Wonderful Things Blog Tour

August 23, 2017

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Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the Wonderful Things Blog Tour. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Wonderful Things fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics in all its wonder 😉

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This Aquarelle Study Tint print jumped out at me right away and I picked the other fabrics to compliment the colors. There is also a pastel colorway which is so soft and beautiful, but for this project I liked the striking blacks and bright pinks with pops of yellow.

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My first project is a set of simple zipper pouches that snap together and come apart so you can take one or both of them along with you. Right now I am using them for my makeup, the smaller one holds my on the go makeup, you know; just the essentials. The larger one has my more detailed makeup that I don’t use every day, this way I can take the smaller one and pop it off and into my purse or snap them back together for when I travel.

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The gold snaps I ordered HERE ,they were easy to use and I really like the look of them along with the gold zippers. Kinda gives them a bit of a fancy look, don’t ya think?

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Here they are snapped together, I love how slim and sleek they are. I used Pellon Flex Foam which gives them a bit more stability and durability than just cotton batting. I’m thinking these could even be used for a fancy date night, and how perfect for sneaking lady products to the bathroom in the smaller one! I’m totally going to do that!

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Next up I made a Ruffle Zipper Pouch using my simple tutorial (which you can find HERE). I wanted to add some quilting and I may or may not have gotten a little carried away with it. I used a pink Aurifil (2479) thread and just kept quilting, it was really fun which is why I couldn’t stop!

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I just love the flowers that Bonnie makes, so pretty whether they are softly colored or bright and bold; all so pretty. If you haven’t tried making the Ruffle Zipper Pouch, give it a try! It’s easy and quick and really makes a statement.

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See how fancy that looks? I love the lining so much too, such a great print! How perfect would that be for binding on a quilt!? So this one ended up with makeup in it too which is funny since I only wear it a couple times a week. I actually think I will send this little set off to a friend. Isn’t it great to have some ready made gifts, especially with the holidays right around the corner (I can’t believe I just said that!).

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Simple gifts that are handmade with beautiful fabrics are my favorite. Find Bonnie’s Wonderful Things fabric for sale HERE and see the full blog tour lineup HERE.

Be sure to stop by Katharina Pferdmenge’s blog tomorrow and you can see yesterday’s post HERE.

 

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Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around, get inspired to try something of your own and come back again soon.

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Wonder Fuse Snowflake Pillows

August 4, 2017

Today I finally get to show you what I had been working on all last month! This Summer hasn’t seen much sewing and very few finishes by me, and honestly it’s been great! I’ve enjoyed so many wonderful moments and days on end with my boys just having fun together. I am sadly facing the beginning of school and soaking up every last bit of Summer and extra time with my cuties. But back to my Summer sewing!

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Using Clover’s new Wonder Fuse, I’ve made two raw edge applique pillows that I am absolutely in love with! They are sort of a one of a kind project in the way that I made them, using a classic paper snowflake method. I found various paper snowflake tutorials on Pintrest , set to work folding and cutting, and folding and cutting some more until I had two suitable paper snowflakes (not to mention a pile of very unsuitable ones too!).

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I ironed Clover Wonder Fuse to my fabric squares, folded and marked my cut out lines and set to work cutting out each small piece. My largest and smallest scissors came in handy for this project. Next I ironed the finished snowflakes onto my pillow front fabric. Once It was all fused on (which went quickly and easily compared to other brands I have tried), I added the raw edge sewing by machine using my trusty 50 weight Aurifil thread. A lot of stopping and going and turning, but very satisfying sewing.

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Little Town Fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve already used up several of my prints! I’ll have to order more because they are the perfect Winter fabrics along with some amazing year round ones too! I’m thinking a Little Town quilt is in my future.

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I took my time and spent the month of July slowly adding hand stitching to outline each snowflake. I fell in love with Aurifil’s creamy 2311 color in 28 weight, so soft and subtle.

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This larger pillow gave me a bit of trouble when I first finished it up, it was so boring looking even with that dark to light contrast. I decided to sleep on it and so the next morning I added this wintergreen binding and a little snowflake patch which I think kind of pulled the whole pillow together and gave it a more sophisticated look. It’s all in the details and sometimes it’s good to just sleep on it and see what comes to you by morning.

