If you’ve ever planned a dinner party or hosted Thanksgiving, you know the to-do list leading up to the big event can sometimes feel never ending. A handmade touch to any dinner party is a must and when time is of the essence, an easy DIY project is key. Luckily, Brittany Lloyd of Lo & Behold Stitchery is stopping by the blog to share one of her easy placemat tutorials– make a complete set in under an hour! Keep reading to see how easy it really is.
The holidays can mean something different for everyone but one thing can be said for all of us: ‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you’re attending them as a guest or taking on the task of playing hostess, the holidays give us the opportunity to bring out our best table linens and dinnerware. For those with a handmade holiday in mind, today’s DIY tutorial will be just the homemade touch you need for your already festive tablescape. Local quilter Brittany Lloyd of Lo & Behold Stitchery is sharing an easy quilted placemat that will impress your guests or make the perfect hostess gift.
Keep reading to see Brittany’s full tutorial and don’t miss Brittany’s beginner placemat tutorial— just incase quilting isn’t your thing!
This week, we’re beyond excited to introduce maker Elisabeth Wing, creator of Wingmade based out of Gilbert, AZ. Elisabeth’s life and creative passion is the heart of family, and as such her specialty is custom family portrait illustration. Her love of product design and sewing means that Elisabeth also turns her illustrations into colorful soft goods such as quilts, wall hangings, pillows and just about anything else she and her customers dream up together. We’re big fans of Wingmade here at Spoonflower and in fact, at least three team members have commissioned family portraits from Elisabeth because they truly are a beautiful and sentimental gift to cherish. Read below to find out what inspires Elisabeth and marvel at her stunning family-focused creations.
My day starts with…
“Pretending that I’m still asleep for 10 minutes while checking my inbox and news. I usually try to curl up with my 3-year-old and listen to her musings for a few minutes before overseeing breakfast while my boys ‘make their own lunches’ for the day. Morning sounds consist of the Vitamix spinning, my boys practicing piano and me reminding kids to put on sunscreen.”
We’re thrilled to announce our winner is Heleen van Buul! Her design bird family tree was voted tops by our community. Heleen will receive a $300 cash prize from StoryPatches and a licensing contract to create a line of quilt labels plus $300 Spoonflower credit and a press release. All other entrants in the top 10 receive $100 in Spoonflower credit. Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement of the July Design Challenge!
We're teaming up with our friends at StoryPatches to bring you June's Design Challenge: Family Tree Coordinates! This Challenge seeks 4 coordinating designs that celebrate family, in all of its forms. No need to attach a story of any kind or create a quilt label, just submit four designs formatted in a one-yard sized file, that all go together and symbolize family to you. The winning coordinate designs will be licensed for an exclusive set of StoryPatches labels!
Not sure how your designs will look as StoryPatches labels? The possibilities are endless! The winning designer will work with the team at StoryPatches to create an exclusive set of quilt labels adapted from their Family Tree Coordinates – the perfect complement to any handmade project created with the winning designs!
Not sure how to design coordinates? Check out this blog post where our friend Bonnie Christine shows us just how easy it can be.
Need help with design layout? Download our coordinate template and instructions.
Still can't get your head around this challenge? Check out one of our previous "coordinate" design challenge winners.
Here's an example of four coordinating designs in the layout we're looking for for this Design Challenge:
An example of four coordinating designs, formatted to fit on one yard. All designs are by Bonnie Christine, and are not related to the theme of this Design Challenge
Prizes: Winner receives $300 cash prize from StoryPatches and a licensing contract to create a line of quilt labels, $300 Spoonflower credit + a press release. All remaining entrants in the top 10 to receive $100 in Spoonflower credit.
Click below to read more details about the Design Challenge timeline and official rules, as well as how you can be entered into a giveaway!
The next step is to place the patchwork blocks into your design. Open the file you worked on last week where you have prepared with the background and border.
Illustrator: Choose File -> Place. Choose one of the patchwork blocks saved on your hard drive and click Place.
Photoshop: Choose File -> Place Embedded. Choose one of the patchwork blocks saved on your hard drive and click Place.
This is the step where the rulers and grid will be very helpful. I centered the patchwork blocks in the design and left 2 inch borders between them. Click and drag the first patchwork block so that the top left corner of the block is at 8 inches (right) and 5 inches (down) from the corner of the design. [Read more…] about Cheater Quilt Lesson Four: Placing the Blocks
It is time to put together the patchwork squares! We are going to use the collage tool at PicMonkey to create our patchwork blocks. [Read more…] about Cheater Quilt Lesson Two: Assembling your color collages
Join us for a three week series with Becka Rahn, co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, on learning how to transform your favorite photos into the perfect memory quilt. Each week, starting Tuesday, November 17th, we will share a lesson or two on the blog with instructions on how to execute a bite-size piece of the project. We used Instagram photos and a polychrome theme, but you can use any special photos and color palette. Share your progress using hashtag #SpoonChallenge along the way using the social media platform of your choice! [Read more…] about How to Create a Photo Cheater Quilt
Join us for a three week series with Becka Rahn, co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, on learning how to transform your favorite photos into the perfect memory quilt. Each week, starting Tuesday, November 17th, we will share a lesson or two on the blog with instructions on how to execute a bite-size piece of the project. We used Instagram photos and a polychrome theme, but you can use any special photos and color palette. Share your progress using hashtag #SpoonChallenge along the way using the social media platform of your choice!