Friday, May 22, 2015

Scrappy Back Pack

I needed a new back pack and wanted to work with some scraps and dived right in to make this new pack.
The new pack is fairly small (like the old one) because our work lockers are very narrow.  (Pack is modeled by Stubs -- we got her at Christmas time.)

The old Back Pack has been very useful (light weight and compact, perfect for biking) -- but it's fraying at the top area where the draw string pulls through.

Here's the back.  But I think I prefer the patchwork, so it could also be the front!

I added pockets inside to accommodate sunglasses, reading glasses, cell phone, and keys.  And there's still enough room for a lunch bag.  I should sew a matching lunch bag!

I ran down to Wal-Mart and got some eyelets, which were pretty easy to apply.  Then went ahead and removed the cording from the old pack and inserted it to complete the back pack!
  
There is just one small problem though.... my commuter bike is green!

Well it's as good a reason as any other to make another one!

And I just remembered I have some fabric with bicycles on it!



Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entries

Are you entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival?  You can enter up to two quilts and/or it's fun to go to the festival and look around too!  There are all sorts of categories.  I'm entering the rainbow and mini categories.

 Rainbow Heart Quilt
I took this off my daughter's bed and outside to photograph since the photos in the original blog post weren't adequate.
There is a little story that goes with this quilt.  When my middle daughter was little, I made her a rainbow heart cake for her birthday and it was a favorite and we had it off and on throughout the years.   
So when I asked what kind of quilt she wanted, she said, "A rainbow heart quilt."
 Cupcake Wall Hanging for Culinary Graduation
This one also has a story.  My coworkers daughter started baking at 3 and even entered many baking contests so when she got a scholarship to Culinary School, no one was surprised.
   I've had many opportunities to sample her tasty delights in the last 10 years.
The wall hanging doubles as a pillow too!


I thought of entering my "Night Before Christmas" pillow in the original design category, but it's put away and too much trouble to dig out and photograph.  Maybe next year.

Linking up with Amy at Amy's Creative Side and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Forget Me Not Spring Petals Table Topper

The Crafty Quilter is having a Spring Petals Quilt Along (PDF here).  
I love the cheerful design and made mine in scrappy blues I had on hand.
I usually avoid applique and wondered if I could use another method because my applique efforts disappoint me.
I found a free Orange Peel quilt pattern.
The orange peel blocks turned out to be a good substitute for the appliqued petals.  When squared up, they are 4 1/2" so the topper turns out a bit smaller than Julie's.

After following Julie's tutorial, I decided to quilt it with FMQ feathers around each petal.
For the corners, I wanted to do a cross hatch pattern.  I printed one out and then trimmed out a little above each line so I could mark the fabric with my frixion pen (then flipped it over to mark the opposite lines) and then proceeded to sew, following the marked lines, using a walking foot.
All bound and as usual, I added the two triangles to the upper corners so it could be a wall hanging as well as a topper and added some labeling info. to the triangles.

As a Wall Hanging.

Still I like it as a topper best!
Linking up with The Crafty Quilter (the link up will go on through June 30th --whoops, I mean the 5th! -- you may want to stop by to see the variety of spring petals so far!)  Also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dala Horse and Mother's Day Cards

The Dala Horse for the Not So Last Minute Quilt Along.


Here is a photo and explanation of a Dala horse from Wikipedia.
A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) is a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette originating in Swedish province Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horsewas mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as Sweden in general.
 Now onto the Star of Bethlehem

I was going to buy some Mother's Day cards but then remembered that I'm sometimes asked why I didn't make them, if that's the case, so decided to hand craft them after all.



 I stamped images (filling in the lines with a sharpie or micron pen as needed) on white fabric and then colored them with fabric markers.
I pinked the edge of the fabric and then sewed it onto card stock, which I also cut a decorative edge. If interested, see envelope instructions bottom of page. 



 The envelopes are made by sealing an envelope and then cutting it in half, then you take one side (actually don't cut it in half but cut it so one side is bigger) -- then you feed the bigger half into a crimping device, which makes it a little smaller so now the other side fits over it.  You can then decorate the "lid" part with stamping and scalloping the bottom edge (or however you want).  I used two envelopes (that I made using an existing envelope as a template) so that's why I have different colors for the two parts.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mickey Needle Book

A good friend is going to Disney World and her birthday is coming up.  Wouldn't a Mickey Mouse needle book be a nice gift to tuck away into her suitcase?

