Angry Birds with Shaffer Sisters

Welcome back to another fun day of Sew Ready to Play! Today’s guest is another one of my favorite online friends, Al, from the Shaffer Sisters! Al has been awesome to also be a returning Sew Ready to Play guest for a few years now! I always love seeing what she sends over!

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And this year it’s Angry Birds! Come On!! Let’s head over to the Shaffer Sisters blog and learn more about what she did to make these guys! I love it!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

Ultimate Frisbee with A Quilters Table

Let’s kick off another week of Sew Ready to Play with my quilty friend, Debbie, from A Quilter’s Table!

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Debbie and I have become great friends over the years participating in Seattle Modern Quilt Guild activities. And just recently we were roommates again at our retreat. I can’t wait to show you more about that weekend. Debbie came to retreat with a bunch of triangles and left with a finished quilt top! She’s speedy! And I’m so glad she decided to play along again this year!

Be sure to go to her blog to learn more about it!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

Snakes and Ladders with Threadistry

Yeah! Another Day of Sew Ready to Play!

Today we have a long term Sew Ready to Play player! She’s played along every year! Yea! Today is my blogger friend Narelle. She was originally from Cook, Clean Craft, but now blogs over at Threadistry.

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She has a tutorial today for making a Snakes and Ladders game board. I’m used to Chutes and Ladders, so I had to google Snakes and Ladders! All sorts of interesting articles! What did we do before Google?? Sounds like it’s what Milton Bradley based Chutes and Ladders on! Head on over to her blog, Threadistry, to learn more!!!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

Pokemon- The Card Game with Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts

Pokemon is having a full fledged comeback if I do say so myself! It was big when I was a kid, then I don’t remember hearing much about it… Until the last few years! Now it’s ALL over! Even here on the ‘ole blog!

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And today, we’re welcoming back an awesome lady,  Stacey from Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts. Last year she was here and played along with the game Othello. This year, Pokemon! And she already has an idea for next year! My favorite game! I knew I liked this lady!

Be sure to go check out her project on her blog, Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts! Thanks Stacey!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!

 

 

Pokemon Go with Simple Simon and Co

It’s time to really kick off this season of Sew Ready to Play! And to start us off right, our first guests are the ladies behind Simple Simon and Co!

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Simple Simon and Co have a lovely blog chock full of fun inspiration! They are the ones behind the Skirting the Issue series I participated in earlier this year. The series collects skirts for foster kids. But not only skirts, blankets too!

Head on over to their blog to learn more about their Pokemon Go inspired project!

This year the ‘rules’ to game are a little different. Traditionally, the guest posted all the details on my blog. This year, I’m posting the teaser and sending you to their blog for more details! Enjoy!

 

Skirting the Issue with a QAYG Row by Row Tutorial

I’m honored to have been invited by Simple Simon to participate in their yearly series, Skirting The Issue! Skirting the Issue is a  month long event every July where you are invited to sew along with us to make skirts (and quilts)  to donate to local Foster Care centers for the girls to receive just in time for back to school.

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Of course, I was excited that quilts are now included in their series. As most of you know that I also participate in a quilting bee that used to donate our quilts to a foster child organization. We no longer do, which is another reason I was excited to make another quilt for foster kids. Can you imagine not having anything? Not even a blanket? That’s what so many of these foster kids move from house to house with. Nothing. I’m hoping I can change that for at least one kiddo! And hoping I’ll inspire others to also participate and help another kiddo!

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This quilt started as a office meeting doodle. I doodle so that I don’t day dream in meetings! I think some people think I’m not paying attention, but really the doodling helps me focus on the meeting…. So I doodled this and a co-worker asked if it was going to be another quilt design. No…. I mean YES! That would make a cool quilt! I had grand plans of piecing each block with strips of fabric… Then I came to my senses and realized, they make striped fabric! Hello!

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I wanted to make an easy quilt for new quilters to be able to make and share with the kids! This quilt uses blocks cut from striped fabric using a modified Quilt As You Go method. There are many QAYG tutorials out there. But my biggest thing with QAYG is the bulk at the seam allowance. I found a way to get around that and I’ll show you how I do it. So here’s how I do QAYG….

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First, I cut all the pieces. This fabric has 1″ stripes. And a shout out to It’s Just Sewing for the awesome fabric! I want 8″ blocks for this quilt to really show off the stripes. So cute your blocks to be 8 3/4″ blocks. Here’s my biggest QAYG secret…. I don’t use 1/4″ seam allowances. I use 3/8″ seam allowances! Why? I’ll tell you… It’s hard to iron flat 1/4″ seams when you have both the fabric and the batting to be ironing open. And if it’s not ironed flat, it’s hard to catch the seam allowance when you’re quilting….

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Next I quilt the batting to the fabric, but not a full QAYG style! I chain pieced each row with just one row of quilting. Just enough to hold the fabric to the batting. I’ll tell you why later!

