Table Scraps

Table Scraps

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Okay, that blog post title was funny, wasn't it!!?? What did you think I was going to blog about, composting? No, silly, this post is about using up those left over fabric strips to make something beautiful for your table!

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I definitely have a thing for quilted table runners--they're just fun and fast to make, plus quick for changing up the look of your table for the different seasons. 

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This is my second time making my Stacked Strips Table Runner. See the original tutorial with instructions, HERE. I stitched this one exactly the same as the first, with 2"-wide strips but the finished size of this second runner is larger and finishes out at 18" x 84". The beauty of this pattern is you can easily customize the size to fit your table. 

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The fabrics used in this runner are all Art Gallery Fabrics and include prints from all six of my fabric lines. Here's the list: Pure Elements solids, AGF linen, Gossamer, Sketchbook, Coastline, Tapestry, Bountiful, Signature, and Ink Outburst from Woodland Fusions.

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The other variation I made from my original pattern was to utilize Quilt As You Go (QAYG) when sewing the strips together. By doing this, not only was I assembling the runner top, but I was quilting the runner as I sewed the strips!

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Using QAYG for a table runner is a great way to try this method on a small project. I used my favorite Tuscany Silk Blend batting and AGF linen for the backing to give the runner a nice weight and feel. To learn how to sew the QAYG method for quilts and other projects check out my dear friend and sister AGF designer Maureen Cracknell's QAYG Craftsy class

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This was really fun to make and since I had some strips left at the end, I decided to make some matching coasters!

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My coasters finish at 4-1/2" round and I trimmed the strips to 1-1/2" wide to start with so the scale would be better proportioned. You could even start with 1" wide strips if you wanted even more fabrics in the coaster.

I used the same strip assembly method of sewing strips short ends together before trimming to the desired size and sewing together QAYG-style to a batting and backing foundation.

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After I had the strips sewn into a large enough piece to cut out 5" circles from, I placed another piece of linen, right sides together with the QAYG piece and marked out circles with the bottom of a tin that was the right size. 

I sewed a 1/4" inside the drawn line, back stitching at beginning and end, and leaving and opening for turning. 

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Cut out on the drawn line. Clip curves and turn right side out through the opening. Turn opening under 1/4" and press. Blind stitch opening closed by hand. 

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I did not do any additional quilting or stitching to my coasters once turned. This method has four layers: patchwork top, batting, and two layers of linen. 

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I think next time I try this I will make some placemats. It's really very addictive and I'm sure we all have a bunch of left over fabric scraps begging to be turned into something useful and beautiful!

Signature Bedroom

Signature Bedroom

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Today I'll be taking a closer look at the Signature fabrics Soho bedroom I put together for a photo shoot to show off my new Signature fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. This room was another mock-room setting I put together in my studio and I had so much fun sewing and decorating for this scene. See the Signature Baby Room posts Part 1 and Part 2.

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For this mock-room to make sense, it had to tell a story. I wanted something fun and flirty, just like the fabric collection so I came up with the idea to create a Soho loft bedroom from a 20-something girl who loves sewing, flowers, vintage finds, and a little bit of bling. 

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I didn't want a fussy bed frame so I put the mattress and box spring directly onto the rug-layered floor and stood two same-size, narrow boxes on end. You can't see the boxes because they're covered with a wood boards that made a temporary bench of sorts that I could use as my headboard/shelf. This created the perfect look for my bed and kept everything low and modern. 

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The quilt on the bed is called Tracery Rose and is an adaptation of the Tracery quilt pattern from my Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living book (Landauer 2017). I wanted layers of fabrics with texture and vintage charm as well as doable DIY projects that my creative girl would want to make for her room. 

Find a tutorial for the fun Fabric Fringe Wallhanging on one of my earlier posts as well as instructions for the Improv Boho Pillow tutorial. These are both great projects to get the kids involved in sewing something for their room.

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Crafty touches include vintage pompoms, my grandmother's Singer sewing machine on the desk, knitting yarn in the Bucket Bag tote (another free pattern on this site), Art Roll Up caddy for knitting needles or other art supplies (see Free Patterns page), thrifting treasures of vintage jewelry and furniture, and of course florals to bring the garden inside.

