Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stamp Fest Orlando

We had a great time this weekend; lots of shopping at bead and yarn shops, JoAnns, Violettes and of course Stamp Fest. We enjoyed our interactive card class with Jackie Lewis from Inky Antics. There were lots of laughs, a group scrapbook project and lots of wonderful food  to round out our girlfriend weekend at the Sheraton resort (Thanks Sandy).

Two of the neatest ideas were found when visiting the Loralie booth. I loved the recipe holder and also the stamped and stitched items that were made to look like they were stamped on fabric, but were actually stamped on cardstock; backed with felt, covered with netting or tulle and stitched just past the edge of the paper and trimmed. I can't wait to try them out.
One new tip I heard was on how to separate layers of paper napkins in order to get to just the one ply that is printed: use two pieces of masking tape that have some sticky removed (press on clothing a few times);  put them on either side of the napkin and pull gently-the layers will separately easily.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Becky's Beaded Quilts

I sorted and posted the pictures taken last Saturday on the Quilting page. Enjoy and be inspired!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quilt Sandwich

These are the directions from Becky Reynolds on making the quilt base for embellishing with beads.
 1. Use opening of frame to mark placement on the right side of the fabric. My opening is 9x11.5 because I think it fits the wire hanger better. The finished size is about 1/4" smaller because it draws up a bit.

   2. Cut fabric 1/2" past the marked line. It will measure about 10 x 12.5

  3. Cut the batting the same size as the quilt top.

4. Cut the backing 9.5 x 12 and cut about a 3" slit in the center of the backing piece.

5. First lay down the batting; then layer the quilt top (right side up); finally center the backing with right sides together. It will be a bit smaller.

 6. Sew all the way around using a 1/4" seam allowance (measuring from the cut edge of the backing piece). Be sure to use a walking foot (even feed foot).

7. Trim edges to a scant quarter and trim off corners.

8. Turn through the slit and iron flat.  You can hand-sew the opening shut or not. Press quilt sandwich.

In the beginning...

Today's creativity involved cleaning out my Grace's closet (so I have room for my fabric), starting a beaded mini quilt and getting this blog up and running. It's cult night; we are making a "creative tab" reference tool; Elaine is sharing her work tonight.  The girls are bringing their photos of Becky's quilted pieces to share. I am going to put them in an album and post it on the quilting page.