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1  The Reading Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dnd4us on: November 18, 2010 01:46:21 PM

For my sons first birthday, my mom gave him a book along with a cozy tied quilt.  The quilt top was Alexander Henry fabric with scenes of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.  On the back was soft flannel and in the corner was an embroidery to keep track of his favorite books.  Whenever  my son had a book he asked for night after night, I would write the book and his age on the back with a sharp brown Pigma pen.

Many a night was spent in the rocking chair under that quilt reading stories.

That quilt was the inspiration for this design.  I knew I wanted a block to look like a book.  I played with a stacked coin with embroidery, a book block with a spine in the center, and an appliqued quilt.  In the end I settled on a very simple block that reminded me of an open book.

I love, love, loved designing this quilt.  I also loved making each and every block.

I can just imagine the treasure it will be in 30 years when my niece's children discover their favorite book just happened to be their moms favorite too.


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2  Classic Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by dnd4us on: November 08, 2010 05:08:34 PM

A few years back, I made this Advent Calendar for our family.  It was based on my husbands recollections of his familys calendar when he was a boy. His calendar had been made out of burlap, which I seriously considered, but in the end I made this one out of wools. 

Our family loves this calendar.  Its one of our favorite holiday traditions.  The kids cant wait to take turns finding what miniature wooden ornament is hiding in the pocket each day.

I made a few mistakes, and learned a thing or two making my original calendar, so when my mom called to find out if I could give advice and help to make another advent for my sister-in-law, I was happy to say yes.

Here is the new version just completed today.

I actually ended up making a pattern because so many people asked for it. The good news is that there is still time to make this pattern as I was able to complete the new one in about three days.


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3  Re: 2010 What is everyone planning to make for Christmas? in Winter Holidays by dnd4us on: November 08, 2010 05:00:45 PM

I just completed an updated version of my retro advent calendar.


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4  Crazy for Zig Zags in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dnd4us on: September 29, 2010 02:53:03 PM

Not long ago, I was strolling through Anthropologie and noticed a wonderful zig zag pillow that really got my wheels turning.  The zig zags were so fresh: geometric and yet meandering.  I knew I could make something similar that would be a great fit to my home. My version of this pillow is softer and less modern and I love how it turned out.  I am especially excited about the technique I figured out for making the zig zags.  It would be easy to adapt this tutorial to embellish a skirt, dish towel, or table runner.

Heres what youre going to need to make this Zig Zag Pillow:

    * A pillow form (mine measured 16″ x  26″)
    * Fabric the same size as pillow form for the front (in my case 16″ x  26″)  You might worry this is too smallthat Im not leaving room for seam allowances.  I like my pillows to be firm, so I cut my fabric exactly the same size as the form.  Once Ive sewn my fabric with a 1/2 seam allowance, it makes the casing 1″ smaller than the form.  When the form is placed inside the casing there is no sagginess  who likes sagginess? I used a linen fabric for the texture.
    * Fabric for the back.  Since I want to make my casing to be removable and washable, I used two 16″ x 17″ pieces.  This allows for 2″ seams and a 4″ overlap.  My fabric choice was Amy Bulters Love Memento.
    * You will need fabric for the zig zags 3″ wide by about 5 inches longer than your pillow for each zig zag.  This gives you some wiggle room to place the zig zags together nicely.
    * I pieced a decorative end cap on my pillow (16″ x 6-1/2″)
    * Disappearing Fabric Marking Pen like a Mark-B-Gone Pen

I created a step-by-step tutorial here http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/crazy-for-zig-zags/if anyone is interested in the technique as well.


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5  Rise and Shine Decorative Dishtowel in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dnd4us on: September 23, 2010 10:23:47 AM

Whenever a new season rolls around, I love to give my kitchen a lift by hanging up a new dishtowel.  Its a small thing, but its always a welcome change.When I spotted the Farmdale fabrics from Alexander Henry at a local quilt shop it spoke autumn to me.
I just had to bring a few pieces home with me. You can start with a pre-made dishtowel or you can make your own.