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Pile on the layers and let the photo tell a story! I can just image my younger self busy working on crafts in my room and rearranging and decorating my space with pretty things.

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This photo of the basket with yarn and fabric is one of my favorite shots because of all the yummy textures, layers, and colors. I had the last minute idea to throw a piece of faux fur on the chair seat and that added a bit of glam to the look plus more texture and interest!

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This petite desk's was something I picked up at a garage sale almost 20 years ago! I painted it gold after I bought it and it's normal spot is as a nightstand by my bed. Because I wanted to bring in different metal elements into my Soho bedroom like gold, copper, and silver I thought it would make the cutest sewing table for this scene. The sewing machine was my grandmother's and it still works like a dream. I have it as a backup machine and don't sew with it much but it's comforting to know it's here with me when I need it. 

The chair is another garage sale find and it has a big hole in the caned seat. I've hidden the hole with a piece of faux fur to repeat the look on the other side of the room. 

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Although I am obsessed with so many of my sewing makes for the two mock-up rooms, the project that's gotten the most wear is my Signature Extempore Rayon kimono. This garment was an easy make for a non-garment sewer like me and AGF rayon is the perfect fabric for a flowie cover up like this. I used Simplicity pattern 1108 and chose the cropped cut because I'm only 5'2'' and it's a good proportion for my frame. 

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I hope you enjoyed this look into some of the photos that went into the Signature Look Book and my styled photo shoot. Are you getting lots of inspiration? What would you sew with these prints--quilts, clothes, or something else?

Signature Baby Room Part 2

Signature Baby Room Part 2

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Sometimes my life gets moving so fast, I'm onto the next project like a machine, forgetting to slow down, enjoy, and post about all my accomplishments. My new Signature fabric collection has been such a joy and with each project comes little surprises and great photo ops that I've taken lots of beautiful photos. I thought I'd spend more time with each of these makes and post some additional stories about what I sewed in June for the Art Gallery Fabrics Signature Look Book. I hope you'll enjoy these between the projects posts.

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It was so much fun to put together a baby room of Signature fabric projects! Signature is my newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics and came out this May. Ask your local shop for this line or shop the many online stores that carry it. See my Fabrics page for online stock lists. 

Last week in Part 1, I showed you behind the Look Book projects in a bit more depth and links to the tutorials for the pretty projects. I'll wrap up this week with Part 2 plus a fun stuffed turtle make I stitched up last week as a gift for my granddaughter. 

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Possibly to two easiest projects stitched for my Signature Baby Room were the crib sheet and the knit blanket. Find a tutorial for my Ruching Rose pillow HERE.

I wish I'd known how easy it was to make crib sheets when my kids were little! Dana Willard, friend and also an Art Gallery Fabrics designer sister has a fun You Tube video for how to make a fitted crib sheet. AGF fabric is so soft and the perfect designer prints to customize the look for baby's room.

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The knit blanket not only is cuddly soft with AGF knits but is another easy make. You wouldn't even have to finish the edges if you didn't want too because knit doesn't fray but to dress it up a bit I added some pre-made bias tape with a crochet edge for a sweet little touch. A nice tutorial for making a knit blanket can be found at Kitchen Table Quilting.

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Earlier, in June, I blogged about my free Star Light baby quilt pattern. The inspiration for this quilt came when I was making the Cactus block for the Community Sampler. This shows how you can take a block you love and run with it to make a completely new quilt. Find the free pattern HERE.

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Even though my Signature Baby Room was intended as a gender neutral room I still couldn't help seeing it through my granddaughter's eyes. Because she loves butterflies and this fabric collection is about nature and includes butterflies in some of the prints I made several fabric butterflies and used them in various decor projects. Read more about how I created these HERE and learn how to make them. 

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There are so many Signature makes I'm obsessed about but maybe the one that brings on the biggest smile is the turtle footstool I wrote about in my Part 1 post. Since this guy is staying at my house for the grandchildren to visit I thought I'd make my granddaughter a turtle of her own. 

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I found the cutest free softie pattern on the Make it and Love it blog and of course had to make a version in Signature fabrics!

