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Quilted Sea Turtle Pillow — July 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow — original design and copyright Tracy Lee Chapman
and SewThankful Inc./SewThankful.com, July 2017.  All rights reserved.

This is the Scrappy Sea Turtle Pillow I designed and made as a gift for a very dear friend. She listens without being judgmental, she encourages without being critical, but she also tells it like it is. She is the best kind of friend and she’s made a wonderful difference in my life so I wanted her to have something special to know that she’s important and cared for.  She adores Sea Turtles–and purple & blue are her favorite colors.

At first I was going to make this as a wall hanging. Then I decided to make it into a pillow instead so my friend can display it easily wherever she wants and it’s hug-able. Making the quilted turtle as a pillow sham (with a custom shredded gel-foam pillow insert) also keeps the quilted turtle sham easy to wash and dry.

This is my own original design, entirely from scratch. Where did I get the turtle image? I looked at many sea turtle images and sketched my own. Then I challenged myself to use only fabrics, threads and items from my own personal stash–no buying anything new.

First the turtle was outlined with a hand sewn big stitch using rayon perle from my personal stash.

I used raw edge fusible applique (using Sew Lazy Fusi-Bond http://www.sewthankful.com/Sew_Lazy_Fusi_Bond_Lite_Sew_Lazy_SLG101.html) to place the pieces of the turtle body & shell.

Microquilter Thread

 

Each piece is freemotion quilted using Superior Microquilter thread (http://www.sewthankful.com/superior-sewing-threads-microquilter.html).

Rainbows Thread

Then I added wavy quilting lines (to give the feel of water) using Superior Rainbows Thread (I used #831 Mediterranean – http://www.sewthankful.com/Superior-Thread-Rainbows.html ).

 

The scrappy binding was made from random small scraps of fabric used to make the turtle.

The finished dimensions of the pillow are approximately 27 inches x 20 inches.

I love how this sea turtle turned out. Even better, my friend was thrilled and loves it too.
Yes, a pattern is being developed…stay tuned.

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Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade!

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

With 2015, comes exciting changes to SewThankful!  I’m so excited to tell you that I have changed the name of the SewThankful eNews to Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade.

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Although, to be honest…I may occasionally refer to it as the “eNews” for short.  Just because I take shortcuts sometimes.  I’m spicy like that.

In case you haven’t guessed already, I am Pepper.  My name is  Tracy Chapman and I will turn 50 years old in May 2015 (could there be a reference to HotFLASH here? hmm…). “Pepper” has been my unofficial (family) nick name for several years. This is the BEST time of my life and the name change reflects my decision for forward progress (emphasizing FUN) in this amazing adventure we call life.

Why is Pepper my nickname?  Well, mainly because I love just about everything about peppers…the colors, the shapes, the flavors, all the different varieties.  AND because their colors, shapes and flavors can all change (either subtly or dramatically as they grow).  They can be sweet, spicy or flaming hot.  They can be purple or yellow or green or orange or red (and many colors in between, including mult-color). They can be slender or plump…oh my!  Just like me.

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What’s the HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade all about? 

The HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade is the email “publication” in which I am your friendly guide to fresh, new ideas (some golden oldies too), new products, and HOT SAVINGS on sewing/quilting products, patterns & threads at SewThankful.  Of course, it will be thoroughly seasoned with inspiration, encouragement and occasional views of ever sew spicy New Mexico, the SewThankful Crew and my Tumbleweed Adventures.

Are you a subscriber? (Why not? It’s FREE and you may easily unsub yourself at any time).

If you are already subscribed to the SewThankful eNews, you don’t need to do anything, your subscription settings remain the same through the name change.

If you are not already subscribed, there are two super easy ways to subscribe now:

(1) On your cell phone, simply Text the word    SEWTHANKFUL
to 22828 and you’ll be added to our weekly email list. This option is currently only available to USA subscribers.

(2) Visit this page: http://www.sewthankful.com/SewThankfuleNewsSignUp.html to choose the list you want to join.

Thanks so much for reading today.  I hope you’ll join the parade!  It’s all about living a good life that is flavor-FULL and FUN!

CHILE

 

My Blue Jean Christmas Tree Ornament 2013 from Sew TracyLee Designs

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
December 2013 Ornament Sewing Pattern

December 2013 Ornament Sewing Pattern

This PDF file requires a RECENT version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for FREE at Adobe.com

I thought I had posted this pattern on our blog last year after I sent it out in our FREE eNews, but apparently not.  🙂 Holiday haze, I guess.

These are very quick and cute and make excellent use of small denim pieces!  They look great on the tree (or decorating a package) and as always, because they are fabric they don’t BREAK.   They look great embroidered, beaded and blinged out! Use your imagination to make truly customized ornaments. AND…if you’ve got colored denim scraps laying around…YES…that works beautifully too!

Here is the link to the PDF pattern/instructions.

Here is the link to the PDF pattern/pieces.

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2013. All rights reserved.

Permission to print and distribute this complimentary pattern at no charge to others, for personal or NON-PROFIT use, for guild and group projects is granted provided all copyright information and references to Sew Thankful are kept in tact one each and every pattern copy printed/distributed.

Permission is also granted to individual crafters making small quantities of finished items to sell at their own individual craft fairs, boutiques, etc.

For any other use, please contact tracy@sewthankful.com to obtain the appropriate permission and/or licensing.

Tracy L. Chapman, Sew TracyLee Designs & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project. Each person using this project is responsible for their own risk and results will be determined by many factors including tools and materials used, and individual skill level. No guarantees or warranties are either expressed or implied.

SEW THANKFUL and the SEW THANKFUL logo are a federally registered Trademark/Service Mark of Sew Thankful Inc.

Back to designing…Sew Sharky!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Sew…this is the prototype for my new downloadable sewing pattern design (coming VERY SOON to SewThankful.com).

Sew Sharky! is a shark hot pad with a pocket mouth for your hand to wear him like a mitt.  He will look awesome sitting on your table, waiting for a hot pot of food to rest upon him…or, hanging on the wall of your kitchen.

Sew Sharky is a Sew TracyLee original design!

I’ve got just a couple minor tweaks to make (mostly in the instruction/editing process), but I like him quite a lot. What do you think?

A dear friend from Jr. High School was my inspiration.  She loves sharks.  LOL.  This one will be a great one for any shark/ocean lover in your life.

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Sew BikeChic™ — Sewing a Recycle/Upcycle Bike Tube Coin Purse

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Today I spent the day playing with rubber…rubber bicycle tubes that I recycle into usable items.

So I decided to try making a cute little zippered coin purse that is fully lined. I used my I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern as a guide for determining size and basic construction (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).

Here is what I came up with:

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse -- fully lined

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse — fully lined

Here’s a peek inside:

Inside the coin purse

Inside the coin purse…see, fully lined! 🙂

 

Working with recycled rubber–especially recycled bicycle tubes–presents a number of challenges.  One must collect it, clean it (many bicycle tubes are filled with SLIME™ or other sealants), cut & prepare it (it curls, stretches and bulges in places due to the circular shape of the tube) and you need to know how to sew it.

Sewing rubber can be tricky in a number of ways.  For example, once the needle goes in, there WILL be a hole (that will be seen if you have to remove stitching).  Additionally, the rubber likes to “grip” and stick to many sewing machine beds as well as the presser foot.

I find it extremely worthwhile to make the effort in order to keep the tubes out of landfills.  It’s especially rewarding to turn toxic trash into an attractive, functional item that is super durable and FUN to carry.   🙂

If you like the style of this coin purse and would like to make one for yourself out of fabric, you may be interested to learn more about the I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern by clicking here (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).