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Can you keep a secret? I think this little pillow is my favorite 😉 Or maybe it’s just my favorite for now because the bigger one was my favorite to start with! I’m sure you know how this goes, right? They sure brightened up my sad, worn out chair. One of these days I’ll get brave enough to try recovering it.

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Hand stitching is my favorite relaxing craft and I picked up some tips from my friend Mary of Sunny Day Supply. Have you seen her hand stitching? I could watch her all day long! It’s so calming and peaceful. I used another 28 weight Aurifil thread for this one in a soft gray 2600. And of course I just had to center the a Little Town scene in this snowflake.

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I used this stripe Les Petits Fabric for binding and I just love how Amy’s fabric lines all play so nicely together.

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Yup, this one’s my favorite! These babies might be staying out, after all Winter is right around the corner here in Chicago! Maybe I’ll have a matching quilt by the first snowfall.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my pillows today! As always, my wish is that you leave here inspired to try something new.  Head on over to my Instagram for your chance to win a pack of Clover’s Wonder Fuse and their new Marbled Glass Head Pins (which are so cute I had to tell my boys, no they could not play with them!). Thank you Clover for sponsoring this giveaway!

 

Trying New Things

July 10, 2017

For years I told myself (and everyone else) that I wasn’t a sewer. People always assumed I sewed and I was always quick to correct them, I didn’t want to be “that” girl (whoever that was). Well years went by and people change, usually in unexpected ways, and I found myself needing and actually WANTING to sew.

A few years have passed and lately I’ve been feeling the desire to paint. I kept telling myself I’m not a painter, I’m not an artist, my grandma was but she hadn’t passed her skills down to me. Growing up with creativity all around me, drawing, painting, sewing, carpentry, writing, gardening and baking must have rubbed off without my even knowing it. While I was busy living my life, the seeds that were passed down from generations before were busy taking root and waiting to sprout.

After returning from my weekend sewing trip to Vermont, I couldn’t stop thinking about painting the beautiful place we stayed in. The scenery was incredible, full of lush green and the most vivid colors. They moved me in a way that I haven’t been moved by a place in years, probably because we never go anywhere…But still! It was breathtaking! Days and a couple of weeks went by with this desire popping up and each time a little voice would ever so politely remind me that I am NOT an artist. But still something in me just had to try, perhaps it’s the teenage rebellion I’ve never quite outgrown, the desire to do it when I’m told I can’t or worse, I shouldn’t.

After ordering some supplies (and letting them sit on my counter for a few days) I decided I just had to try. I told myself, I may not be an artist, but let’s just see what’s inside. I reminded myself that for the first 29 years of my life I was not a sewer, I had no idea I would be sewing and actually pretty good at making quilts and things.

As I sat down, supplies all set out, I felt like a kid again. I used a pallet and brush that my grandma had given me for my 12th birthday and I could her the instructions she had tried to teach me back then. I worked from a few pictures I had and tried to keep things simple. A couple hours later, I was done. My oldest kept me company by painting along with me and it was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

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I feel like I set that scene free that had been locked in my mind for weeks. Starting out with low expectations and just trying to have fun turned out great, I’m happy with my little art piece and I truly enjoyed myself. The portions are not to scale, the details are all wrong and I’m sure this little painted house holds no structural integrity, but who cares? I had fun! Maybe one day I’ll take an art class to work on more detailed projects, but for now it’s fun to just play around. I’m glad I gave myself permission to try something new. I might not be an artist, but I also don’t consider myself a quilter either. I am just Faith and I enjoy creativity in many forms. No need for labels or titles here.

So I’m curious, what have you been wanting to try? What’s that little voice inside (or perhaps outside) telling you that you can’t do, you shouldn’t try? Go for it! I encourage you to try! Because you never know what seeds of creativity have been growing inside of you while you’ve been busy with life, just waiting to sprout up. Take a deep breath and have fun!

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With some dear creative friends in Goshen Vermont at Blueberry Hill Inn.

