Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Making

Borax Star Craft

I made these crystalized ornaments yesterday with the boys…and even though it’s totally unrelated to sewing I thought it was worth a share because they are so.dang.cool.  Perfect craft for my science loving boys.

You can find the recipe here (just water, Borax, and pipe cleaners!), or another great tutorial here.  They are surprisingly durable and so pretty on the tree…just don’t let your kids eat them. ;)

Borax Snowflakes

I still need to make Sophie a stocking (yes this is her 3rd Christmas!) so tonight I’m going to hunker down and make one.  Her only request was pink…red’s a dark shade of pink right?  Right.

The stocking tutorial is here and now I’m glad I made it because I never ever would have remembered how.

 Quilted Stocking, Tutorial at cluckclucksew

Also on my making list are reader pillows for my kids backed in fleece (the one below is from Growing Up Modern). 

Reading Pillow from Growing Up Modern book

I love these that Kathy made.  

Reading Pillows made by kathystitchbystitch.blogspot

My list of to-makes keeps getting longer…and then I get distracted and stay up way too late making crystalized ornaments out of pipe cleaners.  ;)  What’s your favorite homemade quilty gift to make?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grassy Doe Quilt Top + block tutorial

Grassy Doe quilt top, charm square block tutorial

Instead of sewing the blocks together all boring-ish, I decided last minute to sew these blocks into rows with sashing in between.  I happened to have a half yard of the green fabric which semi-matches…and sometimes semi-matching is as good as it gets!

Little charm pack cross road blocks, Cluck Cluck Sew

I had some requests for how to make these little 9 patch blocks…they are super easy with this stack n’ whack method, so hopefully some pictures will suffice. 

I stacked my 5” charm squares and cut a 1 1/2” strip in the center of each.  Then swap the center strips and sew back together…press towards the print fabric (so in different directions for each block).

Charm Square Cross Road Blocks, Cluck Cluck Sew

Then cut another 1 1/2” strip in the center of each, swap the strips, and sew them back together matching the seams.  Again, press towards the print (if the center strip is mostly print…press towards center strip).  The blocks measure 4” unfinished.

Charm Square Cross Road Block how-to, Cluck Cluck Sew

The trickiest part is remembering the pressing directions for each blocks so your seams will nest.  Luckily it’s not the end of the world if they don’t…and you can always press your seams open and not worry about it.

Nesting Seams, Cluck Cluck Sew

Nesting Seams

Sometimes I flip the quilt over and look at all the seams and I’m a little amazed that I sewed and pressed each one of them.  :)

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I cut my green strips 2” by the average width of the rows, and if I remember right the Kona green is Leprechaun.  This quilt measures about 36” x 45”…give or take a bit.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Charms of Doe

Doe charm pack

We were a bunch of sickies this week…which, on one hand I hate being sick…but on the other hand we stayed home and did nothing…and it was glorious. 

Almost like in the summer…but with colds.  ;)

Sewing with Doe Fabric

Little Charm Pack blocks, Cluck Cluck Sew

I broke open two charm packs from Robert Kaufman of Doe.  One charm pack is the Doe coordinating solids…not colors I would ever put together on my own and that’s why I love Carolyn’s fabric so much.

Doe Fabric Rows Sewn, Cluck Cluck Sew

Last weekend before my sweet lovely children gave me a cold I snuck out to my favorite local shop and picked up a few fabrics I didn’t need had to have.

Fabric Stack, Cluck Cluck Sew

Favorite fabric meme

It’s like whoever wrote that knows me personally.  ;)

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