Friday, April 22, 2016

Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop

Thank you for hopping over and joining me for my stop on Elea's Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop. Kristyne over at Pretty By Hand is hopping today as well, so be sure to check out her beautiful make. I have been a fan of Elea's work since her first fabric collection and have made projects with each of her lines. I love her sweet, vintage themes and pretty, bright colors. I never have to think very long about what to make with her fabric. It is fabric that talks to me and tells me what to make. Although I have loved each of her fabric lines, Strawberry Biscuit is definitely my favorite because strawberries, vintage blue birds, and roses are a few of my very favorite things. I am so happy to be a part of this hop! There have been so many inspiring projects made and there are still so many more to come!!! 

For my project I made a growth chart. The current one we have is made of paper and is falling apart. It will remain treasured as we started it when the boys were small and it documents the girls" growth up to now as well. I started with a base of duck cloth and used the selvedge edges for the top and bottom of the chart. The weight of the duck cloth helps the chart "stick" to the wall and not flap in the breeze when someone walks by.
Next, I created a path using the grid/vintage blue bird print. For added texture I tore the edges of the grid fabric so there is a bit of fray and then stitched it to the duck cloth. The fray also goes along with the vintage theme. I used a section of vintage cloth measuring tape to do the measuring for us. After that I went to work to bring Elea's sweet animal characters to life using a combination of appliqué, thread sketching, and embroidery. Do you spy any Milk, Sugar, Flower?!? The characters are approximately 6" tall.
Once the characters were set on their path,  I sprinkled some music notes, strawberries, and clouds along the way so they were at home on the growth chart just as they were on Elea's fabric.
My husband is very supportive of my crafting/sewing endeavors. He always checks out what I am making and always gives me his opinion when I am stuck. He always gives good advice too.  He pitched in on this project and made the hanger for me using A Beautiful Mess DIY poster hanger tutorial. The hanger made a nice finish and works great even though this project is heavier than a poster.
For the rose border I applied Wonder Under to the rose print and fussy cut them. I fused the bottom layer directly onto the duck cloth. I wanted to add dimension so I added a second  layer of roses and stitched them in inconspicuous places. Enough that they would stay on but allowing the edges to be loose and curl.
My Strawberry Girl loves this new addition to her room and we are looking forward to tracking all of the girls growth in the years to come!! 

Next up I made a smaller project. Tea parties and picnics have always been a favorite activity at our house. We have had our fair share of tea sets and had this well loved basket lying around as the pieces of the tea set have disappeared or broke through the years. The inside fabric was pretty yucky! Strawberry Biscuit reminds me of tea parties and picnics so I thought it would be perfect to give this old basket a fresh update! 

First, I used my favorite print in the red color way to reline the basket. It did the trick and made the basket as good as new, even better because now it has strawberries.. For this DIY  I cut out the old fabric and used it as a pattern for the new. I stitched the new lining in by hand with invisible thread. 

Next I took bits and pieces of Strawberry Biscuit and applied it to sheets of heavy duty adhesive.
Then I cut out the shapes. I had a blank ceramic tea set that you get to paint yourself so I applied my Strawberry Biscuit "stickers" and added a few stripes and polka dots with paint.  I made a quick set of napkins to finish the project up. So simple and fun!!

Voila!! Our very own custom Strawberry Biscuit tea set.
My girls had to try the tea set out with a little picnic in our back yard after school. The tea set has been played with every day since. No broken pieces..... yet!
I also freshened up our tea table by recovering the chairs in the beautiful rose print. I have recovered the chairs a few times over the past 9 years with home dec fabric. A friend suggested I Scotchguard the chairs; I am going to take her advice so the fabric will last a very long time, or at least until Elea's next fabric line comes out!!!

There have been so many inspiring projects on the Blog Tour and there will be many more next week! The Strawberry Biscuit Blog Hop will resume on Monday. I will be hopping over to visit Taunja at Carried Away Quilting as well as Amanda at JediCraft Girl. I hope to see you there!!!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

RJR Blog Hop: What Shade Are You?

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! I am here today to participate in RJR's What Shade Are You Blog Hop and a give away. You can find their blog here . RJR became one of my favorite fabric companies when I listened to the Cotton and Steel story when they came out with their first line. Making a solids quilt has long been on my quilty "want to make list" so I am very grateful to RJR for this collaboration!! It was so fun to work with Cotton Supreme solids; they are high quality fabrics with amazing colors to choose from. Looking at their color card sent the wheels of my mind spinning with all of the different possibilities of color combinations and quilts that could be made. I love bright, happy colors. I wanted to choose all of the colors while looking at the color card so I decided on a project to help me narrow down my color choices.
I have done a lot of swaps in 2015 so my goals for 2016 include less obligations and leaving time to sew what I want to sew when an idea strikes. It has been awhile since I have made quilts for each of my 6 kids so i plan to make them each a quilt for their beds in 2016. One of my daughter's recently fell in love with a duvet from Pottery Barn Teen so that was the color inspiration for this quilt. Since the duvet is floral I wanted to compliment it with a geometric quilt.
It has been awhile since I worked with half square rectangles (HSR) and I don't see many people use them so I decided I would like to revisit that block. The first quilt I made with HSR I created diamonds with them so for this quilt I wanted to do something different. For making diamonds the diagonals alternate, but here I have all of the diagonals going the same direction. I sew in rainbow order occasionally but, generally i prefer a random color order. For this quilt I envisioned an abstract field of wild flowers with bits of sky peeking through and fluttering butterflies.

