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Pretty by Hand is OPEN!

(cheery little bell ring)

Come on in!  So nice of you to stop by today.

Please notice my logo in the left column of my blog there ... click on it and you will be magically transported to my new pattern shop.   (Can you tell I'm older than the interweb?)

Yes, FINALLY.  I've been dreaming about this day for a VERY long time, often feeling like a turtle moving through molasses ... uphill ... backwards ... sometimes without a map ... often without a clue!  LOL!

But I made it.  And I owe a lot of thanks to so many people who have helped me get here - including all of you dear sweet readers.  Your support and enthusiasm for my work has given me the courage to try.  

So here is my first batch of 5 patterns for your consideration.  I can't begin to explain how much I loved designing and making them all.

#1 - Honey Bee Bag

This purse I showed you last week that you were all so totally nice about?

This is what it turned into. 

Sometimes when I design something, I get it right the first time.  But not always.  As much as I truly love the "practice" version, I knew I could do even better.

So I remade it with Lecien's "Durham Collection" (designed by the very talented Brenda Riddle) and added just a wee bit more embroidery.  The knots on every seam corner are also on the original design - they're subtle but add that ... little something extra. 

(They also hide some of the seams that didn't quite match up.  But let's keep that a secret between you and me, kay?)

And you guys, the hexagons & triangles are TOTALLY MACHINE PIECED!!!  That's right, no English paper piecing ... so this purse goes together much quicker than you think.

However, a few things inspired me to add the honey bee.  First, beehives and honeycombs always come to mind when I work with hexagons. 

Second, about 8 years ago I sold my first original hand bags at a local shabby chic shop called "Honey B's".  It closed a few years ago.  But in honor of the owner - now friend - who was so supportive of my work and  validated me as a quilter, bag maker and designer, I named my first pattern after her shop.  "Thanks Barb!"

By the way, all the embroidery in this pattern is optional.  The purse would look just as lovely without the bee.  And wouldn't little glass or pearl beads add so much romance in place of the knots?

#2 - Round Pencil Case

Way back last September I made up these little cases for my daughters and posted them on my blog. 

I couldn't believe how many of you asked for a pattern.

Sorry it took me so long (turtle in molassas) but here it is.

The pattern includes 3 different ways to make this cutie little case:

Patchwork - make the body with squares

Scrappy - use a different fabric for each part of the case

Lace Trim -  I simply couldn't resist!

I used mostly Lecien's "Old/New 30s" fabrics with a little "Flower Sugar" and even a few of my favorite bits of Bonnie & Camille's "Ruby" & "Vintage Modern" (by Moda).

#3 - Molly Messenger Bag

This messenger bag I made up - also for my daughter - also posted on my blog - got lots of pattern requests too.

She used her bag for the entire school year and I'm happy to report it still looks great.  Even after being washed.  Several times.

Fabric is Rachel Ashwell's "Wildflowers" from Shabbyfabrics.com

Pattern #4 - Cherry Blossom Baskets

You may remember the story of how this quilt was born. 

It turned out so well I couldn't NOT make it into a pattern!

I wrote the pattern so you can choose your preferred construction method - EITHER with templates OR foundation paper-piecing.

And there are just a few embroidery stitches (that really do make the quilt, I think).

Stitch guide included.

#5 - Farmhouse Parlour

Another Quilt Market design that has a permanent home in my livingroom.


Yes, this quilt is put together with inset seams.


Hear me out.  I know many quilters are afraid of inset (also called "Y") seams either because they are intimidated or they've tried them with less than satisfactory results.  I totally get that.

So I made the pieced hexagon blocks in this quilt nice and big so the inset seams are easier to manage. 

And I wrote this pattern with a (confident) beginner quilter in mind.  I've taught many quilt classes so I tried to give as much detail in the pattern as I would if you were sitting beside me. 

So don't be scared.  Give it a try and give yourself the gift of leaning a new skill.  This design simply can't be reproduced any other way.  And it is SO worth the time.

