The Busy Bean

Fat Quarter Gang – Organizing Bucket Tutorial


Hey, head over to the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog and check out my tutorial for a divided organizing bucket. I used mine in my car, but they’re great for bookshelves, bedside tables, or anywhere you need a little organizing help.

If you’re here from Art Gallery’s blog, welcome!

Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite way to organize and you could win a stack of Color Me Retro fabrics for own.

*Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the fabrics is Deonn! Congratulations, I’ve sent you an email to get your information.

Rachel’s Quilt

So, the other side of this quilt was a group effort of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. We’ve been meeting for a few years, and last year we decided that we were big enough to actually create a board and have real leadership. Not surprisingly, Rachel was elected as the President for the year. She is the one who started our chapter to begin with. We met in her home for the first year or two, until we grew out of her living room.

Honeycomb Quilt

I recently had the opportunity to test out a new pattern for a friend.


Kati blogs at From the Blue Chair, and I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with her all the time. She’s the one who designed the gallery quilt I made last year, and she has recently started selling her patterns! She has such a great eye for placement and color… when I grow up, I want to be just like her.


I tested the Honeycomb pattern for her. It’s amazing. It looks a lot more difficult than it really is. (Which in turn makes you look like your quilting skills are off the hook awesome.)

Little Snack Sack {Ruby Star Wrap-along}

I have been excited for Ruby Star Wrapping to come out since I saw a little preview at Spring Market in May. I was so happy when I walked in to lunch one day at Sewing Summit and saw one at each place for us!

The projects that Melody Miller and Allison Tannery have put together are so versatile – and incredibly cute. Seriously, the styling of the photos is worthy of a coffee table book. I also love the great conversational style of the writing. It’s like I’m sitting at a cafe with the two of them discussing the projects as I read.

How To: Selvegde Star Pillow

Selvedge, Selvage… whether you speak English or American, they’re the same thing. They are a gorgeous piece of fabric that often just gets thrown away. And that’s a shame.

PTS 8 finished!

I made this pillow for my partner in one round of the Pillow Talk Swap. I loved it so much I made another for my good friend Sukie, and thought I’d take some pictures along the way so you can see my method. I’m also in the process of using this block, only a little bigger, to make myself a king size quilt!

Ruby Star Wrap Along

Are you ready for a little bit of awesome for the holidays? And by a little, I mean a lot!

Ruby Star Wrap-Along

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My good friend Sukie gathered a bunch of people to make up some of the projects from Melody Miller’s new book.
Giving these away on the blog today! psst pass it along

In case you haven’t seen this book yet, it is full of vintage inspired, classy, fun, and just plain good-mannered ideas for wrapping your gifts in eco-friendly, reusable ways. Here are a few places to pick up your very own copy.

RoostbooksSew, Mama, SewAmazonBarnes and NobleRandom House

How To: Sew Easy Inset Circles

Here’s how I sew easy inset circles using freezer paper and glue.

1. Draw a circle onto your freezer paper. Or three if you draw the wrong size. Twice. Not that I would do that. Cut out the circle, leaving the exterior intact.

Inset Circles Tutorial

2. Lay this over the fabric you want in your circle, just to make sure that you’ve cut the circle the correct size. You want to have at least 1/4″ behind the circle for your seam allowance.

Inset Circles Tutorial

Bloggers Quilt Festival – Shattered Glass

I recently made the Shattered Glass quilt from Tula Pink’s book for the sew-along with Sew Sweetness. And the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is the perfect chance to share it here. Thanks for stopping by if you’re visiting the festival! There are so many great quilts linked up there you can spend hours just looking around being inspired.

I made this quilt for my brother-in-law and his new wife for their wedding gift. I asked her what kind of colors she would like and her answer was blues, yellows and greens – a springy colorway. So I pulled out my scrap bins in those colors, and threw in some pinks and purples because I thought it was looking a little flat with just blue, yellow and green.

How To: Somerset Star

I finished up my pillow for the Pillow Talk Swap. I’m so very excited at how it turned out I just had to share. Lots of people were asking how I did the star, so here’s a little tutorial to walk you through it.

The Somerset Star is very traditional. In fact, you may have grown up seeing it used as things like trivets or Christmas ornaments. Things that just scream “grandma” at you. Not that there is anything wrong with grandmas. In fact, I quite love grandmas. However, this is not your grandma’s Somerset star.

Craft Book Month – Socks from the Toe Up

When Lindsay asked me to take part in a blog hop for Craft Book month over at Craft Buds I immediately pulled a stack of books I’ve got projects marked in. It was a decent stack.

And these are only the ones I had hanging out in my bedroom, it doesn’t count the stack in my studio that are all marked.

Since I had knitting on my mind, I decided to focus on a couple of knitting books that got me out of my “I can knit a mean scarf and nothing else” phase.