While I was making this quilt I hung a flannel backed table cloth in my kitchen to act as a design wall. My husband and kids were interested in what I was making and my progress every day. I paired the orange and yellows to create butterflies then scattered pink and purple flowers everywhere. My family caught on to the butterflies and every day one of the girls would say, "I see the butterflies Mom!" Towards the end of completion, the daughter I made the quilt for said, " Mom, where are the flowers?" I had to laugh and said they were abstract and were the pink and purple bits.

I quilted 1/4" on each side of the diagonal seams. My daughter chose a fleece print whose colors coordinate with the front for the backing. With batting and fleece this is a very soft, warm quilt!

One of my favorite bits about this quilt is that in a couple places along the binding it says "I love you". I love the Cotton and Steel Word Play print!
The "love" theme tied in very well with the Love pillow I had made for my daughter earlier this fall.

I didn't originally plan on adding a border to this quilt but once I made the HSR panel I felt like I needed a place for my eyes to rest, which the borders provide. The quilt finished approximately 60 x 70. I used nine RJR Cotton Supreme solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints. Almost everything I make these days includes some Cotton and Steel basics or prints and I love how these solids are a perfect match!

RJR is a very generous company and will be giving away a bundle of the solids I used in my quilt to one of you
The give away is open to residents of the U.S., Canada, and Australia. You must have a non P.O. shipping box. Leave me a comment to be eligible for the fat quarter bundle. If you can't think of anything to say tell me what you would make with this bundle. The winner will be announced Monday next week. #quiltwithlove

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday: A Lizzy House Knockoff

I joined in on the Great Pillow Fight swap on flickr. Usually when i do a swap I try and make something on my quilty bucket list or try a new to me technique. I fell in love with the Lizzy House Meadow quilt (which you can find on flickr) a couple of years ago. The pattern is not available but LizzyHouse teaches the quilt as a workshop. She hasn't come close to where I live so I decided to try to make my own version of her quilt into a pillow. Her quilt is gorgeous with a lot of pieced curves. I cheated and made mine with patchwork and appliqué. My partner loves brights and Alison Glass which I did not have. One f my IG friends shared her Alison Glass with me then I added in a little Cotton and Steel, LizzyHouse (of course!!!), some Anna Maria Horner, and a dash of Violet Craft. 

I stirred it altogether and this is what I got. It goes great with my Cotton and Steel orange peel cushion (which I don't think I have blogged) so I want to make another for myself. Actually, once I made my little four patches of color I didn't know how to arrange them. I just laid them down and thought, "That doesn't look quite right, but it's not terrible. I sent a picture to Nicole at Snips Snippets. She worked it like a Rubik's Cube and said move this here, that there, and then trade those 2 and Bam!!! in 2 seconds flat it as perfect and balanced. 

I wanted to keep all of the color on the center of the pillow so as much as I dislike cutting bias, I did, and added a simple piping border and rounded corners. I love to finish projects up with a little hand stitching but I am not good at filling negative space so I got some help from Mary over at Molly Flanders who, I believe, is the queen of hand quilting. I am so lucky to have such talented friends who share their expertise!!
My partner prefers a zip closure which I had never done before. It does make a nice finish and I will probably never make an envelope closure again. Here is at the back with a peek of the lining inside. 

I pieced a little label together and need to finish it up. I considered stitching it but think that I will stamp it. I loved making this pillow for my sap partner; it was a fun experiment! and look forward to making another. LizzyHouse is a great designer which is an area where I do not have any skill.
Today I am starting this quilt by Nicole at Snips Snippets. I think I have only followed 2 patterns in my life as I find it easier to kind of make things up as I go, but the minute I saw this quilt I knew I wanted to make it! I pulled the fabric for this back in December and am finally going to start it. The pattern can be found in Love Quilting and Patchwork Issue 17. There are a lot of fun projects in this magazine but Nicole's Carousel quilt is my favorite. Happy Wednesday!!! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Vintage Bird Baby Quilt

Hi!!! Hope you are well! I thought i would pop in with a quick blog post of my first quilt finish this year. I have been doing a fair amount of sewing but have only been posting on Instagram but would like to find a better balance between blogging and IG. I love the fabric line Milk, Sugar, and Flower by Elea Lutz! I didn't have a specific project planned so i ordered a charm pack to see what it looked like in real life and figured I would probably make a cushion for my youngest daughter. The next day I received a birth announcement from my sister's niece so I decided the charm pack must be for her!

