Archives for December 2014

Corgi Pillow

I made this Corgi Pillow for a Christmas gift for friends who have a Corgi.  The wonderful fabric artwork is from Ginger Eyed.  I found her on Etsy and it turns out we live 2 miles apart!  She has lots of other designs with different breeds of dogs.  A few years ago I made this cat pillow from one of her cat designs.corgi pillow

 

I used some coordinating fabric from Blend’s Harmony line and added borders around the fabric art so it measured 20″.  I used the same fabric to add a zipper flap on the back.  I added some decorative trim and inserted a 20″ down pillow.  Super quick but super cute!corgi pillow 2

Salt Air Quilt with Lucy’s Crab Shack Beach Blanket Pattern

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I purchased this pattern Sweetwater’s Lucy’s Crab Shack Beach Blanket over a year ago.  Along with it I picked up some pre cuts and yardage of Moda’s Salt Air line.  I love this line of fabric and I knew it would be perfect in my parent’s home.  beachblanketp189

I hoped to sew it for my parent’s anniversary, then Christmas, and then time just went to fast.  So, finally, this past summer, I finally put it together and had it quilted.  I wrapped it up and gave it to them for Christmas.  It’s the cutest!beach blanket quilt salt air6

This pattern is super fun to sew and fairly easy.  The half circles are drawn on Heat n Bond Lite appliqué paper and then ironed on and top stitched.  I changed the pattern a little bit by omitting the inner boarder and adding a few more half circles so my quilt was a larger throw size.
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My quilter, Janika from Springville, Utah did and AMAZING job on the quilting!  When she gave it back to me, thoughts of keeping it for myself entered into my head 🙂beach blanket quilt salt air 3

It’s extra cozy with this soft gray minky on the back.

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My favorite print in this collection is the whale’s tails…..see if you can spot them!!beach blanket quilt salt air


Fun with Richie our Elf on the Shelf Christmas 2014

Life was too hectic to write about our sweet Elf Richie everyday.  I thought you might like to see some highlights of his antics this year.  We will miss you so much, Richie!  We hate to say goodbye to you tonight.  Until next year….

 

Richie arrived at our home in a sealed Santa’s Workshop Lego set.  We were all so surprised and we didn’t know he was inside for quite a while!elf on the shelf 8

All the children had so much fun putting the Lego set together.  We used the tongs to put Richie on the little tree so he could watch.

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We found Richie and his reindeer in a roll of TP

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Richie is somewhat of a cardshark, sporting a full house in this game of Tripoley.

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Richie gathered all the stuffed cats in the house an placed them on the stairs.  He was found reading my “Think Like A Cat” book.

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Sugar Angles

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Hanging in the bathroom

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This one was a little questionable 🙂

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Bows all over the kitchen and stuck to any solid surface!

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Hot Hot cocoa date with Anna

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A little mischief with Snowflake Sally’s non-magical girl elf

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Helping out with St. Nicholas Day

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Chillin’ in the freezer with some North Pole Fat Boys!

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Setting the table and serving everyone gingerbread men for breakfast.

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Peppermint cotton candy for breakfast

 

 

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We are saying our goodbye’s to Richie today.  I love the photos.  I can’t believe we have to wait an entire year to see him again…..pass the Kleenex!!

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More Zipper Pouches

zipper pouch 2What do you get when you cross “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” with “Full Access Zipper Pouch“?  Last minute Christmas gifts!  I sewed up 6 of these and filled them with some Bath and Body Works goodies.  I think the ladies in my husband’s office will love them!

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I used the dimensions from My Favorite Zipper Pouch and then added the full access zipper using this tutorial.  It’s not to late to sew a few!

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All the fabrics are from Blend’s Harmony collection by Jessica Swift.  They are amazing!!!  This pattern uses Heat n Bond fusible fleece to give the pouch a little stability & softness; add touch of lace and these coordinating fabrics and you’ve got a darling gift.  (I need a few for myself!)
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The Harper Stocking Tutorial

christmas stocking quiltedWhen I was little, my mom made everyone in our family “quilted” stockings with appliqué motifs on them.  To me, all stockings must be quilted 🙂  I made my husband and children these quilted stockings many years ago.

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The fabrics are a little dated but we still love them!  Here are a few more peeks at stockings I have made over the years with this same pattern.

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There are so many wonderful fabrics out there to make stockings with.  I love this line from Blend called Treelicious.  I’ve made a few other projects with it, here and here.  Below is the pattern and instructions for making this “Harper” stocking which I made my friend’s baby’s first Christmas.  You can change the fabric piecing to be more intricate or you can use a plain piece of fabric and quilt it.  It’s fun to customize each stocking to your children’s personalities.

Supplies:

fat quarters of 3 fabrics for stocking and stocking tab

1/2 yard for the stocking lining

piece of lace

1/4 yard faux fur, fleece, or I used a type of cloud fleece with a diamond pattern…anything soft and white

Heat n Bond EZ print appliqué sheets or heat n bond appliqué transfer paper

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Stocking Pattern, Click HERE

Note – the length of the cutting measurements are approximates, you just need enough to fit the stocking pattern on

Begin by cutting the pink trees 9″ x 12″

Gray deer 5″ x 12″

Pink 8″ x 20″

Piece together using 1/4″ seams, press

Try to place the pieces like this – it’s just rough background to quilt then cut the stocking from.

 

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Using Spray n Bond spray basting (or pins) baste the fabric on a scrap of cotton batting – I love projects like this that use batting scraps!

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Quilt as desired – I sewed loop de loos.

