Monday, January 17, 2022

Sally's Creative Recommendations: January Takeover

Hi, this is Sally here to take over as Darlene isn't listening to me.  She is busy free-motion/rulerwork quilting on her King size Nine Sisters quilt.  Hard to see her sewing on her Babylock Solaris 2, behind a bundle of quilt bunched up on her table.  But from time to time she pops her head up and smiles!  I think she'll share something with you soon.  

As I've been trying to get Darlene to create one of my ideas for Valentine's Day and not seeing any signs she is interested, I thought I'd share some of them with you today.  But first, don't ignore that you can make Valentine's Day special with very simple forms of creativity.  

Here are just a few of my ideas:

All Women Stalk has fun ideas for Heart shaped food.

The Jolly Jabber (Fat Quarter Shop) has a free pattern to make an adorable Heart quilt, as well as a Heart cross stitch design.

Sew Very Crafty has a tutorial to make a sweet Heart Shaped Pot Holder.  Wouldn't this be fun in cheerful Valentine's fabrics?

We All Sew, by Bernina has a tutorial showing you how to stitch a heart coaster.

Also, We All Sew, by Bernina has a tutorial to make an adorable scrappy Valentine Mug Rug.

The Exploding Hearts quilt, designed by Slice of Pi Quilts, would make a wonderful gift for Valentine's Day.  But you may want to make more than one, so you can keep one for yourself!

Geta's Quilting Studio has a free pattern to make a heart placemat and coaster set.

Simply Sweet Mats, by Shabby Fabrics is adorable.  I confess I'd love to dine on heart shaped nuts (or any nut) on top of this mat.  I'll drop another hint for Darlene to  make it for me!

Leah Day has a class where you can learn/improve your freemotion quilting skills and make a stunning whole cloth quilt with beautiful hearts and feathers.  I signed Darlene up for this class several years ago and she loved the class, as well as the whole cloth quilt she made during the online workshop!

Amy at the Polka Dot Chair has a tutorial to make a fabric envelope perfect to hold a card, note and/or some treats to give to a special someone.

So Fontsy has a fun tutorial to create Wire Wrapped Words which would make a great gift, as well as decoration.  Consider doing a spin off of this theme applied to quilting!

For those who love machine embroidery:

 San Francisco Stitch Company has a lovely design for a mug rug or postcard:

Kreative Kiwi has a free ITH Heart Coaster.  I inspired Darlene to make these and she had a blast making them for gifts, as well as for our home!

Kreative Kiwi also has a sweet ITH bear and sleeping bag design that is FREE!    I inspired Darlene to make these for Valentine's gifts several years ago and I hope she will make them again this year (for gifts to our neighbor's children).

Lastly, I want to let you know about a fun and free event.  AccuQuilt is hosting a Slumber Party, Tuesday, January  18th - 12pm - 1pm CST.  It is free to attend and Shannon Fabrics is a sponsor, so there will be some super comfy door prize giveaways too!  Click here to sign up!

Thanks for popping by today.  I hope you like the creative ideas I shared with you today.  I have loads more and can come up with creative ideas faster than I can eat free peanuts, so I'm always delighted to share some of my ideas with you.  I really don't understand why Darlene doesn't create something for every idea I give her!

2 comments: said...

Oh Sally! You have wonderful ideas! I'm sure Darlene has been thinking about how to incorporate Valentine projects into her schedule while she's quilting her Nine Sisters quilt. Gertie would tell you to keep up having ideas and making plans!

Carol Andrews said...

Thank you Sally for all of your wonderful Valentines suggestions. I’m sure Darlene will share some extra nuts with you when she surfaces from working on that king size quilt! I’m looking forward to seeing the fun Darlene has been having with her new Solaris. Samantha has been keeping me busy with so many of her great ideas too!