HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

Have you been nervous to try quilting?  This is the project for YOU!  Or perhaps just looking to try something new (but really this is OLD) ?  This new tutorial over on my Youtube channel is an easy and modern twist on the classic Lamoyne star quilt block.  This block has been around a very long time!  Some theories link it to Versailles and others to the LeMoyne Brothers and the beginnings of New Orleans.  Cool, right?  It is also called the Lemon Star in New England. This new video teaches you an easy way to make perfect Half Square Triangles (HST) called the magic 8.  I am also not responsible for inventing the magic 8 either 🙂  I wish I knew who to give credit, because it is a brilliant and easy way to make HSTs.  Watch below and make your own… As discussed in the video, here is a “map” to help you create your pillow.  Click on the blue letters to download the PDF and print, or you can just use your phone or tablet to view. LeMoyne Block I would love to see how YOU would mix it up!  I am looking forward to adding some serious color to this project 🙂 . Here is one more photo of the pillow in action in my home…...

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How I get myself Sew Organized

How I get myself Sew Organized

Frankly, I am not all that organized but I do have some tips for you people who struggle with this aspect of sewing.  Being even moderately organized makes sewing more enjoyable and that is what Gingercake is all about!  Making sewing more fun for everyone (including myself!) So, listed in no particular order of importance, I will tell you my TIPS! 1.  SCRAPS!  Yes, they are so great and fun to have around,  YES, they will take over your sewing room and drive you nuts the longer you sew because they just keep piling up!  My solution is nothing fancy but it gets the job done and makes my scraps available for future projects.  I have several mesh wire bins from the dollar store (nothing fancy and not worthy of a picture!) in which i place my scraps as I sew.  Then, about once a month (truthfully more like once every six months) I divide all my scraps into color groups- yellows, blues, greens, pinks, etc.  place them in zip lock bags and store them away in big plastic bins for big fun scrappy projects like these… This photo below is a pretty way to organize your scraps by color like I recommend.  I don’t use such pretty containers but this is the method that I like and recommend!  Click on the photo to take you to the FLICKR page 🙂 The last comment I want to make about scraps is be selective about what you save- only keep the pieces that are easily used.  GO ahead and throw away the tiny and oddly shaped pieces.  AND, think about making scrap projects- you don’t want to do patchwork with a bunch of different weights of fabrics so be selective- i only save large scraps of duck cloth or knit because they aren’t going to mix well in a scrappy patchwork project like a bunch of quilting weight pieces will. 2.  TOOLS.  Some of us love a variety of sewing tools and others get by on the very basics.  I am somewhere in the middle and often lose favorite things if my sewing room gets particularly disorganized.  Where do they go I ask you??  Well I usually find them when I put some work into cleaning  my sewing room but in a flurry of creativity, they are bound to go missing again!  Here is how I keep my tools handy on one of these peg board things above my work table. I decide to go ahead and buy 3 more pairs of scissors while they were on sale and that was a purchase I will never regret!   They are not very fancy but get the job done for sure.   So, your tools should be...

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Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

Halloween Front Door Decor and Tutorial

It has taken years for me to find my halloween decor groove.  My kids want to see our house get festive for the holidays and I remember loving halloween stuff when I was a kid too.  But the retail stuff available  can be kinda ugly, right?  And creepy too.  So, here is my compromise!  Still festive and a little spooky, but not over the top. First is my new wreath!  I made this by recovering my spring wreath from this video tutorial.  I simply cut two 7” x WOF pieces of fabric and sewed them together to make an 7” x approx 84” piece of fabric.  Then I sewed it right sides together to make a long tube.  I turned it inside out and covered my wreath just like in the video.  Very easy! The flowers are 2 colors of orange wool felt.  These types of felt flowers are very easy to make!  I used the method described here.  I usually make my cuts kinda wavy to add more imperfection to the flower if that makes sense. I love the simple gathered wreath and felt flowers look.  Not too much and still festive!   Here is a quick photo tutorial for making the flowers.  You can read that link above for more detailed info on making the flowers.Don’t worry, I did get a little spooky for the kids !   A couple of years ago I made these ghosts to fit over my front door lights.   Aren’t they fun?  The kids love them so much and they are so excited to come home from school to see them up.  And they are SUPER easy to make.  I measured how far it is the from the top of the lights (where the glass starts) and down to the ground.  Then I added 1.5” for the casing on top.  I used the WOF and made a large tube by sewing the piece right sides together.  I just used inexpensive muslin fabric that was about 42” wide.  With the height of my lights and front door, I bought 6 yards of fabric for both lights. I used 3/4” wide elastic.  When I sew a casing like this, I use this classic method.  Very simple and easy!  You can see from the photo below that the fabric does not fit over the light entirely.  It doesn’t matter!  It will still look great. Making the face is easy too.  Simply draw a face that you like on a piece of paper.  Cut out shapes to make pattern pieces.  Use pattern pieces to cut out shapes on the black material.  Then use black thread to sew the face onto your ghost.  I did mine backwards and then cut...

