Revisiting an old favorite: Sampler Quilt

A few weeks back I spent some time revisiting some of my favorite makes from back when I started sewing. I couldn’t help but think of a sampler quilt that was one of the first “large” products I made. Looking at it now, it really wasn’t very good (the points were off and the colors didn’t match) but I was so proud of it at the time. Nostalgia hit and I had the hankering to make another one so… I did. But smaller!

I followed this block- of-the-month pattern, using leftover HSTs from my quilt block machine cover. I loved the colors in that piece so much that I figured a little, matching quilt to hang on the wall in the sewing room that I will one day have couldn’t hurt. 

The pattern is fairly simple and the whole thing took about two days to make and I love it just as much as I thought I would. Now to get working on that craft room!

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Custom Sewing Machine Cover: Free Tutorial

Ever make a project that you are so pleased with that when it is done you just cant help but stare at it and smile? Because I just did! The project I am talking about of course is my new, beloved sewing machine cover for my always beloved sewing machine. It has slanted sides to fit snugly over the wide base of my Singer Curvy machine and the BEAUTIFUL (if I do say so myself..) quilting on the front just makes my heart happy every time I look at it.

The design of the cover is actually really simple, I mean it is just a lined, open, oddly shaped rectangle, but a sewing machine cover can do so much when it comes to streamlining the look of the space the machine occupies and protecting the machine. For me, my machine sits out on the desk directly across from the foot of my bed always. Living in a small apartment, there really is no other place for it and while I love the functionality of having it out and always ready to go, it doesn’t really fit with the polished, uncluttered feel I like to have in my living spaces. 

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SewCanShe Mini Quilt of the Month – January 2017

I am so excited for this new year and all of the projects it is going to bring! One of the big things on my to-do list this year was to make  a sampler quilt and potentially even follow along with a block if the month type project in the process. I was going to wait until later in the year to accept to accomplish this but, being me, I was way too impatient and was itching to start working on it ASAP.  I am forcing myself to know better than to commit to such a large project while I am still on the hunt for a new job. Instead I am commuting to a series of mini-projects, Mini Quilt’s of the Month!

When SewCanShe’s Mini Quilt of the Month post popped up on my Facebook feed I knew instantly that this would be a great compromise to my uncontrollable desire for a big project and my very real lack of of time. It helped that I had a stack of fat quarters that I had collected on my travels last summer sitting on the top of my stash, just begging to be worked into a project and it was breaking my heart to be letting them just sit there. I am hoping that I will have enough fabric to create most, if not all, of these little beauties throughout the year from that fabric so that I will end with a beautiful, matching set to display in the sewing room that I will one day possess. 

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One Simple Trick to Fleece Tie Blankets that Last!

Fleece tie blankets are a staple around both my apartment and my parents house. We have dozens of blankets in a seemingly endless supply with wide variety of patterns. We love them, and judging by the disaster zone that is Joanne Fabrics whenever there is a 50% off sale on fleece and the bolts and bolts of fleece my local store has stockpiled literally to the ceiling, it seems like everyone else loves them too!

Over the  years I have made numerous tie blankets for personal use, and even more for gifts. I have gotten to the point where I can knock out a two and a half yard fleece tie blanket In about an hour, while only giving myself minimal blisters. I have one quick trick to making the blankets so quickly but also giving them extra durability and ensuring that they last through years of use at the same time.

What’s this trick you ask? Well its pretty simple, I sew my tie blankets.

 

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Exclusive Patterns for SEWUPRISING Followers

I have been hard at work coming up with new patterns and ideas for posts lately. I have a few different projects int he works but one of the ones I was most excited for was a design for a set of nesting drawer organizers that I was in desperate need of in my life! My drawers were getting out of control and I ended up making three sets of these just to tame the mess..

This pattern is a little different than my normal free patterns/tutorials however and it is only available to SEWUPRISING email followers. If you would like to get a free copy, enter your email in the subscription box

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Anthropologie Inspired Pillow Shams – A Tutorial

Browsing the Anthropologie website is one of my favorite past times. I adore the style of the curated website and I could get lost in the store for hours. Most of the time their pieces are well out of my budget, however, and I end up just filling my online cart with beautiful things I will never actually buy. Chew and I are in the process of looking for new bedding and I so wish that I could convince him to purchase one of the beautiful, colorful duvets and quilts that Anthropologie carries but I am sure that will never happen given the prices. So I came up with the idea of recreating a classic anthropology sham on a college-apartment budget. I have loved the look of the Walter-G-Ireba Shams that have been on the Anthro, website for a while now and when I looked closer at them I started to think just how easy they would be to recreate for much less than the $100 price tag.anthro-shams

The ones I created are not an exact match but they have the same general look and feel and they fit much better into our overall decor. I documented the journey and the process of making these Anthropologie-Inspired shams below!

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Quilt Block Throw Pillow – Free Sewing Pattern

I love the idea of quilting. I adore the time spent picking the perfect fabrics, comparing endless options, the intricacies of piecing a quilt top, and even the whole process of putting the thing together.  I made a few quilts back before I left for college and have been craving to make another one ever since I got back into sewing. Living in a small apartment however, there really isn’t room for me to spread out and make a full size quilt. When I got the urge to make a new quilt a few days ago the impulsive side of me said to just do it, to take over the entire apartment with half square triangles, batting, and backing but the practical side of me knew that I really do not have the time to commit to a project like that right now.

In an effort to fulfill my urge to quilt while acknowledging the annoying, nagging reasonable part of my brain i came up with the idea of turning a classic quilt block into a throw pillow in the colors that I eventually want to redo my bedroom in. It is a super simple project that utilizes basic quilt piecing techniques to create an interesting throw

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Recycled Tea Canister Flower Pots

Anyone else a sucker for great packaging? I end up buying things I probably don’t need because of their beautiful packaging more than I care to admit and these pretty little tea canisters were one of those purchases..

I have more tea than I could probably drink in a life time but that didn’t stop be from buying more when I saw the Harney and Sons Fine Tea company teas in Target. The vintage tin can packaging was just begging to be turned into something pretty for the apartment.

Side note: I loved the actual teas too, the chai was my fav! I plan on getting some more on my next trip to the store.

In all honesty though they sat around in a pile of potential craft supplies for quite a while before I figured out just what I wanted to do with them. It wasn’t until after a trip to the craft store to get supplies for my birch tree canvas project when I was browsing the clearance section and found a premade bridal bouquet on clearance that I thought they would make the perfect little flower pots. The ranunculus and lavender bouquet instantly caught my eye and was only $12. Score! Add in a foam flower block and I knew I had the making of a very unique and pretty DIY.

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Pinterest Tested: Birch Tree Canvas

I love large scale art. Gallery walls may be trendy but will always love the simplicity of having one big statement piece that takes up an entire wall.

In the apartment right now I have a wall in the living room that features a large, store bought canvas that isn’t very uninspiring. I had been wanting to change it up for a while but never found anything that felt worth the change.

Of course when I had had enough of looking at that outdated canvas I want to Pinterest to find inspiration, like any good millennial would. I love finding DIY project ideas on Pinterest and altering them just slightly to be perfect for my space and was excited to try a large canvas!

Not very long into my search I found a simple birch tree inspired canvas that I fell in love with. It promised a big impact in a short amount of working time, just what I needed!

The tutorial that I based my project off of can be found at the link above so I won’t go into too much detail on the process of making the canvas, but I did learn a few things along the way that I thought I would share with you all.

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