Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 40

Thread: To all the fabric I've loved before ... new pics

  1. #1
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    It's impossible to make beautiful quilts out of all the gorgeous fabrics that are available. It's near impossible choosing from them all.

    But, for those of you like me who see something and want everything, but have no means, either time or money, to sew a quilt with them, but MUST HAVE them nonetheless, I have a solution.

    When I see something I must have, but can't afford to make a quilt with, I sew pillow cases with them. It's a small inexpensive project and allows you to have a variety of beautiful fabrics in your home.

    the FACT that they're impossible to coordinate with other bedcoverings is neither here nor there.

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I have sewn pillow cases out of fabrics that I've coveted, but could not justify buying.

    I also, of course, use up scraps and leftovers from other projects the this way.

    If you like the style of these pillowcases, you can download the pattern w/directions at the link.

    http://www.longarmohio.com/pattern1pillowcase.html

    The directions are hard to understand, and I had to actually be shown how to do it, but if anyone actually did download the directions to make one, if you have trouble, I'll be able to help you.

    These were my first attempts before I found the pattern at the link. They're not as nice because my stitching shows. But, I used up scrap fabric and they're as good as any pillow case you'll get at K-Mart.



    (sighs) My stitching is showing, but the pattern at the link shows you how to sew your pillowcase so this won't happen.
    Name:  Attachment-12860.jpe
Views: 62
Size:  49.1 KB
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Some more.

    And this is the from the Hoffman Challenge fabric line this year, Empress Garden. I made myself a fine purse with this too that I'm carrying now.
    Name:  Attachment-12944.jpe
Views: 57
Size:  65.3 KB

    No stitching showing here!
    Name:  Attachment-12945.jpe
Views: 64
Size:  85.0 KB

    My purse. I couldn't afford to make a beautiful quilt with this pattern, so I make smaller projects.
    Name:  Attachment-57212.jpe
Views: 59
Size:  77.4 KB

  3. #3
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Here's some kiddy pillows:

    Leapin' lizards
    Name:  Attachment-12946.jpe
Views: 58
Size:  76.8 KB

    Aye-aye, Captain!
    Name:  Attachment-12947.jpe
Views: 61
Size:  61.0 KB

    Laurel Burch's Mythical Horses
    Name:  Attachment-12948.jpe
Views: 59
Size:  67.6 KB

  4. #4
    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central FL
    Posts
    4,851
    Pretty!

    Lots of small projects come to mind- place mats and table toppers, runners, wall hangings of all sizes. My "oops" blocks end up as pot holders.

  5. #5
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    For the fabric I just had to have for no purpose other than just wanting it ...



    Had to have it.
    Name:  Attachment-13026.jpe
Views: 59
Size:  88.4 KB

    This would match that lady's cat quilt that she made using this line of fabric. I can't remember her name, she posted the pics here at the board.
    Name:  Attachment-13030.jpe
Views: 65
Size:  49.8 KB

    Ah, just try to coordinate this with something, or NOT.
    Name:  Attachment-13073.jpe
Views: 56
Size:  77.2 KB

  6. #6
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Funny you should mention pot holders/hot pads. I've got more hot pads than any kitchen outlet center.

    :wink:

    And my Wal-Mart purchase from two years ago ... (Yeah, this fabric is still available at some of the Wal-Marts that are still selling fabric)

    I originally intended these for special bird-lover place mats or throw pillows for white wicker sunroom furniture.

    But ... scrap that, now they're pillow cases.

    Attached Images Attached Images


  7. #7
    ksusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    Posts
    201
    Yes, Yes, and Yes again!!! I am whole-heartedly agreeing that the pillow cases are a great idea. I didn't try the link, but have sewn similar cases for the household and granddaughters.

    Your purse is outstanding. Is that the Penny Sturgus pattern called bow tucks? I was just reviewing my patterns this afternoon as I finished two totes using Penny's techiques. Her patterns are wonderfully written and worth every cent,

    Our guild has been having a workshop to make another type of tote by Penny Sturgus. I brought the bow tucks pattern and fabric in April '08 and will cut out the pieces this evening.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Piecefully yours,
    Kay Susan

  8. #8
    Izy
    Izy is offline
    Super Member Izy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Halifax, W. Yorks, U.K.
    Posts
    5,997
    Cordelia - Why don't you make a runner for the bottom of the bed that matches your pillows, it doesn't have to be too wide just 12" - 14" then if you have plain bedding it will coordinate beautifully. I dress my bed with these, infact I intend to make two tomorrow for my guest bedroom, as it is so hot now you only need a top sheet and that looks sooooo boring!!