I took inspiration from the bird print ( the mint birds are my favorite!). I found a vintage bird embroidery then used my sister's overhead projector to enlarge the image and transfer it to the fabric. The bird that is standing upright is 9 inches tall which seemed like a lot to embroider so I decided to appliqué the birds and branch then embroider the flowers.
I used the cat and bunny print from the line for the backing and some Lizzy House pearl bracelets for the binding.

I had to get creative with the design since I only had a charm pack to work with and added in a few other prints from some other lines. The quilt is 35x45"and was a lot of fun to make! Have a fun weekend!! Linking up with Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday on this Friday :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finish it Up Friday: There's a Mouse In the House!

I have wanted to make Christmas stockings for our family for 3 or 4 years and i have a stack of fabric to prove it. Making eight stockings has seemed like a lot so I broke it into some smaller goals. I decided to make a start and do some selfish sewing and try to get stockings done for the  four girls. Next year I will make the boys' and Steve and I's stockings. Sometimes starting is the hardest part!
I jumped in and didn't get any input from the kids. I love cute mice (think Nursery Versery) and I also love quilts so a Christmas mouse nestled under a Christmas quilt seemed like a good idea. This is a pattern I found on Etsy and changed up a little to work for my project.

I opted for a candy colored  Christmas color scheme as you can see. I am not a big seasonal fabric person and usually make seasonal items by using certain colors but there have been some cute vintage inspired Christmas fabric that I could not resist. 

In typical Gina fashion, I did not start out with a definite plan for each stocking. As the girls have seen me working on this they all say they want mice on their stockings. I will probably stick with appliqué and embroidery for the girls' stockings and go with patchwork and whole cloth for me and the boys'  stockings.

I appliqued the mouse then used bullion knots for the sheet. The mouse is lying on a stack of pillows and I made Christmas trees on the bottom pillow to tie into the Christmas theme. This stocking is for my strawberry girl so I, of course, had to add in a strawberry!! None of my local fabric stores carry white velvet which is what I wanted for the cuff. The closest I could find was crushed panne. I added some special vintage ribbon that my friend Amy sent me and the p.s. I love you tag was from another bloggy friend :). One stocking down 3 to go (for this year). I can do it! That would be 1 a week to be done by Christmas. I am so happy to be linking up with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday. All year long I have watched Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches sew up Christmas presents so she can be done with her Christmas sewing before Christmas. I am excited to finally be able to link up with Ho, Ho, Ho And On We Sew hosted at Rose and Dahlia for November. Hope you have a finish or 2 this fine Friday as well!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Finish it up Friday: Scattered Leaves

This week I was able to finish up my orange peel cushion. I had made the background about a month and a half ago but needed to finish up some other projects before doing the orange peels. We bought a new couch a couple of months ago and I wanted to make some cushions to brighten it up. Making orange peels has been on my "want to make" list so I took the opportunity to try them out.

I used a random-ish leaf placement, raw edge appliqué, and black thread to help define the leaves. I hand quilted in the areas where diamonds formed.

I also hand quilted leaves in the squares where there was a leaf missing. Each square is 3" finished for a total of 64 squares and the cushion finishes at 24 inches. I love Cotton and Steel and had fun working with all of these prints!
It took nearly a yard of fabric for the back  so I used a print I had in my stash that had some trees on it.

I also made my October blocks for do.Good Stitches this week. We made plus blocks with bright pluses and low volume backgrounds. We used this tutorial. They were fun to make!!
Jane is Queen for Wombat Stew this month. She has a camp trailer she wants to make a quilt for so she chose a camping theme. I made this camp fire for her and Kristy made the pattern. It was a great week!! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday. She has blogged about an awesome quilt you might want to check out. Have a great weekend!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Finish It Up Friday: The Trick or Treat Halloween Swap

It was a good finish to complete my fourth and final swap for September! The swap was the #trickortreathalloweenswap hosted on Instagram and Flickr. i didn't take any pictures of the extras I sent only the handmades.
The only requirement of the swap was to make this drawstring bag and fill it with some goodies. It was a fun and easy tutorial to follow. For my partner I decided on a patchwork bag and I wanted to add a few embroidered squares of Halloween icons since I had no Halloween fabric. I added in some Halloween colored fabrics and did buy a couple of Halloween prints to add in and for the lining.

This panel ended up being the back of the drawstring bag.

I appliqued trick or treat on the front of the bag.
I also made a little fox and pumpkin mug rug. I went with a more fall theme to last longer than Halloween. The pumpkin was a free pattern that finished at 3" and I used scraps to make it. The fox pattern I bought on Etsy. All of my partners liked foxes, even the partners that were not part of the fox swap.

The last item I made was a Not So Spooky Haunted House complete with a cute Monster in the window. I had a lot of fun sewing swaps this month and am looking forward to participating in some more swaps after the first of the year. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday. Have a great weekend!!