Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tree Pants....Destination Germany

I learned from Sew Mama Sew blog that this is tree pants, not a tree skirt. I guess because it is square not round.

Who knew?! :o)

This was finally done and a long time in the making for my very dear and wonderful friend Jonelle in Germany. She, many moons ago, asked me to make her a Christmas tree skirt in blue, white and some silver. Then she trusted me to make something for her. Time passed, a baby was born and 2 Christmas's later it is under her tree instead of in my WIP pile.

I made it reversible, not so much by design, but because i wanted to make sure to use all of the fabric i had bought for the project. Chris(hubby) suggested the straight line quilting, hoping that it would look a little like a snowflake(roughly). All in all i am calling it a success....mostly because i know she loves it and it has a wonderful home.

love you Jonelle


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Scrappy Rail Fence Quilt Complete

It is all done, and off to a new home! Auction complete. I love how it turned out.

This is my first experience quilting with minky and i think i am going to have to use it again. It made this little quilt go from cute to so warm and cozy and thick!!! So nice i might need one for me!

I had some concerns with how I was going to hand stitch the binding using the minky as backing, but i did not need to be worried. It worked out just fine. I think the only down side to using this stuff is the fluff and fuzz it leaves all over the house when you are cutting and sewing it. Oh my goodness.

I used simple straight lines for quilting. The best was the way the pattern showed through on the back.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

School Fun

Aren't my students cute!? This is how we homeschool with a baby. By the seat of our pants, with many hands on the baby and lots of patience.

This day we had begun reading a book about a little boy who took his first flying lesson when he was 10. Then i remembered that i had seen this cool paper airplane while i was stumbling around the internet.

The Soda Straw Plane, on this awesome blog called All for the Boys.

this is all you need....a soda straw, some tape, scissors and a 4x6 or 3x5 card.

Cut the card into three strips.

Tape two together into a circle to make one end of the plane and then tape the last piece into another circle to make the opposite end. Tape them onto the straw, putting the straw on the inside of the circle, as straight as you can.

Then fly that plane. It is amazing, and flies worlds better than your traditional paper plane.

The kids had so much fun. And that is how i want every hoemschool day to turn out, in a perfect world. :o)

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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Toughest Event on the Planet

So they claim!!

This weekend, past, Chris and his friends participated in the Tough Mudder. A long, wet, muddy obstacle race! They loved it! It is like a little boys, ahem, I mean big boys dream.

These first two shots are shortly after they had gone through the starting obstacles....wet freezing cold giant mud puddles.

The kids were all so excited to see everything they could and to cheer on the daddies. Good thing my friend, the other mom, was thinking and brought them things to make signs with, because shortly after this shot we saw them coming....

...filthy dirty from head to toe, in ears and across teeth, and everywhere else imaginable. Bumped, bruised and bleeding!
They say their feet have never been softer after running with shoes full of wet sand all day.

At the finish of the race they were given a beer and a headband to prove that they had done it. Delilah is modeling it quite nicely, and no we might have shared the headband with her but their is no Dos Equis for dos babies.

And the clothes, well they really will never be the same.

Hooray Chris, you did it. Months of planning and training are over. We are so proud of you, tough mudder!!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WIP Wednesday

When Wednesday's come around i always try to decide if i am feeling wordless or have i been crafty lately and do i have WIP's i can share. Mostly the answer is wordless, so i show you a cute picture of my kids. This week i have actual projects to share. Hooray!!!

I unearthed some of my Amy butler stash from the very bottom of the pile and put together this topper! I did it with strips(fast) but added the diagonals to make it a little more interesting. Husband thinks i should try to overcome my fear of FMQ and go for it. Do you think? Or hand quilting?

I have also been working on a baby quilt...it is a scrappy rail fence. I used the same fabrics i had in my fall table topper and just went for it...trimming as i went to get the right size and i really think i like how it came out. The blocks are trimmed to 6" making the quilt about 32"x40".

I think i will be backing it in minky to make it really cozy and a little more interesting, and then it is going to auction for my husbands work. I hope it finds a new happy home. :o(

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

it is the WIP Wednesday anniversary, go see what all those crafty ladies have made.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

I am barely making the deadline in time!!! I wanted to share a quilt i just was not sure what one. So i went to my trusty quilting assistant, Avery(my 9 year old) and she voted for Delilah's Delilah quilt.

Not very long after she was born that Tanya Whelan came out with a new line called Delilah...how could i not buy some and make something for my sweet baby Delilah.

And with a few small charm packs(love those) and a little bit of time and a lot of love i made her this quilt....Delilah's Delilah.

I can not believe how much she has changed in what feels like just a few short months. Why does the first year have to fly by so fast?

There are so many amazing entries in this years festival over at Amy's. I love finding new creative ladies to inspire me. I am going to cozy up with one of my quilts and a cup of tea this weekend and have a marathon blog session....ooogling all the pretties! If you have not been there already you should definitely do the same.




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Snapshot!!

Here are the kiddo's in costume. not sure what that face Mitchell is making is all about.

Delilah was a frog, Avery was a Eskimo girl and Mitch was a fangless vampire. I think he did not want to scare anyone.....enjoy Aunts and grandparents.
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