Once again, hooray for Pinterest!
I’m a bit late with August’s update… I didn’t finish it up on time but now I’m back on track. It’s been so much fun to see the months pass by while keeping up with the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!
I do most of my stitching on the weekend, and we went on so many mini-trips during August that I think that’s why I was scrambling to finish. The Musicians of Bremen sure are cute… love the little animals all stacked up! This month I decided to start collecting the Little Golden Book stories to go along with each month’s story… I need to fill in a few holes, but it’s a fun collection!
And now onto the progress pics:
And here are all the blocks completed so far:
The September block is out of course… Rapunzel! I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned for monthly updates…
I’ve had this DIY Sticker Mandala pinned for quite a while now, and I finally tried it at home. I just love it! I really like how it looks colorful and symmetrical from far away, and then the closer you get you notice the random mix of stickers – footballs and butterflies and giraffes, oh my!
The stars aligned this past weekend to do this project because of two events: (1) a sale on stickers at JoAnn’s when I already needed to stop by for some fabric and (2) a rainy Sunday with nothing else to do. This is the perfect meditative indoor activity to kill some time and make some fun art!
Time: half an hour
Cost: About $15
- 12 x 12 cardstock ($0.79)
- stickers ($10 for several sets)
- compass and protractor ($5)
Follow this link for a more in-depth tutorial. But basically, use a compass and protractor to draw concentric circles that fill up the cardstock. Use a ruler to draw straight lines at every 30 degrees. Use the guidelines for sticker placement to create a mandala shape.
Then start arranging stickers symmetrically. Just keep adding stickers round after round until you reach the edges, keeping to the marked lines to form a mandala. But really, you can make any shape you want instead of a circle.
Joann’s had a big sale on stickers with most sets marked down to $0.50 or $0.99, so I limited myself to $10 and just picked interesting shapes and colors. One tip from the original tutorial is to look for mirrored stickers, so you can place them facing each other to be symmetrical. They also had 5/$1 sheets of cardstock, so I picked up this shimmery blue.
So much fun! I made another one using alphabet stickers too.
Great rainy day activity – sometimes it’s fun just to make something without any purpose. I’m hanging up these two above my sewing machine until some other crafty whim tickles my fancy. Three cheers for Pinterest!
I’m still keeping up with the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!
Another adorable month… Thumbelina in her walnut boat! I got a late start this month and wasn’t sure I’d finish in time, but it was still manageable before the end of the month rolled around. My favorite details this month were the extra little animals – the mouse on the sidelines, fish in the lake, and butterfly overhead. You know I love teeny tiny things, so this was fun to stitch up for sure. Lots of couch time this month spent watching the World Cup and hanging out with my stitching buddies the cats.
Below are a few progress pics…
And here are all the blocks completed so far:
The August block will be revealed tomorrow… can’t wait to see what fairy tale it will be! I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned for monthly updates…
Remember my Hillside Houses quilt? I found the Esch House pattern via Pinterest… here it is again!
The source link takes you to the Esch House Quilts pattern called Third Street neighborhood. I loved the pattern so much that I made a mini version too!
Finished Size: 24″ x 28″
I didn’t have any plans for this mini quilt, but when my parents were visiting Mama reminded me that it would make a good wedding present, so that’s what it is! We’re all traveling to a dear family friend’s wedding this weekend, so it was perfect timing… plus it’s fun giving something handmade. I added a label to the back and now it’s making the journey with us!
Three cheers for Pinterest, once again! I’m also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!
The Music City Modern Quilt Guild is participating in the Michael Miller fabric challenge, so I got a fat-eighths pack of the Petal Pinwheels fabric line to play with. Solid colors and other fabrics from Michael Miller lines are allowed, but I decided to just make a mini quilt so I didn’t need to buy anything extra.
Here are a few progress pics:
I thought of making tiny patchwork at first, but I gave up on that idea and just used the little strips instead. I made a little sketch but it changed a lot by the end.
I improv-pieced as I went along and added scraps to each row of borders.
I quilted a double cross hatch with “organic lines” which just means I didn’t mark anything so they’re a bit wonky.
I hate binding and I usually try to cheat with cheater binding or a pillowcase finish, but I’m determined to get better this year so I’m forcing myself to practice on small projects. I bought a Binding Tool a while back but it’s pretty confusing, so I had to watch a Youtube tutorial about fifty million times to get it right. But once I did it correctly it actually helped, woohoo!
On the back I pieced scraps from the fat-eighths, making the final size 16 x 18.
Another card added to the project box!