I had a scrap of Mickey fabric and knew black polka dots would be darling.

A Gingham ribbon to hold the scissors and a bit to decorate the page, plus a stamped label.

Inside back cover with another stamped label, although I don't have a Mickey stamp so free handed it.
And Mickey's signature for the back cover.


Snowflake from the Not So Last Minute Quilt Along.  Starting to catch up.  Love those sparkles!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts


Friday, May 1, 2015

This Week's Projects: Puppy Needle Book and More

A Finished Puppy Dog Needle Book
I stamped some puppy foot prints for alternating 2" blocks(unfinished) in this 9 patch.

 Machine Quilting in Red.
For the back, stamped "for you with love" on center of the 9 patch.

Another stamped label inside and a strip of red gingham ribbon.

Working on the Snowflake block for the Not So Last Minute Quilt Along with A Quilting Chick.  I'm quite a bit behind.  Still need to finish this one for March, the Dala Horse for April and now the Star of Bethlehem for May.

I spent quite a bit of time designing and sewing a little bag.  It has lining pockets specially sewn to hold glasses, keys, and cell phone.  The only problems are it is turning out smaller than expected and it's crooked so I'm going to try and straighten it.   I'm enjoying the machine embroidered quilting along each stripped seam.


I added some hand quilting to the mini Christmas needle book I showed last week on Christmas Corner.

And a little piece of gingham ribbon to hold the scissors.  This has already become a birthday gift for my quilting buddy/teacher, Nancy!


Thanks for stopping by!  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by to see Amanda's beautiful fabric designs that will be available through Connecting Threads this fall.  (I'm not compensated but just love Amanda's style and designs and Connecting Threads also.)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Christmas Corner -- April 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner!  A place to share Christmas and gift projects on the 25th of each month!  
Today's projects include some big stitch quilting, using up some scraps for a needle book, progress on my disappearing hour glass blocks, and a special treat so be sure to scroll all the way down!
One day as I was looking for ideas, I found a wonderful big stitch quilted pillow tutorial by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby featured on Sew Mama Sew.  
Instead of  friendship stars, I went with a simple 25 patch block (made with 2 1/2" squares), added a 2 1/4" border and set about quilting it with this big stitch method, using some regular quilting thread.

 A friend saw my project in process and asked why I was basting, which caused a little discouragement.  When I reviewed the instructions, I realized that I need to get some pearl 8 cotton for quilting -- okay next time!
I made it so it could be a pillow with an envelope closure, but also added the triangle hangers so with a dowel inserted, it could hang up on a push pin.  

 Because I didn't use buttons, it can also be a table topper.  I think I should have added red binding for a finishing touch, but it's still pretty cute.  I don't have a pillow to show it as a pillow right now.
Having some scraps left over and recently having seen the cutest needle book made by Amy at Amy Made that, I decided to use those little scraps and make a tiny needle book.  
Wanting to do something a little unique and loving to stamp fabric, I stamped the mittens and ice skate for the center of the nine patches.  I use fabric markers and it doesn't work out so well but I just take a matching very fine Sharpie pen and fill in the details. Then you just iron it to set the ink.
As Amy did, I also used the tutorial found at Nana Company, but made my squares 1 3/4" and made a nine patch for the front and the back.  I think I'm going to add some hand quilting too.

Here's the front inside cover.  I used some of my favorite fabric with mini sled riders but when I added the pockets it sort of covered that preciousness up, so I probably should have used the sled rider fabric for the pockets also.

And here's the back inside cover

Here is the back.  At the last minute I added the "made by" and later realized I should add the year.  I think I'll make each of my daughters one of these and then I'll write, made by Mom!

Here are my disappearing hour glass blocks coming along.  
I love the tutorials at the Missouri Star Quilt Company and this is one of theirs you can find it here.
For a special treat, I asked my friend, Nancy if I could photograph and display some magical blocks she is currently making.
When I saw these blocks Nancy made, I just loved them!  It's the pink, cocoa, and berry red colors combined with darling fabric designs!  I may have to break my fabric buying fast! 
Nancy is going to add some more red rows to the bigger side.  She said the pattern is the uneven log cabin block, also from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. (couldn't find a link for it.) 
Nancy is thinking of bordering her lap quilt with roses.
When I met Nancy a few years back, she was excited to teach a quilting class.  I took the class to be supportive --not wanting a new hobby.  Little did I know what a quilting NUT enthusiast I would turn out to be!

Thanks for stopping by Christmas Corner!