Friday, October 17, 2014

Table Runner & Napkin Ring Pattern

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Hi Everyone! (I'm reposting this, because it is PERFECT for the holidays!) Previous post, showing the Fall Runner I made!

I have a very talented daughter, named Erin Winfree! She designed a beautiful table runner for an online magazine and I wanted to share it with you. [I am a proud mama!] She picked out the fabrics from my stash and away she went! She figured out a pattern for any skill level! AND it turned out beautiful!.... as you can see:

This is THE perfect runner for Thanksgiving! Very Fall looking and you still have time to make a few for your friends, too...and Christmas gifts!


Erin Winfree's Table runner, napkin rings
Runner is 17" x 47"

She used Warm & Co. Insul-bright for the batting, so that when a hot pan sits on top, it will protect the table top! Isn't that genius!? The pattern also comes with a napkin-ring pattern. 

Erin Winfree's Table Runner and Napkin rings
Table runner and napkin ring
Erin Winfree's napkin ring









This can be made many times in different seasonal colors! Easy to make and machine quilt! Enjoy! I have!

If you are interested in a pattern packet with all of the instructions and the Illustrations, please click the link below:



$7.99 (Paper pattern, only)
$6.99 (E-Pattern)
$16.99 (Paper Pattern and 1 yd Insul-brite)
 
Have Fun Quilting, XOXO

Denise


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Organized Fabric Cupboard

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Hi everyone!

It's been taking me a long time to organize just one of my fabric cupboards...do you ever have this problem? I have been taking out my scrap fabric bags and cutting the pieces into usable pieces. And, I love this, but, didn't realize I had so many scraps. I'll be glad to have them ready to go for a great project.

In the mean time, I thought I would take out the "blues" and "florals" of one cupboard and get them organized. It is the same place I keep my precuts, such as jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, etc.

Here's the Before:
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Fabric storage BEFORE!

Notice the bags on the bottom right? those are my scraps! And soon, they will be strips, squares, half-square triangles...ready for a project!
Here's the After:
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It looks sooo much better, don't you think?!
The "stash" looks so much better! (even the color of the picture is better, after I reorganized the fabric, haha) I have my precuts stacked two deep, and I was able to get all of them on the shelves. I've usually had them laying around my studio just looking beautiful...and cluttered at the same time.

When my cupboards look this nice, it makes me want to quilt! Now, to remove all of my stacked fabric from my cutting boards and find a place for them on the shelves, where they deserve to be!

fabric storage
Isn't this sad? I need to put these all away. The yellow bag has a collection of civil war prints, I've collected, for a quilt. So, I'm not sure I can separate them.
I removed my purple prints from the "shelves," because I needed more room for my blacks....so, it will take some maneuvering to get them back on the shelves.... I am running out of shelf space. But, Aren't the fabrics pretty just sitting there waiting to be put away? I haven't been able to find cabinet space, so these beautiful prints are in a wire basket on the side of my 8' cutting table.

Can you see my beautiful paints in the background. My husband made my paint racks for me, so they are in view, as well as away from my shelves! 

Happy organizing! Now, I want to quilt, fabrics inspire me! do they do that to you, too?

xoxo
Denise




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Olfa Retro Apron Tutorial

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Hi Everyone!

I have a fun little "working" apron for you. I received this little "tear sheet" pattern from Fall Quilt Market and wanted to share.

I purchased my very first Olfa rotary cutter in 1989! I still have it and love it! Now, they have so many different styles and sizes to help a quilter work more efficiently and safely.

Enjoy the apron pattern to store your quilting tools while you quilt! Click on the image and then print.

rotary cutter apron, Olfa




Monday, April 14, 2014

Rebekah Meier Stencil Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone,

My very good friend, Rebekah Meier designed some GREAT Stencils for crafting and creating mixed media projects for your home and for gifts!

These stencils can be used in many different ways, on fabric, wood, paper, metal, even on your walls! Get creative and make up something you will love! Here is a picture of the whole line. You can buy them from The Crafter's Workshop.


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There are many fun stencils to work with in several different sizes, 6" and 12"
Rebekah sent me some 6" stencils to play around with and I decided to make a wooden plaque, using some of my favorite materials, Paint, glazing medium, metallic paint, and old vintage hardware.

I started with an 8" x 10-3/4" arch wooden plaque # 23426 (Walnut Hollow)

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Walnut Hollow Arch Plaque #23426
I lightly sanded it with 200 grit sandpaper.

Then with Sulky's Temporary Spray Adhesive, I adhered the 6" Stained Glass stencil onto the upper part of the wooden plaque.

You may use other Temporary Sprays, I just happen to have this one. It is my favorite, because I can use it on a lot of different surfaces and it is safe. They also have a "green" label, too.

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Then I spread some spackle with a metal spatula. Be sure to clean your materials, the stencil and spatula  will dry quickly.


