No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!

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First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!

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With eggs and without!

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Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!

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First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.

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Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!

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How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!

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Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.

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I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!

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Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.

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Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.

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Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.

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And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!

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We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?

 

 

And the Speed Sew Winner is……

Thanks to everyone for your interest in the Speed Sew Giveaway! Don’t forget to watch some of their project videos. They are pretty funny! And all sorts of ideas! I’m sure I’ll have more, but in the meantime, check it out for some crafting entertainment!

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And don’t forget…. If you aren’t the winner below, you can still purchase your own Speed Sew, here!

Now to what you’re waiting for… The Winner is….

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And thanks again to Speed Sew for the awesome giveaway! Thank you!

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And if you missed the No Sew Lap Desk Tutorial, check it out here!

Technicolor Galaxy BOM

Yep, you read right! I’m doing 2 BOM (block of the month) quilts this year! I’m loving both of them! They are so different, both the medallion quilt and this Technicolor quilt are working from the center out!

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I debated and debated doing this Technicolor Quilt, but in the end, I decided to go for it! The quilt is designed by Alyssa from A Pile ‘o Fabric. It’s called a skill builder quilt in that each month a different quilting technique is used so you can learn new techniques that you might not attempt on your own!

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If you bought the whole kit, fabric included, you’d do the rainbow like in the picture. I didn’t do the rainbow! As much as I love bright colors and have been wanting to do a rainbow quilt, I’m also trying to use my stash!

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Last year I bought a bunch of blue neon fabric after being inspired by my quilting friend Cath’s, of Wombat Quilts, neon pink quilt! The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild did a more traditional block of the month last year that I had planned on using my neon for. But it didn’t happen. So this year, the Technicolor Galaxy is going neon blue!

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The first technique I learned about was starch! I’ve always skipped this step in everything! I’ve actually never ever even owned a can of starch! I’ve used liquid starch to make ghosts for Halloween, but never used it in quilts or sewing projects. It’s amazing! It turns wrinkly fabric into fabric that feels like cardstock! Very weird and cool, all at the same time!

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First we glued the center pieces in place.

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Then we made bias tape applique! Which scared me…. There were a lot of steps. After watching others do these steps, I decided to not do them! All I ended up doing was making the bias tape and glueing it with Elmer’s glue! Another technique I have never used! Glue it down and iron in it place! Easy peasy!!

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Then we quilted! Oh, this is also a quilt as you go quilt! Yeah!

Now onto March’s border! Paper piecing! Right up my alley!!

(and, yes, all these were iphone pics, so please excuse the photo quality!)

Easter is on It’s Way!

Today the kiddo and I went to see the Easter Bunny!

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I was recently contacted by Southcenter Mall about an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. I almost just said ‘Nope.’ But then I asked the kiddo and he was super excited! And full of questions. Is he going to be real? Or just a fake one to take pictures with??? I didn’t really answer the questions. I wanted to see his reaction!

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There were all sorts of cute eastery- details around the bunny!

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Love the smug smile on the kiddo! Whenever we get these pictures it’s hard to get a real smile from him!

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The Easter Bunny will be at Southcenter Mall through April 4th. There are 5 different photo packages to choose from. A portion of the Easter Bunny photos go to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Non-Profit, Bright Pink! A great reason to go see the bunny!

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A little High Five with the bunny!

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Other Southcenter Mall Easter activities include:

Free Easter crafts: Westfield Southcenter will be offering a free Easter craft on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April, 2 from 11 a.m. to noon near the Easter photo set in the Children’s Wing.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Join Cha! Cha!, the adventurous and brave red-eyed tree frog, and the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra-special” breakfast buffet at Rainforest Café on Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 or Saturday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. Families can also participate in an Easter egg hunt, as well as enjoy free goodie bags and a free Easter basket raffle. Reservations required.

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It wasn’t the ‘real’ easter bunny, but we had fun! After the pictures we headed to the craft store to get glitter to decorate eggs with. Seeing the bunny really put us in the Easter crafting spirit! Are you crafting for Easter yet?

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

No Sew Lap Desk Tutorial with a Speed Sew Giveaway!

When we go most places the kiddo leaves with a handful of legos…. Then he drops the legos in the car…

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So I wanted to make him a lap desk to hold those legos so they don’t end up all over the car! And that’s what we did!

