Friday, December 20, 2013

Flashback Friday: Christmas 2011

This was one of those scenarios that played out better in my head than in real life! It was Christmas morning 2011 and I could not get a shot with all of the kids looking at me and Baby wanted nothing to do with the 'stache. I did have myself a chuckle so I guess it was not all was in vain!

I hope you are enjoying the season! My to do list keeps getting longer instead of shorter. There is basketball every night and a tournament very weekend in December. As a basketball parents we have to pull snack bar or gate keeper duty or we are watching games. My oldest son drove himself to his practices his junior and senior year of high school and so I had completely forgotten all the parental involvement and taxiing the freshman and sophomore years; I am not complaining, it is lots of fun :). There have been Christmas programs and College Boy came home last week. It is nice to have him home; balance is restored to our home for a bit. On the list for this weekend is: basketball tournament, clean the house, finish Christmas shopping, plan Christmas Eve and Day menus, and try to get the or at least a few of the gifts wrapped. What's on your list?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop

Ms Midge.
Welcome to my stop on the Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop hosted by the lovely Ms. Midge. She has rounded up tons of inspiration provided by herself and her bloggy friends. When she first told me about the hop I was in a Christmas kind of mood. I have been loving all of the metallic accents lately in home decor, fabric (Botanics),  paper crafting, and just about everywhere I look so that is where I got my inspiration. On with the tutorial!                                                                          
First, gather up your supplies. you will need:
3 x 14 1/2" piece of linen
4 1/2 x 14 1/2 piece of linen
7 1/2 x 14 1/2 piece of linen
back pillow pieces: (2) 11 x 14 1/2"
14 1/2" square of fusible fleece or batting
gold fabric paint
stamp (i used a make up sponge)
sponge to apply paint
approximately 30" of trim (optional)
embroidery floss or perl cotton
Take the 4 1/2 x 14 1/2" piece of linen and lay it on a piece of paper or cardboard. Use a  sponge to apply a thin layer of paint to the stamp. Occasionally stamp the edge of the fabric to give the sense of a repeating pattern. Let dry for a bit then stamp another layer if needed. I stamped 2 layers of paint. Lift piece of fabric off the paper to make sure wet paint is not stuck to the paper and lay stamped fabric on a fresh piece of paper overnight to dry or per manufacturer's instructions.
Once the paint has dried baste trim to edges of stamped panel. 
Now you are ready to assemble the pillow top! Sew the 3 inch wide linen piece to the left side of the stamped panel and the 7 1/2" wide linen piece to the right side of the stamped panel. Press seams away from the stamped panel. I had cut my pieces at 2a.m. and managed to cut them an inch too short so I had to add a strip to the bottom. I don't recommend late night sewing but that seems to be the only time I have to sew. You can now fuse the fusible fleece to the pillow top or baste the batting using your preferred method.
I like to add a little running stitch to finish the project up.
Lastly, stitch together the front and back panels and voila, you have a new cushion!


I put my cushion on our window seat with some cushions I made a few years back. All of the cushions have a bit of gold and work together nicely. Now it is your turn!! Midge will be having a linky open on her blog for you to show off your creations beginning this Saturday the 14th Australian time (which is 18 hours ahead of Pacific Standard time). There are prizes up for grabs too and winners will be announced on the 18th! Maybe Christmas will come a little early for you with a winning prize! Here is the blog hop line up:

Sunday 1st December - Ms. Midge
Monday 2nd December - Gemma at Pretty Bobbins
Tuesday 3rd December - Kristy at Quiet Play
Wednesday 4th December - Joshua at Molli Sparkles
Thursday 5th December -Rachel at Little White Dove 
Friday 6th December - Fiona at Finding Fifth
Saturday 7th December - Abby at Things For Boys

Take a breath……

Sunday 8th December - Lauren at Molly & Mama Makes
Monday 9th December - Jodi at Tickle & Hide
Tuesday 10th December - Adrianne at On The Windy Side 
Wednesday 11th December - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Thursday 12th December - Gina at Party of Eight
Friday 13th December - Jane at Quilt Jane
Saturday 14th December - Round up of Blog Hop and link up YOUR projects!
Wednesday 18th December - Winners Announced!

