Friday, July 29, 2011

Posh Pillowcases

I think the thing that got me so excited to make display samples this year was that I did a LOT of sewing, crochet, and general crafting for Christmas gifts last year. Although I realize it's almost time to start thinking about Christmas for this year, maybe that means its a good time to give you some ideas you could start on now. I'm going to show you some of the projects I made last year for gifts.

The first project was pillowcases. I saw these fancy pillow cases online and made a BUNCH for gifts for all my family this year. Hope you like them.




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Convention Displays - Spice Cake

Here are the display items I made for the Convention display boards using the new Spice Cake fabric from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. I think this was my favorite fabric! The first project is an apron.
 I used the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive roll and the Tasteful Trim die to add the ric-rack accent to the pocket.
 Here's how it looks on.
I also made matching pot holders and dish towels.

This whole set of projects turned out so darling. Well, I hope you've enjoyed a peek at my projects. These are the last of my Convention display samples. Hopefully I can stay on this roll and keep posting, but I'm not making any promises! If you stop by, please leave a comment! I'd love to know you were here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Convention Displays - Holly Berry Bouquet

Here are some pictures of the Convention display samples I made using the new Holly Berry Bouquet fabric from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. This fabric is so beautiful and I was overwhelmed with the possibilities of what I could make. I finally decided to make a Christmas table runner and it turned out so beautifully! Here's the full table runner. It was about 45" long. Hopefully you can see that I quilted it.
 Here's a close-up of the details and the quilting. The center section was left un-quilted.
 And here it is on display at convention. The folded it up, so it looked more like a placemat.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Convention Displays - Beau Chateau

Here are the pictures of my Convention display samples with the Beau Chateau fabrics. I think this was my favorite sample and the one I'm saddest that I won't get back! I guess that just means I'll have to make another one to keep. Along with my elephant and craft tote. And all the other projects!!

 This project is a reversible purse. I absolutely loved how it turned out. I used the rooster fabric on one side and the blue fabric with the floral pattern from the Elements of Style stamp set on the other side. On the rooster side of the bag I made two fabric yo-yos for the closure as you can see in the next picture.
 Here it is on the display board at convention. It's on the bottom right.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Convention Displays - Deck the Halls

Here are the pictures of my Convention display samples using the Deck the Halls fabrics. I made a "Merry Christmas" banner using the new Perfect Pennants die.


I cut the large and small pennants from two of the fabrics and the medium pennant from muslin. Then I  layered them and attached it to twill tape by stitching along the top. For the letters, I didn't have any fabric that was close to Cherry Cobbler color, so I ironed the Big Shot Adhesive Roll material onto a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock and then cut the letters out with my Billboard Alphabet die and Big Shot. Then I ironed the letters onto the pennants. Worked like a charm and it turned out super cute! I stitched a jingle bell onto the point of each pennant and tied it with Artichoke Seam Binding.

Here it is on display at Convention:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Another Elephant and Craft Tote

After I hit "publish" on yesterday's post I was wondering if I ever showed you the other elephant and craft tote I made last year. My BFF's birthday is usually around convention (it was Tuesday this week!) and last year I took these to convention with me to give her as a birthday gift. These are identical to what I showed yesterday, but with different fabrics. Of course, right AFTER I gave these to her, SU! announced they were going to start carrying fabric, which means hers aren't made from SU! fabrics.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Convention Displays - Sweet Stitches

Here are the projects I made for the Convention display boards using the Sweet Stitches fabrics. My first project was an elephant pincushion. He's SOOO cute!!

 I also made a matching craft tote. I love these! Of course I don't have an elephant or a craft tote. What is it they say about the cobbler's kids?

 And here they are on display at convention. Sadly, my elephant was falling through the wire shelf! I wanted so badly to rescue him.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention Displays - Candy Cane Christmas & Springtime Vintage

Here are the pictures of the Convention display samples I made using the Candy Cane Christmas and Springtime Vintage fabrics.  I'm combining these two fabrics since the projects were on the same board at Convention. First, Candy Cane Christmas fabric buckets:
I used the Fabric Adhesive Roll to cut out the butterflies and letters with my Big Shot and then ironed them onto the projects before assembling them. The fabric adhesive roll is super versatile and makes it easy to add fun accents to your projects.  
For this project I used some frames I had on hand and my dear, sweet, helpful, darling husband painted them white for me. Then I put the fabric in the frames behind the glass, along with some die-cut letters in coordinating colors. Then you can use a dry-erase marker or water-soluble marker to write on the glass like a dry-erase board. These would be darling in someone's craft room!  

And here are the projects on display at Convention. The buckets are at the bottom on the left and the memo boards are on the top shelf. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Convention Displays - Flirtatious

Here's the project I made for the convention display boards using the Flirtatious fabric.


I made this cute top for the display boards, but when I got to convention it wasn't on display. I was disappointed because I thought it turned out so darling! I happened to mention it to the gal who coordinated the displays this year and she told me to check in the VIP lounge. Well, sure enough! It was there. I'm sorry not everyone at convention got to see it, but here's a picture of it on display:
Hope you like it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! Convention Display Samples

I got SO much flack at Convention this week about the fact that my blog still had pictures from Thanksgiving! Ok! Enough already, people! My life is BUSY!! Although I regularly take pictures with the intention of posting them here, life gets in the way and then 6 months have gone by.

Anyhoo. I do want to share with you some exciting news. For those of you who don't know, I was selected by Stampin' Up! to create display samples for convention this year. At Stampin' Up! Regionals in Boise this year, I approached Donna Griffith (from SU!) and told her I'd be willing to create some sewing samples if they needed any help. She took my business card and I got an email from SU! the next week asking me for some pictures of sewing projects I've done. I sent them some pictures and they asked me to do samples! Woo Hoo! So over the next week or two I'll post a different sample every day. I got to make samples with ALL of the fabric, so I think there are about 15 samples. I'll group them by fabric type so I don't keep you waiting quite so long. I'm certain the anticipation is killing you. Right? And since I just got back from convention, I'll include pictures of my projects on the display boards.

The first samples I'm going to share use the Timeless Portrait fabric. I made a reversible vest and matching bow tie and a party dress.



And here they are on display at convention! It makes me so happy to see my stuff on display. It's all I can do not to stand there and point out my projects to everyone! He he he he. People get annoyed when I do that. Go figure.

I hope you liked these projects. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the next set. 

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