Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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 etsy.com who wanted these Amy Butler fabrics, which I totally LOVE and I can't believe I hadn't bought all these before!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I am a self proclaimed quilt-shop-snob. But.....due to less than stellar quilt shops around me I have made my way into Joann's on occasion and actually found some cute things! Alexander Henry has a re-vamped fabric collection there that is adorable and good quality! Anyways I found this CUTE cowboy fabric by Alexander Henry at Joann's on CLEARANCE, and now I think a baby cowboy quilt is calling my name.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I made this last Christmas and it was so easy and is so much fun to hang up everytime we have a birthday! I just want to leave it up year-round! Its so nice to have a cute sign and not have to buy a stupid plastic sign every birthday. So really the possibilities are ENDLESS, and there are tons of them on Etsy (here's the link to some really cute ones) that you could copy. This one I cheated and bought the letters by the checkout stand at joann fabrics, cut squares out of felt (you can fit two letters on one sheet of felt you buy precut) sew'd the top to make a place for the twine to go through, sew'd some cute fabric on the felt and then hot glued the letters on. Super easy and fun. I saw Joann's has some really cute letters in right now, and REALLY cute black sparkly halloween one's you could make a Halloween banner. Maybe that's what I'll do tonight!
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 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!
Thanks for crafting with me today. You can visit me anytime at Cluck. Cluck. Sew. for free quilt patterns and more tutorials. Thanks Vanessa for letting me invade your blog today and have fun at market for all of us!!!! -Allison
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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!