Union Jack Quilt for Mackenzie

So I finally finished the Union Jack Quilt I made for my daughter Mackenzie’s 13th Birthday – which was all the way back in January (it’s now August :-P).

It wasn't for a lack of trying – just too much to do over the past few months – with my son graduating high school and leaving for college – but that's a whole other post! Now time to focus on all of those unfinished projects...

The pattern I used for this quilt was the Lizzie B Cre8ive  - I Heart London – Quilt Pattern which you can purchase from her website here.

I’m going to be honest – this pattern is not for the faint of heart!  It calls for 12 different fat quarters and ¼ yard each of 24 different fabrics – which can be a challenge if you don’t already have the fabrics in your stash.  

I chose to narrow the color scheme of my quilt to four different colors to match my daughter’s room which we redecorated for her birthday last year, which has a Paris, London New York theme in Turquoise, Black, white and Lime Green for an accent color. While it was challenging to find different fabrics in the right colors - I was excited to find fabrics with some of her favorite things like elephants and musical notes for her love of singing.

I also didn't make the quilt as big as the pattern calls for – I think It’s about three rows shorter than what the pattern calls for.  

As for the binding – I originally had chosen a black and white fabric with peace signs but I hated the way it looked – so I ended up improvising and making the binding from leftover strips. 

I really like the way it turned out and my daughter was happy to finally receive her birthday present!  Oh well at least she got it while she was still 13!  J

Quick and Easy Gifts to Make

Hi There!

I’ve just posted two quick and easy projects that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, any special occasion or for yourself!

The first one is a Fabric Flower Pin – it’s great for using up all those fabric scraps that you’ve been hanging on to.  Makes a great accessory - pin it to a favorite Jacket, belt or purse and a great gift for Mom! You can find her awesome tute here.

The second one is truly a favorite of mine.  It came about after weeks of searching for kitchen linens that I actually liked and that didn’t break the bank.  After having very little success finding what I wanted – I decided to make my own!  Duh!

The inspiration came from a post, by Desiree of the36thavenue.com, on how to doll up dollar store oven mits.  You can find the tute here.

Then I decided I wanted to make a matching apron – although I wouldn’t consider myself to be Betty Crocker – I thought the idea of having something cute to wear while I toiled away in the kitchen; would make the process much more enjoyable – that, plus a glass of wine – and I’m good.  J

Ok back to the apron – anyway after I made my pot holders I thought why not use a dish towel from the Dollar Store as the foundation for my apron.   This towel was actually purchased at Dollar General for $2 but hey, still great bargain. I think using the towel is great for drying your hands and it makes me less weary of staining nice fabric – I also included a pocket to tuck my IPod into.  So cute apron + wine + good music equals a great time in the kitchen to me!

Here's how mine came out.  You can find my apron tutorial here.  

After I made my apron, I thought hey – this would be great to make for my Mom.  Not sure if she would wear it, but I’m sure she’ll still hang it in her kitchen with pride; as all us Mom’s love to display our kids creations with pride.

Here's the apron I made for Mom with matching mits.  I hope she likes it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms and Female Nurturer’s – your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Until next time, Happy Sewing! 

Fabric Flower Pin Tutorial

Here’s a quick and easy project to make for all the wonderful women in your life this Mother’s day!


·         Four 4”x4” squares of fabric: 2 in the same print; 1 in a coordinating print and 1 in        a contrasting print.
·         One 8” x ½” strip of contrasting fabric for the flower center
·         Coordinating embroidery floss
·         One blank card
·         One piece of scrap fabric for the front of your card.
·         One pin backing
·         One decorative button or bead for the flower center (optional)
·         Freezer paper or regular paper for tracing the flower pattern

Step 1
Trace the flower pattern onto a piece of freezer paper or regular paper.

Step 2
Stack your 4” fabric squares and place the flower pattern on top of the stack.

If using freezer paper then iron on the pattern to the top layer of the stack.  Otherwise just pin the pattern on top and cut out the flower shapes.