I posted a tutorial for anyone who is interested in the steps and photos here: http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/rise-and-shine-dishtowel-tutorial/


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6  Make Do and Mend: The Lost Art of Patching a Knee in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dnd4us on: September 13, 2010 05:06:34 PM

Give those jeans a custom new look and new life. Over the last few years, I have been looking for ways to cut back as a consumer. A friend of mine inspired this easy tutorial on how to mend a torn knee in a pair of jeans. I was thrilled with the result and think it is even better than the original. I am even tempted to add another patch below the front pocket because they turned out so cute.

I created a step-by-step tutorial here: http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/make-do-and-mend-patching-a-knee/  for anyone interested in the whole process of turning this:

into this:


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7  Night Owl Treats: Give me Smore! in Dessert by dnd4us on: September 08, 2010 10:19:03 AM

I thought it would be fun to share on of our favorite recipe - Smore Treats. They are perfect for little Night Owls.

They are also EVIL pure evil, I tell ya.

You can whip up this treat in no time. They are fast and super easy.  They are the perfect munchie, sweet and crunchy, and they have chocolate.  Can you tell, I love em?

9 cups Honey Grahams Cereal (like Golden Grahams)
3/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
3 tablespoons Butter
1- 10.5 ounce package Milk Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cups mini marshmallows
Grease a cookie sheet with butter.  Measure 9 cups graham cereal into a large mixing bowl.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine corn syrup, butter and milk chocolate chips.  Stir constantly until chocolate chips are melted and ingredients are combined.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour over cereal and stir quickly until cereal is coated with chocolate.  Stir in the marshmallows.  Pour mixture onto cookie sheet and using a slightly damp hand, press into the pan.  Keeps about 2 days if it ever lasts that long.

I posted step-by-step instructions here as well: http://www.make-it-do.com/cook-it-bake-it/night-owl-treats-give-me-smore/

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8  Squares and Stripes Picnic Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dnd4us on: August 03, 2010 06:35:54 PM
Just in time for late summer and my favorite fall picnics, I finally completed the Squares and Stripes Picnic Quilt pattern. A checkerboard made of easy nine patches make this a speedy quilt to make.

And to channel all that checkerboard energy is four vibrant strips.

Weve chosen a lightweight very dark denim to back our quilt.
Because any quilt that spends its time on the ground should have a backing that hides stains and is durable.

I hope you have as much fun with the pattern http://www.make-it-do.com/sew-it/squares-and-stripes-picnic-quilt-pattern/ as we did =)


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9  How to Make a Napkin Flatware Roll in Completed Projects by dnd4us on: June 15, 2010 03:00:53 PM

Our family loves going on a picnics, so I decided to make some on the go napkins to go in our picnic basket. Because space is always a premium I decided to give the napkins a little more function and created a napkin roll, perfect for carrying an individual set of flatware.

Heres what you need to make 6 napkin rolls:

    * 1 1/2 yards of top fabric
    * 1 1/2 yards of back fabric
    * 12′ of grosgrain ribbon of choice
    * disappearing fabric marking pen

I posted the step by step tutorial with all the pictures here as well: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/picnic-basket-part-1-napkin-silverware-rolls/

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10  Garden Apron Tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dnd4us on: May 10, 2010 04:02:17 PM

Hurray, I finally finished this tutorial!  Making this apron was so much easier than writing about it.  How many times can you get interrupted, I ask you?  And still keep your head in the game?  But alls well that ends well.  So heres my apron tutorial.

This apron is just perfect for the garden or for crafting, or a craft fair.  You get the picture.  Its versatile.

And heres how I made it:

Youll need:
    * 1/2 yard 54″ wide home decor weight fabric, canvas, demin or something with a little weight to it.  Youll be putting shovels in the pockets after all lightweight isnt going to cut it.
    * 1/3 1/2 yard alternate fabric for the binding.  You wont use even close to all of this, and you can get away with less, but its nice to have a bigger cut of fabric to cut on the bias (a fat quarter can work great).  That way there are less seems.
    * A disappearing fabric pen.  I like the blue erasable by water pens.

I posted the full tutorial http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/garden-apron-tutorial/ here with step-by-step instructions and photos for those of us who are more visual =)


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