Posts Tagged ‘stitch’

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Furlough Quilt

October 10, 2013

Hello friends,

For those of you who do not know me personally, I am one of those people furloughed due to government shut down.  I have decided to embrace the time off and be crafty!  (As you can tell, I’ve been blogging, which I’m so excited for!)  I’ve been maintaining a clean home, cooking, and crafting.  I decided late last week that I wanted to quilt.  Nothing big or extravagant.   I’m not completely with it during this pregnancy, so I decided on a color blocked quilt with pretty quilting.  I dug through my fabric stash (not the new stuff) and found some big pieces of fabric that would make for a beautiful, and patriotic, furlough quilt.

I made the quilt roughly baby quilt size.  I’m such a fan of americana colors, it’ll be the perfect addition to our baby’s already bright and happy nursery.   Baby’s grandma already made a bright striped quilt so this will be a second quilt for baby to enjoy!  You can never have too many quilts, right?  🙂

What do you think?

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

 

I chose to do rounded edges on the quilt because I have never done that before, and I thought it might be easier.  It wasn’t too difficult really.  I found this how-to and then went with it.

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

I hope you like the quilt as much as I do.  I will admit, my edging is not perfect.  It could’ve been better if my back didn’t hurt so much while I was trying to hand stitch it.  I resorted to top stitching, which doesn’t always turn out nicely.  I’m very happy with it though and can’t wait to use it!

Happy quilting,
Amanda

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Valentine’s Day Garland

February 14, 2013

Hello Hello!

As I have explained previously, I am in love with Valentine’s day.  While my previous blogs have been love related, this one is straight up Valentine’s, and what more appropriate day to post on than Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is filled with lots of love from all around.  Seriously, spread love and find love in everything you do!  Today my love is particularly strong for my family.  I wouldn’t get through life without them and this past year has been one for the books and one we need to overcome with love.  So I dedicate this Valentine’s day to my beautiful mom, sisters, husband, extended family, and in-laws.  Love is what makes the world go round.

Ok, enough of that sappy stuff, and let’s get down to business.  I made what I would consider one of the cutest felt garlands for this Valentine season.  I have purchased many a felt garland in my life, but have been obsessing over the opportunity to make one on my own.

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

I did this one the old fashion way and created a template out of a folder and cut it out of two colors of felt.  Easy!

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

The next step was to lay them out in a pattern and stitch them together.  I used a cream thread because I like the way it stands out, and I was a little bit lazy about changing my sewing machine thread.  ek!  Anyway, I pumped out three sets of these garlands, each a varying length.

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

They are all over my house and I can’t wait to make more garlands out of felt!  I think I’ll need to design some for every holiday.  Psst: I have a secret.  I have purchased a die cutting machine and I can’t wait till it arrives!  I am going to be pumping out all kinds of felt garlands!  I’ll do a whole blog about my new toy, don’t worry!

 

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

What kind of garlands do you like?  Leave a comment letting me know what holiday is your favorite to decorate for!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Amanda

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Party Time: Travel Theme!

February 11, 2013

Hello all,

To carry on the love theme of February (I know some of these are a bit of a stretch), I want to share some of the fun crafts I made to celebrate the love of my Aunt and Uncle.  The theme was travel because these two lovebirds have traveled to so many cool places!  They’ve traveled to England, France, and Italy and coast to coast in the United States.  (I’m only slightly jealous.)

We threw a simple party, which you got a sneak peek of last week.  I went a little crazy with the paper crafts and made a paper chain and paper bunting out of two-sided antique map scrapbook paper.

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Supplies:
-One pack of scrapbook paper (map theme)
-I have a fancy paper cutting machine that helped ease the process, but you could easily cut with scissors.
-Stapler
-Sewing Machine
-Coordinating Thread

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Bunting Instructions
-Cut your scrapbook paper into isosceles triangles.  That’s the fancy way of saying cut them in the shape of a pennant.
-Determine the length of your bunting by either laying out the papers or measuring the short side and doing some quick math to figure out how many triangles you need to make the length bunting you want!  I can tell you I didn’t measure anything.  I just grabbed a pile of cut triangles and stitched away until I got to the end of my pile.  I divided my cut triangles into three uneven piles.

Sewing bunting

Sewing bunting

-Prepare your sewing machine with the appropriate thread and bobbin and start sewing!  I didn’t adjust anything on my machine and it turned out great.  Hint: Leave a trail of thread at the start and end so you can tie the bunting or tape it to let it swag.

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Extra! I made a small paper bunting to swag across my cake.  Just follow the above directions on a smaller scale!  Too cute!

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Paper Chain Instructions:
The paper chain is super easy.  We all made these as kids, right?  I just cut my 8 x 8 paper into 1 inch strips.  I looped each piece through the previous and stapled the overlap.  Once again, make these as short or as long as you’d like!  I found the 1 inch width to be perfect!  Too fat and they don’t move or bend easily.

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Happy Travels.
-Amanda

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A Stitch in Time: The details

January 31, 2013

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re doing well on this beautiful day. I have been working so hard on crafts, I almost hate going to work I want to stay home and craft the days away. This blog posts brings us back to the beautiful family quilt I am working on. I recently saw the following quote and it really stood out to me regarding this quilt and so many other parts of life:

A family stitched together with love seldom unravels.

