Mix & Match Fabric and Paper

May 31st, 2011

Welcome to a new episode of The DIY Dish! Whether you love paper crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, or quilting, you’ll want to watch this week’s episode! We created some projects in honor of our grandmother and her wonderful group of quilt friends that welcomed her into their circle of friendship. In an effort to combine the beautiful papers and coordinating fabrics that this week’s sponsor, AdornIt, has designed, we are making a memory album, as well as a pin cushion. Take a look…

As many of you know, our grandmother recently passed away. We wanted to do something special to remember her group of friends who were so kind and welcoming to her during her last few years.  Our grandma had not sewn for years, but these sweet ladies invited her into their “quilt group.” They’d get together for hours (even days!) and quilt, eat, share stories, and more. And although she didn’t “quilt” with them, she was right there along their side as the “official presser” of the seams. :) She always got such a chuckle out of that. More importantly, they made her feel loved and appreciated.  Here are some more photos from the album we created using products from AdornIt. Thank you Susan for sending us these photos of your quilt group so that we could include them in this book.

AdornIt also put together kits using the items in this episode. If you are interested in a pin cushion fabric kit (does not include pearl center) or a wooden book kit and papers, they’d be happy to help you!

And…it’s another giveaway this week! You could win one of five “AdornIt” prizes!

  • 3 Vintage Groove Fat Quarter Stacks ($39.00 dollar value)
  • 1Vintage Groove Wood Story Book ($14.00 dollar value)
  • 1- 1lb Bag of ADORNit fabric scraps! ( No scrap smaller than 4″x4″) ($39.00 dollar value)

 This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Last day to enter is this Friday, June 3, 2011. As a reminder, winners of our other recent giveaways are posted on our blog and your prizes will be sent out shortly.

1) Let us know how you shared the episode with your online or offline friends.
2)  Post a comment here on DIY Dish telling us what your favorite crafting memory is! 

Have a wonderful week!
-Kim & Kris

  • May 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My favorite crafting memory is when I learned to sew in junior high school and the corduroy skirt for my sister for a Christmas present! I was so proud! That was the beginning of my love of creating! Susan

  • dmclem42
    May 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I will send this to all my family and grandkids I love doing all kinds of things that has to do with crafts
    and has had fun doing watch bands and fabric flowers every were I go people ask how I did them
    I love to teach them.my daughter is great at what every she can think of she has a store on Etsy
    cake stands from wood she can not keep up with the orders.

  • Diana
    May 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of your grandmother. What a wonderful tribute to her you are giving those ladies. I love the idea of the wooden scrapbook. I am fairly new to scrapbooking and am just amazed at what you can do with those pictures you put away and can bring them out again in a new format that would be interesting to see. I am finding that I enjoy scrapbooking more and more everyday. I belong to a group of women who quilt, crochet, and knit baby blankets for an organization in our area called the Baby Pantry. Families come in to get items of need for their children who are out of work or in need who can’t afford to buy these items. You gave me the idea to do a book like that to show what we do as a group. Thank you.

  • Lyn G
    May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Our 9 year grand daughter was ending her visit to our Florida home. We had a whirl wind trip visiting, Sea World, Disney and The Space Center. The night before her return to Illinois, we sat for hours making a memory scrap book of her vacation. Today she is 22 years old, and still has her “Vacation with Grandma/Grandpa book.

  • May 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    The summer that I was 12 I spent with my Great Aunt Olive. The year prior our family was forever changed when we had a car accident and lost a sister, our father and our mom was brain injured. I was the oldest of 6. That summer Aunt Olive put me back together with her arts. She set up a table in front of french doors that opened and looked out over a tiny balcony. We made dozens of dishtowels using stencils and paint. We made jewelry out of sea shells she collected during her winter stays in Florida and we made tiny doll hats by cutting up men’s old felt hats, wetting the circle, attaching it to the handle of a broomstick and letting them dry to a hat shape. She also taught me how to make pie crusts from scratch! It was a healing time I have never forgotten.

  • May 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    My favorite crafting moment was when I received an Email from a paper crafting magazine telling me they were going to publish one of my projects!

    Carol B

  • May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I shared a link to your DIY video on Face Book.


  • thelma
    May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    just shared today’s episode with my sewing camp co-teacher. the pin cushion project will make a great camp project for our students (middle school/high school girls)! i have many crafting memories from summers spent helping my grandmother to “dress” dolls for her annual church bazaar. everyone wanted to take ‘spin the wheel’ for a chance to win one of her dolls!

