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Lessons Learned for finishing a Quilt

This weekend, I spent some time over @Spoonflower’s Greenhouse teaching a quilt finishing class. It went really well. I did my first mini trunk show and walked through some of the techniques I used for each of my quilts. mosaic801c7d9af7bfc0beb83d40db7aaba4f483076714

While talking, I realized how much I have learned in the two years I have been quilting. I could not have done it without the fabulous online resources the quilting community offers. I wanted  to share some of those tutorials and classes, I have enjoyed, with you.

Basting

Quilting

Binding

I hope you all enjoy !! Linking up with Lorna for Let’s Bee Social (see button on the right).

Simply Stars: First big finish!!

It only took 211 posts since I started blogging, but I finally have my first big finish.

My Simply Stars quilt is finished, and gifted to a very dear friend, who is expecting a girl!!! I added light grey striped binding. Here are the blogs to describe the process:

and of course the photo’s. As its my first big finish, I made sure I captured it I hope you don’t mind me sharing :-).

The finished front and back of Simply Stars

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The casual thrown on the chair look

Simply Stars Casual

In case, you need more close-ups of the binding and quiltingSimply Stars CloseUp Quilting_binding SimplyStarsClose_upCorner

Lastly, the inaugural roll
Simply Stars Folded

I am linking up with Janice @ Better off Thread for Sew Cute Tuesday, which I am super excited about since it was her ultra wavy quilting design I tried and Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday – even though its a few days away.

Better Off Thread

As this is the 1st of 2 quilts I put as my goals for July, I am checking in for mid-July with “A Lovely year of finishes”.

My Button

WiP: Star Trek e-Reader cover

For Christmas, my mum got a e-reader. She loves Star Trek specifically Spock. Taking these two things guess what I am making her from Mother’s Day – yep, a Star Trek e-reader cover.

Pattern: I am using a pattern by Atkinson Designs – the Reader Wrap. It is pretty easy and quick to put together. You will probably have materials left over.
Material: Black Essex Linen for the spine. Two Star Trek themed Fabric from JoAnn. All material either had Pellon Shape Flex or Pellon Peltex Ultra Firm.

Inside CoverIMG_7030

Close-up of the e-Reader pocketIMG_7037

Outside Cover (sorry for the blurry photo, I will publish a better one for Friday)
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I only have the binding to go so I should have this done for Friday 😉

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Making Gift cards a little more personal

It’s coming to the end of the year, and I was thinking about what to give my two employees who are reporting to me. I wanted to keep it simple so I decided on gift cards, even though I am torn, since they are a little impersonal.

At the recent craft fair I participated in, a customer asked if I made gift card holders (pockets) that can be reused for storing business cards or credit cards. Of course I said yes. Yesterday, I posted that customers finished order.

That request/order inspired me to make the same pockets for my employees – what a great way to make it more personal. I have one male and one female employee, so for the male pocket I tried to make it male appropriate (the blue one below). Here are their two pockets filled with a gift card, which they will receive tomorrow 🙂

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I wanted to highlight the top pocket in the picture above, as I am very thankful to one of my husband’s colleagues who provide me scraps from one of her quilts; this is what I made from those scraps.ReusableScrapsGiftCardPockets

I don’t really use a pattern and I just randomly piece the straps together, sometimes with a color in mind. I make the pockets with strips of 7 inch fabric pieces that can be from 1″-1.5″ wide. The final width of the block is 5″ (so  7″x5″ block). I lined them with left over corduroy scraps I had, from making the chair pockets and coffee cup sleeves. Finally, I add the binding on the two ends and sewed the sides together. They take between 20-30 minutes to make (including cutting time).

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it up Friday

More placemats for Christmas – Project 2

I was asked by a friend to make some placemats for a christmas gift. We found some great New York themed Home Essential Fabric from Joann’s which will work great for the recipients.

These are simple placemats – New York fabric used for the front, Striped fabric for the back, dark brown binding and straight line quilting used to join everything together.