Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart Necklace Giveaway


CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER TBA SHORTLY. Thanks much for entering.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my blog readers. Hope you have a special day with your loved ones.

To show my appreciation for your continued support of my blog, I am giving away a ceramic heart necklace. Handcrafted by yours truly.

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How do you win, you ask? Just answer this question.

Do you send Valentine’s Day cards through the mail or send e-cards?

I will select one comment via Random Generator. Everyone welcome. I will ship international. Giveaway is open until midnight EST today, Thursday 2-14-13. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with name and address, or sadly, I will pick another comment. Good luck!!

And thanks so much for including me on your Must Read Blog List.

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Crystal’s Bead Challenge Reveal: My Kissing Hearts Necklace


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I am so glad I gave myself plenty of time to experiment with these pretty red hearts and white tubes. Got them at Crystal’s bead shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappilyeverafter. The plan was to spend about two days making a bracelet. The design which was in my head was a charm bracelet with dangling hearts.

But after starting, a different idea popped up.

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And another.

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And another.

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Even necklace ideas floated passed my eyes.

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If the hearts could talk, I bet they would have said, “enough already!! Pick ONE design and stick to it!!” LOL!! Thank goodness stringing wire is cheap.

This is what I ended up submitting. Kissing Hearts. It makes my heart go all skippy just looking at it. I love it!!

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I had fun working on Crystal’s challenge. Go check out the other entries from all of the participants. Very pretty. Looking at them gave me a couple of ideas. I love looking at handcrafted jewelry.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18634

Thanks, Crystal, for hosting your 2nd bead challenge. Can’t wait for the next one.

Quick Project: How To Make Quilted Valentine Headband


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Over the next week, I will show you the Valentine-themed projects I have been working on. They are quick and easy. Still time to make for yourself or as gifts for your loved ones for Valentine’s Day.

The first…

A Quilted Cotton Headband made with Valentine fabrics.


Supplies List

  • Fabric 1: Valentine-themed
  • Fabric 2: Valentine-themed
  • Fabric 3: Contrast fabric for binding
  • Cotton Batting
  • Large Button
  • Thin Elastic
  • Thread

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Directions to make one Headband

Cut Fabric

Top: Cut one strip 23″ by 2 1/4″ from Fabric 1. (If using scraps, piece together a strip measuring 24″ by 3″. Trim to 23″ by 2 1/4″)
Bottom: Repeat above from Fabric 2.
Batting: Cut one 24″ by 3″ strip.

Quilting

Sandwich fabrics and batting in this order. Fabric 1 face up, batting, Fabric 2 face down. Make sure fabric edges are aligned evenly. Hold up to the light to make sure edges match. Pin to secure the “sandwich” and begin quilting in your desired design. I used a heart design and loops.

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Trimming and Rounded Corners

Trim all sides. You should end up with a quilted strip of approximately 22″ by 2″.

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Now, round all corners. Use something round to mark the corners. Trim off excess.

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Binding (and adding Elastic Strip)

Cut one strip 58 by 2″. Or if using scraps, piece together with mitered corners.

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Go here if you are unsure how to miter. This site has excellent directions, very easy, anyone can do it. http://www.heatherbaileydesign.com/HB_QuiltBinding.pdf

Fold binding in half, press. Pin and sew on the binding. (Go to the above link for directions if you need help sewing on a binding.)

Add in the elastic strip (long enough to go around your button) on one end before completely sewing around the end. Elastic strip should be placed to the left of where you will be sewing. Backstitch several times to secure. I used a very thin black elastic.

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Button Closure

Fit headband around your head to determine placement of button. Sew on button.

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To prevent stitches from showing on the backside. Go in and out of the SAME area. Don’t cross over to the next hole. Will look neater from the back. (Or you could sew on a second button underneath to hide the stitches.)

And FINISHED. Enjoy!!

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What I used…

Valentine-themed fabric from Moda. Black polka dot fabric and heart button are from JoAnn’s. Warm and White cotton batting from JoAnn’s.

It is now in my Etsy Shop.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92511187/valentine-quilted-cotton-headband-in-red


Linking to Crazymomquilts. Check out the Friday finishes.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/02/finish-it-up-friday-week-14.html

LOVE Is In The Air


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What to do? What to make?

Hmmm. Hearts and Tubes. From Crystal’s shop. BeadHappilyEverAfter. So pretty.

But what to turn them into? As usual, I am late to the party. Only six days until I have to submit a photo of my creation. Now I have to get busy. Oh, I have been thinking about designs. For several weeks. But now, thinking time is over. Fingers must move and get to creating.

