Have you been spending too much time in your garden lately? I know I have, which is why I was over joyed to find this blog from Vickie! You can find her website at http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/. It is filled with other fabulous ideas, and luckily I was able to round up this one! Vickie walks us through making decorative quilted carrots. It won’t take too much work and it’s a great chance to get rid of some of your awkwardly colored orange scraps, I know we all have them! These carrots will be the addition to my Easter display.
Quilted Fabric Carrots
I have been totally wanting to make some more Eastery decor items.
Supplies for 1 carrot:
Batting scrap atleast 20″ X 8.5″
Orange fabric atleast 20″ X 8.5″
Green fabric atleast 6″ X 12″
Creative Grid 60 Triangle Ruler
Polyfil sewing needle
layer the batting and the orange fabric together and quilt a random pattern of “almost” straight lines.
take your Creative Grid Ruler and line it up with the—- side of the quilted fabric and cut out a triangle.
pin the edge and sew.
then turn right side out and flatten.
square ruler….trim off the excess ‘ear’
stuff the carrot with polyfil.
Using a double stranded thread gather the open edge of the carrot and pull opening closed.
Finish with a double knot.
I made several carrots.
I was able to gather this nearly closed,
the leafy fringe will cover this up.
In addition, I made 4 types of green leaves.
First I used Make Life fabric 6″ X 12″ and batting.
Layered them and stitched lines as shown across the bottom.
Trim about 1/4 inch from the sewn lines.
Then cut down in between the lines to form the leaves.
Roll up the leaves and sewn to the top of the carrot.
The result is a basket of fabric carrots, super fun Eastery decor.
I was really pleased that I was able to use only my stash for this project.
I hope you are inspired to create some carrots for your Easter decor.
Quilt A Difference
With our Quilt A Difference Facebook campaign about to launch I began scouring the internet for ideas. Quilt-EZ’s campaign is all about finding people who are making quilts for a good cause, whether it be to donate to a charity, or give to a young child in need, these are the things we want to hear about! We want to take stories like these and feature them on our Facebook page. This will give us the opportunity to brag about all the good things happening around us. With that in mind I began looking for something that we could do to make a difference here at Quilt-EZ. That’s when I stumble upon Quilts For Kids. Quilts For Kids was founded by Linda Arye with the mission of “Transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.” This charity did more than just catch my eye, it made me want to get involved! There are numerous ways to donate or help the charity, one of them being its quilting kits. For only the cost of shipping you will be sent an all-inclusive quilting kit so that you can make a quilt for a child in need. That’s all it took for me to become ecstatic, and I immediately ordered two; they should be here within 10-14 days. I can’t wait to tell you all about it as soon as they arrive in the mail. If you are interested in ordering one, or would like to get involved in other ways visit quiltsforkids.org.