Monday, December 11, 2017

STL Traveling 7: Angie's quilt

Now that you've seen the starting block for my STL Traveling 7 traveling quilt, let's start looking at the additions I've made to some of the other quilts in the group. The first quilt I received was Angie's. Her starting block was the round star with the triangle border (bottom left corner in the pic below).
Design-wise, she was up for anything. In terms of color, she wanted a lot of neutrals with pops of teal and mustard yellow. Just my thing.
This seemed like a great opportunity to break out my Modern Triangle Quilts book by Rebecca Bryan. There are so many fun triangle designs in there, and I basically went wild. I picked out a variety of blocks in the 4" size and then combined them with "solid" (not pieced) triangles and a few designs of my own.
Once I'd added the triangle section on the right, I needed something to add a row along the top to bring them together, so I scoured another favorite block book of mine, Elizabeth Hartman's Patchwork City. I eventually decided on the Bookstore block, adding some extra negative space to bring the row to the size I needed.
I gotta admit, I was pretty chuffed with how this one came together, and it was definitely a fun one to work on.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Felt gift card envelopes tutorial

Hello all! I'm just popping in today to tell you about a new tutorial I have up on the Havel's Sew Creative blog for these super cute felt gift card envelopes.
They are so quick to make and add a little something special and homemade to what can seem like an impersonal gift. The felt is so easy and fun to work with, and I appreciate having a handwork project where I can sit on the couch by our twinkling Christmas tree. (P.S. I get all of my felt from Benzie Design. It comes in a million colors and sizes, and it's a dream to work with. They're not paying me to stay that; I just love their products.)
The tutorial includes templates and instructions for three different designs, plus embellishment ideas. Click on over to the post to check it out!
Oh, and if you happen to be looking for an envelope you can sew by machine, check out this tutorial from last year.