  9. #9
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Yup. That's the bow tucks bag. I like them better than Vera Bradley any day!


  10. #10
    ksusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    Posts
    201
    I've found a soulmate. Thanks for the scoop. I guess that I am in the purse phase, having experimented with tote bags. I have three quilted bags and matching accessories designed by Donna Sharp at House of Quilts. Each is unique, but I can make something as nice or nicer...and not have made in China labor. I will stimulate the local economy and have Yooper (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) labor.

    Piecefully yours,
    Kay Susan

  11. #11
    Super Member Harmony's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Brea, California
    Posts
    4,411
    Your pillow cases are gorgeous--thanks for the link!

    I'm going to try making one of the Bow Tucks bags for my mom for her birthday. Do they go together pretty easily???

  12. #12
    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    In the middle of a mess...
    Posts
    19,993
    Great job Cordelia, but then again, I would expect nothing less from you. Just look at that medallion you made for the Round Robin!
    One question for you....where did you get the pattern for the bags you make. Was it a purchased pattern, online, store, made up in your head?
    I would love to TRY to make something like that for my girls.

  13. #13
    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    16,675
    Cordelia your bag and pillowcases are beautiful! I love the way you put the fabric together

  14. #14
    Super Member beachlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    6,753
    Thanks for the link Cordelia. Will try it soon.

  15. #15
    Super Member gcathie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Southeast, Ohio
    Posts
    3,270
    Cordelia...what a nice job and this is really cleaver to make all those fancy pillow cases...Thanks for the link....I never fold my quilts I just shove them in a pillow case...seen the gals on Fons and Porter do this so I don't have fold marks in my quilts...and they don't wear out cause you never put them in the pillow case the same way twice....so that is what I plan to do...make some of these nice pillow cases for my quilts...possibly to match if I have extra fabric...clever!!! Woooo hoooo!!

  16. #16
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Teri, the bow tucks bag pattern can be purchased at Quiltsillustrated.com. So can the charm city tote.

    Cathy, I've got my quilts folded in bags. But, just rumple them up in a ball and put in a bag you say?

    I think I'll do that. I'm sure to have fold marks by now. When I finish my projects, if they don't go to family, they get "stored."

    I haven't seen some of my quilts in over a year.

  17. #17
    Super Member Joan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Pine Grove, California
    Posts
    2,846
    Cordelia, I love your pillow cases. The Hoffman challenge fabric is exquisite! What a great idea, you've got me thinking of Christmas gifts!

  18. #18
    Cordelia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Maryland/D.C.
    Posts
    678
    Christmas gifts are basically what they are, to be honest.

  19. #19
    rein's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Eagle Point, OR
    Posts
    498
    Cordelia - thanks so much for the idea about the pillow cases - I think I like gcathie's added idea too - as I hate to fold the quilts and make the marks - love the pillow case to match plan.

  20. #20
    ksusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    Posts
    201
    Harmony, I cut out the bow tucks bag last night. This will be the 3rd project, but all are using the same techniques. I found the quilting portion time consuming, but that's due to my limited experience. Personally, I think the pattern is a breeze and the results are tops.

    Good luck and have fun!

    Piecefully yours,
    Kay Susan

    p.s. Isn't it neat that we can share because Cordelia shared with us????

  21. #21
    Moderator Up North's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    North East Lower peninsula of Michigan
    Posts
    6,502
    I was into Ben Franklin a few months ago and she showed me one of those pillow cases, tried to explain it to me but now I will have to try one. Yours are very pretty!

  22. #22
    DJ
    DJ is offline
    Super Member DJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    2,417
    Here's a coaster idea that is easy and fun to do and takes hardly any fabric for those favorites you just must have! Coasters

  23. #23
    Super Member PurplePassion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Southern MN
    Posts
    2,621
    Cordelia, What is the name of the Aqua and brown fabric? or where did you get it? It is beautiful.
    Thanks , Elaine

  24. #24
    Super Member Marcia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,559
    Cordelia-Your idea to make pillow cases out of Have To Have fabric is great! I love making pillowcases, but never thought about making them for this reason. :lol:

    Your pillowcases are beautiful. I love your fabric combinations. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  25. #25
    Super Member gcathie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Southeast, Ohio
    Posts
    3,270
    Cordelia and Rein yes just shove them in...granted they get wrinkly but no crease in the same spot...Thanks!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.