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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.

Five Things to Love About the Spark Box

July 15th 2016

Have you seen the latest from Love Bug Studios?

Spark box june

It’s a Spark Quilt Box full of goodies to ignite your creative energy. ¬†I am going to tell you five things I¬†love about this box and why you should consider reserving one. Yes “reserving” one because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

spark box june label

The first¬†reason¬†is¬†I love surprises!¬†So happy mail arriving at my house, especially when I’ve likely forgotten about it, is certainly a perk and there is only more goodness inside! Ebony, Love Bug Studios owner and idea extraordinaire has an eye for detail.

Spark box june inside

Reason number two is I love details! I love wrapping details, a sticker, a satin ribbon and the prettiest tissue paper ever, it’s so nice to look at¬†I don’t need to open it right away. And look, all the goodies have more cute wrapping in the way of paper sacs.¬†I appreciate the time and effort she takes to make this package so pretty for her customers to receive.

Let’s open them up!

spark box june theme

In this bag are goodies revolving around the theme “JUST BEACHY” which also happens to be one of my and Ebony’s favorite places so everything in this bag reflects that. There is¬†sand colored thread, beach ball candies, beach buttons, beach ribbon and a real Sand Dollar. I know where mine is going. Are you loving it yet? Reason three¬†to love this box, is that these goodies are perfect for crafting and gifting or crafting a gift!

spark box june idea

Ready for more fun? How about this pattern? It’s my Sea Horse Mini Pattern. Ebony included¬†fabric (different in every box) for images,¬†buttons for the eyes and a Fish cut out¬†(complete with fusible) to use for¬†this or another creative idea swimming around in your head. (My pattern is strictly piecing but there is no rule about personalizing it with this cut out.) Reason number four?¬†What’s not to love about fabric?¬†

spark box June charm

These were especially cute, the charm is a tiny flip flop and the whistle that sounds like a “Zzzzzzzzzing” and the festive confetti pouring out of the sac was definitely a reason to giggle!

spark box june giggle

Lastly, I know when I am in the zone,¬†making and creating, a sweet snackerel is just what I need to keep me going so reason¬†five¬†does not disappoint: SNACKS! In the Snack sac is a chocolate shark fin you get to take a bite of. And if you’ve ever met Ebony, you know she loves her snacks. We’ve already got 2 in this yummy box.

spark box june snack

I know, I know, so how can you get your own?

spark box june open

Go to Spark Quilt Box to read all about it. You can also sign up to get notified for when the next set of boxes are ready. Upon notification you go here¬†and order yours!¬†(June boxes still available)¬†Leave me a comment telling me what you love about this box and I’ll randomly select one person and¬†send them the “idea” bag complete with pattern, fabric, buttons and cut out to inspire your creativity.

And don’t forget to sign up for Ebony’s spark box to receive yours¬†in the months to come!

Scrappy Christmas Trees

October 10th 2015

Some scraps are just to pretty to toss, some might argue, “what can you do with such a small scrap?” Well today, I am going to show you how to make a scrappy Christmas tree.

Scrappy Christmas tree sachet

You can make it into a sachet, a pillow to hang on a door knob or an ornament. So gather your scraps, here we go!

As I sew, I like to tuck¬†my tiniest scraps, greater than an inch, into labeled baggies so I know what line it is. The larger scraps are cut into certain sizes, but that’s for another day.

scrappy christmas tree 1 (2)

Here I have my designer scraps and some left over neutral strips.
Arrange your scraps smallest to largest¬†like a wedding cake. ūüôā

scrappy Christmas tree 4

Center the smaller piece with the larger piece, eyeball it.

scrappy Christmas tree 5

Sew the pieces together using 1/4 inch seam.

scrappy Christmas tree 5a

Cut your “cakes” into triangles, no special rulers needed! Center your cake on the cutting mat so there is a line down the center of the block.

scrappy Christmas tree 6 (2)

Cut from the center line diagonally to the corner of the last piece.

scrappy Christmas tree 7 (2)

Align your trees along a neutral strip, leaving at least 1 inch above and below ends of the triangle.

scrappy Christmas tree 8 (2)

Press, repeat on the other side. Scrappy Christmas tree 9a (2)

To trim your blocks, cut down the widest point where top and bottom strips align. A minimum of 1/4 inch is ideal but not necessary.

scrappy Christmas tree 11 (2)

See below how this “fat” tree has no extra 1/4 inch. (It will be okay!)

scrappy Christmas tree 10

Once sides are trimmed, trim the bottom of the tree.

scrappy Christmas tree 11a

Aren’t they festive?

scrappy Christmas tree 11b

Make trunk units. Trunk unit is a 1 1/2 inch square. Add neutral scrap to either side guess-timating the size of your block.

scrappy Christmas tree 12 (2)

I did it slightly bigger and trimmed.

scrappy Christmas tree 12a

After trimming, add stabilizer, either Shape Flex, interfacing or whatever else may be at¬†hand. Sometimes it’s just a¬†neutral piece of fabric (I like an extra layer between when I am using the Balsam Fir)

scrappy Christmas tree 13 (2)

Follow instructions suggested¬†by package instructions for whatever stabilizer you are using. Trim as desired. When trimming I leave about 1/2 inch from the top of the tree so when it’s stuffed,¬†the shape is not¬†lost.

scrappy Christmas tree 14a

Cut a pretty backing piece and a neutral piece (or¬†more stabilizer) about 1/4 inch larger than the front.¬†In case you are worried about the tree on the right being imperfect, don’t. ūüôā

scrappy Christmas tree 14

If you want to add any embellishments, do it before stitching the layers together. I added beads in the same color as the fabric for a little subtle bling-y effect.

scrappy Christmas tree 13a (2)

scrappy Christmas tree 13b

To assemble your tree, pin a ribbon in the center of the tree for hanging later.

