Jungle Lattice: Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I’ve been on a kick with baby quilts lately. I’ve put together a free baby quilt pattern that’s totally doable for beginners and intermediate quilters, too!

This baby quilt tutorial uses charm squares (5″ x 5″ precut squares, which you can also cut from other fabric in your stash) and crisp, white sashing, for an effect that looks like a lattice fence, with pops of bright color popping through! I chose “jungle colors” with a pop of brightness to match a baby boy’s nursery, but you can customize this pattern and colors to fit the size and look of your preferred quilt. Bright, monochromatic (all one color) prints look great with this quilt pattern, and the white lattice really brightens up whatever colors you choose.

I hope you enjoy this free baby quilt pattern! Let’s get started.

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Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

Finished Quilt Size: Approx. 40″ x 48″


– 40 fabric squares 5″ x 5″ (5 each of 8 assorted prints)
– 1 3/4 yards of white fabric for sashing, corner and side triangles and border
– 3/8  yard of binding fabric
– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric
– 44″ x 52″ batting

Cutting Instructions:

– Cut 10 strips 1 1/2″ x WOF  (width of fabric / selvage to selvage) for sashing (the lattice).
– Cut 4 white squares 9″, and cut each in half TWICE diagonally to make 16 quarter-square triangles.
– Cut 1 white square 7 1/2″, and cut in half ONCE diagonally to make 2 half-square triangles.
– Cut 4 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF for borders.
– Cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF for binding.

All seams are 1/4″ and pressed open, unless otherwise noted.

1) Chain stitch your charm squares to the white sashing strips, sewing them onto the white strip one after another. Don’t worry about leaving much space between them, because you will later cut them apart. Leave 8 squares without a white strip. You should be able to sew 8 squares each onto 4 strips, for a total of 32 squares with a border, and 8 squares without a border strip.


2) Cut apart the charm squares, trimming the white side borders equal with the sides of the square.


3) Arrange your charm squares on point (like a diamond) in a color arrangement that’s pleasing to you, with the white stripes resting between adjacent blocks. If you used a design wall to arrange the blocks, you can refer to a photo for block orientation. Arrange the squares without the stripes toward the ends of the rows, as pictured.


4) Stitch together the rows as pictured:

Row 1: 2 squares / 1 strip
Row 2:
4 squares / 3 strips
Row 3: 6 squares / 5 strips
Row 4:
8 squares / 7 strips

* NOTE: In photo above, rows 4 and 5 are shown next to each other, but in the finished quilt they are offset by one block. See the very first photo in the post (also shown here) to see how rows 4 and 5 are sewn together. If you arrange them side by side, you’ll get a square quilt. If you shift them one block length apart, you’ll get a rectangular quilt.

Row 5: 8 squares / 7 strips
Row 6:
6 squares / 5 strips
Row 7: 4 squares / 3 strips
Row 8:
2 squares / 1 strip

5) Arrange the white half-square triangles at the ends of each row, to make the quilt rectangular in shape. The long side of each triangle should face out toward the border of the quilt top. Stitch the triangles to the rows.


6) Place the larger rectangles in opposite corners of the quilt, with the long side of the triangles facing the pairs of two squares. Stitch the triangles to the two wide corners.


7) Trim the sides of the corner triangles even with a ruler and rotary cutter.


8 ) Lay out your remaining sashing strips between each row, and stitch to between neighboring rows to join them. Sew the longer strips first. Trim the excess sashing strips and join them to other strips to get the length you need. (Note: the photo above shows rows 4 and 5 next to each other, rather than offset as they should be for a rectangular quilt.)


9) Continue adding sashing strips to the rows, pressing your seams as you go. I pressed the seams open, which gives this quilt a crisp, clean look with sharp angles.


10) Add a 3 1/2″ border to the left and right sides of your quilt. Trim off the excess. Add a 3 1/2″ border to the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim. Press the seams toward the border.


