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Hyacinth bag by Sew Sweetness and a Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the SewPro Stars Blog Hop where I am sharing my version of the Hyacinth bag by Sew Sweetness! Sara Lawson is a pattern and fabric deisgner from Chicago who has also published two books and has a class on Craftsy.

front view

front view

I hope you are enjoying reading about everyone’s SewPro experience and what they brought away from the conference. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this year due to an already planned trip. I already have next year’s dates marked off on my calendar though! I am loving seeing how excited and motivated everyone was to implement new things that they learned. My social media posts are what I have been focusing on.

back view

back view

Today I am featuring a pattern by Sew Sweetness. I absolutely love the Hyacinth bag. This fabric was at a quilt shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I knew immediately that it needed to be this bag! Make sure you read the cartoons.

under the flap

under the flap

The only modification I made was to have the card/coin pocket double as a slip pocket. It fits my phone perfectly so that I don’t have to undo the zipper to get to it, just lift the flap.

cell phone pocket modification

cell phone pocket modification

I never carried a bag before last year. Then we moved on to a boat and I discovered that I was good at dropping things in the water. Really good. Carrying this bag has saved me from dropping numerous things in the drink (as they say in sailor speak).


Make sure to check out everyone else’s patterns and projects featuring other SewPro Stars and enter the giveaway via rafflecopter at the bottom for your chance at an awesome prize pack! Schedule and links below!

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson – https://lisaandlorelai.com/

Sherri Noel – Rebeccamaedesigns.com

Andi Stanfield – http://truebluequilts.com/

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer – https://vintagebarngirl.wordpress.com/

Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – http://www.thestitchtvshow.com

Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com

Joanne Kerton – www.canuckquilter.com

Lisa Nielsen – http://thequiltjam.blogspot.com/

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross – seecarmensew.com

Anne Beier – http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/

Jessica Caldwell – www.desertbloomquilting.com

Pamela Morgan – mysweetlittlestitches.com

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell – www.marvelousauntiem.com

Cathy Smith – www.aquiltingchick.com

Lissa LaGreca – lovinglylissa.com

Paula Mamuscia – https://creationsbypaulamamuscia.wordpress.com/

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com

Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com

Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com

Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com

Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/

For a little more fun…comment below with your favorite Sew Sweetness pattern or which one you would like for a chance to win a free Sew Sweetness PDF pattern of your choice! This is separate from the main giveaway and I will use Random.org to generate a winner from all the responses posted below. Check back next week and I’ll announce the winner in a post here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Help me help a friend help a bunch of babies this Christmas

I’m going to give away a handmade item (it can be anything I make except for a quilt). Keep reading for details on how you can have a chance at getting a custom bag, twirly skirt, mechanic shirt, or anything else (except a quilt) just for doing some good.

I have a friend. She has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. This year she has decided to take Christmas to Amani Baby Cottage in Jinja, Uganda. But she needs help. There are 60 orphans ranging in ages from a few months old to 5 years old. She needs help with small toys for the children and/or donations towards her travel expenses.

Check out their website and meet some of the children they house. Including a set of quadruplets born in April!

I’ll be sending some handmade twirly skirts, crayon rolls and little lovies for the babies along with some bracelets and whatever else I can thing of to stick in there.

Here is how you can help me help her help these precious babies have a Christmas this year:

Read her blog post here. Then skip your fancy coffee drink one day and go buy a hot wheels car or play-doh or coloring book or other small toy and mail it to the address listed on her blog. 

You can also make a donation via a link on her blog to her PayPal account. Every $5 you donate or each toy you mail (by December 10th) will get you one entry. So if you donate $10 then that will be two entries or if you mail 4 toys then that will be 4 entries and so on.

Comment here or email me at marvelousauntiem@gmail.com once you’ve done that showing the gifts being mailed or your proof of donation through PayPal and your name will go in to the drawing. I will have the drawing on December 20th once I have verified that she has received the gifts and donations.

The best part is that she will be sharing pictures!!!!! So you will get to see the smiles on their faces when Courtney brings them Christmas. The smiles that you help put there.

So skip that red cup drama for one afternoon and help bring Christmas to these babies.