DIY Quliting 101| Patchwork for a Simple Quilt

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Well, I’m back at it again with another update on my quilt I’m working on. I made some measurement errors that I just noticed after I have sown everything together (you’ll see a picture below) but the quilt is not a TOTAL lost. It can be fixed and I’m going to fix it.

Here (pictured below) is all of the patches put together, according to my pattern. But as you can see it doesn’t all line up. AND, its smaller than I imagined it to be.

So…. Now what? I have a plan.

I am going to repeat half of the pattern to make the quilt wider before sewing on the boarder. I think adding about 12 more inches will make it a nice size for a lap quilt.

Honestly, my time for quilting has been limited lately, because I’ve been busy. But I really want to get this quilt done soon. So, my goal is to complete it in the next 2 weeks. the next DIY Quilting 101 blog post I post will be the finally post to wrap up this project. FINGERS CROSSED!

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DIY Quilting 101 | How to start a simple Quilt

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So, I was cleaning out my craft closet and found a bunch of  fabric I had from my quilting days. It’s been at least a year since I made a quilt and I think it’s time that I put my sewing skills back to use. I’m excited to start back creating quilts and of course I want to share this experience with y’all. I find quilting to be a very suttle hobby. It’s relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. So I will be instructing you on how to make your own simple quilt. 

I sew all of my quilts by hand only using a sewing machine when necessary. Don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best sewer. I taught myself how to sew and quilt. My best advice with this skill is practice makes perfect. 

What you will need to start: 

  • Basic sewing skills 
  • A cutting mat or a hard surface to cut on
  • Rotary Cutter or  Fabric Scissors
  • Marker or fabric pencil
  •  Patchwork shapes or Rotary Rulers 
  • Cotton Quilting Fabric (4 to 6 different patterns)
  • Cotton thread 
  • Sewing needle

For starters, you want to find or create a quilt pattern. If you are up for the challenge you can free hand draw/ layout your own pattern  or you can find free patterns and measurements on Pinterest. For this project, I created my own pattern (shown in picture below). I used graph paper to sketch out the shapes exactly how I wanted them and mapped out which fabrics to use. I will be using 5 different cotton fabric designs for this quilt. 

After you’ve selected a pattern, it’s time to layout your fabrics and start cutting. You want to make sure that you cut all your pieces in the beginning so that you don’t have to stop and cut once you’ve started sewing. For my sketched pattern I labeled each patch with a number to determine which fabric design I will be using. 

Pictured in my pattern you can see that each box is labeled with a number 1  through 5. I marked my fabrics 1 through 5. Using the measurements in my pattern, I start with #1 cutting all the different sizes I will need with that fabric design then moved on to #2 and so on until all my fabric is cut. Use a marker or fabrice pencil to trace your lines for cutting. Once you have everything cut, I suggest laying it out on a flat service so you can see how your quilt will look once it’s all put together. 

Now that you have all your pieces cut out, start at the top and sew everything together piece by piece according to your pattern. If you are a pro on the sewing machine, you may find it easier and faster to use a sewing machine. But I like to hand sew my pieces together (at least for this part). This may take you some time. So don’t get frustrated. Take you time and sew at your own pace. 

The cutting process took me a little over an hour to do. I spent about 2 hours sewing my pieces together in one night and completed the first half of this quilting pattern. In the next blog I will be showing the finished results of sewing all the fabric pieces together for this quilt and how to add a border and the backing to complete a simple quilt. 

I hope you are as excited as I am. TELL ME (in the comment section below) how it goes. Have you ever made a quilt before? Or are you just getting started with this new hobby? 

Happy Stitching!!!!

DIY | Painting Fabric with Chalk Paint

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Today is a you’re lucky day… another blog post! That’s 3 in one week. I’m really on a roll. I just couldn’t let this content sit until next week.

So, a few weeks ago I was in Goodwill and saw this pretty chair that I thought would look pretty in pink. I purchased the chair for $15.

Supplies needed:

  • Rust-oleum Chalk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray bottle with water

Step 1: Spray the furniture fabric with water, soaking the fabric really good.

Step 2: Paint the entire piece of furniture, using the paint brush. Let it dry completely for about 24-hours.

Step 3: Use the sand paper to sand the furniture piece. This will soften up the fabric and prevent it from felling crunchy.