Monday, December 9, 2013

For Lara

One of my fellow Wombats, Lara, had a birthday this past week and I wanted to send her something fun. I had a look through her Pinterest boards and was thinking of making her a wonky house but then I found this fun tutorial while looking through her Flickr favorites. As I read through the tute I decided it was the project for me to make. It is a really good tutorial but with 2 layers of insul-brite and a layer of batting (i don't recall what amount of insul brite and batting she used for her trivet) and no straight stretches, the closure is a bit wonky. The next time I make this pattern I will modify the template to have a flat bottom. 
In the tutorial there is a picture of a trivet made with a curved bottomand another with a flat bottom but the template to download is the curvy tea pot. I followed the tutorial with out any modifictions other than making mine patchworky.
Then, of course, the trivet needed a coordinating tea towel. This pretty orange vintage trim was a fun find to use! I wish they still  made trims like this.

To make the tea towel I shrank the trivet template by about 30% and made the tea pot in the same patchwork fashion. Lara loves saturated color and it was fun to pull a fabric stack to use for this project. I backed it in a rose garden, one of Julianna Horner prints.

Happy Birthday Lara! 

Remember when my Fairy Tale quilt won the Bee  quilt category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side? The prize was 12 fat quarters from Modern Yardage. Here are the 12 fat quarters. I love that they send all the fat quarters on one sheet of fabric. The right hand side has a bit of info about the fabric designers. I think it would be fun to order again with the intent of having a ready made quilt top instead of cutting these fat quarters up to use individually.

I think it is fun that you can choose from a small, medium, or large scale print. I chose the medium scale predominately but also chose some small and large scale prints. Modern Yardage also has some great colors to choose from. The plus signs are medium scale, the mustard butterflies are small scale and the coral butterflies are medium scale.

As you can see I mostly chose blender fabrics and think I would like the whole bold basics collection in every color. I have a plus sign quilt on my mind and it came out in my fabric picks.

With it being Christmas time I couldn't resist the Christmas trees. It didn't photograph well but the mint star print next to the trees is one of my favorites; I would like it in a couple other colors. I rounded out my picks with a couple of dotty prints. I love that this fabric is made in America. There are very few things made in America so when I find an American made company I like to support them! The quality of the fabric is excellent too. I would describe it as a little heavier than Kona cotton with the silky type feel of Art Gallery fabrics. Once I have made it through the holidays I am going to put some in the first project possible to see how it sews up. Happy Monday!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Flashback Friday: Basketball Boy

I guess this little guy has always loved basketball. I would guess he is about 8 months old in this photo. As soon as I hit "publish" I will be heading to his very first high school game. I am a bit excited and a bit nervous. He is very excited about the season ahead with new team mates and a new Coach. Our oldest son's high school games were a highlight in our family and I am sure it will be the same with Super Sam.
How is the craziness at your home? I have not been home much to get anything done here. I have been Christmas shopping, but nothing is wrapped. We have our tree but it is not decorated. I have sewing projects but nothing is sewn. Maybe we can put a few ornaments on between games this weekend. Either way we are loving the fresh smell of the Christmas tree and snow is in the forecast here for tomorrow. Have a fun weekend and I hope you are enjoying the fun of this season!! :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Thanksgiving Standstill

I brought out my Field Study quilt that I stopped working on when I started the Fairy Tale quilt but it has mostly hung lonely over the chair.

I decided to serge the seams after reading Rachel's post. Since this is an after thought and not the plan from the beginning it is a tenuous task since there are seams under seams. I made a hole in a small part of the backing when I ran over a seam buried in a seam so I lost steam. Once I finish my Secret Santa gift and post it off to far away lands Field Study will get my full concentration as I would like to gift this quilt for Christmas (since I didn't birthday gift it back in July.)

I am also making some kids place mats for Christmas and am going with a woodland theme. I love woodland animals and hope the recipients do to. This embroidery will be surrounded by a patchwork frame. Place mats are a fun project!

Here is a little sneak peak of a cushion I am working on. It was one of those projects I was working on for fun when I should have been working on something else.

