Friday, March 29, 2013

glamping

Remember how I said I wanted to try my hand at hand embroidery? Well, I did and I was inspired by the new Moda fabric line called Glamping by Mary Jane.

I got the embroidery image from Urban Threads. While I probably could have drawn the image myself or found a free clipart, I really like the bunting look and wanted to give credit to the original artist. Besides, it was only $1. And, if you haven't checked out this website for embroidery art (both machine and hand) you must! Their stuff is so cute and whimsical and some of it just makes me laugh!

I haven't decided if I want to incorporate it into my Glamping quilt or make a pillow with it. I'm leaning towards pillow. I have a charm pack on the way just in case :)


I'm pretty sure I am going to do my Glamping quilt in half hexagons. I received the new Lori Holt templates (you can get them at the Fat Quarter Shop) for it a few weeks ago so stay tuned!

Melissa



Thursday, March 28, 2013

it's in the genes...

I don't have a quilt finish to post, but little relish does!

I've been cutting all my scrap fabric into usable quilting squares from 10x10 all the way down to 2.5 x 2.5. Anything smaller becomes little relish's stash or trash. Boy was she excited to get those new squares! She hates having glue on her hands so she probably washed her hands 5 times during the process. Lol. It's now hanging right by my sewing machine. While, this isn't her first paper quilt, it is the first I did not help with whatsoever.

This task might take me the whole weekend, but it's totally worth knowing those boxes of wrinkled fabric scraps are now a future scrappy quilt!





Tuesday, March 26, 2013

virtual quilting bee

Welcome to my virtual quilting bee headquarters...this is where I will post all my blocks for the bee.

To find out more about this bee, check out blog Diary of a Quilter by Amy Smart here or click the button below. There will be a new block designed by someone different every two weeks and at the end of the 8 months, we will have a total of 16 blocks. Under each picture will be the link to the tutorial for that block. I am doing my blocks in Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury for Moda. I love the bright colors!

Block #3

Block #3 by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns

Block #2

Block Tutorial #2 by Amy Newbold of Sukie Don't Ya Know

Block #1

Block Tutorial #1 by Sherri at A Quilting Life

Virtual Quilting Bee

There is also a flickr group to share your block pictures as you go....check it out here.

ragdoll trio

While at the Dallas Quilt Show a couple weeks ago, I stumbled into an adorable quilt shop booth hosted by Sew It Up located in Hurst, TX. It had all my favorite fabrics and some beautiful quilts and such on display and knew it was my kind of quilt shop. I actually went back to the booth twice. Haha. While in there, they had this adorable lalaloopsy inspired doll on display with kits and patterns to purchase. I took, or so I thought, a picture of the doll on display and purchased one of the kits and the pattern, but apparently my iphone didn't take the picture. BOO!



I decided to make each of the girls one of the dolls for Easter (or early Easter because I couldn't wait) and then one for my sweet niece Madison, who will also be over for Easter. It took me longer than expected because the house got taken down with a nasty virus, BUT they are finally finished. I took a few shortcuts here and there since I was making three. For instance, the skirt isn't as fancy as the pattern shows or I didn't add as much trim in places. I don't think the girls will know any different. Also, one of the dolls is a little lalaloopsy as in a tad bit lopsided but that adds to the charm, right?! I also made sure the button eyes matched the girls eyes. Baby relish is the only one with brown eyes. These were tons of fun to make!



Here is little relish, I mean Merida, loving on her new doll...


I decided to give it to her early since she has had it rough the last 3 days. She was hit the hardest with the stomach bug. Poor girl :( Also, if you notice the little blanket under the dolls in the picture... Little relish made that blanket! Seriously!!! I have a computerized sewing machine and she sat on my lap and did all the work! Lowered and lifted the presser foot, pressed the "go/stop" button, the backstitch button and then the scissor button (to cut the thread). She got a bit dizzy when the machine was making the star boarder and excused herself, hahaha, but I think I might have a new sewing buddy! Love her!

I really enjoyed the hand embroidery part of this project and might even try my hand (pun intended) at a few hand embroidery projects while on the cruise next month...so I don't have too much sewing withdrawal. I am known to do a lot of online fabric shopping while we travel....oops.

You can purchase the pattern online from the shop here...Roxy and Lola Ragdoll Pattern.

I also snatched up a Dresden plate template at this booth and cant wait to make one! Maybe a large pillow first.

Melissa

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bloglovin y'all

Hey everyone! As some of you know, google reader is going bye bye this summer and I wanted to let you know about bloglovin. It seems to be the best alternative to google reader for now. You can start following my blog there by clicking the link below. It also will import all the blogs you follow through google reader the first time you sign in.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Thanks and hope to see you on the other side...lol!

