February 26, 2014

Party In A Pinch: Easy Dinner Napkin Tutorial

I love having crafty, talented friends.  Today, I am helping out two amazing bloggers, Erin from Fig + Cotton and Katie from Spray Paint & Chardonnay to bring you this gorgeous, simple cheese board and personalized serving tray.  My small contribution to the effort was the napkin which added a fun pop of color to their beautiful spread.

Spray Paint & Chardonnay will show you how to make this custom stamped serving tray (a perfect hostess gift, in my opinion), and Fig + Cotton will give you all the details on putting together this quick and simple but sophisticated-looking cheese board.  Please check them out, once you start looking around, I promise you will want to check in on them often.

So, here is how you make this super simple napkin...

Materials needed for one napkin: one square of fabric, at least 18 x 18 inches. One yard of fabric (36" x 42") should be just enough to make four napkins made with 18 inch squares (make sure you account for your selvedges in your overall calculation).

Here, I used Botanics crosshatch in orchid by Carolyn Friedlander. I seriously love this color - it's the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, and it's just so rich and lush. I may need to order lots lots more....

On the wrong side of the fabric, mark a line using a chalk, pencil or a Frixion pen one inch from each corner and stop where the lines intersect.  Repeat on all four sides.

Fold the corner to line up with the bottom left corner of the square.

Fold the fabric one more time, again lining up with the bottom left corner of the square. Press well.
(in the picture below, you can still see a dot where the bottom left corner of the square is)

Fold the raw edges of the fabric over once, making sure to form a mitered corner at the edge by bringing each edge of the fabric to the bottom left corner again (shown in the picture above).  Press well or pin if desired.  Repeat on all four corners, pressing the edges along the way.

Go back over each of the four sides, folding the raw edge back under, to create a finished, turned under edge.  Press along the way, or pin, if desired.

Once you have gone back over all edges, the back of your napkin should look like this.

Using the thread color of your choice, stitch around the outside of your napkin on all four sides, taking care to match the mitered corners. 

That's it - super simple, right? You can have perfectly coordinated napkins for dinner in no time!

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February 19, 2014

A bit of randomness...

Today, I've got a few little random bits to share... a little of this and a little of that, so here it goes:

I am SO close to finishing the top on my double wedding ring! As of last night I had four of the six rows pieced. So exciting!!

I have participated in two swaps recently, and my first swap partner sent me this adorable zipper pouch just in time for Valentine's Day.  Not only do I ♥ Valentine's related items, I love monogrammed gifts as well. Thanks Martha!

Last year, I was featured in a Moda Bakeshop tutorial called Cozy Campground Quilt.  Tina T. just sent me a picture of her finished quilt, and I just adore it! She changed up the layout ~ this one is for her 8 year old and now her 4 year old wants one too! Thanks Tina for letting me share this!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced today - have a look at some of the awesome projects out there and get inspired!

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February 16, 2014

Poll Results - Farmer's Wife of Dear Jane

Well, the results are in - I had 48 responses to my question, Farmer's Wife or Dear Jane?

And here is what you thought...

I'm still a little on the fence.  I have the Farmer's Wife book, and it looks like a ton of fun,  but am thinking about purchasing Dear Jane as a supplement to EQ.  I think I could really do a lot within EQ in the way of design and planning of a Dear Jane. This is a very long term goal - I'm thinking for our 2016 guild show... So for now, I'm still undecided. Have you done either of these?  

Happy President's Day to all of you. Shhh, don't tell my kids, but my husband and I are putting them in camp all day tomorrow and we get a whole day at home. ALONE. That never happens.  I see some serious sewing in my future :)

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February 10, 2014

Economy Blocks, Part II

I finished setting my economy blocks last night - see here for my previous post on setting options. I ended up using Kona Bone for sashing and setting triangles because I didn't like the idea of cutting a bunch of my blocks in half, especially since I fussy cut the centers. I was worried about losing too much of the centers.  I think it came out really well and it breaks up the blocks so they aren't too busy this way.  Now, I need to decide about borders (yes or no?), binding and backing.  It's pretty small at this point, around 25" square, so I think I need to add some type of border...

For those of you creating economy blocks, how are you setting them?

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February 8, 2014

My First Finish of 2014...

My first finish of 2014 was this easy t-shirt quilt made for some friends.  This is the first t-shirt quilt I've ever made and it was pretty simple.

I cut and fused her tshirts into 15" squares, added a sashing with cornerstones for a simple clean look.  I used Kona Aqua on for the sashing and the backing.

The finished size was around 72" square so I took it in and long-armed it myself at a local quilt shop.

I am really happy with how this turned out.  I may be doing more of these in the future!

Hope you are sewing something fabulous today :)

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