Quilting | Sewing a Polka Dot Table Runner

Quilting – the act of cutting perfectly good fabric into little pieces and then sewing them back together again.

Quilters are people who enjoy cutting new fabric apart to sew it together again. It sounds counter-intuitive and a bit crazy, but it is actually fun to do. I’m lucky to have a mom who is a Quilting Queen, so I never have to learn from a book or even take a class. I just go sit in her sewing room when I want to learn something new or get help with a project I’m thinking about.

Quilting a Table Runner - Tulips and new table cloth  blog post by iHanna
More Polka Dots and another table cloth? Indeed. You can never have too many polka dotted things in your life. Also a iHanna quote…

This time I wanted to tackle making a table runner for the living room table. I have a few ones I really like already that I alternate between, but not one that I have made myself. And I wanted this one to scream iHanna style out loud.

I picked mostly polka dot fabrics (and some of the new ones I recently bought plus just a hint of stolen fabric from mom’s stash) in my current color crush combination: magenta pink and bright orange. Isn’t that the most stunning combination of all times? I’m in love with it.

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My New Polka Dot Art Table (video)

I like a lot of different styles when it comes to interior decorating, and I always admire those that has all-white rooms in their houses. But as an artist, I could never pull that style of, no matter how much I try. At least I don’t think so…

Hello my new polka dot table

Maybe if I had a living room that was rarely used? But then again, each time I would enter with my polka dot socks and striped sweater it would be ruined (or complement?) and the pristine witness of the room gone… Then I would sit down on the couch and spread out my journal, my watercolor set and my embroidery… So why bother with trying something I can never be? I will have to keep admiring (and pinning) the white, clean home images and be who I am, which is colorful and messy.

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New Workshop: Hacking the Color Wheel – Art Journaling for Creative Rebels

Wanna take hack the color wheel and take an awesome art journal workshop this year? Then this is your chance, right now. I am one of the guest teachers in Kiala Givehand’s upcoming workshop called Hacking the Color Wheel – Art Journaling for Creative Rebels. Love this title so much, don’t you? It’s about book binding, art journaling, color play and experimentation. Yum!

Art Journal Page: the iHanna Color Wheel

Paint your own Personal Color Wheel, and exercise from Kiala I did last year. Love my pink color wheel…

There will be two sessions of Hacking the Color Wheel in 2017. The first session, where I’m one of the guest teachers is starting in June alredy (yay!) and the second one is in November 2017.

They are sold separately or as a bundle, so you can decide what fits you best. You will have access to each one a lot longer than the two weeks we’re in “session”, but when they’re on there will be more of a community feel and some live stuff happening that is quite exiting. Right now they’re on pre-sale for a great price.

Do not miss out on the pre-sale – sign up today!

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My New Hand Bound Art Journal with Embroidered Cover

I am a big fan of art journaling as many of you know. But with the swap taking up my time in April, it’s been way too long since I wrote about my biggest obsession… So today I am sharing my latest hand bound book with you guys. It’s an Art Journal with a free form mixed media embroidered cover that I think turned out so yummy.

At the end of this post there’s a quick flip through video of this shiny new journal too. I hope you like it.

New blog post: Hand bound Art Journal by iHanna a.k.a Hanna Andersson #artjournal #embroidery

With this blank book I have actually managed to combine a couple of my passions into one project; abstract painting and embroidery on the cover of a journal I bound myself (love journaling, love book binding). The binding method is one I’ve done a couple of times before. I’m not sure what the proper name for it is, but I call the binding “diamond stitch”, since it creates a decorative and rad diamond pattern on the spine.

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Happy Mail: Postcard Dance Party

Do you love to get Happy Mail too? I think most people would be happier if they got more happy mail. Around here it’s soon time to send out our DIY Postcards and let them become Happy Mail. But until then, let’s have a dance party. Since yesterday was my birthday I’m inviting you to join me in this wee dance party before we head out to the post office at the end of this week…

Happy Mail: Postcard Dance Party by iHanna #diypostcardswap #happymail

After I made the Crazy Hat Party video I decided to give stop motion another try. I’m hooked, it is SO fun to see your images move around on the screen. This one turned out a little better in terms of light and movement, although it’s very short and kind of silly. Well, very silly. It’s about getting the right hat, but also about loving yourself and having a dance party on your own if you need it…

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Painting a pair of Shoes

On my list of things to try in my Crafty Lifetime, painting shoes is one item that I can now check off! I have altered a pair of fake leather shoes and painted them using acrylic paint (first white, then two coats of pink). It was super easy to do, although not too durable I’m happy I finally just did it.