Oh, and the fabric I used - Lecien's "Antique Flowers" - is available at Shabbyfabrics.com as well!

By the way, all patterns are available in your choice of either a paper or PDF version.

Ok.  Now for the fun stuff. 

I also have a giveaway.  Remember this pretty little pincushion I made a few months ago? 

I've been waiting so I could give it a good home with one of you. 

And it will probably come with the little cupcake pin too, just sayin'.

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite pattern. 

And if you make a purchase before the giveaway ends you can enter twice!

Comments close Friday August 24th 6:00 pm, PST and I will announce the winner Monday the 27th. 


Now I need a really big cup of tea. 

And some chocolate. 

With hazelnuts in it. 

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PS:  On a very personal note, I chose to launch my shop today in memory of my dad who left this world way too soon ... before he could be a grandfather and before he could see me try to do something he always told me I should - write my own patterns.  Today would have been his birthday.

Oh darn.  Now I need a kleenex too!  LOL!

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Reader Comments (183)

I am so excited for you! Farmhouse Parlour is my favorite, it's the reason I found your blog in the first place! You go girl!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Hooray! I was hoping you would be selling your patterns....this is very exciting and I am so, so happy for you! I hope I am the first to purchase!!

I hope you are writing the pattern for the cute market bag you took to spring market in Salt Lake City....hint, hint!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Girlie I am so excited for you, but really more excited for me Hee Hee, just ordered 2 PDF patterns, are you kidding me, ready just to pack up my office and get home to get started. Thanks and more Thanks. Congratulations!!!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnita K

Hi Kristyne, congratulations on your patterns, how fabulous !! Bittersweet, but he would have been proud I'm sure. Favorite would be the messenger bag, I can see my daughter requesting one!

Again congratulations!

Michelle in Australia (fellow line wh*re!)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle g

Yahoo!( western greeting there), congrats, I know this wil be successful. How can it not with all the great products, what fun to have my own "Pretty By Hand" creation, with of course my spin on it. Thanks, and I suspect that your dad has a great big grin on his face and telling everyone in heaven about his super talented girl.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinny Worden

Oh, my! How exciting! And congratulations!!!!! I love all your patterns and designs but Farmhouse Parlour is right up there with the best ever! My sincere best wishes for your continued success and I hope you keep blogging because you make my day, every day!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon (Michigan)

Congrats, your patterns look great! Love the pencil case!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Congrats!! I am sooo excited for you. I love everything you make.
Best of Luck!
Take care,

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Y.

You are SO very talented and creative that I am not surprised that you are doing this! And I am just so excited for you as well as all of us out here in Blogland! I am totally in love with your Honey Bee Bag - LOVE IT!!! In fact as soon as I switch to my regular computer from this iPad, I am downloading it! (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out as great as yours did since I am really not that talented at all!)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

You are awesome! I am so excited, I want them all!! I was hoping this was the big secret. I can't decide if the purse or the messenger bag is my favorite.

Thanks for putting yourself out there...I am excited to get started making something you have designed.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette

Happy dance!! Congratulations! I love them all, bought them all, and would say that the Cherry Blossoms Basket pattern is my favorite (if I have to pick one to enter giveaway - I really can't decide!)!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Congratulations! You deserve all the best. I prefer the honey bee bag: is sooo nice! Thank you very much for the giveaway. Barbara from Italy

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara

Your patterns are wondeful but o man - that honey bee bag is so adorable!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

*squealing and clapping hands...and jumping up and down* Congratulations!!! Your patterns look brilliant, I particularly love 'Farmhouse Parlour' - all those beautiful hexagons! Enjoy the tea and chocolate, you deserve it!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchie the wonder dog

