Category: #CreativeGoodness

DIY Cat Tent

5 Minute Crafts created a video tutorial to make an adorable Cat Tent.  Seems like a great kid or family project for summer #CreativeGoodness that would be purrfect for anyone with a cat, or to make to give to someone that has a cat.  And, I bet your local Animal Shelter would also appreciate those that are willing to make these and donate to their shelter cats, that are in need of a fur-ever home.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf62wipCf1c

I also want to remind everyone that the Pets on Quilts Show, hosted by Jacque of Lily Pad Quilting, will be held mid August.  This is a great time to pull out your camera to get pictures of your pets on your quilts, or make a pet theme quilt to enter.  Of course, if you make a DIY Cat Tent, I’d also love to see a photo too.  Feel free to post it on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/quiltshopgal.

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 You can find 5 Minute Crafts at:

https://www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_gcGnN5dwQhpPCsZ5H5-4Q

 

You can find Lily Pad Quilting at:

http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com

Wooden Toolbox Idea

While attending a workshop, awhile back, a fellow student had a beautiful handmade wooden toolbox that caught my attention. Her nephew had made this box for her to carry her tools to class, as well as store tools at home.  There were groves inside of the box, on three sides, allowing the ruler to slide making a top of the box. 

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I imagine this could be made for any size ruler, any size box, depending on your interest.  But it really was a beautiful handmade box.2015-03-08 16.49.30

Maybe you have a handy husband, family member, or friend who could make one for you.  I’m definitely going to research to see if I can find someone willing to take orders for such boxes and I’ll update this post, once I’ve found such a person.

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My Favorite Tutorials: Chicken Pin Cushion

I originally learned about these Chicken Pin Cushions from Cindy Needham, several years ago,  as a guild she belongs to was making and selling them as a guild fundraiser.  Of course, I bought a “flock”, as they were so cute and for a great cause.

I was delighted when I saw this tutorial by Jenny Doan, of the Missouri Quilt Company, and knew instantly that I wanted to share it with you, as one of My Favorite Tutorials.

If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch this video directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyvomCiN9Oo

You can find Jenny and the Missouri Star Quilt Company at:

www.missouriquiltco.com
http://blog.missouriquiltco.com/
https://www.facebook.com/QuiltingDeals
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWnhR7raxVFDHmDXqCIzuAw
https://twitter.com/missouriquiltco

#CreativeGoodness With Modern Quilting And Free-Motion Quilting

While at QuiltCon West 2016, this past February, this stunning quilt, by Cheryl Brady, of Kansas City, Missouri, caught my attention:

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Stunning quilt with inspirational free-motion quilting.

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An interesting variety of quilting motifs, creating a feeling of movement.

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And each design plays well with the others, as well as the pieced design.

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I hope you enjoy seeing Cheryl’s quilt as much as I did.

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You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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#CreativeGoodness – Re-Purposing

I love ideas for re-purposing.  I spotted this youtube video that shows how to take the cap of an empty plastic bottle to use for sealing a plastic bag.  And I wanted to share it with you today.  I hope you also find it helpful.  


If you are on a MAC or have problems viewing this embedded video, you can click this link to watch this video directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6QNeBDD-g

The possibilities for using this bottle cap and a plastic bag are endless and I’m curious how you might use it.  Here are a few of my ideas:

storing buttons,
snacks to take to a quilting retreat,school lunches, etc.
storage of products that came in large containers, which take up space, but you may only have a small amount left (e.g. laundry soap)

What ideas do you have for using this approach for storage?

Creating Color Palettes with Anna Maria Horner

Today I want to share insights about a way you can learn/improve your comfort and skills for working with color.  Creativebug has a new class “Creating Color Palettes“, with Anna Maria Horner.

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Expert bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shares an array of unique tips and tricks to construct your new favorite weekend-away bag. Featuring copious straps, clasps, and pockets, this roomy bag can be customized using a combination of your favorite fabrics. Although it is highly detailed and includes many steps, Nicole’s expert knowledge and extensive teaching experience will give sewists the confidence to make this skill-building bag step by step.

Learn how to:
  • Block fuse and cut fabric accurately and efficiently
  • Make and attach a four-fold bag strap
  • Make and insert an outside zipper pocket to a bag
  • Attach O-rings and snap hooks to a four-fold strap
  • Make and insert bag lining with custom-sized slot pockets
  • Make a steady bag base and insert purse feet
  • Insert a zipper closure to the top of a bag
  • Make and attach an adjustable four-fold shoulder strap using a slider

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MY REVIEW:

I’ll confess I’m color challenged, so you should consider this when reading my review.  It is not easy for me to select fabrics and feel I end up with a quilt that has beautiful fabrics.  I’m safe when I make a Hawaiian applique’ quilt (it typically only uses 2 fabrics), but all too often I’ve finished a quilt and wish I had used different colors/fabrics.  Thus, I’m off to research ways to learn/improve our ability to select colors and prints. My approach will be similar to that which I used for learning free-motion quilting (not that I’m an expert).  But I pursued taking every class, reading every blog post and book, as well as practice, practice, practice, to see if I could learn a raindrop of knowledge.  

