Skirting the Issue: Delia Creates and The Lost Apron

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Welcome to Skirting the Issue!  Today we have two guest posters with two skirt tutorials for you.

Delia from Delia Creates is showcasing her exquisite fishtail skirt over on her blog.  See the full tutorial to make one for you and one to giveaway HERE.

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And we also have Ana Sullivan from The Lost Apron here with a fantastic beginner skirt that anyone can make (and you will see in her post who made these skirts!).  Check out the full tutorial HERE…..

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Thank you Ana!

And just as a reminder, the link-up party to add your skirts is HERE.

4th of July and Quilts of Valor

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Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!!! I love this time of year…with family, good food and good fun that always includes hot weather and fun fireworks.  But we are spending our 4th of July morning a little bit differently this year.  I talked about our plans for the summer to include a little more service back HERE and so we are using a couple of hours this morning in service to those brave men and women who have fought for our country.  We are going to be working on a quilt block for a Quilt of Valor, that I will finish up the rest of the summer and we can donate as a family this fall.

liZ and I learned about Quilts of Valor earlier this summer from Marianne Fons  and her presentation at Babylock Common Threads.  She shared a video that went along with it, and it was so moving…I was tearing up throughout the whole thing.  And as the pictures of veterans receiving quilts kept coming up on the screen…the one thing I noticed was the giant smiles on the faces of those receiving them.  So, I came home and made everyone in the family watch the video and told them about how we could make a difference this summer, just by sewing up some quilt blocks.

I sewed up one block yesterday to show them what we are going to make….a Sawtooth Star Quilt where each star is 20″ by 20″ in reds and blues with a white background.  Here it is…

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And hopefully we can get one or two more blocks done this morning before our family barbeque.  I will put up the full pattern for the quilt sometime in August if you want to sew a Sawtooth Star Quilt as well….but there are TONS of free patterns on the Quilt of Valor Website if you would like to make one too.

And here is the video that Marianne shared….it’s a good one, but grab a kleenex 😉

Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

~Elizabeth

 

Skirting the Issue 2015 Link-up and Donation Resource List

We really are so excited to be doing Skirting the Issue again this year.  It does mean so much to us.  We can still remember the cards and skirts that we receive and how the girl’s faces have lit up when they see your beautiful sewing.  They are some of those feelings that I will remember for my whole lifetime!

A few things…I have created a document to keep track of local places to donate.  If you know of one in your state (a Foster Care Closet or another organization that helps Foster children in need) PLEASE add it to the list.  You can find the donation list HERE.

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And then below is the link-up party to photograph and enter your skirt in for numbers (and prizes!).  We know that it does take a few minutes to photograph and link up a skirt—but it so helps us keep our numbers straight and we do so appreciate it!  (You don’t have to have a blog…you can link from flickr or even Instagram which is easy to use….)

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Grommet Top Curtain Tutorial

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Today I am excited to show you the new curtains I’ve just made.  My eating area has been in need of some new curtains for a loooong time.  The old ones have been in place since we moved into our house (10 years ago!) and have been looking really shabby!

The curtains were for the eating area so I wanted them to look nice since we spend a lot of time in this space but they also cover the sliding glass door which leads to the backyard….which means the door gets used A LOT to…..so I needed something that would slide easily and be kid friendly.  What I decided on were some almost floor length curtains with grommets on the top to help them slide easily.  And for the fabric I chose one of Patty Young’s designs for Riley Blake in their Home Dec weight so they would be sturdy and have some body.

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The grommets were easy to use and the curtains were a quick sew from start to finish.  It truly is project that can be done from start to finish in an afternoon and make a big difference in the feel of any room.

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Embellished Notebooks

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I have a girlie who notes writing.  She writes in the car, she writes stories at school and often times when I peek in her room I find her at her corner desk….deep in writing and illustrating some new story or creative endeavor.  So with that in mind I am excited to share our June project with the Minc Machine….embellished notebooks!  The perfect summer gift for my creative writer.

Here’s what you need if you want to make some too:

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PVC Lemonade Stand Tutorial

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The other night I was looking through some of our old tutorials and I ran across how our post on HOW TO BUILD A PVC LEMONADE STAND but couldn’t find the instructions on how to make the fabric portion….wellll….as I looked around I realized that we had never reposted them here on our site!  So today, exactly 3 years later I am bringing the tutorial home on how to make a Lemonade Tutorial Stand.

(And you can find the previous post with the PVC Building Instructions Here!)

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DIY Flag Pillow

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Recently Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores contacted us to see if we would like to try out their new Square by Design Fabrics that are exclusive to their stores.  And trying out a new type of fabric is always fun…so we joined in.  The fabric is actual square panels (in the home dec fabrics) that you can use in so many sew and no-sew projects.  I chose the flag one because I wanted some new 4th of July decorations for my living room and came up with two pillows that I made super fast (I LOVE that about this product…most of the work is done for you).  Although after I made both of them I realized that they fit right in in Aaron’s room so I think they will have a permanent year-round home…which is fantastic.

Here’s how to make one if you need a last-minute 4th of July Flag Pillow:

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Skirting the Issue: Delia Creates and The Lost Apron

Welcome to Skirting the Issue!  Today we have two guest posters with two skirt tutorials for you. Delia from Delia Creates is showcasing her exquisite fishtail skirt over on her blog.  See the full tutorial to make one for you and one to giveaway HERE. And we also have Ana Sullivan from The Lost Apron here…

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American flag flying in the wind

4th of July and Quilts of Valor

  Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!!! I love this time of year…with family, good food and good fun that always includes hot weather and fun fireworks.  But we are spending our 4th of July morning a little bit differently this year.  I talked about our plans for the summer to include a little more…

Read More »

Skirting the Issue 2015 Link-up and Donation Resource List

We really are so excited to be doing Skirting the Issue again this year.  It does mean so much to us.  We can still remember the cards and skirts that we receive and how the girl’s faces have lit up when they see your beautiful sewing.  They are some of those feelings that I will…

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