Saturday, January 30, 2016

XOXO Table Runner

You know when you are touched by kindness that you didn't expect but were so grateful to receive?  I received a message from Samantha Walker who knows how much I love to sew and quilt offering to send me some of her lovely Riley Blake fabric.  I received a gorgeous box of amazing fabric and for my tutorial for today I chose to use a Doohickey Designs pattern which you can find in the Digi Playground store.  
I love using my Silhouette to cut out fabric with fusible web on the back and then use simple applique on my sewing machine.  

1.  The pattern gives dimensions for you to cut for the pieces but I opted to make my pieces 6X6" so that I could fit four on my mat.  I used a Cricut Strong Grip mat which I only use for fabric.  
2.  I cut the fusible interfacing 1/4" smaller than the 6x6" square so that I don't get any of the fusible goo on my iron and ironing board.  
3.  Iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of the fabric squares.
4.  After cool peel off the paper and stick the fabric square down on your mat.
5.  Use a brayer to make sure that the fabric will not move when you are cutting it.
6.  Use a Silhouette Fabric Blade in your machine and I use the cutting selection for fabric and always have it double cut.  
7.  Check your cut before you take your mat out of your machine and cut again if necessary.

With this pattern you always have the option to cut the templates out of paper and trace them onto your paper backed fusible web.  I would then iron the paper web onto the back of your fabric square and cut it out on your pencil line.
8.  Carefully take your fabric pieces off your mat.  You might have to snip a few threads so have a sharp pair of scissors handy.
9.  Iron your pieces following the pattern onto the background pieces you have cut according to the pattern directions.
10.  I used a blanket stitch on my machine with matching thread to applique my pieces down.  You can see them laid out ready to be stitched above.
11.  Assemble the table runner and quilt and bind as desired.  I machine quilted mine using a paper quilting template of roses.
Table runners are such an elegant gift and brighten any room and don't take very much fabric or effort.  Be sure to share with  us if you try this one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Be Mine

One thing that definitely gets me through our yucky New England January winters is preparing for Valentine's Day.  I simply adore the colors and these Doodlebug patterns are so cute.  I used two different Digi Playground files for my project.  The box is made by the uber talented Jamie Cripps and it is called 3D Candy Bar/Pencil Holder.  So you can use it for two different things.  You can find this amazing file here.

3D Candy Bar | Pencil Holder
The sentiments are called Valentine Phrases and you can print them in so many wonderful yummy papers and resize them to fit your needs.  You could even make a matching card for your chocolate bar treat holder.  You can find the files for the phrases here.  Jamie made these awesome files as well.
Valentine Phrases (4)
I hope that winter is good to you and be sure to hop on into the store to pick up these and other wonderful Valentine files.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year all you Digi Playground loving crafters.  I hope that you have had a fabulous holiday season and are ready for an amazing 2016.  I love this sweet little card by Carina Gardner.  You can find it here in the Digi Playground store.  There is time to make some of these cards up to send out to family and friends.  

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016 for all your family and friends.