Thursday, October 3, 2013

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My Musical Christmas Wreath has been published in this FREE ebook by AllFreeChristmasCrafts! Go get your copy now and spruce up every door and wall in your house with a wreath. Or at least, make my version. :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cookie-Monster-Cupcakes source: http://www.withourbest.com
I keep seeing these on Pinterest again and again. They are stinking cute! Yesterday, my girls and I decided it was high time we make some ourselves.



It was a lot of fun making silly faces, then eating them!
 

I packaged up a bunch of them with a cute little note to give to some of the children in our Primary. They were a BIG HIT!

But while we are on the subject...


I can help but laugh hysterically at this attempt!! I am glad ours turned out a bit better.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Printable

Inspired by THIS image I saw on Pinterest, I created this free printable for you to use. Enjoy!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Smashing Cakes

 I have a new obsession...




 Making darling little 6" and 4" cakes!



These were made for little one year old birthday cake smash photo sessions. It's fun to see these cakes enjoyed by such darling little girls. 

Check out these additional photos by my friend over at ModernExpressionsPhotoBlog.



 I live in Utah, and yesterday was our state holiday, Pioneer Day. To celebrate, I made a little 6" beehive cake since Utah is the "Beehive State". It turned out so cute! 

Then I added some beehive cupcakes to go with it.


The little bees are made from fondant that I placed on toothpicks.

The problem I am having is that there are far more cakes that I am dreaming of making than there opportunities to make them. 

If you live in Utah and are interested in purchasing a cake from me, please email me at Deborah.Purplepinwheel@gmail.com

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Eye Candy for Independence Day

 I'm a sucker for any quilts with pinwheels or stars. Add the colors red, white and blue and I can't resist!  Check out these fun quilts for some Independence Day sewing inspiration, then come back tomorrow to see my own patriotic sewing projects!











 I don't typically even view quilts from a catalog since they are usually poorly made and quilted, but I love the design of this one!




Have you made any patriotic quilts? Share a link with me, I'd love to see!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Needle Turn Applique Tutorial- Part 2

Last time I showed you how to prepare your fabric shapes for applique using a board covered in sandpaper. I also mentioned that I used applique pins for this. They are teeny tiny. See the comparison in the image below. Applique pins fit in all the little corners so I highly recommend using them for this.

Watch this short video to see how to sew your prepared fabric shape to your base fabric using the needle-turn applique technique.



Next time I will show you how to maneuver outer corners so come back again!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Darn Hole- Needle Turn Applique tutorial, Part 1

 I love crisp white pillowcases, freshly pressed, and I especially like to make them for gifts. This is one of my favorite wedding gifts to give.





 I had just finished sewing up a fresh pillowcase when I noticed a hole!
 


See it? I know, it's tiny, but even a tiny little hole ruins a perfect pillowcase. Normally I like to embroider something fun on the band, but this time I had to do something else to fix this annoying problem.


 My solution? Add some simple circles using needle turn applique to cover the little imperfection.
  To do this, I picked some adorable fabric scraps.


Then, using my circle template, I traced various sizes of circles on the right side of each fabric. I use a foam core board with a peice of sandpaper glued to the top of it to trace on. This is such a helpful tool! It keeps the fibers of the fabric from slipping away from the point of your pencil as you trace, and if you ever try to trace something onto fabric without this, you will understand my frustration here.  I also like to use a mechanical pencil, it just works so well and the lines erase easily if needed.


Cut out each circle adding about 1/4" seam allowance. This does not need to be a precise measurement or cut.
 Then layout circle in a random pattern, overlapping some of them. Pin them in place using applique pins. I use this type of pin since they are so short so they are not in the way of the needle on smaller pieces. ( I actually have silk pins in the picture below, until I noticed I had the wrong kind, then switched them)

 The next step is the hand sewing. I'm saving this part for next time since it can be a bit long to read all at once, though it really is a simple and quick project.

My aunt taught me how to applique using the needle turn method. It was such a relief to see her do it, it really was so simple! I had been trying out many different methods of applique, trying to find another way besides the iron on fusible web and machine stitch. That can be cute, but I wanted to know how to get that clean look of the turned fabric and invisible stitches. I was unhappy with all of the methods I tried until she showed me how to do it this way.

 Come back to see how to finish this project!