Melissa



Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter and spring

Hey y'all! Just wanted to share some quick Easter decoration and spring gift ideas. I did all of this on my Silhouette. The shapes i used are from the Lori Whitlock collection in Silhouette's online shop. Also, all Easter shapes are 25% off so get them while they're cheap. Sweet!


These were all simple to put together and took 12- 12x12 in cardstock papers. I did each 12 x 12 page full of cuts with the egg cutout, three bunnies, and then the flowers. The bunny garland was laced up with embroidery floss using a needle ( because I forgot to make tiny holes in the ears before I cut). I was able to make two sets of garland and plan on giving one as a gift to little relish's teacher. The one pictured above is hanging out in the kitchen breezeway.... Mr. Relish will love having to duck every time he walks through...NOT! (Sorry Mr. Relish).

I also rolled the flower petals using a craylola marker (super professional crafting too) to make them 3D and attached using brads. These will also be gifts. :)

I plan to use the egg baskets as goody bags for little relish's classmates. I plan on putting some paper grass and some candy inside.

Hope these quick projects give you some Easter and/or spring inspiration. Hopefully we get our bluebonnets here soon. Im ready to get my girls out there for some pictures! Happy Easter and Spring (if it will ever get here)!

Melissa

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A pre-school trip to Poland...

Little relish's pre-school had cultural day today and they asked that parents and their child represent their culture and share with the school. Mr. Relish's grandmother came from Poland so we volunteered to represent...

Here is the dress I made my little polish girl. Pattern for the dress was derived from Tie Dye Diva's Handkerchief Dress Pattern. I just added the embroidery and made the skirt one layer without the handkerchief look.



Here is the display and the cute little ones "flying" in. They even had adorable passports that looked real!



I got handy with my silhouette and made some poppy flowers and chalkboard label plates for the display. Then, Mr. Relish aka Ambassador of Poland gave all the wee ones poppy seed bread. Yum! - Recipe below-

I found these cute vintage dolls on Etsy for cheap. We were going to ask Mr. Relish's family for some Polish things but decided it would be easier to get them online so we wouldn't have to trouble anyone and also not to worry if they got messed up since so many little hands will be playing with them. I also found this beautiful Polish ceramic dish on Amazon!




Here is the recipe I got from Mr. Relish's grandmother:

Poppy Seed Bread Recipe:

3 1/3 Flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/8 C. oil
2 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 T. poppy seed
1 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring or abstract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. butter flavoring

Mix all ingredients with a mixer. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans . Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

The kiddos also got to make a trip over to England, Egypt, Philippines, Mexico, and Korea! World travelers, I tell ya!

Thanks for visiting Poland with us!

Melissa


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I love linens...

Just got these fabric goodies from Fresh Modern Fabrics! Great place to find linens!

Pictured here in the back row, Robert Kaufman linen blend (grey, flax, and bella) and Vintage Art Store Japanese import. Then posey and Kaufman grey crosshatch on top.

Monday, March 18, 2013

quick quilted pillow

I decided to make two blocks for my Virtual Quilting Bee and I used the second block to make a cute little pillow of little relish's reading chair. We spend a lot of time in this chair and thought it needed a new pillow. The fabrics in the square are Gypsy by Lily Ashbury for Moda and the boarder is a fun fabric I found at Hobby Lobby that has a metallic overlay. I used a metallic thread to quilt the top. It is an envelope style pillow so I can take it off and wash when needed.

Finished block size is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and boarder is 4 1/2 inches wide. Ikea sells small pillows for $3.99 each that are great for covering with homemade envelope style pillows. I should have made my cover a tad bit bigger...this one is stuffed tight!


...shinny huh?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa

PS - Here is a great tutorial on how to do an envelope back pillow over at Reanna Lily Designs. I was too lazy to put binding on mine. Don't judge.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

virtual quilting bee - block #1

I snuck in some time today to make my first block for the Virtual Quilting Bee over at Diary of a Quilter by Amy Smart. Here is my first block.


I went with Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury for Moda. I have a layer cake and that should be plenty to make all 16 blocks.

To find out more, click the button below!
Virtual Quilting Bee
Virtual Quilting Bee


Happy Sunday!
Melissa




Friday, March 15, 2013

virtual quilting bee

Hi Y'all! I don't know what it is, but spring time is always so busy for my family. We have all my in-laws in town for a huge family picture and had to give baby relish my sewing room to sleep in. Whomp. Whomp. Needless to say, I have nothing creative to show for my week except for all my lofty ideas once little relish #1 goes back to pre-school next week and baby relish gives me my sewing room back. I am having major withdrawls from not sewing...and this is no lie, ask Mr. Relish!

