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Mother’s Day Gift

May 16, 2013

Hello!

This Mother’s Day, I decided to go the homemade gift way.  Isn’t that what mother’s love the most?  The phrase “Home is where the heart is” is possibly the most important saying in my world.  We have come across the saying “Home is where mom is” in the time since my childhood and I couldn’t agree more!  I knew when I wanted to make my mom a gift, it should involve that saying.  I decided to make her a sign with a mixture of painting and nail art.  I would’ve done the whole thing in nails, but I didn’t have a big enough board or enough nails! Here’s the finished product:

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To explain the nail art, I did it just like I did the state of Texas in a earlier post.  I printed out the word MOM and put nails evenly spaced along the edges.

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I used smaller nails this go around, which was great, but they bent easily.  I then removed the paper to be revealed with just nails and a mystery shape.

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Clearly, that’s a sideways image.  After that I used thread, just normal sewing thread and picked three shades of blue.  I did a random pattern and made sure to push the thread down to give it some depth on the nails.

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Voila!  That’s how easy string art is!

Happy Crafting,
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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String art

August 20, 2012

My friend Nicole recently moved to a new place. I decided to make her housewarming gift and since she’s crafting creative I knew I had to make something and not just buy something. After searching through Pinterest I came across state string art and knew this was the perfect gift for her.

I went to The craft store and bought a pre-cut square of wood that had a pretty edge on it. I then painted it orange and the edges white and covered in modge podge so it would have a pretty sheen to it.

Next I printed out a map of the state of Texas a little smaller and then my piece of wood. I then laid it on my wood and marked spaces for where I would want to put nails around the edges to make the border of Texas.

I then hammered in nails less than an inch apart, depending on the size of wood, to make the border of Texas. I also wanted to put a heart in the middle of Texas to signify that her home is where her heart is.

After all the nails were in place I get a white piece of embroidery thread and tied a knot at one nail and then randomly stretched the thread from nail to nail to make a design. I tried many different designs from very organized to disorganized and found I liked disorganized better as you can see in my final product below.

This project was way easier than I thought it would be as inspired me to want to try new things like words or other images rather than just a state out of string.

I can’t wait to post my next idea!

Happy crafting!
Amanda

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