A Ta-Dah Moment… Look At My Chenille


Look at this. How did I do?

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To say I am pleased with the outcome would be an understatement. I am up on my rooftop waving it like a flag. Come see!! And shouting. I want all of my neighbors to see my Faux Chenille doll quilt. :D

But seriously… not bad, huh, for my first one?

Don’t know if you have ever tried making chenille but I was surprised (actually shocked) that it didn’t shed in the wash. For real!! I had some casual tops that needed washing but was afraid the cut strips would unravel and mess them up. So I threw in five towels to keep the quilt company as it swished round and round in the wash. Not a single thread on the towels. And only a teeny tiny bit of lint in the lint tray. The chenille crinkled up more in the dryer. I am thinking after one more washing the inside color should open up. But I love it!! Just as it is.

And of course a little girl has to accessorize her doll quilt. She needs a ruffled doll pillow. Made with the leftover scraps.

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And a cute little purse for herself.

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Could be reversible.

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Well, that was fun. Now it is time to tackle a larger faux chenille. Baby quilt size.

These are the fabrics I selected. I will start cutting today. Wish me luck!!

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Faux Chenille: Learning What NOT To Do


I am so glad I decided to make a little doll faux chenille quilt first.

Even after reading through the links I posted yesterday with all the tips on what to do and what not to do, I still learned a thing or two.

  • Don’t piece the fabric and think you can easily cut through the seams when you come to them. (Pressing open may have helped.)
  • If your finished quilt will have rounded corners, don’t sew that last diagonal seam in the corners. (The tip falls off.)
  • Use huge binder clips (attach to table) to hold the quilt in place as you cut through the columns.
  • Use tweezers to reveal the bottom layer as you insert the Chenille Cutter. (Since I did not follow the instructions and add the extra 1/4″ to the bottom fabric.)
  • When backstitching at the end of each diagonal line, don’t sew above the area where binding will go. Or you will have to cut those tiny threads sticking up.
  • Use less than seven fabrics next time. Was hard to cut through especially with the spray adhesive.
  • Use less spray adhesive. :D

Other than those, the rest of the process went well.

Fabrics used. In this order.

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Layering with quilting spray adhesive. Bottom fabric (hot pink) facing down. 2nd fabric facing up.

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Continue layering with the balance of fabrics facing up.

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And the last fabric. This is the cutting side.

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Now, flip stacked fabrics over so you see the first fabric. The hot pink fabric. You will mark your column lines on the top. You will sew on the top side in case there are thread/bobbin issues.

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And done.

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Ready to cut with the Chenille Cutter (or scissors). It is very easy to use. You select the channel based on the column width. I sewed 1/2″ columns. Half inch matches up with LL on the Chenille Cutter gauge. Rotate the dial to select LL.

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Cut through all layers except the bottom fabric. I used my sewing tweezers to lift all fabrics to expose the bottom fabric. Do NOT cut through it.

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To keep the quilt from moving as I cut, I used huge binder clips clamped to the table.

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Cutting all finished.

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Ready to round off the corners.

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This is the binding fabric. Now I wish I had used the bottom fabric as the top. (Oh well.) I machine stitched the binding. Both top and bottom. Except for a couple of spots, it lined up perfectly.

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All finished!! And headed to the washer and dryer.

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BBL… to show you the chenille. Hopefully all goes well. :D


Go here for instructions to make your own faux chenille quilt.

http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/08/sewing-heirloom-cut-chenille-baby.html

Planning A Faux Chenille Baby Quilt…


But first, an update on Sweet Dreams (my charity pillowcase project).

Seven more pillowcases completed in the last three days.

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I am really happy with these. And it feels great working with fabric that has been sitting in its color bin, taking up space.

This blue and yellow one quickly became my new fav as I was making it. So happy looking. Festive. Like a party going on in a pillowcase.

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And then I started working with this red fabric. I bought it on sale some time ago but hadn’t used it. It is called Happy Homemaker by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, 1930′s Era Designs.

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Two little girls sweeping. Brooms and dustpans. So retro. I had pulled yellow to pair with it but at the last minute changed to navy polka dots. As soon as I sewed on the band, I knew it would replace my prior favorite.

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OMGosh!! I like it. I LOVE it. So much so that I made a pillowcase for a doll.