Step 3
Layer three of the flower pieces; placing the contrasting flower piece in between the two layers so that the petals from the contrasting fabric is showing in between the bottom and top layers.

Step 4
Fold the fourth and final flower shape in half, wrong sides facing, to create a leaf shape for your flower. 

Place the leaf shape in the center of the flower stack and secure in place with a few stitches through the middle; making sure to secure all the layers including the leaf.

Step 5

Take your fabric strip and tie a knot at one end. 

Secure it to the middle of the flower stack with a few stitches.

Step 6

Begin twisting the loose end of the fabric strip and then wrap it around the knot in the center – secure with stitches with embroidery floss as you go around. 

Don’t worry about the stitches showing – this adds texture and interest to your flower.

Step 7

After you have finished securing the center strip – tie off the thread and then add a safety pin or pin backer to the back

Step 8
Take your remaining fabric scrap and sew it to the front of a blank card.  Move the card around while on the machine to create a funky pattern.

Pin the flower to the card to give to someone special!

If you live in the Charleston area and would like to make this project, I'll be hosting a Make and Take at People, Places and Quilts in Summerville, on Friday, May 10th.  Go to my Classes Page to learn more.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Flower Pattern

Sew What's New!

So here’s what you missed if you haven’t visited my blog in a while…er huh I mean since I haven’t written in a while!  Ok ok so I’ve been a little out of touch, but soooo much has been going on and I have to tell you I cringed each time something happened that I said to myself – ‘You should post this to your blog!’

Oh well 'c'est la vie' right and what a life it has been lately…new classes, new projects, new ideas, new URL…I’ll get to it all in more detail in a minute but first I have to say how thankful I am for all this wonderful activity and I’m glad to be finally taking the time to share it with you.

New Classes – as I’ve mentioned before I teach at various locations around town and I’ve been gearing up for summer.  I’ll be pretty much repeating things I’ve taught in the past but there are a few new ones thrown in so I hope see you at an upcoming class soon.  There’s something for everyone!

Friday, May 10th - Mother’s Day Flower Pin and Dollar Store Kitchen Décor

Friday, June 14th - Patriotic Posies and Foldable Market Tote 

Friday, July 12th - Quilter’s Journal and Fabric Christmas Ornaments are back!

To learn more about the times and how to sign up for any of the above classes, you can visit my Classes page here.

New Projects – since I last posted, there have been so many new projects that I’ve been working on – not just sewing but also home décor and renovation – I plan to share more details and how to’s in a future post.  But let’s just say it involves a revamped kitchen, updated fireplace and lots of painted walls and staining of furniture…whew I’m tired just writing about it.

As far as sewing projects – I’ve come up with some new fun stuff that I plan to post some tutorials on in the near future – I know… I’ve got a lot to catching up to do on my blog so bare with me.

New Ideas is really more about my new URL – themindfulcrafter.com.  This is one of the things I’m most excited about.  As you may be able to tell from my recent posts about Vision Boards, I’m a big fan of Self-Help, Motivational, Self-Improvement and Spiritual Awareness and I’ve tried to incorporate that into my creative interests and my business as much as I can but I’ve felt somewhat limited in sharing those interest on this blog because Cosmic Girl Designs focuses more on my Etsy shop and the classes I teach. 

So I had this great idea to host a blog that shares those interests while incorporating creative activities such as mixed media and visual journaling and just how to incorporate more of a personal touch in the things we create, whether it be our home environment, gifts for friends, or how you can make beautiful art that’s also inspiring and personal to you and your goals.

Of course I’m no expert and I’m still exploring all of these avenues myself but I wanted to also be able to write about it and share my insights as well.  I know, I know – ‘You can barely keep up with this blog and you’re adding another!’ you say…we’ll what can I say – the idea is nagging at me and I have to at least give it a try.  I hope to have it up and running soon – so stay tuned!

