Showing posts with label Mom (Diana). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mom (Diana). Show all posts

Friday, March 21, 2014

Printing on Iron On Transfer Paper

Hello Wayward Crafters!
I have been staying busy making quilts and being a nana. I have enjoyed reading the blog and plan to contribute from time to time.
This week we had 2 snow days. Snow days in our home usually makes our hearts turn to crafting. In the great blizzard of 2000, all the girls collaborated on what is known as snow day quilt, a snuggly quilt that has kept us warm for many years.
This week I decided to make my own version of an applique quilt that Jaime and I worked on when I visited her recently. It is from Quilters Newsletter August and September.
What I want to share is how I used my inkjet printer to print all the patterns. I realize that you can purchase iron-on printer paper, but it is a little more expensive than what you can buy (usually on sale!) from the bolt. (Get the paper-backed transfer webbing. It is #805 by Pellon.)

Here's how to do it. First, use a program such as Photoshop to move the images from the pattern to a 8 1/2 by 11 canvas size. Flip the images as needed. I always use the bucket tool to fill the images with white so it takes less ink.

Then, cut your iron-on transfer paper to 8 1/2 by 11". It is 17" wide, so you can get 2 8 1/2" pieces across.
The paper is too thin to go through my printer, so I used a piece of glossy photo paper as a backing. I lightly touched my iron across the top edge of the paper so that it was lightly adhered to the glossy side. I also smoothed down the paper, and ironed the bottom corners.

Then, print!

The webbing will pop right off the glossy photo paper, which you can use over and over. Roughly cut out the shapes and adhere them to the back of the fabric you selected.

That's it! It took me half a day to print and about that long to cut out the shapes. I ironed everything on the quilt blocks this morning.
I followed the pattern pretty closely. I added one more poinsettia in the top left block and made them all red instead of having green leaves. Jaime was more wayward and created a couple original blocks. I think it turned out to be very cute. I will tack all the edges with a zigzag stitch using invisible thread. The borders are made of crazy Christmas sweaters! That's next.
This is the template for the sweaters. The sky is the limit on how you make them.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ornament Storage Box

Each of the girls has a collection of Christmas tree ornaments that began when they were born and grew each Christmas. At some point I purchased red and green plastic ornament bins for each girl. Though these held the ornaments well for many years, they were not suitable for mailing. I had to find other ways to send Jordan and Jaime their ornaments. (The plastic bin was perfect to take to Brooke's house.) Since I had a little more time on my hand with Jasmine's ornaments, I decided to create (or re-create) a box to hold the ornaments.

I bought a decorative box at Michaels-- the ones that are covered with pretty paper and have a magnetic flap closure. It was pretty, but it wasn't Christmassy. I also bought 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to cover the box.


Before I started decorating the box, I needed to make some partitions. I decided to make 2 layers and cut enough posterboard strips to make them. Notice how I notched the strips. They slipped together easily. I put a piece of posterboard between the layers.





Now I was ready to decorate. I painted the top with  a collage glue. I chose matt finish this time.

I added layers and borders because my box was larger than the papers. I used a contrasting paper for the sides.  After the first coat was dry, I added a second coat.

I found a pretty B and printed the outline of mirror image on the back of printed paper. I actually did two, because I was going to make a shadow. I didn't like how it looked, so I just used 1 letter.
 


I carefully decoupaged it on the lid. (I put the other one on the inside.)


Done! Now I just have to mail it!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Interlocking Notebooks

These are the directions for the notebooks I shared a few weeks ago.





To make these, purchase notebooks and pens. These notebooks were about 5" x 8".
You will need 1   2"  fabric strips about 6 inches longer than it the measure of the front and back of the book,  1 strip of heavyweight fusible interfacing and 1 strip of fusible web the same length.

Following manufacturer directions fuse the interface to the wrong side of one of the  fabric strips. Then fuse the two strips together using the fusible web. Next, select a decorative stitch and finish the longs edges of the strips.
Lay the strip around the book and cut the last 3 inches (from the end of the fabric to the edge of the book) in the center. Wrap the top strip on the front of the book tightly around the pen.

Keep the pen snug against the book edge. Pin the loop and then sew it.
Repeat with the bottom strip on the back of the notebook. Fold in the bottom strip on the top cover and the top stitch on the bottom cover.
Next stitch the strip right onto the notebook top and bottom cover. (You may need a heavy duty needle). Trim the excess strips inside the covers.


Slip the pen through the loops to lock the notebook. Great for your purse.



Now

Friday, April 5, 2013

Backpacks and notebooks

We lost track of time this week. For some, (those waiting for the baby to be born), the week was extremely looooong. For me, I just lost track of the days and was surprised to realize it was time to post again!
Without stealing anyone's thunder, the baby was indeed born this week.

Since I am here with actual children, we have been doing baking and crafts! We decorated cupcakes from a Easy Bake Kit,  




dyed tons of eggs (50+), 

baked cookies, 


and decorated canvas backpacks.

