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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Guest Post: {Quilted Euphoria}

Hello all you Artsy Fartsy readers! I am so thrilled to have been invited by Lindsay to come guest post for all of you today! I'm Amber and I run a blog over at Quilted Euphoria. I am new to the bloggosphere, but trying to make new friends all the time, so come say hi!

What will you find over at my little blog? Well that depends on what day you're visiting! I do all kinds of things over there from quilts, to crafts, and recipes! Mostly it's about quilting and how much I love to do that. I make all kinds of things into quilted treasures. I love making custom orders the most though! I love making something custom for you that no one else will have. You won't find my things at Walmart! Below is a sampling of fantastic past projects!

{The biggest quilt I've made to date. Measuring 130'' square and took over my entire apartment!
Was custom made for a client in Arizona, I have affectionately deemed this "the monster"}

{Quilt made for my sister and brother in law's wedding. 80'' square in their wedding colors!}

{Music Medly lap quilt. Measuring 60'' square this one is perfect for your lap while you watch TV.
Currently for sale in my Etsy shop}

{I also make tote bags! This one is pretty standard of the kind that I make, but all can be customized for you! }
{More available also in my Etsy shop!}

So now that you know a little bit about what I do, I'm going to go ahead and get to today's project! I love fall and I love decorating for it! I've made some fall themed items for my house lately, even featuring a few on my blog. But today I'm going to show you how you can make your own set of fall felt leaves!

To start off, pick some colors of felt that you feel will represent your theme and personality well. I went with some standard colors for fall, but if you like hot pink and neon orange, go for it! I found my sheets of felt at Hobby Lobby for about 20 cents each. Score!

{I love the sparkly ones the best!}

I then found some templates for leaves on the internet and printed them off onto some card stock. Cut these out and lay them out on your sheet of felt.
Trace around your leaves with a marker to make the form of the leaf.
I am kind of anal about using up all the space, so I tried to fit as many leaves onto the felt as I could. If your leaves are bigger, you will likely use up more felt.
At this point you can draw on the leaves some stems and other lines to make them look more real. Or you can just leave them blank, it's just a personal choice. I liked the look with the veins so I drew them in with a sharpie. {The original plan was to use some embroidery floss and stitch the veins on. Then I realized how long that would take, became super lazy, super cool and just used the sharpie to draw them on! Worked just as well and went faster!}

Use some super sharp scissors and cut out your leaf shapes from the felt. {How pretty!}

Next use some twine or thread and string the leaves onto it with a needle
{If the felt is too stiff, just work the needle around a little to create a bigger hole and the needle should slip right through.}
At this point you can decide whether you're going to hang your leaves individually, or make them into a fun garland.

As you're stringing the leaves on make sure to tie a little knot at the top of each one to keep them from sliding off the twine {Or down the garland if that's what you're doing} Cut the twine apart in 6 inch intervals to make your hangers for the leaves. {longer for longer falling leaves, shorter for shorter, etc etc.} And when you're done you'll have a batch of felt fall leaves that look something like this! You can mix and match your patterns and colors for the leaves and have a combination that pleases you! I did three different patters on six different colors and had lots flexibility in my arrangement.

Using a bit of tape, secure your leaves to the ceiling varying the lengths of the strings to make the leaves "fall"!

And that's it! It's such a fun fast project that I haven't stopped making leaves! I've made three garlands and tons to hang on the ceiling! {I think my husband is about fed up with felt by now!}

Thanks again to Lindsay for letting me come take over her blog today! I'm such a huge fan of her blog and creativity that it's infectious! :-) Have a great week everyone and I hope to see you around the bloggosphere really soon!


PS. As a special bonus to all you Artsy readers out there I'm offering up a coupon code today. Contact me {amber (at) Quiltedeuphoria (dot com)} with your custom quilt {tote, pillow, table runner, etc} order, mention the code "1 artsy reader" and get 25% off your entire purchase! This code is also valid on my Etsy shop where you can get the same deal. So if you don't see something pre-made that tickles your fancy, give me a shout and we'll whip it up in no time, and get it shipped to you in time to put under the tree. :-)


Thanks Amber!! What a fantastic idea!
Hope you guys stop by Quilted Euphoria to see all her awesome ideas and tell her hello!

Have a great day!

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