Friday, December 11, 2015

Color Play Friday: Kris Kringl

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda and our friend Steph. (This is are last post until the new year. So much hustle and bustle going on with the holiday!)

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I’m making progress in my studio and I want to keep it up.

The photo is from Lorinda this week.

Color Play Friday Kris Kringl


I started with the Festive Nest Fabric (under the pink), and I wanted to try to go Christmas from there. However, I found the Navy Flock birds and thought that should be the focal for all the colors! So yeah, this week’s bundle is a little wacky because I couldn’t make up my mind to cut one of them!

This week’s selection was found on Bella Fabrics on Etsy.


When we solidify the plans for #colorplayfriday for the new year we will let you know. Until then… Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pincushion Tutorial



I’ve made 10 of these over the last week to give as gifts to a couple of my quilty friends and my co-workers at the fabric shop. In total it only took me a couple hours to finish all of them, so they are by far one of the easiest gifts I’ve “mass produced” for the holiday. Plus they are all made using scraps!!! The only thing I needed to purchase was the measuring tape trim (optional) and the ground walnut shell filling.

My inspiration for these came from a quilty friend, Denise. She and I attend the Snohomish Modern Quilt Guild together, and we became quilty friends after she took my Big Print Basics class. She makes lovely scrappy pocket pillows. They are pillows with a pocket in the front to hold a book or whatever you need while you are snuggling in on a long winter’s eve!

So let’s get started!



You will need:

(2) 4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles main fabric for the cushion
Scraps
Thread

The scraps are whatever you want/have for the pocket. I used two 2″ x 4″ pieces for the top and bottom of each pocket and a 2″ x 4″ piece for the center because it seemed like a nice framing size for my trim placement. The trim is optional, but it is 4″ long if you choose to use it.



Step 1: Assemble your pocket pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.



Step 2: I normally don’t press my seams open, but I felt like it made sense for this project so that’s what I did!

Your pocket should end up looking like this.



Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?!



At this point, if you cut your scraps to the size I suggested for the pocket you will see the pocket is way to big for the pincushion. I like to call this “wiggle room”, and wiggle room is nice to have in creative endeavors!



Step 3: Trim the pocket down to the size that works for you! This is where you can play with fussy cutting a bit if you are using a fun print. Remember to leave about 1/2″ more at the top of your pocket because you need to hem!



Step 4: Fold and press the top of your pocket under twice at about 1/4″ to create your hem.



Step 5: Stitch along your hem using a fun thread color!



Step 6: Then while you are at it, you might as well top stitch near the pocket seam lines. You totally don’t have to, but I think it adds a nice, yet simple, touch.



Step 7: If you have trim then add it now by simply top stitching it down!



Now you have all your pieces ready to go!



Step 8: Line up the bottom edges of your pieces in this order… One main fabric piece right-side up, followed by your pocket piece right-side up, and then your last main fabric piece right-side down.



Step 9: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch all the way around your pincushion leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the bottom for turning.



Step 10: Trim your corner edges and turn your pincushion right sides out. I use an unsharpened pencil to help work out the points.



Step 11: Press your cushion, making sure you have your seam allowance turned in at the opening.



Step 12: Fill with ground walnut shells. (You could also get lavender scented shells.)

Step 13: (no picture) Using a blind hem, or whatever hand stitch you can make look good, stitch the opening shut and you are done!!!

I will be hosting a Periscope commentary for this tutorial at about 2:00pm PST today *December 8th, 2015*. It will have extra hints and time for a Q & A session at the end. If you are on Periscope be sure to follow me, @anotterlife.

Here is the Scope Replay thanks to Katch!


Let me know what you think of the tutorial in the comments section here. Also if you make any pincushions I would love to see them. You can tag me on Instagram @inanotterlife.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Color Play Friday: Double Feature

Here are the rules:
  1. Each week, one of us will select a picture from our joint Pinterest board. These are all pictures that one of us has taken on our adventures. 
  2. We each create a palette using colors from that picture 
  3. We then create a bundle of 5-8 fabrics that is inspired by that palette. They don’t have to be an exact match to our palette, and we can throw in contrasting or accent colors, but the bundle should look inspired by the palette. 
  4. We don’t see the other person’s palette or bundle before we both post on Friday. 
  5. That’s it! It’s going to be so fun to see what we each come up with.

Be sure to check out Lorinda.

If you would like to participate be sure to use #colorplayfriday in social media and you can also email me a link to your blog so we can include your posts. (inanotterlife @gmail .com)

Next week’s photo is at the end of this blog.

Last week, with Thanksgiving and the start of the Holiday hustle and bustle, I forgot about Color Play Friday!! Shame on me!

So this week is a double feature.

First up is the “Frost” photo, from last week. Lorinda took this photo, and I felt it was perfect because we are starting to get chilly here!!!

I picked all monotone fabrics because I felt like it could make a nice winter quilt that could also be used all year around depending on the backing and binding choices. My favorite fabric in this bunch is the ombre (third fabric down). I’ve seen it in person and it is beautiful for so many projects!

Color Play Friday Frost

I picked all the fabrics, for both Color Play photos, from Stash Fabrics this week. I really enjoy playing with their color section options.


This week’s photo is “Sunset Near Cathcart” I took it last summer while we were attending a friend’s wedding. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sunset for their wedding night. It was so beautiful I cried!

Color Play Friday Sunset Near Cathcart

This is apparently my palette of choice lately. Besides the new metallic gold popping up on fabric I’m really obsessed with these purples!


There!!! Finally caught up with #colorplayfriday!!

Next week our photo is on I chose from Lorinda. I picked “Kris Kringle” because I love the colors on her tree, and we are also getting really close to Christmas!!!!

Kris Kringl

We will be taking a break from Color Play Friday on December 18th and 25th. We will be back though at the first of the year!