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Sorry, My Designated Charity, but these two are going in my Etsy Shop. I’ll make more for you. Promise. :D

For Week 2, I made 16 pillowcases. Miles ahead of my One A Day obsession commitment. So far ahead that I am going to take a break from making pillowcases and work on something on my Small Projects List. I am going to make a Faux Chenille baby quilt. It has been on my bucket list for a while now.

Ever since Debra, at Deb’s Losing It, sent me this link.

http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/08/sewing-heirloom-cut-chenille-baby.html

She said she thought of me when she saw it. It DID look like something I would make!! So, off I went in search of more details. How to make it, what fabrics to use and what tools were needed. I immediately found the tools on eBay for a song. I grabbed them.

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My creative juices overflowed with ideas. But by the time I got the chenille cutter in the mail, my excitement had moved on to something else. :D

But the time has come. It is Chenille Time. I will make a tester first. Not a full sized baby quilt. A doll quilt. Just to make sure I have the layers correctly placed. And mainly to make sure the colors shine through as intended.

I cut the fabric yesterday. 17″ by 15″. Here you can see what I selected.

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More so for the colors. Colors are more important than the fabric choices. At least for the sandwiched layers. That is why I carefully selected some fabrics with color saturation on the wrong side.

Now comes the fun part. The sewing. Diagonal lines. Then I get to use the Chenille Cutter thingy to create the chenille.

Wish me luck!! Hope I don’t end up with a Hot Mess!!

Have you tried making a Faux Chenille craft? How did it turn out?


I found lots of help on the net.

http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-faux-chenille-blanket.html

http://www.maggiemadeit.com/chenille.htm

http://www.sirbubbadoo.com/2011/03/chenille-cut-quilt-for-new-baby-girl.html

https://sites.google.com/site/mamasparksworld/home/chenille-blanket-tutorial

http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com/2011/10/tutorial-hand-cut-chenille-blanket-for.html

I Love, LOVE Making Handbags


I really do. I guess I just love to craft and make stuff.

This is my latest creation. A quilted handbag. With a coordinated little zippered clutch. I have been working on and off on this set for a couple weeks.

I showed you my fabric pull three weeks ago. Remember? I used all of these except the scripted fabric on the left and the avocado polka dots.

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From That to This…

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The handbag is quilted, lined, has one small inside pocket, has a swivel hook on the inside to hang keys from. Handles are dark brown wood. With magnetic closure. You can see the hardware and buttons I used here in this photo.

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Photos of the inside.

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Bottom and side views.

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Zippered bag was made from the same fabric pull plus leftover strips from the handbag. I am so drawn to these little bags. I plan to make lots more.

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How cute is this orange kitty cat zipper pull!!

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It came from MiMi’s Etsy shop. She has them in lots of colors.

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

I didn’t have a pattern for either. Just worked from the vision in my head. Colors are green, rust and peach.

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Handbag measures 15″ across the top, 10 1/2″ along the bottom, 11 1/4″ height, 4″ width. From handle to bottom: 17 3/4″. Zippered bag measures 10″ by 7″.

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I am 67, and Lord willing, I hope to be around long enough to make thousands more items.

Have a great Memorial Day!!

Look What’s New At My House


Fusible Fleece.

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I didn’t immediately run out to buy it after reading that quite a few quilters were using it to sturdy up their handbags. I resisted and continued using regular batting and thin interfacing. But curiosity got the better of me. So, when JoAnn’s mailed me a 50% off coupon, I knew what I would use it for. I got five yards. 7.99 a yard regular price. I haven’t used it yet to see if I like it but plan to in the next few days.


Zippers, Zippers.

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75 of them. Got them in the mail a few days ago. Purchased from an eBay seller. Are you seeing lots of little zippered bags? Me, too!! I only bought 7″ and 8″. If these work out, then that seller will have me as a regular customer.


Isn’t this the cutest little mug?

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Well, huge actually.. but I call everything “cute and little.” :D It is humongous and is similar to the black one I bought last year. Except for the size of the white dots. Now I have two.

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Didn’t see any other colors. Maybe next year I will find one in a different color. It was half off. Don’t you just love JoAnn’s half off sales!!


Update on my pillowcases for charity

I am still making them. Nine more finished. I am WAYYYY ahead of myself.

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Elephants…

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Circles and dots…

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I am committed to making one pillowcase a day, Monday through Friday. 5 a week. 20 a month. Schedule-wise, I am into next week. Yay on ME!!

