Friday, January 15, 2010

Just Sew

Wow! I'm so glad that you like my little treats! Give me a few days to gather supplies and I will post a chocolate cookie tutorial just for you!
The past few days have found me in my sewing room, cleaning. It is not my favorite thing to do but, after having my son home for two weeks sleeping in said sewing room, it needed to be done. (I will say that the mess was totally worth it. I loved having Nathan home!)
One of the challenges of keeping that room clean is to find a use for the scraps that are sent home with me from the shop. I have a huge basket full of them. I tell myself that it is a basket of ideas and creativity. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not. Most days the basket just taunts me.
I wasn't feeling very well yesterday, just a sinus headache, but it made me not want to kick up the dust and dirt that had accumulated in there. So, instead, I dug into that basket of scraps and found a bagful from the AccuCut room. The quilt that has been made from this fabric, Lily Pond by Wendy Slotboom for In the beginning fabrics, is absolutely adorable and I thought a small waste-not quilt made from the scraps would be sweet.
I divided out all of the pink-based scraps and trimmed the selvage edges. After that it was all simple-simple- I just grabbed a scrap and then another and began sewing.

If I were the designer-type I would say this came together organically. Bahahahaha! Instead I'll say- "It is what it is."

After laying this large piece out on the cutting board I played with angles and just cut when I found one I thought looked cute. No rocket science here.
I plowed through my stash and found a Heather Bailey fat quarter that worked for borders, sewed more strips together, cut them to 3" to make a stripey border and, voila- A waste-not quilt!

Staying awake until 12:30 AM so I could quilt and bind this bit of cuteness was absolutely necessary. I tried my hand at pebble quilting but, I'm afraid, mine look more like boulders in some places. Still, it was fun and, surprisingly, relaxing. And my headache disappeared!
So, the next time your basket of scraps decide to taunt and tease you, grab a handful and make yourself a waste-not quilt. That'll teach 'em!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chocolate Cookies and Hot Cocoa.

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Well, sort of. The cookies are wool with felt icing and the mug, cocoa and whipped cream are fabric as well. I've been dying to try my hand at making food and, I have to tell you, it's a whole lot of fun! These are on their way to the shop for a display, along with an extremely tall white chocolate layer cake- in fabric.

Maybe if I make more fabric treats, I'll lose some weight!

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Berries Tutorial

How sweet of you to ask for a tutorial on making my little strawberries! And, since I like you so much, here it is:

Gather together large scraps of pink or red fabrics. They do not have to be spotted. If it looks like a strawberry when you're done, it's a strawberry.

Find a bowl (this bowl happens to be 5 1/4 inches in diameter) and trace around it.
Cut the circle out on the drawn line.
Cut the circle in half.

Fold your half-circle in half and stitch 1/4 inch down the side.

Turn your strawberry and stitch across the pointy end, making sure you have two stitches across the bottom. This is what makes the strawberry have a little upturned point. Which makes it very cute.

Cut the corner with pinking shears to prevent fraying while stuffing.
Take a gathering stitch across the top of the strawberry using floss or #8 Perle cotton.
I used red so that you can see the placement.
You might want to match your fabric. But, you don't have to.

Stuff your strawberry with filling of your choice. I used polyester cluster stuffing.
I like how it gets down into the point.

Draw the top together and tie off in a knot. You can now poke down into the strawberry and arrange the stuffing as desired. I grabbed my screwdriver from my sewing machine for this job. I'm sure there is a more technical tool but, really, just use what's handy.
Cut a circle out of green fabric using pinking shears. The ones marked "fabric only".

Fold the circle into fourths and....

cut it like this. Or not. You can make your leaves any way you wish.
(Ack! I need a manicure!)

If you're following me, your leaves look like this. Cut a small slit in the center of the leaf piece.

Go outside and find a tiny stick. Place a good dot of fabric glue in the center of the strawberry and push the stick into it. Slide the leaf piece over the stick, place a dot of glue at the end of each leaf and gently press onto the strawberry. Don't press the leaves flat. You want a little bump so they look more natural. Press the stick down further into the berry, if necessary.
Make a bunch and toss them into a bowl; or use them as pincushions; or give them to your friends as tokens of affection; or dangle them from packages; or use them to decorate an apron; or add some lavender and use them as potpourri; or well, you get the picture. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Berries

I've been making little strawberries over the past few days for a display at the shop. Using half-circles of pink and red fabric, a snippet of green for the leaves and a twig for the stems, they are, as I say, easy-peasy. I love how they have turned out. Much cuter than I expected.

1 completed, 39 more to go.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Strip Baby- 2010.

Today was the first meeting of the Scarlett Strippers for 2010. We might have been small in numbers but we certainly energized the room!
The Christmas and New Year holiday filled the weeks from our last strip club but, there were a few intrepid women who managed to make a quilt in between buying and wrapping gifts and cheering on the new year.

Deanna used the strips from last month's kit and made a beautiful quilt to give as a gift. The batting is high loft polyester which makes this quilt full of lovely, puffy goodness. It's definitely one to bury yourself under on a bitter cold day. Like today here in Georgia. Brrrrrr.

This is Karen, our newest stripper, sharing the quilt given to her by her mother for Christmas. The blanket stitching around each of the appliques is hand done and the entire quilt is just stunning. Each hand cut piece was done by her father, his last gift to her before his death this past year. It is such a treasure and we were so grateful to Karen for sharing it with us and giving us its history.

Jennifer actually made the strip club quilt for December! Well, she almost finished it. Had it not been for a naughty kitty playing with her fabric, she would have been done for sure. Bad kitty.
I love the red in this quilt- it P.O.P.S. in a very good way. Hmmm, I haven't yet purchased my fabric to complete this quilt.........;)
I forgot to take a photo of the strip club quilt for January. I was packing up the Christmas decorations at the store and left without taking a shot of one very cute quilt. Picture bold blacks and melon-y pinks snuggled up together. Mmmmmm, delicious. I'll post a photo next week after it's been hung in its place of honor.
Until then happy sewing!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

What will you do to make 2010 all you want it to be?

As for me, I want to make this card into a quilt!
How cute are those little pages in their perky capes and tights?