Two Liberty Quilts, a Faith Bundle and a Giveaway

June 30, 2017

Have you seen the Liberty half square triangle quilt I made? I was trying to be so sneaky about it, only posting little glimpses on Instagram. First of all, it was a surprise gift for a sewing friend and second of all, I was making TWO of them! That’s right, two weeks before I left to go on my first sewing retreat I decided that two of my dear sewing friends needed to be spoiled and what better way to spoil sewing friends than with Liberty QUILTS!?

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I set to work cutting and sewing like mad using a “four at a time” HST method. I absolutely loved this quick easy method of starting with one white 8 1/2 inch square and one Liberty 8 1/2 inch square, place right sides together, sewing all around the square with a 1/4 inch seam and then cutting a big X from corner to corner which leaves you with four beautiful 5 1/2 inch blocks to work with. Easy peasy!

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There’s me, holding up one of my quilts at the most beautiful spot in Vermont. All the gorgeous pictures were taken by my lovely friends Cheri, Jenni and Michael Anne since my phone died right as we went to take pictures.

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Once all my blocks were cut and ready to go, I had a little freak out about colors and placement of blocks. Color order is not my thing, rainbows don’t come naturally to me, but something about all those colors and prints together just called for a bit of order. So I tried it and I am so happy I did! Now, I am still no pro and I didn’t want to go over board with a strict color grid but I think that subtle wave of rainbow was just what these quilts needed. After laying out the first set of quilt blocks, I decided to make the second quilt identical, so I handed my boys the second stack of blocks and told them to match the prints, they had a blast!

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This picture came out fuzzy (we were getting attacked by bugs!) but I needed documented proof that there actually were two quilts, finished in two weeks or else you might not believe me!

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A bonus to the “four at a time” HST method is that the fabrics are cut on the bias which gives them a bit of stretch and ends up with perfectly matched points and minimal effort! Seriously, my points never all line up this well! I used a solid white cotton from Joann’s and a solid white flat sheet for the backing which made the quilts SO soft. I went with Aurifil 50 weight minimal quilting down every other row since I was short on time (and working with a machine that doesn’t like to play nice during quilting) and I loved the outcome, they have more of a soft and fluffy comforter feel to them making it the ideal snuggle blanket.

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Here is my friend Jenni and I, we should have gotten one with Cheri too but picture taking was just not at the top of my priority list (unlike, talking, eating, sewing and just enjoying our time together!). I should note here that these two girls have spoiled me rotten with hand made gifts over the past two years, shared generously with me their fabrics and notions and are truly dear friends (even if solely over text). I truly hope they love and use their quilts and wear them thin from use. After all, quilts are made to be used and loved!

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I just love the reflection of the quilt in the pond! Like a watercolor painting.

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People are always telling me that they have Liberty fabric but don’t know what to do with it, or they don’t know how to sew with it, or my personal favorite: they are saving it for something “really special” (as if everything we makers make isn’t already special enough!). If this is you, I would just like to encourage you to give it a try! I started sewing with Liberty when I was a very new sewer, so clearly if I could do it then, you can do it now! Liberty pairs so nicely with solid cottons, linen or even denim. I like to add it in whenever I can, mixing it right in with all my other quilting cottons! Just give it a try, I know you will love it!

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I have curated a special “Faith” bundle with some of my favorite Liberty prints, available from Duckadilly Fabrics in fat 16ths, fat 8ths and fat quarters which you can find HERE. It’s the perfect collection to add to your Liberty stash or the perfect bundle to get your Liberty stash started, either way I know you will love working with this striking, silky fabric!

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For your chance to WIN a Faith’s fat 8th bundle, head over to my Instagram post, follow both myself, Duckadilly and tag a friend or two in the comments. Winner will be selected at random on Monday.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly hope you leave here feeling inspired to try your own sewing projects… And maybe even a little Liberty 😉

Special thanks to Lesley form Duckadilly Fabrics for sponsoring the giveaway and for always having a fabulous Liberty selection and the best customer service.