And I am doing a bit of sewing for myself, too. I have a new handbag and matching zippered clutch almost finished. Just need to stitch up the bottom of the lining and decide if I want top stitching. Hopefully will be able to show you tomorrow.

Here’s a question for you quilters out there.

Have you used fusible fleece and do you like it? Any tips? Is it true after ironing it on you have to let it cool for 30 minutes before handling? I read that somewhere. Can’t remember where.

Well, that does it for me. Thanks in advance for your help.

What crafting are you doing?

Pillowcases: 27 And Counting (And Giveaway Day)


Can you believe this!!

So addicting… making pillowcases, that is. I have been sewing for five days. And made 27 pillowcases.

Cuteness Overload!!

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The first ones were easy. Measure. Cut. Sew. Follow the pattern instructions. Luckily, I had plenty of fabrics to choose from. And most were the right lengths so I could work with long strips. Those fabrics not immediately fitting the bill lengthwise got set aside for later.

As my completed stack started to build, the “LATERS” soon came back around.

This is how I tackled them.

Not enough fabric for the band? No problem. Add strips from the body fabric.

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Use a different fabric for the band back.

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And finished!! That about does it for my Barbie fabric. Only small scraps left.

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Next, I had this camouflage bandana I wanted to use for a pillowcase band. But it wasn’t long enough.

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OK. Removed all the rolled edge stitching. Cut it in half. Ironed on interfacing. Used the body fabric for the back of the band.

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And done!! Different. Being creative.

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Making do. That what this project is all about. Challenging. But I like challenges. I was determined to use the fabric on hand and NOT rush out to buy more.

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I even plan to use the leftover cut strips for something.. I am thinking handbag.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed sewing these pillowcases. No matter that I couldn’t make one in nine minutes, as I read somewhere on the net. Nope, mine took longer. Much longer. Why? Because they all have french seams along the sides and bottoms. No visible raw edges. So, no worries during normal usage. I even bought a box of Shout Color Catcher. I attached one sheet to each pillowcase. No worries during the wash cycle.

Though I love working with bright colors, I purposely pulled the grays, blacks, navy and browns to sew with. The lady, at the organization where I am donating these pillowcases, said they needed more boy-themed ones. You can see those on the right.

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I had quite a few novelty fabrics to select from in my stash. Airplanes, sports balls, dogs, kitties, spaceships, fish and monkeys. Some were fabrics I bought on a whim. Just because they were cute and on sale. So glad to finally have found a use for them.

Am I done?

Nope.. I want to make one pillowcase each day. Monday through Friday. Five per week. 20 per month. I will keep a running tally on my Sidebar so you can watch my progress.

When I run out of novelty fabrics, I may even do a Swap Jewelry For Fabric offering. My finished jewelry for one or two yards of your novelty fabrics. That might work if there are sewers out there willing to trade. But ONLY novelty fabrics. I have plenty of the other stuff.

Well, thanks for stopping by. Got to go. Number 28 is calling. :D


Go here for the pillowcase instructions. Help a child have sweet dreams. Sew a pillowcase. (Hey!! I think that is what I will call my pillowcase project. Sweet Dreams.)

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/index.html

http://conkerrcancer.org/home/


OH!! Before I forget… come back tomorrow to see what I am giving away in the Sew Mama Sew MAY Giveaway.

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2012/05/giveaway-day-may-21/

Spring Bead Challenge Reveal


OK, now I can show you my entries to Crystal’s Bead Challenge. No more sneak peeks. I entered two designs. A copper butterfly necklace set and a blue beaded necklace.

Crystal posted the results today on her blog, Beadhappilyeverafter. There’s some real talent out there. Such pretty jewelry!!

My inspiration came from beads and bead caps I found at Crystal’s Etsy Shop. (You can see what inspired each entrant here in this photo I borrowed from her blog. :D )

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First, let me tell you about my butterfly set.

I gathered what I thought I would use to create my necklace. A bit of this and a bit of that. After experimenting for a couple of hours, trying different colors of beads, I ended up not using all that you see here in the photo.

From this.

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To this.

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Supplies used in addition to Crystal’s bead caps:

  • antique copper butterflies
  • banded agate round beads
  • antique copper star spacers
  • antique copper curved tubes
  • antique copper hammered clasps
  • copper ribbed rondelles (for bracelet)
  • seed beads, size 6/0 (for bracelet)
  • stringing wire

My second entry, a blue necklace, was last minute. I hadn’t planned to make it. But since my beading tools were already out on my craft table, I said, what the heck, “Let’s make something else.” I had been wanting to make something with these two-holed blue beads, just hadn’t decided what. After sorting through my supplies and putting “anything with blue” in a bowl, I got started.

