Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations
Roses in the Garden

Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations
HD Themed Crib Quilt & Bumper Set

My Spoonflower

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Having Fun With Spoonflower!

Have you ever heard of Spoonflower?  It's a company that allows you to create and design your own fabrics, wallpapers, decals and gift wrap!  I recently began playing around with photos I've taken... one example is a photo I took last year of a bucket of sour cherries... did some editing... and created a few unique kaleidoscope designs for fabric!  I've taken photos of objects...like a wine bottle for example, and removed the background images, then edited the photo using PicMonkey.com to create a cool wine bottle image on a blue brick wall design for making fabric!

Here are some of my fabric designs on Kona Cotton...
 I realize it's hard to see the designs in the above pictures, but you can see them better if you go to my Spoonflower shop and see them there.
Not all the designs I'm showing here will be in my Spoonflower shop, because some of them will never be for sale.  But I just wanted to share with you the cool stuff you can do on fabric!
I have many other designs on Spoonflower that aren't for sale, simply for the fact that I haven't yet ordered a sampler of them.  Before Spoonflower will allow me (or anyone wanting to do this) to make my fabric designs for sale to the general public, I have to make the first purchase to see it in person...they require that I either order a swatch, a fat quarter, or BTY before it can be for sale to the public.

Below is an old auction poster I had printed onto a yard of Kona Cotton.
The poster was from when my boyfriend's parents sold their farm back in 1969.
I plan to make a memory quilt from this, along with some old photos.
This will be a fantastic way to preserve a piece of his family's history!

After getting written permission from the poster company to replicate one of their posters onto a quilt,
I had a Lake Mills Town & Country Days poster printed onto a yard of Kona Cotton as well.
With all the colors in the poster, it's going to be a fun quilt to make!

So...this is just a taste of what you and your imagination, with Spoonflower's help, can accomplish!
Now get out there and start creating some of your own fabric!  :)

A Little Catching Up....

I haven't had much time to Blog the past couple of months, so I'm falling behind on my posts.  Here's just a quick recap of some projects I've been working on and have worked on that I didn't get a chance to Blog about.

 Above: "Modern Christmas Trees" - Still needs a border yet before it can be quilted.
Below: Shadow Box Airplanes - Still needs a border, too, before it can be quilted.


 Completed Christmas Quilt
(Left and below)
This was a Star Point Quilt Guild group effort...
members of the guild made the "pinwheel" blocks,
I won the blocks at our 2012 Christmas party,
and I made this quilt using those blocks as the basis of the quilt.
Quilt binding was hand sewn on by Rona, our Guild President.
Quilt was completed in early 2014
 

Below: "Candy Store"A fantastic stash buster quilt to make!
This is just the quilt top. It's been sent over to Meandering Mary for long-arm quilting.
Pattern is from Fons & Porter's Love of Quiltingmagazine, May/June 2012 Issue.
 




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Minnie's Garden - Quilt & Pillow Set

Another quilt and pillow set has been completed! Hopefully it will make the birthday girl (whose turning 7 this month) very happy!
Here it is...








The pattern I used for making this quilt is called Holiday Sparkle
and can be found for free download at AllPeopleQuilt.com


Friday, May 9, 2014

What It Really Costs to Make a Quilt

Although I, myself don't hand quilt, I still thought this to be quite informative for my quilting friends who do hand quilt.  
In my situations, any quilts that I make I have to pay someone else to do the actual quilting, which is called Long-Arm Quilting, because I don't have a long arm quilting machine. The cost to have this done gets figured into the prices of any quilts that I make and sell. 

Here's an example for a
QUEEN SIZED, MACHINE PIECED, HAND QUILTED
 
MATERIALS: 
Fabric 12-16 yards @ $9per yd. $108 - $144
Batting $25 - $40
Thread $8 - $16
Spray Basting 1/2 can  $7
Total $ invested $148 - $207 

LABOR HOURS:
Piecing 20 to 60 hours
“Setting” (designing your quilt) 10 to 20 hours
Quilting 100 to 750 hours
Total hours invested 130 to 810 hours

TOTAL COST
Paying $1 per hour (Would you do this type of work for $1 an hour?!)
Materials $148 - $207
Labor $130 - $810
Total $278 - $1078

Paying minimum wage $7.25 (by law in 6/2009)
Materials $141 - $200
Labor (130-810hrs) $942.50 - $5872.25
Total $1083.50 - $6072.25

Paying skilled labor wage $20 per hour (Don't you consider yourself trained and skilled in this craft?)
Materials $141 - $200
Labor (130-810hrs) $2600 - $16,200
Total $2741 - $16,400

(Found on the Internet 1995; unknown author)  This was from 1995 not 2014 :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dreaming of Tinker Bell

For the past few weeks I'd been working on a quilt that a cousin of mine asked me to make for her daughter's birthday at the end of this month.  (She has three daughters, so this is the first of three quilts that will be made for their birthdays).
Pinks and purples were the main colors requested for this quilt, which was an easy request to fill!  I already had the Tinker Bell fabric in my stash, which just happened to be Tinker Bell on a PURPLE background!  So that gave me a great start!  I matched up the rest of the fabrics with the colors in the Tinker Bell quilt and it turned out fantastic!  I am just thrilled with this quilt!  I had a little bit of leftover fabric, so I decided to make a pillow to go with it.
First off...here's a photo of the first block I made...
Next is the finished quilt top before it was quilted...