I purchased these backpacks at Joanne Fabric and Crafts. They were on clearance, and I had a coupon. Total cost was about $3 each. We used Crayola fabric markers to decorate the bags.

Before I came, I created the notebooks shown in the top picture. The children have enjoyed writing stories like their mom. I will post pictures of how to create the notebooks when I get back to NC.



Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Decor

Have I mentioned my mother the decorator? No, I don't mean interior decorator. I mean holiday decorator. Her house is transformed at Christmas, and to a lesser degree, all other holidays. Here are a couple of the decorations she has created for Easter.

To make these, you need styrofoam eggs, Easter themed napkins,  craft crystals, and white glue. Tear out the parts of the napkin you like. Put a coat of glue on the egg, and then gently add the pictures from the napkins. Then cover the entire egg with another coat of glue. Roll the egg in the crystals and allow to dry.
These are painted wooden eggs.

We hope you have a happy Easter. Here is a link to a video entitled "He is Risen."

Friday, March 22, 2013

Framing your own art

Confession: I am cheap. Not as cheap as some, but I don't like spending money on things I can do myself for less. Case in point: Matted artwork. Having a professional do this can cost hundreds of dollars. Yes, they do a lovely job, but I don't want to spend that much on my art.
Here's a couple ways to save money on matted artwork.
First you need a frame with similar dimensions to your artwork plus a mat. It doesn 't have to be exact. I use coupons from Michaels or go to thrift stores to find frames.

Since it is likely you won't find a precut mat to fit the frame and the artwork, you have a couple choices. You can purchase a mat cutting instrument and do it yourself. I tried this with moderate success. I don't recommend it.

OR just google mat board. There are many places that have larger pieces that you usually cannot find in craft stores. You can also get a custom opening cut. There are some ways to select the size based on whether you want your artwork centered or weighted.  Look into it a bit and decide what your prefer.

This is a print that my family bought me a few years ago. It is weighted on the bottom. That means the mat is wider on the bottom.
I couldn't get rid of the glare, but you can see how it turned out.
With shipping, the mat cost about $30. I bought the frame for about $20. I will try to get a better picture, but it turned out well.
Here is what this beautiful painting by Liz Lemon Swindle looks like.

 You can see this work and many other here. It is called "Why Weepest Thou." I love it!

Try framing your artwork! It will work!

Friday, March 15, 2013

To pick out or not to pick out, that is the question!

It is the wayward crafter's eternal question. Is it good enough or should I do it over?

I am still working on the baby quilt for Jordan's baby. I was a little disappointed with the front because not every angle matched perfectly. I was extra careful in the back. I picked out seams and recut and squared up. And guess what. Yep, still not perfect. 

When do you decide your product is good enough and when do you decide you must redo it? This was my dilemma when I was doing free motion quilting on the quilt. I can sew for about an hour on one bobbin. After one bobbin change, I didn't change my thread tension back to where it needed to be.  When that happens, the top thread shows on the bottom of the quilt too much. It makes the stitches feel rough. I didn't realize this until the next time I changed the bobbin--an hour of free motion quilting later.

Was it good enough? Did I want to take out that much stitching? 

I decided I did. It took as longer to pick it out than it did to put it in. What a pain! 


All those little dotted lines used to be stitches. All told, it was about 2 square feet of stitching or about this much thread.

I am getting ready to do it over now and I don't regret my decision at all. I know I will be much happier with the result. 

In this case, I decided to pick out, but earlier I decided not to redo the angles in the quilt that weren't perfect. I don't really understand my criteria or my tolerance level for my own imperfections, so I am asking my fellow crafters what they think. (Of course this assumes that a few of you are also less than perfect, too.)

Here's what I want to know...

  • How to you decide when your craft is "good enough?"
  • Is "good enough" really good enough?
  • Do you feel compelled to point out mistakes in your own work when others look at it?



Friday, March 8, 2013

Mix and Match Animal Book

This is a fun activity to make with or for your children. I was thumbing through some craft books (specifically Step-by-Step Crafts for Children published by Kingfisher) and saw this idea. I simplified it a little, but the sky is the limit.


First I found some free clipart pictures of animals. I selected ones of similar sizes.

 Next I cut each one to the same size. (I chose 5" squares.)

I glued each picture to colorful cardstock that was a little larger than the pictures. Then I cut the pictures in half as shown here.
.I stapled the pictures inside the cover and then used a type of duct tape to cover the staples.

This would be very fun to do with family photographs or with pictures the children color.
Have fun!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Grand-baby quilt, part 2

A couple weeks ago I posted about the quilt I am making for Jordan's baby, and confessed I was afraid it wasn't 'baby' enough. I decided to piece a design on the back with some more baby inspired quilt.
Now I think this is going to be a grand baby quilt for my grandbaby!
Here is what it looks like.



 That yellow print has little duckies on it. I used fabric from the front and other scraps.

Step 1--- sew the center square to the first piece (shown on the right on the picture above. Stop sewing about 1/2" from the center corner as shown.

Now I need to quilt it!
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