, I’m nervous to delve into the digital side of design. I know my way around traditional media, but I’ve never trained in Illustrator or Photoshop. I’m looking forward to learning more about the industry. Prior to having my son, I was a lawyer, so I have no clue about the fabric/quilt/creative industries and how to break into them. I’d love to spread the word about Itty Bitty Handmade, but, frankly, I don’t know how. Hopefully I will know better after this class!

If you’re interested in fabric design, check out Spoonflower, a site where you can design your own fabric. I’ve tried a couple of my designs on their fabric and have been happy with the results. The only drawback from a commercial standpoint is that their price per yard is considerably higher than other retail outlets – even quilt shops.

I’ll keep updating the blog with what’s up in Bonnie Christine’s immersive class. If you found this post, you’re probably interested in hearing what’s up!



Baby Quilt Kits + Lots More

Welcome! I’ve been wanting to blog for Itty Bitty Handmade for a long time now. I struggled with whether or not the blog should just be about our baby quilt kits and quilting or lots more – and I’ve decided on “lots more”! I love our kits but have lots in store for IBH, and I have interests that range wide and far across the quilting/kits/craft domains. From talking with IBH customers, I know you guys do, too. So let’s talk about those things, and learn from one another!

I’m not a seasoned blogger or even a seasoned sewist. I learned how to sew the summer of 2015. I had purchased a sewing machine in 2014 while I was pregnant, and, embarrassingly, it sat in the box for well over a year. It became a running joke between my husband and me. Every time he jabbed me about the unopened box, I warned him that once I opened it and learned how to sew, there would be no going back. I had a sneaking suspicion that once I started sewing, I’d never want to stop. I was right!

So I learned how to use the machine, and taught myself how to quilt from numerous sources on the web, the library, and through trial and error. It just proves that you don’t need to know a lot about sewing to make an Itty Bitty Handmade baby quilt. If I could right after learning how to sew, I promise you can, too! Since then I’ve made so many I’ve lost count, but I truly learn something new each time.

Our website has a lot of resources on it for learning to quilt and on making our quilts. I’ll go into more detail on these things on this blog as we go on. I’m excited to go on this blogging adventure and hopefully delve into some new and unexplored areas of quilting, sewing and crafting!