Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Hi Friends! I finally feel like I'm out of hibernation from being a twin mommy! Lately I've been making some pretty neat projects inspired by upcoming seasons and this project reminds me of fireworks, BBQ's, and summer. Lost and Found Americana designed by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Fabrics is patriotic, vibrant, and simply stunning. 

I made a patchwork porch pillow, using an array of patriotic patterns from the line.  

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow. 


I come from a military family, so this fabric line is near to my heart and also July 4th is one of my favorite holidays because fireworks of course! 

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Lost and Found Americana Porch Pillow

Details of pillow


I didn't use a specific pattern. Just measured the pillow insert and went from there. The fabric prints were so pretty, I thought the best way to showcase them was with a freehand type of design. Here's what I started off with and it just grew from there. My favorite print is the little girl holding the flag.


Freehand patchwork design


I hand quilted in random spots that I felt would look pretty. I think it came out quite nice!


Hand quilting detail


I used the stripes for the binding to bring it all together. The back of the pillow has the American eagle blue print. I thought it was perfect for the back.


Binding detail

Back of pillow


Lost and Found Americana is available now! Check your favorite or local fabric retailers if they have it in stock. It would be a great time to get started on your July 4th and summer projects!



Lost and Found Americana

Thanks for checking out my latest project. See you soon!



Karen

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lily Blog Tour

Hello! Welcome to the Lily Fabric Blog Tour! Lily Fabric is designed by Sue Penn for Penny Rose Fabrics. She has been designing fabric for almost twenty years and it truly shows in Lily Fabric.  With mint, pinks, yellow, floral's, gingham's, and sweet polka dots, this line is simply beautiful and so in line for springtime. So, when I was asked to create something for the release, I was so excited and inspired to make something pretty! 

Pretty stack of Lily Fabric


I made a quilted, springtime bag with hexie detailing. I quilted the side panels and used quilt batting to keep the bag soft and light. 

Quilted Bag with Lily Fabric

Quilted Bag with Lily Fabric


I created a large zippered pocket for the backside so it can hold your phone, keys, and such. 

Back of bag - quilted with a back zippered pocket.

Back of bag


I added inner pockets so it can hold more things like a wallet or a phone, or if you like are me, baby toys, bottles, pacifiers. Oh I didn't tell you, I have twins! I usually add all kinds of pockets to any bag I make because of the stuff I have to lug around ha! Aren't the polka dots and tiny floral's just so sweet?

Inside of bag


I also had time (while my babies were napping) to make a cute pouch using a weaving technique I've been experimenting with. I thought it would be a great way to showcase the floral's in the Lily Fabric line.

Handmade pouch with weaving technique.


Handmade pouch with weaving.


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my handmades for Lily Fabric! If you want to make something pretty just in time for Spring or even Summer, Lily Fabric will definitely be a wonderful choice! I'll be back real soon with another project. 

In the meantime, go check out the other talented bloggers for the Lily Bloghop and enjoy! Here's who is up next:


See you soon!

Karen

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cute Fabric Weaved Pillow

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! It's been a while since I've been here, but I wanted to share how I created the fabric weave pillow since some of you asked (Instagram can only show so much!). I have some upcoming projects and I wanted to test out some designs I've been thinking about for a long time (while I raise my twin babies I daydream of sewing!). I made this small pillow for my baby Rosalie who loves colors and textures. She already has played in my fabric cabinet!

Basket weaved baby pillow

The back of the pillow. I used an envelope flap for the pillow insert. 

Here's how I created the basket weave (excuse my non-professional photos for the step-by-step instructions, I used my iphone for these pics):


First, cut 2 inch strips of desired length of cute, contrasting fabrics. I used "Backyard Roses" by Nadra Ridgeway for Penny Rose Fabrics. If you know me, I am a bonafide fabric hoarder and this stash has been in my special hoarding cabinet, displayed nice and pretty for a long time now.


Next, fold a strip in half.


Now, fold both ends towards the crease, and press with an iron. You can do this for the entire length of the strip or use this handy dandy tool for making bias tape:


I love this tool! It's my go-to tool when I make bias tape for my quilts. It's called the Quilt Binding Express. Got mine at Joann's. You run the strip through the opening and press with an iron.



When you have your desired amount of strips, lay them out evenly and use clips or pins to hold them together. 



Now, with the contrasting fabric, start weaving into the first layer you pinned together. Lift one flap up and place the contrasting fabric onto the layer you created.


Skip the second piece, and go onto the third. 



Repeat this process until you have the desired length.


Here's the end.



Repeat this process with the third contrasting fabric. Until you end up with something like this:




I love this technique because it's a good way to use fabrics you love, without having to cut and sew teeny tiny squares! I ended up with a small 9x9 weaved piece. I trimmed up all the edges, pinned and sewed around the entire piece to hold all the weaving together. Then I proceeded making the pillow, and I apologize, but I didn't take any pictures of the pillow making process (mommy brain!), but I'm sure most of you know how to make a pillow?

