Trick or Treat Mini Quilt Swap: How to Make a Square Mosaic for Instagram

I love swaps, and I like talking about it, A LOT!

So of course when a certain friend of mine who really loves Halloween suggested I host a Halloween swap, I said “GREAT IDEA!”

#trickortreatminiquiltswap / Jessee Maloney {an Art School Dropout's life}

We called it the Trick or Treat Mini Quilt Swap, and had around 108 participants sign up in only 12 hours! Crazy, right? I had to turn off the submission form because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself the first time hosting one of these.

Something different I tried out with this swap was taking on brand new swappers! I thought everyone should have a chance to do a swap, and I didn’t mind helping everyone along.

That brings me to today’s tutorial. It’s a bit different than most of my sewing tutorials, since there isn’t any sewing involved, but I promise it’s useful!

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Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial for Sizzix

halfmoonpouch_550Today on the Sizzix Blog, I share a super detailed and photo heavy tutorial on how to sew curved seams, install a zipper and assemble an entire pouch, This exact pouch! It’s chock full of skill building steps, so if you have ever been discouraged by any of those things, go check it out!

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Shop Update: Zipper Pouches and Hanging Swallows

Shop Update: Art School Dropout The shop has been updated and is open again! I’ll leave it open a bit longer this time, so everyone has a chance to snag something. This update included a few Quilted Pouches, Embroidered Vinyl Pouches, and some hand cast plastic Swallow Wall Hangings.

You see it all here

Shop Update: Art School Dropout Shop Update: Art School Dropout Shop Update: Art School DropoutI’ve been enjoying sewing pouches again, plus I found a bunch of almost finished embroidered pieces from way back when, so expect updates like these a little more often!


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New Fabric: Pods, Triangles, Cats, Yarn & Fruit

New Fabric: Lucy's Sketchbook, Cats & Yarn and GO FRUIT! {an Art School Dropout's life}I just received a huge handful pf new fabric swatches from Spoonflower and I am so excited to share them here.

The above line I’ve named Lucy’s Sketchbook. Lucy is the name of my daughters favorite doll, so I went with it. I made five color stories and tried to make them all consistent. Something new for me. This line is very “me” and I’ve already started a huge project using it that I just can’t wait to share.

New Fabric: Lucy's Sketchbook, Cats & Yarn and GO FRUIT! {an Art School Dropout's life}I also had a few stray designs printed up as well. The little cream and gray birds and the GO FRUIT! pennant fabric are leftovers from the Just Two Words project. The Cats Love Yarn fabric was just some doodles I did one day when I really should have been drawing something else!! I think I need to make some more color options for that one!

All of these can be found in my shop!

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Pieced Hexagon Mug Rugs for Sizzix

Pieced Hexagon Mug Rugs by Jessee Maloney {an Art School Dropout's life} #hexieToday on the Sizzix blog I share a step by step tutorial on how I made these mug rugs! I also share my way of sewing Y-Seams!! What?!?

I also found that these can be turned into super cute hexagon bowls. Like the one I showed in the Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap Post. I’ll share the way I made them, and then link to another way where there is less piecing involved soon enough. I promise.

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