Step 4: Paint a 2nd coat. This project will take about 3-4 coats of paint. Be use to let each coat of paint dry completely before starting a new coat. DO NOT spray with water after the 1st coat.

Step 5: Paint or stain the furniture legs any color you’d like.

Step 6: Use a furniture wax to seal the paint.

After 3 coats of Chalk Paint & Wax

This project took 5 days to complete, because I let the paint dry for at least a day before applying another coat. I spent about $42 on the chair, paint, and supplies.

My goals was to put together a cute little sitting /reading area in my small 1 bedroom apartment. I feel really good about what I was able to put together and think it goes really good with the decor of my apartment. Someone once told me, “the way your apartment looks should reflex you as a person”. I’ve been on a journey of decorating my apartment exactly the way I want it and this area is a beautiful addition. It’s cute and chic just like me!

Wall Decor: Dream Catcher

Tuffing Board

Fur Stool

June Creations and DIY Class

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I can’t believe June is almost over. This month has been good to me. I hosted my very first DIY class, met some cool people and made some business connections that I am excited about. So, let me show you what I created this month.

Baby showers are my favorite to decorate and make gifts for.

Letters and Onesies made by me…

I’ve been putting my cricut skills to use to make some dope crafts. I made some logo apparel for a client and a new “branded” tee for me. I’ve been thinking about doing some “passionista” merch ….. stay tuned!

Lastly, my DIY class was bomb. I taught a class of about 7 craftors how to make dreamcatchers using a hula hoop, fabric, twine, and ribbon. We had so much fun talking and crafting. Some of the craftors brought wine and snacks, so we shared snacks while we did our craft project. It was honestly amazing and I’m so glad it was a great experience, not just for me but for the guest as well.

Special thanks to Bianca Octavia of the DIYher Workshop for allowing me to host this event at her workshop. She is truly a DIY inspiration. I look forward to collaborating with her on so many more projects.

Which leads me to my next announcement….. I will be hosting another DIY class on July 19th at DIYher Workshop!!!!!!!!!

DIY | Bath Bomb Making Kit

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You all know by now, I love and cherish my self care remedies. One thing I enjoy doing is taking a hot bath with bath bombs and candles to relax my mind, body, and spirit. I always purchase my bath bombs from Lush but I thought I’d try making some DIY Bath Bombs.

I discovered a company called Grow and Make, that selling DIY crafting kits for every occasion. I’m going to be using a Bath Bomb Making Kit to make some Lavender Bath Bombs for my next self care hot bath session. This kit came complete with all the items needed to make Bath Bombs at home, simple and easy.

6 bath bomb molds, rubber bands, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt, almond oil, rose petals, lavender buds, calendula petals, essential oil, colorant, and pipettes.

Only additional materials needed that were not included in the kit are a mixing bowl, measuring spoons and a whisk.

My Impression of the Kit

The kit is a great idea and I highly recommend it for first timers, like myself. Bath Bombs are not hard to make and I’m pretty sure there are many YouTube videos to show you how to make them. But this kit includes everything needed to make 12 bath bombs and molds to make more later. Not only did the kit include specific instructions it also presented some tips and tricks for different ways to put a special twist on your homemade bombs. I found the instructions easy to follow and make. I was given 2 recipes (one for Rose and Calendula and another for Lavender), I choose to make a batch of 6 Lavender bath bombs. My bath bombs turn out wonderfully. I was happy to use them to relax and unwind. The experience with using them was just as rewarding and relaxing as making them.

For the recipe and instruction head over to growandmake.com to order your DIY kit and use TRYDIY for $5 off your order.

DIY Projects | April Creations

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For Easter, I created a few custom orders for Easter buckets for a few special kids. I ordered the tin buckets from RCS Blanks and using my Circuit Explore Air 2 to customize each bucket with a user bunny and name.

If you are in the Atlanta area and interested in taking a DIY class, DIYher Workshop has a few interesting classes coming up, check them out below.

Candle Making

Learn step-by-step how to create candles by mixing and measuring %100 natural soy wax with highly scented fragrances. All candles will be available for pick-up the next day after they are done cooling.

DIY Rope Basket

Learn how to turn a regular laundry bin into a beautiful rope basket! This no sew technique can be used to create a blanket basket and other affordable DIY home decor.


