I am excited to present the completed bear paw quilt. Here's the quilt that lived here previously. VERY different, huh? It's nice to be able to change things up a bit.
Here are a few detail shots:
I love how the bright blue binding and tiny border pop and bring out the blue in the wide border.
Here's the tutorial so you can make hanging pockets for your quilts.
Fabric backing faux pas (learn from my mistakes):
Pretty feathers! In the picture above, you can see some practice is needed on these bump back feathers - tracing over previously quilted lines can be tricky. But the busy fabric on the front hides the detail and is a great place to practice new quilting designs.
Sew on a little label:
Is is perfect? no. Will it win an award? no, I almost always do cheater binding (not hand sewn). The piecing had some problems, the backing wasn't big enough and I wish I had done a different quilting design in the quilt body.
But it was fun to make, I learned a lot and it looks awesome in my living room.
I highly encourage you to begin your quilt journey!
A Beginner Sewing Project
Adding a cute bit of fabric to some plain tea towels is a great way to add some pop to your kitchen. It's a great beginner sewing project and can also make a lovely gift. Mother's Day is next month, so you've got some time to follow this tutorial and make a colorful, useful present for your Mom!
You just need 2 tea towels and 2 rectangles of fabric that are 4-6 inches high and 2 inches wider than your towels. I cut my fabric 6" high and 22 1/2" wide.
Step 2: Fold & Press
Fold the long edges under 1/4 inch along the top and bottom.
Measure and mark a line 2 inches from the bottom of the towel. A Frixion pen is a fantastic way to mark on fabric - it erases when you iron the fabric.
Line the rectangle up along the line you just marked so it hangs over evenly on each side and pin it in place.
Step 3: Fold the Short Ends
Wrap the short ends to the back of the tea towel, fold over 1/2 inch and fold over again and pin so it.
Step 4: Sew
Sewing close the the edge along both long edges, attach the fabric band to the tea towel. I used a stitch-in-the-ditch foot to keep my stitching even along the edge.
Sew along each short edge, keeping the right edge of the presser foot even with the towel so you catch the folded over bit.
When finished, the fabric band will look like this:
Enjoy your color coordinated kitchen accessories!
Christmas Color Kitchen Pop
Use some Christmas fabric to sew some fun gifts for your friends. Wrap some home-baked goodies in the tea towels for an extra special gift.
Kitchen Color Pop
My kitchen is white, gray and black with red accents so these gray towels with pops of color in the fabric bands add a nice splash of color. Red ric rac is a fun addition to the rooster tea towels.
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!