Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has put together another great Blog Hop and I'm excited to be a part of this group. I encourage you all to check out the posts from yesterday, as well as all the posts over the next 10 days. There will be some great projects shared, tutorials offered, giveaways, and a Quilt Along. It really is like Christmas, even though it's 90+ degrees outside.
Saturday, July 14th
Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney
Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew
Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah
Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie
Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts
Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass
Be sure to read all the way to the end of the long, picture-heavy post because there is a giveaway.
So here's the back story to the projects I'm going to share.
About a year ago, I participated in a Hoop Quilt Along organized by AnneMarie Chaney. I loved the results and made a number of hoop quilts. Like many quilt-related projects, I was hooked and not only made a bunch, but I taught some classes on this, and continue to do so. You can see some that I've made HERE.
This got me thinking about what other "quilty" wall art I could make. I wanted something really fast and easy because I thought these pieces could be replacements for quilts that I want to make for someone, but just didn't have the time to complete. (I know none of you have that problem, right?)
I started gathering supplies and decided that the first thing I would do was to simply wrap some fabric around a canvas frame. Here's that first project I made.
I started with a basic artist canvas that measured 12" x 12". These are available at any art store and many discount stores as well.
I decided on the fabric that I wanted to use, (part of the Holiday Traditions line by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass) and realized that the panel was not large enough to cover the 12" x 12" canvas I had. No problem! I'll add a border and that will act like a frame. So I measured the panel, trimmed it so there was a little of the grey and then did some quick math to determine how wide my border strips needed to be to cover the top, sides, and have some wrap around width. (The canvas is 1/2" deep.)
In order to cover the canvas and to wrap around it, I needed to add a 2 1/2" border on all sides of the panel that measured 9 7/8". To reduce bulk, I pressed all my seams open.
Easy peasy! Now I just need to put it on the canvas.
After thinking about it, I decided that I didn't want raw edges that could potentially fray, so I folded the edges 1/8" and pressed. I folded and pressed another 1/8" and them sewed a seam along the edge.
I decided to miter the corners because I thought it would look much nicer.
Next, I centered the fabric under the canvas. To do this, I marked the center of each side of the canvas (It's difficult to see this in the picture, because it's just a little pencil mark. Trust me, the marks are there.) I then folded the fabric in quarters to find the center points and I marked those with pins.
I started on the top and bottom and wrapped the fabric around to the back and secured the fabric with thumbtacks.
I made sure there were no wrinkles on the front and the fabric was secure. Bingo, I have a wall hanging to go along with the other projects I've made from this line.
I love this fabric line and have used it a lot. You can check out some of my other projects using this fabric HERE and HERE.
I couldn't just do this one project, so I played around with a few more ideas and this is what I came up with.
I had a few remnants of this snowman fabric and cut it down to fit into this oval frame. Had I had some coordinating blue fabric, I think I would have covered the matting with it so it really popped the snowman. Of course I could also just decorate the mat. :-)
I have a friend who loves butterflies and anything pink and brown. I had all of these fabrics in my stash, so I made her this little 8" x 8" picture. I simply fussy cut the butterfly and used that as the star center and then added the striped border. It was done the same way as the holiday sleigh above, although this is not a thick canvas, but one that is quite thin. This can be hung on a wall or placed on a stand as I've done here. (The border really is equal on all sides here. I just could not get a good picture of it.)
I think this little picture is great for someone for whom you want to make something, but perhaps not a quilt. It's still handmade and still "quilty."
Like many of you, I have a bunch of fabric scraps that were left over from finished projects and I really want to use them. A few years ago, I was commissioned to make a pinwheel quilt for someone. The lady picked the fabrics and I got started. It didn't take me long to decide that I needed to show her the progress to be sure that she wanted me to continue. I didn't love the fabric combinations she chose and really wanted to be sure that she did. She did, so I kept going.
There are very few pinwheel quilts that I've made that I have not loved, but that quilt was one of them. While going through my stash to pull fabrics for these "quilty" wall art projects, I came across scraps of those fabrics. Since the woman now attends the same church that I do, I decided to surprise her with something to go alone with her quilt. This is what I came up with.
I took the left over fabrics and made six pinwheels. I pieced them all together and instead of quilting them, I put them in the frame. Easy peasy!
The best part of this project is the construction of the pinwheels so they meet up perfectly in the center. The half square triangle (HST) units are constructed using the Magic Eight method, but there is some special piecing that I do to make the perfect points.
I layer the fabrics, right sides together. The light fabric has an X drawn through the corners.
Sew 1/4" along both sides of the drawn lines.
Cut the pieces apart on the drawn lines as well as through the middle, both vertically and horizontally.
Press the seams to the dark fabric and trim the HST to the desired size (3 1/2" for my project).
If you start sewing at the end that doesn't have the diagonal seam, you will stop when you come to it. Does that make sense?
Here's a better picture showing the 1/4" start and stop points. Press to the dark fabric, which will result in seams that nest when put together.
When you sew the two half pinwheel units together, be sure to sew with an accurate 1/4". Doing this will have you sew right along the X that is created from the previously sewn seams. (See right in the middle of this picture.)
Look! Perfect center points, every time!
To reduce bulk at the center point, gently press the center seam so the pieces open up. One half will press up and the other will press down. You'll also be creating a mini pinwheel on the back side. Be sure to press from the front to make it lay flat.
I'll be giving this "quilty" wall art to the lady at church later this month and I'm sure she'll be surprised.
And finally, I did one more "quilty" art project.
I reverted back to the hoop concept and simply quilted some background fabric, made a simple set of pockets, and hooped it to create a fun sewing room storage piece.
The background fabric is a Peppered Cotton that I simply meander quilted. The pocket is from the Studio e line My Happy Place; and I simply interfaced it for stability, folded it in half and top stitched along the fold. I then lined it up with the bottom edge of the background piece and sewed a seam down the middle to create two pockets. I then sewed along the sides and bottom to stabilize everything.
I hooped all the layers, centering the pocket seam with the top of the hoop.
Here's the back - another Peppered Cotton by Studio e
I trimmed the edges, stitched them to stop fraying and then folded them around the back and glued in place.
I thought about wrapping the hoop with fabric, like I did with the original hoop quilts, but I decided against it. I like it like this!
Whew! Thanks for indulging me with reading about my projects. I am kind of OCD and when I start something, I really can't just make one.
If you are still reading this, I'm sure you're wondering about the giveaways. Since you've spent so much time here, I'm giving away two items.
First up, one lucky winner will receive the sewing hoop above. A second winner will receive a set of two canvases, a 12" x 12" square (1/2" think) and an 8" x 8" thin canvas.
To be entered in the giveaway, be sure to comment below. I'll pick a winner on Thursday, July 26th, the day after the hop ends. I'd love to have you follow me, but that is not required to be entered to win. Also, please be sure that you are not a no-reply blogger. I need to be able to contact you, so be sure I can reply to you. If you aren't sure, leave your e-mail in your comment.