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Valentine’s Day is approaching and I saw this tutorial that looked so pretty and that would be great to make for Valentine’s Day. It is from the Farm Wife Journal Blog . ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Candy Hearts Table Runner Tutorial

Our kitchen table needed a little brightening up for Valentine’s Day. I searched through my fabric stash and found the aqua pieces of Sew Cherry by Lori Holt. I love this fabric!! Then found a few scrap fabrics that coordinated. I love it when I can just shop my stash!

The table runner is made with an uneven nine patch blocks and heart appliqué blocks. This was quick and easy to put together.

Here is a tutorial so you can make a Candy Heart Table Runner too.

Materials
1 1/2 yards of white back ground Fabric
1/2 yard of red fabric for heart and binding
1/2 yard of aqua for uneven nine patch blocks
Scraps of coordinating fabric for heart blocks
Batting (I used scraps. It is so nice to use up those little bits of leftover batting)
From the white background fabric cut:
4- 3 inch strip width of fabric (WOF)
2- 2 1/4 inch strip WOF
5- 6 1/2 inch squares
From aqua cut:
2- 2 1/4 inch strip WOF
1- 3 inch strip WOF
From red cut:
3- 2 1/2 inch strips WOF for binding
From scraps:
Cut five hearts
For the Heart blocks

Cut a piece of paper 6 1/2 inches square. Fold in half and draw half a heart on the fold. Make sure that you leave enough room for seam allowances. Cut along your drawn shape to make a heart.

Use your paper heart as a pattern and appliqué your scrap hearts to the center of the white blocks. I used needle turn appliqué.  I traced the heart on to freezer paper then cut it out and ironed it to the right side of my scrap fabric. Shiny side down. Then traced the heart shape into the fabric. Clipping the curves I stitch the hearts to the blocks.

For the Uneven Nine Patch Blocks
For the first strip set sew 2 1/4 inch white strips to both sides of the 3 inch color strip.

For the second strip set sew 2 1/4 inch aqua strips to both sides of the 3 inch white strip.
From the first strip set cut 5- 3 inch blocks.
From the second strip set cut 10- 2 1/4 inch blocks.

Sew a 2 1/4 block to either side of the 3 inch block to make an uneven nine patch block. Make 5 uneven nine patch blocks. Should be 6 1/2 inch blocks.

Now alternate the heart blocks and the nine patch blocks so that you have two rows of 5 blocks. Sew together to form rows then sew your rows together.

Add borders. Make your quilt sandwich. I machine stitched in the ditch between all the blocks and in the seams if the uneven nine patch blocks. Then I used floss to stitch around the hearts and in the border.

Add binding.

 All done!! A bright fun Candy Hearts Table Runner!!

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Today it is icy and snowy outside and I plan to make some mug rugs. A mug rug is a little larger than a coaster and can be used for mugs, snacks, a spoon, or even plants. I have seen so many cute ones and have found one with a tutorial. My plan is to start with that one and then work my way onto making others. This the link for the video http://youtu.be/Z43J5S45FNQ or you can just click on the arrow in the picture.

New Grandbaby's Blanket

This is a baby blanket for our new granddaughter Norah. She was born on 1/14 and is just a cutie!

Ruffled Yellow Felt Pillow

Posted: March 29, 2012 in DIY, felt, pillows, sew, sewing

I saw these just beautiful pillows on the Better Homes and Gardens site and just fell in love with them. I will have to make some of these! The colors in the picture seem so Springy but I am not sure that it will work with my furniture. Maybe I will try some different colors. The following sewing instructions are for one pillow. If you go to the Better Homes and Gardens link, the other pillow instructions are there.

Crafts Supplies:
Felt (yellow)
3/8-inch-wide velvet ribbon (green)
Fiberfill
Sewing Instructions:
Cut a strip of felt 9 inches wide and 18 inches long and hand-stitch two parallel lines close together through the center of the strip. Pull on the ends of each thread so felt strip gathers into a ruffle.
Make a 6-inch-wide ruffle in the same manner. Machine-stitch the 6-inch ruffle in the middle of the larger ruffle.
Cut two 12-inch squares from felt.
Machine-stitch the double ruffle in the center of one square.
Pin a piece of velvet ribbon in the center of the double ruffle.
Place the squares right sides together and machine-stitch around edges, leaving a small opening along one edge for turning. Make sure you catch the ends of the velvet ribbon in the seams.
Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand-stitch the opening closed.

I found this so interesting. Amanda McCavour makes these with her sewing machine, threads,  and fabrics that dissolves in water. Who would have thought? Anyway, these pictures represent her living room. Don’t you just love these? I sure do!

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Amanda McCavour creates incredible images with thread. She describes how she does it on her website:

In my work, I use a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. This fabric makes it possible for me to build up the thread by sewing repeatedly into my drawn images so that when the fabric is dissolved, the image can hold together without a base. These thread images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works actual raveled strength.

The images above are from an installation called “Living Room,” in which McCavour made life-sized drawings of all the stuff she once had in her living room.

Cute Tote Tutorial

Posted: February 29, 2012 in crafts, German, sew, sewing, trendy
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Today I found a tote tutorial that is so cute! It is on a blog that is written in German but you can use the “translate” option on Google to see the instructions in English.

Here is the link: http://geliebteszuhause.blogspot.com/2011/06/anleitung-genahte-einkaufstasche.html

Fabric Houses

Posted: February 28, 2012 in children, Easter, gift, grandchildren, houses, sew, sewing

I saw one of these dollhouses on Pinterest and thought it was so cute. I have added the link for the tutorial so you can make them yourself (http://uklassinus.blogspot.com/2008/08/fabric-dollhouse-tutorial.html ) . This would make a nice Easter gift for a child or even a birthday gift. The pictures show some houses or barns that be for a boy or a girl.

I am planning to try it, too. It looks like so much fun! I may just make them for my granddaughters.