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Ultimate Healthy Living Flash Sale

Ultimate Healthy Living Flash Sale

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that you are enjoying some relaxing time off! I want to share a great sale happening right now with you that has me inspired- the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Flash Sale!  Each year, I take steps to get better and better about keeping myself and my kids healthy.  But I always feel like there is so much more to learn and that I am coming up short.  The strong tempatation to go back to my lazy ways of pre packaged cheap food and fast meals is always calling my name. All that we can do is keep trying to get better, right?  Look forward, not back!  I am sharing this sale with you (and yes, I make affilate commission) becasue I think it’s a great chance to learn how to be more healthy and more repsonsible with our food and consumption.  Is this something that you feel strongly about too?  This sale is a great chance to learn from the experts and make those changes you have been wanting to make! Some of the topics included in this bundle that interest me in particular the ebooks on allergy sensitivity…   These wonderful resources for Healthy kids…   These fascinating ebooks on natural healing remedies… And finally this amazing selection on eating REAL FOODS.  Yes, please! Other ebook topics that may interest you are Paleo, natural home, homesteading, weight loss, and essential oils. Along with all these amazing ebooks, this flash sale also includes bonuses from the following companies~ I really loved all the amazing information in the Ultimate DIY Bundle and still use those resources regularly,  I think this one will be just as valuable!  This is a FLASH SALE and only last today, Decmeber 28th and tomorrow, Decmeber 29th 2015.  Click the button below to get your bundle today! ALL THIS AMAZING INFORMATION IS ONLY $29.97 After purchase, you will recive a link that will allow you to either download each ebook individually or all at once.  The link is valid for one year.  I like to make a folder on my desktop and drag the ebooks that interest me into that folder and read it when I have the time or when a project/ recipe is needed. Want even more information?  click on the photo below to get more...

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A 2012 Project: Bathroom saga

A 2012 Project: Bathroom saga

We had many project brewing in 2012 (mainly Miss Marion!) but last February, on a random snowy weekend, we took our sledge hammer and began a major home improvement project on our bathroom.  We had a strange configuration in our master bedroom that included a teeny tiny bathroom and a smallish closet and a large “dressing area”.  It was an annoying waste of space.  What followed was about 10 months of mess, labor, mistakes, victories and lots of good learning. The above icky pictures are how it looked for many months as we made small bits of progress and grumbled about the dust and work.  A good friend helped to frame out the walk in closet (thank you Adam!)  and another friend, David, whose has the best work ethic EVER, came to help with the bathroom and gave us the kick start needed to make some serious progress. Most of that progress happened last spring and it wasn’t until last month that our bathroom was finally finished.  Why?  I think my husband and I both work best under pressure and arrival of the baby finally gave us the push to push each other and get this project done!  Honestly, as you can imagine since I was PG, he did most of the work.  And a bathroom is A LOT of work!  My work was mostly decision making and cleaning up!  Now I know why they cost so much to redo-  it is a labor of love to redo your own bathroom and neither of us much loved this project while it was in progress. Of course, we are thrilled with our bathroom now.  You really appreciate home improvement when you do it yourself!  Especially with all the ups and downs that we had- from unknown dust allergies and injuries, to plumbing leaks and paint spills, we were relieved when it was finally finished.  We splurged on our vanity and stone top, but the rest is middle range big home store purchases.  I wish I could have added a white pendant light to the ceiling!  Most of my creative original ideas for the redo were crushed by cost restrictions but compromising is part of the work when doing this type of project, right?  I’ll save all those ideas for when we do the kitchen soon- HAHA!  That comment was just to freak my husband out 🙂  How do you manage to get through home improvement?  Are you a do it yourselfer or a save up and hire someone?  Thank you to my husband for all his hard work! Related articles How to Remodel Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank Bathroom designs photos 2013 Bathroom focus: how practicality merges with style...

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