Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Young Women Values

Free Printable's

Here are some Value Printable's that are a little different than the first ones I made.  These are the ones we  are using in our New Beginnings Program this year.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day today.  May you find joy, friendship and love all around.

This Subway cart can be found at a great blog called "Decorating through dental school."  Here is the link.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Story of a Quilt

I found this really cute Jelly Roll at Joann's and had to get it.  I had my coupon which helped with the purchasing desicion.  Taking home my treasure I set it down trying to think what to do with it.  So I went where I always go to be inspired (or as you may say, find a pattern).  The internet.  I found this awesome site called the Jolly Gabber that sells some beautiful fabric as well as having some great tutorials.  Doesn't the name Jolly Gabber sound catchy?  I love it!   Here is the site if you would like to check it out.  One of those tutorials just happens to be the Jelly Roll Jam.  Are you getting hungry?  I know I was licking my lips.  Well I printed up the pattern and watched the instructional video.  I then commenced to my sewing room and put together my own.

After finishing the project I took a look at the result.  It's too small.  I want it to be twin size to go on my youngest daughters bed.  The size you are looking for in a twin is at least 72" x 108".  Even adding my boarders it wasn't going to reach anywhere near those dimensions.  So off I went and got another Jelly Roll.  Still too small.  I need 2 more squares.  So today I am off to buy me yet another Jelly Roll.  I printed off my coupon for 40% off and I'm prepared.  I bought some other fabric for the boarder and can't wait till it's time to add it.  Here is the quilt with just one Jelly Roll.  I'm hoping to have the top done this weekend.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunday skirts

I was able to go to paradise last week and browse through loads and loads of fabric.  The big bonus is that I got to buy loads of fabric because it was so cheap.  I love outlet stores!  One of the fabrics I bought I thought would make a cute skirt for Katie, my 11 year old.  So Saturday night I pulled it out of my stash.  I was excited to realize that it was not only enough to make Katie a skirt, but I could make myself one as well.  So that night I made myself one.  Then wishing I would have made hers as well I set my alarm for a little bit earlier Sunday morning so we could be twinsies at church.  The skirts I made literally took me about 20 minutes to make.  Just cut, sew a hem, sew top to fit elastic and pull elastic through.  Here is Katie and I right when we got home from church.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scripture Cover Tutorial

I found this tutorial on Pinterest for a scripture cover and thought, "What a great idea."  So of course I had to make myself one.  

I found that after I made mine there were a few things that I didn't like.  I don't like how the stabilizer is out and you can see it from the sides.  I also wanted it to be a little smaller height wise and not hang over so much on the top and bottom.  So I made a few adjustments and this is what I came up with.

This project is so simple and fun.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask in the comment section and I will do my best to answer them.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Young Women Value Printables

I designed these to put on a table along with pictures of all of our Young Women at New Beginnings.  Feel free to use these for your Young Women or for your own personal use.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bag Tutorial

I have made lots of bags and they all have the same basic concept of assembling.  This tutorial is just showing the basics of how to assemble, box the bottom corners and finishing.  It very simple.  You can design the bag however you'd like.  Use your favorite quilt block or just use one solid piece of fabric.  It's totally up to you.  You can also embellish it however you would like.
For this bag I used a block called "Diagonal Paths" which I found on one of my favorite sites, "Quilt Blocks Galore."  I also like to add a pocket to the lining of all my bags.  I just cut a piece of fabric 8 inches by whatever the width of the bag I am making.  Instructions are below for pocket.

What you need.

To start the bag you need.
2 outside panels cut tot size you want your bag
2 panels for lining cut to same size as outside panels.
2 strips of material 2 X 26 inches (longer or shorter depending on how long you want your handles.)
2 pieces of batting cut just a bit larger than your outside panels.


Once you have all your pieces cut out you can start assembling.  


For my handles I like to add batting.  You don't have to but I like how it feels.  Put right sides together  with batting on the outside and sew up both sides of your handles.  Now you are going to turn your handles right side out.  After it is turned right side out iron the handles flat then sew along the edge of the long sides of your handles.  I like to use a decorative stitch on this part.  Now set your handles aside for now.

 Outside Panels.

My two outside panels are already quilted with the batting so now I am going to take them and put right sides together and pin.  Next sew both sides and bottom of bag with 1/4 inch seam.  Set aside.


You are going to do the same thing with the lining.  My lining is made of two seperate fabrics.  One matching for the top and one for the bottom.  I also added my pocket to my lining by pinning it to one of the panels.  You are now going to sew the two sides and bottom leaving a 4 inch gap for turning later.

I got a little ahead of myself with pinning the handles to the bag.  It is actually easier to do this after this next step.

Boxing the Corners.

I like to box the corners of my bags.  It makes it look nice plus makes it able to stand up.

after turning your bag right side out is a good time to pin your handles on.

Sewing the lining to the bag.  

Finishing it up.

You can now embellish the bag however you would like.  I added a pocket with applique to the front of this bag.  

Now it's time to go make you some bags.  I hope that this has been helpful.  If you have any questions you can ask me in the comment section.