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Making the Mighty Columbia

I’ve been slowly adding to my  collection of pillows on PDX Pillows at Etsy, a project I’ve wanted to take on for a long time. It started when I was in SoCal and missing Portland. Now that I’m back I’m so grateful for all the things that make Portland and the Pacific Northwest my home, I want to share it all.

PDX PillowI started with the PDX Pillow, an idea that just popped into my head one day when I was working on another reverse appliqué project. I love it! The plaid, the denim, the PDX cut out– it makes me happy.

So the brain has been ticking away coming up with more ideas on pillows that could be made, so when my friend Jen at BettyCrockerAss offered up these castoffs from Columbia Sportswear I was all over it. There had to be something I could do with them. Repurposing a local company’s product seems like a perfect fit. But what to do?

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I’ve been intrigued by all that is possible with HST (half square triangles) lately and decided I’d give that a shot. So I cut up 100 2.5″ squares of the plaids and started sewing them together somewhat randomly.

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After sewing the squares, I cut them into triangles and arranged then rearranged until I came up with this diamond that I liked well enough. Add a little quilting, a backing and an invisible zipper and -bam!- another pillow cover to add to the shop. The longer it sits here, the more I think I need to make another. Maybe mixing up fabrics a bit more next time. Or integrating some of the vintage linens I was recently gifted.  I’m not sure which I’ll try out next. Let me know what you think–could I mix the plaids with linens? Stick with one or the other? How about Pendleton wool? I think I’d like to try that, too!

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The Mighty Columbia Pillow Cover, as well as a half dozen other styles, is available now on Etsy.

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Prepping pincushions


IMG_9438Slowly but surely, the Etsy shop is filling up with pincushions. I keep playing with different combos, different designs for the tops. Some solid pieces, some pieced.  I’d love to hear what you think about them. I’m just one opinion and I always prefer more voices in the mix.

The focus of my shop is to provide the supportive accoutrements that sewists and quilters need,  so I’m working on some needle books and sewing kits, as well. What other sewing supplies would you love to see? Tools? Notions?

 

 

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#thegreatfabricdestash

I need to make room for fabric that is being stored for me elsewhere and what easier way to do that than with a massive destash. Join me this week (18-24 August) for flurry of fabrics ranging from fat sixteenths to fat quarters, patterns to yardage. I’ll be selling it off through my new Instagram account, so follow me there, then claim the items you want by leaving your email address and zip code. I’ll be calculating shipping and sending invoices next Monday for shipping as soon as the money is received. Hope to see you on IG! IMG_9291

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Settling in and sewing

It’s been two weeks since we moved in and the house is still a crazy wreck, a mix of our things and what the owner left behind nearly a year ago. It’s a weird situation and one I wasn’t quite prepared for, tbh. The carpets won’t be cleaned until the first of August, every room has to cleared out and cleaned, and the garage needs to be re-arranged to fit all of her belongings that are still here.

There might be boxes are strewn throughout the house, half-open and rifled through, but the sewing area is nearly finished. There was no way anyone, let alone the carpet cleaner, was going to convince me to wait any longer to set it up. My soul needs it too much.

When days are rough and I feel the nervous energy zipping through me, I can sit down at my trusty old machine, run a through seams through it and suddenly feel much better.  Yesterday was one of those when I just told life to suck it ’cause I need to sew.

So I whipped up this little prototype of a pincushion (more will be coming to the Etsy shop as soon as I can start really really sewing again). Made with a denim bottom and pieced vintage feedsack prints on top, I think I like the way it turned out.

What do you think? Cute? Silly? Sellable? Or back to the drawing board? feedsack pincushion

 

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Pillow-making and Giveaway Day

Okay, okay, so I know it’s just a slightly-tapered-at-the-corners square, but I’m pretty excited about this adorable little pillow I managed to whip up last night with some superhero fabric and grey linen. I’m thinking about offering them in the Etsy shop. I was selling more quilts for a while, then got lazy busy and haven’t had the time to restock. Maybe pillows would be a good start? I love this Superkids fabric from Ann Kelle enough that I didn’t even do anything special to it. Just some curved corners, French seams and a linen back–bam, a new pillow.

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It’s Giveaway Day-Week!

Twice each year, Sew,Mama,Sew! does this awesome thing called Giveaway Day. I haven’t been able to participate in a while with life being a bit crazy, then forgetting, and thinking I’ll do it the next time, then not.

But this year I am doing it! And what am I giving away you ask. How about a little four-pack of fat-sixteenths! Sew,Mama,Sew! Giveaway from Crinkle Dreams

I love these itty-bitty bits of fabric. They’re the perfect size for all sorts of crafts and scrappy quilting and little bits of fun on anything. These four packs include fabrics from Suzy Ultman, Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House and Laurie Wisbrun for a total of 16 fat sixteenths.

To win the fabric quartet, comment and tell me about your favorite scrappy project (finished or on your to-make list). Feel free to include a link–I’d love to see YOUR work, too.

Follow me at facebook.com/crinkledreams or Instagram and check out my shop on Etsy for more fabric scraps, kits and finished samples.

If you’re interested in participating in my Sew Em Be sewing drive, let me know in the comments as well.

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I love getting mail

Who doesn’t get a little thrill when there’s a package with your name on it at the front door? It’s one of my favorite ways to come home.

On Tuesday, I got two packages–an order and a surprise.20130428-200331.jpg

Abby Glassenberg‘s newest book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, came across my desk at work late last week and I instantly knew I had to have my own copy. It is awesome. She has a bunch of adorable projects in the book (lion, crab, camel, kangaroo, etc.) plus gives a boatload of advice on customizing and making your own stuffed animals. Love-love it. I promise to share more once I pick an animal to make. I’m debating between the ram and the elephant right now.

Then I got a surprise box from Quiltmaker Magazine and tucked inside, among layers of batting (of course!) was my very own Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks mug as thanks for helping out with the pattern testing. I made a dozen or so of the blocks over several months. My favorite? Professor Mousestache from Sonja at Artisania. You can win your own mug (and plenty of other goodies) in their blog tour starting next week.

 

 

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How To: Make A Coffee Cozy

Maybe you love the paper sleeves you get on your cup of joe (or cocoa or chai or whatever your beverage of choice is), but maybe you’re looking for a bit of pizzazz to throw on that boring ol’ cup. Something with some personality.

I’ve made up some little kits to make your own, including fabric, batting, elastic band and covered button. But if you wanna just make one for yourself, here’s how I do it… Continue reading How To: Make A Coffee Cozy