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Monday, December 20, 2010

Arm Candy






Ok so I have a new strategy.  When I usually start a new project, this is the usual routine:

Step One:  Idea strikes!  I have to make that...N O W!!

Step Two:  Head to my sewing nook and start my drawing....

Step Three: Halfway thru, hmmm....makebe I should look online to see some more inspiring ideas!

Step Four:  Go online...

Step Five: (Usually 30 min to an hour, or hours, later) One of my kiddos complains of a rumbly tummy, thirsty throat, etc...

Step Six: I get up, put the sketch in my To Do Folder...

(at this point, I have forgotten my brilliant idea)

Step Seven: Idea strikes!   REPEAT STEPS 1 thru 6

So, I have decided to go through my list one by one and to help me get thru each project I am setting an alarm.  I think it will force me to get thru more projects, and in turn make things that will be fast and easy to make... so here goes!


Pin Cushion Quilt 
(it's for over your arm chair!)




D E T A I L S:  


* (main piece)2 pieces of fabric cut 23" X 7"



* (main piece) batting

* (pocket) apx. 8" X 12" (I altered it from   
   that for asthetics)
* (binding) 2" X 65"
* (flower center) 4" X 4"
* (flower center)fiber fill
* (flower petals) Fabric cut 6" X 6" (then cut 
   to resemble petals
* (scraps for rosettes and leaves)



I wanted something that would go over the arm of my chair that would give me quick access to pins, scissors and other supplies I use every time I sew.. (ok, ok, some candies too!) 

I drew a quick sketch on my calendar of what I was thinking.



I took my tape measure and made an estimate of where I would like it to begin and end, and that is where I came up with my measurements (feel free to adjust accordingly).


I cut 2 pieces of fabric and bating in a rectangle. (cut 23" X 7") and assembled them like a sandwich, with right sides facing out, and pin through out.


This also gave me an excuse need to use my new BSR foot (it is a free motion quilt foot) :)



I played around with circle swirlies all over....

Another first, I tried my hand out at quilt binding.  (truth be told, I still need LOTS MORE a little practice) So I am NOT going to add a tutorial on binding, but I will show you the pictures of it along the way.  There are tons of tutes out there that you can google, that will help you way more than mine.




I cut a circle with a diameter of about 4".  Once I cut it out, I placed it on a piece of fabric about 6" X 6" and cut petals around the edge.



Then sewed all the way around, adding a pleat every few inches to make the edges lay flat, leaving about an inch open...


Now...stuff it! and finish the stitching.


I added a couple of tiny rosettes and leaves.




Lastly, I added my pocket (leaving the top edge frayed, and altered just a bit)





No more looking all over my messy table top for my pincushion! :)

Hugs and Blessings,
Ingrid


{**quick update, my plan did not work...at ALL.  Not only did I completely forget to turn the timer on, BUT, this post is going up 3 days after I started the original post**}

48 comments :

  1. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    your update made me laugh. I'm so the same way.
    Brilliant strategy to stop getting sidetracked! Tadaa! And then... get sidetracked and forget to implement brilliant plan. hahahahaha.

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  2. Hello! I found you at Keeping It Simple and I am loving your blog! FUNNY POST!!!!! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express giveaway and my link party that are both going on this week! Keep up the great blogging and happy holidays! -Dana

    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/12/50-american-express-giveaway-ends.htm

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  3. I love it! You did a great job! Hoping you'll visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! Wishing you a very blessed Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow. this is great. But your post is just TOO funny (and true). It's so easy and fun to look at other people's stuff. I do love it and, of course, it's easier than actually doing something. ha ha Thanks for this idea.
    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas. Linda

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  5. Hahaha! I'm exactly like you--too many ideas, too much information and unfortunately, zero follow through!
    Thanks for making me laugh today! :)

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  6. So adorable! Your idea-striking-infliction sounds similar! I have to start an idea folder...might help stave off the overwhelming feeling that comes with visiting blogland!
    I'm your newest follower!
    Cheers!
    Theresa

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  7. Found you on Tatertots and Jello. Love your blog and your personality!

