Two Everyday Totes

Goodbye 2017 and thank you for the many lessons over the past year!

One of my goals is to be busier and I wanted to make something special for my Aunt, a person I admire greatly from her loving and proactive spirit. After puttering around their website, I found Purl Soho’s “Everyday Tote” pattern.

I made my own binding using Cotton + Steel’s “Fiskers” in lavender.


The pattern calls for some beautiful cotton webbing handles, but I decided to use some of the extra canvas to make handles. I also put binding on one tote’s handles, and really like the look.


The sewing took under an hour for each bag. I used a combo of Aurifil thread and Gutermann.




Cricket loves the camera.


The contrast between the gold corduroy and the blue canvas is one of my favorite parts of each tote.


I ran out of the Cotton + Steel binding and found some of this extra binding, and though why not? I’m pretty happy with the pop of color and how it adds more to the tote’s character.




I highly recommend this, and any pattern, from Purl Soho!

Thanks for stopping by all year. It has been a monumental year for Brambleton Threads. This year we not only became an LLC, had our first gallery showing, but also completed a successful Kickstarter.  We are grateful for the continued support on the blogging communties, Twitter, and from Kickstarter.

For any new eyes stopping by, thank you and enjoy!

Have a calm and safe end of the year.



Free-motion for the First Time

Yesterday held firsts. The Janome serger and sewing machine arrived! I’ve been waiting all month and it flew by. After  returning home safely, I wasted no time switching over needle plate, threading up, and trying out free-motion quilting; Lori Smith’s appliqued piece was my first choice.


Complete satisfaction: I loved every second I spent trying out this new skill. The hours flew by while I stitched. I’m nowhere near steady, but am enthused to keep practicing; I want to quilt everything and am quickly on that path. Free-motion work is what drew me in to quilting for good: Fabric doodling! I was captivated by the work of other artists/quilters, and I couldn’t wait to join.


Doodling is an activity I love. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to transfer my ideas from brain-to-fabric. Many draw with friction pens or use an overlay, but I was so excited to try out the machine and an eyeball worked best for me. The endless options are incredible!  Before I knew it, I had a sweet little table accented by a window. This stitching made easy with Aurifil thread.

The table was a little hard to see, and I wanted to play with texture, so in came some thicker thread paired with hand stitching and a great outline formed. All of the applique practice has paid off in the stitch regularity category.


Happy Spring! It has been a busy and exciting March. The spring peepers are out and the trees are pushing to bloom. Have you been working on anything exciting?

Thanks for stopping by!

What I Sew On


Meet one of the most exciting pieces of technology in this house, my sewing machine, the Janome 2212. Purchased off of Amazon when I wasn’t sure if sewing would be to my liking or not, this machine turned out to be great for what it is! Totally sturdy & great for a beginner. It doesn’t always handle the larger projects I’ve worked on perfectly, but I’ve been satisfied & don’t feel held back. The 1/4″ seam foot did not fit, & that was annoying, but I used tape to mark the throat plate. This summer, in an excitement, I bought a vintage Viking off of eBay, it didn’t work & returned it. After that I decided to work with the Janome 2212 & feel things out. Here I am loving every minute & a more advanced model is in my future! Honestly, having this model allowed me to understand what my expectations & uses of a sewing machine may be in the future.

Sewing Machines I Have My Eye On:

Janome’s 1600P-QC: This machine seems sturdy & the reviews I’ve read are great. I love Janome’s machines already, having had a great experience with my current machine. Straight-stitch only is what I’d like, and I’ll use a serger. Simple is best for my capabilities, in terms of technology, & this machine allows for great free-motion quilting.

Juki’s TL-2010Q: My seamstress auntie recently purchased this machine from her local machine shop ( she got a great deal!) & she loves it. Her work is always beautiful, but her free-motion quilting on a set of potholders blew me away! Each stitch looked fantastic. This machine is also straight-stitch only with great reviews.

The local sewing machine shop here carries Janome & I’m not sure I want to buy another one off of the internet. What has your experience been buying sewing machines off the internet? Do you use either of these machines? Any likes or dislikes (within reason!)?