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Welcome to Made Down South! Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to. This blog serves as my review of projects accomplished since I have way too many that are halfway done. I also tend to have so many urgent ideas where I simply have stop all else to work on the newest thing. So, this blog will show all the ideas that actually get made into stuff! Some of that stuff is available for sale at our etsy shop, Down South Designs.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One Block Baby Quilt: X Marks the Spot

It's strange how inspiration strikes.  I was recently reminded of my children's toddler days and our experiences with "time out".  It wasn't always easy to find the perfect time out location where you could supervise the little prisoner. If only I had one of these back then, I could have tossed down the quilt in a convenient spot and ordered them to sit in time out for a couple of minutes.  X marks the spot. Stay on the X.  Now who wouldn't understand that?  HA!

I designed this by using a basic 9 patch block set on point. I used solid gray and solid buttery yellow for this 40" square quilt. I jazzed it up with a bold polka dot on back and soft aqua stripe on the binding.  I love how this one block quilt turned out and plan to try it in other color combinations.

Simple Ombre Baby Quilt

Having more fun with baby quilts featuring
simple layouts and high quality fabrics. I found these color gradation fabrics at a Texas quilt shop.  I fell in love with the bolts of many colors but limited myself to choosing 5 colors.  I purchased 1/4 yard of red, purple, aqua, hot pink and leafy green. Each 9" X 44" strip of fabric color had the same gradual transition from dark to light.  I matched each strip carefully together at the seamline to try to maintain the look horizontally and vertically.
I found the styled leaf fabric at Hancock Fabrics.  The black background behind the pink, green and aqua leaves inspired me to use black binding on the quilt.  It measures 32" X 42" and I think it will work well as a mod baby quilt or as a wall hanging!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Geometric Baby Quilt

Trying out a new series of baby quilts and having lots of fun with different fabrics on my design wall in my new sewing room.  I'm loving using geometric and solid fabrics available in current color options. I'm experimenting with abstract modern style for all those mod baby nurseries.

   I think the skinny lines of quilting stitches are called channel quilting.  The walking foot on my Janome sewing machine was an essential part of accomplishing this look.  I also used a new Frixion marking pen from Pilot to mark guidelines every few inches to keep me on track.   It's a gel erasable pen that disappears when ironed and I love it!!  

I decided to step outside of the box and try a cool look for the back of the quilt.  I just loved those bright colors on the dark brown background.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

TO DO: Leftover Cabinet Door

We accidentally on purpose ordered one too many cabinet doors on our recent home construction project. This long skinny one was put on the short list and got booted to the garage pretty quick.  Every time I saw it, I kept thinking there had to be something good I could do with it. So, I turned it from a cabinet door into a functional and beautiful hanger display.

Inspiration struck when I started playing around with stencils painting my front door here with flat and gloss combinations.  I knew I would use a smaller design stencil to coordinate well with the small open face frame of the cabinet door.  Wasn't sure about the best color combination until I came across these beautiful knobs at Hobby Lobby (half price sale of course!)  So, black & white it would be.

 The only problem with these HL knobs is that they usually are designed to screw into a nut rather than screwing into the knob itself. When you use a counter sink drill bit, the screw & nut both lay inside the recessed area and lay flush to the back side like this:  

If you don't  have access to equipment to recess a screw hole in back of your board, just select your knobs carefully so your board will lay flat against the wall.

I went shopping with those helpful people at Lowe's to find a little metal tube to set the knob into so it would project out from the surface a bit. I have no idea what this little thing is called but I know it works. It had a bright metal finish and I just spray painted it black.   It now has enough depth to hold a robe or a towel easily.  The total investment was less than $20 and I love the transformation!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Vintage Fabric Creations

 Thought I would post some of the items I'm sewing for the upcoming craft sale at my church's mission fundraiser.  I used vintage fabrics, lace and trims as well as a stash of ammo bags found by my favorite goodwill hunter.


I can picture these two precious bags as gifts for twin girls.

Even pulled out a vintage dahlia stencil to use on a prefab canvas bag.

A few of these ammo bags still had
beads of buck shot inside!

 Don't you love the warning disclaimer?

Now for the fun flowers that can be used as pins, hairclips or pillow/bag decorations.
Old gunny sack for this raggedy flower.
Nice white burlap for the next flower. Then couldn't decide between frayed edge or selvage edge on the osnaburg fabric, so I made both. Then I rummaged through old floral calicos and even soft old bed sheets to create more flowers.  A few unique laces made the cut and created even more flowers.

These tiny little canvas bags were bought at Hobby Lobby and dressed up with 
vintage trims and flowers.

                                                                                                              This cute this doorhanger is made from vintage canvas and really old buttons.  I liked combining the rustic crusty button with the pretty lovelies.  The vintage love ribbon really perks up the burlap & muslin heart pillow and it can be a doorhanger too.

Loving the button effect.  That glitz one is a modern button I picked up in jewelry section at Michael's.

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