Friday, April 30, 2010
I'm still playing around with my scrap bins and dug out the insul-brite too.
I made one red cherry & polka dot pot holder and a pair of lime green & orange butterfly pot holders. Between the 6 layers of fabric & the layer of insul-brite, these should be just perfect for the kitchen or BBQ.
I think I'm keeping the cherry one since I don't have enough to make a pair but I'll be listing the butterfly set soon in my shop. I think they'd be great for a summer bbq or cooking poolside.
I almost forgot, these measure 5.5" square. They are on the small side but you don't always need big, bulky pot holders.
I was able to make a few more coasters this afternoon.
One set is a shabby chic rose with dark green contrast.
Another is a very cute Rainbow Fish fabric with neon pink and neon orange.
The last is a classic, country sunflower print with orange contrast and a dark green flannel backing.
All are available for sale now in my online shop. :-) Mention this blog and get an extra 10% off (to be reimbursed through PayPal).
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I've been posting free quilt block patterns on my Facebook fan page and today finally had the time to make one of them.
I made "Oh Susannah" which is a 12" finished block using 3 different colors and patterns. It worked up very quickly and was very easy to assemble as well. Even with all of my interruptions of little boys running in and out I was able to get it cut & finished within an hour tops. That sounds like a long time but let me tell you, I probably get interrupted every 5 minutes for something. :-)
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I was playing around today and made a prototype raggy style iPod Touch/iPhone quilted case. I used 2 layers of flannel for batting so it doesn't just protect from normal scratching when carrying in your bag, it will help prevent any damage if dropped while still in the case.
I haven't washed this yet for the full raggy effect and already see a few changes I'll use on future cases but it was fun to just make something up....while I had 5 little boys running around the house.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Inquiring minds would like to know.....
Where do YOU like to shop online for fabrics & handcrafted items? eBay, Etsy, Artfire, Bonanzle, a .net or .com business or any other venue?
What attracts you to a certain business? Their items, pricing, shipping fees, their feedback?
Thanks in advance for your input! I'll share the results in a following blog post. :)
I was experimenting last night & wanted to try my new rolled hem foot. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit my sewing machine very well....sigh. So my plans to whip up a bunch of cute cloth napkins failed.
I was able to make 1 with folded edges & mitered corners. It turned out smaller than planned since I had to fold the edges but it's cute and would be great to carry in a lunch box.
I started off with a 10.5" square and probably ended up with about an 8" square.
I was experimenting last night & decided to try my first free motion quilting project. It's a potholder that turned out to be a disaster but hey, it's for me and I really need new potholders anyway! LOL
I did learn a few things though with the darning foot....let the machine control the stitches & don't pull too hard or the back threads are LOOSE. I didn't take a photo of the back. It was fun & something I plan to keep it up. :-) I also need to work on my "movement". I felt more comfortable with a figure 8 movement than anything else so that might become my "signature" free motion quilting design.
The binding was another story, I used the premade bias tape and I've not used it a long time. It didn't want to work with me last night either. We all have those days I suppose so I'm not too upset about it.
This is a nice LARGE pot holder too, measuring about 10.5" square.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I got tired of moving my portable sewing machine off the cutting table every time I had fabrics to cut. I have a wonderful cabinet machine but I hate to be locked away in the sewing room upstairs while the family is downstairs. I talked to my hubby and we decided to make me a little nook in the corner of the dining room.
My hubby was so nice and made me a new sewing table on Friday night. It's nothing fancy but he said he will add drawers & shelves later if I want them. This was just a quick project with wood we had in the garage.
The legs are 4" x 4" posts; nice and sturdy! The table top is 50 year weatherproof wood, I think we'll be good there. LOL The top is a bit rough so I grabbed a handy tablecloth to place over it for now. Ok, it's a Christmas tablecloth but I'll make a new one.....eventually. :-)
Now, the trick is to keep my projects organized and not bring them ALL down at once to pile up on this table. We'll see how well that works. LOL
Oh, almost forgot, another great feature is that I can iron right on this table too! No need to drag the ironing board downstairs either! YAY!!
Here is a pic of a key fob order I just finished. All proceeds went to charity. :-)
I was thrilled when the buyer requested 18 of these lovely key jobs. The funds go to a good cause towards a disease that can hit anyone at any age. My family has been hit with breast cancer for generations, some were survivors, sadly others were not.
Early detection is the key! Get your mammies grammed! :-P
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I have finally completed my Lightning McQueen quilts. They were a custom order for two little boys close in age. My customer wanted something similar (same theme) yet different so the boys couldn't fight over which quilt was theirs. Being a mom of two boys that are close in age, I totally understand her plan! LOL I have to buy two of everything, just different colors for every birthday and holiday. They are not only close in age, their birthdays are 4 days apart. :-)
Anyway, here they are.....sewn, clipped, washed & dried. :-D
Anyway, here they are.....sewn, clipped, washed & dried. :-D
Monday, April 5, 2010
All fabrics reduced by $1.00 or more for the entire month of April - check out my shop now for big savings on popular prints like Disney Princess, John Deere, Elvis, Free Spirit, Joel Dewberry and more.
Always free domestic shipping on purchases of $50 or more on fabrics and handcrafted items. International customers, please contact us for shipping quotes, we are still working on that part of our site and we thank you for your patience.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxes - CraftStylish
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Great upcycled Easter baskets & a good projects for the kids to help too! Just use your old cereal boxes and other cardboard boxes for these sturdy & colorful baskets.
I used a "high-tech" method of selecting the winner...ok not really. I compiled a numbered list of the 140 entries and I simply asked my 8 year old to pick a number from 1 to 140. :-)
And so the winner of my first giveaway is Madeline. Congrats!!!!!
I would love to win; I am an aspiring quilter...definitely not very good yet at all, haha.
Thanks for this giveaway!
I hope this Moda charm pack will inspire this new aspiring quilter. :-)