From this…

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To this.

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Supplies used in addition to Crystal’s 2-holed blue beads:

  • an assortment of blue beads
  • seed beads, size 8/0 and 11/0
  • toggle clasp with Swarovski sapphire crystals
  • stringing wire

I really enjoyed participating in this challenge. My creative juices were overflowing. I was relaxed and let my fingers do what my mind saw.

Oh, BTW, guess whose name was picked by Random Generator for 1st Prize? ME!!!
Look at all these beady goodies I won.

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Aren’t they beautiful? Beady Eyecandy!! Can’t wait to get them. I already have ideas. Thanks so much, Crystal.

Also, thank you for hosting your 3rd Bead Challenge. All of the designs are really pretty. I am looking forward to your next challenge.


Go here to see all Bead Challenge entries and the prize winners.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=19092

Here is the link to Crystal’s Etsy Shop. She has wonderful products. Check it out!!

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

Making Progress On My Pillowcases


I read somewhere that a pillowcase can be made in Nine Minutes. Not!!

Maybe after the fabric has been selected, washed, ironed, straightened up, measured, cut and assembled. Probably closer to one hour per pillowcase. Longer for me since I like to take my time to admire my handiwork. Make one. Look at it for hours. :D

Anyhoo… I am making progress. I have four completed. Five in various stages of completion.

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And two piles of soon-to-be-pillowcases.

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I am donating these pillowcases to an organization I found through American Patchwork and Quilting’s site. APQ has a list of groups in need and I wanted to support a local group. I selected Enchanted Makeovers.

http://www.enchantedmakeovers.org/dynamic/?page=100

I was inspired by their mission statement, yearly goals and their dream lists. Though they are local to me, their reach and help extends across state boundaries.

My plan is to initially make a dozen pillowcases. Half for girls and half for boys. And get they delivered by the end of this week. And then, I will carve out some time weekly to make a few here and a few there. And once I have another dozen made, I will send off the second batch.

I have all sorts of pillowcase ideas. Holidays. Make Halloween ones. Christmas ones. You can never have too many pillowcases!!


If you would like to put a smile on a child’s face and make a pillowcase, go here for the details.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/index.html

http://conkerrcancer.org/home/

Also see the link below for a list of groups/organizations accepting pillowcases. You may wish to contact them first, like I did, to make sure the information provided is current.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/wheretodonate/index.html

Pillowcases and Another Sneak Peek


How’s your weekend going?

Mine has been busy, busy, busy. In addition to the usual stuff (cleaning, watching TV, family stuff, etc), I managed to find time to do a second entry for Crystal’s bead challenge at Beadhappilyeverafter. http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18920

Here’s the Sneak Peek…

I can tell you that it is a necklace. Light blue is a color I usually bypass. But I like it. Will try to use it more in the future.

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Now that my challenge entries have been submitted, it is back to sewing.

For the next day or two I will work on these.

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Pillowcases. I will tell you more about them later. Who they are for and why I am making them. I think those fabrics will make up cute.

What crafting are you doing? Have a great weekend (what’s left of it). :D

Taking A Timeout For Beads… And A Sneak Peek…


You should see my craft room. It looks like a tornado ran through it and left me trying to figure out where everything goes. It’s a mess!! But it is a wonderful mess.

I took a timeout from sewing/quilting to create my beaded entry for Crystal’s bead challenge over at Beadhappilyeverafter. http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18920
This is her 3rd challenge. They are fun to enter and you can win great prizes. I won’t show you the finished item… yet. Crystal gets first look. All entries must be submitted by 9pm Saturday, May 12. But I will come back to do a show and tell after she posts the challenge results on her blog.   

Here is a Sneak Peek of my entry.

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I haven’t decided on a title yet. I thought of a few.

  • Madame Butterfly (but with a happy ending)
  • Winging-It
  • Spring Bling
  • Spread Your Wings
  • Beads and Butterflies
  • Come Fly With Me

I have to admit it was nice spending some quiet time just sitting for a couple days working with my beads. It will be hard to store them away until the next time. :(

OK… now back to sewing/quilting. A new handbag and zippered bag coming up soon. :D