My Little Sunshine Blog Hop Reveal

August 28th 2017

Welcome to my day of the Blog Hop, where I finally get to reveal the secret sewing I’ve been up to. (click here for the other blog hop posts)

It’s been a week of suspense as we see the special project each of the blog hoppers  has made with My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Studio. I shared a bit about her on my last post here. She designs for Benartex  and her style is pretty, sweet and fun! This line is no different with a baby theme covering onesies, animals and the alphabet.

Right from the beginning I knew I wanted to make a diaper bag.

These prints and colors in My Little Sunshine play so well together I wanted to display that in some patchwork shown on the front pocket of the tote. I also used the extra charm squares to make a little changing mat.

It fits perfectly into the back pocket.

I was inspired when I added the detail to the pocket because Rick Rack makes anything cuter!

I tried new techniques I hadn’t done before like the gusset zipper and the outside binding. It definitely is far from perfect but I love the happy colors and functionality of zippers.

I used some of the selvage on the zipper pull, just for fun.

The duck print is my absolute favorite. I used it on the outside pocket, lining and for the straps which I made extra wide, because the bag is pretty big and will likely be heavy for moms toting little ones and all their gear.

I added my label to the straps. I had a general idea for the bag but as I played with the fabrics it kind of evolved as I went. No pattern or videos! It is completely lined and quilted and I used Shape Flex for the pockets to give it some body.

Cherry picked the perfect colors that work for baby boys or girls, add more pink for girls and more blue for boys! It was so fun playing with her new fabric line.

And to celebrate Benartex is giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of My Little Sunshine to a lucky winner! The deadline is August 30th, US addresses only please. Just leave a comment telling me what print do you remember from baby days? Perhaps some of Cherry’s fabric will jog your memory?

My fixation with the duck fabric comes for a dress my neighbor gave my daughter with darling little yellow ducks, we still have it!

Good luck on the giveaway!

Winners will be announced here please make sure your email shows from the comments so I can contact the lucky winner!

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop

August 21st 2017

Welcome to my teaser post about My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry.

Who is Cherry Guidry? She is a fabulous designer for Benartex fabrics. Her fabrics are soft on the eyes, enchanting and whimsical. It was Quilt Market 2014 when I met Cherry, I was drawn into her booth because it was so bright and cheerful and ended up staying quite a while. She was kind enough to share her journey into the quilting world with me and we became fast friends.

Cherry Guidry

And speaking of bright and cheerful, her My Little Sunshine fabrics are adorable! The pleasant pastels in greens, blues, pinks, yellows and grays, feature all things “baby” plus elephants, monkeys and duckies, oh my!

My Little Sunshine

  It’s perfect for little nurseries for all the babies in your life. Cherry outdid herself creating with her new line (you may have spotted them at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in May) see how she showcased her fabrics right here.

My Little Sunshine

I am so excited and honored to have been invited to be part of the Benartex Blog Hop featuring her new line, many other designers will also be sharing their projects using these lovelies, see schedule below.

Tuesday: Mary from Needled mom

Wednesday: Carol from Just let me quilt

Thursday: Erin from Avery Lane Designs

Friday: Free patterns from Sew in Love with Fabric

Monday: Me!

Tuesday: Annie from Annie Smith

Hop on over to Benartex fabrics for the blog hop kick off!

Making Crafty Valentines

February 14th 2017

It’s February!

After Christmas, this is my favorite month for creating, sewing, I get so many ideas for making crafty Valentines. I love all the lovely pink and red fabrics that make the sweetest eye candy for any creative project you can think of (or steal from Pinterest).

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There is always such a variety of crafting, wrapping and heart-y goodies in some stores, I find it hard to resist! This loot is from Target dollar bin section.

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 Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always a great “Gal-entine” day celebrating with friends, going to card shops, movies, shopping and getting ice cream. When I was a teacher, it was always a great time making crafty valentines with construction paper in the classroom to put in our special mailbox.

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This year, my bestie from Texas was in town and we shared a crafting day, it’s another great way to spend the day gabbing, painting and creating. This wooden heart was part of my Target loot. We painted them and cut vinyl letters on the Cricut to make this verse, Romans 5:8a. A beautiful mess summercrafter

We made a beautiful mess, a nice memory and a crafty Valentine, such a great time!

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Needless to say, my crafting and sewing for heart day did not end there. I made this cute I Heart You Mini , tutorial and pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I am sending it off to one of my favorite fabric enablers 😉 To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

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After making this, I had planned on making another mini but started playing with scraps to make heart pillows, small ones for doorknobs, sidetracked for sure.

