Sew and Show Saturday—#11. Flag quilt…

One of the great things about visiting my mom, is I can show off some more of her great quilts!!
This Flag of Valor quilt from Moda is beautiful and such a wonderful piece for summer decorating!!
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The machine quilting on this one is just as pretty with the intricate star patterns that were incorporated with a meandering floral design…
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I could have this hanging up all summer—sew pretty!!

Patriotic fabric pinwheels in a paint stick picket fence…

I love pinwheels, and I love red, white, and blue.  I don’t have any wreaths for my door for my summer months, so I had to come up with something.  I decided on pinwheels, but didn’t want one more wreath.  I decided to make a picket fence out of wooden paint sticks from Home Depot.
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I glued the paint sticks together until they were wide enough that I could put two additional paint sticks across to make it look like a fence.  I painted them with a gray, watered down acrylic paint and then hot glued them together.
Then I drilled one hole in each of the top corners and used an old, wire hanger to hang it from.  It makes it look like a basket:)
I used red and white baker’s twine and hot glued it in a swag across the front and then added cardstock with the letters HAPPY and secured them with hot glue.
Here’s some pictures on how I made the pinwheels.  I cut out ten,
 5 inch squares of patriotic fabric and put a piece of Warm and Natural batting in between two pieces to make a little “sandwich.”
Next I sewed from one corner to the opposite, diagonal corner—just off the line of center.  I didn’t pin or mark anything and they turned out great—just wing it!! Then flip it around and sew 1/4 inch down the other side.
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You need to do this on the opposite corners as well so you end up with a double straight stitch “X.”  Then you will make 4 cuts to the center, but not through it.
So it looks like this…
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I did use contrasting thread (red in my bobbin) to add some fun!!  After you have made your 4 cuts, you can cut the edges of the square with pinking shears.
I folded the corners to make a pinwheel and then sewed a black button in the center.
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I hot glued two of the pinwheels directly to the picket fence, and then I spray painted three pencils blue and used them for the other three pinwheels.  The final step was to hot glue some burlap ribbon across the top edge.
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Chevron and pinwheels—can’t go wrong there!!  And the picket fence had to be my favorite part—who knew paint sticks could turn into something so fabulous?!?
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Embellished Old Navy Flag tee for my baby girl…

We had a great, calm Fourth of July this year.  I really enjoyed having a mid-week holiday—except that I can’t figure out what day it is now.  I keep thinking it’s Monday!!
We had our annual big breakfast with friends on the morning of the Fourth and then relaxed by the pool.  We don’t live close to any family, and these past few weeks I have been reminded of how grateful I am for my friends that live close by.  They truly are my family and I love them dearly.
We have been taking “Old Navy Flag t-shirt” pictures every Fourth of July since my husband and I were married—almost 14 years ago!!  This year I decided to add ruffles to my baby girl’s onesie. 

 Here’s how it turned out…

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Here’s our family picture with my patriotic bunting in the background…
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I hope you all had a relaxing Fourth of July!!

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Patriotic burlap bunting…

I love decorating my mantel for the holidays, and I love buntings—so naturally I felt I had to make a patriotic bunting for the summer.  I got my inspiration from this post at Sugar Tot Designs.
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I wanted it to be more rustic than cute so I used burlap and a burnt umber colored fabric instead of bright red.  I love how it looks in my great room!!
Here’s how I made it.
1. I measured my fireplace mantel and then divided the total number of inches by three (which I will call measurement A).
2. I took a paper grocery sack and cut it open and then measured the length of one bunting (measurement A).
3. Next I folded the measurement A paper sack in half and cut a half arch so when unfolded I had my desired half circle for the bunting (pattern B).
4.  I cut 2 red fabric half circles, and one blue fabric half circle using pattern B, these are your largest half circles that are your base for each bunting.
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5.  Next I cut about 2 inches of the outside edge of pattern B and then cut 3 pieces of burlap, these are your middle half circles.
6.  Cut pattern B one more time, about 2 more inches, and then cut 2 blue fabrics and 1 red fabric using the newly cut pattern B, these will be your smallest bunting pieces.
7.  I sewed a zig zag stitch around the edge of the largest half circles first, in a contrasting color (cream).
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8.  Then I pinned the burlap circles and pinned them to the larger circles and then stitched them together using a contrasting zig zag stitch (red).
9.  Next I pinned the 2 blue and 1 red smallest half circle to each bunting and stitched with a contrasting zig zag stitch (cream).
10.  I measured a piece of twine to the length of my fireplace mantel and then zig zag stitched (at the top of each bunting) all three buntings together.
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I love leaving this up all through June and July!!  We have a family tradition of getting Old Navy flag shirts every year and taking a family picture.  Last year we took them with my bunting—and it was the perfect backdrop!!
Can’t wait to take some this year with our baby girl!!
*** UPDATE*** Be sure to check out my new, updated version with chevron fabric!! http://sewsweetcottage.blogspot.com/2013/05/happy-memorial-day.html