I will probably make a bracelet. Sure. That’s what I will make.

Yep. The hearts and tubes will be a bracelet!!

More details and photos in a few days.

Hop on over to Crystal’s site to see what her challenge is all about.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?page_id=17770

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappilyeverafter

Quilted Postcard Mug Rug


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Always have to be different… That is ME!!

As I was making this quilted postcard for my exchange partner, I knew two things.

  • It would NOT be mailed directly through the postal system. Too much work for it to be possibly damaged or soiled. No way!!
  • I wanted it bigger than the standard 4″ by 6″ postcard. Wider and longer.

So… I made a Postcard Mug Rug instead.

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I put a “stamp” on the postcard just for fun. How cool is this!! Abe Lincoln on a 3 cents stamp. I found it while searching for something I could use to put in the top right corner. I used Transfer Paper to iron the image on the muslin. My first time using transfer paper.

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Shhh.. my exchange partner’s name is Linda. I don’t think she reads my blog so I believe it is safe to post photos here. And if she does see this before she receives it in the mail, then Happy Valentine’s Day, Linda. :D

So, this is going in the mail tomorrow. Deadline met, one day ahead. Oh, BTW, I met my Spool Blocks deadline too. Gone, out the door, last week.

Two deadlines down. Two to go. My bead challenges. More on those later.


Linking up to Finish Up Friday over at Crazymomquilts. Check out the sites. Lots of pretty projects completed. It is well worth the time to click on each one.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/02/finish-it-up-friday-week-13.html

Having Fun Trying To Meet Deadlines


Deadlines.. I guess I have sign-up-itis. I have so many “make it, finish it” deadlines coming up in the next few weeks, that I had to make a list.

In my quilt group there are two. Block Lotto, Win The Pot. This month’s blocks were easy. Spool blocks. I already made hundreds of the scrap blocks you start off with. Just needed to add the sides and tops. Mail out date is Jan 30.

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All of these aren’t going. I am keeping the orange ones. I have an idea for them.

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And second is something I have been thinking about making for sometime now. Even purchased a book. Fabric Postcards. I just need to make one with a Valentine-theme for my exchange partner. I went around the house (crafts supplies in every room :D ) collecting up red stuff.

There are lots of on-line sites with great instructions. I read quite a few but basically they all told me what my book did. What to do. What not to do. I have an idea. Several ideas. I will get started and see where it takes me. Postcard needs to be mailed by Feb 1st.

Here is the book I purchased a couple years ago. It has great templates!!

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BEADS… Yay!! I get to fondle my beads. I have two beady challenges coming up.

The first is over at Bead Happily Ever After. Crystal’s 2nd bead challenge.

Valentine’s Day Design Challenge.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18244
http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?page_id=17770

For this one, in my head is a necklace. Once I have all my supplies gathered, I will get started. For sure red and white. But I might toss in a little pink and/or purple. Just to be different. Deadline is Feb 10. Go check it out. Still time if you would like to enter.


And then there is Bead Soup Blog Party where I send off a package of beads and in return my assigned partner sends me a package of beads. A bead kit to make something. No seed beads so I will be dusting off my stringing and wireworking skills. Going to be interesting. Mail out date is January 31. Reveal date is March 3. I will post what I made here on that date. My partner does the same on her blog. You can see the list of all the participants here.

http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/


And lastly… I have a few of my own personal deadlines. Things to challenge myself. New (to me) quilting techniques and never-tried-before blocks. All before the end of first quarter. So as you can see, I am going to be busy, busy…

Hope you will return to see them all. Thanks for stopping by. :D

Seeing Red… And Pink

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Every February around Valentine’s Day, I like to make something in red or with hearts.

Last year, if you remember, I was up to my eyeballs in purple, lime, pink and white. Hearts were everywhere. Piles stacked, strung as a garland, even in a Shadowbox. I had gone heart crazy!!

 

This year, I dialed it back a bit and just did a couple of things. Actually just one NEW item. A little girl’s red and pink purse.

A Little Missy Purse.

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The other two were already made. I just added pink hearts and pink ribbon to the mauve one.

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And undid the bottom on this red one to shorten it by about 6 inches.

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Then added a red and white hearts bow.

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My original plan was to add heart buttons…. But went with the bow instead. I will probably, later on, add a red lining.

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Cute as Mother and Daughter, huh!!

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Hope you have a special Hearts Day!! Happy Valentine’s Day.

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