11) Baste and quilt your baby quilt. Trim the borders even around the edges of the quilt, measuring 3″ from the seam. Sew on binding.

Lattice Baby Quilt

I chose wide, wavy lines and a slight woodgrain pattern for quilting this baby quilt. I would have added an extra layer of quilting between each of the wavy lines to make it tighter and more textured, but I ran out of white thread and was on a deadline. I am excited that this quilt gets to stay in the family! It’s fun to sew for people you know, isn’t it?

Lattice - Free Baby Quilt Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this free baby quilt pattern and photo tutorial. If you make this or any projects from Craft Buds, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt

If you are looking for a crib-size quilt top that you can piece together in one evening, this half-square triangles quilt pattern is perfect for you. It features 6 fat quarters of assorted fabric prints and large, 8″ x 8″ half-square triangles (HSTs), that you can make 8 at a time.

Finished Quilt Size: 38″ x 53″

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Fabric Requirements:

– 6 fat quarters (18″ x 22″) of coordinating fabric prints
– 5/8 yard white border fabric
– 1 1/2 yards backing fabric
– 3/8 yard binding fabric
– Crib size (45″ x 60″) quilt batting… I like a high-quality crib batting like Warm & Natural (affiliate link)
To get started, break your fat quarters into three sets that match well together. Look at the colors as well as the scale or size of the design.

Spread out and stack two of your fat quarters, and trim to an 18″ x 18″ square.

Now, stack your 18″ x 18″ squares with right sides facing. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on one wrong side with a ruler and pen. Pin together the fabric squares at the corners to hold the fabric in place while you sew.

Take your fabric to the sewing machine. With the marked side facing up, stitch a line 1/4″ from the edge of one marked line, to both the left and right of that line. Repeat with the other marked line.
After you’ve stitched the four long lines, notice how the stitch lines go right through the center of the block. With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut the block into four equal quadrants using this center and the block’s straight edges as your guide. For more tricks on making HSTs at a time, visit my guest post at Sew Mama Sew.

Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut along the line you marked earlier, through the center of your stitched lines. Repeat with the other blocks, and you’ll have 8 half square triangles.

Press the seams open with an iron. This is my Panasonic Cordless Iron (affiliate link) which I love!

Using a square ruler and your rotary cutter, trim each block to 8″ square. Line up the 45-degree line of your ruler with your half square triangle before you cut.

Here are the eight 8″ half square triangle blocks from just two fat quarters. Repeat with the other fat quarters, and you should have 24 total blocks.

Arrange your blocks in a 4×6 grid. I kept my blocks in a set order, with the colors pointing to the upper-left and the grays pointing to the lower-right.

With right sides facing, pin together the blocks in each row and stitch. Press the seams open.
Next, join together the rows with right sides facing, and pin at each seam. Stitch together the rows and press the seams open.

To make the border, cut your border fabric 5″ x the width of fabric, for 4 strips total. Starting in one corner, attach a border strip to the top, then trim the excess. Repeat with the bottom. Stitch the ends of these strips to the other to border strips you’ve cut for the sides, to lengthen them. Press the seams open, then stitch the left and right border strips to the quilt and trim.

Quick Triangles Baby Quilt

Press the seams open. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. After quilting and before binding, I trimmed the borders to 4 1/4″ to keep them even all the way around. This pattern is very beginner-friendly, and I’d recommend it for showing off strong prints. I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial, which I originally posted at Sew Lux Fabric!

Introducing: Pinterest Community Boards! Sewing and Quilting

Pinterest Community Board Quilting

Have you heard of Pinterest community boards? These are inspiration boards that allow any member of the group to add pins, so you can share a great quilt or sewing tutorial that you’ve run across! This is also a great way to promote your latest and greatest blog posts, tutorials, and patterns. You may add up to 3 pins per day when you join one of the groups below!

We’re just getting our feet wet with with community boards, but we invite you to pin with us.