Boxes of Friendships

June 19, 2017

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The greatest gifts in life are the friendships we are blessed with. I am a fairly private person (I know, shocking!), we like to keep our family time personal and that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for making and growing friendships. As I’ve mentioned before, this past year has been a hard one for me personally, it’s left me feeling hurt and vulnerable and lonely a lot of the time. But recently I’ve been feeling the hurts healing, and my strength of spirit coming back (funny how that happens when you give it to God). I am learning to prioritize the friends I have been blessed with, whether it’s setting up play dates or girls nights out with close friends I don’t see enough of, or texting my dear friends I have yet to meet in person. It also means putting myself out there to make new friends, maybe just acquaintances, but you never know when that one dear friendship is going to come along in the most unexpected place (hello Instagram friends!). I am learning to sit with friends in tears, sharing in their pain, join with them in prayer, open up when I need to, and for goodness sake I seem to forever be learning when to keep my mouth shut!

I keep thinking of that famous Forest Gump quote “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gunna get”, and it goes for friendships too. You make friends and you just never know what you are going to get. Sometimes the friendships we most expect to be the deep, rich, lasting ones seem to crumble away for any number of reasons. Sometimes the ones that might not look that promising end up being just the friendship your soul was craving.

Last week was crazy!  Between play dates, pool dates, sewing dates, and a girls brunch, I think I saw more of my friends than I usually see in six months! I guess I tried to cram a summer full of fun into one week, our bodies were exhausted but our hearts were full. To top it off, I am busy preparing for a weekend away with sewing friends in Vermont, all of whom I have never met in person! And this morning a beautiful package came in the mail all the way from a dear new friend in Turkey and it’s all left me feeling overwhelmed with friendship and all the thoughts that go along with it.

It takes a special gift to bless others with kindness and my friend Ayda did just that.

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The sweetest packages tied up with string, with more beautiful ribbons and strings inside each sweet box!

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The softest handmade doilies, sweet pin cushion, buttons and a lovely hand written card. I found myself hoping that Ayda’s next book will be on making and sending sweet small gifts and packages since she does it so well and I want to learn from her.

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These beautiful little gifts will be treasured for years to come and will remind me of the friendship and kindness that stands behind them.

Now clearly we can’t all be the best of friends, that’s just not how this all works. What we can do is treat others with friendship, kindness and respect, reaching out to those we can whoever they may be. After all, we are all just people, the same underneath all our differences. And when we get burnt by friendship (as anyone who has lived long enough has), breath deep, give it to God who knows and cares, put on your big girl panties, and try another chocolate covered friendship, because you just never know what you’re gunna get!

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Motherhood

May 23, 2017

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Motherhood,

Boys waking up too early, needing extra snuggles before I’m out of bed, crying because someone did something (already? It’s not even 7 o’clock), trying to guide three boys through fighting and arguing, not to mention doing their morning tasks. 

Feeling overwhelmed, I lock the bathroom door for a moment alone; this isn’t what I saw when I imagined my life as a mother. The constant overwhelmed feeling, just trying to catch my breath. And no, it’s not always like this. Some mornings I lay in bed listening to the quiet laughter of childhood play and it fills my heart, blessed. Those are the moments I dreamed of all my life, the ones you see in happy family movies, not this Lifetime drama where kids need constant discipline and care, the house is always a mess and put away clean laundry is the climax of the whole show.

All this runs through my mind in a matter of seconds, spinning my head with scenes of the life I had imagined. Suddenly I’m brought back to reality, locked in my bathroom when I hear banging on the door. It’s my littlest boy just wanting to be held. I hear my husband telling him to leave mommy alone, which only brings him to tears.

On one side of that door is me, an overwhelmed, exhausted mom who just needs to put in her contacts and brush teeth, take a shower if I have enough time. And on the other side is a three year old boy who for whatever reason just needs his mommy to hold him, maybe he’s coming down with something, maybe he didn’t sleep well.

I listen for another minute, Zachary crying, big boys still arguing. Feeling close to tears myself, I quietly unlock the door, pulling Zachary in by his arm and locking it again behind him. As soon as I hold him to me he starts to calm, all but a few hard breaths still shaking his little body. I close my eyes breathing in his scent, his heart pounding against my own.

