Jun 202012

I love the Wiksten sewing patterns.

I first saw the Wiksten Tova tunic popping up on Pinterest about 6 months ago and at the time couldn’t justify spending $30 for a pattern ~ so worth every dime! It wasn’t long after I got my pattern in that the Tank starting popping up and of course I had to get that pattern too. Only this time, I noticed that they sell them as PDF downloads and for much cheaper … nice!

Wiksten Sewing Patterns

I ended up making the tank first since I figured I could knock it out pretty quick. You have to print out quite a few pages from the PDF and piece together the pattern. Looked a bit daunting but it actually went together well. Very clear instructions!

Wiksten Tank made by Lola Pink Jen #lolapink

I made it with the Fig Tree Quilts Spouts in Ocean fabric from their California Girl collection and absolutely LOVE how it turned out. When I find the time, I want to make about a dozen more. So easy and so cute .. my idea of a perfect pattern!

Want to see more tanks? I searched Pinterest and found quite a few versions.

Check back tomorrow and I’ll show off my Tova. I love it just as much and just so happen to be wearing it today 😀



May 102012

Making a cathedral window mini-quilt is on my list of things I must sew.  I even know the fabric I want to use. :-)  But holy guacamole, it looks like sooooo much work!  Maybe that’s why this adorable pincushion caught my eye!

This free Cathedral Window Pincushion tutorial can be found over at Moda Bake Shop.  It’s like sewing and origami all in one! And since it’s such a cute little package and only one window, maybe it’s not so overwhelming?!?!

(And if you need a little bling for your pincushion – check out Etsy!  I love this Alice in Wonderland Eat Me Cupcake from Pinks & Needles! )

Anyway, the pincushion would be super fun with the Pezzy Prints charm pack! Or A Walk in the WoodsSummersville would be so fun because it could be like a little window peeking out onto a town!  And don’t forget Vintage Modern! That would be so so sweet.  We love Moda Bake Shop for inspiration! And their charm packs too!  (You can find all of our pre-cut fabrics here!)

Mar 012012

Did any of y’all have an Easy Bake Oven growing up? I absolutely LOVED mine. I was making cakes all the time even making them for neighbors on their birthdays. And although they weren’t the best cakes ever, I was so proud of them! The Easy Bake got me started and my love for baking grew from there.

It’s so fitting that the first quilt I ever made and finished was the Easy Bake by Cluck Cluck Sew.

Easy Bake Quilt

This quilt, quite honestly, could not have been easier. One – you can use a layer cake which means half the work is already done for you.

For those who don’t know, a layer cake is 10″ by 10″ squares of fabric from an entire collection. You usually get a couple of squares of each fabric in the collection. We have several in the shop now under Precuts & Fat Quarters. They really do make things a whole lot easier when making a quilt.

And two – you can stack up several layer cake squares and cut them all out once, yes! I’m all about saving time and getting to the sewing!

The most time-consuming part for me was trying to figure out which fabrics to use for the individual blocks. For this one, I kept most of the red, purple, and green fabrics in one block set and the blues in another. Then it was just a matter of spacing the blues throughout the quilt so they didn’t get bunched up.

For the back, I used Kona Solid in White and a charm pack from the same collection.  A charm pack is the same as a layer cake only it’s 5″ square rather than 10″ squares.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

I kept the quilting pretty simple. I just lined the edge of my presser foot up against a seam and sewed a straight line on either side of the seam. Anywhere there was a seam, I sewed my straight lines.

Easy Bake Quilting

Although the quilting was pretty easy, I love how it looks on the back.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

Truth be told, I have yet to actually stray from straight-line quilting yet but I’m working up the nerve.

I’ve got one more finished project to share, a rag quilt that turned out pretty cute and some strip quilts that are just about finished.  Other than that, I’m still chugging along on my Swoon quilt for the Swoon-Along although I’ve run out of Kona Snow and it won’t be back in stock until next week – boo! And I cut some fabric for my third Schoolhouse Tunic .. yep, I said third! My love for the Schoolhouse will need a blog post of its very own.

I would love to know what y’all are working on and whether or not I’m the only one with project-ADD? I mean seriously .. it’d be great if I could just focus on one project at a time but that’s just not happening!

xo, Jen


Oct 212009

Girls Live?

Pink Fig Sweatshirt pattern

Yeah, I don’t know.  I have the book, Where the Wild Things Are (and the movie) on my brain.  I haven’t actually seen the movie.  And based on one of my friend’s review – I won’t see it until it comes out on DVD.   But the fabric I used is from a collection called Wildwood, so it seems fitting.


And I am actually a little dizzy in the head.  I fear I might be catching something.

Okay forget my craziness….back to the cute little outfit Haley is wearing!  

It’s from the new Pink Fig pattern Scrapbook Jeans & a Sweatshirt.  I still need to add a big button to the front – or a fabric flower like my friend Anna.  But it wasn’t done – and the temperature was below 70 degrees (I am raising an Arizona girl!) so Haley wanted to wear it today.     :-) 

 walking to the picture place

I used fabric from Erin McMorris’ Wildwood collection (oh I already told you that, didn’t I?) and instead of a sweatshirt (we are in AZ afterall) I used a raglan shirt I had on hand.  (Pssst – they are also listed in my store in the new Notions section at a great price!) 

And the hood!  The hood is lined with minky fabric.  

Minky hood

The minky will be available in my store  soon- in smaller cuts (in other words, more afforable!)  I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up.

As usual – I opted to size up when making this for Haley.  That way, I figure it’ll last her longer.  I realize, however, that I need to stop doing that because I make her so many things – she needs to outgrow them!  If that makes any sense.     😉   

Oh – I almost forgot to share – I got many of the prints from Erin’s Park Slope collection in the shop now!  They are no longer being printed so I got a great deal on them!  And I’m passing it on to you guys.  Plus this week if you use the code ERIN when you check out, you’ll get an additional 20% off (good on both her Park Slope and her Wildwood collections!)

Now my head is really spinning.  I’ve got to go find some medicine.  Talk at you again soon!


PS.  There is still time to enter the grandest giveaway ever!  And remember – someone has to win. (Actually 5 people will win! ) Yes, international entries are accepted and yes, I know I’m crazy to give away this awesome fabric and the patterns too.  I might have to have my head checked.  Thank you very much.  Plus your chances are way better with me than with, say, Ree.


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