Follow Fresh Modern Quilts
A place for quilting tutorials and modern quilting inspiration!

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A place for sewing tutorials, patterns and modern fabric inspiration!

Follow Both Community Boards
Join both boards when you follow me, @LindsaySews

Pin with Us!

1) If you’d like to be added as a pinner, just leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address and I’ll send you an invite! Alternately, you can e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com.

2) You may add up to 3 pins per day. Note that we are looking for tutorials and blog posts at this time, and not shops/items for sale.

New to Pinterest?
Check out our Pinterest Tips for Craft Bloggers!

Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers + Giveaway!

If you like making fabric flowers, today’s blog book tour should be right up your alley! I’m excited to introduce Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, a book by Amy Barickman.

The book covers 25 different techniques for flowers you can wear or use to decorate with. The flowers can be made easily with coordinating tools from Clover Needlecraft, which takes the guesswork out of making so many different types of flowers. The flowers in this book can be made from regular fabric, silks, wool, upcycled sweaters, denim, T-shirts or ties.


The book even teaches some needle felting techniques (using tools from Clover), so you can find great patterns in this book even if you don’t sew. Don’t miss the wedding bouquet of felted roses.

Today, I’m sharing a flower from the book, the Winter White Poinsettia. You may think about poinsettias only around the holidays, but this felt flower could also look great on a fabric wrap belt, hair bow, springtime wreath (think bright colors!) or as decorations for a wedding or bridal shower. You may want to pair it with a felt version of the ruffly flower for a pretty pairing.

Red felt poinsettia from the book Fabric Flowers

Here’s my version! I made it with red felt, and covered the center stitches with a couple of artificial flower petals and a button. This rice bag is ready for the next holiday season!

Indygo Junctions Fabric Flowers


Enter to win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers & the Flower Frills Template from Clover! Leave a comment letting us know, “What are you working on right now?” for your chance to win. Giveaway ends Tuesday, 3/5 and we’ll announce a winner on 3/6! Open worldwide.

Congrats to commenter #96, Susan, who said: “I’m working on a quilted table runner for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win.”

A flower a day & 25 chances to win! Don’t miss a stop on Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers Blog Tour:

2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello
2/12/13 – Family Ever After
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Flower Project

P.S.   Use discount code: FFBK8 for 20% off your next order (expires 5/1/13)

Make a Design Board

How to Make a Design Board

I typically lay out my quilt blocks and fabrics on the carpet in order to test out designs. But this method only seems to attract cats or general foot traffic until my blocks are so tossed about that I can’t remember what I was doing in the first place. Do you have this problem?

Enter, the design board! Also called a design wall, a design board is a helpful tool for quilters that works much like a felt or flannelgraph board. Cut fabric squares or quilt blocks will temporarily “stick” to it while you figure out an arrangement you like. The lightweight board can be nailed to a wall or you can slide it under the bed when you’re ready to take a break from your design.

Design Board

Here are two 4′ x 8′ design boards, which create a great workspace when placed side by side. When I’m working on a smaller quilt, I can opt to just use one of the boards. Also, each board easily comes off the wall if I need to move it to another room and work!

To make your own quilting design board, you’ll need:

– 1 Sheet foam insulation 4′ x 8′ (and about 1″ thick), from hardware store
– Packing tape or duct tape
– Box cutter
– Iron
– 4 clothespins or binder clips
– Nail and hammer (if mounting to wall)
– Queen-size batting or two batting scraps at least 54″ x 54″
(I used Warm & Natural, but any type of cotton, white batting would work)
– Staple gun (optional)

In order to get my foam insulation board home in the car, I cut it into 4 quadrants (one cut down the vertical center, and another cut down the horizontal center). This way, it easily fit in the back seat of my compact car! I knew I’d be taping it when I got home, so this was no big deal to me. You may choose to keep your board all in one piece if you can transport it home.

