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Applejack

About a year ago, Aunt Ali (or Aunt “Eye-yah” as Courtney’s daughter Eva calls her) introduced Eva to “My Little Ponies,” and they quickly bonded over Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Nightmare Moon. Since then, the Ponies have been a constant presence in our households, so when it came time to name our newest pattern for Apple iPad and MacBook cases, the answer came to mind immediately.

New applejack

If you don’t know who this is, allow us to enlighten you. She’s Applejack, the self-described “loyalest of friends and the most dependable of ponies.” Not a bad character to name your newest pattern after, even if she looks nothing at all like the My Little Pony Applejack we all had as a kid.

1980s applejack

Our version of the Applejack is a modern, geometric case for transporting and storing your iPads and MacBooks.

Applejack promo

It features one outer pocket, a customizable inner pocket with gusseted section for storing chargers and headphones, and a decorative strap closure.

Applejack flap open

Small iPad Case Inner

Applejack inside

Small iPad Case Outer

The pattern includes templates for making four different case sizes, a small and large iPad case and a small and large MacBook case. The finished sizes are:

  • Small (7.9″ display) iPad case is about 8 ½” tall, 10” wide and 1” deep
  • Large (9.7″ display) iPad case is about 10” tall, 13” wide and 1” deep
  • Small (13.3″ display) MacBook case is about 11” tall, 14” wide and 2” deep
  • Large (15.4″ display) MacBook case is about 12” tall, 15 ½” wide and 2” deep

Applejacks 2

Applejacks

We sewed up all of these Applejack cases with the new Sweet Rebellion fabrics from our awesome friends at Ink & Arrow Fabrics. The fabrics are so fun and sassy that we just finished hosting an entire week celebrating them! You can find all of those posts on our blog and the fabrics are in quilt shops across the country now.

Applejack Cases

The Applejack PDF pattern has 7 pages and over 30 color photos to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9.

Happy sewing! Or,as Applejack would say, “Well, howdy-do, sugarcube!”

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Gotta Go

Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way right now. Aaaaand… everyone start singing… “Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now. Gotta go, gotta go right now!”

Phew. Glad that’s done.

Now it’s time to do our absolute favorite thing – kick off the release of a new collection! Our Fall 2015 collection is all about travel, and the best pattern to start with is our new perfect traveling companion, the Gotta Go.

Gotta Go promo

We actually started work on this bag two years ago. Which means we have been excited about releasing this bag for two years. And to be honest, we have no idea what took us so long to get this pattern out into the world, but we are even more thrilled with it now and we could not be happier to share it with you all.

This is an exceptionally versatile bag that can function as a wristlet or a pouch and is fantastic for everyday use and anywhere you want to go.

Gotta Go on Date Night

Gotta Go features two outer sections with a zipper closure that has divided inner pockets on one side and card holders on the other.

Gotta Go Divided Pockets

Gotta Go Card Holders

In the middle is an inner section with a separate zipper closure. Any of the sections are large enough to fit the iPhone 6 or similar sized phones.

Gotta Go with iPhone6

You can fill the Gotta Go with all of your essentials and more and then use it as a zipper pouch or clip on the detachable strap and use it as a wristlet.

Gotta Go Side Views

Finally, you can create a fun and easy optional patchwork design on the outer sections. Here’s an example of the patchwork in a more monochromatic look, which also looks amazing.

Gotta Go Solids Patchwork Front

The best part? Gotta Go only uses 4 fat quarters if you choose to do the patchwork version, or 3 fat quarters if you choose to do the non-patchwork version. And we all know there is no better music to a sewist’s ears than a pattern that only uses a few fat quarters.

And now it’s time to share even more eye candy… the amazing bags our testers made!

Julie made the Gotta Go for her niece and lovely model. We absolutely love the bright and beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics she used and it looks like the wristlet is already getting great use.

Julie

Brinkley chose to do the non-patchwork outer bag and used a really charming blue floral for all of the exterior pieces. She uses the Gotta Go as a zipper pouch and stuffs it full with everything she needs in her backpack everyday. What a great idea.

Brinkley

Lindsay also chose to sew the non-patchwork version of the outer bag and used it to highlight some amazing Cotton and Steel Picnic fabric. And check out the lacey zipper she used on the inner divider! That zipper has already made its way onto our must-have notions list.

Lindsay

Finally, Vicki is an experienced quilter and we love how she made the Gotta Go her own by creating her own patchwork design on the outer bag. And her use of colorful, fun scraps is totally inspiring and a great way to sew your stash.

Vicki

The Gotta Go PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 90 color photos (!!) to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 5 1/2” tall, 7” wide and 2” deep when closed (5 1/2” deep when fully opened).

Happy sewing and Gotta Go-ing! And remember to send us images of your completed bags because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on our Instagram.

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Windblown

Have you missed us? Because we’ve sure missed you!! We can’t believe it’s been over 6 long weeks since we last posted, but sometimes adult life just finds a way to take over and meanly steal your sewing mojo.

But now we’re back and happy to report that not only has our mojo been found, but we’re ready to release the first pattern from our new collection… our first quilt pattern!

Windblown promo

Our Spring 2015 collection is inspired by wind, and more specifically the fun things in life that are powered by wind – kites and sailboats. And since kites and sailboats are better operated outside (or so we’re told), we wanted to design a quilt that would inspire you to get outside and use it.

Windblown Quilt over Fence

Windblown quilt at park

Our quilt is kind of an exploded nine-patch (is that a thing?), with large kite and small sailboat motif blocks.

Windblown Quilt Top

Windblown kite block

Windblown sailboat block 

We had a great time choosing all of these beautiful batiks from Quilting Adventures. They remind us of waves and clouds, also powered by wind. What can we say… when we go for a theme, we go all out.

Windblown quilt top center

We think it looks pretty great in solids too, as you can see from this portion of one of our test quilts.

Windblown solids

Just like we do with most of the bags we design, we incorporated a fun optional feature to our quilt. You can add corner pockets to the quilt back to fill with sand or rocks to keep it from blowing away on you. So simple, yet so useful. We also used PUL (polyurethane laminate) for the backing material so that it’s completely waterproof. MacArthur award, here we come.

Windblown quilt on beach

Windblown corner pockets

The PDF pattern has 13 pages, over 65 color photos, and 8 diagrams. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 58” x 58”.

Come back in a few weeks, when we’ll release the first of the three bags we designed for our wind inspired collection… the Carried Away tote! And be sure to check us out on Instagram where we’ve been posting sneak peeks of what we’re working on and other fun things, like eating chocolate while sewing at 9am.