Kittens sleep curled in a ball, horses sleep standing up, sea otters float on the surface of the water while they sleep. There are a lot of ways to catch a few ZZs. For humans, I think we'd all agree, the best way to doze is to sink down into a crisp, clean, beautiful pillowcase. We love making pillowcases at Sew4Home. They're fast and easy, and they're a great way to add some delightful color and design to your bed linens. We used two coordinated prints from the Nature's Palette collection for each of our pillowcases.
A bed topper brings a blast of color to your bed linens. It's designed to go across the foot of your bed like a narrow quilt. We felt it would be the perfect canvas to highlight some of the designs from the pre-printed panel available in Marjolein's Nature's Palette collection. Pre-printed panels are becoming a more and more common part of fabric collections. Marjolein's style is perfect for them, because the individual panels become like miniature paintings. Traditionally, you may have seen these panels used to create cheater quilts. But the newest trend is to produce a panel with ready-to-cut pieces, which can be assembled into a simple project. Nature's Palette has two quick and easy pillow designs. However, always ones to color outside the lines, we chose instead to use half of the panel designs as part of today's Bed Topper project, saving the second half for a matching lumbar pillow coming up tomorrow.
Cheating! Didn't Mom always say, "Cheaters never prosper?!" This is one kind of cheating she would totally approve of, possibly giving you a cookie for figuring it out. A cheater quilt is one in which the quilt top is pre-printed with a patchwork design, allowing you to skip the piecing and instead, simply layer front, batting and back, bind and add your quilting stitches. It's super fast and easy, and you have to get up close and personal before you realize the design is printed rather than pieced. We decided to cheat even more by assembling our layers with a piped edge rather than traditional quilt binding. Mom knew she raised some rebels.
It's the final day of Father's Day inspiration sponsored by Fabric.com. We round out the week with a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket. This time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. But a Dad's still gotta do what a Dad's gotta do: he's gotta nap. So why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? Our blanket is designed to match yesterday's Jumbo Lounge Pillow with the same bold horizontal strips and the same cute personalized fabric tag. This fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... Dad will be dozin' before you know it.
The biggest sewing category around the world is quilting. If you've been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, we recently finished a five-part Quilting Basics Series and have included links to all the parts below. It's a great way to get started. Today during Janome Week, to show off the quilting features of Janome's sewing and quilting machines, we've chosen the Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP to create a beautiful bed runner: a decorative throw for the foot of your bed. It's lovely to look at, but can also be used to help protect a fancier full-size quilt or bedspread. You can sit on a bed runner or even stretch out and place your feet on it. Ours finishes at approximately 92" x 34" and is sized for a king or queen mattress. Our sample is shown on a king; there would simply be more drape down either side on a queen. We've done basic nine-patch blocks with each inner block made up of four pieced triangles. The clever mixing of the colors creates a three-dimensional effect within each of the inner blocks as well as in the finished nine-patch itself. Stitching in the ditch was used to quilt the center, while the inner and outer borders are done with stippling.
What does every mother want for Mother's Day? A nap. In the rush-around-worlds of most moms, sleep often falls by the wayside. Make those precious few hours of shut-eye as beautiful as possible with our amazing pleated pillowcase pair, the second great idea in our Mother's Day week with Fabric.com. Originally, we planned to make two identical cases, but then Alicia said, "Why not mix it up a little?" Why not indeed - it certainly makes things more fun and lets Mom put her fave out in front, depending on how she feels: an elegant damask day or a frivolous polka dot day... or both. Most days are both!
This past summer, we created a Romantic Bedroom Retreat with our friends at Free Spirit and Rowan Fabrics, combining a number of designers, collections and substates. For today's Re-imagine & Renovate project, we decided to take one of our favorite projects from within this series and transform it from lush and elegant to fresh and fun. That's what our R&R posts are all about. We pull out a classic fave tutorial and give it a whole new spin with updated fabrics, trims and notions. We switched out the historical Rowan Bromley cottons and rich velvet accents for a light, bright trio of spring cottons, courtesy of our friends, and today's sponsor, Fat Quarter Shop.
I may be dating myself here, but how many of you remember the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland® and DisneyWorld®? When I was little, it was one of my very favorite attractions at the theme park. True, there was no whooshing around a snow covered mountainside or flying through deep space. You were just sitting there on a long wooden bench next to other sweaty tourists, but you were surrounded by talking, singing birds in every size and color imaginable. It was a riot of sound, a tropical kaleidoscope. That's what's today's collection from Philip Jacobs reminded us of, and we came up with wonderful way to use his gorgeous bold motifs: a colorful patchwork throw to wrap up in and chase way the dull, grey winter days. The patchworking on this throw is very easy, and the quilting is done with a 9mm decorative stitch at each seamline, adding an extra splash of color and texture and uniting all the floral blocks.
Here's a romantic Valentine's story: a pretty patchwork quilt meets an old softie fleece; they fall in love and become inseparable. That's the true tale of today's beautiful lap blanket. The front is a patchwork of Layer Cake squares from the Kissing Booth collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. The back is a cuddly fleece so there's no need for batting. The blanket is bound around the edges and also tied. But, it's not just a traditional tied knot... oh no! There are sixteen 2½" cornerstone squares across the middle of the quilt, and each square is tied through with a little yarn bow, creating the look of sixteen pretty gift boxes. Wrap up your Valentine in this warm and wonderful blanket.
One question that always stumps me is when someone asks, "What's your favorite color?" Whoa! It depends on my mood, which colors I'm working with that day, what design everything is spun into... and probably about a dozen other factors, including time of year and what song is playing on iTunes. I think I've loved each and every color at one time or another. That's what's so wonderful about patchwork – you get to blend all kinds of colors and patterns. Pieceing and patchwork are about choosing more not less! Today's beautiful throw uses NINE different fabrics from the new Pirouette collection by Verna Mosquera for FreeSpirit Fabrics. From tiny rosebuds to bold damask to a pink and white tartan, Verna has created a romantic medley of sweet treats. As a holiday project, we anchored our throw's design with a traditional rich, ruby red; then softened the palette with prints from her Flamingo, Moss, Opal and Mocha colorways. Like all the projects within our Happy Holidays with FreeSpirit & Rowan series, today's Priouette throw is a simple yet classic creation executed in gorgeous fabrics - perfect for holiday giving and decorating, but with a beauty that will last year 'round.