Hearts and Burlap Canvas Tutorial

I have a Hearts and Burlap Canvas Tutorial to share with you today!  This is a super easy project with NO sewing involved!

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

You’ll have the perfect “heart“work for Valentine’s Day in just an hour, so get out your pink or red fabric scraps and let’s get to it.

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

The supplies for this project may require a special trip to your local fabric & craft store (this may or may not be a good thing).  You will need the following:

  • Art canvas, 11″ x 14″
  • Burlap, 12″ wide x 16″
  • Craft spray adhesive (permanent)
  • Fusible Web (I used Floriani’s Appli-Kay Wonder)
  • Assorted pink fabric scraps

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I want to take a moment to tell you about the fusible web I used for the hearts.  This is the first time I’ve tried Floriani’s Appli-Kay Wonder and it was perfect for this project.  It is fusible on one side and sticky on the other.  When you peel away the paper, you have a pressure sensitive side that makes it really easy to position things temporarily.  Once you have it all in place, then you fuse!  (I’m not getting compensated for this review; it’s just my own opinion).  You can use any kind of fusible web that you already have, but I wouldn’t suggest anything ultra-light for this project.  The stronger the better!

Here are the steps to make your own Hearts and Burlap Canvas:

  1. Cut the burlap into an 11″ x 14″ rectangle.  You can fray the edges very easily by pulling one or more of the burlap fibers.
  2. You’ll need 12 hearts for this project.  You can draw your own heart or use my template.  Here’s the pdf file: Canvas Heart Templates  Make sure to print it out at ACTUAL SIZE (no scaling).  You can even print this directly onto certain fusible web products (see manufacturer’s instructions).
  3. Trace the heart shape onto the paper side of your fusible product.  Cut out each heart about 1/4″ outside of the traced shape.
  4. Press onto the WRONG side of the fabric scrap (follow manufacturer’s instructions).  Cut shape directly on the traced line.  Make 12 hearts.
  5. Peel away the paper backing.  Arrange the heart shapes onto the burlap rectangle.

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


6.  Fuse into place, using a teflon applique sheet or parchment paper underneath the burlap.  Since burlap is such an open weave, this will keep any fusible from sticking onto your pressing surface.  I also placed a piece of muslin between the iron and the hearts/burlap to protect my iron.

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


7.  Now you’re ready to adhere the hearts and burlap onto your canvas.  Lay down some old newspaper to protect your surface from getting sticky.  Spray the canvas with an even coat of adhesive spray.  Carefully place the burlap onto the canvas, centering it and pressing down with your hands.

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


That’s it!  You’re done.  No sewing, no stitching around hearts, no pressing seams, no basting or binding.  Sweet and simple hearts, my friends.

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


Now go decorate a little corner of your home:

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

Hearts & Burlap Canvas Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter


And if you are still feeling adventurous, use the left-over burlap scraps and fabric to make a cute little Valentine’s Day card:

heart card white copy

I hope you have enjoy this little project!  I {heart} u, too!


WIP’s and UFO’s oh my!

WIP’s and UFO’s oh my!  January seems like a good time to get a handle on some of those long forgotten projects, and it’s always fun to show you what I’ve been working on.

I’ve finished block #2 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves.  These blocks are so much fun to make AND I’m using up my Bonnie & Camille stash at the same time!

sew sweetness block 2 copy


When I saw this Simple heart quilt tutorial by Allison Harris at Cluck Cluck Sew, I dropped everything else I had planned and started pulling fabric from my stash.  I LOVE how darn cute this is!

heart quilt large copy

I used a charm pack (5″ squares) of Pirouette by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics.  It’s romantically perfect!

heart quilt fabrics copy


Speaking of stash, have you heard of the Sew My Stash 2015 Challenge at Project: Leasa?  It’s highly motivating and it feels so good to use what I already have (to make room for what I don’t need future purchases).  This weekend she has issued the first challenge and it’s a Valentine’s Day theme.  How perfect is that?  You can find more information and ideas for projects at Weekend Challenge 1.

I’ve been playing with hexagons and English paper piecing; they’re utterly addicting.  I don’t know what I’ll make with them, but I’m sure it will be something sweet.  Another scrap buster, too.

hexies in progress copy


How’s your list of UFO’s going?  Do you even have a list?  I’m starting one today, and I’m going to hook up with the folks at All People Quilt and begin their 2015 UFO challenge.  All you need to do is make a numbered list of 12 projects you want to finish in 2015 (it doesn’t have to be quilting). At the beginning of each month, they’ll pick a number and that’s the one you have to finish for that month.  Here’s a picture of my list:

APQ Challenge Jan a copy


The magic number for January is 4.  On my list, that’s the Classic Meets Modern QAL from 2014 at Sew at Home Mummy.  I have 9 blocks completed, so I need to finish 3 more AND baste, quilt and bind it!  When I’m done, I’ll have my first rainbow quilt.

