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Pinwheel Baby Quilt

February 7, 2013

pinwheel baby qilt

pinwheel baby quilt detail

Here’s some pics of a baby quilt I made recently for a friend using a City Weekend charm pack.  Basically I sliced each 5″ square on the diagonal and then sewed that triangle to a white triangle of the same size, creating a square.  I laid the quilt out a few ways, but ultimately decided on each pinwheel having two prints (instead of each pinwheel having all the same print).  I thought this distributed the colors more evenly on the quilt as a whole and just looked better.  Loved how it turned out!

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Sinful Colors – Boom Boom

February 14, 2012

For my Valentine’s nails this year, I thought I would go with hot pink for a change.  I really like it!

Valentine’s Day Decorations

February 13, 2012

This year I was inspired by the heart decoration on the cover of the February Martha Stewart Living magazine and decided to make one for myself.  It was fairly easy to make…making the tissue paper puffs took the longest, but I just made them while watching a movie.

To start, I cut out a heart shape from an old cardboard box that I had.  I just eyeballed the shape, but I think it turned out ok.  I also made a bunch of different puffs out of tissue paper.  Basic directions for doing this are here.  I crimped the middle with some floral wire and made sure to leave some longer ends so that I could use those to attach them to the cardboard heart.  I also didn’t open them up all the way (like you would if you were making some to hang from the ceiling), just halfway so that they looked more like a flower.

I used a small nail to poke small holes in the cardboard and pushed the wire ends through, twisting them on the back side of the heart.

Since I made the puffs several different sizes, I thought it ended up with a nice 3-d texture on the front.  Overall, I love it!

I also decided to make some other “art” for my dining room pictures.  I have really liked changing these pictures out with each season/holiday, and I’m already brainstorming other things I can do throughout the year.  :)

For this, I used some heart-shaped paper doilies and 3 pages of pink scrapbook paper.  Since my pictures are 12″x 16″, I used one whole piece for each and cut the third in half to piece together enough to fill the entire frame.  Doing it like this did make a seam, but I covered it up with the doilies and it’s hardly noticeable.  I thought these turned out really cute too!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ribbon Christmas Tree Shirt

December 23, 2011

This was another Christmas outfit that I made this year. I started with a plain t-shirt from Target. (Actually, I’m pretty sure it was a boy’s t-shirt. Shh…don’t tell, ha!) For this project I also used 1.25 yards of green polka dot ribbon and some ribbon scraps for the trunk and the bow on top.

To start, I cut my ribbon into equal length strips. For this, mine were 3″ each and I cut 15 total.

I folded each strip in half and sewed the raw edges together.

After that, I arranged them into rows to keep everything straight. For this tree, I knew I wanted 5 rows, so each lower row had one more folded ribbon piece in it.

After that, I overlapped each lower row so that the row above it would cover the top and no ribbon raw edges would show.

I sewed the overlapped pieces together to make one bigger piece for each row.

Then, I attached the rows to the shirt. I arranged it first to get an idea of placement, and then pinned the bottom row (only through the top layer of the shirt) and turned the shirt inside out. Turning the shirt made it easier to sew. You’ll also want to pin it in several places to make sure that the bottom row stays level. You want it to end up looking like a normal tree, not the Leaning Tower of Christmas.

After the bottom row is done, continue adding the other layers until you reach the top. I also added a small ribbon bow to the top and a small loop to the bottom for the trunk.

I also ended up tacking some of the outer loops down to make sure the rows weren’t too floppy. Then, put a press cloth over everything and give it a light press to flatten it. :)

Framed Paper Snowflakes

December 22, 2011

I have these two pictures in my dining room, on either side of my buffet, that normally have a paper cutting of a pineapple on some light green paper. I cut the pineapple earlier this year after years of waffling over what to put there. I knew I wanted something there and had the frames for a long time, but only fairly recently had the idea for the pineapples. I love the pineapples for several reasons. 1.) I like the symbolism of hospitality 2.) I like that they coordinate with the pineapples on my dining room curtains 3.) I happened to find an old paper cutting book of mine from late elementary-early junior high at my parents’ house that had the pineapple pattern in it :) I remembered making it a long time ago and knew that I could do it again!

Anyway, I had a great idea to change them up for Christmas. I thought that some pretty white snowflakes on red paper would be pretty. So, that’s what I did.

I like them so much, I’ve been kind of toying with the idea of making a different design for each season/holiday, and constantly switching them out.

Also, I love making paper snowflakes! If you have forgotten how to make them (since the last time you did was probably elementary school), here is a good link for basic instructions.

Applique Christmas Dress

December 20, 2011

I made this cute little reversible dress this Christmas.  Reversible jumper type dresses like this one are great because you get two looks out of one (my favorite, combining fashion with efficiency, ha!) and they can be worn again the next year as a top with some pants or leggings.  To make them reversible, just put the button holes in as normal in the front straps and sew buttons on both sides (back to back) on the back straps.  This probably goes without saying, but you want to make sure that both your buttons are the same size so that they’ll both fit through the same button hole.

I first made the embroidery designs in my digitizing program and then put them on each front piece before construction.

I also added some ribbon bows to each to give them a little dimension.  Although not too much, since it is reversible.  For the ornament design, I sewed the ric rac down first, then appliqued the circle over that.

This Week’s Nails – Essie, Forever Yummy

December 20, 2011

Not much to say about this one.  A nice holiday red.  Very festive.  :)