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I kept looking for a fun lap desk with sides, but I couldn’t find any since they are mostly made for laptops. Then I was wandering through Goodwill one day and noticed a tray! Oh, yeah! It hit me, I can make it myself. Hello? WHy hadn’t I thought of this before???

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Want to make one? It’s super easy! Of course, I got the tray at our local Goodwill. You’ll also need poly fill microbeads, cardboard or foam core, fabric, speed sew, hot glue and some trace paper.

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First, you’ll want to trace the outline of your tray and then cut it out of your cardboard or foam core. I used the foam core just becuase it’s what I had closest to me!

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Cut your fabric. I cut mine about 3 1/2 inches larger than my foam core on each side. In hindsight, I’d probably go a bit thinner, maybe 2 1/2 inches.

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Next, pull up the corners so that you have a triangle of fabric like in the picture above. Pin along the long side of the triangle. Do it for each corner.

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And in comes Speed Sew! Have you used this stuff? It’s little blurb is, Don’t sew it, Speed Sew it!’ You put this glue on the fabric, hold it for a minute and it’s like it’s been sewn together! I love it! I’m trying to figure out how to make a no sew quilt for those readers out there that want to make a quilt but don’t sew! Not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I’m working on it!

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Unpin your triangles and glue along the line between the two right sides. Put the glue on a piece of paper or cardboard and use some sort of spreader to apply the glue. I didn’t have great luck with getting the glue where I wanted it when I applied directly to the fabric. Other people might be better at this than I am, but until you know, stick with a spreader!

Don’t cut the rest of the triangles!

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Center the cardboard back in the middle of the fabric. We’re gluing the fabric to the cardboard. Start with the corners and gather around. Then do 3 sides. Not all four! Just three! Then go around and make sure you have a nice border of hot glue all around.

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Use a funnel to fill the lap desk with the micro-beads. This can get messy! They kinda fly around…. So SLOWLY fill the funnel. I tried to speed it up and pour directly into the lap desk. But it made a mess! So I recommend the funnel!

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Once the lap desk is filled, hot glue that side closed too! Then push on the lap desk and if you have any holes, micr-beads will start flying! Fill in the gaps if needed!

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Lastly, hot glue the lap desk to the tray! i had to work fast, before the hot glue dried!

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Then give it a test drive! The kiddo was very pleased with it and it ready to take it out on the open road!

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What do you think? Would your kiddos like one? I bet they would!! I want one for when I’m crafting in the car on road trips! hmmmm… I might have to make another one!

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And now for the giveaway! 2 tubes of Speed Sew! It dries in minutes, doesn’t wash out and can be used for crafts and fabric repairs. I bet it would be a great way to hem things if you don’t want to sew it! I just thought about that!

When you check out their website, you’ll see a bunch of red icons. Click on these for some silly tutorials with Owen Clark and Josh Rimer.

And their FB page has tons of links to other tutorials! I just had even more ideas!!

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1. Tell us what you’d use Speed Sew for! Or give me another Speed Sew tutorial idea!

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That’s 4 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Sorry, only open to US addresses. The giveaway will close on March 25th at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

SMQG BOM- 3 months in!

As you might have seen, I’ve been playing along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s 2015 Block of the Month project! I’m loving it!

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This year it’s a medallion quilt with a new border each month. January’s center block can be found here and February’s progress is here. This month yours truly designed the border!

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I made a wonky triangle border. Or flip and stitch border. Whatever you want to call it, I love how it turned out. It’s not the easiest border I’ve ever sewn on… The inset seams were a bit of a bugger until I really figured out that it really was inset seams that were needed! I made it a few ways and took it apart until I got the inset seams lightbulb!! I also heard rumor that starch the triangles will help!

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Our BOM crew is working together to make this a great quilt. Our friend Yeechi has been setting up the tutorials so they look great! You can get the directions here.

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Since I designed this month, mine is obviously done and I am anxiously awaiting next month’s border!!!

De Plane, De Plane, De Quilt!

The funny thing is, we were flipping through the channels the other day and Fantasy Island was on! I hadn’t seen that in ages! Anyway, Fantasy Island has nothing to do with this quilt, but planes do!

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This quilt is my first finish for 2015! But was supposed to be done a couple of years ago. This is a memory quilt for a very wonderful family friend. Our families have been close for years. But a couple of years ago we lost the Mr.

