Sunday, July 25, 2021

It's A Guy Thing Blog Hop

Carol (from Just Let Me Quilt) is the hostess of this It's a Guy Thing Blog Hop. So get ready to start hopping along for some fun ideas from all these bloggers.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Happy Birthday Balloons Postcards

An online friend celebrated her 60th birthday in June and asked for us online friends to help her celebrate by sending her a birthday card. So I wanted to make her a handmade card and decided to make a fabric postcard using the Crafter's Edge Balloons die cuts. While I was at it I made a second postcard just to have on hand. 

I used batik fabric scraps for the balloons and I had a rubber stamp that says, Birthday Wishes, so stamped that at the bottom. The balloon strings were drawn on with a pigma pen. The background fabric was a confetti-looking fabric that went well with the balloons. Then I satin stitched the edges. I popped the postcard into an envelope because it had a long journey to Germany, and I wanted it to arrive clean. It did arrive safely and just before her birthday. I know she received over 100 cards too! 

It was so fast and easy to cut the balloons with the die cuts.

The back of both cards were stamped with a postcard stamp.

Balloons die cut set from Crafter's Edge.

All during the month of July, the Crossover II die cut machine is on sale for 25% off. No code is needed as it's marked at the sale price. 

Get your Crossover II die cut machine now while it's on sale. You will love how easy it is to use and how quickly you can cut out your project(s).
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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Red, White & Blue Fabric Bucket

I want to wish all my fellow Americans a Happy Independence Day today. 

***Sale*** Scroll down to the bottom of this posting for info on the Crossover II Die Cut Machine that is on sale for 25% off!!! You will LOVE it!!!

This just happens to be the perfect project to share with you today on this American holiday. This is my project for the month of July that I made using Crafter's Edge die cuts. For this patriotic red, white & blue fabric bucket I used the 2.5" half square triangle cuts from Crafter's Edge. I used blue and white scraps to cut out the various triangles and then added strips of red to the top and bottom of the triangles and a large circle for the bottom of the bucket. I added interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior and then fusible fleece. I quilted the bottom and the red in wavy lines and I quilted 1/4" away from the blue triangles.

It is a nice large size bucket, measuring 9.75" tall x 28.25" around the bucket and 8.75" across the top of the circle opening and the bottom of the bucket circle too.

Cutting the triangles was fast and easy with the Crossover 2 die cut machine from Crafter's Edge. I used scraps from my blue and white scrap bags. I didn't use a pattern for this, I just created it as I went along.

fabric bucket in red, white, blue patchwork chevron design
The red top and bottom I quilted in wavy lines, and on the blue triangles, I quilted it 1/4" away from the seams.

fabric bucket in red, white, blue patchwork chevron design
White and red polka dot lining.

Bottom of fabric bucket showing quilting on red fabric
Quilted wavy lines on the bottom circle of the bucket too.

Inside lining of fabric bucket is white with red polka dots

Closeup view of the patchwork triangles on fabric bucket
One section of the bucket.

another closeup view of patchwork triangles on fabric bucket
I turned it a bit to show another section.

A patriotic bucket like this can be displayed for so many American holidays: 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, President's Day in February, Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, Independence Day in July, Constitution Day in September, Labor Day in September, Veteran's Day in November, Election Day in November, Bill of Rights Day in December, and other days that American's might want to celebrate or remember too.
I used the 2.5" Half Square Triangles from Crafter's Edge to create this fabric bucket. What a huge time saver to cut 1/2 Square triangles with this die cut! No more squaring up triangles after you sew them. Just cut a bunch of triangles, place them right sides together and sew, that's it. They come out perfect every time.

Next month I will be sharing another project I made using Crafter's Edge die cuts. So come back in August to see what project that I will share with you then. I really love using so many great die cuts to create these projects that I get to share with you. Thanks Crafter's Edge!

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The handle even folds up when not in use. See that turquoise dot on the side is really a magnet for the handle to cling to. The white part of the handle folds up and sticks on the turquoise dot.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Round Tote Bag with Drawstring Top, Handles and Pockets.

