A batch black eyed Susan cards I made in memory of my Aunt Sue, her favorite flower, for her siblings and husband. A few years ago I had made her a Kindle case with a similar design, I'll stick a photo of that in too.
I have been travelling, so I don't have anything new to put on here, so I am borrowing from someone else! Helene Corbett, in a facebook group that I am in (Art Quilts 101) made this great journal cover, and gave me permission to post it here. So fun!
Here is her great description as well :-) " I just picked a few colours & went mental on my machine . :-) Ive used some hand dyed scrim (pink & blue pieces) & the background cotton fabric was dyed using spinich. The flower is made with melted satins & beads. The butterfly was rescued from a pillowcase that my Mum in law was throwing out & the journal itself is made from recycled paper..... And I didnt realise until now how eco-friendly it is"
If you want to make your own, check out my tutorial here! (Basic tutorial, not her design)
I never used to be a journal person, but these days I have them all over the place, all for different purposes. I have been making quilted covers for them, partly so I can tell them apart, ha! But possibly my favorite journal is the one that accompanies Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. I have a fairly nasty chronic illness (Lyme disease), although it is often treatable now that I know what it is, and this book has been such a blessing to me! If you are not familiar with it, the overall concept is that if we are always looking for things to be thankful for, our whole outlook on life changes. It is a constant reminder of God's grace, which builds our faith even when things look difficult. So, with her permission, I am offering a free tutorial to make your own journal cover to match the book if you would like. It mostly uses the tutorial I already have for quilted book covers, but there is a page for the parts that are specific to this one. I hope you find this book and this process of seeking God's grace everywhere you look to be as amazing of a blessing as I have! It is a great cure for anxiety, for sure.
The previous blog post is about another free tutorial/pattern, for a quilted greeting card with a coffee mug and a pocket for a coffee shop gift card. The combination of the book, a covered journal, and the coffee card would be a great gift for someone going through a difficult time! Click here for that tutorial.
In an effort to get more people to make quilted greeting cards, I am giving away a free pattern! This card has a pocket (which is optional) to put a gift card for a coffee shop in it. It makes a great teacher or quilter gift. Quilted cards are quick and easy projects, usually less than an hour! Click on the photo to go to the pattern, which is in PDF form.
The equinoxes and solstices are a pretty big deal around here. Today is the day we start the lighter half of the year! So, in honor of that, I am having a buy one, get one sale on all of my downloadable patterns. Most of them are only $4.75, and they are mostly small enough to do in an hour or less, and are a great way to use up scraps, you probably won't even have to buy fabric. Most of them are quilted greeting cards, who do you know who would love to receive one of those? You can do a quick project and be a blessing all at once :-)
How it works:
To get your free pattern, purchase one first, then send me an e-mail, email@example.com, comment here, or comment on my facebook page with the one you would like for your free one. Make sure it is available in download form, a couple of them are kit only. The purchased kit can be any form, kit, pattern, or download. (Moose and Willows, and the red Raven card pattern, and all of the wall hangings and table runners are only in kit form.) I will then e-mail you a PDF copy of the pattern of your choice.
This sale will go from today, March 21, 2015, to Seward's Day, Monday, March 30. (In honor of the US purchasing Alaska :-))
Here are a few springy patterns to choose from, but all downloadable patterns are included in the sale. Happy sewing!
Ok, that may be a SLIGHT exaggeration, but I have tried making fireweed cards a whole lot of different ways. Maybe I will have to do a post with all of them sometime :-) They are always popular, but I have had a very hard time finding ways to make them that I both like AND like to make. This one was pretty fun though! For the blossom, I sandwiched a layer of organza between two layers of Aquafilm water soluble stabilizer in a hoop and free motion stitched them. Then I cut them out and washed away the stabilizer. I thought about doing it with just thread, which I did on another project recently, but decided to save time by adding the organza, the stitching doesn't have to be quite as dense that way.
Then, to stitch them onto the background, I used free motion stitching for the stamen part, and even stitched the beads on with the machine at the same time! The extra photo is a better format for Pinterest, haven't figured out a better way to do that!
In case you are ready for spring, here are all of my 'springy' card patterns in one place! (oops, and one set of coasters :-)) They are available in download or print form. (A few card patterns are also available in kit form, but not any of these spring ones.) Quilted cards are so quick, it's a great way to be able to finish a project in one sitting, and they make great gifts! Click on the photo to order or for more info.
I'm still in a doodly mood I guess, so I decided to make it into cards at least. I drew the outline of 4 cards on a piece of white fabric first; it's easier to work with the larger piece at once than individual cards. Now all I have to do is cut them apart and put binding on.
I got my copy of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine in the mail yesterday, boy is that a fun one. I didn't think I would ever like a magazine as much as Quilting Arts, but this one is just as good! I was especially excited to see an article by Karlee Porter, her work is really amazing. And even more amazing, the tips in the article enabled me to do a better sketch than I usually can, which then turned into trying it on a journal cover. So much fun! This is the front and back of the cover, it is reversible as long as it can be turned upside down.
This reminded me that I haven't put out a request recently for book cover pics. If you make a book cover using my
tutorial, and are willing to have a photo of it on my tutorial page, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I will even link it to your website/blog if you have one.
Karlee also has a new book out, Graffiti Quilting, which I think I will have to get! Go check her out, karleeporter.com!
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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