Archives for February 2016

Printable Image Fabric Key Chains


We are huge “Fan Art” people in my family!  My daughter spends her days painting and drawing fan art of Star Wars and Marvel characters.  I think everything we own has a Star Wars or Super Hero (or cat) on it!  I created these fun keychains that you can customize to any theme!  I even made one with Mufasa’s picture on it.

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Sizzix 2 1/2″ circle die

1 3/4″ paper punch

Heat n Bond Ultra

Heat n Bond EZ Print transfer sheets

white fabric

scraps of fabric

scraps of cotton batting

twill tape

key ring

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Begin by designing your image on your computer.  I’m not Photoshop savvy so I like to use Microsoft Power Point.  You can use photos or clip art.  I love buying cute clip art from Etsy!  Crop them to a circle shape and size them so they will fit in the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  Print a test run on plain paper to make sure they are how you want them.  Then choose “Mirror or Reverse Image” in printing and select a high print quality as you would for photos.  Print them on the Heat n Bond EZ print transfer sheets.

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These transfer sheets are a great way to get any digital image onto fabric!  I use them all the time!

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Once they are printed, use the 1 3/4″ paper punch to punch out each image.sizzix fabric keychain 3 With a dry, hot iron, place the image face side down on the right side of a solid white fabric.  Heat set for about 10 seconds applying firm, constant pressure.  Let cool completely.

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Peel off the backing paper and cut around the image using pinking shears.

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Cut 2 pieces of Heat n Bond Ultra slightly larger than the 2 1/2″ circle.  Iron them to the wrong side of the desired fabric.  Let cool.  sizzix fabric keychain 7

Cut a piece of batting roughly the same size as the fabric – these are super rough cuts, no measuring required.  Peel off the backing paper of both of the fabrics and press the fabric pieces onto both sides of the batting.  Let cool.  This makes a fabric sandwich 🙂sizzix fabric keychain 8

Run the fabric sandwich through the Sizzix Fabi using the 2 1/2″ die.  It cuts a perfect circle.  Since we used the Heat n Bond Ultra, the edges of the fabric won’t fray!sizzix fabric keychain 9

Cut a 2″ piece of twill tape and loop it through the key ring.  Using a zig zag stitch, stitch all the way around the circle, catching the edge of the twill tape.sizzix fabric keychain 10

Turn the keychain over so the raw edge of the twill tape is on the back.  Position the image on the front (add a little Spray n Bond basting spray so it doesn’t move) and straight stitch around the image.sizzix fabric keychain 12

These make great little gifts and they are fun for kids to help with!

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And who doesn’t love having their pet on their key ring!

Hope Chest Bowtie Quilt

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I love all things vintage so of course I love 30’s reproduction fabrics! This line is called Hope Chest II from Penny Rose Fabrics. I love the vintage vibe of these fabrics. I am happy to live in the modern age where we can use rotary cutters & sewing machines! You can totally make this quilt in a day!!

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The idea for this quilt comes from this old quilt I have. It is pieced and quilted totally by hand. Me and Mufasa love it!! The blocks are much smaller but it is a traditional bowtie quilt pattern.

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All you need to make this throw size quilt is a 10″ stacker, 2 yards black swiss dot, 1/2 yard for the triangles, plus backing, batting, and binding.

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Finished quilt 54″ x 72″. Finished bowtie block 9″. 48 total blocks. All seams 1/4″.

Hop over to the Penny Rose Blog to find all the instructions!!

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I love how it turned out! It’s the perfect quilt for a picnic!!hope chest quilt 21

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Mid Century Mix Up Quilt Featuring Folk Medley

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I feel like I may have been born in the wrong era.  I was raised with parents who were teenagers in the 60’s.  My dad plays the guitar and banjo and there was never a lack of freedom folk songs in our home.  I grew up watching movies and tv from the 60s and have passed this on to my children.  Instead of watching what ever kids and teens watch these days my kids top shows are: Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, I Dream of Jeanie, McHale’s Navy, and the Carroll Burnett Show.  My kids listen to 60’s music stations on Pandora.  I’m doing my best to preserve the past!!  Sooooo when I came across this fabric line from Blend Fabrics called Folk Medley I new it was for me!  I love the retro images, the records, the music notes, and the colors of these fabrics!  I wanted to create a quilt that felt more mid century modern than quilty.  I am so in love with the finished quilt!  It’s exactly how I wanted it!