Tip: If you often work on large quilts, you might want to purchase two boards for an 8-foot x 8-foot workspace. Just make sure you have the available wall space for it!

If you cut your board, tape the sections back together with clear packing tape.

Here is what the board looks like all taped together. I decided this was bigger than I wanted to wrangle, so I untaped the vertical center and left it in two halves.

Next, cut a piece of quilt batting 3″ longer than the board on each side. Mine was 54″ x 54″.

Press your batting to make a smooth surface. You can iron right on top of your board.

Once your batting is smoothed out, stand your board upright and use clothespins to secure the batting tight onto one side of the board. Tape the edge of the batting to the board, one side at a time. Flip your board and pin the opposite side, pulling the batting taut. If you have a staple gun, you can use that to secure the batting. Duct tape would also work in a pinch.

Here is what the back of your design board should look like.

To hang your design board on the wall, use the point of your scissors to poke a hole into the back side of the foam board directly in the center and about 4″ down from the top. Hammer a nail into the wall and place the hole into the nail.  You could also attach your board to the wall with sticky mounting tape or adhesive velcro (if you want to be able to take it off and put it back on easily).

Place quilt blocks or fabric swatches on your design wall and arrange as desired. Your quilter’s design board is complete!

As always, if you are inspired to make this project or use any of our tutorials, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

Craft Room Organization Tips for Small Spaces

Sewing Room

I recently moved from a larger home to a smaller space, so I had a challenge in front of me when it came to organizing my craft/sewing area. I thought I’d share some tips in case you are dealing with a craft space that also serves another purpose (bedroom, guest room, office or nursery).

I was very overwhelmed at first with all of the miscellaneous boxes of craft supplies. Those of you who have moved can probably relate! In my new home, the closet I’m using for craft storage doubles as a coat and shoe closet, and the bedroom doubles as a guest bedroom and office, so I definitely had a challenge when it came to organizing. But I am here to tell you, it can be done!

Craft Room Organization Tip #1: Utilize Vertical Space

Sewing Room

For items that you do not need easy access to, store them as high as possible to use all of your vertical space. As you can see here, I stored several packages of quilt batting and some scrapbook albums on the top shelf of my closet until they touch the ceiling.

Sewing Room

If your closet doesn’t have shelving above the hanging racks, see if you can add some in. They are great for storing boxes of supplies or handmade items that you don’t need to have in easy reach.

Craft Room Organization Tip #2: Use Hanging Storage

Sewing Room

The back of a door is a great space to use a hanging shoe rack for shoes (if you need it), but also small sewing or craft notions like replacement rotary blades or sewing needles.

Sewing Room

I happen to keep all of my interfacing in this bag. Since my cats like to lick the adhesive side, I now hang the bag on a sturdy plastic hanger in the close so it doesn’t take up precious floor or desk space. And also, the cats don’t mess with it here!

Craft Room Organization Tip #3: Finding the Right Desk(s)

Sewing Room

My husband decided he didn’t want to use his office desk anymore, so I inherited it as a nice cutting table (left). I also have an L-shaped desk that is great for my sewing machine and thread collection. I can easily swivel my chair from one side of the desk to the other, so it’s great for multitasking.

When you choose a chair and desk for your craft room, think about the things you will be doing the most and try to find a workspace to accommodate your biggest needs, whether that’s storage, surface area or both.

Craft Room Organization Tip #4: Put It Away

Sewing Room

I know this will make me sound crazy, but I am a quilter who doesn’t own an ironing board. I mostly just use this portable ironing station, made from an ottoman cushion that I recovered. It’s easy to pull out of the closet along with my iron when I need it. You can toss it right on top of your cutting station or use it on the floor, and it takes up much less space than an ironing board!

Sewing Room

Since I don’t have a large cabinet for fabric storage, I opted for these plastic tubs that I can easily slide in or out of the closet. My fat quarters and large scraps are all on the top layer, and smaller scraps are separated by color in the bottoms of the tubs. It’s really helpful to be able to put them away when we need to use the room as a guest bedroom.

