To get myself into posting regularly I’ve decided to create a weekly post on what I’ve made (or planning to make). In the studio this past week, I’ve been working on creating a burlap door hanger and making things for the upcoming Holiday season. These have been added to the Etsy shop too.
The birthday cake door hanger was one of the first projects I made using burlap that I actually liked. (It tends to make me itchy and I give up rather quickly!) For Fall though, the pumpkin door hangers are really popular.
These are so much fun, and the great thing about them is that you can use the same pattern, but totally change the style based on the different fabrics and customization that you choose.
These can be hung on a front door instead of a traditional wreath, or the smaller size works well on door knobs and coat hooks.
My personal favorite is the one with the cut letter spelling BOO. I just love the scrappy feel of it.
The one that I have hanging on my front door right now though is …
So last night after I cleaned my studio (I even MOPPED the floor!) — That might not happen again until after Christmas — the super plain and ugly piece of muslin that I’ve been using in front of my Silhouette Cameo was sticking out and looked like something I forgot to put away. It’s a great spot to put something a little bit more inspirational and pretty.
A quick look at the Shelf of Uncompleted Projects turned up a chevron quilt block that I made a few years ago. These were actually my very first attempt at making a quilt. The blocks have yet to make it into a finished quilt and might not. So, I knew that I had to use one in this project.
It reminded me of the need that was oozing out of me to make a quilt. It was what got me to dig out my sewing machine that had been packed away for years. From that this quilt block was born. For those of you who might be feeling the same, but are too scared or too confused to try … just go for it. Be bold. Create lovely things. You’ll never know what you can do until you try.
For those of you who might be feeling the same, but are too scared or too confused to try … just go for it. Be bold. Create lovely things. You’ll never know what you can do until you try.
To make the mat wider so that it will fit in front of the Cameo better, I just pieced some scrap strips together and added them to each side.
To add words to the top, I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the letters out of the fabric. Before cutting the fabric though, I fused Heat N Bond Lite to the back. (I’m pretty sure you can buy a similar fusible product from Silhouette, but I had this on hand.)
Don’t you love how well they cut? So perfect. There were a few hiccups though so there will be writing a post shortly on troubleshooting when cutting fabric with the cameo.
Once the top was together, words ironed on, and quilted I just needed to bind it. The actual quilting of a project is where it comes to life.
The actual quilting of a project is where it comes to life.
A quick review of how to sew on binding, and this project was finished! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the back too.
The Silhouette mat will come in handy when cutting vinyl on a roll because sometimes the roll of vinyl is too heavy and the rollers on the machine can’t pull it through very well so your cuts get all wonky.