Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop

February 27th 2015

Did you hear? Susie over at Susie’s Sunroom is having a blog hop!

SSPBH on blog

She’s designed this super simple pillow pattern and tutorial, complete with photographs, and you don’t want to miss it. It starts Monday and here are the people who will be featuring their version of the pillow over at Susie’s blog.

First up is me! Summercrafter on March 2nd.

And  I am sure you will recognize some of these talented ladies.

On March 3rd, Susie herself right from her Sunroom!

On March 4th, meet the very skilled Geta from Geta’s Quilting Studio

On March 5th, meet Sheri, Multi-project extraordinaire, from Sunshine in the Attic

On March 6th, meet lovely Lara from Buzzin’ Bumble

On Marth 7th, meet Amanda, The Patchsmith and Most Clever Mug Rug Designer Ever

And on March 8th, meet Susie’s very own sister, Amy from Amy Made That (my very first quilty bloggy friend)

I can’t wait to see the crafty creations these ladies whip up with some of their own flare.

See you then!

 

Organizing…

February 13th 2015

I love to organize don’t you? I feel so full of purpose and productive when everything is in it’s place, especially in my craft corner. As of late though, it’s evolving more into my sewing studio as I quilt more and design patterns. Logically, I am creating more with fabric and less with other crafty mediums, so I rearranged my space to make room for fabric and took out what I don’t use that much.

wood crafts

 Now my fabric is better organized and easy to see so I don’t forget what I already have. 🙂 (Yeah right!)

fabric stash 3

Here are my seasonal fabrics and pre-cuts and organized by size scraps or theme.

fabric stash 2

 Here I have mostly fat quarters, color bundles and solids and miscellaneous designer fabrics.

fabric stash 1

Here I have all of my Mary Engelbreit fabric, all of my Bonnie and Camille fabric and a variety of fabrics from Joann’s separated into premium fabric and “not so much.”

I also got one of these IKEA carts, built it myself, for storage on the go or to keep my desk free from clutter.

building Ikea cart IKEA cart

Another part of organizing is managing the scrap bin, notice the second row? So with the help of Joan Ford’s book  “Scrap Therapy” and Lori Holt’s methods for storing scraps, I got to work. You wouldn’t believe how much you can cut in ten minutes!

scraps to size

Look how nice and neat my squares look.

Scrap stash

This fabric orderliness has really helped me stay focused and start using what I have in my stash and maybe save some money. I was really excited to break into my Daysail bundle (which now fits in the cabinet) to jazz up one of my patterns with current fabrics.

Dream a little daysail

This collection is so pretty it’s perfect for Summer Sewing!

Daysail fabric

Like whipping up one of these little numbers!

photo

I found her on Instagram, check out her tutorial for this darling little tote!

The Valentine Fabric that kept giving and giving

February 6th 2015

It all started with some great fabric I wanted to use for Valentine Day projects just because the colors and themes are so pretty a Valentine is not required! I was eager to start because anything I made I knew would be beautiful.This little pillow is where it ended but certainly not where it started.

Banner over me is love pillow

Remember how I wanted to do some

sewing for fun

If you will recall, I started with this sweet bundle of fat quarters I got over at Stitchin’ Stash on Etsy.
Valentine FQs

The first thing I cut were these for an upcoming pattern (#7)

valentine fabric

From some of those leftovers, I cut strips for this wreath (which is still in progress).

valentine wreath

When I trimmed the wreath, because it was too floppy, I got these tiny squares and they were too cute to toss.

Valentine scraps

I thought these scraps could still be salvaged and displayed on some burlap frames I had.

love scraps

With the remaining squares, I cut triangles about 1 inch or less, estimation not perfection here. I love pennants aren’t they adorable? That square is about 6 inches. I started to sing that song from camp so many years ago “His banner over me is love….”

valentine banner

And that’s when the pillow was born, a little embroidery, scrap strips, some poly and there you go.

To make PILLOW you will need:

6 inch square of linen or tightly woven burlap

6 inch square of fusible interfacing

6 inch square muslin and/or batting for behind embroidery

11 inch backing piece

One 2 or 2 1/2 inch strip by WOF

Scrap triangles, embroidery thread & hoop

Optional: disappearing ink pen, micron pen, spray baste

Press the 6 inch square of linen or tight knit burlap onto the fusible interfacing. Stitch the triangles on as you desire. You can dot them with glue to keep them in place or sew as you go. First across the top, then back in “V” shape to keep points down. With disappearing quilter’s pen, draw lines in open area with a ruler to keep letters straight. Write your message on the lines using a micron pen or similar. Put the square in a hoop to embroider using a back stitch. See video here. Attach the muslin, neutral square with fusible or use basting spray on batting. Sew strips to top, bottom (trim and press) repeat with sides of the square. With right sides together, sew around the front and back of pillow squares, leaving a 3 inch gap for turning, stuff and close. If you need a visual tutorial leave a comment and I’ll make one!

Banner over me is love pillow

I still have 2 more pillows to go and am still wondering if I should keep the same verse Song of Solomon 2:4 “His banner over me is love,” or change to Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love” or 1 Corinthians 13:13 “But the greatest of these is love.”

love potion

And you know those “strings” you get when squaring and trimming fat quarters? Yep, saved those too!