I seem to be having more starts than finishes lately but here is a Mr. Fox placemat which I used  my friend's fun tutorial. Chrissy also has a fun pattern to make a panda placemat too. Besides the sewing works in progress would include baking and cleaning. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who will be celebrating tomorrow!!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Quilts for Kids and Cushions

You can read about La La Salama over at Alyce's blog here. To summarize the project here is an excerpt from Alyce's blog: 
LalaSalama quilt for Kenya
The aim for this project is to provide a special quilt for every child’s bed in the new Bethany Kids Children’s Center at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya.  This building is scheduled to be complete in mid-2014 and will serve vulnerable children all over East Africa with medical and surgical conditions, especially Spina Bifida and birth defects.
The theme for the wing is going to be “The River of Life” with teal/blue-based common halls and nursing area, but the river ends at each little patient bay, which will be a green “Island of Hope”. Each patient bay (between 2 and 8 beds) will have a green theme as a soothing place of rest for both boys and girls. They hope to have a handmade quilt for each of the beds, and this is where we come in! They would really love 100 quilts from around the world, each different and unique.
The photo at the top is my Kona solids I will be using and I will add in a few prints as well. I am still considering what pattern to use and I will be starting this quilt the beginning of the New Year. They have a commitment of 60+ quilts so far towards their goal of 100.
How are you doing with your Christmas sewing? If you need any cushion making inspiration the place to be come December 1 is over at Ms. Midge. She will be doing a Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop and here is the line up:
Sunday 1st December - Me!  Ms. Midge
Monday 2nd December - Gemma at Pretty Bobbins
Tuesday 3rd December - Kristy at Quiet Play
Wednesday 4th December - Joshua at Molli Sparkles
Thursday 5th December - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Friday 6th December - Fiona at Finding Fifth
Saturday 7th December - Abby at Things For Boys

Take a breath……

Sunday 8th December - Lauren at Molly & Mama Makes
Monday 9th December - Jodi at Tickle & Hide
Tuesday 10th December - Adrianne at On The Windy Side
Wednesday 11th December - Rachel at Little White Dove
Thursday 12th December - Gina at Party of Eight
Friday 13th December - Jane at Quilt Jane
Saturday 14th December - Round up of Blog Hop and link up YOUR projects!
Ms Midge
I am excited to be participating in this blog hop and the wheels of my mind have been turning with ideas since Midge told me about it. Actually, she inspired me with this cushion she made. I have wanted to make a cushion since seeing it. I love the design, quilting, and colors! Not only is Midge an awesome piecer but she is also a talented quilter so be sure to check it out and link up a cushion of your own! The cushion can be holiday related or not. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Flashback Friday: Thanksgiving 2010

Next week, here in the U.S. we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It is my very favorite holiday. One of my sisters and I alternate hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like to reflect on all that I am thankful for and my family is a fun group to spend time with. My kids always have fun with their cousins and it is a relaxing day with a yummy meal. In 2010 it was my turn for Thanksgiving. Looking back at these pictures I can not believe the changes my kids have gone through in 3 short years! Little Coley girl lost a tooth Thanksgiving Day. 

My sisters and I always play Scrabble. All of the kids want to play with us but the game only accommodates 4 so they brought out Yatzee.

My current 4 year year old was just over 1 and my current high school freshman was just a little guy too.

My nephew always brings along his guitar and is very entertaining.

My kids are off school next week but I am hoping to get a post. Hope you have a fun weekend!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Flashback Friday:Happy Birthday Twins!

Nine years ago we were blessed with twin baby girls and there hasn't been a dull moment ever again. The stomach flu made its way into our home and one by one , it has been making rounds on our family. I am hoping we can make it through the parties we have planned without losing one of our stars to sickness!
Our girls are so different and yet are the perfect compliment to each other. They are independent of each other but very, very close.

They are both creative and love to play make believe games and "make" houses out of rocks and things outside setting up their own little kingdoms. They play together a lot but then play with their other siblings too. Dress up has been a daily part of life since they were big enough to dress themselves and they are still trying to squeeze into costumes they wore when they were 2 or 3

They are always up for an adventure and have lots of energy.

They are both very social. They might be shy for about 30 seconds but are quick to make friends.

They do love all things glittery and girly but they love to get dirty and ride motorcycles too.

So girlies, in honor of your 9th birthday I am going to tell you the top 9 things I love about you: Sparkly smiles, enthusiasm, kind heartedness, love to help others, you always include everyone in what you are doing whether you are at home or at school, your cute drawings you make me, your love of learning, your creativity in all you do, and most of all I love you for being you!! Happy Birthday precious girls!! We love you!    xxoo