Keep It Green” art is a fun and whimsical way to show your love of the earth and in protecting it. The elements of earth are incorporated into this art, with the sky, stars, seas, and forests all represented in borders that surround the earth. A small blue whale adds a charming touch to the seas. The image is available on products in my Zazzle store.
The products available include the apron above (aprons aren’t just for cooking but can be used for crafts and gardening as well). Other items include tees and other clothing, totes, stationery items, stamps, and much more. There’s even a dog sweater so that your dog can match what you wear as well as help get the message out to Keep it Green!
Trendy and flirty aprons are so much fun to wear and are so easy to sew. I designed and sewed this reversible apron that was featured in the June issue of Quilter’s World. This one is unique in that it is reversible so it gives two distinct looks with one apron. And for an extra detail, the bodice is quilted.
I chose my favorite colors when creating these aprons, purple and green (with a touch of turquoise) for one side and turquoise and purple for the 2nd side. The fabric is from Quilting Treasures. The pattern is the same for each apron side, however, I created 2 different looks by changing the bottom edges. One edge is a straight border design while the other apron has a bottom edge with ziz zag design.
I hope you enjoy the hot weather by staying inside and sewing. Aprons are easy to sew and a great way to show off your sewing skills!
Cooking and entertaining goes with the holidays, so I designed and sewed this Christmas apron for a festive addition to kitchen chores.
The first step was to hit my fabric stash to find red and green fabrics. I found the perfect combination of red, green and red and white stripe fabrics. I created a simple pattern that can be made in less than 2 hours and is easy enough for a beginner at sewing. The ties are long enough that you can tie in the front for a fresh look. This pattern and other apron patterns can be found in Craftsy Vibrant Quilts.
I would love to see pictures of aprons you make using this pattern. Enjoy and have a fun Christmas as you whiz through the kitchen wearing your new apron!
I am showing 2 aprons in different color combinations with different accent embellishments. Both aprons are accented with large dog block pockets on the top part of the apron. One apron has an additional small pocket and the other is appliqued with a bird and dog bones. The aprons are easy to make and can be completed in 2-3 hours tops.
The fabrics that the aprons are made with are the Its a Dog’s Life collection that I designed for Quilting Treasures by Cranston Printworks.
I just love aprons and am delighted that they are so popular. I remember when my grandmother and aunts wore aprons daily and seeing all the aprons now brings back wonderful fond memories.
For products to coordinate with “It’s A Dog’s Life fabrics, please visit my Zazzle store.
I hope you enjoy the patterns and sew away. I would love to see a picture of your finished apron.
I taped two segments for the Martha Pullen’s Sewing Room yesterday for the Warm Company ( they make the fabulous batting and fusible web that I use in all my quilting and applique projects). The taping was exciting and Martha is such a warm and nice person. Well, not just her, everyone who works for her is the same way, so it was a very enjoyable day. Of course, I carried my camera and took photos during the day. The project featured on one segment was a quilt, which I made using the fabrics that I designed, “Its a Dog’s Life” for Quilting Treasures on which I demonstrated a stipple quilting technique. Martha’s assistants, who are great at setting up the sets, are arranging the quilt.
For the second segment, I designed this apron shown here with Martha. It also is made with “Its a Dog’s Life” fabrics and features applique. The fuchsia fabric used for the main part of the apron features dog bones, so I appliqued dog bones around the bottom. Since the block and yellow fabric also feature birds, I appliqued a bird at the top above the pocket. I know I’m short, but standing next to the apron which was raised for viewing by the camera, I look even shorter.
The segments will be shown this fall and winter (2009-2010), so please watch for it on your local stations. I am working up instructions for the quilt and apron and will post the free patterns here shortly.
OK all you apron lovers – check out this book “The Best Apron Book Ever“. ! I received a copy which has an apron that I designed featured in it. In fact, it made the cover! The book, filled with 12 wonderful apron patterns, is published by The House of White Birches. Aprons are so fashionable and so easy and fun to make! Check back as I have a free apron pattern coming up that I think you will love!
I can’t believe that May is just about here. I’ve had my design hat on the past several months and I think being totally focused on work makes time fly by even faster. I’ve read that when you are in your “right brain” mode, you are unaware of practical things like time.
I just received a copy ot the May/June issue of Today’s Creataive Home Artsmagazine which contained some of the fruits of my labor. A collection of kitchen sewing and quilting items are featured in the magazine using the Meow Meow cat fabrics that I designed for Quilting Treasures.
The projects are an apron, quilted potholder, quilted placemat, quilted chairback and cafe curtains with full instructions for each. Also, a cat carrier is featured as a bonus design that can be downloaded from the Home Arts website – kitty not included. Ok, I know I have focused on this fabric lately, but I’m going to the dogs shortly with my newest fabric collection.
I was fortunate to have 3 designs published in a new book, Sew Special Fat Quarter Gifts published by House of White Birches. As the title suggests, all projects in the book were made with fat quarters (fabric cuts that a fat 1/4 yard).
My projects were varied in style, an apron, decorative towels and a Christmas quilted table runner.
The apron is made in a patchwork style with black and white fabrics. I just love how popular aprons are and all the different styles.
I designed the decorative hand towels using embellishments of beads, rick rack, and applique.
The quilted Christmas table runner is decorated with appliqued poinsettias and bead trim.
Are you feeling a little catty? I just finished this easy-to-make and fun-to-wear apron using the Meow Meow cat fabric collection that I designed for Quilting Treasures. This free pattern is for you to use and enjoy.
I’ve also given instructions on how you can adjust the size of the apron pattern. Sewing the apron is so easy, you can sew it then wear it in a couple of hours. If you want to purchase any of the Meow Meow cat fabrics, check out these links for online stores. Click for a link to download the insructions.
Enjoy and I would love to see what you make!
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