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My goal was to make the quilt using only 1 block but to have a totally random result.  I love how there are shapes within the quilt that were created at random.  Just by looking at it you can’t really pick out the block pattern which I LOVE.  mid century mix up quilt 27

The quilting has a retro feel as well and it was so fun to do although very tiring!

Here is the block pattern.  Yep, that’s all there is to it!  Below are the CUTTING measurements for each piece of the block.

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Gather your fabrics, I used 10 prints and 1 solid. All seams 1/4 inch.  Finished block 9″ Finished Quilt 54″ x 72″

1/3 yard of the prints

2/3 yard solid (off white)

1/2 yard binding

3 1/2 yards backing

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Cut each of the patterned fabrics into strips (3) 3.5″ x WOF.

For the 5″ x 3.5″ rectangles

Using (2) 3.5″ x WOF strips sub cut them into 5″ unitis.

For the 9.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles

Using (1) 3.5″ x WOF strips subcut into 9.5″ segments.

Cut the same increments for the off white solid and then add in additional to your liking.

Sew the 5″ rectangles together first.  Just grab and go – don’t lay out and don’t plan!  Press the seams.  Then sew the 5″ rectangle units on both sides of the 9.5″ rectangle.  Again, totally random.  These are only a few of the block combinations I came up with.  Notice how some like fabrics are right next to each other?  This is good!!

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I laid my blocks out so I could take a picture.  But I reccomend NOT laying them out.  Just grab and go!  It’s so liberating!!!  You will need 6 rows by 8 rows for a total of 48 blocks.  (You can totally make this smaller or larger).  Sew the blocks together in rows, press and sew the rows together.

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I put flannel on the back of the quilt so it would be super cuddly and soft!  (Always prewash flannels if you use them in quilting!)

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This pattern is great for larger prints because the strips are a good size.  It also sews together FAST!  This throw size quilt can be made in 1 day!!  I can’t wait to make another one using different fabrics!!

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Do you have favorite 60’s folk singers?  I love the New Christy Minstrels!!  They are epic!mid century mix up quilt 6   Every year I try and learn the guitar, this quilt is inspiring me to pick it up yet again!!!mid century mix up quilt 3

I hope you love making this quilt as much as I did!  Tag your pictures on Instagram with #midcenturymixupquilt  mid century mix up quilt 1

Come Sail Away With Me Nautical Quilt

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I LOVE this quilt!  I had the quilt top finished AND quilted and it has been waiting for binding for a long time.  This weekend was cold and rainy and it was the perfect time to finish up a little work in progress.  Today the sun came out and I was able to take a few pictures of the final quilt!  I am so ready for spring and MORE nautical quilts!!!


I love the fabrics in this quilt: Day Sail by Moda.  They have such a fun feminine-nautical feel.  The pattern is available HERE with a bonus wall hanging pattern as well.

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Since I don’t own a sail boat (which this quilt would be perfect for) it will be a great size for the beach or a picnic or maybe I will just hang it on the wall so it doesn’t get dirty 🙂

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I have the best quilt “modelers”.  So cute and helpful!!!

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Let me know if you get a chance to make this by tagging me on Instagram!sail away with me quiltCome Sail Away With Me!!!

Milk Sugar & Flower Girls Dress

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I am so in love Milk Sugar & Flower from Penny Rose!  I have been saving it until I found the perfect project.  And I found it!  A dress for Sally!  Sally will be getting baptized this month and I wanted her to have a special dress to wear after her Baptism.

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The style of the dress is classic little girl and fits Sally’s personality.  She is a girl after my own vintage heart: lover of Elvis, old TV shows, and classic dress style.  It’s just how little girls should be dressing.milk sugar flower dress 4

I have to admit I did not like the pattern at all.  Upon completion of the dress I wadded the whole pattern up and threw it in the garbage!  Which, by the way, saved me a good 30 minutes of folding the dang thing up so it would fit in the envelope!


Despite the frustration with the pattern, I love the finished dress and so does Sally.milk sugar flower dress 2  DSC_0242