Last weekend I decided I wanted to make something to fill the wall in the staircase. I had seen online ways of displaying places you have lived or that were sentimental. Since we have moved a bunch, I thought that would be a meaningful thing to make. I had a pack of frames that had matting already, I went online and printed the maps for the different places we have lived and then cut them out with the same size heart.
This is considered a rag quilt that can either be made from used receiving blankets or squares of flannel fabric. I cut the squares in equal sizes, I think mine were 5″ squares. Then I sewed two squares backsides together about 1/2″ in from edges. You can either put two like blocks together or put one color on the back of each block so the back of the quilt will be a solid color. Next lay out the blocks to the desired layout. Sew the blocks together on that sewn line leaving the raw edges exposed on the front of the quilt.
These pillows were made from a pattern out of a Quilt Magazine. But sometimes I make pillows out of extra quilt blocks from a quilt. I used to buy Quilt Blocks of the Month from Joann’s when they went on clearance , but they don’t sell them anymore at my Joann’s. I like to sandwich them so that you can put a pillow form in and easily remove to wash the cover. I measure the front block and cut two pieces of the back fabric the same size. Then I fold the back pieces to about 1/3 the size so there is an overlap. I sew the front to the back two pieces that are overlapped right sides together.
This was a quilt panel that I bought. It was flannel with satin border and appliques of owls. I made a simple baby quilt by placing batting and flannel as a backing on the quilt. I then quilted it by stitching around the gray satin border, and put binding on it to keep it altogether. Easy Peasy.
I like to do Cross-Stitch and have made a sampler for each of my grandkids when they were born. This was a boughten kit that worked up quick and easily. I then framed it myself as I am a stickler for having the lines straight on cross-stitch pictures. You can buy a matting that is sticky on one side so you can stick your picture to it and see how it looks in the frame. I also like to have glass in the frame so it stays clean and neat.
I make Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and came up with a new way to put them together. I take the pattern for the dolls and cut out the body and two arms. I embroider the face, sew the body and arms, and stuff so you can put the hair on the doll. Then take some of the stuffing out so you can sew it to the corner of a fleece square sandwich. I then embellished the square with some appliques that I had and also some scraps from a fabric book that I had made.
I like to give personalized gifts for special occasions. I bought this kit from a craft store, embroidered it with names and dates added to give as a wedding gift. This one I had professionally framed as I wanted it done in a nice frame with double matting. These pictures take awhile so don’t wait til the last minute to start them. But they make a nice remembrance of a special occasion.
This quilt was made from Quilt Block of the Month from Joann’s. I buy them on clearance and if I have enough of them will make them into a quilt. With this one I ended up with two odd blocks so made those into pillows. These blocks came with all pieces cut to size and instructions for putting them together.
My 2 grandsons like Super heros and when I found this fabric on clearance I bought it knowing that I would find some use for it for the boys. Both boys like to watch tv laying on the floor so I made them each an 18″ pillow. I cut this fabric 18 1/2″ square and 2 pieces of a backing fabric the same size. Then I folded the two backing pieces down about 6″ and overlapping the backing pieces, put the front and back pieces together right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam.
My kids like to do latch hook kits. I get them started and they finish the design. Then I find coordinating fabric for the back and sew the back on with right sides together leaving about 3″ so it can be turned right side out. Next we fill with Polyester filling and whip stitch the opening closed by hand.