Beyond Quilts

More Things To So With Fabrics

As I said in another post, I have sewn almost all my life.  I constructed clothing, home decor of all kinds,  crafts and anything else you can think of made out of fabrics, GLORIOUS FABRICS !!  I made my first quilt when I was 17.  Then when my kids were very young, I made custom order quilts for a bedding store.  Over the years I made many more quilts, but most of them were made because we needed it, quick and easy,  not necessarily works of art.  But, I think I have made many “works of art” out of fabric beyond quilts over the years.  Here are a few fun projects to inspire you to step outside the quilted box and do something more with fabrics 🙂

Tea Cozy

I Love Tea !!  I enjoy the nice hot liquid, but I love the companionship that usually comes along with the tea.  I enjoy the ambiance tea evokes.  I love the paraphernalia that accompanies tea.  (I have a very large tea pot collection)  But I think most of all, I love the feelings that I get when I can sit down with a loved one and enjoy time together over tea.

This is a cute little tea cozy I redesigned, from an old one I have had for decades, and made here for the shop.  It’s easy to use and cute to look at.  Kind of goes along with that wonderful Tea culture. 🙂  Come on and ask for your free copy of the pattern.  We’ll even make you a cup of tea if you like 🙂



Giant Pin Cushion/Gadget Caddy

I’m all about gadgets that make life easier and more efficient.  I found this nifty pin cushion on a post on FB and down loaded the free pattern.  I really liked the idea.  I decided that we needed to make one for the Cottage to share with everyone.  (not to mention corralling all the  tools scattered around the sewing table)  Ann and I both worked on it.  She took all the Fossil Fern scraps left over from a display quilt we made and did all the patchwork piecing and put it together.  Then I finished it with the stuffing.  But I added a couple of additions to the original pattern.  I wanted to use the ground walnut shells some how at the top because they sharpen the pins.  I made a pouch the same size as the top of the pin cushion and filled it with the crushed walnut shells.  Then I turned the pin cushion upside down and put the shell pouch right in next to the top surface.  Then I filled it as tightly as I could with poly fill.   As I was stuffing it tightly, it occurred to me that it’s going to be very top heavy and flip over with the ground walnut shells weight at the top.  Hmmmmm……..that’s not going to work…… IDEA…..  I made another pouch just like the ground walnut shell pouch and filled it with rice.  BINGO !!  Ballast !!  We have achieved equilibrium 🙂    It’s great, a little bit heavy, but it stays put where ever you need it.  Very handy.  Another free pattern to share, just ask for it.




Aprons, Aprons, and More Aprons

Aprons are a big deal today.  I love it !!

I love Aprons,  I wear Aprons,  I make Aprons, and have done so for decades.  They are a fun thing to do with fabrics.  I have a bunch of different kind of Apron patterns at the Cottage too.

A while back, one of the fabric reps came in with their samples to show.  One fabric manufacture was printing the entire “Apron”, everything you need, the Apron, the ties and the pockets, all on one panel of fabric.   All you have to do is cut around the lines and sew it up.  It’s a great quick gift idea too.  We got 2 different ones;

“Wine A Little…You’ll Feel Better” and “Le Petit Bistro”.

Here is one of the “Le Petit BistroAprons all made up.   I like my Aprons lined, it gives them body and substance.  The pockets and ties don’t seem to tear out as easily over time with a lining.  (Plus I just like the nice finished edge)  I  lined it with unbleached muslin.  Just laid the panel on the muslin and cut them both out at the same time.  I basted the straps in place,  put right sides together and sewed them “envelope” style, leaving a small opening at the bottom for turning.  Turned it right side out and pressed.  I sewed the pocket on through all thicknesses and top stitch around the entire edge, closing up the opening for turning at the bottom. Then I top stitched on the black boarder line to make it look like it was sewn on. (just a little visual trick)  It took me a bit longer to do it this way, but it was worth it.  It turned out so nice.  And look how cute this print is !! 🙂  Make one for the coffee lover in your life. (maybe that’s you)

A panel apron - Everything you need printed on the fabric.  Cool idea !!

Or maybe you are more of a “Wine A Little……….” person or know someone this would be perfect for.  They are fun, quick and easy to do.  Again I lined it with muslin.  I added a button and button holes on both of these Aprons.  I also did a decorative stitch around the edge to give it a little extra finish.  This panel comes with two pockets printed on it.  But the design on the Apron itself was too beautiful to cover up with big pockets.  So I made pot holders out of the pockets and used a coordinating fabric from the same collection to make a smaller pocket on the side. (I’m a directions rebel, I always deviate from the instructions)


When I was about to open the Cottage, I ask several ladies in our community to help me out by making “samples” to display in the shop.  They were all eager to help and did a fabulous job.  I gave the Apron task to Cecilia Albus.  She is an avid Apron maker and has done many, many Aprons.  I gave her the fabric and left the rest up to her.  She not only made this cute garden theme Apron, (it’s reversible), she went on to make many more for the Cottage and my family.  Talk about above and beyond the call.  She is such a fabulous lady.


Here is a “Blast from the Past”  50’s era Apron with a modern twist.  I love this one !  The fabric is the “Fruit Ladies” collection and it gets lots of attention and laughs.  Hey, if we can’t laugh at ourselves……………. Thanks Cecilia for brightening our day.


And yet another beautiful and fun Apron from Cecilia.  She made this one for my cat lover granddaughter to wear while she helps me out at the Cottage.  It too is reversible and my granddaughter absolutely loved it.  Tooooooooo cute for words.  This is the heart side.


 This is the Cat side, her favorite.



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