No, this wasn’t what I imagined motherhood to be, full of crying, arguing children, exhausted parents, toys everywhere and the laundry, always the laundry.

I take another deep breath opening my eyes, I see myself holding Zachary in the mirror. I smile at him and I can see a glimpse of a smile from behind his ever present passie. I can feel my mind calming, peace filling my heart. Love pouring into that small room. I grab my phone to capture this moment, this mundane yet somehow special day.

These are the times, the days I am told I will look back on. With a decade of motherhood under my arm, I know how fast it’s going, even the long hard days somehow go too quickly.

I give my baby another tight squeeze, sending him of to play (to join in the fight with his brothers no doubt!). Alone again, I think of all the beautiful gifts and small blessings that daily motherhood brings, those little hugs each morning, my middle guy making us late at school drop off because he just needs one (10?) more kiss from me, the special one on one time with my youngest during the weekdays (that will come to an end all too soon), my oldest who is full of I love you’s and just wants to talk to me (non stop).

Blessings each one of them, making the hard, overwhelming moments of motherhood all worth it. Yes, I could have never imagined how sweet and precious these moments would be.

The good, the bad, the laundry and all.

Motherhood.

(Thoughts from Mother’s Day morning 2017)

Easy Lace Edge Tutorial

May 17, 2017

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Hi friends! I have a quick little tutorial I want to share with you for adding a lace trim edge to your quilting. It’s so simple, but I had trouble figuring out which way to fold mine to get nice corners so I figured maybe someone else would appreciate pictures too.

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Today I’ve made a simple nine patch mug rug, I have my binding and trim all ready and clips holding it in place for starting. My favorite binding method is from Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain which can be found in her book Quilt As You Go Made Modern. Her method takes all the math work out of closing up your binding strip and has turned the dreaded last step of the process into a breeze. I machine sew all my binding mostly because I am just too lazy to hand bind but I also feel that my binding will hold up better over time having been machine stitched (After all, its gotta hold up under the wear and tear of my three boys!).

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Sew your lace and binding on at the same time, stopping when you get a few inches from the corner. With your quilt still in place under the sewing needle, move the binding to the side so you have room to make a neat corner with the lace. Leaving a little slack in your lace, lay flat along the bottom edge and push out to the corner.

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Finger press your corner and play with it until you have a neat angled corner. Use a clip to hold into place while you sew your binding to the corner as you would normally. Repeat with all four corners and close off your binding.

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Once you have attached the lace and binding, fold the binding to the back side and clip into place. I stitch in the ditch on the front side of my quilts just along the edge of the binding, making sure to catch the back of the binding as I go. If you miss a spot, just go over it again when you are done and it wont be noticeable.

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As you can see, I’ve trimmed the lace so it overlaps a little. You could whip stitch the two ends together to give it extra hold as well. You can also see a closeup of my closed off binding. I know some people prefer a seamless look but for me it was so stressful doing the math and trying to get any uneven bumps out that I’ll take this little overlap pocket look and save myself the stress. For me, quilting is about enjoying the process and pouring love into something that will be a treasured gift.

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Sweet little mug rug ready for a hot cup of tea. Fabrics and lace are La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics. I added simple hand quilting using Brillo from Aurifil which has a golden shimmer to it and goes nicely with the bits of metallic in these fabrics. This is a line you need to see in person to get the full beauty of those sparkles. (Insert heart eyes emoji here).

I hope this little tutorial was helpful, feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

 

Made for Baby Blog Tour

May 13, 2017

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop along the Made for Baby Blog Tour! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible line up of talented makers. I met Ayda not that long ago through Instagram and let me just say, it was love at first sight! Her makes are so fresh and her posts are beautifully designed, I look forward to them each week. They are my go to “happy place” for when I need inspiration, and to top it off she is just the sweetest!

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With a beautiful blog and Instagram feed, I had very high hopes for her first book, especially with Tuva Publishing and their track record of gorgeous sewing books. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts and saw such beautiful pages! So many fresh new ideas and sweet little makes, perfect for quick baby gifts.