Sewing Room

Our linen closet was originally filled with towels and sheets, but then I realized I could clear up a few shelves by rolling the towels and storing them in the door. (Again, gotta love back-of-door storage solutions!) I stored my large cuts of fabric, scrapbooking and jewelry making supplies in the linen closet, which is just around the corner from the craft room.

Sewing Room

Plastic storage drawers are a great bang for your buck for storing fabric, yarn or other craft supplies. The bins with wheels on the bottom are great for creating a portable workstation, if you like to work out of more than one room. Also, look for under-bed storage boxes if you can use them.

Sewing Room

You can also raid your garage or tool closet for storage solutions, like this great aluminum basket I picked up at a garage sale for 50 cents.

Craft Room Organization Tip #5: Cover It Up

Sewing Room

I covered our computer printer with this handmade cover, so it’s less obvious that this room doubles as an office. If your craft room is a multi-purpose room or office, consider covering larger items (like a computer monitor) and storing smaller items (like pens and paper clips) in storage bins.

Sewing Room

Here’s my sewing machine cover, which I received in a swap and absolutely love! It’s amazing how covering up your machine can made a room look much more “pulled together.”

Sewing Room

Finally, consider adding a curtain under a desk to hide away miscellaneous craft supplies. Use a tension rod and add some fabric to make a hiding place for your works in progress! This is my plan for the bottom of my cutting table.

Do you have any craft room organization tips? Do you work out of a dedicated craft room or share a space with others in your home?

Creativebug Q&A with Heather Jones

Did you see yesterday’s fun Q&A with Jeanne Lewis, CEO and founder of Creativebug?

Today, we thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes with modern quilter Heather Jones, blogger behind Olive & Ollie and one of the newest instructors for Creativebug‘s video workshops!

1) Heather, can you tell us a little bit about your new class on Creativebug? What can we make?

I’m so excited to be helping Creativebug kick off their quilting classes. I’m filmed four workshops; three are complete quilt designs that I show you how to make from start to finish and the final one is on precut fabrics. All three of my quilt projects are strip pieced designs and suitable for all quilters, and even those who may be new to the craft. I’m particularly excited about my Diamonds in the Sky quilt. It’s one of my favorites pieces I’ve made to date!

2) Rewind to your flight out to San Francisco, to film part A of the classes. What was going through your mind that day?

It was a whirlwind, to tell you the truth! I had just returned from teaching at QuiltCamp in Michigan the day before and then I was off to San Francisco. I was also quite nervous. It’s kind of intimidating to be in front of the camera, but everyone at Creativebug was really amazing and made me feel right at home. I would love to go back some time!

Photo: Heather Jones / Olive & Ollie

3) Can you tell us some of the highlights and challenges of filming your classes?

It was really interesting to me to see how they work, and specifically how much thought goes into how everything is filmed. I had watched a few of their workshops before, as well as their instructor bio videos, and I was struck at how beautifully they were filmed. They are incredibly gorgeous, and the workshops are top notch, too. I have done some other filming in the past, but this was so different than anything I had done before. I was working with filmmakers who had very specific ideas about how my workshops should look. And I know they will be gorgeous!

I think the most challenging part was talking to the camera all of the time, because frankly it’s pretty unnatural! It was also challenging because there was a lot of starting and stopping during each shoot, and it was tough sometimes to remember where I was. Thank goodness for Courtney, my coach, who kept me on track!

Heather Jones Olive and Ollie set at Creativebug Photo: Heather Jones / Olive & Ollie

4) Creativebug also came to your hometown to film some segments in your home environment. Can you tell us a little about that video shoot?

