Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

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Everyone needs an Apron

January 27, 2014

After all my quilting leading up to the holidays, our older sister asked if I could help brainstorm and make a fun gift for her friend’s one year old, Wilder.  With a little thinking and researching, we decided an apron would be both cute and practical for this little dude.  He’d be able to wear it while painting, cooking, or simply as a new accessory!

Fat Quarter Options

Fat Quarter Options

We picked two fat quarters and an accent binding (to use for ties).  And then I had to figure out how big – or small rather – a 1-year-old is!  I measured, sketched it, cut it and started to sew!  In about 10 minutes flat, an apron was made!  I have to say – it’s pretty darn cute too.  I might be making these for everyone’s kids soon.  :  )

Apron - Blue Side

Apron – Blue Side

Apron - Yellow Side

Apron – Yellow Side

Hanging Apron

Hanging Apron

Enjoy,

Sarah

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A Quilt for James

January 23, 2014

Ah, my third and final nephew of the year.  My sister – as you all know from her previous post – gave birth to her sweet baby boy, James, in December.  I had picked out the fabric for this quilt before knowing what gender she was having, but I based in on colors she was featuring in the nursery.  I think it turned out adorable – if I do say so myself.

James' Quilt

James’ Quilt

It actually took me quite a while after purchasing the fabric to decide on my final design of the quilt.  I wanted each nephew to have a different pattern, so I picked rectangles and spent hours doing calculations to pick just the right size.  Each rectangle was cut 3″ x 7″.  This used the fabric so efficiently I had to NOT use one row to ensure my backing fabric fit!  All-in-all, the quilt came together better than I expected.  Especially because this was also the first time I made my own binding – which I LOVE on this quilt.

James' Quilt Back and Binding

James’ Quilt Back and Binding

I had a great time making all of these sweet nephew quilts, and I’m excited to watch them grow up (with the quilts, of course!).

Until next time…Enjoy.

Sarah

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Quilt for Kemett

December 17, 2013

Hey Everyone.  Sorry I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Lots going on, but I thought I’d take some time and update you on a few projects and meals I’ve tackled lately.

Our oldest sister – Melissa – had her first child a few months back.  The sweetest baby boy – Kemett.  In true fashion, I waited til he was already entering the world to start and finish his quilt.  BUT – it turned out adorable.

Kemett's Quilt

In progress

I used a charm pack and backed it with a soft flannel which wrapped around the sides to bind.  To add some textures (and hide a couple flaws), I added felt squares scattered across the front.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Adding Felt

Finished!

Finished!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah

 

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda

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Fabric Stash

October 7, 2013

Hello Friends!

I haven’t been up to much crafting lately, but I have been adding to my fabric stash.  I decided to share some pictures of the great fabrics I recently picked up from my favorite fabric store when they closed their storefront.  I am so excited about these fabrics because they are modern and bright and some are solids!  If you follow me on pinterest you’ll know I pin quilts like a crazy person.  I’m pretty sure my board has close to 900 pins of just quilt ideas I’d love to do myself.  Some are completely within reach of me doing and others are far from anything I could ever accomplish at this point in my life.

So check out the newest addition to my fabric stash:

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Solid Yardage

Solid Yardage

Amazing Fat Quarters

Amazing Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters

Ombre Bright Colors – Fat Quarters

Aren’t they beautiful?  What would you do with them?

Here are a few quilts I pinned that I’m thinking I may try…. of course I have to decide if I’m making this quilt for someone or just for me.  (Probably me and baby, right?)

Or just about any quilt on my pinterest board!

Happy quilting!
Amanda

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Gnome Garland

March 25, 2013

Hello friends!

I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some good friends this weekend.  It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a great reception.

Prior to the wedding, I was asked by the mother of the bride to make some new garland for the couple.  After marriage both of their initials will be L.E.P.  The second component of this garland are the awesome gnomes.  This couple is fabulously quirky, and they love gnomes.  (Their cake topper was even a little gnome couple!)