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Not only are the sweetest patterns in here, but it’s also the perfect book to pour over with a cup of tea and just look at all the beautiful pictures and tiny design details. Inspiration for any maker. I have looked through this book several times already and have read over the instructions of most the patterns. Do you do that too? Like a cook reading over a cookbook (which I’ve also been known to do). A good book is a good book and can be read over and over again.

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My first project was the adorable Peter Pan Collar. It only took me 30 minutes from start to finish and, I believe would steal the show at any baby shower (which let’s face it, is what we all secretly want to do!). It is reversible and can be gently tied on to dress up any casual baby clothing.

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No newborn ensemble would be complete without a pair of mittens! These Liberty of London ones in soft gray Capel and coral lining are the perfect balance of girly yet classic.

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Crochet ribbon bows and tiny hand stitching accents are enough to make me want another baby! Well, ALMOST enough 😉

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Once again, the mittens took me less than an hour to make and I think it’s safe to say they would be an instant keepsake for any new baby. Wouldn’t a pale blue version be sweet for a baby boy too? As mom of three boys I’m always thinking of boy versions. Can’t let all the pretty thing go to the girls 😉

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Ayda has very detailed instructions for each step of her patterns along with pictures and drawings making this book a perfect choice for newer makers as well as more experienced ones. And let’s be honest, it’s just plain eye candy too!

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Since there are so many sweet makes in this book, I had to try another. Seriously, this is a book I could easily make everything in it! I’ve done it before with another wonderful Tuva book (which you can see the results of here) and I might not be able to stop myself this time either! I may have a problem, a very fun problem!

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The Cute Fabric Boxes made for a wonderful weekend sewing project. I chose to go with the ever classic Liberty and Linen fabric combo bring a bit of sophistication to these little organizer boxes.

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It’s all in the details and this soft pink Aurifil thread on the corners of the tray is the icing on top of an already beautifully sweet cake.

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And since I have no baby girls in my house, I’ve decided these boxes are just right for my sewing space! I didn’t think I needed any more organization for sewing supplies, but this was super handy having next to my sewing machine yesterday. There are many projects in Made for Baby that can also be Made for Mama, or Grandma or Sewing Friend. Ayda’s book is available from Amazon and I believe is worth its weight in gold. A wonderful resource for sweet sewn gifts as well as to go along with your Saturday morning cup of tea or coffee or whatever you fancy drinking while you look at pretty pages.

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Be sure to follow along on all the tour stops listed below and enter for your chance to win a copy of Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts over at Cafenohut.

I am so glad you stopped by today, make yourself at home and feel free to look around.

As always, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to make something yourself.

May.03 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut
May.04 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
May.05 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08 Lisa Cox www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com @aspoonfulsugar
May.09 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
May.10 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
May.11 Melissa LeRay www.ohhowsweet.com @ohhowsweetco
May.12 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
May.15 Faith Essenburg www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
May.16 Kristin Esser www.kristinesser.com/ @kristin_esser
May.17 Lauren Guthrie www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog @guthrieghani
May.18 Bridgette McNay www.thefamilyhearth.com @thefamilyhearth
May.19 Torie Jayne www.toriejayne.com @toriejayne
May.22 Constanca Cabral www.constancacabral.com/blog @constancacabral
May.23 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
May.24 Caroline Husle www.SewCaroline.com @SewCaroline
May.29 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
May.30 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
May.31 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
JUNE 01 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
JUNE 02 Jennie Pickett www.cloverandviolet.com @cloverandviolet
JUNE 05 Amy Sinibaldi www.nanaCompany.typepad.com @amysinibaldi
JUNE 07 Kim Kruzich www.retro-mama.blotspot.com @retro_mama
JUNE 08 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
JUNE 09 Samantha Dorn www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog @aqua_paisley
JUNE 12 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut

 

DIY Fabric Planter

April 26, 2017

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Hi friends! Today I have another tutorial for you ( I seem to be on a roll here with the tutorials!). See those fabric planters there? Well today I’m going to teach you to make one for your very own plant! They are so easy you can even make two or three in an afternoon or over a weekend!