Yes, I met with a local filmmaker a little over a week ago, and I think we got some really nice footage. We are actually in the process of moving, so most of my studio is packed up, but a dear friend of mine let me borrow her home for some interior shots. We also spent some time at a local farm where my father boards his horse; I’ve been really inspired lately by that location, and specifically some of the outbuildings on the property, so it was great to spend some time there with my quilts. The footage that we shot was sent to the folks at Creativebug and they’ll work their magic on it.

5) Heather, what’s next for you?

Next up is QuiltCon. I’m giving a lecture on how I draw inspiration from everyday objects and places, and how I translate that inspiration into my quilt designs. I’m also doing a demo there in Creativebug’s booth on strip piecing in modern quilting. Then in April I’ll be teaching at Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, and then it’s off to Boulder, CO to teach at the Makerie Sewing Retreat. It’s going to be a busy year!

Photo: Heather Jones / Olive & Ollie

Coupon Code!

If you are itching to try Creativebug for yourself, you can join today for $10 off with the discount code CRAFTBUDS. Isn’t that fun?!

The unlimited membership includes access to all Creativebug workshops for as low as $16.99 per month, and single workshops can be purchased a la carte. There are also lots of free mini workshops you can enjoy if you’re not quite ready to start your membership yet.

Creativebug: Chat with Jeanne Lewis, a Creative CEO

Jeanne Lewis  of Creativebug I am so excited to share this inspiring interview with Jeanne Lewis, CEO and founder of Creativebug. If you’ve ever stepped out and taken a leap of faith to follow your creative passion, you’ll instantly recognize that it takes determination, and many 80-hour work weeks, to see your dream come to fruition.

Creativebug is a website where you can sign up to watch instructional craft videos in sewing, yarn crafts, quilting, jewelry making, paper crafting and more. In a sense, it’s like Netflix for crafters. For one low monthly fee, you have unlimited access to all the craft videos you can watch. I was really excited when I heard about Creativebug and their wide array of sewing instructors including Heather Ross, Anna Maria Horner, Gretchen Hirsch, Natalie Chanin and Liesl Gibson. The list of classes I want to take just goes on and on!


Jeanne, how did you come up with the concept for Creativebug?

I spent several years working as an art director for Time and Fortune magazines. I live in San Francisco now, but when I lived and worked in New York, I would go to a pottery studio some nights just to shake off the stress of the day. I spent time doing pottery in college and loved throwing bowls on the wheel and shaping the clay. I was searching for a way to get back to doing things with my hands since I spent so much time working on my computer. Back then, I wasn’t experienced in knitting or sewing, so pottery was the perfect outlet for that.

I had the initial inspiration for Creativebug in April 2011. I went to New Orleans to visit family and friends and on that trip, I was riding bikes with an old friend who is a very talented artist. She was telling me about her mom and how she had spent up to $160 on an online art class, to learn a specific technique – and it was only available for 3 weeks. I thought, wow, I would like to take classes online but I would never be able to be available for 3 weeks straight. If I could access a class when it fit within my schedule (3am even) and at what I considered an affordable price, since I wasn’t fully passionate about one art discipline, then I might try it. I had subscribed to a site in the past which offered tutorials in the tech space and I liked that I could try many different things and pay one price. I also liked that I could take them over and over again until I “got” it. Being a designer, I started to think about what that would look like, if I created a site for someone like me, with a hectic schedule and a wide interest in art in all forms. After meeting with friends and bloggers, I felt confident there was a market for this. I was buzzing with energy when I met my friend Sam, for tea. He was a web designer/developer and decided he would help me with the project as long as we were giving back to non-profit art programs. The idea took so many twists and turns – from having it be user generated to just being an app – and then we started to see the site come together and evolve into a more mature design.

Creativebug – the story of a creative startup from Creativebug on Vimeo.

How did you take your idea from a dream to a reality?

