23 August 2012

Heather Ross Prints - Print your OWN fabric with her prints!!

I am sooooo excited about this book!  How cool is it that this designer has published a book including a disk with HER art on it, ready to print at home on stationery etc., or upload to the internet to print your own Heather Ross fabric or wallpaper????

Front cover - unicorns!
Included at the beginning of the book is a section on how to use the book and art including web sites ready to print HR's designs on fabric and wall paper!

How-to section
Then there's a project section with everything from an apron, to a fabric covered tray, to wallhangings and more!

Project section

I mean really what little girl wouldn't LOVE orange unicorns on her bedroom walls, with HR's adorable art!

I want a room like this!

There's a shower curtain, and you can order this fabric right now from Spoonflower.com.  Mendocino anyone?  It's not only HTF (hard to find) on the internet, but very pricey!

Mermaids just seem perfect on a shower curtain, huh?

There of course had to be some princess and the pea art - used here on a an adorable wallhanging!

one of my favorites!

And then there's wrapping paper - which we all need to package those quilted gifts we're making all the  time!

wrapping paper - print at home!

The book ends with a section about how to start doing fabric designing on your own.....

Granted, I've collected just a bit of HR fabric (this is not all of it by any means), so it may be a while before I have to print some yardage....but the wallpaper is another story!!  : )

What do you think I should make first?? Lily :)

02 August 2012

Hexagon Tree Tote!

Hi! As I'm working on finishing my Medallion Quilt - it's basted and I'm just starting on the hand quilting - I decided to work a bit on one of the other hand stitched projects from the Stitched in Color class!

Hexi party

This is the hexagon tree tote and I love this pattern!  You can see the hexagons I cut out above to use for the tree leaves.  I used the paper piecing method and wrapped them around hexagon card stock to create the shapes.  They mostly have a sewing theme as I decided to use this tote to carry travel sewing projects.

Hexi placement

Above is a photo taken with my i-pad (while traveling in one of the countless hotel rooms I've been in lately!) so it's a bit blurry, but this is how I remembered the original placement of the "leaves" so that I could sew them on one by one.  The tree and branches are traced on using Rachel's template, and then embroidered with a backstitch.  I used a dark brown size 8 perle cotton.

Tote back and front

Then I hand stitched the hexagons on to the tree using a running stitch.  On the left is the back of the tote.  I introduced a daisy pattern and repeated the raindrop pattern from the leaves.  In this photo the front and back are already fused to the fusible fleece that will help cushion the bag and give it shape.

Detail of running stitch

So when I get bored with hand quilting my Medallion quilt or excited to use my machine again, I will put it all together with some straps and make it into a tote!