APQ Challenge Jan copy


I DO have a finish to show you.  I wanted a quick and easy project after the holidays.  I made three zipper pouches using the pattern, Bridget’s Bagettes from Atkinson’s Designs.  It took me three hours to complete all three.  It’s a great pattern!

pouches fabric copy


The clear vinyl wasn’t so bad to work with once we became friends. There are three different pouch sizes: small, medium and large.  The large pouch is just the right size to hold my rotary cutter:

Favorite pouch copy


The fabric I used is Dreamin’ Vintage by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have the fat quarter collection and I love it!  I think I have enough to make a thousand pouches (more or less)!

dreamin vintage fabric copy


I have one more finished project, but you only get a sneak peak of an upcoming tutorial:

sneak peak

I’ll be back on Friday with a Burlap & Canvas Hearts tutorial.  See you soon!


Let’s get acquainted!

Let’s get acquainted!  I’ve seen a large growth in my followers since the holidays, and I want to take a moment to say welcome and give you a few highlights of the past year and a little tour around the blog.

First of all, thank you for following The Crafty Quilter.  I’ve hit some big milestones in terms of numbers of followers:  over 3,200 subscribers by email, 1,000 on BlogLovin’, and 140 on Feedly.  That’s a lot of peeps out there, and I am honored that you have allowed me into your cyberspace!

{Just so you know, MOST of the images in this post are clickable links.  In general, I try to do that when it’s applicable.}

I have lots of free tutorials that you can check out on my Tutorials Tab.  You’ll find small quilts, a scarf, quilt blocks, cards, and lots of projects for the holidays.

Tutorials at The Crafty Quilter


I teach beginning quilt classes, as well as a few technique classes such as machine applique and free motion quilting.  Having a blog is a great tool for sharing ideas and tips with my students.  You can find those at the Tips & Techniques Tab.

Tips & Tutorials @ The Crafty Quilter


Last year I began a “Let’s Talk” series where I introduce a topic and my thoughts about it.  You get to participate by commenting on the subject.  The first topic was Pressing Seams Open vs. to the Side.  There were lots of great comments on that one!

Pressing Seams to the Side vs. Open @ The Crafty Quilter


The second “Let’s Talk” topic was on sewing machines.  This was a two part discussion; Sewing Machine Recommendations and Sewing Machine Advice . It’s a great resource for those of you who are in the market for a new machine. I learned a lot from doing my own research and from your comments as well.

Sewing Machine Advice @ The Crafty Quilter


Last year was BIG for me on the “quilt career” front as I got to work with The Quilt Show and Alex Anderson in particular as their Block of the Month specialist for 2014.  I gave tips and video lessons each month as members followed along with A-Z for Ewe and Me, an alphabet sampler designed by Janet Stone.  It’s a beautiful quilt and I was thrilled to work with Alex and her team during filming.

A-Z for Ewe and Me by Janet Stone

I also got to work behind the scenes during TQS’s location shoots in the Bay Area and got to know Ricky Tims, Justin Shults, their guests Roberta Horton, Mary Mashuta, Sally Collins, crew members and more.  I’ve been asked to do additional videos for them in the future on a project or topic of my own choosing!  What to do, what to do?!

Last year I helped form the Silicon Valley Modern Quilt Guild along with Julie Dueck, owner of The Intrepid Thread.  I was their vice-president in 2014, and this year I am co-president along with Julie.  I’m also heading to Austin, Texas for Quilt Con in February and I’m so excited!  Is anyone else going?  I’d love to meet up with you!  Leave a comment or email me if you want to connect.

BlogButton QuiltCon


On the first Sunday of each month, I present Sew Thankful Sunday.  This has been a popular event where I share the tutorials and work of other bloggers that are currently happening.  I appreciate what everyone contributes to the quilting community, and I try to steer traffic in their direction AND find new projects for you to enjoy!

Sew Thankful Sunday @ The Crafty Quilter

If you’d like to take a peek inside my sewing room, then you’ll want to go to My Sewing Room Tour.  It’s nothing too exciting, but I’m thrilled to have a space I can call my own.  Believe me, it does not look like the pictures most of the time.  If there’s an open space or surface, I’ll fill it (just ask my husband)!

