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Friday Night Block Party: Heart Block

February 14th 2014

Happy Valentines Day and welcome to the

pinwheel block party

For those of you that are new here, we are following along the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt and getting acquainted with the blocks in that book, one at a time.

But  in today’s party we are featuring the HEART block – and I don’t mean a heart attack, I mean that this block is not in the book I mentioned before. So let’s make this special block to celebrate the day of love!  There have been so many beautiful “hearty” things all over blog land  I’m sure you have seen lots of them. Here are just a few that follow this block pattern or a slight variation of it.

This one is from Chicagonow.com

And this one from Amy Smart complete with tutorial!

But this was my favorite over at Sew Mama Sew.

Craftsy has even made a collection of patterns all about hearts! Check it out here!

I wanted to do just a quick tutorial on how it’s done! This one measures 8 1/2 inches unfinished.

Using 2 1/2 inch units of squares and half square triangles.

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Line up your units like this.

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Then sew them horizontally and press seams in opposite directions for each row.

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Then sew the rows together. There is a finished heart block.

That was easy!

Cute as Some Red Buttons

February 7th 2014

 Whew! Day 7 of the Valentine tutorials thanks to all of you who stopped by every day.

valentine tutorial button

Today’s project is super easy and can be kid friendly with different glue option.

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What you’ll need:

Wooden frame ($1 at Michaels or Joann’s)

Acrylic paint (I used pink) and brush

Decoupage finish (optional) and sponge brush

Craft Tweezers (to hold buttons near hot glue) optional

Hot glue (Fabri-Tac if kids will be making it)

bag of red buttons

Firm or sturdy felt in white (4″ x 6″) piece or size of your frame

metallic or coordinating trim

adhesive jewels (4)

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Trace your 4″ x 6″ felt using the card board from the frame as a guide. DO NOT THROW THAT AWAY!!  Insert the felt into the frame, center your heart template and trace onto the felt with light colored pen or pencil. (Template can be made by tracing half a heart onto a folded paper or card stock)

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Take the felt out of the frame and paint the frame the color of your choice. Lighter colors need more coats, so do at least two. Once your coats have dried on the front and back, apply one coat of decoupage finish.

I got a bag of assorted red buttons and I removed the shank for several but some I used with shanks. (the loop on the back)

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Glue around the outline of the heart  a little at a time, adding buttons as you go. Use tweezers! That glue is hot!!! Wanna see my blister? okay never mind!  Remember to overlap buttons and cover the nooks and crannies!

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Attach the felt to the white side of the cardboard for support. ( I did white on white to avoid transparency) You could cover the back with plain or decorative card stock so it looks pretty. That was an after thought on my part.

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I also hot glued the trim (dotting the surface with a broken line) and secured it around the back of the frame and added red jewels to the corners to tie it all together.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t sew fast enough so here is a sneek peek of what’s coming later!!  I love HSTs and I bought lots of red and pink just for this little number.

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So I hope my quilting readers will return for Valentine’s day!

Please post to the Flickr group so I can see your projects!

I heart shells!

February 6th 2014

Wow! I can’t believe it’s day six already of these Valentine tutorials!

valentine tutorial button

I hope that you have enjoyed these projects, today’s is one of my favorites using seashells I collected on vacation!

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Some materials that you will need are:

A glue gun

Craft tweezers (mine have rubber ends)

A 12″ x 12″ shadow box

a 14″ x 14″ inch piece of red felt (a couple of inches extra to wrap over)

Lots of small bivalve shells (buttons will work too!)

Some 1/8 and/or 1/4 inch ribbon

A doll needle. (pointed, large eye, about 2-2 1’2 inches long)

seed beads (optional)

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In this picture you’ll notice the ribbon I selected initially does not work with the needle so I had to modify to 1/8 and 1/4 inch ribbons.

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First, cut a square piece of felt 14 inches. It should be couple of inches larger than your frame size.  Trace the heart in the center of your felt piece. Take into account you will add ribbon around it.

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Start with larger shells around the edge.

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Lay out your shells or buttons just to get a “feel” and make sure you have enough.

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I glued about 4 inches at a time.

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Lay the shells side to side around the perimeter. You may think to do them in one direction, but later I had to “make like the ocean” and just let them tell me where they should go. It’s all good!

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Afterwards, I blasted it with an air can to get rid of unsuspecting sand grains that appeared during the process.

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You may have noticed these shells have holes….

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I filled them with white and red seed beads using Craft Bond Glue.

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Next, thread the ribbon through the needle (I worked with the whole roll then cut at the end) starting at the top center stitch about an inch over and under with the ribbon. Don’t pull it too tight it should just lay flat looser rather than tighter.  Continue until you get to the starting point.

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Repeat with second ribbon, using the same openings from the first ribbon. The second ribbon should be loose, I twisted it a little to give a little texture and movement.

**Watch that the needle doesn’t go through the first ribbon on your second round, or the ribbon can split.

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When taking apart the shadow box, I used the cardboard it came with to secure the now “heavy” felt piece with hot glue around the edges and especially behind the heart.

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I gently centered the felt over the cardboard, and hot glued the overlap to the back. I cut my felt shorter, your margin should be larger based on measurements I gave you. : )

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Lastly, I glued that cardboard to the back part of the shadow box the sits on the lip away from the glass.

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I’m really happy with how this one came out!  Don’t forget to post your projects on the flicker group!

Tomorrow….buttons! Oh have you seen what Sheri is up to at Sunshine in the Attic? Go on, take a look!