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With right sides together, pin everything in place, aligning the bottom.

scrappy Christmas tree 16

Leaving a 2 inch opening, start sewing (back stitch to secure)¬†with 1/4 inch seam (from front fabric not backing) all the way to the other side, DON”T STOP AT CORNER AND TURN YOUR SQUARE. I used the method for making corners suggested by Sew Mama Sew in this video. Sew all the way to the the end of fabric.

scrappy Christmas tree 18

Remove from machine and trim off the excess. Fold the sewn seam at stitching and start your next stitch there, back stitching a little to secure.

scrappy Christmas tree 17 (2)

scrappy Christmas tree 18 (2)

When all sides are done and you back stitched at the opening, turn and press. Push out corners with something with a point. I used a wooden skewer.

scrappy Christmas tree 20

You can fill with Balsam Fir, available here (or other scenty substance) or poly-fil.

scrappy Christmas tree 21

When using the Balsam Fir, I finish off the last bit of filling with some poly-fil for a clean finish.

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Hand stitch the bottom closed.

scrappy christmas tree

If you rather not stuff, use batting instead of stabilizer between front and  back. Quilt the top decoratively if you are turning it out or quilt as a sandwich if you will or finish it off with binding like a quilt.

Extra, Extra Read All About It!!

May 28th 2015

I am so happy to finally announce that my shopping cart is up and running. Three of my patterns are available for PDF download and not a moment too soon, since a couple of them are perfect for summer!

First up is Watercolor Sea Horses

WSH wm newsletter

I used the fabric Giggles from Me and My Sister Designs but it works just as well with anything from your stash like Cindy did below.

Cindy's Sea Horses (2)

And this one from Susie’s Sunroom¬†I love her “sea weed” style quilting!

Susie's Sea horse

Another Summer sensation is Just Keep on Swimming. Each block is 10″ x 10″ and it went together assembly line style in a flash! Naturally I thought Daysail from Bonnie and Camille would be perfect for a baby boy! Quilt size 36″ x 46″.

jks newsletter wm

There is the Mister on location helping with pictures (love him so much for doing that for me) but those were a NO! For starters taking quilt pictures is difficult, and taking them on a windy beach even harder! Plus the beach on vacation is much nicer than this one.

Mr with fish on the beach

But not to worry, this pattern also comes with¬†3 size options! Below is a throw size 56″ x 66″ made with Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mudler Peterson for Henry Glass & Co.

fish 450 wm

Lastly but surely a great finish for any Christmas in July blog hop is Peppermints.

peppermints on the beach

Pep newsletter wm

I absolutely love how Susie’s (Susie’s Sunroom) turned out. She’ll tell you herself how my mouth waters when I look at hers. It’s all full of cocoa,¬†caramel and cherry liquor, there is even some red velvety goodness wrapped in Kahlua in there, can you taste it?

folded finished (1) front on floor 2

My new Insta friend Debbie  also tested the pattern and made this one. Gorgeous too right?

Debbie's quilt

Just click on ¬†“MY SHOP” on the beach, in¬†the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY”¬†and get 10% off! Happy Summer!

Christmas Crafts and Projects 2014

December 22nd 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I have to confess that ever since I got on Facebook and Instagram I have been a bad blogger, no excuses, it’s true! I have also been trying to get my pattern business going (see Quilt Market posts, here, here and here) but the hullabaloo around the Holidays¬†plus Christmas Crafting have totally derailed my efforts!

I did however, want to share a little of what’s been going on over here. Before any Christmas Crafting started I had to make a festive Pin cushion. I used Cherry Christmas from Aneela Hoey.

christmas pincushion

Made some homemade tags with Diana, we had so much fun!

homemade tags

Packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

OCC

Started making use of all my saved scraps by working on this Rag Wreath on Sunday afternoons while visiting family.

Rag wreath

I also ventured out and tried these Quilted Trees. Both are part of the Across the Pond sew along with the Patchsmith.

quilted trees

Saw the Fair Isle quilt pattern by Freshly Pieced and I couldn’t resist. I got the fabric from Pink Door Fabrics¬†she even helped me figure out the best colors! ¬†I discovered this little shop on¬†Instagram.

fair Isle pattern

While I was in Jury Duty, I did a little Charlie Brown embroidery recognize this tree?

charlie brown tree

And was thinking up another quilt project…

charlie brown

I tried out a little fast craft using an inexpensive frame and buttons.

button wreath

Varied the design for the kids church craft. 10 minutes flat. No LIE!!

kids church craft

I made this great vintage table runner using A.E. Nathan fabric collection called Ole Saint Nick for Miriam. Enjoy!

vintage christmas runner fabrics SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES christmas binding Rolled quilt

I really love doing #30lists¬†, it’s my end of day treat. I know it’s crazy but it makes me focus and slow down.

#30lists window

#30lists fancy #30lists today

Put up our Christmas tree.

christmas tree

Made these little pillow covers for the cutest little guy, Liam.

train 1 train caboose train car

 Made some yummy sachets

sachets

 using Balsam Fir from Maine. You can get some here.

balsam fir

Hardly did anything with my 6th pattern. Bad girl.

cherry Christmas pieces cherry christmas log cabin

I finally got to take out my Vintage Holiday quilt (Pattern by Camille Roskelley for Thimbleblossoms) which I finished just after Christmas last year. Check out more about that quilt in progress here and here.

vintage modern quilt

I had to take some time to appreciate December in Florida; neat clouds in the sky and the Christmas Palm.

Miami winter sky christmas Palm

So it’s been a busy month! Lastly, I played with a little thread to wish you

Aurifil tree by me

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, peace and joy and a Happy New Year!!