Friday, March 7, 2014

Yes I Can Ruffle!

I'm so happy to be participating in another blog hop. A big thanks to Amy and Madame Samm for all their efforts!

I was fortunate enough to win this Riley Blake gingham fabric from Vickie during the Kona blog hop. It looked like the perfect fabric to use in this ruffle hop...so that's what I did!
I made two small projects: A pincushion and a tea cozy, (shown here with two cups from my collection of Nicholas Mosse pottery).  
The tea cozy was made using Madame Samm's lovely tutorial. I used the turquoise gingham for the lining, binding, tab top, and ruffled flower, and a grey solid for the body. The ruffled flower was made using a 3" x 36" strip, which I folded in half (wrong sides together) and then hand-gathered on the raw edge with a waxed hand-quilting thread. I formed it into a flower and stitched it to the tea cozy. Then I added a button in the center.
For my second project, I designed a square pincushion with a ruffle (made from the grey gingham).
This ruffle was made in a slightly different fashion from the one on the tea cozy. I used a 6” x 20” strip and folded it in half, right sides together. I sewed it with a 1/4" seam, and then turned it right side out. I pressed it with the seam in back (slightly off center), and then gathered it by hand-stitching it up the center. The center is then covered with a fabric strip. Here's a link to the detailed pattern on how to make the pincushion, which is my giveaway to you all.


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March 7th
Ridge Top Quilts 
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs (me!)







66 comments:

  1. Your tea cosy is sew sweet! Love the pincushion. Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing.

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  2. Love your tea cozy and pincushion. The teal gingham looks so pretty against the grey. Beautiful work!

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  3. Your pin cushion is cute but I really like your tea cover. The flower sure does set it off.

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  4. What a nice ruffled tea cozy and pincushion! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love you tea-cosy with this beautiful ruffled flower! Super idea!

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  6. Your tea cosy is so lovely and the pincushion too. Thanks for sharing

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  7. Oh love projects. I would love to make one of those pin cushion for my sewing room right away! Thank you for sharing the instructions too ;).

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  8. Very pretty. Gingham makes the nicest ruffles. Two great projects.

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  9. I love pincushions. Thank you for sharing. x

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  10. Oh, lovely! Gingham fabric is fabulous! Mdm. Samm's tea cozy is beautiful in all colour combos! Great practical projects. Sew very pretty!

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  11. now these are pretty…the cozy and pinner….I was wondering if you would have tackled ruffling wool lol

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  12. Two cute projects! I don't know why I never thought of turquoise with gray. They are quite charming together. But then, I like gingham EVERYthing. My favorite dress in junior high was turquoise gingham. My mother made it for me. It had a zipper in the side buttons down the front to the waste band. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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  13. Those are great projects, small and sweet :)

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  14. Neat projects--very clever way to ruffle for your pincushion--and I really like the ruffled flower. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. great projects! LOVE those mugs- hope I run across some one day!

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  16. I am going to have to try one of those ruffle flowers...yours is just perfect...and what a great idea for a pincushion. ;)

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  17. Your ruffles in gingham are very precious. Gingham and ruffles just go together, for sure. Nice post!

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  18. great pieces! I love the little flower on your tea cozy

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  19. What a great use of the gingham Elizabeth ! It was a joy for me to see.

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  20. The pincushion and tea cozy are so sweet with ruffles and gingham! Love them both!

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  21. Gingham and ruffles that will get Madam Samm's attention, lol!!! Nicely done.

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  22. I think your color combination is perfect. I love both the tea cozy and the pincushion. It has been a while since I used gingham but you have inspired me to make something with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Your tea pot cozy is perfect!!! I'm gonna have to try that!

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  24. Can we all come over for tea now? Beautiful cozy and what a grea cushion too!

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  25. All of your projects are great, but I really love the pin cushion! Its such a sweet design!

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  26. Your ruffle projects are sew nice! I like the way you used the gingham ruffles against the plain backgrounds. It really makes them stand out. Thanks for the pattern for the cute pincushion ... :) Pat

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  27. Great job on your ruffles. I need to try making a ruffled flower. I'm sure my granddaughters would love them.

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  28. Great! I just love gingham and you used it perfectly. I'm especially fond of the tea cozy with it's gray and aqua color theme.

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  29. Ahh. Love the cozy. The fabric flower is soneat.

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  30. Your tea cozy is adorable, and love the pincushion. Great Job Elizabeth

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  31. OK, I just have to ask...if you put pins in the pincushion do they get lost under the ruffles? I find that I put pins in my pincushions by generally aiming at the pincushion but not always looking exactly where they end up! Still it is very nice and I like the way you did it. I might make a pillow now... yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

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  32. Great tea cosy and pincushion , filled with ruffley goodness .

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  33. I like your projects. Gingham always reminds me of cross stitching in the squares and smocked pillow tops. You ruffles are much better. I like the double ruffle idea. Can see several possibilities. For instance, sewing two rows of gathering stitches at least an inch apart, then sewing the ruffle down along both lines of stitches, producing a ruched center, with ruffles to the sides. Then one could get into piecing strips of fabric together to make multifabric ruffles, and so on and so on. Great ideas.

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  34. Lovely! Your tea cozy is adorable! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

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  35. cute projects. love your ruffles!

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  36. Sweet tea cozy and pincushion! Everyone is coming up with original ideas. Great hop!

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  37. Adorable projects and so cute with ruffles. Thank you for sharing! ~Shari

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  38. I love that pin cushion and gingham is my favorite print!

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  39. What adorable projects..love the pin cushion! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  40. Very happy gingham being ruffled and embellished onto the pincushion and cover. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  41. Gingham and ruffles were just made for each other! Thanks for tut on the flower, my granddaughter just might get one of those!

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  42. I love your ruffle projects, very pretty. Thanks for the tips on making the ruffle.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  43. Both projects are wonderful. I love the colors and the fact that you used what you got, right away! The pincushion is my favorite, though. Thanks for the directions.

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  44. Love the pincushion, really cute!

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  45. Great projects - I love the tea cozy. blessings, marlene

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  46. You can never go wrong using gingham. Both of your projects are adorable.

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  47. Great job on both projects! Love the Tea Cozy! Thanks for Link for the Tutorial too...have a friend that uses one every day...must make one for her soon coming Birthday! :)

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  48. Thank you for sharing your projects. I love that pincushion

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  49. Oh so cute projects. Great job!

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  50. I love Gingham ruffles they are so homey and remind me of kitchen curtains I made hundred years ago or so it seems. Cute projects

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  51. Loving the gingham ruffles. Cute projects.

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  52. I love gingham ruffles and your projects turned out nice. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  53. The gingham flower really set off the tea cozy and the pincushion is cute too. You always make such clever things for the hops. THX for the instructions---off to download.

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  54. Love those gingham ruffles! :)

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  55. These are such nice projects! I love gingham ruffles!

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  56. Great. My daughter has a teapot, I think I might "steal" your concept. And I think the pincushion is simple, yet so practical.

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  57. Love the pincushion! The double ruffle is priceless. Thank you for sharing the instructions.

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  58. What a match made in heaven - gingham and ruffles. The tea cosy is perfect with the addition of the flower. I don't think a gal can have too many pincushions. I was talking to a couple of clerks in my LQS and two of us said that we often put pins in our clothes. Maybe a cute pincushion would encourage me to us one more. As always, thanks for participating and the great inspiration. Thanks for the info on the pincushion. I'm thinking about ones for the quilt show boutique.

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  59. Very cute projects! I love both of them. Thanks for sharing Gingham makes the world a happy place :) Janita

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