Friday, June 5, 2015

Featured Freebie: Partnering with Quiltsmart

If you have popped in for a visit at The Teacup Cottage any time in the last year, you know I have spent a lot of time working on Quiltsmart projects. What can I say? I'm a Quiltsmartie for life!

A few months ago I was talking with Quiltsmart Mandy, who is the person who brings you Quiltsmart on social media, prepares that fun newsletters and creates many of the printable projects that you see on the blog. Mandy and I talk a lot about projects, fabrics, etc.A few months ago she asked if I'd like to design a project for an upcoming newsletter/blog post. I quickly offered to make a patriotic project for June.

As a military spouse, patriotic projects are kind of the norm in our lives. Whether we are celebrating patriotic holidays, unit gatherings, deployment/welcome home celebrations, etc. I always plan to do some crafts for these events, but rarely get the chance. It's usually last minute projects, so I was excited.

As you can image, I have quite a few teacups and a few tea sets at The Teacup Cottage. I love table runner and table toppers, so I knew that I'd start there. I don't know, maybe its because growing up we didn't have any decor on the tables (or in the kitchen to be more specific), but I just love the way a "decorated" table looks. 

First of all, Quiltsmart's stars are quick and easy, and I've used them on several projects before. The two different sizes also allow for versatility and creativity. 

I knew that a fun play on the American flag was definitely the direction I wanted to go with, so after sitting down and drawing out my pattern on graph paper while battling Lil Monkey for the color pencils.

In the end, this is what I designed! If you would like to download the pattern visit the Quiltsmart Blog. They have lots of projects from the Quiltsmart Team as well as from Quiltsmarties across the nation, so take some time to explore, you never know where you will find yourself #CreativelyInspired! 

The special part of this project ... you'll only hear me admit it here ... this was only the second time I have done the binding on a quilt. It wasn't as hard as I thought ... well, I did have that face that my parents had when they were in the car teaching me to drive, but when it was all done, I didn't think it was that hard. I'd do it again ... for small projects like this.

I encourage to visit The Quiltsmart Blog, and see what other projects and posts they're sharing!

Until our next cup of tea ...

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