Monday, July 27, 2009

Embroidered Wedding Certificate

I have officially been married a whole year already! We decided not to really exchange gifts and to go camping instead. Being me though I still had to make something.
Somewhere online I saw a picture of a queen-size wedding certificate quilt. It was beautiful and something I imagined would be passed down along generations. I don't really have the skills (or time) for a project like that so instead I decided to embroider a stylized wedding certificate. Some web searches of vintage wedding certificates gave me a few ideas and I sketched out my design. I found a square of fabric and my embroidery hoop, relearned a few stitches and was able to make this. I ended up finishing this at work the day of our anniversary, going to the store after work to find a frame (frame size is 16' x 20'!!!) and showing it to Nate framed, however still wrinkled and unwashed. Oh well, he still loved it anyways.

Overall Im really happy with this project and it inspires me to make something similar for friends and family for their wedding or anniversary.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


So I joined a quilt-along at Crazy Mom Quilts , however, I have yet to start it. Oops. I will tonight though I hope. It's just a simple nine-patch and can be scrappy so I figured it be a great way to use up some of my fabric scraps. I think I'm only 3 days behind so 3 blocks should be easy enough to do tonight.
This is Crazy Mom Quilts second quilt-a-long like this. Her first quilt came out great, so hopefully something I make will be half as nice.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


So when my roommate moved out she left six or so blue metal panels in the basement. I kept them because I figured I could do something crafty with them, and if I never did then an easy trip to the Goodwill would dispose of them. Flipping through a catalog, most likely Pier 1 or Pottery Barn I found a cool art print of a bike stencil that spanned to large square panels. Inspiration hit and I knew I could stencil something large on two or three of these panels to create some sort of art. My current house has lots of empty wall space so I knew I could find a spot for them. I have a slight obsession with seagulls so I found a cool seagull stencil, taped an outline on the panels and started painting away. It only took an afternoon and I had a brand new piece of art. We decided to hang it about the bed as a mock headboard.

(please ignore dead husband in the picture I was planning on disposing of the body later today)

Monday, July 13, 2009

T-shirt Quilt

My friend Kylie's birthday was coming up and she's also the crafty type (but more on the artsy side of that realm) and I knew I wanted to make her a quilt. I went through my fabric stash and didn't really see anything that popped out at me. Then I went through a stash of old clothes to see if anything there might work. Voila! Nate's old t-shirts were perfect. They were soft, colorful and destined for a better life than the goodwill pile. I also found a multicolored heart knit fabric that I knew Kylie would love and stitched them all together to make this quilt. I used four t-shirts for the back and the heart fabric and two t-shirts for the front and then cut out a letters cool owl logo from some of the t-shirt remains and made the quilt distinctly Kylie's.

It's not humongous but perfect for one person to curl up in and its super warm (the inside layer is fleece) so perfect for chilly evenings.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pop Tab Change Purse

A friend gave me a pop tab purse from Brazil. (thanks Laura!) Its quite amazing and looks like the tabs were crocheted together and then the entire purse was lined. I wanted to recreate this, but on a much smaller level as I lack the millions of tabs necessary as well as the patience to make something too big. So using orange embroidery tread and a small crochet needle I attached tabs together to create a small change purse. My lucky sister/saddlebag got to receive it for her birthday this year.

It's about time

Okay, so perhaps its been nearly two months since I've posted... ooops. That doesn't mean I haven't made anything though. Check out this quilt I made my boss(and friend) at work for her birthday. Most of the fabric is from sheets found at thrift stores. I believe the print is by Alexander Henry and was something my mom gave me.

Its a good size to bring to the beach or park, or to just use as an extra blanket.

It didn't take too long, but I unfortunately procrastinated and finished hand sewing the binding at work an hour before I started on the day of her birthday.