With the large Tulip Fabric brush, I painted the plaque with Americana Satin Paint, Almond.


Dip your brush into water, tap onto a paper towel, then into the paint and with a back and forth method, paint the wood on all sides. You may want to have a can to place the board onto for drying and painting, so that you don't get stuck to your surface.  Let dry. Clean brush in water.

Mix the Black/Green paint with Delta's Glazing Medium 1:1.


Use your brush to paint over the Almond. This mixture stays "wet" a little longer for you to get the right look you want. I wanted a look that showed the color through the black/green.

Note: If it looks too dark, get your brush wet and "scrub" the area to "loosen" up the paint and then brush it to get the right look. This is how mine looked at this stage:


#rebakahmeier #stencil, denise clason
This shows how to apply the black/green/glaze to your wood.
Notice that I have the edges darker? You'll want to achieve the same affect. 
After the paint dries, apply a coat of the glazing medium. Let dry. Clean brush.

With a "dry" brush, (do not dip into water, add paint to brush and dab onto paper towel to get most of the paint off) Apply, using a back and forth method,  the Decoart Dazzling Metallics, Splendid Gold, to the surface.

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After I applied the gold, I realized the project needed more depth, so I dry brushed some Folkart Houser Green Light over the gold.

Then I dry brushed some Folkart Burnt Carmine (dark purple) over the top. (Leave a lighter area where you'll be placing your metal hardware)

And the final step was to add a little more gold over all the layers. Note: I also added some of the above three paints to the hardware to help it blend in with the plaque.


#rebekahmeier #stencil #vintage #metalhardware #deniseclason
I'm happy with how this turned out. It took a few layers of each paint to make it how I wanted. Notice how I also have the burnt carmine paint heavier around the edges? You want to give it depth.
Attach a piece of hardware, an old key, a metal saying, or an old drawer handle, for adornment. Apply gilding to the top of the hardware. I used Beacon's Glass, Metal and More to adhere the hardware. It needs to lie down to dry overnight. If you have nails, you can skip the glue.

Check out other Blogs who have ideas for the STENCILS! Some of the best designer's in the business! 

Enjoy!
xoxo
Denise

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quilted Wallhanging PATTERN Give Away!

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Hi Everyone!

I have been collecting items for a give-away and it is about time I have one! 
Deadline will be April 14th, 600pm PST.

4-14-2014, 6pm--The winner of the wallhanging pattern is #31, Barb! (I'll email you!)

But, I want to make this fun...so, Please do the following (1 or more, your choice):

1. Comment about what you did over the weekend....something you did just for YOU!

2. Follow my Bloglovin' page  and comment that you did.


3. Follow my Facebook page and comment that you did.

4. Follow my Instagram page and comment that you did.

THANK YOU!

For an extra BONUS chance...Please share with your friends! And...
5. Make a comment and let me know how you shared. (A total of 5 Chances!!)

Here is the give away!!! A KimberBell Winter Wallhanging! Now, this is so darn cute, I saw it at the Fall Quilt Market 2013 and it was one of my favorite patterns.
They also have Spring, Summer and Fall Wallhangings, and more, too!


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This is KimberBell's Winter Wall hanging! Isn't it cute! 
snowmen runner
Up Close picture from Fall Quilt Market Schoolhouse. SO cute!
snowman pillow, denise clason
This same pattern can make a very cute pillow!
This is a large pattern, the pages are 9" x 12" ....so, you'll have an easy time making it up! Just follow me with the links above! Thanks so much!

Good Luck!

xoxo
Denise

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Can you make an Ugly Swoon Block?

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Hi Everyone,

When I was in the Swoon Class, taught by Camille Roskelley, a week ago, she mentioned that there was a contest to see who could make the ugliest Swoon Block, well...they couldn't decide on one. So, I guess you can't make an ugly one, until today!! Here's the link to the Flickr Contest for Ugly Swoon Block. Here's a look at some other Swoon Blocks, on Pinterest.

I'm pretty sure that I've made the first ugly swoon block (the one on the left)


swoon block by denise clason
Do you see how pretty the swoon block is on the right?
Well, I'm just saying...there is no comparison with the one on the left!
I wanted to try to incorporate some grey into the quilt, (my first attempt) and you can see it didn't work very well. I think I needed to use a different green, something with more contrast. So you can see...this block really, does, look "muddy."

It's the same with just about anything, decorating, photography, fabric, etc. Contrast is what "makes it" or "breaks it." Can you relate?

Lesson learned! It's too bad it took me 2 hours to really figure it out...I kept saying, it will be fine, it will be fine. Well, I should've paid attention before I got so far. I could've switched out one of the colors, probably the grey. But, NOOOO, I had to finish it before I could really see that it wasn't working.

What would you do with a, now, Orphan block? I don't have pets. So.... Should I have a giveaway???