For those that may not be familiar with Creativebug, there are several opti,  for you to watch this class: 1) You can purchase and download this class as a standalone class, 2) you can subscribe to be a member of Creativebug, for a month, where you get access to all past classes and anything released for that month, or 3) you can purchase a yearly subscription, for a reasonable rate, where you get access to all past classes, as well as classes released during your subscription and you can save 12 classes to your library, to view anytime after your membership expires.

Anna Marie shares her super fun color game, which is a great way to learn to play with color.  Her approach to learning and playing with color is easy to embrace and learn.  Absolute a great class that I am confident I’ll enjoy repeating again and again, yet I’m sure those with more color savvy would enjoy and learn, yet only need to watch one time.

You can find Creativebug at:

https://www.creativebug.com

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You can find Anna Marie Horner at:

http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/

Leah Day Designs – Machine Embroidery – Stitch N’ Paint

Have you seen the new Stitch N Paint designs at Leah Day Designs? These are machine embroidery designs that stitchout beautifully, and perfect for using fabric markers to color, as you design.  You can frame your works of art, turn them into greeting cards, mini-wallhangings, zipper purses, etc..  The possibilities are endless and they are so much fun they are downright addicting.  Certainly a great family craft project and would also make a wonderful gift, finished or for someone who enjoys coloring.

Did you know these designs are perfectly digitized by Leah’s father, Max Gray?    They truly are beautiful machine embroidery designs.  Leah creates the design on paper, stitches it out with free-motion quilting, then Max digitizes her design absolutely perfectly.  I’ve stitched out many of his work and they always stitch out beautifully.  You can find his embroidery files at Leah Day Designs, under the embroidery tab.

Stitch N Paint Landscape

 

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Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design, showing how to stitch the design out, as well as color it:

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I found this design stitched out perfectly, with amazing detail.

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For coloring, I decided to use Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  When you first color your fabric (or paper) the color can look intense, yet has a dry look to it. While this is not a tutorial, I’ll try to share a few tips for using these water color pencils, but don’t forget just about any permanent fabric marker would work well for coloring these designs. Heck, even color crayons would probably be fun and you can heat set them on cotton too!

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When using Inktense watercolor pencils, you can use a water brush (or lightly dip a  small paintbrush in water) to paint where you’ve colored.  Just be careful to brush lightly using minimal water, and you’ll see the colors become more vibrant.  Keep a paper towel handy, to wip off your brush before changing to a different color, as well as using to press on your fabric should you accidentally add too much water.20160427_162724

Can you see how the colors really pop after brushed lightly with water?  I’ll now heat set with a hot iron and I’m going to use this particular stitch n’ paint landscape to turn into a greeting card.

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Stitch N Paint Love

This is the newest design in this series that has just been released.  Easy to fall in love with this design and I’m confident it will stitch out beautifully.  And, it is on sale at Leah Day Designs thru next Wednesday!

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Here is a youtube video that Leah created for this design.

I’m already looking forward to seeing what future designs Leah’s dad releases in his new Stitch N’ Paint designs. I’m sure they will all stitch out beautifully and be fun to paint.

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop – Are you A Quilt Qwazy Queen?

Marian of Seams to be Sew is hosting a super fun event to celebrate International Quilting Day and it goes all week long!  She has lined up a great group of bloggers, with some generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be given away daily, throughout this event.

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QUILT QWAZY QUEENS

I absolutely love the theme that Marian (Seams to be Sew) picked for this blog hop.  I’ll confess I have many non-quilting friends that I’m sure think I’m totally crazy. Although, I think many would be willing to stand in line if I were offering them a chance to get a handmade quilt, or other handmade item.

How do you know if you are a Quilt Awazy Queen?

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I think I’m a Quilt Qwazy Queen as I get so focused that I sometimes can’t stop making the same, or similar design, or working with similar fabrics.  The majority of my quilting is charity quilts.

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I must have made 20+ baby/toddler quilts using Duck Duck Goose fabrics, and other scraps from my stash. Each quilt was completely different. In the end, I still had oodles of blocks and matching fabrics that I gave to a Linus Coordinator, to make more. But I was tired of working with these fabrics, although it was fun to figure out ways to use scraps of various sizes and colors, as well as incorporate machine embroidery designs and free-motion quilting.

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I often pick fabrics from my stash and punch thru making as many charity quilts as I can.  I’ve had quilt blitz periods for flannel quilts, pastel quilts, as well as kid friendly prints.  For me, mass-production of charity quilts can be a great way to help a great cause, as well as be efficient with our supplies and time.  But I’ll confess I reach a point, where I get tired of working with the same fabrics and colors.

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On a personal basis, I enjoy making quilts using a variety of techniques.  But Hawaiian applique quilts, completely stitched by hand, have always been my favorite.  I’ve made many king, queen, twins, laps and wallhanging quilts using a variety of Hawaiian designs, some with historic designs.

