Quilting, Sewing, & Fabrics

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps

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It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

Turn Your Fabric Scraps Into a Quilted Pillow

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This weekend I’ll be a part of the first-ever, all-day DIY event online: The Sewing Party! I’ll be hanging out in The Sewing Party’s Lounge from 12-1 pm talking about ways to put your stash and scrap collection to use. I adore talking about anything DIY, especially when it comes to finding crafting inspiration and making the most of what you have on hand, so this Saturday’s event is sure to be a blast.

Check out my latest post for DIY Network’s Made + Remade as we get ready for this weekend’s The Sewing Party!

Tote of the Month: November 2014

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I’ve started making myself one new tote bag every month. And I love it.

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Last month I decided I wanted a fun work tote bag to carry all the loose nonsense I carry with me to and from work each day. I had a piece of Witches Brew from Maude Asbury’s Spooktacular Eve for Blend Fabrics that I knew would look great as a tote. Paired with a bold Kona solid for the lining and some bright orange belt webbing, I was good to go. And I had a new project: Tote of the Month.

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This month’s tote fabric I used a piece from Rashida Coleman-Hale‘s “Moonlit” collection for Cotton + Steel. This fabric, covered with pennants, is deliciously soft. Once again I used a Kona solid for the lining and added some wavy lines of stitches to the top of the bag to keep the lining and handles in place. It’s charming and I’m in love with it.

What’s on deck for December? You’ll just have to wait and see…

Halloween Quilt

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Another Halloween is on the books. That went by quickly! One of the last Halloween craft projects I put together was a small Halloween lap quilt for myself. I tend to make quilts for friends and family, so I don’t have that many of my own at home to enjoy. In my ongoing scrap-busting quest to attack my fabric stash, I put together this quilt pretty quickly with pieces all from my stash.

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The one and only awesome Amy Lobsiger quilted this for me and I love the results!

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Now it’s time to turn my attention to Thanksgiving. There’s not a lot of turkey fabric out there, is there?!

Join The Sewing Party November 8

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I’m very excited to announce that on November 8 I’ll be joining a great group of sewing powerhouses for a day of classes, discussions and idea sharing with The Sewing Party! For just $40 you can get sign up to get involved with the classes offered that day that will the be archived for 90 days after that.

I’ll be online that day enjoying some great tutorials, but specifically I’ll be leading some online chats with Made + Remade in the Sewing Lounge, that hopefully reenergize your sewing outlook.

Made + Remade Live Chats in The Sewing Party Lounge

  • 12 – 1 pm*: Lish Dorset will be Busting Scrap and Stash – Put your stash of fabric and scraps to work!
  • 1 – 2 pm: Lish will help you Re-energize Your Sewing with inspirational tips and guidance for finding that next amazing project.
  • 2 – 3 pm: Hannah Slaughter will be discussing ideas to Repurpose Your Relics.

*Times are EST*

Learn more about the party over on Made + Remade.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday, Cat

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Ronnie celebrated her ninth birthday last week and, yes, I made her a present. And got her some cat treats. And even made her wear an Oh Joy! for Target mini party hat.

Hi. My name is Lish. And I’m a cat lady.

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Jokes aside, it was great being able to celebrate another birthday for Ronnie after her heart disease diagnosis this year. She loves sleeping on a mini quilt I made on one of our chairs, so I made her a larger chair with some of my favorite Birch Fabrics’ Circa 50 scraps I’d had in my stash for the past few years.

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…as you can see, the quilt was a hit. Happy birthday, Ronnie.

Vintage Patch Log Cabin Baby Pillows

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Well, it’s certainly been a busy summer for my family! I went from having two awesome, crack-me-up nephews to three awesome, crack-me-up nephews AND a cute-as-can-be niece in a matter of two weeks. I can hardly wait to get them all together this holiday season.

Leading up to the new babies’ arrivals, we held a joint shower for the moms-to-be. In addition to picking up a few gifts from their registries, I made them each a log cabin-esque pillow featuring vintage and vintage-like patches. Since the new cousins’ birthdays are so close to one another, I loved the idea of them each having a similar gift in their rooms. (more…)

Fabric Scrap Idea: Quilted Embroidery Hoop Art

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I love a favorite piece of fabric shown off in a wooden embroidery hoop. Nothing crazy, just a simple showcase for a beloved pattern. I love them clustered together or hanging on their own. Mini embroidery hoops are the perfect size for Christmas ornaments. Smaller hoops paired with a piece of fabric art are perfect for a small gift.

Lucie Summers Summersville Fabric

I’ve got a lot of Summersville by Lucie Summers scraps in my stash that I’ve been saving for a new quilt. I fell in love with the kelly green and lighter blue colorways, so I’ve saved each and every scrap to reuse in other projects. I wanted to make a thank-you gift for two bloggy colleagues, so I started playing around with a small log cabin block using only the scraps. I liked the way it looked, but wanted to add some solid color to break up the busy pattern design. Luckily I had some Moda solids scraps in my stash, too, so it was just what I needed.

After the small blocks were pressed, I added Wonder Under to the back of each and ironed on to a piece of solid gray background fabric. I planned on quilting the squares, so the added stability of the Wonder Under was really helpful.

Quilted Embroidery Hoop Art

Once the quilted square is ready for the embroidery hoop, it’s time to finish the back. Trim away excess fabric and glue into place with fabric glue, like Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. You can add a piece of felt to the back to cover up the stitching, but sometimes I like the recipient to see the behind-the-scenes work, too.

Quilted Embroidery Hoop Art

Quilted Embroidery Hoop Art

When giving a handmade gift like this, consider signing the piece somewhere or adding a tag letting the recipient know you made it yourself! I love using this “Handmade By” rubber stamp from Paper Source for my handmade presents.