Funky green hat and flower pin…

As I mentioned recently, I run a charity called Brimming with Love. We recently received a great fabric donation of some cotton blanket-style fabric in green and white. I thought it would look great in a brim hat, so I grabbed a favorite sewing pattern & created a couple of variations.

The first style has a longer brim that is pinned up on one side. The flower pin was custom made using a Sizzix flower die and my Cuttlebug machine. I backed the fabric with some interfacing first (so it wouldn’t fray), then layered several flowers together, adding a button to the top. I hot-glued a pin-back to the flower, and voila… instant flower brooch!

Here’s a close-up…

This second version of the hat has a shorter brim. I added a similar flower, only this time I used some white fabric to add contrast.

If you’re having a no-hair day… wouldn’t it be fun to put one of these on? 🙂

No gift would be complete without a matching card! I created the embossed border using a classic square Nestabilities die. The flower was prepared similar to the brooch and was adhered with a simple white brad.

Anybody else playing with fabric these days? Used it with die-cut machines to create dimensional embellies? Would love to see links to your fabric creations!

Happy Patchwork Baby Quilt

I call this one my happy patchwork baby quilt because the colors are just that… happy!

Don’t they make you smile?

I’d been wanting to try out one of the patterns from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones.

This one was a little bit more complicated than my last two quilts, but still pretty easy for a beginner. I used a hi-loft polyester batting to give it more dimension and cushiness (is that a word?!) *lol* Here’s a close-up…

It is backed with solid blue flannel and I think it will make a great crib quilt or floor mat for playtime.

Crafting for a cause…

Back in 2002, I started a charity project that provides free hats to cancer patients across the Metroplex called Brimming with Love

I am always inspired by the courage of the patients I have met over the years. I recently received some hand-written requests for hats and here are a couple that I made to send out…

The first is a quick & easy turban pattern that is made from just 3 rectangles of fabric! It is simple to make (even for the beginner) and is a patient favorite .

Here’s one I call Millie’s Tie Hat. The pattern was designed by a volunteer in her 80’s who was an incredible seamstress. The hat is reversible and machine washable.

Interested in volunteering or donating to our cause? Check out the Brimming with Love website for more info.

Safari Dreamtime Quilt

After making my first baby quilt, I was excited when a neighbor commissioned me to make one for her brother & sister-in-law. Their nursery is safari-themed with greens and browns. We headed off to my local JoAnns store and hand-picked some cute fabrics from the baby section to match.

The quilt contains bamboo batting and is machine-quilted in the seams and around each animal in the center.

Love the matching flannel fabric we found for the backing…

Wishing you a creative day,

CityCraft purchases…

While checking out my new local fabric store, CityCraft, I found some beautiful prints I had to take home.

The tan-colored fabric is one they call “quilter’s tweed”. Am planning on using it with the red fabric to create a buttercup bag.

This Alexander Henry “Apples & Pears” fabric is so fun. I’ve been eyeing the light blue version of it at my local JoAnns store, but really love the contrast of the dark brown. I think this will make a great apron with green accents.

Love, love, love this dark brown print as well. I took all they had left and am planning on making a bag with it (once I figure out how to sew bags) *lol*. It would work great for an apron, too, don’t ya think?

Aren’t these vintage cherries sweet?! I picked up some complementary pink fabric at another store and am still debating what it will be used for. The Amy Butler fabric will be used to make a smock for a friend’s daughter.

So who are your fav fabric designers? What kind of fabrics are you playing with these days?