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Combine the blocks into rows. Are you wondering why I have quilted yet??? Hold on… Keep with me!

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Then combine the first two rows….

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NOW QUILT the top row only! I know it’s hard to see in this picture, but the top row is actually quilted.

Now here’s the thing. You could combine all the rows and then quilt the whole thing. But… For me, with all the quilting in this quilt and all the moving around of the quilt, it is easier to me to quilt a row, then another row, etc…. I’m avoiding stuffing my whole quilt through the machine over and over and over each time I change directions.

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I’m doing this same technique with my SMQG BOM quilt. So this may look familiar to you… (Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the backside of this blue and green quilt once I started quilting it!) So this is what the back will look like.

As you are quilting the lines, you will be stitching in the ditch between each quilt line and then quilting over the seam allowance as you continue quilting the stripes.

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Now we continue on. Top row is quilted and combined with the second row. Then add another row. Quilt the second row. And on and on.

This quilt has 8 rows. So again to eliminate a lot of quilt being moved around and stuffed through my sewing machine, I did four rows. Then started again with the bottom row and worked my way up. Then I combined the two pieces and quilted down the middle.

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And you end up with this! Yea!

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Add your back and quilt in the ditch. and you don’t have the bulk of the seam allowances!

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Another way to do it would be to quilt all the lines on your blocks. Combine them all and then not quilt in the ditch, but do your quilting over the seam allowances. Easy Peasy…

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So why didn’t I do it this way? The plain and simple reason…. Aesthetics. I didn’t want the straight lines at the seam allowance to be quilted over the quilting of each stripe. Make sense?

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My son asked why I take pictures of the labels… Because I do! ha!

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So the two things I do a little different with quilt as you go.

1. 3/8 seam allowances.

2. I don’t ‘quilt as you go’ prior to combining blocks. I quilt as I go, row by row. (or as with the SMQG BOM, block by block.) I don’t do the quilting until at least a couple of the blocks are joined  so that I can quilt over the seam allowance.

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Where is this quilt going? I haven’t figured that out yet. There’s a great organization, My Very Own Blanket, in Ohio that organizing matching quilts with foster kids. I’m looking for a local group here in Seattle that does the same thing.

Here’s another secret… I got the fabric for this quilt Friday night. Then I marathon quilted all weekend to get it done by Sunday night. I thought I had until August 26th to share my project with the Skirting the Issue series…. So I’m a bit behind on finding the right home for this quilt….

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A Backsplash How To Idea!

Today I’m welcoming Merri Cvetan from the blog Design Coach and she’s going to show us a fun take on a DIY Backsplash! Welcome!

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The two most expensive aspects to kitchen remodeling are the cabinets and countertop. First, you choose your cabinet style, color and design. Next, you pick out the countertop. There are many countertop options to choose from. Before making a decision, check out the pros and cons of each. The most popular countertop materials are:

 Granite continues to be a popular choice. It’s a natural stone that comes in a variety of colors, veining and patterns. No two pieces are ever the same. It’s resistant to heat, scratches and stains.

 Quartz counters are man made from ground quartz and resin and are extremely durable. It’s available in many colors and textures.

 Solid Surface countertops are also man made and completely non-porous. Since the finish goes all the way through, scratches can be sanded out.

 Laminate countertops are the most affordable option. It comes in a multitude of colors and patterns and faux finishes.

There’s also stainless steel, concrete, wood, copper, marble, soap stone, recycled material, glass, travertine and tile.

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Depending on the countertop you choose, you may decide to install a coordinating or matching backsplash. There are no hard press rules; it’s a matter of taste, style and budget. The previous owners of this house decided against a matching granite backsplash. They probably planned to install tile backsplash at some point, but never got around to it. Now, it’s in the hands of new homeowners. Although they would love to add color and pattern to their kitchen, a tile backsplash isn’t in their budget at this time.

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I decided to offer them an alternate solution. I framed vintage recipes passed down from the couple’s grandmothers!

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To do this project yourself, gather a variety of 5 in. x 7 in. picture frames with glass (glass will protect the recipes). I prefer the original recipes, but you can make photocopies and choose a scrapbook paper that coordinates with your kitchen décor.

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Cut the scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the frame and attach recipe cards with adhesive squares.

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Layout the frames on the counter and rearrange until you get an arrangement you like. Make as many as you need to fill in the space between the countertop and bottom of the upper cabinets.

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As an interior designer, I always recommend you choose the best countertop you can afford. But you should also consider your personal style and lifestyle: do you cook and entertain? Are durability and maintenance a concern? Do you want a countertop to look like new ten years from now, or do you prefer the patina you get from use? There are hundreds of finishes and colors: Polished or honed? Natural stone or man-made? Bold color or neutral? Countertops cover a large surface in any kitchen, so choose wisely and think about how it will mesh with your backsplash. And if you inherit—or simply choose—bare walls as their backsplash, consider how you can get creative with family heirlooms like old recipes to fill the space. Have fun with the process!

