Monday, June 12, 2017

Joyful Snowflake table runner with free pattern

Monday, June 12, 2017
free sewing pattern for this Joyful Snowflake table runner
The fabric for this post was provided by Riley Blake Designs, the pattern and opinions are all my own.

Today is my turn on the Comfort and Joy blog tour for Riley Blake Designs. This fabric is seriously cute! I decided to take a motif from one of the mittens in the line and created a free pattern for a table runner that I just can't wait to use next holiday season. And, it's already ready, which is one of the benefits of sewing for Christmas in June! :)
use Comfort and Joy fabric from Riley Blake Designs to create a holiday table runner
 My kids thought it was crazy that I was using Christmas fabric in the summer time, but hey, what do they know?

Joyful Snowflake table runner is sewn using Comfort and Joy fabric from Riley Blake
 I just love all these great colors!
You can find the free tutorial available for download here. But, please remember that this pattern is provided as a courtesy. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in fabric requirements, cutting and assembly instructions. But, I'm only human. If you do discover an error, please send me an e-mail and I will correct it as quickly as possible. 
The joyful snowflake table runner is shown with coordinating embroidered ornaments
 I am currently working on editing and modifying the patterns for these fun holiday ornaments as well. I'm hoping they will be ready for sale in July!

So, tell me, are you an early bird and get going on the holiday preparations super ahead of time, or are you more like I usually am and kind of a last minute person? Maybe you're a bit in between? I'd love to hear how you gear up for big events like the holiday season.

If you want to see more projects using this Comfort and Joy fabric, you can see the other stops on the blog tour on the Riley Blake Designs blog.
xoxo,
Amy
 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Patriotic Dresden Pillow

Thursday, June 8, 2017
**This post is a partnership with Nancy's Notions all opinions are my own
Patriotic Dresden Pillow

I am so excited to share with you this Patriotic Dresden Pillow.  I was sent a dresden ruler from Nancy's Notions and decided it was time to start adding some accessories to my front porch, and a pillow for my prized chairs built for me by my dad more than 15 years ago would be a great place to start. The hardest part was choosing fabric. Sometimes you hang on to fabric for a while waiting for just the right project to come along. That happened to me with the Doodlebug Designs Star Spangled fabric bundle. I've had it for 3 years now just waiting for the right thing, and this project was the winner.
Would you believe I've never made a dresden plate before? They always intimidated me with their angles and applique. But, they are actually pretty easy and fun and with the instructions that come with the ruler, even a first time run at them can be successful!
dresden plate applique with patriotic fabric
I love every single print in this fabric line! I'm excited to finish up the second pillow so I can put them out on my porch.
patriotic dresden pillow on front porch
I'm liking where this is going!

Some notes on the finished pillow:
I used a 20" pillow form and put a hidden zipper closure on the back. I used the 7" measurement on the ruler- it's so nice that you can make tons of different sizes with just the one ruler.
use finger creases to center dresden plate on pillow front
To center the dresden plate on the pillow front, I just folded the background fabric into quarters and finger pressed creases on the folds, then I lined up the points of the applique with the creased lines, quick and easy! I did the same thing when positioning the center applique circles. ;)
use edge stitching to applique the dresden to the pillow front
I used a simple edge stitch to attach the applique to the pillow front, but you could use any of the recommended stitches in the book that comes with your acrylic ruler.
colorful chair with patriotic dresden pillow
I had a lot of fun using this ruler and I thought the book that came with it was very helpful and informative. I referred to it often when making this pillow. I will definitely be using the ruler again with future projects!
If you'd like a more detailed tutorial on how I constructed the pillow, let me know in the comments, I would be happy to help.
xoxo,
Amy
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