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  • Blog Sewing

    Valentine’s Day Tech Bites

    Meadows full of tiny flowers, where the walking dead roam freely is the back drop for this “Zombie Love” fabric line by Emily Taylor (for Riley Blake). I am not sure if everyone will agree with me, but I totally see this as a Valentine’s Day fabric. Why you might ask? Well, for starters, it has …

  • Blog Sewing

    Halloween Bags

    The evening bat clutch: A fun and flirty Halloween clutch. I had a different design in mind when I drew up all of these concepts, but as I progressed on the different projects, a thought occurred to me…my New Year’s resolution!   We’re already well into the second half of the year, and I have only …

  • Blog Jewelry Other

    Friendship Jewelry With Flair 

    I think I might be an entrepreneur at heart. Way back when I was in grade school, I would make friendship bracelets and sell them to my classmates. When I bought the trimmings for my cross body bag, that one with the tassels hanging from the lace… Well, I was inspired. I wanted sweet tart …

  • Blog Sewing

    My Halloween Decorating Tip

    When decorating for the holidays, a great, easy way to set a festive mood around the house is with pillows. In a rental space, this simple arrangement is neat because you save your walls from having any holes due to decorations. If cutting down on the clutter is a must, a great space saver is …

  • Blog Giveaway Sewing

    Feed Company Car Trash Bag

    I’ve been sewing up a storm here at Brown Bird Designs headquarters, making all sorts of Car Trash Bags left and right (the pattern that was featured on the MODA Bakeshop). I really love the one I made for myself, so I decided to add some bags to my Etsy shop! (I think this can …

  • Blog Jewelry

    Baby & Me – Jack and the Beanstalk Jewelry Set

    Jack and the Beanstalk Rollout Month is here! I’ve spent nearly two years drawing designs and turning them into repeating swatches in preparation for this day. From slowly buying yards of my designs off of Spoonflower and cutting precuts, to creating the actual patterns – this has certainly been a huge undertaking and I’m so …

  • Blog Quilts

    Crosses Galore

    I finished this baby quilt just in time for Christmas. It was a gift for Valentina, my nine-month-old niece. You may remember it from past posts like Sugar Pop and Status update. It features fabric by Liz Scott from her Sugar Pop line. I love, love, love it! The colors are so bright and fun. Perfect for a precious …

  • Blog Sewing

    Hope and Health Scarf

    As I was walking around Joann’s looking for flannels to use an a Rag Time Quilt, I ran across the knit section. I saw a beautiful purple knit and thought that it would make the perfect scarf. A couple of weeks later as I was brain storming for Hope and Health fundraising ideas, I thought …

  • Blog Quilts

    Status update

    After much cutting, arranging, rearranging, sewing, taping, ironing, pining, sewing, laying-out, pining & more….  I am almost done. At the moment I am machine quilting this cross or plus quilt. I hope to finish that tonight.     Before I pined all of the layers together (in preparation for quilting), I marked lines directly on …

  • Blog Sewing

    Yoga Bag

    Yoga is one of my favorite ways to work out. It is centered on balance, strength, and stretching all done on top of a mat. In between downward dogs and shavasana, I decided I needed a bag or something to transport my mat back and forth from yoga classes. I have never owned a yoga bag …

  • Blog Quilts

    Chloe’s Quilt

    This quilt jump started my passion for quilting after a very long dry spell. The quilt was built around a beautiful floral fabric. I pulled in all kinds of other fabric using the pinks, browns and greens found in the floral fabric. I made two quilts out of this project. One I gifted to my niece …

  • Blog Quilts

    Square Off – Pattern Tester 4

    I just love this creation! The diamonds POP out from the darker, solid fabric. Everything about the quilt – From the contrasting colors to those light beautiful fabrics – makes me want to snuggle up to this quilt. I had not seen the fabric used in this quilt before and now I simply want them. …

  • Blog Quilts

    Square Off – Pattern Tester 1

    I have had an offsite challenge going on. I contacted some pattern testers and asked them to try out my new Square Off pattern. I am very pleased to show off the first quilt that I got back from Jennifer. When I saw it, I was excited and giddy. It made my day; heck it …

  • Blog Quilts

    French General Love

    My sister has fallen in love with French General. She made the most amazing quilt out of their Rouenneries Deux line. She did not stop there, making a adorable window treatment too. She has made so many beautiful quilts over the years, but this one is my favorit. She had better sleep with one eye …

  • Blog Quilts

    Square Off – #2

      Remember my Square Off pattern? This is quilt number two, a test quilt for my pattern. At one point my progress had come to a stop, so I decided that I needed some help. Thankfully, I got some from a few quilt pattern testers. They set me back on the path to completing this …

  • Blog Other

    Christmas Soap

      Last night I was in the creative zone. The juices started flowing around 7:00 p.m. and I was totally worn out by 12:00 p.m. But I have about 45 bars of soap for Christmas gifts. Mission accomplished. Now it is time to clean up. Types of Soap Made: Peppermint Snow Soap Orange Blossom Soap Ginger Cinnamon Soap Vanilla …