"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most"
-- John Ruskin

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Our First Recipient!

Andrew Gardner is the first recipient of a quilt stitched with love!  He is on his way now to Denver for testing in the next phase of treatment for the devastating lung disease that he contracted as a result of a drowning accident over a year ago.  Our hearts and prayers are with Andrew and his family as he battles the illness that has plagued him.  We all love you so much!

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Pirate Ship" quilt

A new quilt pattern designed by me & Melanie Morris-- who doesn't love this one?!  I'm making it available for free for a short time... check out the details on my Facebook page!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

As promised... the best headband in the world!

On Friday I participated in the open house at Quilt Quilt Quilt in Sandy Utah.  I was one of several people selling patterns and showing a quick demonstration.  While my demonstration had nothing to do with quilting, many people wanted to see how to make this quick, cute headband.  So, I promised that I'd post it on my blog!

The Killer Cute, Quick Headband

Using the template below, cut a piece of single sided-fusible interfacing
Iron the interfacing onto a piece of fabric using guidelines from the interfacing package.  Trim the fabric to within 1/2" of the interfacing

Cut the reverse fabric to the same size as the front fabric (I strongly recommend corduroy, as it grabs the hair and won't slip.  Be sure to cut the corduroy  so that the grooves of the corduroy are horizontal along the headband).  Cut two 15" strips of ribbon and secure them with a pin between the two layers of fabric.  Make certain that the edges will get caught in the seam on the end.

On the other end of the headband, secure a 4-6" piece of ribbon that is folded on the inside of the headband.  This will be the loop for the ribbon on the other side.  Again, make certain that the ends of the ribbon will get caught in the seam on the end.  Stitch around the headband, using a 1/4" seam and leave a 3.5" opening along the bottom edge of the headband for turning.

Turn the headband right side out, using the ribbons to pull the ends through.  Topstitch along the edge of the headband to close the seam, or hand-stitch the opening closed.

Voila! Your headband is ready to wear!  
Secure the headband by slipping one of the long ribbons through the loop and cinching it snug around the head.  Using both of the ribbons, tie a bow in the back or on the side.

The best headband ever!  This one was made using "Texture Magic" on the fabric before cutting.  Pretty cute, huh?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Quilt Club...

I'm excited to be involved with a new quilt club that a few of my friends and I have created called, "Sweet Dreams".  Our purpose is to meet monthly and make quilts for children who have had devastating illness or injury beset them.  Check out the link to our blog:  http://quiltsbysweetdreams.blogspot.com if you'd like to be involved or know of a child that could use one of our quilts!