Mr. was the father of one of my best friends growing up. I guess it was middle school when we were always at each other’s houses. Mr. was like a second father to me for years. Mr. was an incredible man and had a wonderfully rich life with a large family and a lot of adventures! And you’ve probably guessed it… He was a pilot!

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I went home not too long after he passed and was able to collect a lot of his shirts. I had a traditional idea when I first asked if I could do this for them. But it obviously didn’t ring right to me. It then took me a couple of years, walking past this bag of shirts everyday and thinking about the right thing to do.

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Then it hit me! I had to do a plane! But I wanted it to be graphic, not a detailed paper pieced replica of a plane. A graphic representation.

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I was also going to ONLY use the shirts. But to make the plane pop, I decided to actually use an Essex Linen as a more neutral background. I did add in little pops of a blue shirt for ‘clouds’. They are actually a little harder to see than I planned. I love the close stitching that follows the lines of the plane! It took way longer than I was planning, but oh, well!

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For the plane, I made a little improv piece and then cut it apart in pieces to make the plane shapes.

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The back has a little more traditional feel.

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Using all his shirts, including a tshirt. That big Bama shirt was a must!

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I couldn’t NOT use his plane shirt! And I think he flew almost all the planes, if not all of them!

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For the binding, I continued to use the Mr.’s shirts. It’s a scrappy binding.

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I’m crossing my fingers that the family loves and enjoys it for years to come. It’s not a very traditional design, so I’m crossing my fingers they like it! I hate that it took me so long to get it to them, but I think it was worth the wait to come up with a design that spoke to me about the one, special Mr. that it was made to remember!

This is my first (and unfortunately might be my only) completed project from my Quarter 1 Finish Along list….

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Super Big Sewing Giveaway!

Hi! It’s giveaway time again! Once again, I’ve teamed up with several other great sewing bloggers to bring you another sewing themed giveaway! We’ve got a great prize package again this month, and you don’t want to miss out. Tons of great goodies!! Check it out!

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You could win:

$25 shop credit to Peek A Boo Patterns

$30 to Sis Boom Patterns

$50 to Imagine Gnats Fabric and Patterns

$50 to Whimsical Fabric

$50 to The Fabric Fairy

WOW right? This great giveaway is brought to you by:

Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

Jann @ Newton Custom Interiors

Irene @ Serger Pepper

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Shantel @ See Me Sew

Stephanie @ The Tip Toe Fairy

Sara @ Made by Sara

Ajaire @ Call Ajaire

An @ Straight Grain

And me, I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Ok, time to enter!!!

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January do Good Stitches Quilt!

Our friend, Kat, the fastest Nurture Group quilter there is has done it again with a great do Good Stitches quilt!

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In January she requested the group to make 2 string blocks as quilt as you go blocks.

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This year, we learned the group we donate to, My Very Own Blanket, doesn’t have as many boy quilts as those for girls. So this year we are trying to design our quilts with more boy fabrics. I decided on yellow and green.

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For the blocks, we started in the middle with a strip sewn onto a piece of batting. Then we continued adding strips until the block was covered. You can find the whole tutorial on Kat’s blog, here. It’s really quite a quick and easy block!

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One thing I’ve always wondered about QAYG is the bulk at the seams of the batting. Kat had a very cleaver idea of using a zig zag seam to help ease the bulk of those seams. Great idea! And I love the look of it.

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And the back is a solid piece of diagonal striped fabric. Perfect match for the front!

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I’m tempted to make my own version of this! What about you?

WIPs on Wednesday!

I have so much that I’m working on…. I didn’t have half of this until I decided to make my own mini Quiltcon right here at home, with a quilt class on Thursday night, a lecture on Friday night and a workshop on Saturday!

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Well…. This one I’m supposed to be working on… But I’m nervous and haven’t quite started sewing anything yet….

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And this one I was moving on pretyy fast until my quilting class bonanza! I’m hoping to finish it this week!

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This is the one I started in my class on Thursday with Katie. And I did inherit most of the finished pieces from a quilting friend! When I finish it will be similar to these quilts of Katie’s.

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And my improv start!

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And lastly, I’ve still got to finish Dad’s quilt! I’m so close!!!

How many do you have on your list????

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