You tell me, and I'll decide and let you know!

A little Pouty,

Denise

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swoon Class with Camille Roskelley! = FUN!

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Hi everyone!
I just got through taking a class with Camille Roskelley, from Thimble Blossoms! I took it at our local quilt store (Quiltique). Camille lives where I live and she frequents the store. So, she asked if she could do a class, as a practice class, for when she teaches in Australia! Yes, Australia, can you imagine going there to teach a class? Awesome! Camille said that she doesn't usually teach and wanted to get familiar with it. She also has a Craftsy class, click on the link on my sidebar!
 
Any way, I signed up to take the Swoon class and the next day she did a trunk show. So, here are the fun pictures! Enjoy! You can find her patterns on Thimble Blossom's website. She sells them in paper or by PDF download.

show and tell, camille roskelley
Here is Camille, she's talking about her Swoon quilt. she is so cute!
Camille Roskelley
She brought her Swoon quilt, straight off of their bed, She used Anna Maria Horner prints.
Camille Roskelley's swoon block
This Swoon Wallhanging is adorable and so "modern" looking with the straight
machine quilting.
camille roskelley's mini swoon
And...here is the little mini swoon quilt...(in a baby voice) isn't is adorable, too?
swoon block class with camille roskelley
Here I am, all tired, after an evening of sewing...I finished my first swoon block!
 
These are the photos from the Trunk Show the next day:
 
camille roskelley trunk show
Look at all the wonderful quilts all stacked up!
camille roskelley swoon quilt
Here is the Swoon quilt! She has 12 blocks in her quilt.
camille roskelley mini swoon
The Mini Swoon quilt! so cute! She started making these to display her patterns at quilt market. she didn't have enough room in the booth for the full sized quilt, so she made the minis...and the rest is history!
round and round quilt, camille roskelley
Here it is again, Round and Round Quilt, with a light background! I really like this one.
camille roskelley's mini round and round
Mini Round and Round quilt.
camille roskelley's scrappy around the world quilt
This is the Scrappy Around the World quilt, that the quilt store had a class on...
someday, I'll make this one, too.
camille roskelly's spool quilt
Camille's version of her Spools quilt. Held up by Quiltique's store owner Jan.

camille roskelley's mini spool quilt
And the Mini Spools quilt.

camille roskelley's dwell quilt
This is Camille's Dwell Pattern.


camille roskelley's mini dwell quilt
And the Mini Dwell pattern! Love!


camille roskelley's swell quilt
"Swell" is the name of this quilt, I think it is new.


camille roskelley's fresh quilt
"Fresh" is the name of this quilt!


machine quilting
The machine quilting was awesome on this quilt.

camille roskelley's field day quilt
another cute quilt, called "Field Day"


camille roskelley's fireworks quilt
This one is called Fireworks, and I love it! I won this pattern! Can't wait to make it.


camille roskelley's niner quilt
This quilt is called Niner, because of the 9-patches.


camille roskelley's machine quilting
More fun machine quilting on this quilt.


camille roskelley's puddle jumping quilt
this quilt is called Puddle Jumping, I also won this quilt pattern, and LOVE it! Can't wait to make this one.


camille roskelley's mini puddle jumping quilt
And the mini Puddle Jumping quilt! You can see the size difference, with it next to the original size.


camille roskelley's raincheck quilt, april showers
This is Raincheck! It is made from their latest line of fabric, called April Showers!


camille roskelley's raincheck quilt
Another view! Such a cute quilt!


camille roskelley's machine quilting, raincheck, april showers
Up close view, each block has different machine quilting, makes for an interesting and cute quilt!

And the mini Raincheck, sorry it is blurry. But, you get the idea of how small it is.

camille roskelley's raincheck quilt
Another pic of the Raincheck and mini Raincheck.


Liisa Alexander quilt
This is the quilt from the Feb 2014 American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine,
designed by Liisa Alexander. A lot of the Moda designers made this in a quilt along. LOVE it, too


Liisa Alexander quilt, american patchwork an quilting
Liisa Alexander quilt, close up

American Patchwork & Quilting February 2014


Camille roskelley's red letter day quilt
This is a brand new quilt by Camille, called Red Letter day. Can you tell why?
Really like her large blocks!


camille roskelley's orphan block quilt
This was the last quilt that Camille showed to us, it is a mixture of all of her orphan blocks, what a cute quilt! She's had requests to make a pattern, but, I think it would be difficult to create one....If you have her patterns, I bet you could make one!


camille roskelley's rise and shine mini quilt
Oops, I almost forgot to show you this cute little quilt, being held by Camille's son! They came by to surprise her during the Trunk Show on Saturday. He's holding the Rise & Shine mini quilt.


All in all, my National Quilt Day weekend was a lot of fun (March 14th-15th) What did you do that weekend?
xoxo
Denise