Fibre Arts

Quick No Sew Project for Canada's Sesquicentennial

Hi everyone:

Still haven't finished that project to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday (or sesquicentennial, if you are able to pronounce it!)? I've got you covered!

 
 

Use some background fabric, a few fabric scraps and embellishments with the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray to create a no sew wall hanging. This is such a simple and easy project, that you may want to make several of them. The best part is how fast it is to whip up.

Here's what you'll need:

  • a piece of background fabric - you choose the size
  • some Canadian appliqués - I chose to cut out some maple leaves with my Artistic Edge digital cuter, but you can choose any motif that says "Canada" to you
  • some embellishments, such as ribbons or other trims
  • a piece of dowel or curtain rod to use to hang your new project

Once you've assembled your materials, decide on your design by arranging your items on the background fabric. Once you have determined your design, affix the items to the background fabric using the Multi-Purpose Quilt Spray. If you don't already have the recipe for this amazing, easy to make spray, you can get it here.

To see how this all comes together, you can watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

I'd love to see your creations, so post your photos in the Comments below or send them to kim@chatterboxquilts.com

I hope you enjoy a fantastic Canada Day!

Creatively,

 

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Placemats for Canada's 150th Birthday

Hi everyone:

This is a post especially for my Canadian subscribers, although anyone will enjoy making this project, I'm sure. 

There is still time to create a project to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial. While many quilters are making large quilts to commemorate this once in a lifetime occasion, I decided to keep it a little smaller and made some Canada 150 placemats. Quick to make and practical to use!

 
 

This project will be in Janome Canada's Look Book in the future, but I wanted you to have this pattern while there is still time to make it before the big day (July 1).

These placemats use a quilt-as-you-go technique for quick constructions. You'll just need a background fabric, a few additional fabric strips and a small piece of fabric for the maple leaf appliqué. Click here to get the FREE instructions to make the Canada 150 placemats. Make 1, make 4 or make as many as you need!

 
 

I hope you'll share your version of these placemats by posting a photo in the Comments below or by sending them to kim@chatterboxquilts.com

Creatively,

 

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Spring has Sprung with Janome

Did you see my recent project in the Janome Life blog? I created a quick spring project using the Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter as well as the Janome Memory Craft 500E embroidery machine. 

 
I kept the project really simple by popping it into an embroidery hoop.

I kept the project really simple by popping it into an embroidery hoop.

 

I wanted to keep this project simple and knew that the Artistic Edge would make cutting out the intricate appliqué shapes so easy and accurate - and I was right! While I could've spent lots of time drafting up a design on my own, I opted to use a design that was already available in the Simple Cut software that was bundled with the Artistic Edge. 

 
Accurate cuts with the Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter

Accurate cuts with the Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter

 

Once I had refined my design I chose some decorative stitches to use with the Memory Craft 500E to finish off the appliqué edges. It is so much fun to choose from the hundreds of stitches available in the Simple Cut software. You can lengthen or widen these stitches to create your own version of them. I had to be careful not to play around too much with the stitches or I might never have completed the project!

 
Just a few of the decorative stitches available with the Simple Cut software

Just a few of the decorative stitches available with the Simple Cut software

 

I wrote two articles for the Janome Life blog (one in February and the follow up in March). Click on the photos to read them.

 
Ready to cut out appliqué shapes on the Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter

Ready to cut out appliqué shapes on the Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter

 
 
Final project looks great on my fireplace mantle

Final project looks great on my fireplace mantle

 

If you have any questions about this project or how to create one that is similar, post them in the Comments below and I'll be happy to help you out.

Creatively,

 

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Book Review - Crafty Critters

It's been awhile since I've looked at a book that isn't all about quilting. I do, however, also like to pick up books that have stitching projects in them. I'm a sucker for cute, whimsical designs and Crafty Critters has lots of these. 

This is a small book packed full of adorable projects, perfect for gifts. In Crafty Critters, you'll learn to sew whimsical little projects that feature owls, foxes and other woodland animals.

Look through the book with me in the video below or on my YouTube channel.

Love the projects in this book? You can pick up your own copy and start stitching up one - or all - of these sweet designs.

Creatively,

 

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Book Review: This is Mouse - An Adventure in Sewing by Brenna Maloney

I'll admit it: I'm basically a kid at heart. When I was young, I was always told that I was "so mature for my age". Now that I'm older, much, much older, I've decided that I want to be immature in some areas of my life. I love cute, snuggly, cuddly stuffies and can't resist anything fun or whimsical (just ask any of my friends about the many little animals hanging off my backpack), so I instantly fell in love with This is Mouse - an Adventure in Sewing by Brenna Maloney.

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Brenna apparently has the same off-kilter sense of humour that I do, as evidenced by her other books, Sock it to Me, Sockology and Socks Appeal (don't you love those titles?!).

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

In her latest book, This is Mouse, you have instructions on how to make Mouse as well step by step instructions with photos on how to create his friends and accessories. 

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Each section of the book is another "world" and includes accessories for Mouse, creatures and buildings appropriate to that world. While all the chapters are delightful, I especially liked the chapter called "Blast Off" where Mouse goes into space in a rocket and meets some space aliens. Gotta love the foil helmet!

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

Photos courtesy of http://www.ctpub.com

You don't need to have little ones in your household to enjoy the critters and creatures in this book - it's okay to make them just for you :)

Creatively,