...and the crafting I get done in between all the activity of three very busy boys.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
one FQ of each Hope Valley print they had
I have started playing with my favorite new things, too. While visiting my inlaws, I was able to make a trip to the Fabric Shack. They have so much online, but actually carting around bolts is much more fun!
random fun from their $2.98/yd scrap pile
It was funny, a mother and daughter arrived at the same time I did. They usually order online, too. Between the three of us, I think we tore the whole place apart, pulling huge piles of bolts from nearly every shelf. Oh, and a young girl was with her mother - they had a Figgy Pudding layer cake and Amanda Jean's latest Moda Bake Shop pattern in hand, choosing Kona solids. Love it!
I actually had a fairly good plan going in. I have committed myself to making FOUR auction donation quilts due mid February through mid March. I sketched and quilty mathed them all so I had fabric amounts ready to select. I'll share more about their plans and construction as I go nuts trying to get them all done in time.
This group will be kind of a ticker tape that 83 fifth graders will create. Luckily the place was pretty much empty, so the nice woman cutting my stuff didn't seem to mind my big piles. She was kind enough to humor me and put each pile into separate bags so I could keep them all straight!
Two quilts will be made for a local church preschool. The teacher had the children paint on muslin squares. Both will be kind of scrappy, using a good amount of Nicey Jane, Moda's 1974 and some Park Slope(they had a big pile of both in their clearance loft!), and a few other cool prints.
I picked up some Joel Dewberry HomeDec weight I had preordered for the back of the finial quilt, which will be like the picnic whirlygiggle I made earlier this year.
Finally, I picked out a big pile for my first Bee quilt. My month isn't until March, but thought it would be fun to shop ahead! I was going to do aqua/tangerine but could only find two good oranges. Then I looked over that Nicey Jande and 1974 I had gathered earlier, and decided I loved those blue, green and grays (is it 'grey' or 'gray'? I can never remember!) Toss in a few Kona solids, and I think it'll be awesome!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Bookmark Tutorial and One More Project
Kenton's teacher got some bookmarks. (LOVE LOVE how the box came out with that Mendocino)
I figured out a few tips when making the bookmarks, so thought I would share a little tutorial. First you need to get the cover button kit - I used size #14. You can also buy refills if you want to make more than four. The kit comes with that blue and white thing that you use in assembly.
I found jumbo paper clips at Target. I liked these because they have a vinyl coating on them. No poky ends.
Use the template from the button packaging to cut fabric circles. I made a circle from freezer paper - iron it on and it says still while you cut.
Next, you just layer the fabric, button front, tuck the fabric, and finally the button back into the white tool. Use the blue thing to squash them all together. There's a little diagram on the button package. It's quite easy.
Now you need to heat up your glue gun until it has dripped a glue ball sculpture. That way it's flow-y enough to fill nicely.
Bend down the button eye with your finger, then put a blob of glue just below the center of the back. Lay the paper clip onto the blob and have something to prop it up a bit. I found that if you don't, the clip end will drop and the top will pop out of your glue. Do not push the paperclip into the glue with your finger. That just hurts.
Before it has hardened, I then go back and fill up the entire back and over the paperclip. If your glue is nice and hot, it makes a smooth solid back. Let them sit for a while to cool.
Watch out, it's addictive!
Well, school is out for Christmas break. So it's time for all those fun holiday activities (and then counting down the days until they return to school). Have a very Merry Christmas, may you enjoy all that you create!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Last minute sewing?
Monday, December 14, 2009
I have been a very busy elf.
Pretty treasures sewn
stuffed and glued
pieced (with boarders - hate that!)
and even new things tried.
Now I'm running out of supplies (or maybe not) and would like some more sent. Please send the following post haste (the Fat Quarter Shop has it all in stock).
Ginger Blossom (I even linked it for you!)
I need a new project.... so send this Authentic tote kit
and I was dreaming of Spring table runners with this.
That may keep my busy for a little while longer. I'll send word when I need more.
Your very Favorite Elf
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
My first quilting
I used Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks and lined it with linen. To give it a bit more structure, since I didn't use a decor weight fabric, I lightly interfaced my outer fabric. It was super fast - decided to make it at about noon and was done by 5:30, including making dinner and getting ready for a mom's night out in between! I've used it a bunch and love it.
I'm also moving along with my Aviary stars. Only messed up one more set (doh!). I have learned that I should pause my iPod book when making critical cuts. I hope to have the whole thing ready to bind for my long drive before Christmas. Would be great car work!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I was Painting
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Not on the List
And I almost died when I saw this one. Speedy Hedgehog! Love it!
Some days it's hard to stay with the list when you're at Target.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
4 is Fun!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Mini eleven: Figgy Wreath
I've had this paper piece pattern (I've bought several of her patterns - love them!) in my quilts-to-do file for quite a while. Now they're popping up everywhere and I thought it would make a pretty Figgy Pudding wreath.
Knowing I was making it for Mom, I used two of her favorite prints. The poinsettia and that wonderful red damask pattern.
I had to sneak in just a few more Munki Munki snowmen. They look at home with the strips on the back.
Now, go look at the cool pattern Julie just put up with my beloved Figgy Pudding. I have plenty for extra fabric to make my own. And I was just thinking that this would make a great charger for the settings for next year!
Friday, November 20, 2009
OK deep breath
It turns out - not. My son's class was partying it up in the grass - doing the macarena dance. There was a fire in the boy's bathroom, put out and contained. But now there's smoke and water damage. The kids were all loaded onto buses and sent to my 7th grader's school where they will hang out in the gym and be fed some kind of lunch. A dream come true adventure day I'm sure!