Well this post is way longer than it needs to be already – if you’ve read all the way through I thank you and many blessings to you. I hope to see you at a class soon!

Until then…Happy Sewing!

Mini Envelope Tutorial

This past Thursday, I hosted my first Mixed Media class at SpaceCraft Studios!  It was a great turn out – we had 8 amazing women join us in making Mini Valentine Cards – we painted, splattered, glittered, and pasted our way to creating little masterpieces.

The night before the class as I was gathering some supplies and I thought we needed to have little envelopes to put our cards into – so I surfed the net and found some great jumping points but no tutorials that would accommodate the size of a playing card, which was the foundation for my project.  So after playing around with a magazine page, I came up with the tutorial below.   

If you want to learn how to make your own mini masterpieces, you can read my post about it here.  A more detailed and downloadable version of the tutorial is also available for purchase in my Craftsy shop here.

Materials for this project: One 8 ¼” x 10 ¾” magazine page and 1 glue stick or double sided tape

1.  Carefully tear out a page from a magazine.  Note: I used decorating magazines which are typically 8.24” x 10.75” so if you will need to trim your page to this size if your magazine is larger.  Determine which side of the page you want to show on the outside of your envelope.  This side will be the “Right Side” and the other side will be the “Wrong Side” for the purposes of this tutorial.  

2.  Fold your page in half matching the short sides, with the Wrong Sides facing the inside.  Pinch the folded edge in the middle with your finger.  This will to mark the center point on your page.

3.  Open the page back up and fold the two short sides in towards eachother; meeting at the center point you just made.  The sides should not overlap.  At this point, you can carefully glue the edge of the short sides to the Wrong Side of the page.

4.  Now fold one corner of the folded page and press with your finger along the folded edge.  Open the page back up and repeat this step for the opposite corner. 

6.  With one corner still folded down, fold up the bottom half of the page and press with your finger.  open the page back up.  This now marks another center point and where to fold the bottom of your page.

7.  Fold the bottom half of your page in towards where the two short sides meet in the middle.  This will create a square shape.

8.  Turn your page at an angle mimicking the shape of a diamond; so that the folded edge is on your left.

9.  Now turn your left and right points of the diamond to meet in the center.  Press the folded edges.

10.  Run some glue stick along the edge of your bottom point and carefully fold the bottom point up about ¼” inch past where the two previous folds intersect.   

Tuck the point of your folded bottom in on itself.  Then  fold down the top remaining point and press along the folded edge.

Congratulations you now have a fabulous little envelope for your mixed media master piece – Enjoy!

How to Make a Yummy Trifle Dessert!

This weekend I hosted a class on how to make Mixed Media Valentine Pin Cards - you can find the tut here.  I also served up a yummy trifle dessert.  I got this recipe from my wonderful Mother-In-Law and it truly is my absolute favorite it’s very light and can be made to be fat free!


·         1 package of Angel Food Cake
·         2 boxes of *vanilla instant pudding
·         1 tub of *cool whip topping
·         1 Can of Comstock pie filling strawberry and blackberry work best
·         1 package of frozen or fresh strawberries,
blackberries or blueberries or mixed fruit
·         1 Large Bowl or Desert Serving Dish

*These ingredients can be substituted with Fat Free versions

Step 1.  Prepare Ingredients

·         Follow the instructions to make instant pudding and set aside
·         Thaw any frozen ingredients such as the cool whip and frozen fruit if necessary
·         Break Angel Food up into small pieces

Step 2.  Combine Ingredients

·         Take half a portion of the angel food cake pieces and layer them into the bottom of the dish.
·         Drizzle some of the juice from your Comstock fruit onto the angel food cake with a spoon.
·         Add a half portion of both Comstock fruit and frozen fruit on top of angel food cake
·         Add a half a portion of the pudding onto the fruit smoothing out evenly with a spoon.

Step 3.  Repeat Step 2

Step 4.  Top with cool whip

Refrigerate until served spoon out into into smaller bowls for individual servings.