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I knew these babies would get lost in pillow puffiness so I “log-cabinized” them with more scrap pretties. So fun!

log cabin hearts summercrafter

They turned out so cute! All that was missing was some fragrant filler. I’ll have to buy some lavender.

heart pillows summercrafter

Then I started toying with more scraps. I sewed 4 random strips together, folded them in half to cut these heart shapes.

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Once I added the batting, I stitched around the outline and instantly loved the result. Why hadn’t I done this before?

Sadly, I sewed them up and sent them away so quickly, I do not have the final product photo to show you. Shame on me! You can be sure they went to good homes and I should have those pics soon.

DIY ornaments: Photo Card Keepsake

December 2nd 2016

Do you have tons of lovely holiday photo cards of loved ones, family and friends and don’t quite know what to do with them? Well, I have the solution!  I think preserving them and using them as gift tags and ornaments for those families is a great way to recycle jar lids and those pictures. A great DIY ornaments project.  I’ve had this idea for a while and I’m so glad to finally be able to share it. I do hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful so you can make your own.  Please read all the way through before you start.

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First, collect all your holiday photo cards.

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Start collecting jar lids of all different sizes from mayonnaise, pasta sauce, pickles, salsa jars, whatever! Ask people to collect for you too like family, neighbors or church members. Invite them to make some DIY ornaments with you!

jar lids

Here is a visual of what you’ll need to make them but don’t be limited by it, please. A list follows below.

supplies

  • A circle template, I like to use this circle ruler for best visibility
  • Embellishments: jewels, stickers, paper, felt, fabric, pom-poms, buttons, jingle bells, charms glitter, etc…
  • Ribbons for hanging (13 inches for Ragu lids) you’ll have to measure ; )
  • Cord, pom-pom trim or rick rack for front edge
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

You may find that when you see mine and start making them, you’ll come up with all sorts of variations.  Let’s start!  You’ll have to compare photos and lids to make sure the size matches.

photo jar lid 1

 Use the circle template around the picture and the lid. It should be the same or slightly smaller than the lid opening. I did not need to trim any of my pictures when using this template.

photo jar lid 3

photo jar lid 2

Trace the circle around the picture and cut it out.

photo jar lid 4

Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the lid and insert the picture. Press down firmly until the picture stays down, it may lift if not glued down all the way.

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I also used a small brush to apply Mod Podge on the inner parts of the lid of your DIY ornament.

photo jar lid inside

Then I put a scoop of fine glitter and rotated the lid to get it all around.

photo jar lid glitter

Tap out excess. I used a dry brush to remove excess glitter from the photo.

photo jar lid dry brush

After the glitter dried, I applied Modge Podge to the picture, but in the end, it’s much better WITHOUT!! The picture is well protected in the lid and really, we won’t be playing toss the ornament or anything like that! photo jar modge picture Essentially, this is how the picture part goes.  The back of the lid can be decorated in many ways.

This one is the simplest done with card stock and paper.  Paint some Mod Podge on the lid and smooth over the card stock until it sticks down well. Once it’s adhered securely, you may paint over it with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

photo jar lid simple paper

This one is done with felt which is a great medium, especially if your lid is a little warped or not flat enough. Use the circle template to trace and cut out a circle from the felt.

photo jar lid felt

Then, simply apply hot glue to the lid and press down the felt. Then Secure the sides that are “unstuck” with more hot glue then embellish as desired.

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Another option is to paint the lid. I used a sealer just to prep the area.

photo jar lid sealer

Then 2-3 coats of paint should do. Just enough so you can’t read the lid!

photo jar lid paint

Re-positioning embellishments with paint is not recommended because it will peal off.

photo jar lid santa

I put the year of the photo, since we parents tend to forget.

Next, we’ll take care of the hanging ribbon and edges:  Make sure you mark the center of your lids on the top and bottom this will come in handy for positioning back decor and ribbon so they hang right side up!

jar lid centers To attach the hanging ribbon, start on the bottom center, and got glue an inch at a time and press until you get to the top center and STOP!!

photo jar lid attach ribbon

Then you get the other end of the ribbon and start at the bottom and repeat until you get to the top.

photo jar lid hanging ribbon

Glue the ribbon together (just a dab) where they meet to make a loop.

photo jar lid felt gems

Then we have this exposed edge that doesn’t go with anything! photo jar lid fix edge Cover it with some pretty trim. Start at the front center point and work your way around hot gluing on the metal edge, one inch at a time until you are back at the starting point.