DIY | How to make a Aloe Vera Hair Mask

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I’ve been all about treating and caring for my natural hair lately. On top of mastering my wash n’ go style, I have switched up my hair wash routine (updated hair wash blog coming soon). One step that I used to skip in my hair wash routine is a mask, but I recently started applying a hair mask after shampooing and conditioning.

I am going to teach you how to make your own hair mask using a Aloe Vera leaf. Aloe Vera can help with hair growth, dandruff, split ends, deep conditioning, and detangling. This specific mask will help with hair growth providing the proper nutrition and get rid hair problems.

What you’ll need:

Aloe vera leaf. (purchased the leaf from Sprouts)

Pure Olive Oil.

A blender.

Step 1: Cut the skin off.

Step 2: Mix Aloe Vera gel and 3 to 5 tablespoons of Olive Oil together in the blender

To apply to hair, I like to put the mask in a bowl and section my hand into small sections. Using my hands I apply the mask to each section of my hair. I tend to let the mask soak in my hair for 30 + minutes before washing out, with cold water.

Don’t throw the skin away!!!!!! You can use it on your skin.

Aloe Vera can be used to clear up your skin and keep it healthy. So use the skin from the aloe vera leaf and rub it all over your body.

DIY | Tuffing Class at DIYher Workshop

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DIYher Workshop is a new studio in Atlanta operated by the talented, Bianca Octavia. Bianca has taken her creativity to a new height, she will be hosting DIYher workshops and private crafting parties. The DIYher is a beginners workshop series designed to teach women how to build, craft, cook, and create. The first DIYher workshop was Tuffing 101, Bianca lead the class for a hands on learning experience with creating a fun sized cuffing board. 

I was so excited to finally learn the tuffing technique. I’ve watched many YouTube tutorials of creatives making headboard, office memo boards, and upholstering furniture, but I never felt confident enough to make one. When I saw the flyer for the Tuffing 101 workshop, I knew I had to attend. Bianca is super sweet and a really great instructor. She’s very hands on and creative as a DIYher and workshop instructor. The workshop was only $30 and included all the supplies and wine needed for the project. I’ve never been to a DIY class before so I didn’t have any expectations. Soon as I walked into the studio, I was in awe of the workshop set up, the open space and location. The studio really embodies creativity, making it a relaxing place to learn, create and share. I had so much fun throughout the workshop. We learned how to make cuffing boards step by step, listen to music and talked, took pictures, enjoyed some wine.

I think I’ve found my new favorite “me time” place. I love when I can get lost in a project that allows me to create something amazing but takes my mind off everything else going on in my life for hours. I’ll be attending many more workshops.

For upcoming events and to purchase tickets to attend a DIYher Workshop, visit the website and follow Bianca on IG.


March Creations and Event

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March has came and gone. It has been filled with so many ups and downs, but I’m grateful to enter into Spring.

This month I had the pleasure of putting together a Networking Expo along side my Millennial Moguls of Atlanta Co-founders. The Young Black Networking Expo Vol.2 was held on March 23rd at the World Congress Center – Junior Achievement Discovery Center. We had over 30 millennial business owners as vendors and a day full of networking and collaborations. Here are a few pictures of the event:

My creations the month….

I tried making my very D.I.Y dream catcher and it turned out better than I thought, so an D.I.Y blog will be coming soon.

February| Passion Palette Creations

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So, I thought I would end the month by sharing some of the custom orders and creations I’ve completed this month. As some of you may know, I am an Event Planner and I have a small business called The Passion Palette specializing in events, customer decor and gifts, and marketing consulting. One of my goals for 2019, is to expand my business by advertising and collaborating more. I want to start sharing more of my work with you all. My new challenge is to share my creations each month in a blog post and develop a web page for The Passion Palette.

This month, I completed 2 custom order and 1 event. My photographer hasn’t gotten back to me with the photos from my most recent event. But I do have picture of the custom order from this month.

Custom Order: Travel Coffee Cups

Custom Order: Personalized Wine Glass w/ Glitter

If you are in need of promotional material, gifts, or decor for your home or business, consider hiring me. I can ship to anywhere in the USA, no international inquires at this time. To place a order email passionlockedblog@gmail.com or DM on instagram.