Quilting Day: A Pattern

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? Are you snowed in and just staying home? Having a Super Bowl party? Whatever you do I hope you enjoy the weekend. Our family is getting together to enjoy our youngest daughters 23rd birthday. (Wow, how time flies).

My youngest daughter loves to sew and has made several quilts and I made my first quilt last year. So now my husband thinks he needs his own quilt. He thinks when it is below freezing outside he needs a quilt, like the rest of the family, to snuggle up in. I finally gave in and said I would make him a quilt, now I have to actually get busy and make one. I’m a little nervous since this will only be my second quilt to make. Good or bad I am going to share my progress with you each week right here.

Quilting DayThe first step in making this quilt is picking out the pattern. I found a pattern on All People Quilt that I think will be simple enough for me to master. I choose the Simple Sashing and Rectangles Quilt. It says simple right in the name so I can do this. Right?

All People QuiltWith All People Quilt, I know exactly how much material I need. The pattern tells me how to cut the fabric and shows me how to assemble the quilt. I have the project instructions printed for a quick reference as I’m assembling and sewing.

Check back next week when my husband picks out the fabric. He already knows what he wants but I am throwing in a few suggestions. (What does he know about matching fabrics?)

Be Inspired,

Dena

Fabric ABC’s for a Toddler

Earlier this winter I sat down to create a Christmas gift for my grandson. I thought it would be very time-consuming but it only took me a few hours to complete. My grandson loves his letters and his mom helps him with learning his ABC’s.

Fabric ABC'sI first made a fabric sandwich with quilt batting between two pieces of fabric. I used fusible batting so that I would not have to pin the fabric sandwich together. I cut each letter out and sewed each letter together.

FAbric ABC'sMy youngest daughter found a cigar box and painted a striped pattern that matched one of the fabrics I used. Then she painted my grandson’s name on the top of the box.Fabric ABC'sMy grandson and my oldest daughter were very surprised at Christmas to see this special gift.Fabric ABCsHappy Together has a more detailed tutorial and printable patterns for the letters and numbers.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Mini Wooden LOVE Sign

We had such a beautiful weekend with highs in the 60’s after having such a cold week with highs in the 20’s. Today it is going to be cold again with a high of 27. I certainly enjoyed the nice weather while it lasted and am so glad it was here on the weekend. Did you have a good weekend or was it still cold where you are?

This weekend I had time to make a wooden “love” sign.

LOVE signI used a 6 inch square board with rounded edges and 1 3/4 inch wooden letters.

LOVE sign suppliesPaint the board and letters.

LOVE paintGlue the letters onto the board and your sign is complete.

LOVE signThis was another quick, easy and cheap project.

I have rounded up some other “love” ideas that I think you will like.

Valentines Day LOVE Embroidery
An embroidery LOVE from My Girlish Whims.

DIY Sweetheart Glass BlockThis sweetheart glass LOVE block is from My Paper Craze.

DIY Love MarqueeThis marquee LOVE sign is from Crafting in the Rain.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Valentine’s Mantel

It’s Friday! Are you as excited as I am for the weekend? I really don’t have a specific reason to be excited except for the fact that I do not have to go to work for two days. I look forward to being at home and doing some crafting. I still have a few more ideas for Valentine’s that I would love to make. But I’m off to a great start with my Valentine mantel.

Valentine GarlandThis week I made a heart garland for the fireplace mantel. I used two sheets of red felt that already had glitter on one side. I cut different sizes of hearts with pinking shears.

Felt HeartsOnce I had enough hearts I used embroidery floss to sting the hearts and white pom-poms together. Then I hung the garland above the fireplace.

Valentine's MantelHere is my Valentine’s mantel with the heart wreath and love you sign. To finish off the mantel, I added a few decorative bottles, vase of flowers, candle and a picture of the family.

Be Inspired,

Dena

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Love You Sign

I love quick, easy and cheap crafts. Today I want to share with you a cute “love you” sign that falls into all of these categories. This last weekend was so busy that a quick craft project was a must if I wanted to accomplish anything.

love you signFor this cute “love you” sign, I used a simple cheap frame. If you don’t have some empty frames you can pick one up at the dollar store. I used two sheets of white card stock and three washi tapes that had red and pink in them.

love you cut outI used my Silhouette to cut one of the sheets of card stock with “love you”. Then on the other sheet of card stock I placed the washi tape horizontally.

wash itapePlace the cut out sign in front of the washi tape lined page and put in the frame.

love you signSee? Quick and cheap. I love the new addition to my valentine decore.

Be Inspired,

Dena