Wednesday, September 24, 2008

YeeHaww its a Cowboy Quilt!

So this is the cowboy quilt, I finished quilting it a couple days ago and I think its pretty cute. I LOVE the cowboy fabric. My Mom found some ADORABLE CowGIRL fabric that I might just have to make another one of these out of. Anyways this was a fun quilt, I thought it was going to be easier than it was when I was making it in my head, but then again I think everything is easier in my head. I got this quilt idea from JCHandmade, she made a really cute fall quilt in this pattern.

And today I finally got this pillow cover done for a lady on who wanted these Amy Butler fabrics, which I totally LOVE and I can't believe I hadn't bought all these before!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Squares

I can't stop. I'm addicted to baby quilts. They are super fun to make because they are so small I don't get burnt out on making a big huge quilt. And they are easy to quilt on my own. Anyways this one was harder than my coin quilt because you have to match up the squares so they are all in line, but it was still pretty easy. I made my cowboy quilt and I'm going to quilt it tonight, I will put a pic on when I'm done, and I'll be glad to be done because it was a pain to make!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Colorful Coins Baby Quilt

You can view and download the Colorful Coins Quilt Pattern here.

This was my project the past day. I made two of these, and they were super easy and only took me like two nap times to whip up. (time is not measured in minutes at my house its measured in Ben's sleep cycles) I love this quilt because you don't need a pattern, and you can use your scraps and make them big or small and lots or just a few. Even the quilting went pretty fast, I washed it after I quilted it, it gives it that soft puckered vintage look that I LOVE!!! I want to keep this one for myself and snuggle with it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Petal Pillow Tutorial

Today we’re going to make a Petal Pillow. Its very easy, cost me under ten bucks, and took about half an hour to make. Plus it will add lots of summer color (is it summer yet?) to your house.
First you’ll need:
-a little over a 1/2 yard of fabric….19 inches to be exact. You can get away with a half yard if you already have it, just cut your pieces to 18" instead of 19". I used home weight fabric from Joann’s.
- 1/4 yard felt. Buy the good stuff on the bolt and not the cheap sheets in the kids crafts section. The stuff I used is made from recycled plastic bottles and is really stiff and thick. This felt came on a 60" bolt, but if the bolt is smaller you might want to buy a half yard just to be safe.
- a large and small cup (or other circles) for tracing, a large bowl for tracing, a pen, scissors, and cardstock to make your template.
Trace the rims of your cups onto your cardstock and cut out.
Pin the templates to your felt and cut out circles. I was able to cut 3-4 circles at a time by folding the felt.
Cut out roughly 30 large circles, and 20 small circles. You can always use more or less….but more the merrier I always say.
Now cut your circles in half.
Now your going to cut your fabric into three pieces.
1 large square 19 inches x 19 in. , 1 rectangle 19 in. x 15 in. , and 1 rectangle 19 in. x 12 in.
On the right side of the 19 in. by 19 in. square, trace a bowl or large plate marking a large circle in the middle. Leave 4-5 inches or so around the edges. (my circle is hard to see in the next pic…squint real hard and you’ll see it!)
Line up the edge of a large petal along the line you just traced. As you sew the petals on, overlap the petals about a 1/4 inch. Continue sewing around the circle, adding petals.
When you get near where you started, put a petal in between the previous petals, so they overlap. Then you can start putting petals underneath the previous set. I lined up the straight edges of my petals only 1/4 in. or so underneath the previous petals because I liked them packed in there. Again…the more the merrier and the closer they are the better it will look.
If you want extra volume in your petals, you can curve them and fold the edges as you sew to make the petals stand up a little bit. I started curving and bunching them a little bit on the third or fourth row.
After you’ve done four or five rows of large petals and you’re getting close to the center, you can switch to your small petals. Again, as you get closer to the center you can curve and bunch the straight edge of the petals so they stand up a little and look like real petals. When you get to the center add a couple petals that are good and bunched at the bottom for extra volume.
Cut a small circle out of felt about 1 inch, or large enough to cover your edges. Sew down with a few stitches in the center of the flower.
Your done with the hard part…now lets make your pillow.
Finish the short edges (12 inch and 15 inch) of your two back rectangles by folding one side under 1/2" twice and sewing.
Place your pillow front and back pieces right sides together, lining up edges. Put the larger rectangle down first against the flower right sides together, then put your smaller rectangle on top if it, right sides together. Pin well.
Sew around the edges with a 1/2" inch inseam. Because home decor fabric frays easily, serge or do a quick zig zag stitch around the edges. Trim your corners and turn inside out.
Stuff with an 18 inch pillow form and your done! Yay!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fall Table Runner

I made this table runner (ok I made two) last week when I was in Poulsbo. The inspration came from Anina's blog (its beautiful)!.

Camera strap/ table runner

I am truly addicted to quilting. I've had so much fun making fun things, here are a couple of my favorites. A cute camera strap for my camera, which was really easy to make and I'll put a tutorial on if anybody wants it. And a table runner that I absolutely adore, but I sold, because it was the third I made and how many table runners do I actually need? I even made a quilt the past couple of weeks which I LOVE the fabrics in, and I'll take a picture of it after its quilted. So if I don't answer the phone, and you don't see me come out of the house for awhile, you'll know i'm probably quilting.

Camera strap tutorial: I unpicked the strap ends from my ugly Canon camera strap with my stitch ripper or a pair of scissors. You can either start with one single piece of fabric or piece different fabrics together like I did, either one, the fabric for the strap will be 24"long by 4" wide. I interfaced the fabric with fusible fleece (I like Pellon brand you can get at Joann fabrics) You iron on the interfacing, cut off the extra, then sew right sides together the length of your fabric with a 1/4" seam. Turn inside out, which is really hard since the interfacing makes it really thick but it will turn inside out eventually! Iron flat, I quilted stitches down the length every 1/4" but you don't have too. Then just slide into the black vinyl pieces you removed from the old strap and stitch in the new one with black thread, and there you have it easy as pie, a new camera strap. You could do this with a small camera strap too, or keychains, endless possibilities!

Craft Blog

So I've been meaning to do this for a while, but I finally got around to making a craft/sewing blog where I can post fun sewing and craft projects without filling up our family blog with my sewing projects. And Jay thought it was making our family blog a little girly... which is true. So I'm not promising how often I'll update this one, but I'm going to at least try! Happy sewing!!!