  • Marietta
    May 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Sixth grade in Chicago, when we made giant paper mache marionettes and learned to “craft” with our peers. I have been so wrapped up with fabric (no pun intended) that I haven’t tried any scrapbooking in years but you have gotten the juices boiling again here in Florida. Thank you twins for the fine show and condolences on your loss of a loved one. I will share this via email with my American Sewing Guild group.

  • Kathryn Rife
    May 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I really like the idea of a wooden album…very sturdy…and the page shapes are cute. I was just given a bag of scrap fabric by a friend and found a few ready made 9-patch blocks. These I think would be wonderful made up in the pincushion you demonstrated. I love all your tips and projects. Thanks.

  • Sandy
    May 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Posted on FB

  • Sandy
    May 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I teach 5th grade girls on Wed night. I love showing them how to embroidery, sew, and just craft in general. Meaningful crafts not something that got left in the car on the way home and then thrown away.

  • Sandra
    May 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Shared this with my offline, paper-crafting, eldest daughter! I plan to purchase one of the wooden storybooks for her as well!

  • nancy saller
    May 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I always enjoy your segments of the DIY Dish! It gives me constant ideas for gifts and/or boutique crafts. Thank you for sharing your many ideas with us!

  • Kath
    May 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I created a sewing journey scrapbook journal for myself of sewing with my mother at an early age. I included various projects along the way with fabric swatches, paper and photos.

  • Destiny Lair
    May 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    My favorite crafting memory is making curtains with Grandma Rosie and helping tie a quilt with my Grandma Pruitt.

  • Destiny Lair
    May 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I ‘Liked’ this episode on Facebook for my second entry!

  • Joanne
    May 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    LOVE everything you girls do. Please, I really could use that fabric, I am making pin cushions as gifts for my friends.
    Bless both of you for all the good works you do!

  • Kim
    May 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I have learned about so many different types of crafting from you two! Keep it coming–I look forward to Mondays because I know there will be something new coming my way!!

  • Glenda
    May 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Love it — and shared it with a friend who has a great blog (hoping she will pass your video on!) Pincushions are my favorite — am going to try them as pillows with fabric I’ve created with photos for a personal twist.

  • Sandi
    May 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    My Gramma has been gone now for a long time but, she instilled in me a love of happy, bright colors and how to be creatively crafty. not a project goes by when I don’t think about her. I think some of my favorite memories are the making of Barbie Doll clothes, my Barbie even had a mink coat! ( hers had been ruined and she used it to trim out matching sweaters for me and my baby dolls , but FAV was that Barbie coat! lol! ) Gramma’s are the BEST!

  • Glenda
    May 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Oh — favorite crafting memory…hmmmm… I think it’s seeing the Christmas gifts my friend Kerry takes out each year. Her family has a tradition of giving ONLY homemade holiday decor as gifts — so everything around her house during that season tells a story! It’s amazing. I wish I had a family like that! It would be so neat to have Christmas decorations made by people I know and love. Someday, we will no longer have them, but we’ll have the memories.

  • Sandi
    May 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just shared on facebook! Thanks for sharing about Your Grandma today and helping me to remeber mine.

  • Faye Miskin
    May 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I will share this wooden scrapbook with a dear friend who took us under her wing and helped us. She is such a giver to others, filling her day with service to others. I will be making the scrapbook with pictures of her family and the people she has helped along the way. I think the “Love” wooden scrapbook will work perfect. Thank you for the beautiful video ideas!

  • May 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I shared this giveaway with my crafty best friend. And my favorite crafting memory is when I started working on my wedding album. My goal for the rest of 2011 is to finish my wedding album — afterall, we’re only celebrating our 8th anniversary this September. It deserves to be done. And I really think my sons would love to look at the pictures of their family.

  • Megann
    May 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I love crafting with my kids. Everytime I knit I think of my grandmothers, both of whom knit.

  • Aleksa
    May 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I was moved by the way you remembered your grandma. As a very young child I would play with my grandma’s button jars – the buttons became furniture, people, anything I wanted them to be. My own mother remembered playing under the table as her mother and friends quilted together.

  • Jaye
    May 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I am telling the Crafty Ladies group at our church about the pin cushions.

    My favorite crafting memory is when I made angels with my Mom when she was suffering with lung cancer. We laughed and cried while making angels together.

  • Karen
    May 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I have my grandma’s treadle sewing machine,which is very special to me.

  • michelle N.
    May 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I emailed the link to my sisters and friends.

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. It is always hard to say goodbye to loved ones.

  • michelle N.
    May 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Some of my favorite sewing memories are from when I was a young girl on my first Bernina machine! I entered in a “fashion” contest of garments that were sewn by the entrants. I WON! :) What a memory.

