Category Archives: quilting

Cushions!

A few months ago I made a cushion from a piece of vintage Star Wars bed sheet.  Having never made a cushion cover before, I was pleased with the end result and liked how quickly it came together.  Plus, C3PO, Darth Vader and the Death Star now grace our living room – who wouldn’t be happy with that?

 

Using the Force...for lumbar support.

Using the Force…for lumbar support.

Since then, I’ve been writing down all kinds of ideas for fun cushion covers and have managed to whip up a few like these bad boys:

Quilted front, zipper back

Quilted front, zipper back

All you need is Love

All you need is Love

Personally, I like a really over stuffed cushion so I use a big insert but because I’ve used a layer of cotton batting and backing fabric for the cushion fronts, a smaller insert would work and still give the cushion good shape.  Plus, the covered zipper makes the back look as good as the front – bonus!

I’ve got a long list of ideas for these and I’m thinking I’ll take custom orders on my Etsy shop.  What do you think?  What would you put on a cushion?

 

 

Good News for the Crafters of Victoria!

The other day I found myself in need of some more white Kona cotton (seriously – I should just break down and buy that shizz by the bolt) and batting so, The Boy, The Kid and I trekked down to one of the best stores in Victoria – Capital Iron.

Like an old time-y General Store but with new stuff!

Up on the third floor is the home decor and fabric department, which I had kind of forgotten about until I wandered in there a few months back.  I had been looking for some blackout lining for curtains for The Kid’s room, and they didn’t disappoint.  Since then, I’ve gone back a couple of times to restock on the aforementioned white Kona, and to pick up some laminated cotton.  They have a pretty decent selection of quilting cottons, some nice big bolts of cotton and cotton/bamboo batting, and a whole bunch of home decor weight fabrics, vinyls, chalkboard cloth, etc.

Victoria has a couple of other fabric stores (which I’ll review and tell you about later) but in general, we’re pretty hurting in locally available modern or new prints.  Plus, prices can be a little high.  While I love the thought, and try as often as I can, to support local businesses, the selection I find and the prices (even with shipping) while shopping online are hard to beat.

BUT!  The fabric gods have smiled on the quilters and crafters of Victoria!  On my last trip to Capital Iron, I got some great news.  There has been a lot of action going on up on the third floor – at first, I was afraid they were downsizing or phasing out the fabric department.  Luckily, I was wrong and as the lovely lady who was cutting my fabric informed me, they are actually rearranging everything because their selection will be expanding!  Come June they will have an even bigger range of quilting cottons, including Moda and Kaffe Fassett.  Exciting!  I will definitely be going back in a few weeks to see how things are coming along.

Also, and I didn’t know this until my last visit, Capital Iron has a Sew n’ Save card that you can get ($5.00 annual fee) that gives you 20% off fabrics, notions and some other items that have fallen out of my brain (excludes: sale items, drapery panels and hardware, blinds, foam and patterns).  Since I was purchasing a few meters of batting and Kona, my card paid for itself in one trip.  With that discount, CI is now more than competitive with online shopping, with the added bonus of not having to wait for things to come in the mail AND supporting a local business.  Hooray!

P.S. Sorry to everyone who doesn’t live in, or near, Victoria (or Sidney)!  Please also note, this post is in no way sponsored by Capital Iron.  I just wanted to share the info and show support for one of my favourite shops in Victoria 🙂

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Giveaway winner and a whole lotta binding!

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Wow.  You guys….my giveaway post had 280 page views and 99 lovely people left a comment telling me what kind of crafts they enjoy.  My blog is brand new and has never seen anything near that kind of action before!  Hahaha!  It’s so great that so many people participated, and I hope maybe some who visited here liked it enough to start following along.  I know I found a boat load of new, gorgeous blogs to follow and read.  Thanks Sew Mama Sew for hosting – I can’t wait to take part in the next one.  Perhaps something a little homemade as a giveaway next?  Hmmmm….

BUT, let’s get to the good stuff.  I used a highly technical process to determine a winner – I yelled at The Boy to pick a number between 1 and 99 and he looked at me blankly and said ’72?’  So, drumroll…..bbbbrrrrrdddrrrrbbbrrrrdddrrrrching!  (is that a drumroll sound?  I don’t know) the lucky winner is Jaimie (who commented on May 9, in case there is more than one Jaimie!).  Congrats, Jaimie!  I’ll be emailing you as soon as I’m done this post.  Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and who left a comment.  You are all the bomb!

In less exciting news, here are two photos of what 24+ feet of rainbow striped quilt binding looks like (pardon the crappy photos – I used my phone and just uploaded them directly with no editing.  Sacrilege!):

Ooooohhhh

Aaaaahhhh

And now I have to go finish attaching some of that binding to the first quilt so that it’s ready in time for a soon to be happening silent auction.  I’ll post some more about that tomorrow!

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