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If you don’t already know, my favorite color is green. I love almost any green but grass green is my happy place. I’ve tried to love other colors more (green hasn’t always been “cool”, ya know?) but I always come back to green and it always, always makes me smile. So you can imagine how sad it is living in Chicago through Winter, when all the grass is covered in icky snow ( I know, I know! Snow is beautiful… for about a week then it’s just cold and gray and yucky- FOREVER! Until wonderful Spring comes along!). So last Fall, in an effort to bring more green inside for the Winter, I bought a bunch of plants! At one point my husband was worried he would come home to a jungle! Well over the next six months, I lost a number of plants (not the biggest green thumb over here). I figured I would make new “clothes” for the plants that did survive! Also, ceramic planters are pretty pricey when you need more than a couple.

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When I saw Botany Fabrics by Hawthorne Threads I knew it was the fabric I wanted to use for my planters. It’s a bit modern with a touch of a vintage feel to it. I chose six of my favorite prints and Hawthorne was kind enough to send them to me. SO without any more ramblings, let’s get started!

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DIY Fabric Planter

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Things you will need:

2 fat quarters of coordinating fabric

Pellon Peltex ultra firm sew-in stabilizer

(Seriously, that is all the ingredients you will need!)

The size of the planter you are working with will determine how you will need to cut your fabrics.

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Lets start by measuring the height and width of your planter (this one is from Lowes last year and you can use my measurements if you happen to have the same one).

Once you have your measurements, cut your Peltex to size, you want the two ends to touch but not overlap. I made mine just a bit taller than the plastic planter making my cutting measurements 6 x 19 1/2.

Next, cut your top boarder print 2 x 20 inches and your main fabric 5 x 20 inches which will give you your seam allowance to work with.

Sew your boarder print and main fabrics with right sides facing together, press seam open. Center on top of your Peltex and use clips to hold your seam allowance over the long sides.

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Here you can get creative with your stitching! I added several lines of Aurifil Thread stitching on the boarder print and one along the bottom making sure to catch the fabric on the back side so it stays folded over the edges nicely. You could also do some fancy free motion quilting or even sewing illustration! Just make sure to have fun with it 😉

Once the “quilting” is done, fold it so the short ends are lined up.

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Sew along the short edge making sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end. Trim any excess fabric from the short edge. Turn right side out.

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Next you will need to make a circle out of Peltex to make the base of your planter. For this I was able to place a container lid in my planter to hold the shape and trace around the circle, you could also use one of those fancy pencil things that makes circle marking easier. Your circle does not have to be perfect, just make sure its not bigger than your planter bottom and you will be fine.

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Cut out your Peltex circle and place on top of a coordinating fabric. Fold fabric edges over and sew around the circle.

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Turn your planter bottom up and place circle on top, use pins to hold into place. This last step is the longest part of the process, so put on some Netflix and enjoy a little bit of whip stitch action. Using coordinating thread, make a small whip stitch around the bottom, making sure to catch the top and bottom of your planter, removing pins as you go. Knot and hide your thread tail at the end and you are DONE!

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Isn’t that boarder print great? Make as many as you can and brighten up your home or someone else’s! Perfect gift for Mothers Day too!

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Note: The pots that are shown here have built in water trays in the bottom, however my green and pink planter one did not and let’s just say things got a little messy even a day after watering my plant. So if you don’t have a tray in your planter pot, I would recommend placing a plastic liner around your pot before placing it in your fabric planter, something like a freezer bag would probably do the trick.

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I just love these prints from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t already seen their in-house designs, make sure to check them out HERE! (Oh my goodness, they have two new lines I hadn’t seen before!!) I swear they just keep getting better and better! This is a fun way to incorporate your favorite fabrics and colors into your home, because who doesn’t want to look at pretty fabric all day!? I know I sure do!

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Would you just look at all that pretty green? I just love it! Also, I love me a good Snake plant and they’ve survived this long so I guess they like me back.

