Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quilting Ideas and Photo Quilts

My great grandparents on my grandmother's side.

This weekend I made a trip to visit my grandmother and continued scanning all the family photos she has. It was amazing to see so many memories from so long ago. I even have pictures of my great, great, great, great grandparents! It is my plan to create a photo quilt of some of the photos and use some fabric from my grandfather's old clothes (he passed away two months ago). I am very excited about printing the photos on the fabric (which is super easy), but a little nervous about starting a quilt since I have never technically quilted.

My grandmother, Phyllis Fitzgerald.

I think I am going to sew a few border strips around each photo, then the squares together and keep it simple. Has anyone ever taken their finished top to a fabric or quilt store to have it finished with the batting and stitching on top? Do they use a clear thread? Anyone have any good quilting sites or locations around Indianapolis, IN to go to for these services?

Any help, tips, or suggestions would be great! I will keep everyone updated with my progress!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

ETSY ARTIST FEATURE: Hip to Piece Squares

Tonight I was poking around on my Facebook as usual and this awesome Etsy shop I had fanned awhile back popped up on my newsfeed. I wanted to share their shop with you because their items are just TOO CUTE!

Hip to Piece Squares (or Etsy name sarahminshall) has so many great items from totes to house shoes, which I want to buy soon! I really like these scarves that look quilted (see below), and hope they put some in their shop!
Make sure you check out their Blog, become a fan on Facebook, and shop their Etsy page!

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Treasury Widget

I love using Craft Cult's site for a variety of things Etsy! I am especially loving their treasury widget. This new tool allows one to search all the Treasuries they are in or they have made, customize the look, and get an html code to post on their website or blog.

Check out the current Etsy Treasuries I am features in (I found 75 total, but the most recent are some Front Page-worthy Valentine's Day Treasuries!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

DIY: Mittens from Recycled Wool Sweaters

Over the holidays, I wanted to make something fun, useful, and something I was NOT planning on selling on Etsy. I wanted a simple gift for friends and family that I could make without spending a ton of money, but super creative at the same time.

I remembered that I had purchased the warmest, and best made recycled mittens at a local holiday boutique this past November. I wanted to learn how to make them myself, so I Googled the project and found some helpful sites.

The best site, instructions, and video came from Studio 5. They also provided the pattern.
*I suggest cutting the pattern a little longer/bigger than the pattern or else they will not be long enough for all hands, but you can tweak the pattern to your needs.*

I live in a nicer part of town, so the Goodwill I visited had 1 Wool Sweater for me to buy and felt. That was a little disappointing. I am learning that tons of people are felting wool and making similar items, so they were fresh out of recycled materials I needed. With the help of my friend, Jamie, I was able to find 7 sweaters at another Goodwill a week later!

My first few pairs I only made one or two minor mistakes (having the wrong side of the cuff facing out, making the mitten too small, etc), but each pair of gloves I made are wearable and no one would notice that I made any mistakes at all unless I pointed them out. I only wound up with one extra fleece insert (that I am going to use as a dust rag) when I was not paying attention to the previous position of the insert.

Check out the photos below!
Overall a great experience and only spent about 1/2 Hour-45 minutes on one pair. A big thanks to my mother-in-law, who provided me with thread, patience, and her sewing machine.

**I like looking at examples when trying to make something. If you would like to be in a drawing for a pair of recycled mittens I made (I did not secure the layers with extra stitches, so it is easy to take the lining off to see and learn, then slide back on to use), just comment on the article and leave your e-mail address. I will choose a winner soon! Be sure to share with your friends, Tweet, and Facebook!**

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Happy belated New Year to everyone. I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday.

We have returned from vacation and are currently working on our 2011 line of New Rainbow Crayons and ideas for our shop and blog. I wanted to share our two newest and updated Rainbow Crayon items.

*They are actual Lego man size, but cannot refer to the word "Lego" on Etsy*

While you are shopping around for Valentine's Day, do not forget our Heart Rainbow Crayons both in Jumbo and Mini Size, as well as a card to go along with your gift to say, "I'm Yours."

I would love any feedback or comments you have! Thanks for checking in with us!
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