Monday, January 23, 2012

Craft group

My sister in law decided to start a craft group.  Which is awesome I think!  We've made 3 crafts so far-- We met on Saturday for our third activity.  It's so nice to know I have at least 1 time a month where I'll get to socialize with other people, and make something I wouldn't make on my own.  

The first time we met, we made these cute fall picture frames.  We used a 4 matte picture frame, and painted wooden letters.  There's no glass on the frame, so you can take full advantage of the 3D effect.

And then we made these fun Christmas Trees from 2x4's and modpodged paper onto them.  I love it!

This was the craft we made Saturday, and it's already hanging on my front door.  Took the place of my Christmas wreath!  (yes, I'm still working on putting Christmas stuff away.  Don't ask about the tree)  This one was fun!  We took a foam wreath, wrapped it in ribbon, and then took 2 bath sponges--you know those soft netting ones that are like a ball?  Loofa's I think they're called?  Anyway, when you cut the rope handle off, it's a REALLY long netting tube that you cut up and wrap around the wreath.  Then we added flowers (you can't really see them in mine, unfortunately. . .)

And here's what we're doing in February.  Fabric covered pots!  If you're local to me (like the same county) and want to join our group, let me know!  We only have 4-5 people right now, so the more the merrier! :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Some new sewing projects

I'm in the middle of 2 quilts, but my quilt group had a retreat this weekend.  By retreat I mean we met friday night and sewed together for a few hours and had dinner, and on Saturday morning we had breakfast and sewed all morning.

I feel like I've posted this before. . .but this is my fall table runner.  My table is square, so I love being able to have square table runner!  It looks really nice when I put my fall candles in the middle.

This was one of the projects we did last night.  It's called a skinny scrap or something like that.  Usually the center is a bunch of random strips of fabric from your stash, sewn together and then cut into the shape.  For this project we were using some stuff called Texture Magic.  You sew it on the back of your fabric (I just stitched lines and then crossed them) and then heat it up with your iron.  You don't TOUCH it with your iron, just the heat from it hovering and some steam.  And it shrinks up and gives it some texture!

You can kind of see the texture a bit in this photo.

And we made these flowers.  This one was super easy.  We traced the pattern onto heat'n'bond interfacing stuff, stitched it onto the fabric and turned it right side out.  Ironed it onto the background fabric and then zig-zag stitched it into place.  I love it!  I think I'm going to turn it into a pillow.

Now here's hoping I can finish my other projects quickly, before I accrue more!