Print the pattern out (here).  It’s in 4 pieces.  Assemble them together like this.  I added some dotted lines to help with matching up each piece.  Don’t laugh at how rough my pattern is, it’s the middle of December and who has time for perfection!!  Cut out the pattern.

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Next, pin the stocking pattern to the quilted piece and cut out.  If you want the stocking a little larger, cut out 1/4″ away from the pattern and the finished stocking will be the size of the pattern.  Just make sure to cut the same for the lining.quilted christmas stocking 5

 

You can add some lace embellishment if you want.  Choose a font you like and print it in reverse on the EZ print sheets, or print in reverse and draw onto the Heat n Bond appliqué paper.  Press the letters to the wrong side of the white fabric.  Cut out each letter.  Peel off the backing and press into place.  It’s always a trick to get the letters to fit – I like to make them as big as I possibly can.  Top stitch in gray thread.
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Here is a close up of the letters.  You can see my white fabric has a little silver detail in it!quilted christmas stocking 18

Now do the same process with the back of the stocking.  Only remember the stocking will be opposite.

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Instead of cutting the stocking out again and trying to match it, I pinned the appliquéd part to the newly quilted piece, matching the seams along the sides.  Sew using 1/4″ seams all the way around the stocking leaving the top open.  Cut around the seam.quilted christmas stocking 8

 

For the lining of the stocking, cut the same pattern out of a coordinating cotton (2).  Sew right sides together all the way around the stocking.quilted christmas stocking 9

 

Prepare the fur cuff.  Cut the fur 18.5″ x 11″quilted christmas stocking 10

 

Fold it in half fat ways, right sides together and sew about 1/2″seam along the side:quilted christmas stocking 11

 

Turn the cuff right side out like this:
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For the stocking holder, cut a strip of fabric 10″ x 3″.  Folding in half lengthwise with right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam and turn right side out.  Press the seam in the center like this:quilted christmas stocking 13

 

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Place the stocking lining inside the stocking, just how you want it to look, with the right side of the lining facing out.

Baste the stocking holder by bringing both raw edge ends together and pin it inside the stocking centering on the seam.  Sew about 1/8″ to keep it in place.quilted christmas stocking 16

Next, place the cuff inside the stocking & lining, aligning all raw edges:

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Pin all the way around matching the seam in the cuff with the side seam in the stocking.  Sew 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around using a walking foot – it gets pretty thick by the seams but it will work.  Turn the cuff right side out and it’s done!  Kind of magical!!quilted christmas stocking 23

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The Cottage Garden Baby Quilt Tutorial

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Today my pattern for The Cottage Garden Baby Quilt is over at Riley Blake Designs.  This quilt is the perfect baby quilt size (38.5″ x 45″)  It also sews up pretty fast and really shows off the yummy fabrics.  Don’t you just love this fabric line by the Quilted Fish?  Hop over to Rile Blake for the full tutorial!!il_570xN.680196912_lcfffinished quilt 3

 

I branched out in my quilting and added this little flower/swirl thing in with the loop-de-loos.  Thanks Molly Hanson for your free motion quilting book ideas 🙂finished quilt 4

 

I can’t wait to wrap this up and give it to my friend who is expecting her first baby!!finished quilt

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Jar Lid Applique Christmas Ornaments

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I am sharing this tutorial for these festive jar lid appliqué ornaments over at the Therm O Web blog.  These make great little gifts and they can be personalized! Using the Therm o Web Iron-On Transfer sheets you can print any word you want and iron it onto the ornaments.  For the complete instructions and downoadable pattern click HERE.  There are three different tree patterns:christmas tree applique ornament 10

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On this one I added some clear glitter to the jar lid by painting it with Mod Podge and dusting it with glitter.  I LOVE clear glitter!  I could clear glitter my entire home!  It gives such a warm yet sparkly feel!IMG_2055_2

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Christmas Jingle Bell Key Chain Tutorial

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December is well underway and there is so much to be done!  Is anyone else going crazy!!!   I love these fabric key chains – they make it super easy to find your keys in your purse and you can slide your keys on your wrist.  I wanted something festive for the holidays so I made candy cane stripe ones and added a jingle bell.  I love the fact that I jingle where ever I go!!  These make great gifts and you can whip up a bunch in an afternoon.

Supplies:

10″ red cotton webbing 1.25″ wide, I bought mine here

10″ x 2″ strip of striped fabric

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Key fob hardware, I bought mine here

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strip of card stock 1″ wide

Begin by cutting the fabric 2″ x 10″.  Center the 1″ strip of card stock in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.  Use the card stock as your guide to press the sides in evenly.  Remove the card stock.

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In my previous keychain tutorial I suggested using fusible hem tape to fuse the fabric to the webbing.  While this works great, I choose to use Basting Spray – it’s faster and goes farther.  A few tips about the basting spray: put down a disposable protective surface because there will be some overspray.  I made quite a few so I used some old wrapping paper which could be rolled and discarded to give me a clean surface.  If you are doing a lot I would wear gloves because you may get it on your hands.  

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Open the folds and spray a line down the center of the fabric.  Pat the folds in and smooth to hold in place.  Spray the folds again with the basting spray and center on the 10″ strip of webbing.

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Top stitch about 1/8″ away from the edge.

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Using pliers with some padding attached, fold the strip in half and pinch the hardware around the ends to secure.  Add a split ring and jingle bell.

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I packaged mine up with some Holiday Bath and Body Works soaps and lotions.  Now I’m off to deliver them!
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