Thursday, August 5, 2010

Such a lucky Girl!

I went to the mailbox today...expecting the USUAL...bills, junk mail, etc.  BUT...NO!!! I had a WONDEFUL suprise from a WONDERFUL friend! 

Mrs. Joanne Harris Suprised me with this LITTLE BEAUTY!

Now which window will she get to hang in??!!  UGH the choices!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tutorial: Make a Table Cover with Skirting ... MY FIRST TUTE!!

This tutorial will work for just about ANY size table.  My tables are 5ft foldable tables. First I started with a TWIN flat or TWIN fitted sheet.  I got mine at WALMART for $3.00!  Lay this sheet on top of your table.
Use your hand as a guide or USE weights of some sort to keep the sheet from moving around while you trace.  My tables edge had two raised edges.  I used the BOTTOM one to give myself a seam allowance.
Use Chalk to RUB along the EDGE of your table.  This will serve as your cutting/ sewing guide line. 
After you have marked your whole table top on the sheet.  Take it to your serger (if you don't have one thats can still just use this line as a cutting line) Your marking will probably have a curved edge but i just eyeballed it and squared it off with my serger.
For the Skirting.  I used a FULL FLAT sheet.  Take your sheet bottom SHORT side and fold in 1/2 to find the middle...make a little cut.
Now go to the TOP side fold it in 1/2 and find the center and cut through the "cuff" portion of the sheet just  until you get past the seam.
Now grab one side in one hand and the other side in the other hand and RIPPPPPPPPPP.  Your two slit should match up REALLY close!  TRUST ME the little snip at the top and the bottom HELP!

Why did i use sheets??!!  1. CHEAP  the twin was $3. and the full was $6.  So a table cover for less than $10!!!!  2.  NO HEMMING NEEDED!!! you will use the already finished seams/hems as your hems! 
You should now have two LONG pieces of fabric from your FULL SHEET.  IRON those pieces.  Now based on how TALL your table will MARK from the FINISHED seam along the LONG part of the fabric.  I measured 30".  This let my fabric just touch the floor.  Once you have your marking (i just did dashes about every 10" down the length of the fabric) take it to the serger and serge along those dashes.  Do this for both pieces.   TAKE YOUR SHORT SIDE that was the BOTTOM of the sheet.  Match it up with the other strip, and sew.  NOW YOU HAVE A REALLLLLY LONG piece. 
Lay your TWIN piece of fabric back on your table top.  Find your SEAM of your LONG LONG strip (made from the FULL sheet).  LAY it in the CENTER of the LONG side of your table (mine was easy to find b/c my table folds. you may have to measure to find yours)  Lay it with RIGHT sides together ontop of the cut TWIN sheet.
Now you are going to pin pin pin.  Just follow around the whole table pinning as you go.  I mitered the corners, which comes out pretty good once turned around.  (if you have a great way to do this please share)
More pinning.  Once you reach the back will be able to OVERLAP the LARGE CUFF (that was the TOP part of the FULL sheet)  This will give you a flap on the back of the table that you can open up and store stuff underneath and still have it hidden at your craft fairs.
Once you have it pinned all around the table.  Remove it from the table and take it to the sewing machine.  I used a 1/4" seam allowance and just straight stitched ALL the way around.
Remove ALL your pins.  Take it to the table and fold the skirting down around it.  TADA!!!  you have an EASY table cover!  And you can make it in WHATEVER colors/ patters you like!  WALMARTS cheap sheets WERE PERFECT!!!  They have some BEAUITUFL COLORS too!  

 You can get REALLY creative and add Applique to the Front of the Skirting or all the way around.  Ric Rac...WHATEVER your heart desires! 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mary Engelbreit cherry quilt!

I am just soo inlove with this quilt!  First this line of fabric from Mary Engelbreit!  Secondly...loved quilts that have all the "background" fabrics that are white.

I will have this up for sale this weekend!  I have another quilt in line to be quilted...we'll see if i can get it done before the weekend. 

I quilted with a freehand squiggle style.  But if you look at the next two can see i added a little free hand special touch!

I added free hand stitched cherries in each center square!  I thought it only appropriate to go along with the Cherry Themed Fabric! 

Since this is all done without a pattern or anything each cherry bunch is different.  I think im going to have to make a table runner and myabe even another one of these quilts!  Im just soo pleased with it!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Office Drab to Fab!

Dull plastic wall file
Cold Hard Metal Wall file

I'm sure many of you have one of these either at your office or in your home.  But how boring huh??  What about getting a beautiful Couture Boutique Style wall file to match your personality and decor?!

Be the envy of your office! :)

Customize to YOUR fabric Choice
Side View.  All fabrics are Strongly adhered to the frame
How Great would these be for Kids Homework.  School is coming up.  Have one bin designated to each child. 

What about your College Freshman??  Perfect to hang on their dorm room door, next to their desk, or even in their closet space. 

At home: organize your bills, mail, or use as a catch all for those flyers, and coupons you get every week.

Call me and we can set up a time for you to pick out your fabrics and get you on your way to a CUSTOMIZED Wall File!

Sit and Sew

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