I’m a crafty girl that loves a good DIY project. About 2 weeks ago, I attended the Pinner’s Conference in Atlanta, GA with my craft bestie, Bianca. This was my first time ever attending but Bianca has been several times and has even instructed a class for the conference. She’s pretty lit in this crafting world.
The conference is a 2-day event but we purchased a one day pass to take 2 classes. So, we spent all day Friday crafting and shopping.
So, I was cleaning out my craft closet and found a bunch of fabric I had from my quilting days. It’s been at least a year since I made a quilt and I think it’s time that I put my sewing skills back to use. I’m excited to start back creating quilts and of course I want to share this experience with y’all. I find quilting to be a very suttle hobby. It’s relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. So I will be instructing you on how to make your own simple quilt.
I sew all of my quilts by hand only using a sewing machine when necessary. Don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best sewer. I taught myself how to sew and quilt. My best advice with this skill is practice makes perfect.
What you will need to start:
Basic sewing skills
A cutting mat or a hard surface to cut on
Rotary Cutter or Fabric Scissors
Marker or fabric pencil
Patchwork shapes or Rotary Rulers
Cotton Quilting Fabric (4 to 6 different patterns)
For starters, you want to find or create a quilt pattern. If you are up for the challenge you can free hand draw/ layout your own pattern or you can find free patterns and measurements on Pinterest. For this project, I created my own pattern (shown in picture below). I used graph paper to sketch out the shapes exactly how I wanted them and mapped out which fabrics to use. I will be using 5 different cotton fabric designs for this quilt.
After you’ve selected a pattern, it’s time to layout your fabrics and start cutting. You want to make sure that you cut all your pieces in the beginning so that you don’t have to stop and cut once you’ve started sewing. For my sketched pattern I labeled each patch with a number to determine which fabric design I will be using.
Pictured in my pattern you can see that each box is labeled with a number 1 through 5. I marked my fabrics 1 through 5. Using the measurements in my pattern, I start with #1 cutting all the different sizes I will need with that fabric design then moved on to #2 and so on until all my fabric is cut. Use a marker or fabrice pencil to trace your lines for cutting. Once you have everything cut, I suggest laying it out on a flat service so you can see how your quilt will look once it’s all put together.
Now that you have all your pieces cut out, start at the top and sew everything together piece by piece according to your pattern. If you are a pro on the sewing machine, you may find it easier and faster to use a sewing machine. But I like to hand sew my pieces together (at least for this part). This may take you some time. So don’t get frustrated. Take you time and sew at your own pace.
The cutting process took me a little over an hour to do. I spent about 2 hours sewing my pieces together in one night and completed the first half of this quilting pattern. In the next blog I will be showing the finished results of sewing all the fabric pieces together for this quilt and how to add a border and the backing to complete a simple quilt.
I hope you are as excited as I am. TELL ME (in the comment section below) how it goes. Have you ever made a quilt before? Or are you just getting started with this new hobby?
DIYher Workshop is a new studio in Atlanta operated by the talented, Bianca Octavia. Bianca has taken her creativity to a new height, she will be hosting DIYher workshops and private crafting parties. The DIYher is a beginners workshop series designed to teach women how to build, craft, cook, and create. The first DIYher workshop was Tuffing 101, Bianca lead the class for a hands on learning experience with creating a fun sized cuffing board.
I was so excited to finally learn the tuffing technique. I’ve watched many YouTube tutorials of creatives making headboard, office memo boards, and upholstering furniture, but I never felt confident enough to make one. When I saw the flyer for the Tuffing 101 workshop, I knew I had to attend. Bianca is super sweet and a really great instructor. She’s very hands on and creative as a DIYher and workshop instructor. The workshop was only $30 and included all the supplies and wine needed for the project. I’ve never been to a DIY class before so I didn’t have any expectations. Soon as I walked into the studio, I was in awe of the workshop set up, the open space and location. The studio really embodies creativity, making it a relaxing place to learn, create and share. I had so much fun throughout the workshop. We learned how to make cuffing boards step by step, listen to music and talked, took pictures, enjoyed some wine.
I think I’ve found my new favorite “me time” place. I love when I can get lost in a project that allows me to create something amazing but takes my mind off everything else going on in my life for hours. I’ll be attending many more workshops.
For upcoming events and to purchase tickets to attend a DIYher Workshop, visit the website and follow Bianca on IG.
I hung the shelves on the wall near the entry way of my apartment. This is also where I have my storage ottoman to store my shoes and handbags. I thought the wall decor gave this area a little more character.
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I thought I would start your week off with a little DIY special. I do a lot of DIY projects but I never really blog them. So I am trying to get better with blogging my DIY projects.
c If you remember my Goodwill Haul, I showed y’all some clear glass jars and candle stick holders I purchased. I used those in this DIY project. I didn’t make them for any specific, I was honestly just waiting some time. With a few holidays coming up in the next couple of months, I know I will be decorating for our family events. I can use them as centerpieces or candy jars on the deserts table. Anything really !
I only used metallic spray paint and super glue gel to make these beauties. To start, I used baby wipes to clean the jar and candle holders. If you have ever bought anything from Goodwill, you know they write the prices is some special chalk marker or something. I find it easy to wipe it away with a baby wipe.
For the jar lids I used metallic spray paint to paint them this golden-bronze look. The super glue gel is this best glue to use for projects like this. With the jars placed up side down on a flat service, I used the gel glue on the rim of the candle holder. Next, I placed the candle holder in its place and letting it dry for 2 to 3 days.
Finally you have a finished products.
These glam holders can be used in so many places around the house:
In the Kitchen for you flour, sugar and other condiments
On the Kitchen island as jar/ treat jars
In the Bedroom, as decor for the dresser or night stand
In the Bathroom for q-tips, cotton ball and make-up blenders
Okay! I have the greatest obsession with stationary. I can spend hours in a craft store searching the bins of small packed stationary items. Just last week I went to Michael’s and spent at least an hour at those wire baskets full of goodies to sort through.
This is what I found….
These bookmarkers are great for saving your page in a good book. Or in my case, a good magazine or notebooks. lol
I found these paper clip markers for the first time in stores. I have seen them on esty and pinterest, but never in stores. So when I saw these I wanted them all. I thought they would be best for my journey, planner and work notebook.
Then I hit the jack pot. I found this bundle of joy on a major markdown sale. This bundle pack was only $5.99 (from $19.99). I love the packaging-it’s easier to store, and I love each design.
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I’m super excited and I know my customer will love it just as I do😍….
If you follow me on snapchat, instagram, or even Facebook, you know I’ve been working on this quilt for a while. It actually took a bit more time because I tried a new binding technique I saw on YouTube.
I love the colors and the pattern. I tried this pattern before and found that it the finished product was stunning.
So next, I am actually going to try working on two quilt at the same time. One for a baby girl. And the other will be a t-shirt quilt. A lot people have been interested in t-shirt quilt so I am going to try to blog the entire process. So if you are thinking about making your own t-shirt quilts, stay tuned for my blog on that.
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