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!! :)