Monday, December 31, 2012

Mingling

Hello again my friends!! 

Can you believe that this is the last day of 2012? Every year goes by faster and faster! 

Just wanted to pop in and say hi and that I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and of course a safe New Year!! 

I've been up to a few things since my last post...

I was in a bee about two years ago or so (gasp!)  called Putting the Bee in Christmas.  It was a bee geared towards making Christmas quilts. So off my fabric went, and happily it came right back. Unfortunately after that, there it sat. This year I really wanted to make a tree skirt so after trying to decide on a pattern, it came to me that I still had these blocks waiting to be made up.  So away to work I went. I didn't do anything crazy with it, but I loved how it turned out! Sometimes simple is just the way to go. 

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Thank you to everyone who helped me make this!!! <3 p="p">

I've also been making some pillows.  I made Rachel's Scruffily Quilt some years ago so when I saw her pillows, off I went! You can find the tutorial for her pillows HERE.

Scruffily Pillows

I've bee n playing around with Julie's Hex N More ruler... this girl is a genius...I've said that since I first read her blog....still a genius!

Playing around with @jaybirdquilts Hex N More Ruler and some @robertkaufman Tidbits and Treasures :)

I've been cutting 1.5" squares of Treasures and Tidbits (Robert Kaufman fabric) for a miscellaneous project.. meaning I have no idea what I am going to do with it just yet. I wanted to try Oh, Franssons stamp collection technique. I used smaller squares but its genius! 

I might be a bit mad...1.5" squares! #treasuresandtidbits #robertkaufman #quilting

Last but not least I got sucked in to the Scrappy Trip Along. I saw photos popping up all over Instagram (I'm KarrieLyne there if you wanna add me) so of course I poked into it and in one day I am almost half way done. Each block is 12" finished and I want to make mine 6 x 6 blocks, so I have 20 left to make. If you'd like to know more (and to make your own...wink wink) you can find the tutorial HERE.  If you want to see more of the wonderful Scrappy Trip quilts I am talking about, there is also a Flickr Group HERE. Beware....it's addicting!

Halfway done!! Even though this isn't my norm, I am really starting to like this! #scrappytripalong #abeautifuluglyquilt #quilting

What have you been up to!!?? 

Much Love!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

DIY Subway Art Tutorial

So you've heard of this not so little site called Pinterest, yes? Anyone else concur what a time suck it can be? You tell yourself I will just go peek for a minute and an hour later you've pinned 50 things and liked 50 more. ACK! 

I do really like that site though. I like the premise that I can pin a recipe or a pattern and when I come across a need for it, I know right where to go. Organized bookmarks if you will, only with very pretty pictures! 

After spending so much time on there I thought that if I was going to eat up so much time I should at least have something to show for it. If I am going to pin stuff, I should put some of them to use, right? Otherwise, what good are they? 

One of my favourite things to date that I've pinned is subway art. There are a ton of tutorials out there so I won't do a detailed one, just a run down of the steps I took to do mine. 


This was going to be a softball theme for my daughter and I didn't want the background to be plain. I wanted to jazz it up a bit. 

Step 1:  Paint your canvas with Gesso. (You can find this in the artist paint section. Its like white paint to prime the canvas.) Let dry completely. 

Step 2:  Grab some bubble wrap and cut it into manageable squares. 

Step 3:  Choose your paints. I just used acrylic. Squeeze a dab of each onto a plastic plate and grab some foam brushes. I used one for each color but you could wash one in between each color. 


Step 4:  Using one color at a time, paint your color onto your bubble wrap, leaving a paint free spot to hold. This way your fingers will stay fairly clean. Take care not to paint it too thick. Then press it to your canvas. Keep pressing it in different spots until you need to reload with paint. Repeat until you get the desired look. 


Step 5:  Let dry completely. This really doesn't take too long. Maybe an hour. 

Step 6:  While your canvas is drying, get out your Silhouette and cut your design from vinyl. My canvas is 20" x 24" and the Silhouette can only cut 12" wide so I cut my design sideways by setting my work area to 20" x 12". Doing so allowed me to cut my entire design from only two pieces of vinyl. (Refer to later photo showing brown and green vinyl.) I used THIS video as my original guide. 

Step 7:  After the vinyl is cut, remove all the excess vinyl from around the letters. Take care in doing this step. Go slow so you don't have to re-cut. This will leave you with your letters on the backing only. 

Step 8:  Using a piece of transfer paper (I just used clear contact paper) that is a bit bigger than your design, peel off the backing and lay it sticky side down over your letters. Using an old credit card, gift card, or anything with a stiff edge, run it over all your letters. Press firmly. Now flip it over and glide it over the back too.  Carefully lift the transfer paper minding that each of your letters are securely stuck to it as you pull it away. 



Step 9:  Place the transfer sheet onto your canvas lining everything up. Once you have it placed right where you want it, using that gift card again, start rubbing the letters. Here you have to be a bit more careful because if you push too hard you will rip your canvas. You may want to turn your canvas over on a hard surface and burnish it from the back. Then peel back the transfer paper. You may have to keep using your gift card to get those letters to stick down. Be patient and go slow. It's worth it!