If you make your own Fabric Planter using my tutorial, I would love to see it over on Instagram under the #faithsfabricplanter hashtag.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you leave here encouraged and inspired to try some sewing of your own.

Special thanks to Hawthorne Threads for their beautiful fabrics!

Happy sewing, friends!

Tea Wrap Tutorial and Giveaway

April 18, 2017

The other week Clover reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their products and I was like “New toys? Um, Yes please!”. I am a Clover lover! My absolute favorite most reliable marker is their Water Erasable Marker, I go through them like candy when I’m making my Heartstrings. I also love their seam ripper and Hera marker for marking quilting lines. And honestly, I can not sew without their Wonder Clips! Love them!

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I was eager to play with my new toys so I figured a sweet little make and a new tutorial was called for, with the cutest fabrics too, of course! So I made a little Tea Wrap!

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Tea Wrap Tutorial

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What you will need:

3- 2 1/2 inch square fussy cut prints

4- 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

2 – 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

1- 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 floral fabric for pocket

1- 9 1/2 trim for pocket

1- 4 x 9 1/2 dot print for pocket backing

1- 5 1/2 inch trim or ribbon for closure strap

Batting: 4 x 9 1/2 inches

Cut all fabrics to size.

To make the front cover, start by sewing one 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 dot print to your fussy cut square, add another dot rectangle to the other side of your fussy cut print. Repeat until you have all three squares in a row framed by the dot fabrics. Add the long dot strips to top and bottom. Press seams to one side.

Note: by using the Roll and Press tool from Clover, I no longer have to run downstairs to iron a few seams at a time. I can press seams from the comfort of my chair and I was pleasantly surprised at how flat my seams got with just this small roller tool. I actually didn’t use my iron at all on this project and that is awesome in my book!

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Place your front section onto your bating and add any hand sewn details at this point. I used a simple outline stitch for each fussy cut square.

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Set your front panel aside and sew trim to the top side of your floral print pocket. I used a crochet bias binding strip. The Mini Wonder Clips came in perfect for this tiny edge.

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Set aside. Next you will clip your 5 1/2 strip of binding or ribbon for the closure strap. Center between two of the fussy cut squares (depending on what side you want your wrap to open on).

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Next you will make your ever famous “sandwich”. Place the front cover facing up, then your floral print pocket facing down and lastly your dot print pocket lining face down.

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Using Wonder Clips, clip around your whole sandwich to hold in place for sewing. Sew around, leaving a 2 inch opening at bottom center for turning.

Turn right side out and use a Point 2 Point Turner for corners and edges.

Note: this tool has a point turner on one end and a Hera marker on the other. I used the Hera marker to push out my edges and make them nice and flat.

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Next, clip the edges and top stitch around for a nice flat finish.

Note: I was pleasantly surprised at how much grip these Mini Wonder Clips have and I can see myself reaching for them on most of my projects!

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Lastly sew down the center between each fussy cut square, starting at the bottom and working to the top so the pocket doesn’t get snagged. Back stitch at each end.

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You now have yourself a cute little Tea Wrap!

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Perfect for taking on the go and makes a sweet and quick gift for your tea loving friends!

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These adorable fabrics are called Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka and are hard to find but so worth it when you do 😉 The dots are from Riley Blake in mint and they pretty much go with everything (I need to order more!).

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The sweet back, because I love milk with my tea!

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Decisions, decisions! I am always up for trying new teas and gifting them to friends too! That trim just happened to match my fabrics perfectly and the fabrics matched my sweet Liberty dishes too! Oh goodness, and my nails matched too! Haha, I honestly didn’t plan it that way!

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The outside of my little wrap is just too cute if I can say so myself! Now, to keep it for myself or gift it to a friend? Hmm.

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Well at any rate, it can keep me company and look cute while I do some hand sewing. Tea and hand sewing just go together, don’t they?

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and seeing a few fun Clover tools too. Make sure to stop back at my Instagram later today to enter for your chance to win a set of your own Mini Wonder Clips from Clover! I would love to see if you make your own Tea Wrap so make sure to tag me on Instagram and use the #faithsteawrap hashtag!

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Have a wonderful week!