You can use pom-pom trim,

DIY ornaments jar lids

Some cord trim and cover the ends with a cute detail,

DIY ornaments jar lids

or some Rick Rack (my favorite)

DIY oraments jar lids

These hand crafted keepsake DIY ornaments are perfect to use as gift tags

DIY ornaments Jar lids

and to hang them on the tree!

DIY ornaments jar lids

Backs of DIY ornaments (above)

Photo side (below)

DIY ornaments jar lids

I hope you were inspired to personalize the holidays with some DIY ornaments and photo card keepsakes. happy Holidays!

Quilt Market 2016 My First Booth

November 7th 2016

I’m back from Quilt Market! It’s true what they say that dreaming is a form of planning.

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We’ve been back less than a week and I can hardly believe that I was even there. At Quilt Market. In Houston. With my very first booth!

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It was a great first experience. And I must say, I was very happy with how the booth turned out.There was a certain look and feel I was going for.

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 I was tickled to hear comments from passersby who commented that it was “bright, cheery, cute and beachy.” What more could a girl ask for on her first try?

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A couple of nights before leaving, I got the last minute idea to re-do one of my sea horses in a different and scrappy colorway, like @67kirsten had done. It’s important to hang the quilts strategically to catch the eye of people walking the floor and it worked.

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We kinda got there too early to set up. Because our booth was surrounded by huge crates from other companies, we did the drapes and floors and other small jobs and left the quilts for hanging the next day.

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We had a small round table for treats and a larger table decorated with bunting with patterns for sale.

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Getting feedback from people was so valuable and affirming for me as a designer. People “out there” like my stuff and that was so encouraging. It was also amazing to see how my Watercolor Sea Horses quilt was familiar to so many. Shop owners, individuals and even other designers would say how they had seen it, made it, loved it or sold it. Some even said that they teach a class with it! peppermints-on-the-beach

The Peppermints pattern was another one that stopped traffic. It was a sweet surprise. When I mentioned that a different color scheme would make it Salt Water Taffy (Thanks to Sheri from Sunshine in the Attic)  it put a smile on everyone’s face.

maui

Maui was the new quilt that made its appearance at Market. It was literally “hot off the long arm.” This is a great souvenir or memory quilt for that special trip to the Hawaiian Islands. This quilt depicts all the special sights known to Maui such as the Road to Hana with its 600+ curves, Pineapples as seen on the farms, fruity drinks and of course surfing. This one will be available in a couple of weeks.

But the best part by far was just connecting with people. People you have known virtually, via Social Media or Facebook.

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Starting from the top left and a bucket list item was meeting Jodie aka RicRac. She is from Australia, she is the first blogger I ever followed! She is also a librarian and crafty like me. I identified with her in so many ways, I felt like I too can take a crack at a creative career. Thanks Jodie! She is a hoot and kind and hugged a complete stranger! I warned her I would pop into her booth snap a picture and be off running out to mine. She’s so fun! She is also on Instagram @jodiericrac.

Vanessa from @LellaBoutique and designer from Moda stopped by (bottom left) and she was so sweet. I was flattered that she bought my Peppermint pattern which we both agreed would look fabulous in her Sugar Pie fabric line for the Salt Water Taffy look. Find her blog here.

Some friends from Instagram came by to say hi! @aquiltingchick and @donnaslavendarnest (bottom middle and right) as well as @thefeltedpear (top right) but I only found that we were “followers” after talking with her for a while. Isn’t that funny?

Can you spot @quilterPatSloan? When I first went to Market as a “spy” in 2014 she and I took a picture. So after pausing, every so slightly in front of my booth and recognizing the sea horses, we posed for another pic. You can also keep up with Pat on her blog.

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It is always great to catch up with my peeps from CABS (Creative Arts Business Summit) and my quilting coach Morna McEver from ICAP.

From left to right Morna, Daphne, Ebony from Love Bug Studios, Laurie Bay who combines her passion for animals and quilting, Kris from Poor House Quilts, Linda from The Patchwork Pearl and Joyce, thread painter at Joyce Hughes Originals.

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And of course, having the Mr along is always a plus. He especially enjoys exploring the restaurants in the area. It was such a joy to have our friend Cherry from Cherry Blossoms Studio join us for dinner one night.  The male bonding was not lacking since just one booth over they were talking about politics and business. It seems like there is always new friends to make at Quilt Market.