Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Flip Quilt Instructions . Super easy, it can turn non-quilters into quilters! This quilt is 33"x33", but often I make them 45" or 60" depending on the size of my backing fabric. Usually I choose a print out of my stash and then choose other fabrics to go with it. I started this one with the narrow print strips. I like mixing quilting cottons with upholstery fabrics and clothing fabrics.
Monday, February 21, 2011
button book by Stephanie Davidson. It has got me looking at my button collection in a whole new way! I decided to try making one.
Here it is closed. My edges stick out a little. Oh well.
Here is the inside.
It was fun to make! Yet another use for buttons!
Friday, February 18, 2011
I had the best time making a Happy Village- it felt like playing. I used Karen Eckmeier's very easy instructions.
I used fabric already in my stash, and arranged the shapes, then added the roofs and details. Cover the whole thing with tulle and stitch.
Adding the church was my idea. My village is roughly 16"x16". I bound mine, but in the book, Karen has the villages backed with felt that frames it from behind. I just didn't have any felt on hand.
Even the back looks really neat, with all the stitching.
I will definitely be sewing more of these! My next village will have trees and maybe a fountain.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Here is my winter wreath. It is just a fake pine wreath with Styrofoam snowballs (just pushed onto the wire) and a fleece scarf tied around it. To make it ready for Valentine's Day, I just use twist ties to attach paper doilies. Ta da! For St. Patrick's Day, I remove the hearts and put on paper shamrocks.
Same story with my ficus tree. Winter snow theme gets replaced by hearts!
And lastly, my son (8yrs. old) and I made this "Box of Chocolates"- totally fat free!
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I will be teaching an alterations/beginning sewing class for Henrico County adult education , starting March 7, 2011. Students can bring in their own clothes in need of work or bring fabric for making samples of techniques. Gain more wear from your wardrobe and save money fixing it yourself!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Boy Scouts was founded this day in 1910. Robert Kaufman has some scouting fabric and projects to share. I like the nifty water bottle holder- free directions on the site too! Other projects include a teepee, bean bag lounger, several quilts, pajamas, messenger bag and an explorer's belt pouch. My little guy is a Bear this year. I also noticed Girl Scout fabric too.
Friday, February 4, 2011
My most popular purse pattern is the Weekend Bag or Lola. She is relaxed and easy going, no hardware involved so you probably have enough supplies at home already! A great summer bag as shown or change the fabric to richly textured upholstery remnants for an autumn/ winter bag. I was inspired to create this pattern because a friend gave me the fabric and I was excited to make something RIGHT NOW! So I used what was in my stash and I love the results.