Thursday, February 8, 2018

Craftsy class with Pepper Cory

I wanted to let y'all in on a sale!
(Small disclaimer here; this post contains affiliate links, and if you click and purchase I will receive a small commission but you will not pay a penny more!)

There's a great class on Craftsy by Pepper Cory.....and it's all about scrappy quilting!

Oh, I'm so all over this!

Scrappy is heavenly to me!  Waste not, want not is one of my mantras! (Another one is "small projects are the bomb" and there are several small projects here for quick satisfaction!)

(This is one of the projects posted on the community page for the class.)

And here is the cool part -- are you ready for this?  It's on sale!!!

I really am getting a lot out of these lessons, and I think you will enjoy it too! Whether you are a rookie or an ole-timer like me, Pepper has some great tips, and I love her laid back style!

(Another finished project from the class members.)

If you click on the link near the photo up there (the one with Pepper's smiling face), it will take you to Craftsy, and you can take advantage of the sale price! (It's less than fifteen bucks, that's a clue for ya!)

Have fun!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Brighten up the place!

Ya know that feeling when you take down the Christmas tree?

Pull down the garland and lights?
Put away the shiny balls and twinkles?
Maybe you are super-organized? Maybe you toss them all into one box?

Then -- you look around at the suddenly-bare rooms. Sigh.


I have a great way for you to brighten up the place!

And it's in the category of Quick, Easy, No-Sew Projects! Seriously.....

Quick Disclaimer here: If you click on the links in this post, it won't add a penny to your purchase, but we'll make a tiny commission if you buy, and then we can bring you more merriment and mayhem in the future!!

OK, back to our fun -- You are going to start with some seriously cute fabrics from a jelly roll. Well, it doesn't have to be a roll, but that fit my plans. You could use some scraps, a layer cake, whatever you have.

This is what I have left from a jelly roll of Sophie. So adorable! You might want to pick some reds and pinks for this time of year.....just sayin'.

Next, you want to grab something to stiffen up your project, and give it some backbone, as my grandma used to say. My weapon of choice is HeatnBond this stuff! For the HeatnBond, I just iron onto the back side of my fabric -- and for this project I then peeled off the other side (wait until the stuff cools a little, OK? Don't ask me....) and ironed another strip of fabric so there was a fabric-adhesive-fabric sandwich there.

Speaking of grandma, I then grabbed one of her cookie cutters and traced that bad boy all along the fabric strip and cut 'em out.... and grabbed another vintage tool, a hole punch, and put it to use.  I'm sure that a more up-to-date punch will work; we're just old school here at the Lilypad!

Here is what I got (I'll pause a minute for you to look, and then drool, and then wipe up your keyboard....there is some serious fabric cuteness here!):

I know, right? Love it!
Now grab some narrow grosgrain ribbon and thread those cuties on!

You now have an adorable fabric garland to brighten up your room! I used it on our mantel:

The "XOXO" wooden cut out is just something I already had here, and I placed some inexpensive silk flowers in the vase:

A "U R Special to me" pick stands in the vase and conveys just the message I wanted to send to Mr. Snoodles:

I just love how the hearts turned out. The HeatnBond works great, and the hearts didn't curl when I put the ribbon through:

Please excuse the wonky photo -- it's the photographer; my house isn't that far off plumb! (Grin)

I hope you enjoyed seeing this project, and maybe you are inspired to brighten up your post-Christmas room, too! 
If you need more inspiration, here is a link to some Valentine's Day themed fabrics that would look great for this project!!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Can't wait to show y'all . . . .

. . . . the finished project!


It's done!  (Grin) You know that fabulous feeling, right? You planned and sewed and sandwiched and bound the edges, and, and . . . . well, now I get to show it off!!

Here ya go, the latest from the guest bedroom:

The vintage white chenille spread is a great backdrop for all those sweet prints and tone-on-tone fabrics.  It's one of those cherished treasures that has been in the family for millennia. Well, maybe not that long, but for a pretty good while. (Grin)

Once again, the fabrics are from the gorgeous (and out of print) Butterscotch and Rose collection from Fig Tree and Co. for Moda, combined with Kona white cotton.

Here's a pic of the shams in all their beauty (and I really think they are beautiful!):

Here is a photo showing the quilt folded on the foot of the bed, and all the pillows:

You can see that the white spread also helps to tone down that intense granny-apple-green on the walls, too. I like that it takes that green and almost makes it a neutral!

The valance picks up the colors by using the left over triangles from the quilt:

Now, this particular fabric collection may be out of print, but you could always adapt this to any layer cake of fabric that you prefer -- the blocks are simple and quick! The pattern name is called "Blossom." 

Be sure to stop in over at the Fat Quarter Shop for your Kona solids.... wow! Have they ever got the variety of colors there! (And if you do shop there, start with our linkie if you don't mind  -- it's an affiliate link. That means that we will get a small reward for your purchase, but it doesn't raise your price one penny! Just helps us to bring you more merriment and mayhem from the Lilypad!!)

And there is more of that merriment on the way! Stay tuned!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I have a question....

Remember my project to use up half-square triangles and scraps?

I did this....

And I did this....

Now I'm doing this..... I cut some Kona the size of the front/back of the sham, and started playing with fabric squares.

It's going to be a pillow sham. (Grin)

There will be two, so here is the other. 

I'm showing you the process here. Laying out all these little scrap blocks in order to make a star, then choosing some of the low-volume ones to go around it. (Those center squares are such sumptuous prints; they look very similar because they are just different color ways of the same print.)

(If you are new to quilting, low-volume means fabrics that don't jump out at you like Padsworth does when he is bored on the lilypad. They are not so bright or intense; the contrast is turned down like the volume on your ipod when you don't want someone to hear you listening during a business meeting.)

I digress.
And don't anyone tell my associates that I do that in meetings....
Anyway, there are the two sham tops -- I'm going to use some Kona white for the backs of the shams, too, because there is a lot of white in that quilt for the bed.

Here is one with the squares stitched together:

Here is my question: should I stay low volume on the rest of the front? Or should I crank up the volume and use some of these brighter, more intense colors? I have about 3.5 inches to get to the measurement that I need. Yeah, when you stitch all those cuties together, it kinda shrinks things up and you need more of a border than you first thought. Don't ask how I know to say that, OK? Just smile and read on....

Here is a sample of a higher-volume border...

And here is the lower-volume....

Which one do you vote for?

Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Don't miss it!

Remember our friends at Stella Lighting?

Remember this lovely, my "Emmy" light? (Mary Engelbreit graphics!)

Would ya like to have one for your very own?

I just got word that they are having a bodacious (yes, that is a word) sale! Their text is right on the money:

              You craft. You quilt. You knit and you stitch.
You invest endless hours in the art you create.
You work hard, and so do your eyes. You take care to perfect the art you create. Now it's time to take care of your eyes, which make it all happen. Invest in a Stella and invest in you.

You can save 25% on any Stella Light!!! Oh my goodness, yes!
Use the promo code at checkout: imetstella

Now, this sale is over after Sunday, January 21, 2018, so hop over and take a peek at the wonderful Stella lights! (They are currently sold out of the Stella SKY TWO floor lamps, but they are expected to ship on February 9th, so if your heart is set on one of those, just chill and it will arrive soon.)

I just wanted y'all to know.....