And here it is finished...

And here's a shot of the back...
...and a closeup of the strip on the back...

Here's a closeup of the quilting on the front...
(Long Arm Quilting done by Jan S. of Weston, WI)

The pattern that I used for this quilt is actually titled Playtime, which was designed by Susan Marth, and it can be found in the Winter 2014 issue of Quilt Trends magazine.
Finished quilt size is 52" x 66".


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Photo Memory Quilt

First time making a photo memory quilt, and it went pretty well!
This was made for a friend's daughter's wedding last fall.
I forgot to take photos of it before giving it to Mary,
so she got these finished snapshots for me...
 We purchased the pug centerpiece fabric on eBay,
as her daughter & son-in-law have and love pug dogs.
We pieced fabrics of her choice around the centerpiece, including photos
that we had printed on fabric of her daughter, son-in-law and their dogs.
We took it to Janny's Quilting in Weston, WI...
didn't she do a beautiful job!?!
 Below is the quilt top before it was quilted...

Autumn Puppies & Winnie the Pooh

A couple of crib quilts I got finished up...

"Autumn Puppies"


 No pattern available...
I just cut some fat quarters into squares and assembled and sewed them together.
It's the quilting that I just love!
This was long arm quilted by
Meandering Mary of New London, WI
 The above crib quilt was sent & donated to:

"Pooh & Friends"

Crib Quilt & Matching Tote

 
Below is a picture of the quilt top before it was quilted...
The pattern I used for this Pooh quilt is a free online pattern from
FAVEQUILTS.COM:
Changing Seasons Attic Windows Quilt

A View of the Bay

"A View of the Bay"

Quilt and Pillow Set
 
I bought the fabric for this quilt awhile back, but didn't get it made until recently!
I completed and donated this set to my son's church school's
Winterfest 2014 Silent Auction a couple weeks ago.

Pattern for the quilt can be found in the August/Sept 2011 Issue of The Quilter magazine.
Pillow pattern can be purchased from Lilly*Blossom on Facebook.


The picture below shows the quilt top before it was quilted...


"Night and Day"...with a touch of red

It's been awhile since I've joined an online swap...I used to be a regular at participating in craft swaps until life just got too busy.  I decided I needed to make the time for the Valentine's Day Swap 2014, since I just love Valentine's Day.
One of the items I made for my swap partner is this lap-sized quilt that I downloaded the free quilt pattern for a couple years ago, "Night and Day".  This swap gave me the perfect reason to make it, and was so happy to find out that my swap partner has always wanted someone to make her a quilt. :o)

This first photo is the picture that is on the pattern itself:

The next 3 pictures are of the version I made and called:
"Night and Day"...with a touch of red

This is a real simple and fun quilt to make.  The original version is a wall hanging quilt, but I wanted to make it a lap quilt, so I added the red border.  If you enjoy applique, you will surely enjoy making one of these quilts too!  You can download the free patten at: FabShopHop.com

Monday, December 30, 2013

Memoir Poem Pillow

I just LOVE making these heart shaped pillows by Sew4home!
This pillow uses the pattern / tutorial that you can access for free on their site, however I added the extra touch of a poem in memory of a friend's loved one, printed on printable fabric sheets, and using machine applique to attach it.  I love how it turned out...



 You can learn how to make these heart shaped pillows by going here:

Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Box o' Chocolates Heart Pillows



"Roses In The Garden" ...for my mom

Now that we've all opened our Christmas present for the season, I can post pictures of the quilt set I made for my mom.  She asked me to make her a quilt in 2011, and I finally got one made for her, along with some shams and bed pillows...







Silhouette: A Black Rose Quilt

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally start posting some pictures of my most recent projects!  One of which is this queen bed quilt "Silhouette: A Black Rose Quilt" and the matching shams & bed pillows.  This was given to my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas.







*You can buy the pattern for the square white pillow with the black center & bow, from Lilly*Blossom on Facebook and her Etsy Shop.
*You can get the pattern for the Box o' Chocolates Heart pillow free from Sew4Home
*You can get the pattern for the Gypsy Romance (triangle shaped) pillow free from Sew4Home