Those initial planning days of the business were crazy, and I was working 24/7. I’d go to work, come home and hang out with my kids for two hours, say hi to my husband and then get back to work. In order to raise money to launch the business, we shot a pilot video of a friend that was a painter, and got ready to pitch to a room full of financiers. I looked around the room and told the investors, “If you watch this video, and afterwards, you feel like you want to paint or do anything creative, I’ve done my job.” They gave me the money. There was no turning back.

On December 20, 2011, I resigned from my publishing job, and on January 9, we started filming for Creativebug, with the intent of launching with 50 workshops. We launched with 60.

The launch itself was really difficult. I was out most nights until 11:30pm talking business. We might as well have moved our beds into the studio—it was insane. And then we had to work out some kinks in the website, like streamlining the signup process, etc. We learned that the summer is a slow time for crafting since kids are out of school and it was almost a blessing in disguise since we were still feeling our way through this new and exciting adventure.

Rad Megan on Creativebug Creativebug instructor Rad Megan

What is unique about Creativebug and your instructors?

The subscription model introduces all of our instructors to fans of our other instructors. For instance, someone may come to find us because they are really inspired by one of our instructors, and come to find out that they really love another artist’s work as well. I loved that crossover and process of discovery for our users. It’s the idea that we’re stronger together than we are individually. We are committed to proving that that is true, even if it takes time! For those who want to take us for a test drive without the commitment, we just launched an a la carte offering on some of our workshops. This allows you to purchase a single class and watch it anytime, without expiring.

We release two new workshops each week, filmed either in our studios here in San Francisco or on location in our instructor’s environment. The entire crew flew for a week out to Nashville to film Anna Maria Horner, and then again to Northern Alabama for the Alabama Chanin shoot, because we really wanted to film those workshops and tell their stories in an authentic way.  We have quite a few amazing instructors in New York as well, like Liesl Gibson, Heather Ross, Gretchen Hirsch, Debbie Stoller, Melanie Falick and Rebecca Ringquist.

Alabama Chanin T-shirt Creativebug Alabama Chanin Ruffle T-shirt class at Creativebug

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

They often say that if you’re the CEO of the company, you’ll take out the trash. That’s absolutely true. Though we did get a new intern who just washed the dishes and I almost cried (thanks Matt!).

What’s the best thing about your job?

People who believe in what you’re doing. In the first 6 months, there were days where I’d wake up in the morning, and the first thought in my head was ” WHAT did I do?!! I gave up a perfectly good job which is like laying on the beach compared to this. It’s too hard. Rewind! ” And then you capture an artist’s story and seeing their passion for what they do gets infused in you and it’s a tremendous gift to witness that. Their stories are so incredibly inspiring. This has been the most fulfilling job of my life, on so many levels.

One of our teachers Rebecca Ringquist said she was determined to have her embroidery hanging in museums (and it is!). We heard from many female crafters/designers speak about how the art we create may have been born of a domestic need, but the time has come for people to recognize that it is true art and innovation in it’s purest form. So many of our instructors have dedicated decades to honing their skills and building their brands. Having them on Creativebug is a responsibility we carry with us every day and something that gives us great honor.

Follow Jeanne Lewis @foundermom and get the latest Creativebug news @creativebug.

Coupon Code!

If you are itching to try Creativebug for yourself, you can join today for $10 off with the discount code CRAFTBUDS. Isn’t that fun?!

The unlimited membership includes access to all Creativebug workshops for as low as $16.99 per month, and single workshops can be purchased a la carte. There are also lots of free mini workshops you can enjoy if you’re not quite ready to start your membership yet.

Video: Sewing + Blogging Tips with Pellon Designers

I’m so excited to be back today sharing our second installment of the Video Chats at Craft Buds series! Last month, we chatted with bloggers Jessica, Andrea and Heather about their tips for writing sewing patterns as a business.

Today, I’m excited to introduce a chat on Sewing and Blogging Tips with my friends Sara Lawson, Kim Niedzwiecki and Erin Sampson. Through no fault of her own, Kim wasn’t able to connect with us during the video chat (we tried and tried!), but she is a super-fun and fantastic blogger, and you should definitely check out her site as well as her projects she’s designed for Pellon.

