Look What Connie, Tanya and Lubna Made


I love seeing what you, my blog readers, are making.

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Connie made the two panels she won from my blog giveaway into pillows. She calls them Tiger Cows. Aren’t they beautiful!! She used a brown batik fabric for the back. I borrowed these photos from her blog. Go here to read her post.

http://www.conniekresin.com/2012/09/tiger-cows.html


Tanya has been busy, busy, busy tying macrame knots. Here are photos of her latest work. Such pretty macrame plant hangers. Her work reminds me of why I fell in love with macrame in the first place. Back in the 80’s.

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Tanya also made this cute little wall hanging. Posey Pocket.

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Love the colors she used and that Posey Pocket sure is cute. I have that pattern. (Off I go to see if I can find it.) 😀

If anyone would like one of Tanya’s macrame plant hangers, I can have her contact you. She requires 50% deposit on all custom orders. You will love whatever she makes.


Lubna e-mailed photos of two macrame handbags she made using my tutorials. She said she loves to macrame. (Me too!!) She used lots of beads. I love them both.

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Thanks so much Connie, Tanya and Lubna for sharing your creations.

If you have created something from supplies from one of my giveaways or made something inspired by one of my tutorials, please send me photos and I will post them on my blog.

Thanks much.

Mickey Pillows, Snap Setter and Steam-A-Seam

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I have a confession.

I LOVE MAKING PILLOWS!!

Sometimes I think an octopus lives at my house. If you have been following my blog for some time, you probably think that too!! My focus changes by the hour. 😀

But I think I may have found my niche. Pillows.. I am really enjoying creating them.

Here’s my latest finished one. A Mickey Pillow. There are quite a few FIRSTS in this project.

  • Snap Setter
  • Steam-A-Seam 2
  • Applique
  • Loopy circles quilt design

Well… let’s get started………. Going to be a long post. You might want to run get some coffee and something to munch on. 😉 LOTS of photos.

Making The Pillow Front.

Though I enjoy working with novelty fabrics, it requires a bit of fussy cutting to get just the right piece at the right angle for your project. I started off with a 6 1/2″ Mickey in the green Mickey fabric. Then added different fabrics to complement the Mickey colors. Log Cabin style.

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And ready to quilt the top.

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I made straight lines to quilt the fussy cut piece in the center.

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Added diagonal lines from the corners to the center square.

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Then decided to step out of my comfort zone and do some loopy circles. I had practiced them for two days and was positive I was ready.

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As you can see, it is easy to get boxed in… if you are following along with the fabric design. I quickly learned when to go left and when to go right.

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OK. That wasn’t so bad. Loopy circles finished. Two sections left. The areas top and bottom between the diagonal lines. Decided to go back to basics and stipple them.

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And now the front is quilted.

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You can better see all four of the quilting designs I used in this photo.

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Ready to make the Pillow Back.

Using the same fabric as I used in the top, black with tiny white dots, I started off with a simple fold-over design.

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I like the look of an envelope back but wanted to try something different this time.

Enter the Snap Setter.

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It works great. Just as the instructions on the packaging.

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Whew!! Still with me? Almost finished.

I wanted to fussy cut the word Mickey and add it to my pillow. So after a bit of Internet research I found the product Steam-A-Seam 2.

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Bought it, tried it, made a mess of the first practice one. Glue everywhere. I hadn’t followed the instructions correctly. Thank goodness I had the sense to not practice on my pretty pillow. OK, back on track. Ready to actually do it.

Touchdown!!

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All done. Finished and ready to stuff him. Pillow cover measures 18″ by 15″.

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Did I tell you how much I enjoyed making this pillow!! 😀

So much that….

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Yep, three more in the works.


If you want to know more about the Snap Setter, go here.

http://www.snapsource.com/faqs/howtosnaps.php

New Striped Pillow Covers With Buttons

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You saw a peek at my new pillow cover in my last post. Actually there are two of them.

A large one and a smaller one.

And guess what?? Surprise!! Surprise!! No quilting. You know I thought about it. But knowing quilting would shrink the fabric a bit and I had already decided on the pillow forms, I didn’t want to take a chance everything wouldn’t all fit together. So… no quilting. (I am as shocked as you!! 😀 )

I made the smaller one first by scraping together several plum fabrics left over from my little girl purses days a few years ago. Then I added lime and burgundy prints.

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The lining is an avocado solid cotton I bought YEARS ago. I don’t use solids much so decided it would be the perfect way to use some of it.

My original plan was to sew different sizes of rectangles. But after seeing the strips lined up, I decided to go with long strips instead. I made the fabric piece wide enough for the ends to overlap and completely cover the pillow form.

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After deciding how much to overlap the folds, I got to sewing.

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The FRONT. Envelope completed.

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Here’s what the inside fold looks like.

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Ready for the buttons. I rarely use buttons. But since I have about 1,000, it was time to use some of them. Used floss to sew them on.

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They are just decoration. They don’t connect anything. Just sit and look pretty!!

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Going for a finished look, I sewed buttons on the backside of the larger buttons. I thought seeing just thread there would look tacky.

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Well, there you have it…. HOW I MADE A STRIPED PILLOW COVER.

The Front.

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The Back.

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The larger pillow cover was made with the same steps as the smaller one. With one exception. The buttons for this one actually DO do something. They close up the envelope flap.

I made loops out of one of the plum prints and filled it with cord as I sewed the sides together. To give them a fuller, rounded look.

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FRONT

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BACK

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Hope you have enjoyed seeing my new pillow covers. I have others in the works.