Friday, September 26, 2014

Finish It Up Friday : A Little Mug Rug

I have a dear friend, Jola,  who lives across the ocean in Europe. I enjoy reading her blog and seeing her cute creations and her beautiful crochet. Every now and then I have a happy surprise in the mail box with a post card of a place she has travelled to in her country. I love snail mail! Especially of a place I have never been but would like to visit.

One day Jola shared pictures of some cute signs she had bought for her sewing space. I loved both of the signs but thought one of them would be perfect to translate with fabric into a mug rug. If you read Jola's blog you will find she likes a cup of coffee and a small treat. The post card theme was perfect too!

I drew up the templates for the coffee pot, creamer, and mug then used raw edge appliqué to put them on the fabric. I used my Sizzix letter dies to cut out "coffee". I did not have any dies in the size I wanted for "good idea" so I used rubber stamps to stamp them onto the fabric then cut them out and sewed them down. Jola sent me the wooden bird on the tag so I guess that is the gift that keeps on giving :).

Every post card needs to be stamped so I used some of my favorites that Nicole had sent me. ( her stamp tutorial can be found here). Jola, her daughter, and I all love strawberries so it had to have a strawberry along with some birthday flowers and some happy California sunshine. I used rubber stamps and fabric ink for the postmarks. The international air mail stripe for the binding was something I bought awhile back and had been waiting for the right project to come up to use.

Of course I had to label the mug rug and thought a stamped deer would be perfect for my dear friend. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. Hope you have a great weekend!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finish it Up Friday: The Fox Swap

Another week, another swap is ready to go. This week I finished making for  the fox swap. I think foxes are cute so I was a bit excited for this swap!
I started with the main project. For this swap we  needed to make  a fox related item. After seeing my partner's mosaic she made and reading about her likes I decided to make a wall hanging. I found an image on Etsy I liked so i sketched that out as best I could. I then made a photo copy of the iage to cut out the pieces of my pattern.

Before cutting my pieces out I sketched over my white felt with a color crayon in the areas that needed brown and pink on them. I used older Under to fuse the felt to the fabric. . Next, I started adding in some details with embroidery thread. I tried to give the tail and legs some definition as well as the chest and mouth areas. Then I moved on to the grass. I do not have any variegated thread so I layered 3 different colors of green.

I cut the butterfly from quilting cotton  and appliquéd it down then embroidered the body, antennae, and butterfly trail. Then I fussy cut the mushroom and appliquéd it down. I used some different stitches on the flowers like french knots and the wheel stitch.

I then embroidered the vines. I felt like it was lacking something and thought about adding some little flowers and french knots to the vines. In the end I decided I did not have enough time and settled for adding two simple leaves with the flowers.
Lastly I wrapped the piece on a 12x12 art canvas. I glue basted a pice of batting to the canvas before adding the fabric. I still need to add a label to the back then it will be ready to send.:) 

For a smaller item I made another fox place mat. I used a Cotton + Steel print that instead os chevrons I like to think of this fabric as being little fox faces :)

I cut into my little scrap of Heather Ross fox fabric and made a wrist pin cushion. I am not sure how practical this pin cushion is but it sure is cute.

The fox pattern came from an issue of Mollie Makes and the Snappy wrist bracelet came from a sewing book I have. Do you find that sometimes it takes you longer to box and mail the swap than it took to make it?! Deadlines help!!! Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts who is hosting Finish Friday. She is showing her Fox and Friends redo which is a very cute and clever quilt! Have a fun weekend!!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finish it Up Friday: Apple Dumpling Swap

This week I finished up my package for the Apple Dumpling Swap. For this swap we needed to make a dumpling pouch and fill it with some goodies. Our partner is a secret until she receives her package and mosaics were made to help provide some inspiration. Along with the pouch, which was a fun little make, I made an apple pin cushion and a needle book.
I appliqued an apple to the front of the pouch and added a little embroidery.  I used my favorite Sandi Henderson apple print to line the pouch.

I have been planning to make an orange peel cushion and wanted a little practice so I added a sprout to the back of the needle book.

I paper pieced an apple for the front of the needle book and let that block determine the size. I did not measure the needle book before i sent it but I believe it finished at 5" square. I made the button but apparently did not get a very good picture of it. The little red dot you see is an apple.

I added some other apple themed goodies and the package is on it's way to its owner. This was definitely a fun swap and I am glad I was able to participate. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for some Friday fun. Hope you enjoy the weekend!!!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Make Modern Blog Hop

I have some friends who had a dream. On September 1st that dream became a reality known as Make Modern. I have known about this "dream" from the beginning and although I didn't know about any of the specific things going into the magazine I knew the girls were pouring their heart, souls, and a lot of time into making this the best publication possible. My first look at it was the day it was published, September 1st, and as I sat there and scrolled through all of the fun projects and fun columns my jaw literally dropped at all the fantastic information the girls brought together. It has all of the things I look for in a magazine. Fun projects in all all sizes; home dec projects, sewing projects, quilting projects, great photography. Tips and tricks along with interviews and trends. Make Modern is cover to cover packed with great projects and information. really, what could be better than an online quilting magazine by quilters?!?! Make Modern's creators all live in Australia but this magazine has contributors from all across the globe and is geared towards anyone who loves modern quilting. 

I had fun putting together a little project for the first issue of Make Modern. We are at the tail end of summer where I live and heading into fall which means apple and pumpkin season. I had a fabric with vintage flour sack labels that I had been wanting to use for quite a long time and that was where I found my pie inspiration. There is a preview on Issuu if you would like to see if Make Modern is a magazine you would like or you can go to Make Modern to subscribe. To keep up with Make Modern and see sneak peeks of upcoming issues you may want to follow the Make Modern Blog.

Here is the rest of the blog hop schedule that continues to celebrate the launch of Make Modern:

1st September                   Make Modern
3rd September                   Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th September                   Where Jane Creates
7th September                   Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th September                   Molli Sparkles
11th September                 Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September                 cat&vee
15th September                 Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September                 Kelly @ Kelliotmagic
19th September                 Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September                 Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September                 Melissa @ Ms Midge
25th September                 Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts