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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).

i heart fabric summercrafter

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.

valentines goodies summercrafter

¬†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.

wood heart sign Romans 58 summercrafter

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!

summercrafter and friend

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 ūüėČ To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

iheartmini summercrafter

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.

heart from scraps summercrafter

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.

stitched hearts summercrafter

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.

Spell it with Moda Mini Quilts

August 26th 2016

As a former teacher and lover of words, I am naturally¬†drawn to alphabet related things. So if you are a quilter and you’ve been around the block, you have surely been seeing these lovely Spell It With Moda¬†quilts popping up all over the quilting hallways of the Internet.

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This is a snapshot of what I found by just googling that phrase. Doesn’t it make you feel like going and making a quilt¬†right now?

Well,¬†I certainly couldn’t help myself and I got the Spell It With Moda little workbook available at Fat Quarter Shop¬†complete with all the letters, ampersand and filler blocks. I do have a whole quilt in my mind (fabric ideas too) but for now, I started small making¬†mini quilts with first name initials for some special peeps I know in their favorite colors. (I hope)

Spell it with moda J

They were really so fun and fast to do.

sail boat

I even included a little sailboat on one of them to fill some negative space.

spell it with moda J 2 spell it with moda A spell it with moda K

As you can see from these, the only adaptation I made was to make them with patchwork squares which deviated from the larger pieces of the same fabric, which the pattern calls for.

Spell it backing

Matching up backing is always fun.

skewers for hanging

To make it easier to hang, I sewed triangles on the corners and custom fit a skewer into them to keep them straight and hang a ribbon from.

Jeanne and girls

Yay! And here are the happy recipients, love those smiles. I¬†so enjoy¬†making pretty things for others¬†and making new friends from Social Media has been such a pleasant surprise. ūüôā

A Year in Review

January 12th 2016

If you are not seeing enough posts here, find me on Instagram.

Happy New Year! I don’t know what happened to 2015, it came and left in a flash. I was really having a hard time recalling events and projects but as I looked back via Social Media ūüôā ¬†I did see some highlights.

For starters my WORD last year was

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It was a complete struggle for me, maybe more in connotation because it gave me stress¬†and¬†I wasn’t enjoying the idea nor was I accomplishing what it was supposed to do. The purpose of the Word was to get me to follow through, actually reach goals and get things done. I am a process type of person so the pressure was kinda ruining it for me, ya know? So I decided to drop it around Summertime (see that, I didn’t even finish with my word!)

Keystone, CO Dercum mountain view

In January, we took a¬†nice trip to Colorado, which is always fun, although I didn’t find any quilt shops.

I started this heart wreath last Valentine’s and hope to put the last of the strands on it¬†this year. I love Valentine projects, I also have a Valentine pattern I am working on.

In March, I met all these amazing ladies that are also working on their quilting businesses.

Baby Dean Collage

I made this quilt and pillows for Baby Dean who was born in June, see post here.

Vintage pattern Simply Retro 1

and I finally finished this one for his Grandpa, our pastor.

totes 2015 Collage 1

It was a blast to learn new things while making these totes, bags and pouches, most of which were gifts.

pattern Collage

I finally launched my first 6 patterns this Summer and visited some shops on vacation (more here and here) and they are now being sold via distributors (Checkers, Brewer, Quilters Warehouse) and my online shopping cart and I have more coming out soon!

As a new follower of Instagram this year (find me @elaine.summercrafter), I met so many great quilty people and participated in various swaps. First was the Rainbow Mini swap, more here.

Beachbound swap 2015 Collage

Then the Beach Bound Swap, for which I made my first Dresden block, more here.

Home Sweet home swap 2015 Collage

Next was the Home Sweet  Home Swap, which was perfect for my swap partner who had just gotten married and had moved to a new place. Read more here.

Pat Sloan radio

Oh, and I was on Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan, woot!!

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In the Fall¬†we enjoyed Vermont, although we missed the Fantastic Foliage Splendor it’s famous for.

Christmas swap 2015 Collage

Soon after Summer, the Christmas swaps started popping up on Instagram (find me @elaine.summercrafter) and I couldn’t resist joining two:¬†Christmas Craft Swap 2015 and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015 Mini Quilt Swap. The pillows are what I sent with personal embroidery and glass seed bead embellishments. The mini quilts are what I received, I was so happy with this exchange! These are so treasured, I will be glad to¬†pull them out to decorate every season. Thank you @foreverquilting and @mommyhead7.

 

And just when I thought I was done, @vojen invents the B&C (Bonnie and Camille) Christmas Ornament Swap. That was a complete bust for me. I got on an ornament making marathon and I could not stop! I made Scrappy Christmas tree sachets filled with Balsam Fir, tutorial here, and I sent some, not only to my Swap partners, but other quilty friends I met on IG. Fun!

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Everyone got Peanutized this year. Have you tried it? Go here.

hearties 2015 Collage

On a total whim, I made these craft “Heartie” ornaments after¬†another fan posted her version on the¬†Facebook Fan page of our favorite show¬†When Calls the Heart¬†on Hallmark Channel.¬†We both kinda got carried away making renditions of all the characters.¬†Find a¬†tutorial here.

Christmas truck Collage 1

My last and most favorite project was this Vintage Holiday Embroidery Pillow¬†I made for a friend. I used the pattern from Sherri Falls at This n That patterns and for the Patchwork, I used¬†Holly’s Tree Farm Fabric by Sweetwater for MODA. I love how it turned out, now I have to make one for me!

december listing

I also did plenty of listing this year with 30 days of lists  and loved it! (Another opportunity coming in March)

  Christmas tree 2015

And just like that it was time to say “Merry Christmas” which was here today and gone tomorrow.