Thanks for reading my tutorial! I'll be back soon with a new and cute project!

Karen

Monday, June 13, 2016

Desert Bloom Fabric Tour

Hi Friends! It's been a whirlwind these past three weeks. I had my twin babies - Jackson and Rosalie, and I must say, life has definitely changed. One thing that hasn't changed is my desire to create things even if I know I have no time at the moment. I can't stop thinking of new creations to sew!

Before I gave birth, I was asked to be part of the Desert Bloom Blog Tour for the talented Amanda Herring a.k.a The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs. Her new line is bold and beautiful, and it was a pleasure to work with her lovely fabrics. I think I'm going to move onto more bolder fabrics for future projects and Desert Bloom was a great choice to start with.

With babies in mind, I decided to create a bottle cooler bag (if you follow me, the last blog tour I did was with Elea Lutz for Strawberry Biscuit, I made a diaper bag). 

Here's what I made:


 
Bottle Cooler Bag

Cooler Bag with removable straps.


Top of bag. Red zipper contrast.

Can fit up to 3 baby bottles and an ice pack or snacks!

Detail shot of cooler bag.

Here's how I made the bag:

I took measurements for 2 baby bottles and 1 water bottle and created the size of the bag off of those dimensions. I chose Desert Bloom blue poppy, hexies, and the grey text fabric from the line. I added red piping to the bag for a nice contrast. I used red cotton webbing for the handles and a bold red zipper for the opening of the bag. I added tabs for a removable adjustable strap in red cotton webbing.



In design phase

If your wondering "where the heck did she get insulation for the cooler bag from?", well there is this magical $1.50 store here in Southern California called Daiso. It's Japanese and they sell cute, useful, and weird stuff. I saw the roll of insulation and bought it!


Cooler bag insulation from Daiso.

I also created bibs using the Desert Bloom Birds in blue, pink, and multi from the line. I contrasted it with the Desert Bloom hexies in blue, grey, and pink.


Detail of Desert Bloom bib in multi print.
Handmade bibs in the Desert Bloom birds prints.

Other side of bibs in Desert Bloom hexies print.

 And here are my beautiful baby twins - Jackson and Rosalie. 


My beautiful babies!!

Thank you friends for following the Desert Bloom Blog tour! I hope to see you real soon with new crafty blog postings and maybe a secret project too! Be sure to stop by Sedef Imer's blog today at Down Grapevine Lane to see what she did for the Desert Bloom Tour. I'm sure it's fabulous! 

Next up on the Desert Bloom Blog Tour tomorrow is:

Yvonne Fuchs at Quilting Jetgirl
Marissa Fischer at Rae Gun Ramblings

Be sure to check out these creative gals projects for the blog tour too!!


Warm wishes,

Karen






Friday, May 13, 2016

Twin Boy Girl Nursery


Hi Friends! I'm less than a week till my due date (yippee and yikes)! I've been taking it easy, but still sewing a couple of things because I'm bored just sitting around waiting! 

I told you a couple of weeks ago I would share my boy girl, gender neutral, whatever you want to call it, twin nursery. I made a couple of things in the room, like the curtains, quilts,and such. My husband actually designed the room. He has a flair for design, which is strictly modern. I on the other hand like everything cute, dainty, and girly. I wanted to paint the walls pink and blue, but he said uh, no. So he came up with this abstract triangle wall decal in pink, blue, and grey (he added a little to pink to make me happy). 

I am prepared as I can be (maybe not mentally), but these kids have everything they could ever need as I plan on not leaving the house for a couple of weeks or months lol! 

So here it is:

My twins nursery for boy and girl.




Detail shots of cribs, books, giant Miffy nightlight, changing table.


I attended Hello Kitty Con 2014 and had this poster. Thought the colors would be perfect for the nursery.




Handmade cross stitched sampler, made by me - Snow White and Hansel and Gretel.

Detail shot of changing table.

I ended up making the changing table cover because I couldn't find a cute one (that fit my standard of cuteness) in this size. I used Japanese fabrics.


The shelf was custom made by husbands friend who is an AWESOME woodworker. We purchased the crates from Japan and he custom fit them into the shelves. Yes, that is a giant Miffy night light! It's so cute right? The panda I bought for myself a couple of years ago in Costco, because I like toys.

This is my nursing/reading corner with Duffy and Shellie May sitting on the rocking chair. I handmade the quilt on the chair.

Details of the handmade quilt. I used Atsuko Matsuyama fabric. 


Handmade twins crib quilts. I used Faraway Forest from Birch Fabrics. I used the entire collection because it had pink, blues, and greys.


I hope you enjoyed a tour of my nursery. Now the countdown begins! I'll be back next month for a secret project I've been working on. I actually completed it but, can't post it just yet!!! See you soon friends!

Karen