I wanted to make a large bag with a drawstring top closure. I needed handles to carry the bag and pockets both inside and out. I had a bag pattern for the basic shape (Absolute Bag), but I added all the things I just mentioned and more. 

I also had a couple of printed fabric pieces that I wanted to use for the pockets on the exterior of the bag and so I based the pocket size on the panel size of these prints. The Spider Woman spinning her web sort of looked like a woman knitting and I wanted to make this a knitting bag. It also has a Halloween feeling to it too. I chose the exterior fabric colors based on the colors in the pocket panels, and a light interior fabric print, since the exterior is dark.

I wasn't entirely sure about the measurements for the drawstring top, so I guesstimated on the cutting size and it worked out just right, whew, becuase I didn't have much more fabric left.

I could have made the handles longer, but they are fine for carrying in my hand, just not over the shoulder; however I can make an adjustable strap that I can clip onto the rings with swivel hooks if I want to carry it on my shoulder or across my body. I will wait and see if I want to add that strap or not.

I interfaced everything and added foam for the structure of the bag so it stand up nicely too.

Bag sitting on rocks
The main fabric is batik, the handles are a grunge fabric, the pockets are printed panels.

Another view of the bag

View close up of the front of the bag and closer look at the pocket
I added strap connectors with rings and rivets for extra strength as well as bling.
 I love that full moon with the Spider Woman spinning her web. The moon just glows.
Side view of the bag as it is hanging on a fence post
Side view look at the bag.

View of the quilted bottom of the bag with added purse feet
I quilted the bottom of the bag and added purse feet.

View looking down on the top of the bag with the drawstring top closed. There are large orange beads used at the end of the drawstrings
Looking down on the drawstring closure. I added long orange colored wooden beads at the drawstring ends.

Closer view of the bag and the drawstring closure while closed
Drawstring closure closeup.

Interior view of the bag's slip pocket
Interior slip pocket the you look beautiful label.

Interior view of the bag's zipper pocket
Interior zipper pocket and my label.

View of inside bag looking down into bag from up above. The interior lining fabric is a cream color with alphabet fonts all over it in black.
This interior fabric is a Tim Holtz print. The zipper pocket and the slip pocket are opposite each other inside the bag and do not back up to the exterior pockets, so that way the contents of the pockets are not back to back, but spread out. 

View of the exterior of the bag showing the 3 rivets on each side of the strap connectors and 1 rivet on the strap with a rectangle metal ring

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sew Powerful Purses #64 & 65

Here are my latest purses I made for Sew Powerful. There is a story behind the flaps I made for these purses.

Many, many years ago (in a land far, far away...oops, I got getting carried away, sorry), now back to the story. I wanted to make a quilt using Fortune Cookie quotes on them. I was saving those little papers from the fortune cookies that had the fortunes or quotes written on them and my family would also save them for me when they ate at a Chinese Restaurant too. I chose a couple of similar quilt blocks to make and wrote the fortune in the center of the quilt blocks. I used Asian fabrics that I had and white fabric to write the words on. I made at least 15 or more blocks. I wasn't sure what size quilt I was going to make, so I just continued making blocks, each with a different fortune written on them as I didn't want to repeat any of the fortunes.

Well those quilt blocks along with other quilt blocks ended up in the UFO box and I forgot all about them. I really got in to making the purses for the Sew Powerful Purse Project and thought I should use up some miscellaneous quilt blocks that I had in my UFO box, so I went to take a peek and see what I had that was the right size to use (9" or under in size). I found so make blocks of stuff I had started and never finished that I decided I will take all the quilt blocks I found and turn them into the flaps for the purses. That's when I found those Fortune cookie quilt blocks. So I started making those into the purse flaps. I have about 10 I need to cut the fabric out for the rest of the purse pieces and sew them. But I also have been making more purses in the miscellaneous UFO blocks I found too. 

