We like to keep tabs on what Ellen Luckett Baker is up to over at her blog the Long Thread, not only for the inspiration and the insight into her design process, but also for her simple craft tutorials. As author of 1, 2, 3 Sew and 1, 2, 3 Quilt, two must-reads for any sewer, she is an expert in helping beginners and seasoned sewers alike build on their skills, which is why we thought it would be fun to round up 5 of Ellen’s projects with the new year in mind. Whether you’re looking forward to sewing your first quilt or garment or just want to make a quick, fun accessory, you’ll find these projects are an inspiring way to head into 2014.
Folk Modern Table Runner
Tutorial available from Kollabra
If you’ve never made a quilt before, this table runner is a good introduction. You’ll get to practice all the cutting and stitching techniques required in quilting, but with little commitment. Plus you get this awesome table topper that you can use all year long.
Flower Path Quilt
Tutorial available from Sew, Mama, Sew
To celebrate the release of her book 1, 2, 3 Quilt, Ellen shared this tutorial so that you can follow along on how to make this amazing Flower Path quilt. We love the mix of fabrics she chose for the quarter circles—so modern.
Tutorial available from the Long Thread
This is one of those easy projects with big payoff. With little effort you can make this super stylish rope handbag and get a practical and pretty accessory to head into warm weather with.
Tutorial available from 1, 2, 3 Quilt
If you’re a craft sewer who is thinking about getting into garment sewing this year, this simple petal skirt is a good place to start—and a great project to tackle by the time spring rolls around.
Sewing Machine Cozy
Pattern available from the Long Thread
While you’re busy tidying and reorganizing in order to start the new year off on the right foot, why not freshen up your sewing space with this modern sewing machine cozy. The pattern can be adjusted to fit any size machine.