My Sewing Room @ The Crafty Quilter

I am extremely blessed to have a loving and supportive family.  Currently it’s my husband, myself and our Brittany spaniel, Cooper, at home now.  We have three girls and one boy.  The oldest daughter is married and the second daughter (3rd child) is engaged.  Our son works and lives close by and our youngest daughter is a junior at UC Davis. If you’re wondering if I’m a grandma yet, the answer is SOON!  Kelly is pregnant and due in July.  We are SO excited!

Cefalu Family, San Diego, 2014

Kelly & Steven, Allen & Julie, Jon, Sara, Nicole & John

Plans for this year include more free tutorials, a post about my favorite tools for applique, another “Let’s Talk” discussion, and finishing some UFO’s.  I love all the holidays, so you can be sure that I’ll have something to show you soon (think Valentine’s Day).

My favorite thing to do is create, especially with fabric but also with paper, photography, crafts and gardening.  I’m always thinking of ways to share that creativity with others.  I’m so glad I get to do that with you.  Thanks for following my creative journey!


Sew Thankful Sunday, January 2015

Welcome to Sew Thankful Sunday, January 2015!

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button

I’m so glad you’re joining me today as I share with you many projects and events from other bloggers that I’m sew thankful for.  I love the beginning of the year when everything feels fresh; it’s a good time to start some new projects or finish up those old ones.  You might find something below to inspire you along those lines!

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  Let’s start with the Urban ChurnDash sew along from Natalia Bonner at Piece N Quilt.  This is a fun, modern twist on the traditional churn dash block and I love the colors in the graphic below:

urban churndash sew along with natalia bonner

2.  If you’re looking for motivation to finish up some projects, then you’ll want to visit Melissa at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Shanna at Fiber of All Sorts.  They are co-hosting the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes.  There is a monthly link-up and prizes for finishes.

ALovely Year of Finishes

3.  It’s a New Year and there’s a New Mystery happening at Little Bits of This & That.  Sherri is giving you a little bit of a clue as to the type of project for this mystery – it’s a wall hanging.  This would be a perfect way to use up some scraps!

mystery mondays

4. January is the beginning of My Favorite Things Mystery BOM happening at Quilt Doodle Doodles.  Cindy is combining applique and traditional piecing to stitch together some of her favorite things starting with a snowman and a Christmas tree this month.  The pattern is free during the month it is introduced; past blocks will be available for a small fee.

BOM Logo

5.  I enjoy tutorials for individual quilt blocks and Jen at Quilter in the Closet has recently posted two tutorials:  Ashley’s Star and Ashley’s Star Alternate.  They look great together or alone and measure 12 1/2″ inches (unfinished).

Ashleys star tutorial

Ashley’s Star Alternate Block Tutorial @ Quilter in the Closet


6.  Here’s another free quilt block pattern that is for all of you paper piecers out there:  the Texas Star Quilt Block by Amy at 13 Spools.  This is so cute I might just have to break my paper piecing phobia to try it out.

texas star quilt block

Texas Star Quilt Block Pattern by Amy Garro


7.  If you have a fat quarter bundle lying around, it might find a new home in this beautiful, free quilt pattern, Directional, by Melissa at 100 Billion Stars.  Quick and easy and so adorable!

directional quilt pattern

“Directional” Quilt Pattern by Melissa @ 100 Billion Stars


Thanks for joining me today and for showing your support of all of these talented contributors to the blog world.  Have a wonderful week!


Hello 2015

Hello 2015.  Sometimes I don’t know where to start when I’m blogging, especially after I’ve been absent for a while.  I’m already so far behind this year – I feel like today is the first day of 2015 and it’s already January 7.  I haven’t even put away the Christmas decorations yet; or published the first Sew Thankful Sunday post for January; or started my online class “Move More Eat Well” which began January 1.

But that’s o.k.  I have done one thing today that I’m happy about.  I’ve picked my ONE WORD for the year.  Do any of you do that?  Pick a word to focus on for the whole year?



My word for 2015 is SIMPLIFY.


I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one word.  A few of my goals for the year are to become more organized and to create more balance in my life.  I think if I focus on simplicity, it will guide me to both of those.  I don’t want to feel like I’m drowning in guilt, overcommitment, and too much stuff.  I’m still going to do what I love and that means blogging and quilting and teaching.  I’m just going to tone it down a little; bring my life into balance. Hmmm, it sounds good already.

That’s it for now.  {‘m keeping it simple}.