It is a long process because I had over 130 quilt blocks of all kinds that I first made into the flaps and I have been slowly cutting out fabric kits for each purse and then I will be sewing them up here and there. I shared one of the purses with the fortune cookie flap along with a few others I made recently and these are just a couple more I finished.  These purses are ongoing, so there is no deadline for making or sending them, and no specific number that needs to made from each purse maker, so I will always have several in various stages of completion. The finished purses I share here in blog posts as I finish them, and the tab at the top of this blog that says Sew Powerful Purse Project, I share all of the purses I have made to date there (since Dec. 2020, when I first started making the purses).

It feels good knowing these purses will go to such a worthwhile cause and especially to help young women and the older ones too. Plus, I am able to put all those fabric scraps to good use and fabric I want to use up too.

So that is my story behind these former Fortune Cookie quilt blocks and now Fortune Cookie Purse Flaps. Stay tuned to see more purses made with these quilt blocks as I work my way through making them.

2 purses with Fortune Cookie quotes on them.

Close up of purse flap

Close up of purse flap

Flaps up to see the lining and front pocket of purses
And the "You look beautiful" label on the flap lining.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dresden Sunflower Table Runner ( & the Fairy Tales Blog Hop)

I signed up for the Fairy Tales Blog Hop awhile ago, which is hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting. Well I had an idea or two, but those just didn't pan out, so I switched gears and this is what I came up with. 

I know you are wondering how does this fit the fairy tale blog theme? Well Joan said it can be YOUR fairy tale, so my fairy tale would include using up all my scraps, down to the itty bittiest scrap, so I created this table runner with all scraps (or nearly all scraps). I certainly didn't use up all of my scraps making this runner, but that is my Fairy Tale to be able to use up all of my scraps some day. Well, you know those dang scraps multiply like rabbits, so it is wishful thinking, but I will still be trying to use up those dang scraps.

As a Crafter's Edge Design Team member, I also used several die cuts to create this runner, which are listed farther down below.

First, just like in Rumpelstiltskin, a maiden spun her hair into gold while I sewed my scraps of white and tans into a background for my table runner.

Scrappy pieced background fabric for table runner in white and off white fabrics
Scraps of all sizes were sewn together free-form or crumb style to create the background to my table runner first.

closeup of Scrappy pieced background fabric for table runner in white and off white fabrics
Closer look at one section.

Scrappy pieced background fabric for table runner in white and off white fabrics
Another section up close.

Table Runner Dresden Plate sunflowers in pots on Scrappy background with scattered applique hearts
Here is the finished runner. I don't even have a table to photograph it on because my table is round. :0P

I made 2 Dresden Plates from the Dresden die cut as sunflowers, added a stem from the 1" strip die. I used the Tumbler die for the pot and a 1.5" strip as the rim of the pot. I used the leaf from the Large Flower die set and some Whimsical Hearts from that die set and a small heart from the Nested Hearts too. So that is 6 different die sets that I used all or part of the die cuts from to create this table runner. And all of the batik fabrics that I used came out of my scrap bag! The backing fabric I cut from yardage, but everything else was from my fairy tale scraps, lol!

Table runner closeup of orange Dresden Plate sunflower in pot

Table runner Closeup of yellow Dresden Plate sunflower in pot

Closeup of flower pot for Dresden Sunflower

Closeup of stem and leaves of Dresden Sunflower

Closeup of whimsical applique heart on table runner

closeup of yellow and orange Dresden Plate Sunflowers

The following 6 Crafter's Edge Die Cuts were used in the making of this Dresden Sunflower Table Runner:
1" & 1.5-inch Strip Cutters: 1" strips were used for the stems and folded into the center. 1.5" strips were used for the rim of the pots.

The leaf from this Large Flower die was used for the leaves of the sunflowers.

The Sunflowers were made using the largest of the Rounded Dresden
 plate die set.
I used the Tumbler die cut for the pots.

I used some Whimsical Hearts.

I used the smallest heart from the Nested Hearts.

So there you have it, but wait there's more to see on these other blogs. 5 days of Fairy Tale blog hopping, so hop to it and see what Fairy Tales these other bloggers have to share with you. 

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