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To add just a little extra to my turtle I stitched some Dritz Make Your Own Chenille to the shell before adding the feet and added a fabric heart outlined with chenille to it's tummy before assembling the body. 

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Turtle, as he's called, now has an honorary spot in her bed and she love's her new friend!

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Because every turtle needs a home, I painted an old basket up to give it a fresh new look (that coordinates, of course with my fabrics) and made the turtle his own blanket. I had as much fun making this as she's having playing with him!

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And, way too much fun photographing this turtle. 

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Don't forget to check out the Art Gallery Fabrics Look Books that come out with every new fabric line and all the oodles of free quilting and sewing patterns like the Sunflower quilt I designed for this collection and the AGF Studio Butterfly pillow pattern. 

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Have a wonderful summer!

Love,

Sharon

Behind the Signature Look Book Projects Part 1 - Baby Room

Behind the Signature Look Book Projects Part 1 - Baby Room

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There's so much yet to share about my new Signature fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's such a fun collection I want to take extra time and a more intimate look at my projects that went into the AGF Signature Look Book (plus the ones that never got their time to shine on the virtual pages). 

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First, the Hexie Turtle, come on, how adorable is this!!!! 

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I picked up this homemade footstool at a garage sale. This footstool was really pretty ugly when I first saw it and actually left the garage sale without it only to think about it more and return later to still find it there. Once I thought about making a hexagon patchwork cover for the stool THEN I could see it's value! 

After taking off all the UGLY upholstery and heavy fringe, I spray painted the brown painted wood copper for a little bling. I used Red Pepper Quilts Hexagon Tutorial for how to sew hexagons together and made a large enough patchwork to cover my turtle.

A little bit of vintage fringe in a more appropriate scale for the stool and the results are nothing less than magical!

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Another footstool makeover happened to a piece I already had around the house. It too is a vintage, homemade stool I picked up at a yard sale years ago. It's now looking fresh and new with it's Signature Extempore Gala canvas top and vintage pompom fringe.

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Cute, huh?!!! For a tutorial on how to make the Hoop Art hanging above the chair, see my Signature Butterflies post.

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You may have noticed the fun floor lamp with the Flora and Fauna Hidden fabric lamp shade? Yup, I recovered a vintage lampshade for the most adorable coordinate for this baby room. 

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This is my second time recovering this shade and it's even more special this time being finished in my own print. For an idea of how I made a new cover for this shade, visit the Craft Stylish tutorial.

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What a great way to customize the look of a room!

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This adorable tote bag made in Small World Sprightly print from Signature is a free pattern from Dritz Sewing. My bag is based on one of 20 different ways Dritz has used a basic tote bag and jazzed it up with their incredible assortment of bag hardware and Dritz sewing accessories. 

Discover oodles of amazing projects on the Dritz blog. I'm so honored they have featured my free Bucket Bag pattern on their Make Something Dritz blog: Favorite Finds: Bucket Bag Sewing with Signature Fabrics from Sharon Holland.

I'm so pleased that Dritz and Omnigrid will both be sponsors of the My Signature Sampler sew along!

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Instead of using the canvas from my collection I sewed my tote with quilt-weight cotton. To give the bag more body I made two exterior bag shapes per the Dritz tutorial and used one for a lining which I added a big pocket before assembling into a lined bag. I simply slipped the lining, wrong sides together into the exterior, added a ribbon loop with Dritz D-ring to the upper edge and sewed the seam allowance turned-under edges to close. 

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The fun coordinating Pencil Pouch is a free pattern on my Free Patterns page. It's the perfect size for supplies and fits into a 3-ring binder with the Extra-Large Eyelets from Dritz Sewing. I love their antique brass finish! For even more fun, add a tassel with the easy-to-use Tassel Cap, also from Dritz. 

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There's more Signature Baby's Room to share by I'll save that for next week's Part 2. 

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If you're wanting to sew with Signature fabrics ask for them at your local quilt shop or shop online. Hawthorne Threads just restocked their supply and has the full collection plus bundles available. Other favorites like Fat Quarter Shop and Needle in a Fabric Stash also carry the full line. Find these fine shops and more listings on my Fabrics page.

See you Friday when I post my next block in the My Signature Sampler and announce the next great giveaway!