Simply gorgeous! My favorite pattern so far is for the Honey Bee Bag, and what a cute pin cushion too :)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Is it completely and utterly sappy that I am sitting here with tears stinging in my eyes?! I am so over-the-moon ecstatic for you, dear Kristyne!!!!! You are such an inspiration! And a wonderful quilting teacher! It is completely ridiculous to think that I could possibly pick a favorite (they are all my favorites!), but because I want a shot at that adorable little pincushion and cupcake, I'll say Farmhouse Parlour. Congratulations, Pretty By Hand!!!!!!! :)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly

I just made my order...thank you!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette

So happy for you! Yah! All the patterns are so gorgeous!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea


Its about time you opened this shop! I adore all you posts and patterns. So...I went shopping this morning and ordered my favorite Farmhouse Parlor quilt paper pattern, as well as 2 others. Couldnt resist. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with the rest of us. Your work is very pretty by hand. You should rename your shop Very Pretty by Hand. :)
Linda in Gnawbone, Indiana U.S.A.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinda collingsworth

Congrats! I love the pencil case pattern. So darn cute!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJana K

Running quickly to the store to buy the Messanger Bag that I have been anxiously awaiting! And the Honey Bee Bag and the Farmhouse Parlour. Please don't make me choose a favorite!

Your dad has the most wicked grin on his face right now and I just bet his eyes are sparkling! He is the good little angel on your shoulder.

And tell the hubs that we thank him too for supporting you in this endeavor. I have no doubt it was a team effort!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Oh, I am soooo in love with the Honey Bee bag... and the Molly Messanger. I would love to order them both but I can't since we just bought a house and money is tied up right now. But I L.O.V.E. them....
Congratulations on the store and I just have to say that I found your blog a year or so ago and I love the feminine-soft-romantic-beautiful-et.al. style that you have! I can always count on you to inspire me to get a cup of tea (in the fine china, of course) and start doodling in soft pinks, greens, blues, yellows and even an occasional orange!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarDee

Congratulations on your new shop!!! Everything you make is absolutely lovely. I love your style. My favorite pattern is the messenger bag. I love how you made it look so soft and femine!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Congrats! How very exciting and what a tribute to your father! You have worked very hard to realize a wonderful dream. Kudos.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Congratulations on the new venture! My favorite pattern so far is the Honey Bee Bag. I'll be ordering others also though. They are all wonderful!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally K

Congratulations on your shop launch. I'm sure your Dad is looking down on you with a big smile on his face. :)

I love your Honey Bee Bag. I'm not one for making purses, but I'm going to make this one! Best of luck to you.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa D.

YAY! So very very happy that you're writing patterns now! Very excited. How in the world to pick a favorite, though?? The honeybee bag is sooo sweet, but I was really wanting the pencil case pattern, and the messenger bag, I almost tried to make that without a pattern. Now I won't have to! And the quilts are so pretty but I have no time to quilt these days. Probably the honeybee bag is my favorite. Yeah, I'll go with that. So happy for you! You're such an inspiration! :)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Congratulations. I love the Honey Bee bag and as I'm in a quilt bee called the Honey bees, it's calling my name. Now I need to find the red handles I bought in Nantes, France and pair it up with some Ruby, Bliss or Vintage Modern.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue Bone

Kristyne, I am so truly happy for you as you enter this new venture in your life. As you know I have simply been thrilled to see each and every project you turned out. I wish you much joy as you continue pursuing your dream. My favorite pattern would be Farmhouse Parlour, because I think I am up for a challenge. Of course, I have not made a purse in a while and those hexagons are calling my name. I know my girls would love the pencil bags...well they are mothers in their late 20s, but everyone wants something special and lovely. I could go on and on, but I just had to stop and tell you again how much I love your design and color sense, and to remind you that I truly believe that your father is looking down on you with a big smile on his face saying, "That's MY girl!"