  • Susan
    May 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’m emailing the link to this episode to my daughter, a school teacher, who finally has some time on her hands this summer. Thanks so much!! You always have such cute & creative ideas.

  • Tina Osborne
    May 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m tellint the ladies in my quilt guild. I think it would be fun to make a pincushion when it is my turn to teach a project.

  • Lori Kramer
    May 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Having my own “circle of friends” (our official group name)
    Gives me the opportunity to share the great projects
    And episode of DIY Dish. We meet every Tuesday morning
    To enjoy handwork, applique, quilting and friendship.
    My favorite craft memories reside in our laughter filled times
    Together. My absolute favorite included a few days in a house
    We use for beach trips, an heirloom recreation of an old
    Family Christmas Tree Skirt where I used hand dyed wool,
    Threads, beads and trims and the misinterpreted
    Hand signals which caused one of us to
    Drive into a large car sized hole in the ground.
    (it was dark, causing no damage and ultimately

  • Diane L.
    May 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    My grandma started the sewing trend in my family. Love the ideas.

  • May 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Tweeted and liked on FB. Can’t remember my favorite crafting memory because there are so many!

  • Susan Matheson
    May 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    So far I have shared these ideas with my 23 year old daughter who likes to scrapbook. I love the pin cushion and plan to make one for myself.

  • Julie
    May 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The crafting memory that comes to mind is making my own Christmas ornaments for my first Christmas tree when I got married. We couldn’t afford to buy ornaments, so I made them all. I still have some of them left 20 years later. My boys like to put them on their tree now that my “Mom” tree has new matching decorations on it. It is always nice to be able to DIY projects to save money! Adorn it is brilliant! Love all their stuff!

  • Michele Deedy
    May 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    As a kid, I was always crafting! My sister was always at the sewing machine. I would sit and watch her for hours. That is how I learned to sew! She was so patient and seemed proud to teach me! My mom also had a hand in my craftiness, teaching me to cross stitch, embroider, and even smock! I also loved to “scrapbook” as a kid. Whenever I meet someone who does something fun, I always want to learn. My newest love is jewelry making! So, today, as an adult, my house is a mess and I always have a lot of projects going on! I love it!!!

  • darlene
    May 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    love the combo of fabric and paper and i’ve shared it with good friends … i love all the ideas and hope to win on the giveaway, making it easier to start …. LOL …

  • Beverly Roberts
    May 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Loved this episode…just getting into scrapbooking and will want to try one of the albums. I am always looking for pincushion ideasl, also.

  • Jeanelle
    May 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    My favorite crafting memory is learning to sew on my grandmother’s sewing machine.

  • May 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I shared on facebook!

    One of my favorite crafting memories is of my Mom taking me to the RS craft nights and learning to tole paint!

  • Debbie Cooper
    May 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for another great episode! The book is just what I was looking for for my son and his future wife. I will share this episode on facebook.

  • Edie Fagg
    May 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I keep making some of the items you have demonstrated and my girls always ask where I got the pattern. I had them both over yesterday and went to some of the episodes you have done. I think I have them hooked. They said they were going home to look up the DIY and look at all your designs. I kept telling them how easy they were. Keep making these adorable items. I really enjoy them. Thank you.

  • Kelly Sas
    May 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I shared this post today with my cousin and friend. We got together to sew a kit that we all had bought at a sewing seminar.

  • May 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I let all my crafting friends and family know about your cool website and all the fun crafts you share with us. Keep the ideas coming please.

  • May 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I have such fond memories of my times quilting with my friends. We call ourselves the Double D’s which doesn’t stand for what you think it does! It is for the Domestic Divas. We get together as much as we can to share our love of crafting and quilting. We always meet at least once a month to quilt together and share good food with each other. We would love to make it a weekly get together but unfortunately work, family and other commitments get in our way of crafting fun!

  • thelma
    May 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    well girls, believe it or not, at the age of 52, i just made my first pinwheel square! yup, it was my first ever quilt square……and i used it to make a pincushion! love it, love it, love it! thanks to you and your grandmother’s memory!

  • Kelly Sas
    May 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was a newlywed. I was fortunate to live near her and she had a sewing machine. I would go to her house on weekends. After making a few easy sew items like pot holders, place mats and a easy top. For our first Christmas as a married couple my grandmother helped me make a bathrobe for my husband. I used some of her fancy stitches to line the lapel of the robe. That was 33 years ago and my husband STILL has that robe. Thanks for the great trip down memory lane. I miss my grandmother but am so blessed to have wonderful memories of her!

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