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improv slab quilt

I was recently commissioned to make a quilt for a family member, with the only parameters being that it needed to fit on a twin bed and should feature light blue fabrics.

Using the slab technique from Sunday Morning Quilts, I constructed blocks from light blue and aqua fabrics, including vintage prints and men's dress shirts. To keep the quilt from becoming too busy, I alternated the improv blocks...
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{Pretty carnations from the grocery store.}
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2011 calendars: rosettes

So for the third calendar panel (here's one and here's two), I decided to keep things simple. I tacked down some grosgrain ribbon in the top left corner and hand-stitched three turquoise rosettes to the panel that I had made as potential wedding accessories back in 2009, but had never used. I finished the calendar by backing it with this fabric.
The calendar is simple, and came together the quickest of the three, but I love how it turned out. Now I just need to finish the fourth calendar panel which is for our house, which is currently sitting on my workbench, untouched...
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wedding project: boutonnieres

First of all, thank you to Rachel for featuring my wedding quilt on the Craft blog on Tuesday! I'm so flattered! Also, thank you to everyone for their lovely comments, and welcome new followers!
Since a lot of the projects that I've been working on and photographing this week are for swaps (and I don't want to spoil the surprise for my swap partners!), I thought that I'd share another wedding-related craft project with you.
While planning our wedding (aka reading an insane number of wedding blogs), I came across these button blossoms on Martha Stewart Weddings and immediately fell in love with them. I made boutonnieres inspired by Martha's project for my husband and our justice of the peace to wear at our wedding.

I used fabric-covered buttons (this was my first time working with them) and flowers made from ribbon as my "blooms." The leaves were made with fusible interfacing and scrap fabric.

 Photo by Teresa Munisteri 
I really enjoy working with coverable buttons (as seen here) and have plans for cross-stitch pin-back buttons in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
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DIY fabric flowers

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I really love fabric and felt flowers--both making them and wearing them. In December, I used this tutorial by Heart of Light to make myself a ruffly headband from a black grosgrain ribbon and cream lining fabric.
(Can I just say that it is ridiculously hard to take a picture of your own head? This is just one of many, many photos--most of which were of the wall behind me.)
Here are the two flower-related projects I'd like to try next:

Rose Barrettes from Molly's Sketchbook at The Purl Bee

Know of any other good fabric flower tutorials? Send them my way!
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