A Little Background:
I first met Sara and Kim at Quilt Market in Kansas City last spring, and I almost got to meet Erin then, too. I can tell you all now that they are fabulous, inspiring women, and I really think you’ll enjoy getting to know them!

In the 25-minute video (suggestion: go ahead and open in another window while you surf Pinterest…we won’t tell!), we chat about:

– Tips for blogging and how to connect with your readers
– Finding a balance between work/family life and your creative goals
– How you can become a Pellon projects designer
– And more!

What would you like to learn about blogging, writing patterns, etc.? If you have any questions for Sara, Erin or Kim, you can ask in the comments section!

Get Connected:

Sew Sweetness: Sara’s blog with free bag patterns and more!
My Go-Go Life
: Kim’s awesome sewing and quilting blog!
Pellon website
and blog: New site coming next month!
Just Plain Lovely:
Erin’s craft and lifestyle blog!

And you can follow them on Facebook: Sara / Kim / Pellon


Something New Sampler Quilt Along

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Looking for your next project?

Resolved to learn some new sewing skills this year?

Want to win some great prizes?

Then join in the blog hop for The Something New Sampler! Each week, one or two bloggers will present a block tutorial with an uncommonly used technique. There will be a total of 9 blocks presented. And, just to mix it up, we’re going with a funky modern block size: 7″ x 14″! We’ll have plenty of suggestions on how to use this block shape along the way. There’s no need for our modern blocks to always be square :)

Here’s our schedule:

Jan 14th
Amy @ | Bargello piecing

Jan 21st
Heidi @ | folding
Chelsea @ | a scraptastic technique

Jan 28th
Lindsay @ | reverse applique

Feb 4th
M-R @ | trapunto
Heidi @ | cathedral windows

Feb 11th
Alyssa @ | pinless curves
Becky @ | machine applique

And stop by the cute life on Fridays for tips and tutorials on how to set these rectangular blocks! Posts will be up on the following dates: Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15

Be sure to join the flickr group to keep up with the hop, the chatter, and some inspirational photos.


At the end, link up a blog post or flickr photo with anything you’ve done from the sampler series, even if it’s just one block! There are two categories for prizes:

1) Finished projects: Winners will be chosen by popular vote. “Finished” includes an entirely completed smaller project, like a pillow, table runner, mini quilt, etc. Pieced quilt tops also count as “finished”, even if not quilted.

2) Participation prizes: Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Link up any progress you’ve made!

Prizes for the Something New Sampler


Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online fabric shop with yardage and some fantastic custom bundles you won’t find anywhere else! One of these bundles the Lagoon bundle – is a prize, and it is centered around Michael Miller’s Lagoon line, with 18 fat quarters. You can also sign up for their newsletter to be eligible for a monthly prize. In addition to the bundle, they are also offering a $25 gift certificate.

Cotton Blossom Farm stocks great designer fabrics with plenty of modern options. One great feature of this website is the ability to search through fabrics based on categories such as color – it’s just like shopping in a brick and mortar shop! You have the chance to win a set of ten 1/2 yards (of your choosing!) of Simply Color from them.

Fat Quarter Shop is another online shop that sells yardage and precuts of some of the most popular fabrics. They offer next day shipping and have an incredibly large selection! Fat Quarter Shop also has a great selection of other items, such as books, magazines, and kits. They have generously donated a jelly roll of Paris Flea Market and an Amy Butler pattern for prizes.

Sew Me a Song is an Etsy shop that stocks Japanese and contemporary fabrics. Becca puts together some fabulous bundles of texty prints, polka dots, and – of course! – lots of Melody Miller prints. Don’t miss the great collection of Type by Julia Rothman. She has created two custom bundles especially for our sampler event, one with six texty fat quarters and one with eight japanese prints.

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