A Half Square Triangle Quilt

A Half Square Triangle Quilt | happy together
Another item from my to do pile is all done! I just pulled this half square triangle quilt out of the dryer this afternoon. I tried out a few new techniques to see if I could make creating a quilt a bit easier. I’m all about working smarter and saving time.

Half Square Triangle Quilt Backing | happy together
After doing a more complicated quilt pattern last time, I decided to stick with a half square triangle quilt. Somewhere on the internet I had found a graphic put together for this pattern. There were no sizes or anything, just a graphic for inspiration. I, yet again, just bought a pile of fat quarters (Amy Butler’s Alechemy) and went for it. I started by cutting out a ton of 5 inch squares from the patterned fabric and white fabric. Then I sewed them all together to make half square triangles (one white to one pattern). Then I laid them down until I recreated the pattern I had seen. I added two extra lines on the sides to make the quilt wider though and ended up with a good stack of leftover half square blocks that I can make into a baby quilt.

Quilt using Amy Butler Alchemy Fabric | happy together
I tried out quilt basting spray for the very first time and it helped me immensely with keeping the backing straight while I quilted simple straight lines. I found that I liked only using the spray in a few spots (like the middle and each corner) as opposed to spraying the whole thing. I had a hard time separating the backing from the batting when I sprayed the whole thing, so when I did the top I spotted it and it was much easier to arrange the layers with no wrinkles.

Rounded Corners on a Quilt | happy together
I also did curved corners for the first time because I just struggle with doing the square edges. Sometimes I get the mitered edges to look good, but it’s always a hit or miss. I also like machine sewing the binding because it’s faster and I never can do a good job of that when I do the traditional binding. And guess what? I bought a premade binding to try out as well. I did like this and it saved me time, but I think I will go with the smaller width binding next time. All in all, I’m very happy with the new things I tried and look forward to getting down the way I like to make quilts.

-jess

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French Country Pillow DIY & Win a Trip to Paris!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
I cannot believe that my year of being a Michaels Maker is getting close to the end. This is my next to last project and I get to share with you about how you can win a trip to Paris! We had to create a Parisian inspired project and I created this French Country Pillow. If you create your own Paris inspired project, then you can enter to win that trip to Paris (more details at the end of post).

Easy to make French Country Style Pillow | happy together
This pillow is a really simple diy project that can be done in 30 minutes or so. I found this really pretty linen pillow where the photo frames begin. It was in plastic bag and flattened so it didn’t stand out much. I happened to see it and discovered it was a pillow. I knew it would be perfect to use for a French Country look.

French Country Pillow DIY Supplies | happy together
Here are all the products I used:

French Country Pillow DIY Step 1 | happy together
Begin by taking the pillow out of the packaging. Then remove the pillowcase from the pillow. Place a plastic bag inside the pillowcase to prevent the paint from leaking onto the back side.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 2 | happy together
Position the stencil in the middle of the pillow and tape in place.

French Country Pillow DIY Step 3 | happy together
Squirt some fabric paint onto sponge brush. Dab paint over stencil making sure not to stroke the paint on. If you do strokes, it has a higher chance of getting under the edges of the stencil. This stuff dries really fast, so once you are done, remove the stencil and wash off what you can from it.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Giving the paint a little bit of drying time, make four tassels. I wrapped the yarn around my hand 10 times and cut the yarn.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Then I cut a long piece of yarn and tied it around the yarn making sure it was closer to one end. Then I wrapped the yarn around again and tied two more knots for extra security.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Next cut open the loops on the other end and trim the edges even. Repeat three more times.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together
Take your embroidery thread and needle and pull it through the loops on the top end. Tie the two ends together leaving enough to sew the tassels on with.

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Then sew on a tassel to each corner of the pillow case and trim extra thread off. Embroidery thread holds up better than spool thread so that is why I chose it. And that’s it!

French Country Pillow DIY | happy together Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.

What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

How awesome is that? See all the details here.

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Air Plants in Vintage Metal Springs

Air Plants in Vintage Springs for Decoration | happy together
We all know what a plant person I am by now. I just love them. In fact, yesterday I spent a few hours weeding our flower beds and prepping some garden stuff and it felt so good! Working with plants/nature is one thing that can really help me out when I feel in a funk. It brings me joy. That being said, we found a local garden center that is my new favorite. So far we had only gone to box stores and they are good, but this little locally owned place (Greengate Garden Center)  had so much more! I was super excited to see their variety of succulents and air plants. I bought a burro’s tail and these two air plants.

Air Plant Decor | happy together
I immediately thought of putting the air plants in these vintage metal springs I had seen for sale at my favorite local antique store (La Trouvaille). It turned out to be a perfect fit! I stuck them in our faux fireplace, which I’m working on filling with old books, for these pics.