    Wonderful tutorial. =)

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  8. I think the internet is great for inspiration, but it does turn into an evil time sucker quickly! Love your blog! Found you through Tatertots and Jello! (see, was a quick look see- now I'm blog hopping)

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  9. you make such pretty things! tatertots and jello sent me over and I love all your work!

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  10. Just found your blog through tater tots and jello. Looking forward to seeing all your great stuff!

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  11. This is super cute. I love it.

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  12. Love your blog!! Found you from tatertots and jello!! Can't wait to see more!!

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  13. very cute project! (found you through TT&J)

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  14. Saw you at Tatortots. Cute stuff!

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  15. Cute idea! I need a pincushion in a bad way. Tatertots and Jello sent me!

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  16. I you on Tatertots and Jello too. I like your blog.

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  17. What a cute and wonderful idea! I found you on Tatertots and will be checking back often!

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  18. I just heard about your store from the blog Tatertots. You have such cute stuff!

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  19. Just discovered you from Tatertots and Jello. I have to say that I totally understand the whole three days to do a small project! LOL! That is why my sewing room looks the way it does. I am loving your patterns!

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  20. Over here from Tatertots and Jello. It's beautiful. Great idea. Makes me want to try some small scale quilting too.

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  21. This is sew cute:) found you from Tatertots and Jello:)

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  22. Love your blog. Visiting from T&J. Great giveaway!

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  23. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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  24. i am definitely going to be a follower! loving tutorials (I am a beginner sewer who is always asking my mother in law for help..) I would love to start sewing on my own thanks to tutorials... found you thru TT&J... hope I win! also clicked add to favorites on etsy.

    Khvidsten

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  25. I think I need a quilting foot!! CUTE!

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  26. This is so adorable! Now I wish my sewing chair had arms!! Cute blog and I'm now following (found you from TT&J). Look forward to your posts!

    jessdepew at yahoo dot com

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  27. Discovered you blog thru Tatertots and Jello. Love your stuff! Way cute!

    davina.jaggard@gmail.com

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  28. I just found you through Tatortots and Jello, and I'm so glad!!! What a fun blog!! Thanks :)

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  29. Found you and am following from TT&J!
    mommydoes.blogspot.com

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  30. Loving the Pin Cushion Quilt
    (it's for over your arm chair!)it would be great for all kinds of crafters, I try to balance all kinds of craft stuff ON the armrest of my couch, which doesn't always work lol oh I and I found you through Tatertots and Jello lol

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  31. What a great idea! Following from TT&J. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. This is a great tutorial. Im glad I found you guys! Thank you for the giveaway - following from TT&J

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  33. Smart idea and cute! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  34. This is so adorable. Would make the greatest gift!

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  35. Following from TT&J. I liked you on etsy too.

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  36. What a beautiful pin cushion!!! I love the faabric choices. I'm visitng from TT&J!

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  37. What a cute craft project and love the post. TT&J sent me.

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  38. Oh my goodness I LOVE your stuff! T&J sent me too and I'm so glad I found you! I am a very beginner sew-er (I can't even use the word seamstress to describe me. It doesn't seem fair to the real seamstresses out there!!) but I want to buy all of your finished products! Can't wait for your Etsy shop to grow!

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  39. This is so cute! I'm wishing that I had a chaire at my sewing machine with arms.

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  40. Love this...so much better than putting the pins in the arm of the couch like I do! :)

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  41. What a great project, I wish I could sew like you!

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  42. Visiting from Tatertots & Jello giveaway post. Love that project and the children's clothes. Just adorable!

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  43. here from tatortots&jello. love all your stuff! :)

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  44. Super cute! Love the way you quilted with circles! I'll have to try that.

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  45. Over from TT&J. Must tell you that your dresses are too, too cute!

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Thank you for taking time to comment at karatootie! Your comments light up my day! Big Hugs! Ingrid

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