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While I enjoy hand piecing, hand applique and hand quilting, I also enjoy machine piecing, free-motion quilting and threadplay.  This spring, I’m wanting to finish this Spring theme applique quilt, which I’ll donate to a fundraiser to benefit Animal Shelters, once I have it finished.  I’m visualizing finishing it with quite a bit of threadplay, using various weights and colors of thread, as well as free-motion quilting and machine applique’.
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But, before I start another project, I plan to finish a Mandala theme table runner that I’ve created during the “Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation“, which I’m hosting this month.  There is an open linky party where anyone can share any Mandala theme creativity, to inspire others.  Plus, generous sponsors have donated  prizes where you can purchase a virtual raffle ticket to enter to win 20+ prizes and all proceeds benefit CF.

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I hope you have fun in the Quilt Krazy blog hop and find many inspirational ideas.  Marian has done a fantastic job coordinating this fun event and I’m honored to be a stop in this hop.  I definitely want to encourage all my followers to visit the other bloggers in this hop, as well as to enter the various daily giveaways to win great prizes.

I also want to heighten awareness that the Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who purchases something at their shop at 10% discount. When you check out, just use the coupon code of: seamstobe316    note:  This discount is not good on gift certificates.

DID I MENTION GIVEAWAYS?  I SHOULD HAVE SAID MEGA GIVEAWAYS:

Marian arranged for each blog, participating in this event, to host a unique giveaway.  Plus there are daily giveaways that you can enter at Seams to Be Sew.  And, the very talented Marian is also giving away free designs and her designs are always amazing.  Is this a great way to celebrate International Quilting Day or what ?

Today, I’m hosting a couple of giveaways, thanks to Marian for coordinating this:

Enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate with the Fat Quarter Shop (open to WW participants in this blog hop), simply claim one or more of the entries using the rafflecopter form below:

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Enter to win a package of Quilter’s Dream Batting – Dream Cotton Select (open to US/Canada Participants in this blog hop), simply claim one or more of the entries using the rafflecopter form below:

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BLOG HOP LINE UP:

March 18
Life In The Scrap Patch
Sew Incredibly Crazy
In The Boon Docks
Quilting Affection
Words In Stitches
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter Only At
Seams to Be Sew

March 21
QuiltShop Gal  {where you are at now}
TeaTime Creations
Ravelly
Meadowbrook
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter Only At
Seams to Be Sew

March 22
Feather Your Nest
Grandmama’s Stories
Pamela Quilts
Vroomans Quilts
My Quilty Musings
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter Only At
Seams to Be Sew

March 23
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Ridge Top Quilts
Quilt Art
Patchwork Breeze
Kwilt Krazy
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter Only At
Seams to Be Sew

March 24
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Just Because Quilts
Moose Stash
Batts In The Attic
All Things Sewn
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter Only At
Seams to Be Sew

March 25
Just Let Me Quilt
Sew Many Yarns
Quilting Queen Online
Jane’s Quilting
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter and Also My Featured Day
Seams to Be Sew

#DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong – Cindy Needham – Charity Fundraiser to Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Look at the beautiful doodling Cindy Needham created, using the PDF Mandala templates, from Maureen Russell, that are available as a fundraiser to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:  Doodling these templates are great for cards, bookmarks, book covers and more, but doodling is also a fun way to build your free-motion quilting skills.

 

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Cindy has such a wonderful eye for design, I’m always inspired when I see her doodles and quilts.MX-C311_20160313_131740_001

Cindy teaches at major quilt shows, online at Craftsy, Empty Spools/Asilomar, as well as hosts multi-day retreats in Northern California.  And, I’m confident when you take a class with Cindy you’ll have fun learning and improving your skills.  I highly encourage it!
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I’m totally inspired by Cindy’s doodling and want to do more doodling with Maureen’s Mandala collection, as well as free-motion quilting.  I absolutely love what Cindy created with some of the Mandala designs in this downloadable PDF Template collection.MX-C311_20160313_131822_001

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Cindy-Needham-509936535688769/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/cindy.needham.142?fref=ts
https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

 

These Mandala templates can be purchased from Maureen Russell at Beautiful Embroidery Designs, for $10 UA (~$7 US) and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the CF Foundation.  Plus, if you purchase these in March you automatically get one virtual raffle ticket and entered to win prizes in my “Bee Creative Charity Fundraiser to benefit CF”.    And while you can create and share in a Linky Party, you technically need not create anything to win a prize – simply donate!

For more info on this Charity Fundraiser:

Week #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/bee-creative-a-stitchalong-fmqalong-doodlealong-linky-party-charity-fundraiser-with-amazing-prizes/

Week #2 – http://quiltshopgal.com/bee-creative-a-stitchalong-fmqalong-doodlealong-linky-party-charity-fundraiser-with-amazing-prizes-2/   

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions about this charity fundraiser.

 

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You can find Beautiful Embroidery Designs at:

http://www.beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulembroiderydesigns.com.au

bee creative every day

 

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