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Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Easy Quilting Project: Dresden Pillow Tutorial

I love love love pillows – much to my husbands dismay – and I was really excited for the chance to try out a small sewing project that would allow me to add another fun throw pillow to my guest bedroom. Dresden Quilts are beautiful but I am not an experienced quilter so taking on more than one dresden plate seemed more be an ambitious than I could finish in a month. A single pillow ended up being the perfect project for me to stretch my sewing skills and learn some quilting basics. 

The Dimensional Dresden Template from Nancy’s Notions helped me take on this mini project with little to no quilting experience. In addition, this project calls for 2 fat quarters (or 2 yards of contrasting cotton material), a self healing mat, and a rotary cutter. 

I chose to make 8″ pieces so my first step was cutting 8″ wide rectangles of my chosen fabric. After that, cutting out the dresden pieces is easy. Line up your fabric using the markings on the template to determine where you need to cut. If you were making a traditional dresden and wanted to have scalloped edges after the pieces are cut you would use the yellow markings inside the template to line up the top section and mark out the curved cut. 

My pattern required six of each fabric. Once everything was cut out, we pinned the pieces together with the wrong sides facing. 

Next step is sewing the seams together. After pinning this should be fairly easy to do, just make sure to remove the pins as you go. 

After all the edges are sewn, you should have a circle with a hole in the middle. There are a few ways to fill in the center, but I decided to use a round circle of fabric.

Cut a circle from a piece of cardboard to use as a template and using a needle and thread, sew a wide running stitch around the outside edge. This is called basting. 

Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, hold the opposite end of the string and pull tightly. This will bring your circle edges up around the cardboard. Use an iron to press the edges down and remove the cardboard. You should now be able to see where the edge is to sew a circle around the center with your machine. Pin it to your larger pieced circle and sew down. 

Use an iron to press all your seams flat. This shows the shape of the pattern and makes it a lot easier to work with. 

Using a jelly roll cut of fabric, pin a contrasting color all around the outside of your pattern. Jelly Rolls are pre-cut 2.5″ strips. You could also cut your own but starting with something precut makes things easier. This will be the edge of your pillow. Sew around the outside edge and use your pattern as a template to cut a circle of fabric to be the backside of your pillow. 

You could create two dresden patterns instead but I figured only one side would be displayed at a time. 

Face the right side of the back fabric to the right side of the pattern and use your machine to sew around the edge. Leave 3-4 inches open at the end so you can fill the pillow. 

Use a needle and thread to close up the final seam and your finished pillow is ready to display! 

If you’d like to make a pillow of your own, or are inspired to try an even larger dresden project, make sure to enter our Spring Party Giveaway! Nancy’s Notions will be sending one lucky reader their Dresden Americana Table Topper kit! 

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Disclaimer: Prizes have been provided by the party sponsors. All writing and opinions belong to myself or this month’s blog party participants. 

Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

How to use Freezer paper to make a DIY Throw Pillow

This week’s DIY projects kick off with an easy DIY technique that will let you create vintage looking throw pillows for every room of the house from Lauren at Gather & Flourish. [Don’t tell my husband I’ve already started a set for our living room.] I love how versatile freezer paper is for crafting and this transfer idea is one I had never heard of before! I love Lauren’s design style and I can’t wait to add a few of these pillows to my home.

See the full tutorial and then head to the contest entry form at the bottom of the post for the chance to win a prize from one of our fantastic Spring Blog Party sponsors.    

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Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Can you believe we are almost half way through the month? I hope you’ve been inspired by all the fun decor ideas and have been able to add touch of spring to your home before this weekend’s holiday! Today’s beautiful wreath project comes to us from Morgan at Beautifully Inspired Home. Wreaths are one of the easiest ways to change out your decor every season and I love how fresh and bright Morgan’s Spring Wreath is! See the full tutorial below and don’t forget to enter our contest at the end. 

Hi, I’m Morgan from Beautifully Inspired Home and I’m so excited to share this spring project with you today! I’m a perpetual crafter and love sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned. Today we are tackling an easy Spring Wreath for your front door or mantel.

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Colorado Local/ Marketing

Type A West Conference Comes to Denver

I wanted to take a quick pause from this month’s blog party to share an amazing opportunity that’s coming up in Denver in just a few weeks. Part of why having a blog party is so much fun is the chance to get to build an online community of writers who support and encourage each other. I am having so much fun working alongside these creative ladies and I couldn’t be more happy that I’m sharing my space with them over the next couple of weeks. 

Outside of blogging, I’ve been working in online marketing since graduating from college. When I first entered the workforce, social media was a new tool that no one quite had a handle on. I spent a year studying generational behaviors and developing an understanding of how people were creating and engaging with content online. Now nearly ten years later, I’ve built my career as a digital marketing expert, working with non-profit organizations, small businesses and corporations. I love the fast paced nature of online marketing and I am constantly working to continue to improve my skills and learn – which is why I launched a blog in the first place.

When learning and building an online community intersect – really exciting things can happen. I’ve attended dozens of conferences and I love getting to meet virtual friends face to face and be inspired to try new ideas that came about during the conference sessions. One of the best parts about being a both blogger and a marketer is that attending conferences allows me to look at the event from two sides.

I can connect with other bloggers or connect with brand marketers. I can share my knowledge and learn from the presenters. I can build relationships that help me create better content and find new people to collaborate with both on and off line. 

In just a few weeks, Type-A West is convening in downtown Denver and bloggers and brands will be joining together for three full days of networking, education and community. I am always excited for the opportunity to check out a conference in my home town and I can’t wait to get to meet everyone who’s traveling in for the event. 

Tickets are really affordable and include access to the expo hall and evening parties outside of the workshops and sessions during the day. At $250 for a three day conference you can’t beat the price. If you’d like to join in on the fun, be sure to use the coupon code FRIENDOFANNE to receive a 25% off your registration or booth fee. Let me know if you’ll be there so we can meet up in person! 

Type-A West Ticket Information

Blogger Pass $250  $187.50 – Register now
Expo Hall Table $2000 $1500 – Register now
Expo Hall Booth $3000 $2250 – Register now

Disclosure: I have partnered with Type-A West to help share information about the conference and will be receiving a complimentary pass to attend. All opinions are my own.