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Project Life – Quilting Version

A month or two ago I finally finished a quilt that I made with the purpose of donating it.  When it came time to hand it over, I was hesitant.  I worked hard on it!  I loved it and wanted to remember it.  This sparked an idea for me.  I need to make a book of quilts and things I make so that I can always remember them, especially the ones that I give away.  Enter –>  PROJECT LIFE!  (Why did it take so long for me to think of this?)

Holly Project Life

I have used project life in the paper form, then the digital form, and now my favorite is the Project Life App.  Everything I need is in my hand.  Super easy.  My new goal is to have an album dedicated to my quilts and other projects that I make.  This way, I will always remember them and love them, but still be able to give some away.  I’ve got a good start.  Here are my first four pages, which were all given to others!  Don’t worry, I have tons of quilts I have kept, those scrapbook pages are coming next.

Natalie's Baby QuiltGrandpa Anderson's SheepBig Block Quilt Mini Dwell Pillow

My prints, album, and plastics have all been ordered and I can’t wait to have them in a book.  I know I will enjoy seeing all my projects in one place, but I also hope this will remind my kids of my love for making things and giving to others.

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Candy Bar Bouquet

My cute neighbors recently got married. I collected a good amount of donations from all the other neighbors to give the happy couple a gift. What I decided to give them was a candy bar bouquet filled with other good things like gift cards and cash.  It was so easy to make and my neighbors loved the gift!  This really would make a great wedding gift, teacher gift, birthday gift, or a gift for any other holiday too.

Bouquet

 

Teacher-Gift

Here is what you need to put this gift together:

  • vase or bucket
  • kabob sticks
  • tape
  • tissue paper
  • foam block
  • treats
  • gift cards
  • cash
  • ribbon
  • card

Wedding-Gift

First, take your foam block and put the tissue around it.  I tried to make it so that the tissue was taller in the back, shorter in the front.

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Then, tape all your goodies onto sticks.  I used kabob sticks and some shorter caramel apple sticks.  It was nice to have 2 different heights to work with.  We also taped some candy as high as we could on the stick and some lower on the stick.  This helped give us a variety of height as well.

Candy Bar

Arrange all your goodies like a bouquet of flowers.  I started with the m&m’s in the middle and then added things behind them and in front of them.  I also tried to keep it symmetrical.  Finish it off with a ribbon around the vase and a card.

This bouquet contains $140 in gift cards and $80 in cash, plus the treats, but this would be so easy to make bigger or smaller.   Bigger – more candy, bigger vase, more gift cards, more money.  Smaller – less candy, smaller vase or bucket, less gift cards, less cash.  You can adjust this to any size that would work perfect for you and your budget.

You might also enjoy our Candy Bar Letter ideas.

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Quilt Backing Ideas

My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing.  No more plain boring backs on your quilts!  Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider.

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This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Buying 4-5 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt can add up fast.  Here are some ideas of how you can piece your quilt backing to use up scraps and not have to buy more fabric.  Let start with the traditional way to piece the backing fabric of your quilt.  Using fabric that is purchased 42-44 inches wide, these are your options:

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Using the same fabric for the whole back, you would need anywhere from 3.5 to 5 yards (or even more!) depending on the size of your quilt.   To  create a fun pieced back to your quilt, I just buy one length of fabric (the length of your quilt, approx. 2 yards) and then use scraps to fill in the rest of the needed width.  Here are a few ideas of how to do this:

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Now that I’ve got you thinking, I thought you could come up with some of your own ideas.  Here is a blank sheet of pretend little quilts for you to doodle on and come up with your own backing patterns.

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Download Quilt Backing Planner Printable

I have a few more quilts in the works with fun backings on them, I can’t wait to show your more!

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