Miami beach 1

I wasn’t going to do a WORD of the year in 2016. I did a MORE and LESS list. The first thing I noted was More Nature and I am so glad I did just that on January 1st, I went to Miami Beach (which is a rarity). What’s the first on my LESS list? Social Media!

Progress

I did stumble onto this word PROGRESS which perfectly complements my MORE/LESS concept that allows success without stress or pressure, just moving forward and¬†developing over time which relates to all aspects of life and work (including¬†blogging). So I think we can both see it was a busy year (although I didn’t blog as much as I should have) I have set great goals for this year and have started working towards them already!¬†What are your goals and plans, or your WORD for this new year?

Home Sweet Home Mini Quilt Swap

September 15th 2015

Look! It’s another Swap post. I told you I only had¬†three four more to go… In case you missed it, you can see my Beach Bound MQS¬†post here then come back to read about this one called the

home sweet home swap button

The theme of this swap was houses. How cute is that?

house quilt

Once you sign up, they send you an email with particulars about the swap and partners then after browsing through Pinterest (which I only do sporadically) I came up with these mosaics of little houses to share with our team called #Housepartycourtney aka (@aquilterandhercat)

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There are so many inspirations on Pinterest!¬†When it¬†came time to sew, I forgot to refer to the mosaics but my go to pattern was one she had¬†liked. ūüôā

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This Swap was “open” so we knew who are partner was (we got to send to each other) so that was neat but I was still a little hesitant in posting progress shots and spoil the surprise. ¬†I did learn she had been recently married so I made this little trinket for her¬†as a personalized little extra.

for keeps embroidery

One of my little thrills with swaps is when I see my partner and I have similar fabric tastes. And if it’s Bonnie and Camille even better, who doesn’t love a little of their fabric goodness, right?

hello darling loot

Since I had won a Hello Darling Layer Cake from Simply Love Fabrics¬†over on Instagram¬†(Thanks so much!!) I thought I would use some for my Home Sweet Home Mini. I have to admit that at first release, I was reluctant because¬†I wanted to savor Daysail a little longer, but having played with it….. well ya know how that goes.

simply retro

If you want a very little version, she has a mini pattern available in paper or PDF versions in her shop.

teeny weeny dwell

(photo courtesy: Twin Fibers blog)

I adapted the Dwell pattern from her book Simply Retro. I wish I would have taken a better picture.

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My houses measure 6 x 8, perfect for a little neighborhood runner. Here they are:

hello dalring house 1

hello darling house 2

Hello dalring house 3

hello darling house 4

hello darling house 5

I used some scrappy binding which tied together all the great colors. I also thought this backing from the Snapshots line by Rliey Blake would be perfect! Got mine from Jody at Fabric Shoppe on Etsy.

houses quilt

Labeling items for Swaps can be a headache. This was the best I could do for this one. The fusible was not behaving!

label

I have been collecting extras since I signed up so the rush at the end would not catch me unprepared, in this case though, I think I went overboard, because I just learned the limit was two, oops! I hope she likes them, they should be arriving in a few days.

And there they are! (EDITED)

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Now on to the next swap. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Beach Bound Mini Quilt Swap

September 2nd 2015

Have you ever been in a swap? I don’t mean a wife swap, or a kid swap or a swap meet. I mean a crafty, quilty, creative swap. You make something for a total stranger (based on the swap theme) and a total stranger makes something for you. ¬†Sometimes there are extra goodies involved. I have to say that I am completely hooked! I found these swaps on Instagram. Follow me @elaine.summercrafter

insta vacation

So here is how it goes. Someone on IG posts about a new swap. Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey, Princess Bride, Pirates, Bonnie and Camille, Beach Bound, the themes are endless. Then you click on the original post, go to the link in the profile and sign up. Shortly thereafter¬†you get emails with dates, rules and finally partner information. Sometimes it’s secret, sometimes it’s open.

beachbound mqs Collage

Now you make a mosaic of things you like related to the theme and post it on IG with whatever hashtag the host suggests. This way others in the swap, and your partner, see what your tastes and preferences are when you share. I had two beach mosaics. The one above and the one below.

beach bound mosaic

The first swap I did was a Rainbow Mini Swap, see that post here. The next one, shipped out August 31st, 2015 was this Beach Bound Mini Quilt Swap #beachboundmqs.

Beach quilt bbmqs

Finished size 21″ x 25 1/2″

I was in the group #beachboundflipflop adding that little detail of our group was fun.I also like to try something new for each swap. For this one I made my first Dresden to be the sun. dresden

I knew that I wanted to make a beach scene, my partner and I have similar tastes. I wanted the waves to be “wavier” but it was more involved that I had anticipated, so I strip pieced sand and water colors and sewed it to the sky at an angle.

beach bound quilt base

After this part, I started working on some focal points. This beach umbrella was just the thing  to incorporate some of my favorite scraps. I also added some button embellishments.

beach umbrella applique

I added some birds to lighten up the sky

seagulls

and quilted the clouds.

sky quilt

As I pondered how to quilt the rest of it, I immediately thought of walking on the beach

shadow beach

and decided to put footprints right on the edge of the shore. I accented the water with waves and the sand with terrain quilting.

beachy quilting

The perfect finish was to bind it with flip flop fabric

flip flop binding

which also added a pop of color.

footprint quilting

I even embroidered a little message as an extra. Ain’t it the truth?

beach embroidery

Since signing up for the swap, I have been collecting goodies to send with the mini quilt.

beach extras bbmqs

So….when are you signing up for a swap? I have three¬†four more to go!