~Pickle Dish Mini Quilt~ The Mini’s Blog Tour

Hi everyone!! My name is Cindy and I’m the gal behind Raspberry Sunshine.  I design, sew, and sell handbags for a living but I am also slowly learning how to quilt.  When I’m not sewing, I am usually spending time with my family and friends or tinkering with my vintage sewing machines. I am honored to be one of today’s The Minis Blog Tour participants.  If you’ve been following along, April 25th started the tour with 2 bloggers and their mini’s. Each day {Read More}

Books, Books, Books! Do you love Handbag Books?

I have a *healthy* sewing library.  My Ikea Expedit bookcase has a few cubes reserved for my general ‘how to’ sewing, textiles and garment sewing.  But I also have a few cubes for my special handbag books, written and published in the United States and Japan. They are a never ending source of inspiration! Have you noticed in recent years that more books on handbag design and patterns are being released? When I started sewing handbags a few years back {Read More}

Exciting Metallic Linen Shop Update

I have been slowly building up my stock of my favorite Robert Kaufman linens the past few months.   The quality and style are top of the line and are so versatile.  You may see them being used in quilts and garment sewing, but did you know they are awesome for handbag and accessory making?  Last year I started stocking their Essex Yarn Dyed Linens in my Etsy shop.  They have been a great seller for me and I use {Read More}

They’re Multiplying! A New Vintage Sewing Machine

I once had a small but cute vintage sewing machine (VSM) collection.  I didn’t set out to collect them.  The only older machine on my wish list was a Singer Featherweight.  They are small, lightweight and very portable. I wanted to use it as my quilting machine.  So I waited and hunted and when I saw one at an auction for a great price, I grabbed it!  All done collecting. Or so I thought. For Mother’s Day last year my {Read More}

~ The 1718 Coverlet ~ Top is Done!!

In February of 2015 I joined my first online quilt-a-long, The 1718 Coverlet by Susan Briscoe.  I’m a history buff so when I read the history of this quilt I decided to jump in and give it a try.  And with so many talented and experienced quilters sewing along, I knew help would be available for me. Each month for the past year Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger have listed a group of blocks from the book for us to {Read More}

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