Fun with Dying Fabric

Hi Everybody … I thought I’d share a fun experiment my mom and I did a couple of weekends ago.  After quilting this quilt I realized how patterned fabric doesn’t always show the quilting done on the quilt and I was getting antsy to make my own colors.  I am always enamored when I go to knitting stores with the beautiful, vibrant and scrumptious colorways yarn comes in.  This is especially true of Madelinetosh yarn.  Oh, my!  I wish I could find these colors in fabric!

Having absolutely no dying experience in my past and not wanting to jump in with both feet, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and get an assortment of different dyes, both brands and colors.  I’ve heard the Procion dyes are the best to use, but I would have needed to order these.  I also picked up some Elm Ash while I was there.

My mom and I put on our breathing masks – we were quite a site to be seen on a Saturday night πŸ˜‰ – then our gloves and got to work.  While the colors are a wee bit bright, it was so fun that a batch we intended to make three swatches out of, we ended up making nine!!!

Cherry Valley Designs Hand Dyed Fabric
Cherry Valley Designs Hand Dyed Fabric

Now that I’ve wet my feet definitely stay tuned for more experiments to come!!!  This was so much fun and I’m looking forward to trying the Procion dyes and different types of fabric!

Have you ever hand dyed your own fabrics?  What did you all think if you did?

We’re happy to be linking up with these linky parties today.  Thanks for hosting them!

Esther’s Blog

Enjoy!
Megan

Finally Finished!

Hi Everybody!  First, I have to start out by saying our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  It just looks like total devastation and I can’t even imagine what those families are going through.  Stay safe!

Last week my family and I took a somewhat vacation.  For a few days we spent the week back in Gettysburg and had a wonderful time, but I took no pictures 😦  Then we came home and just relaxed for a while.  All in all it was a good week and I’m really looking forward to this Memorial Day weekend πŸ™‚  Always looking forward to the beginning of summer, such a fun time and just wish we were already back in Gettysburg.

Before we left I had a chance to finish up my mom’s Mother’s Day gift …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

… You may remember this as a work in progress from a few weeks ago.

It was absolutely a blast to do and there are so many longarm techniques that I’d never tried, like these feather wreaths …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
From the Front
Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
And the Back!

the cable feather border surrounded by piano keys and …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt
You can best see this from the back

the circles around the nine patch …

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

All in all it was an awesome quilt to long arm and ended up taking me a whopping 24 hours to complete – definitely a milestone for me, but well worth it! πŸ™‚  Happy Mother’s Day, mom!  You’re the best!

Again, if you’re interested in making this quilt yourself you can find the paper pattern here which we will snail mail to you or the PDF pattern here which will be delivered nearly instantly to your e-mail!

Thanks to the blogs whose linky parties we’re participating in today:

Fresh Poppy Design

Better Off Thread

Until Next Time!
Megan

Life’s A Charm May: Sew Simple Purse

For the longest time I was terrified of making a purse/bag.  I just couldn’t bring myself to take the plunge and when I finally did I thought, “Wow! What’s the big deal?!?”  Since then I have even designed my own bag for our book Everything but Baby and today I’m sharing a purse you can put together using, of course, a charm pack!  It comes together so quickly (as in, this morning!!! … yes, that is why the post is going up a little late).

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

What You’ll Need:

– A regular size (5″ squares) charm pack
– 3/4 yard of contrasting fabric
– 18″ x 58″ Bosal Fusible Foam Interfacing (LOVE this stuff!)
– 2 Sew-in Snaps

Step 1:  Cut 3 charm squares in quarters and 10 charm squares in half.  Then lay your squares out in the order that you want to create the front, back and front pocket of your purse.

You will need two sets that look like this:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
AND
One set that looks like this:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
For example, this is what my back looked like when I tested my pieces before sewing:
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 2:  Next, sew your 3 panels together going across to form rows and then sew the rows together.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 3: After your 3 panels are sewn together, you will want to cut out your contrasting color and Bosal fusible foam.  You will need 1 piece of contrasting color fabric that is 10″ by 19″ and 2 pieces that are 12″ by 19″.  From the Bosal fusible foam, cut 1 piece that is 9 1/2″ by 18″ and 2 pieces that are 11″ by 18″.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 4: Put your contrasting color fabric that is 10″ by 19″ right sides together with your pocket charm piece, lining up the top of the two pieces and sew a 1/2″ straight line down.  Then, flip your contrasting color fabric over so your pieces are wrong sides together.  Iron the contrasting color down to create a fold over and sew a straight line down in the ditch to secure your “border.”

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 5: Slide your fusible foam in between the outer pieces of your pocket and press down to fuse.  Next, make a sandwich with the front and back of your purse pieces with your pieced charm pack wrong side to the fusible foam and the contrasting color wrong side together to the other side of your fusible foam.  Press down to fuse.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 6: Next, fold the top two pieces of your pieced charm pack and contrasting color inwards towards one another.  Use a pin to secure and sew 1/4″ seam allowance to create a finished edge around your purse.  Repeat for the back.

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern
Step 7:  Sew down the front pocket to the front of the purse all the way around the edge with the base your pocket lined up with the base of your front.  
Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 8:  Put your front and back right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance down each side, but not the bottom!

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

Step 9:  Finally, push your sides in about 1 1/2″ on each side and sew the bottom (this will be very thick so make sure to go slowly).  Turn right side out and push your puckers out on the bottom.  Finish by adding your handle and voila, you have a new purse!  Enjoy!

Cherry Valley Designs Purse Pattern

And while we worked away, Mr. Brinkley Cooper enjoyed some time in the sun … Ahhh, the life!