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Little Miss’ pillowcase tutorial…

I had someone ask me for measurements for Little Miss’ pillowcase on her bed, so I’m going to share that with everyone!!  It was really easy to make.
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The white background fabric center is 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches.  Next I sewed the two sides of polka dot fabric which are 3 x 17 1/2. (I used 1/4 inch seams)  Then add two more polka dot fabric strips on the top and bottom measuring 3 x 27 1/2 inches.  Pin ric rac on seam of with and polka dot fabric (2 1/2 yards will give you enough) turning the corners by just folding the ric rac.  Sew jumbo ric rac with invisible or red thread. Cut a contrasting piece of fabric for the back of the pillowcase, 21 1/2 x 27 1/2 fabric. Sew to front of pillowcase right sides together.
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Cut on the bias a 2 1/2 by 45*inch (*a little extra to play with)strip to be used for the binding. Pin and sew right sides together.  Top stitch the binding so it will lay nice and flat.
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It’s the perfect compliment to my PB Inspired quilt!!
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Sew and Show Saturday—#10. My Kaleidoscope Endurance quilt…

This queen sized kaleidoscope quilt is the biggest quilt I’ve ever made, and was one of the first ones I attempted years ago.   This was a quilt that my mom and I  saw hanging in a store and the second I saw it—I knew I had to have it!!  Once I started making it, I realized how hard it was going to be to line up all the triangle pieces…UGH!!
In the middle of trying to finish this quilt, years ago before we had kids, I miscarried.  I was so devastated.  I had so many thoughts running a million miles an hour through my head—it was our second miscarriage over a 2 1/2 year time period and I started to wonder whether we would ever be able to have children.  Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep very well and “turn off” all those thoughts.  So I decided late one night that I was going to dig into this quilt and finish it—because at least I could say I did something positive during my miscarriage.  Sounds crazy, but it helped me get through it—both the quilt, and the miscarriage:)
So here’s my labor of love…
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I had someone else machine quilt it for me and then pieced the binding together with different fabrics—my favorite look!!
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I love the quilt pattern she chose for the kaleidoscope blocks.  It turned out so happy and cheery—and a nice ending to my endurance quilt!!

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Projects, projects, projects!!!

I have WAY too many things to do right now, all wonderful things, just TOO MANY!!!  So I’m going into survival mode this week.  I’m just going to have to dream about these projects until school is out and recitals are over and I have a bit more time to think about them…
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My sweet hexie girl quilt top is done, and I finally picked up some perfect fabric yesterday (and met the sweetest new quilting friend!) at the store—so she’s on the big to-do list.
Then there’s this little baby I picked up this week to refinish and add chicken wire too…isn’t she lovely??  Look at that hardware!!
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So, those are my back burner lovelies!!
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Sew and Show Saturday—#9. Moda Little Apples Ric Rac quilt

This adorable quilt came from a fabulous quilt kit from Material Girl’s shop.  The fabric is Little Apples by Moda, which I fell in love with last year—and the pattern is In a Jiffy by Thimble Blossoms.  It was a super fun quilt to make, and it goes perfectly with my Baby Girl’s apple themed room.
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The fabric colors are so fun together, and I love the whimsical little girls running and playing.  Can’t wait to get this quilted and see how it looks finished!!

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Ladybird Ln I Heart Nap Time Keeping It Simple Raising Oranges Making A Diamond in the Stuff Pincushion Creations A Crafty Soiree Fine Craft Guild mop it up mondays Creative Itch Photobucket It's OVerflowing Whipperberry Somewhat Simple HookingupwithHoH Sew Happy Geek The Taylor House Design Dazzle wednesday's wowzers One Artsy Mama Goings on in Texas
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