Supplies:
-Felt
-Die Cut Machine (or letters to trace and cut out)
-Gnome Fabric
-Interfacing (Iron on, paper backed)
-Ric Rac (or any ribbon really)

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Procedure:
1. I started by cutting all the letters out of felt on my die cut machine (have I mentioned I bought a die cut machine? LOVE IT!)  The only mistake I made here was that with these letters, I should’ve used interfacing and doubled up the stiffness of the felt.  (I’ll show you how I made it work later.)

2. Iron interfacing to back of gnome fabric.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

3. Peel paper layer and iron felt to back of gnomes.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

4. Individually cut out each gnome with love and care.

Cut out Gnome Close Up

Cut out Gnome Close Up

5. Line up gnomes and letters on ric rac allowing extra on the ends to tie the garland.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

6. Once I realized my letters were too floppy, I went back and stitched along the bottom of the three letters to hold them together.  That got tricky because I had to make sure they were spaced enough apart to not pull and twist each other.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

In general, I love the final product.  The gnomes really make it though!  The bride and groom were so happy with their surprise decor too!

Congratulations, gnomies!  Have a great honeymoon!

Love,
Amanda

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Homemade Baby Quilt

March 7, 2013

Hello!

Ok guys, this is another project I have been dying to blog about, but like the wooden sign, it was a gift – for the same person! I decided early on to make my future niece a custom quilt just for her to roll around on, snuggle in, and have for life! I picked the fabric before I decided on the pattern or shape of the quilt and then ran across an adorable quilt I just had to try. The pattern is from the book Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Heather Mulder Peterson.

finished quilt

Finished Quilt

The pattern is called “Oh Baby” and it feathers a name and could be done in a couple different ways.  I chose to make it with yardage rather than a charm pack.   I bought fabric called Vintage Modern from Moda because it has a more grown up little girl quilt!  I also chose to back the quilt with a minky fabric so it would be soft and snuggly for my sweet future niece to cuddle with.

Quilt top and Green minky

Quilt top and Green minky

Process:
-I followed directions according to the pattern for the top of the quilt.  (I don’t want to outline them here since the book is for sale.  Pretty sure that would infringe on copyright. But buy the book, it’s cheap an has some great patterns!)

-I also encountered an issue with the fabric I chose: I used a beautiful houndstooth, cut all my pieces, then realized it wasn’t printed on the grain and all my strips were twisted.  I pretty much had to start all over and re-sew the top, but in the end, it was worth it!

-I used a die cut machine for the letters in the middle, which meant I needed a wider strip of fabric for the middle.

-For the letters in the middle, I used Heat N Bond on the back of the grey fabric before I cut out the letters on my die cut machine.  After they were cut out, I attached the letters to the middle strip of the quilt.

-The next step was to iron tear away stabilizer on the back of the houndstooth where the letters were ironed on.  This helped during the embroidery process.

Tear Away Stabilizer

Tear Away Stabilizer

-I do not have an embroidery machine, but I do have a fantastic sewing machine with lots of different stitch styles.  I picked a beautiful X stitch to outline each letter in for the finishing touch.  I used a dark grey thread to highlight the lighter grey letters.

Embroidered edge of letters

Embroidered Edge of Letters

-After finishing the quilt top, I cut a square of the minky green fabric and batting.  I basted all three layers together before quilting it.

basted

Basted Quilt

-I decided to tie the quilt with embroidery thread rather than machine quilt the blanket.

-I went with an eyelet ribbon for the edge to play up the girly, baby fun. I folded the top and bottom layers into the middle and inserted the ribbon between the two layers.  I then top stitched the edge to finish the quilt.

Quilt Top

Finished Quilt Top

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

I was very happy with how the quilt turned out.  I haven’t made a lot of quilts for other people, but I am so excited to be able to give a homemade gift to family!

Happy Quilting,
Amanda