Me in my painted shoes (and crazy socks that does not match - yay artist freedom) - by @ihanna #diyfashion
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Humorous Postcard: The Crazy Hat Party

I love a good pun, but making a Humorous Postcard is not as easy as I thought when I first started out. I thought I could google up some humor and be done with it… But the funny thing about this postcard (to me at least) is the making of it. I had fun trying out different options when putting it together. But how do you show that in the card?

Ah well, I made a funny video about how hard it can be (on some days) to decide what to wear…
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Video Tutorials | How to Make Fabric Postcards

Fabric Postcards are fascinating to me, maybe because they’re a bit more unusual than DIY postcards made from regular paper? I love the idea of fabric as a collage material. And I love the texture of fabrics. Some of the fabric postcards I’ve seen online are really cool, and I don’t think they need to be complicated to make either. Just because it’s fabric we think: labor intensive, right? But not entirely true though.

How to Sew / Quilt Fabric Postcards video tutorials and #diypostcardswap by iHanna #fabric #postcards

Recently I’ve been looking through YouTube to find the best tutorials on how to quilt fabric postcards, or how to use a sewing machine to make them anyway. The quality of the videos vary a lot (some of them are a few years old), but I found some that are inspiring in one way or other. I made a tutorial list that I’m sharing with you below. Let me know if you find it inspiring. YouTube can be such a jungle of content, but once you find something that inspires you it’s fun to share it…

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The Midori Traveler’s Notebook System | The ultimate guide

Have you fallen in love with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook System yet? As a notebook junkie, I fell hard and fast for this notebook system when I found it online, and my love for it continues. It is so so yummy!

If you’ve fallen in love with it too, you already know how a notebook system can capture your heart and make you swoon over it’s existence. How it makes you a happier and more content human being. Right? This notebook system is so simple that it is genius. Simply genius.

Facts and fascination of the genius idea behind the midori traveler's notebook system #midori #TN (or fauxdoris)

I’m in love with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook System and this post has been in the making for a long time… When I find new notebooks to love, I want to share them with you guys.

If you haven’t heard about the Midori Traveler’s Notebook system yet this post is for you. Since it is my favorite thing in resent years I’ve obsessed about it on my own, but not talked about it much even though I’ve posted a couple of images to my instagram and mentioned it here and there. But I want to share all of it with you. I hope it inspires you. I hope this will be interesting to newbies and seasoned traveler notebook junkies alike, please share additional resources with me below in the comments for further reading. In another blog post I’ll show you peeks into my own creative notebooks and the traveler’s notebook system I’ve created. This will grow into a blog series about these notebooks, I’m sure.

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Pen pals, Postcards and my Messy Desk

As a kid I had many pen pals. I wrote hundreds of letters up until around the age of 20 I think, but then I lost contact with most of my pen pals and my bestie moved closer to me. E-mail became available (and I remember how extremely exiting that was – a new form of super quick, private and immediate communication).

On my messy desk by iHanna #diypostcardswap #mailart

I guess I lost interest in the art of writing letters by hand, or at least found new interests that filled my time. And even back then, when I did write mostly by hand, I loved typing my letters up and printing them out, trying different fonts and making them look fancy like a magazine, so when it comes to communicating I think that computers and e-mail was my jam…

These days I write my letters on this blog, to all of you and those whom it may concern, about what I make and think about. My mail art has therefor always been of the handmade postcard variety, short and sweet, with the focus on the visual front rather than the words on the back.

I like postcards so much because they’re like a moving exhibition, where the postman and the rest of the family (and world when shared online) gets to view them too, without opening personally addressed envelopes or having to look into a private art journal…

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