Until next time!
Megan

Longarm Quilting Tip: Buy a Sketchbook

A few days before my longarm was delivered I was surfing around Pinterest and stumbled upon this pin … Amazing, right?!?  I immediately pinned it to my LAQ board and then started to sleuth a bit and found the true owner of the pin was a woman named LuAnn Kessi.  She has an equally amazing blog (which you can find here).  She is very gracious with sharing her work and I love the fact that she gives herself little notes to remind her how she made the design that she did.  The next day I went to Michaels and bought an artist’s notebook (they were on sale 40% off!).

The idea of carrying around a notebook is still odd for me, but I’m getting better. Having a sketchbook to not only practice designs you want to try is important …

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

… But it’s also important to give dry runs to potential designs.  I was working on a wallhanging yesterday and after some input from my mom, I decided not to use the design I had planned on for the past two weeks … eeks!  Well, with a deadline to get the piece done, I needed to come up with something, so I roughly sketched some ideas to get to the idea that I finally decided upon.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop to see the final reveal!

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

While I am by no means as talented as LuAnn I hope seeing a peek into my sketchbook will encourage you that you don’t have to be perfect. For some reason, putting pen to paper just helps get your brain wired to do the actual design when you go to the longarm.  You can just work through the kinks before you actually stand at your machine to do the work!

See you bright & early tomorrow morning for the “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop!  You can check out today’s bloggers here, and yesterday’s here!
Enjoy!
Megan

Almost There …

We began working on a different version of our pattern, “The Essential Bed Quilt.”  This quilt is done in 3 Sisters’ Double Chocolat line.  You may remember my original from this blog post where we used Fig Trees’ Tapestry line.  I’m absolutely loving the way this new version is coming together and can’t wait to show you the finished project … hopefully, next Friday?  I’m working on a special quilting design for it and am just itching to get it on the long arm.

Right now, there’s another special project on my long arm which I can’t show you, because it is having it’s debut this Friday when I participate in Madame Samm’s Shake Your Pom Poms blog hop.  Definitely stop by this Friday to check out my finished project!

As you can see this is a big quilt and wouldn’t fit on our design wall, so we have laid it underneath the long arm!

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

Thanks to the blogs whose linky parties we’re participating in today:

Fresh Poppy Design

Better Off Thread

You can find the paper pattern here which we will snail mail to you or the PDF pattern here which will be delivered nearly instantly to your e-mail!

As we were walking we found the most beautiful bush in bloom in our neighbor’s yard, take a look … isn’t this just gorgeous?!

Thanks for stopping by!
Megan

Life’s a Charm: Happy Spring Table Runner

It is hard to believe it’s Friday and I’m sitting here wondering where in the world this week went?!?  How about all of you? Has your week just flown by?

Today’s the 5th of April and that means it’s time for this month’s “Life’s a Charm” project.  Each month on the fifth we make a little project using either a mini charm pack (2 1/2″ squares) or regular size charm pack (5″ squares).  You can see January’s project here, February’s project here, and March’s project here.  For this month we decided to do something super simplistic – a table runner – but still a fun item to add to your Spring decor.

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm

If you follow us on Facebook you may have a heard last week we got a very special delivery … a long arm quilt machine!!! We just love it and love everything we can do with it.  In honor of that this project showcases some quilting you can do.  For this project, you’ll need a solid piece of fabric – we used linen – for the background of the table runner.  I chose to put a heavier quilting design on it, but you don’t have to.  Swirls or meandering would look just as nice.  However, if you would like to do something similar to the quilting we’ve done, the design we used is attached in the pattern files.

Materials:
  • (1) Charm pack – you will have leftovers
  • (1) 22″ x 36″ piece of cream fabric
  • (1) 30″ x 44″ piece of backing fabric
  • 30″ x 44″ piece of batting
  • 6 buttons
  • Pinking shears

Directions:
Step 1:  Cut 14 charm squares in half to create 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles.  You should have 28 rectangles when done.  Sew these together to create one long chain.  This is your binding and creates a patchwork looking binding.

Step 2:  Create two large flowers by cutting out 2 of each of the three largest petals attached here.

Step 3: Create four smaller flowers by cutting out 4 of each of the three smallest petals attached here.

Step 4:  Sandwich your background fabric, batting and backing together and quilt as desired.  The design we used for quilting is also in the attachment.

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm
Here’s a close up of the quilting on the back …
Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm

Step 5:  Cut out the design border on the short end of the table runner in the attachment. Pictures are below.

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm

Step 6:  Sew your binding on and place your flowers decoratively at either end securing the center with a button.

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm

Today we’re linking up with: Crazy Mom QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop Whoop?; and Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday.

Cherry Valley Designs Life's a Charm


Enjoy!

A Ray of Sunshine

A few weeks ago I had a friend who was sick.  I wanted to make her something to lift her spirits.  So, I decided a little gift basket would do the trick.  You might remember, I like gift baskets from this post πŸ™‚  I wanted it to be something bright, and things she could use while she was recuperating.  The gift basket was deemed “A Ray of Sunshine” and turned out like this …

Feel Better Gift Basket

The galvanized metal pail, ribbon, yellow filler paper, and daisies all came from Michaels. Then, I put a honey bear, Celestial Seasons Lemon Zinger tea, lemon, and Honey Ludens cough drops in as well.  I purchased all of these items from our local grocery store.

Do you like to make gift baskets?  What are some of your favorites?

I’m excited to be linking up with Sew Many Ways, Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party.  Thanks to Karen for hosting such a fun event!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!
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