Merri Cvetan in an interior designer that likes to incorporate cool crafty DIYs into her designs. She also gives great kitchen design advice that includes how to match your countertop with your cabinets and backsplash.  To see more info on countertop options, visit homedept.com.

Wallet Tutorial

I’ve been away from the blog because…. I’ve been sewing! Love it! Today I’m bringing home a post I did this summer for Busy Being Jennifer blog and going back to the sewing machine!!

Years ago, I found this little vinyl pouch wallet in a shop for almost 30 bucks! As I was talking to the store clerk, I was turning it over, unzipping it, looking inside…. Basically just figuring out how it was made while at the same time chatting away! I paid for what I did buy and I ran home. Ok, I was pretty pregnant at the time, so it’s more like I waddled home than really ran….

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That night I told my husband I was going to sew. About 30 minutes later I came up and told him I had just saved almost 30 bucks! Yep, I had made my own wallet!

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That was about 6 years ago…. I used it everyday for about 6 years…. Then it started to look like this. Sad, very sad. I kept meaning to make another one and when Jennifer asked me to be a part of her series, it was the perfect excuse to finally make myself a new one! And I thought I’d show you how to make yours!

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First you need a vinyl, a zipper, thread, scissors and a cutting device. And you can also add a clip. For the zipper, it doesn’t actually matter what the length is because you will trim the end. I think I used a 7″ zipper. For the vinyl, you’ll need four pieces:

(1) 5×7 inch piece for the back

(1) 3.5×7 inch piece for the front bottom

(1) 1.5×7 inch piece for the front top

(1) .75×4 inch piece for the clip holder

and any additional small pieces to use for embellishing the front or back

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First cut out all your pieces.

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Secondly, prepare the front. First embelish if you’d like. Originally I had made circle flowers. This time I did little hexagons! And then sew in the zipper. Locate the start of the zipper about half an inch from the side of the wallet. Then sew in the zipper!

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Assemble the pieces. Front with the zipper open a bit right side up. Then lay the clip piece over the zipper. And lastly, cover with the back piece, right side down.

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Sew all the pieces together using a 1/2 inch seam. And sew over the zipper. When you get to the zipper, move your needle by hand, nice and slow. I go back over my zipper stitches a few times! And then clip the corners!

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Turn it right side out and you have a perfect little for all those crazy cards you carry around!

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What do you think? Throw away the old one? Oh, yes!

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I think the old one held up pretty well for the amount of time I used it! But I’m also pretty happy, more then happy, to have a new one!

 

Sew Ready to Play 2015 Recap!

Wow! What a great way to celebrate 5 years of Sew Ready to Play!! A huge thank you to everyone that participated in, what I think is, a super fun sewing series!
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It’s been so fun seeing what everyone came up with and what your favorite games are! In case you missed a day, here’s a recap of all the great tutorials!
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Thanks again everyone!!!!

Hopscotch with The Shaffer Sisters

Can you believe the series is almost over again!!? Where does the time go? Our last guest is Al, from the Shaffer Sisters! If I had a sister, I hope we’d do as many fun things together as the ladies behind the Shaffer Sisters blog!  They seem like so much fun and I love how they all craft together! They have been guests before and always make the sweetest dresses! So happy to have them back this year! Welcome Al!

This year when I considered the possibility of games I could choose from, I found myself daydreaming of simpler days. I remember spending hours upon hours outside with my cousins pretending with our red wagon and stick horses, playing hide and go seek, and kick the can at grandma’s house. As I reflected, I realized that this year I wanted my theme for Sew Ready to Play to be more timeless than the projects I’ve done in the past.

 

Hopscotch is one of those outside games that can be played anywhere with very little effort. A few weeks ago we were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the local parade to begin when the kids found chalk in the stroller. Before we knew it, there were a few hop scotch designs down and the kids were contently playing instead of impatiently waiting.

 

I had started out this project with the intent to make another dress for my very girly daughter, but unfortunately the printer was set to fit and not to actual size. I ended up with a dress in which the finished bodice fit my 1 year old daughter instead of my 6 year old. I didn’t realize this until I was practically done and had spent hours embroidering the hop scotch design on the skirt. The simplest thing would have been to just have my baby wear it, but it didn’t seem fitting since there’s no way a baby can hopscotch.

I wanted to recreate the bodice the right size and stick with my original design, but I lacked the emotional energy to invest that much more time into it. So when life gives you lemons make lemonade, right!?

And on that same day her little brother cut some of her hair an inch long

I seam ripped the skirt off the bodice and attached it to some elastic that I’ve been saving for just the right project.

Ty in her hopscotch skirt and Sally in her butterfly tunic and polka-dot leggings

The detail on the skirt was done by lightly sketching the hopscotch design and then going back and adding embroidery thread of different colors.

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She is happy because it’s a skirt that flies when she spins and has plenty of room for movement to navigate the playground.

With love,

Al