Air Plants on Kitchen Shelf | happy together
But with two little girls running around, they are living more on a shelf in our kitchen so they can survive. If it was up to me, I bet our house would look like a jungle haha. Have you found a creative way to display your favorite plants?

-jess

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Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
This month’s Michaels Makers Challenge involved us creating a projecting using the new denim craft line at Michaels. I will not lie. I’m not the biggest fan of denim outside of a few wardrobe pieces. This might have been the hardest challenge for me so far! They have some cute products, but I could only think of smaller scale projects. I wanted it to be something I would like and would keep or gift to someone. I was inspired to create these award ribbons from my daughters love of animals. She has a few vintage horse ribbons in her room and I knew she would enjoy these for her stuffed animals or to wear as an accessory herself.

Fabric Award Pin DIY | happy together
They are fairly simple to make and would be cute as a party favor/gift topper too.

Award Ribbon on Fox | happy together Award Ribbon Pin DIY | happy together Supplies for Denim Award Ribbon | happy together
To make your own you will need:

  • Fabric Tape
  • 1.5″ Cover Button Kit
  • Tags
  • Ribbon
  • Other trims as desired
  • Felt
  • Pen/Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins if desired
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
First you will need to trace the button cover on the felt. Cut one piece out for each ribbon.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Use your fabric tape to cover the top of the button cover. Make the design however you like, just make sure there is enough extra on the ends to go to the back.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Push all tape ends to the back.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Snap in the backing of the button.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Use tags to create the ends of the ribbon. Glue on any extra trims you might like.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Glue each bottom piece to each other.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
If you would like to add a ruffle, start by gluing one end of ribbon to edge of felt circle. Fold a little and glue in place.

Fabric Tape Award Ribbons DIY | happy together
Continue doing that until the whole circle is covered.

Back of Award Ribbon Pin DIY | happy together
Then glue on the bottom tags to the back and glue the felt circle on top. Glue on a pin back if  desired. Then you are all done :)

Denim Display at Michaels | happy together
If you are looking for these products you can see all the new denim products only in stores at Michaels. They came out with some interesting things like denim paint. I don’t know that I would ever use it, but I find it pretty awesome they can make a paint look like denim. PS: Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

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Little Hearts Crochet Pattern

Little Hearts Crochet Pattern | happy together Any one else have yarn scraps galore? I do and I am trying to use them up, so I decided to create a little hearts crochet pattern to help in that process. I used all types of yarn and ,as you can see, that effects the size of the heart.

Scrap Busting Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together These are really easy to crank out and can be used to make garlands, use as present toppers, make hair accessories with, and the list goes on. So why not just sit down one day and make a bunch to have on hand for when needed? I do that with various projects and it always comes in handy when I need a quick little gift for something.

Supplies for Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together To make your own little hearts you will need:

  • Yarn (the thinner the yarn the smaller the heart)
  • Crochet Hook (the smaller the hook the smaller the heart; I used a size F)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Printable Pattern here if needed

Terms: ch= chain; sl st = slip stitch; sc= single crochet; dc= double crochet; hdc= half double crochet

Here are the main pattern instructions all together and then below I match them up with the pictures for anyone who would like to see it step by step.

    1. Ch. 4, sl st in 1st ch. to form ring
    2. 7 sc’s in ring, sl st in 1st sc
    3. ch. 3, 2 dc’s in same stitch as sl st from step 2
    4. hdc in next sc.
    5. sc in next sc
    6. sc, ch 3, and sc in next sc
    7. sc in next sc
    8. hdc in next sc
    9. 2 dc in next sc., ch. 3, sl st in same sc as the dc’s
    10. Fasten off and weave loose ends

Tip: You can tighten the center of the heart by pulling on the beginning yarn strand if desired. I recommend doing any time after you have done the 7 sc’s in the ring. That way you have enough room to make those stitches first.

Steps 1 thru 9 Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together 1. Ch 4

2. Sl st in 1st ch to form ring

3. 7 sc’s in ring, sl st in 1st sc

4. Ch 3

5. 2 dc’s in same stitch as sl st from step 3

6. hdc in next sc

7. 1 sc in next 2 sc’s

8. ch 3

9. sc in same sc as in last sc from step 7

Steps 10 thru 15 Heart Crochet Pattern | happy together 10. sc in next sc

11. hdc in next sc

12. 2 dc’s in next sc and ch 3

13. sl st into same sc as in step 12. Fasten off.

14. Use needle to weave in ends.

15. Trim excess yarn.

Crochet Hearts to Make | happy together

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