I think it’s such a beautiful statement tying love, families, and traditions together. This quilt is a piece of a family and tells it’s unique story unlike any other quilt. I have learned more about my in-laws since I received the quilt to fix and continue to learn as this process continues.

In this post I want to outline the details of the quilt before me. There are, sadly, lots of pieces that need repair. I am including a few close up photos as well as descriptions of the damage. I’ll explain my game plan and then we’ll see how true to that I stay in my actual repairs.

Quilt close up

Quilt close up

This image is a close up of some of the Sueboonet Sue girls. These are in better condition than some of the others, but you can see the tattered edge of the quilt. I plan to trim the binding off the whole quilt and replace it with a new, similar binding. This makes me very nervous, but in order for the quilt to maintain it’s durability and integrity.

Quilt damage SueBonnet Sue

Quilt damage Sue Bonnet Sue

SueBonnet Sue Close up

SueBonnet Sue Close up

These little girls are a little more tattered and torn than some of the others. You can see slits in their dresses or tears and holes. I hope to not be forced to remove any of the little girls from their squares. I do not want to loose the beauty of the hand applique created by the wonderful quilters who made this quilt. My goal is to buy fusible interfacing to slip under the dresses and then iron them in place. I know this may not be the perfect solution because it could potentially lead to discoloration down the line, but since the quilt is going to be laid on a bed and kept for memories, I think it’s better to keep the fabric already used and try to conserve it as much as possible.

Quilt damage

   Quilt damage

Quilt damage

Quilt damage

The hole in the middle of the quilt is my biggest (literally and figuratively) problem to fix. It appears to be a pretty straight set of tears, which I assume came from years of being folded in the same shape. I think my strategy is going to be to also use fusible interfacing here. I may need to patch the back of the quilt through the batting with a muslin patch just over the hole along with the fusible interfacing. I am not sure what the quilt will look like with just this done so there is a chance I want to replace the pink between the squares in the space that is torn. This will reinforce the joints between the little girls.

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

Quilt damage

Quilt damage

As for the back of this quilt, I think I have decided against washing and drying it. Since laying it out, the smell has dissipated and I do not want to cause any additional damage. I will buy a piece of fabric large enough (or piece together) to cover the back of the quilt, with the new binding. I will attach this fabric to the quilt without disturbing the face of the quilt and original stitches. This step is really to keep up durability of the quilt and help it last just that much longer.

I’ll have to reassess at that point what other steps I need to take, but I think that covers the bulk of the repairs I believe I need to make. I do think I will need to patch any hand stitched applique that may no longer be in place.

I can’t wait to see what it looks like after all these steps are completed!

Happy Quilt Repairing!
-Amanda

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Fabric Flowers, a follow up

January 17, 2013

Hello!

I decided before my Monday post ever went up that I probably should’ve posted about how to make these beautiful fabric flowers first.  I even thought about switching the order of the blogs so this one went first and then the wreath, but I decided to keep the order in hopes to lead to excitement for today’s blog.  Did it work?

I had a vision for my wedding that included beautiful fabric blue flowers lining the aisle with candles (battery operated) to create a little bit of that crafty, vintage atmosphere I was going for.  I think it was a huge success.  Seriously one of my favorite pieces of the wedding scene.

Fabric Flowers lining the aisle

Fabric Flowers lining the aisle

These are super easy to make and more fun with a group of people working on them!

Supplies:
Fabric (the lighter weight the better, any color you want!)
Compass Rotary Cutter (I own this one, and love it!)
Cutting mat
Corresponding thread
Needle

Directions:

  1. You first need to decide on the diameter of your circles.  Mine are approximately 3 inches in diameter.  Adjust your rotary cutter to the radius (half the diameter) and cut away!  
  2. You need 9 circles per flower.  
  3. Once you have those 9 circles, fold each circle in half and then in half again.
  4. Stack the 9 folded circles so they all line up (like stacked pie slices).
  5.  With a strong needle and thread, stitch just near the point of the slice, from the top of the pile through all layers to the bottom.  Do this stitch as many or as few times as needed to hold your fabric together.  
  6. Tie off the thread and voila, you have a fabric flower.  They need to be played with to lay perfectly, but sometimes the way they flop gives them extra character. 
Fabric Flowers

Fabric Flowers

I have many, many of these flowers and am hoping to do lots of crafts with them.  I also think I may make some in new colors for other festive wreaths and such.  Any brainstorms on other crafts for my flowers are greatly appreciated!

Happy Crafting!
Amanda

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Pillows

January 10, 2013

Hey all,

This post will be pretty short because the craft I completed was super easy.  I purchased 6 fat quarters recently from a newer quilt shop in town and knew instantly I wanted to make pillows for our master bedroom out of them.  I had some old throw and floor pillows laying around that needed to be updated so I decided to work with them as my pillow forms.  I ended up not trimming any of my fat quarters, faced them right sides together and stitched three of the four sides, leaving a big enough hole to stuff the pillow form into.  Once the pillow was in the case, I hand stitched the fourth side and voila, I had some new pillows!  Seriously, this was an easy craft that really made a big impact on the bed!  I do hope to make some more complicated pillows soon, but need another foot for my sewing machine so I can add in piping!

pillows

Pillows

Happy Sewing,
Amanda