Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HSTs

There's a party going on at Canoe Ridge Creations and it's all about HST - Half Square Triangles.  What is a half square triangle?  Well it's a right triangle that's made by cutting a square in half.


I've recently completed a couple of quilts using half square triangles in two very different ways.  The first was made using two charm packs of Tweet Tweet by Keiki.  I was inspired by this quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons.  It's simple really.


Each 5 inch square from the charm pack is cut in half diagonally. Then, a 1 inch strip of solid color is sewn along the long diagonal.  Next, sew another half square opposite the first.  Square up the little block using your rotary cutter and ruler, repeat and you're well on your way to a pretty fancy looking quilt.

You can play around with the design, but I love how the diamond pattern came out with such a simple little trick.  Faith used a fat quarter stack in her quilt, but by starting with the charm pack, half of the work was already done for me.


Here is the finished product in another photo taken pre-Cheeze Man.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Idol Time

No, not American Idol (but you all know how I love me some AI) it's Fat Quarter Idol.  What, you may ask, is Fat Quarter Idol?  Well it's a fun little contest going on over at Sew, Mama, Sew involving choosing your favorite fabrics and creating a board on Pinterest.



Talk about an idea I can get in to.  It's fabric shopping online, Pinterest, fabric blogs and to top it all off, this week's theme is "Sweet Child of Mine".  It would be weird for me not to participate, right?  And if all of that wasn't enough, my own sweet child is sleeping in late today allowing me time to do all of this.  What a sweetie :)

So check out my board on Pinterest and maybe make your own.  It's fun, I promise.

And in case you were wondering, I'm rooting for Phillip Phillips.
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Another Nursery Project - Fabric Drawer Liners


First things first, here is an updated photo of the little Cheeze Man.  He is modeling the first use of the Critter Community fabric on the changing pad that I made for him here.

Well, here is another use of the fabric in what I think is a pretty creative little project.

The Before
We were so lucky to be spoiled with some pretty fancy schmancy furniture for the nursery, but if you look at the photo above, the inside the of the drawers were just too plain.

The After
Rather than use just any old drawer liners, we used the fabulous colorful critters to brighten up the space.  Besides, I'll take any excuse I can get to buy more fabric :)

After a bit of brainstorming, we decided to do this project with just a few simple tools and supplies.  First we measured the drawers and cut a piece of cardboard to size.  Then, the fabric was cut a few inches larger all around and wrapped around the cardboard. It was then glued into place with some tacky glue.  That's it!  The end!  Project completed!  The best thing of all is that we can change out the fabric quite easily when the time comes and the perfect wood inside the dresser remains protected like new.

Now, rather than getting that depressed, time to do laundry feeling when I get to the bottom of the drawer, I can smile and discover a new woodland critter.   Pretty cool, huh?
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