I did get some fabric yesterday from Fat Quarter Shop! It was 50% off and there is absolutely no other good reason to get it other than that and oh yeah, it's pretty....

I also joined the Flickr group to participate in the Virtual Quilting Bee over at Diary of a Quilter by Amy Smart. I figure if I join the group and blog about it, then it's official. Right? Sherri over at A Quilting Life designed the first block. The tutorial can be found here. I am still deciding what fabrics I want to use for the bee. I know I want to do the traditional blocks but need to decide what collection I want to work from or maybe even make my own assortment...hmmmm! This will also be my first bee ever! Im excited! My goal is to make it on Sunday after all the in-laws leave.

And speaking of Sherri, I just received her new book, A Quilting Life, and love love love it! Can't wait to make something from it soon! You can get a copy from her Etsy site and even have her sign it for ya!

Oh yeah, I did get the matching bunting for baby relish's room finished and up last week. I made her a quilt for her first birthday a couple of weeks ago. You can find my post about it here. We painted the room to a cream color. We were going for a more gender neutral look since we hope to put the house on the market within the next year. There used to be a big beautiful white tree with pink leaves painted on the wall behind her crib so the bunting is a nice compromise. I miss the tree but enjoying the new bright walls.




I hope to have some more creative post next week...Stay-tuned!

Melissa


Virtual Quilting Bee




Monday, March 4, 2013

oh, the places she'll go...quilt tutorial (sort of)

Here it is...baby relish's birthday quilt and a "sort of" tutorial...



When I first started quilting not too long ago, my first quilt was for my oldest who is now 2 1/2. Her favorite book was and still is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? I made her a quilt using those fabrics from Robert Kaufman.

(sorry for the terrible picture)

So when I was deciding what book I wanted to do baby relish's quilt in, I was sold once I laid eyes on the Oh, the Places You'll Go in the rainbow palette. Isn't it so adorable?! I ordered my fat quarter bundle for $31.99 at Fat Quarter Shop and it was more than plenty to get the quilt finished. I did use fabrics from Hobby Lobby for the binding and outside boarder. I even have extra scraps to make a wall bunting and other decorations for her room or birthday party (which will be story time/library theme).

Fabric Requirements:
1. This fat quarter set from Fat Quarter Shop or 9 Fat Quarters and one book page panel (each page is 7x11 inches)
2. 1/2 yard for outside boarder
3. 1/2 yard for binding
4. 1/2 yard for bunting binding
5. Backing fabric - This depends what on how wide you buy. See quilt measurement below to determine.

Finished quilt measure 53 x 41 inches before washed and dried

This fat quarter bundle comes with 9 fat quarters and then the book page panel with 10 book pages. I only used 9 of them. I cut each page out which measures 7 x 11 inches exactly. I then cut two, 2 1/2 inch strips from each fat quarter (fq). So, 9 book pages and two strips for each page as boarder. Still following me? Hopefully the fat quarter was cut accurately or generously and you are able to scrape by with just the two strips from each fq. If not, you might have to cut an additional strip. No worries if you do, because there is still plenty left for the bunting on back.

I sewed the strips (doing long sides first) on each page then arranged them on the floor to decide placement. Then sewed them all together.

I then added a 4 1/2 inch boarder. The front is now finished. Wasn't that simple? You can easily stop here and use the rest of the fabric for a scrappy backing. I really wanted to do a bunting quilt and decided to do it on the back of this one.





Now, for cutting the fabric for the back. My flags measure 7 inches at the top. I first cut one, 7 inch strip from each of the remaining fq pieces. I trimmed off the selvage and then measured 3 1/2 inches from the bottom end and marked. Next, you will make your second cut from the bottom to the top at the 7 in mark. Place your marks where the X's are in the picture below.



I was able to make 5 bunting flags from each strip.

I measured out the backing fabric about 3 inches larger on each side than what I needed based on the size of the front of the quilt. To arrange the flags, I used my disappearing ink marker and made the guide lines for the bunting "string" and used basting spray to adhere them to the fabric. I also attached them with a basting pin just in case. I attached each flag using a zig-zag stich but only on the sides and not the top. I then applied 1/2 inch bias tape on the top to cover the raw edges. You can make this or buy it at the store. I did a double fold but wished I just did a single fold for bulk purposes. So, if you make or buy, I recommend single fold. I used approximately 4 yards and I made extra bias tape to make bunting for her room and the party. I will post pictures later :).


I was back and forth with how I was going to quilt this and was worried about the extra layers on the back causing snags, but I am really glad I went with stippling...if that is what you want to call my version...Haha!






I hope my "sort of" tutorial was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything is confusing. Hopefully my pictures help :)

Please leave a comment if you like...they truly make my day!

Melissa

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