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I bought honey bee and am now waiting for it to be delivered. Got to love PDF patterns.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue Bone

Congratulatons on your launch! All of your designs are stunning. I need one of each!!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika Holmes

I love, love, love the Honey Bee bag!! Although the pencil case is a very close second :) Congrats on finally selling your patterns!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Woohoo, I've got my new Honey Bee pattern in hand and I'm off to the fabric store!! Beautiful, detailed instructions you provide, thank you.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJandy

Wow. Just purchased the honey bee bag pattern... I'm thinking Christmas gift... but I guess I better get started! :)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Ooh, you made the handle, I thought it was a purchased one, so now I don't have to even find the red leather one I have somewhere. Pattern looks beautifully written with lots of photos.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue Bone

I tried to comment on your post about the hexy bag the other day but I didn't have my spex on and couldn't read the word verification so had to give up. I forgot to come back when I did have my spex on so I'll tell you now, I just adore that bag. So much so that the PDF pattern is downloading as I type.

Good luck with your shop. I know it'll do well. :o)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

And here's my second comment for buying a pattern. Actually I bought 2 - the hexy bag and the pencil case. I foresee some Christmas pressies being made with these patterns. :o)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Congratulations! How exciting :) That Honey Bee Bag is hard to beat, but everything looks just beautiful!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Oooh, happy, happy, happy (clappin', jumpin' up and down, doin' cartwheels kind of happy)!!!! Congratulations! You make beautiful projects, whether it be quilts, tote bags, etc.! I LOVE all the patterns, and I have trouble deciding between the two top favorites of mine. Is it ok if I tell you my faves? They are: Farmhouse Parlour and Honey Bee Bag. Again, a happy, happy, happy congratulations to you!!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSilent Scrapper

So excited for you! Love all the bags, that hexibag is super fun but that little pencil case is my fav!

Can't wait to see you in Houston!!! xo

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Oh Goodness, I am so happy for you! What an exciting day that you'll remember forever. Well, I can't just pick one favorite (frankly I would pick them all if I could), but since you are forcing me I'd have to say the Molly Messenger bag...or maybe the round pencil case. Decisions decisions. I guess I'd better head over to your shop and buy some pattern awesomness right now so I can enter the drawing yet again : )

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeAnn H.

I'm so glad that you published a pattern for Cherry Blossom Baskets. I LOVED watching that quilt come to life, and am so thrilled I can have a patter and re-create it.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Congratulations! My fav is the Honey Bee bag but all your creations are gorgeous with the soft pastel colors. So pretty. I'm sure your dad would have been thrilled with your business but he was probably already thrilled with having you for a daughter. With your sense of humor you probably made him laugh frequently and I'm sure he adored you.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth B

Yea!!!! Congratulations! I am so excited for you and so excited for the rest of us. The patterns are beautiful, the photography is exquisite. I'm looking forward to making many things! Just love the Honey Bee Bag~

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I just purchased the Honey Bee bag and pencil case. I'm so excited to make them!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Oh my....I am so overjoyed for you!!!!!!! Congrats on your very own pattern store. I can't wait to bring a slice of your talent and sweetness into my home! Good luck on your venture! And dang it i needed a kleenex after the last paragraph. My father-in-law (one of the sweetest men i've known) passed before he got to meet our children. They would have loved him as much as we did!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT. Sayler

Your father IS so proud of you! I am sure in some way he is able to see what an undertaking you have accomplished. Kudos to you! I love the Honey Bee bag and am already planning to make one for my daughter! Congratulations and I wish you continued success!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Scales

Yeah! What an exciting day! I'm fairly new to following your blog, but i love, love, love everything I see! Can't wait to finish this comment and order some patterns. Keep 'em comin'!

A loyal follower who likes things small, pretty and made by hand!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori Hunstad

Love them all! I want to make a bunch of the pencil cases for Christmas presents. Wouldn't they work great for lipsticks, nail files and stuff like that. Thanks!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Congratulations on the new shop, everything looks gorgeous and very desirable!! Coming back when I have money again... :)

S x

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandra
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