Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour


Today is my stop on the blog tour for Lugu fabrics, Jessica Swift‘s latest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics. I have enjoyed each of Jessica’s fabric lines and Lugu is no exception. The lighter color way is whimsical and fun, and the darker color way is deep and moving. All of these fabrics are wonderfully suitable for items made for kids, which is the focus of the Lugu blog tour.

I decided to make a doll sleeping bag and baby doll carrier.  There is a doll that is set to join the family of items later today, but for now, we have her accessories. I’ll update the post to include her when she’s ready for her big debut.

The sleeping bag pattern is a tutorial from the blog See Kate Sew.  I chose Tekstiil Emberglow and Lumina Dusk for this item.  The deep orange color and delicate print made Tekstiil Emberglow perfect for the exterior.  The teal, yellow, and pink in Lumina Dusk made it a great contrast fabric for the lining.  I was so happy I could include the selvedge as part of the strap.  Details like that add so much to a project.


I know my four year old son, and his 5 and 7 year old sisters will love putting their dollies to bed in this little sleeping bag. And it even has a pillow for more comfortable doll slumber.

If mobile doll fun is what your kid needs, then this simple doll carrier pattern by Nicole Bennett is just the thing. I used Sova Dayglo to make this carrier, and I had so much fun with it.  The colors in this fabric are deep and rich, with beautiful pink, mustard, and orange accents. The owls in the print were perfect for fussy cutting the main panel of the carrier. My son had lots of fun jumping around the yard with his doll in tow, and even stopped for a few kisses on the forehead (when prompted by me to do so, I’ll admit. πŸ˜‰ )


The Lugu Fabrics Blog Tour has just begun, and there is already so much beautiful inspiration to be found. Be sure to check out the projects already posted, and follow along as lots more talented makers share their projects made with Lugu fabrics.

Monday March 25 – Jessica Swift

Tuesday March 26 – Priscilla Geissler

Wednesday March 27 β€“ Felicity Greiner

Thursday March 28 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Friday March 29 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 1 – Michael Caputo | Patchwork and Paper

Tuesday April 2 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

Wednesday April 3 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Thursday April 4 – Gwyn LaSpina | Clever Colleen

Friday April 5 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Monday April 8 – Brianne Baxa | BriCrafty

Tuesday April 9 – Louise Waterfall | Textile Trolley

Wednesday April 10 – Neressa Bennett

Thursday April 11 – Amista Baker | Hilltop Custom Designs

Friday April 12 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 15 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Tuesday April 16 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday April 17 – Alex Sorensen | My Sew Bliss

Thursday April 18 – Jennifer MacWilliams | This Girl Is Sew Destructive

Friday April 19 – Betsy Harrahy | Little Pink Pamplemousse

Monday April 22 – Rebecca Ringquist | Dropcloth Samplers

Tuesday April 23 – Chantal Morin | CG Monsters

Wednesday April 24 – Danielle Gobel | Little Pink Peony

Thursday April 25 – Eve Gaddis


Slice & Stitch Challenge

Good morning! Β Today I am sharing a project I completed as part of a challenge sponsored by Aurifil and Olfa. Every two months, one Aurifil Artisan and one Olfa Creator will use the same tools to create a new project and share it. This month, I worked with Aurifloss and Olfa specialty blades in the deluxe rotary cutter. The Aurifloss was wonderful to work with for my first hand quilting project, and the pinking blade was a very helpful finishing tool. For more information about the tools I used, see the blog post on Auribuzz, the Aurifil thread blog.

The following is a full tutorial to create your own Stripe Dash quilt block and cushion cover.

Stripe Dash

By Isabelle Selak

Finished block: 18″x18″

Notes: Width of Fabric (WOF) is assumed to be 42″. All seams are 1/4″. This pattern can be constructed using strip piecing. However, I find that my piecing is less accurate when I use strip piecing. Because of this, the following instructions are for individual pieces rather strip piecing.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric A (background fabric): 1 fat quarter

Fabric B (light aqua): 4″x7″ scrap

Fabric C (medium aqua): 8″x7″ scrap

Fabric D (dark aqua): 1 fat quarter

Batting: At least 20″x20″ piece

Backing fabric: 5/8ths of a yard (20″x20″ square piece)

Cutting Instructions:

Fabric A (background fabric):

Cut (2) 7″ squares.

Cut (4) 3.5″x7″ rectangles.

Cut (16) 3/4″x7″ rectangles.

Fabric B:

Cut (4) 1″x7″ rectangles

Fabric C:

Cut (8) 1″x7″ rectangles

Fabric D:

Cut (2) 7″ squares

Cut (1) 6.5″ square

Cut (4) 1″x7″ rectangles

Piecing Instructions

Create HSTs

1. Use the 7″ squares of Fabric A and Fabric D to create (4) 6.5″ HST blocks.

2. Take (1) 7″ square of Fabric A and (1) 7″ square of Fabric D. Place them right sides together. (RST)

3. Mark a line across the diagonal of one of the fabrics. Mark additional lines 1/4 away on either side of the center line. These are your stitch lines.

4. Stitch along both stitch lines. Cut down the center line to create two HST blocks. Press open, with seams open or to the side of the darker fabric, according to your preference. Repeat with the remaining pair of 7″ squares to create a total of 4 HST blocks.

5. Trim HSTs to 6.5″x6.5″. Set aside.

Create Stripe Blocks

Note: Use a scant 1/4″ seam to ensure that your block dimensions are correct when constructed.

1. Retrieve (4) 3.5″ Fabric A rectangles, (16) 3/4″x7″ Fabric A rectangles, and all 1″x7″ rectangles of Fabrics B, C, and D.

2. In piles of four, lay out your strips according to the following illustration:

3. Chain piece the strips, one colored strip on the left and one Fabric A strip on the right. Place the strips right sides together and sew together with a 1/4″ seam.

4. Sew the strip pairs together into sets of 4 strips.

5. Sew the sets of 4 strips together into one set of 8 strips.

6. Attach the 3.5″x7″ rectangle of Fabric A to the strip set to complete one Stripe Block. Trim the block so it measures 6.5″x6.5″. Repeat to create 4 Stripe Blocks.

Final Assembly

1. Use 4 HSTs, 4 Stripe Blocks, and (1) 6.5″ square of Fabric D for the final assembly.

2. Lay out your blocks according to the illustration:

3. Connect the blocks to create 3 rows of 3 blocks each.

4. Connect the rows to complete the quilt block.

5. Baste and quilt as desired.

Use your preferred method for constructing a cushion cover. Options are envelope closure, button closure, hidden zipper, or invisible zipper. You can also use binding on the edge for extra trim.

And just like that, you’re done with your Stripe Dash cushion cover! I hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did. I’d love to see your finished projects. Please share them on social media using #stripedash.