Step 10: Once the transfer paper is removed, take that gift card one more time and give it a careful once over just to be sure all the edges are down onto the canvas. We don't want any leaks. 

Step 11: Grab that Mod Podge and paint a layer over the letters and on the canvas. Don't worry, you will still be able to remove the letters. We want to put this clear layer down so that when we spray paint it, the paint will not leak under the letters so we are creating a seal around each letter. This results in a very crisp letter, which is important, unless you want a different look. If you want a messy look, skip the mod podge.

Funny. I've always called it "Modge" Podge. Until I looked at the photo to realize its Mod, not Modge...lol! 



Step 12:  Let dry completely. 

Step 13:  Grab that spray paint. I only use Rust-oleum's Painters Touch. Best coverage in my opinion. 


Step 14:  Place your canvas over something you don't mind getting paint on. I used a broke down cardboard box.  Spray one coat but don't worry about covering the whole thing. Just do a light coat over the sides and tops. 



Step 15:  Let that dry according to the directions on the can and then spray it with one more coat. Let that dry once again. Make sure its good and dry. You don't want to peel stickers while the paint is wet. 

Step 16:  Now comes the fun part. The reveal! Grab a sharp tool like an exacto knife. VERY CAREFULLY stick the tip of the exacto knife into the vinyl letter. Do not puncture your canvas! Once you get the tip of the knife in the sticker you can pull it up and off the canvas. Repeat until you have removed all of your letters. You are left with a piece of Subway Art! 



I even used Pinterest inspiration to hang it on the wall....with toothpaste! :)

Note: All fonts were found at DaFont.com. Part of the fun was looking for all the fonts! :)

I did my trial run based on the video I linked above and this was the result...


Now go get your craft on! 

Much Love!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Help!

My dearest crafty friends, I need your help!

I have this prankish idea to play on one of my former supervisors. She is in much need of a few laughs and smiles.

You know those little trees they sell at Michael's Craft stores? They usually have the burlap wrapped around the bottom and they are not very costly?? You can decorate them yourself....

I want to hang (bare with me here....remember I said it was prankish..heehee) Doritos from them...like ornaments.

My need for help comes in because I need ideas on how to put a hold in the tops of the actual Dorito so I can hang a string on it to put on the tree. Anyone have ideas how to do this with out breaking the Dorito? I can always hot glue a hook on it but I'd rather do the hole and ribbon to make it look "pretty". Heh!

Also, is there a way to preserve it so they don't go bad? Modge Podge?? Would that work? Not sure if that can even be done but I thought it would be nice if it lasted until after Christmas was over!

I'm not crazy, promise! Just want to make someone laugh in a very sad time.

Any ideas you have are welcome!

Ready? Set? Go!

Much Love!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's Been Awhile...

They say that it's better to just jump in the pool instead of gradually wading in. Kind of like ripping off a band-aid. Just do it. 

Apologies first. 

I never meant to just bounce out like I did. Life got completely crazy and hectic and I got so overwhelmed that I went into hibernation, for lack of a better word. I was in full on quilting mode for over a year. That's all I did with all of my free time. If I wasn't working, cooking, cleaning, or putting on my taxi hat to cart my kids everywhere, I was quilting. Every.  Spare.  Minute. 

I was burnt out. Seriously burnt out. Quilting was supposed to be fun and it nearly turned into another full time job. That's not how I ever intended it to be. I was having so much fun creating new tutorials and patterns, but along with that came the editing of pictures and actually creating the tutorials. If you've never done one, they are a ton of work. 

I am not complaining. I enjoyed it. It just got to be too much and I wanted to be able to do other things. I'm pretty sure my kids were sick of me always quilting, too. 

So long story short, I wanted to take a break with out really announcing it. I just wanted some time. But that time turned into weeks, then months, then *gasp* over a year. I kept saying that I'd post and then I'd forget or something would come up or I just didn't feel like it. 

Sincere apologies for skipping out for so long. I honestly never meant to. If any of you are still around, I hope you will understand and forgive. 

On a different note, I do plan on posting again. Perhaps not as often. Probably not like I used to. Maybe. I really don't know where this will take me. All that I know is that I have missed crafting. I miss sharing exciting things that I come across. So I am going to give this another go and see where it takes us. 

I hope you'll come along. :)

All this got started because Christmas is coming and I was thinking of gifts. My new baby niece was born January 23, 2012 and I hadn't even made her a quilt yet. ACK! Her brother and sister each have two. I felt terrible. Yes, I know she has no clue but that's not the point. 

I started looking for a quilt to make. I kept coming back to the string quilts and fell in love with the baby lattice quilt that Ashley made from Film in the Fridge.  So after about a week of obsessing over Pinterest (that's a whole different post...lol) I decided to do this string quilt. It's such a happy little quilt! 

I went to my craft room in search of fabric to use because I knew I had more than plenty. I finally settled on a favourite called Pick A Bunch by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman and off I went. 

Five hours later I had this...

And during most of that time I also had this...

A very happy kitty in a box full of fabric. Silly kitty :)

Hope all of you are well...and until next time....

Much Love!!!

P.S.  I have to laugh at myself because I have completely forgotten how to edit my pictures, add watermarks...etc so I hope these come through ok.
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