Windham Fabrics Back to School Blog Hop


Hi everyone and welcome to Modern Sewciety and our stop on the Back to School Blog Hop. I really tried to overthink this assignment but when it came down to what I wanted to do I thought about my kids. What is something I could make that would be used a lot and needed for that matter. I happen to be lucky enough to have two beautiful girls with a head full of beautiful hair. So hair bows seemed like the perfect project. Easy and useful.

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My kids wear uniforms and are limited to certain colors for their bows. I love the new fabric line by Another Point of View called “Uncorked” which looks like cork with a beautiful shimmery gold metallic. It is the perfect glammed up basic for your fabric collection. thumb_IMG_6676_1024

As most of you know we just went through hurricane Irma. Time was limited on this project because for a week we were anticipating this storm and trying to get ready. Goodness I am so glad that it is over. We are all okay and had minimal damage which is a miracle. I haven’t stopped thanking the trees in our yard for being so good to us.

I happen to be terrible at keeping on track with projects when life gets hectic. So this project is super simple and we happened to wait until nighttime to take pictures. Thank goodness I have my SlimLine LED table lamp from Daylight Lighting. So the lighting could be better but, hey, we got them done and my kids love them so so much. I mean bows with flecks of metallic gold seems like a win for us.

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1. I grabbed a fat quarter and ripped 2″ strips of fabric.

2. I cut the long strip in half to make two smaller strips.

3. Fold the strip in half to mark your center

4. Turn strip to wrong side and fold raw edges in toward center crease. You want to overlap those raw edges a little.

5. Pinch your middle together to cinch the center

6. Sew several passes to secure the middle.

Below:: I then took a scrap of fabric and hid the stitches with a little knot. You could use ribbon or lace here. The possibilities are endless. My girls are already planning out their next batch. I ripped my fabric to save time and make them easier for the kids to help me make them but you could easily make the edges crisp and neat.

bow with fabric

We had some extra clips around the house which was so handy. Yea for hoarding craft supplies I guess. We just snuggled one side of the clip under the back of the bow on the knot. It worked perfectly. You could also use some hot glue here to secure it. We didn’t have time and this worked just fine for what we needed.

bows in fabric with clip

My daughter loves the bows and she has already started pulling more fat quarters to make more. I often get asked for projects to make with kids and this is the perfect project. I think this would even be fun to make as gifts for friend’s birthdays as well. It is something that she can make herself and be proud of.
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Do you want to win a bundle of “Uncorked” by Another Point of View with WIndham Fabrics?

Be sure to follow Modern Sewciety and comment on this post for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of the line!

The giveaway will be open from now until 8PM PST on Friday, September 22, 2017. The winner for this bundle will be picked at random and we will announce the name HERE on Monday, September 25, 2017.

The winner is Nicki S. I am emailing you now:) 

This giveaway is open to everyone, USA and International.

If you’re a “no reply” or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

Happy hopping!

Check out the other hoppers as well for more Back to School Projects.

9/11/17 Debby Kratovil –

9/12/17 Sue Marsh –

9/13/17 Stephanie Kendron –

9/14/17 Chris Dodsley –

9/15/17 Brooke Sellmann –

9/18/17 Shannon Christensen –

9/19/17 – Wendy Sheppard –

NOTE:: the pink cutting mat shown in my pictures is from Havel's Sewing. 

You can use the code MODERNSEWCIETY7 to get $7 off of a $25 order

MS episode 119:: Cheryl Arkison

cheryl arkison podcast episode 119Cheryl Arkison is someone I could chat with all day long about sewing, quilting, fabric, family, and how I love warm weather and she loves cold weather. She just inspires me to look at my process and think about it in a new way. We chat about her new fabric line with Connecting Threads called Tag. She also shares why she thinks her time in the morning being creative helps her to stay creative even when she may want to take a break. I need to adopt her process in some way because I think it would help me to stay in the creative zone. I tend to stray sometimes and getting back on track can be difficult. I wanted to know all about her process of sorting scraps. We really just had a great chat and I can’t wait for you to listen. Cheryl always has some great tips and advice. Click on the link to listen.

Cheryl Arkison

Cheryl’s new fabric range, Tag

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Cheryl’s morning routine we chatted about (create before consume)

Cheryl Arkison on YouTube (it is so so so awesome! I can’t wait to see more)

Go take a class with Cheryl

Cheryl’s Craftsy Class and patterns

Cheryl’s CreativeLive Classes

Connie Christine’s class on illustrator that Cheryl mentioned

Flashback:: Cheryl on the Modern Sewciety podcast – episode 048 and episode 066


MS episode 106:: Emily Dennis

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She is an amazing quilter but also an awesome photographer.. this makes Emily Dennis a powerhouse on Instagram. I love her work. I always find inspiration from her Instagram feed. Her blog is full of beautiful pictures and projects. She is just inspiring. We chat all things quilty, small business, fabric, patterns, oh my and so much more.

Emily Dennis’s Quilty Love

Quilty Love Shop

Quilty Love Tutorials

Emily’s Quilt gallery (it’s so swoon worthy)

Emily Dennis on Instagram

Emily’s Newsletter

I am probably missing some links so if so please let me know and I will add them.

Emily was so cute the day we chatted and I thought I would share the screen shot I took! So sorry it is blurry – skype is awesome like that. Oh and don’t look at me in the corner, lol, I wasn’t prepared and in the dark was more appropriate.

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Little Ruby Quilt Along – part 1



I am so excited to start sewing up my Little Ruby quilt with the Fat Quarter Shop. I however wanted something a little different and choose to use Tula Pink jelly rolls instead! I mean how fun is that!

I choose two different Tula Pink lines that I think will play well together, Eden and Chipper. I have some white fabric I will use as the coordinating fabric to make the colors of the jelly rolls pop. For this project I will yield TWO quilts with 2 jelly rolls of print and 2 jelly rolls of solid (I will be just cutting from yardage for my solid).

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I think the fun thing about patterns and sewing is using different fabrics to play around with the look of the finished product. I love little ruby but I really wanted something super saturated and I don’t have a Tula quilt in my house… GASP! I really love Tula and her fabrics are a favorite of mine so I think it is fun to finally make something to showcase her fabrics. Wanna learn more about Tula? Go listen to our chat on the podcast, episode 063. She is amazing and so funny.

Below is the finished quilt but I think mine will look different because of the fabrics but I am excited to see just how different it will be. I am experimenting a little on this one which is fun.


Wanna learn a little more about this quilt along? Go check out the Fat Quarter Shop video to help you with getting started.

Also there are a GREAT list of other bloggers participating in this quilt along so go check out what jelly rolls they chose to use. And come back in two weeks to check out the progress we have made and the next steps in the quilt along.. the star blocks!

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

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