I spent the night piecing and basting 2 baby quilts, and I am very pleased with how they are coming together. My goal is to have them finished by Sunday. I haven't done very much machine quilting in the past. Any tips?
I pick up a huge black trash bag full of fabric from my stash at my parents' house on Tuesday so I could start working on quilts and D's birthday gifts. (Yes. I really can't store all of my fabric at my house. Thank goodness my parents have a big garage!) When I got home, I realized that there was no room to store any of it on my shelves. YIKES! I started cutting Tuesday night, but still had a lot of fabric that could not stay in the bag on the schoolroom/craftroom floor. Tonight I pulled all 8 baskets of fabric off my shelves and resorted, folded, and crammed them back into the baskets. Everything is now organized and fits on the shelves except for the pieces I have already cut and 4 pillowcases and 2 men's shirts to turn into dresses for the girls. I even stopped and sewed a quick fleece pillowcase for M out of the scraps from a blanked I made him over 2 years ago. He was so excited! I am really hoping to start piecing my first string quilt tomorrow. I think everything I need is cut and ready to go.
My kids love a good story, but I don't always have time to read when they want to listen. Children's Vinyl Records has converted the stories I listened to on my Fisher Price record player to MP3. I can't wait to load up the MP3 player!
K's Little Keepers of the Faith club needs a project for their meeting next Wednesday, so I have been scouring the blogs to see what looked really good. I have seen several cute heart barrettes, but none had all the stitches that the girls needed to learn. I sketched out a quick design and made a prototype right before karate today. I think it turned out pretty good for a rushed job.
Even though the weatherman is not predicting snow until Friday, we are already seeing flurries in my craft room. I am so excited to have the first 6 snowflake patterns starched and ready to go. I think they turned out great. I have another 6 patterns crocheted and ready to be starched. For anyone keeping score...
140 needed (20 patterns X 7 sets)
42 crocheted but not starched
56 to be crocheted
I am obviously not going to get them all finished in January, but February is looking pretty good.
All of these patterns were free on Ravelry.com. If you like to crochet or knit and are not a member, you really need to go register now. It is such a wonderful sight.
2010 is the year I will get better at home management. I have been working on keeping everything picked up and organized. Things are better, but I still have a lot of decluttering to do. My next big area to work on is meal planning and shopping. I used to do so much better! I'm not sure what happened. We are eating the same few meals over and over and running out of staples frequently. Dayna posted about Alice.com on Facebook today. I have set up an account and downloaded the iPhone app. Now to see if the prices are really any good. If so, this could be a big help.
I am currently searching for a great price book app for iPhone. I have to reduce our grocery budget while sticking to a gluten-free, cassein-free diet. If you have tried an app you love, please let me know.
I have been searching for things to make for D for his birthday. Mer Mag has this great floor puzzle on her blog. What do you think? Would D enjoy this? Since I have TONS of fabric, what do you think about making them out of fabric? Things that are quiet and soft are a definite hit with me.
I showed K The Story of a Princess and Her Hair and she fell in love. She chose a heart design for church today. I was ever so grateful that it was one of the easier styles we looked at. We both thought it turned out great! We will definitely be trying more styles as we have time. I need to pick up some more elastics next time I am at the store. These styles use a lot of elastics.
I decided to give K and A their gowns today, so I could see if they fit properly. I hate to make too many things from a new pattern without trying it on. I am savings K's doll gown for her birthday. (Sorry for the messy hair. We had already taken down K's braids for today.)
I have been wanting to make a play house tent for our dining room table since before Christmas. Righteous Lou has several pictures featured on her blog. I think I can get this made for Dalton for his birthday.
I hate to waste any time or material learning new techniques, so I decided to make a nightgown for K and her doll while learning how to do lettuce edging and adding knit ruffles. My first attempt turned out great, except is was too short for K. I had measured correctly and then decided it looked too long, so I cut off some of the length. Fortunately, it will work great for A.
Then I made one for K (using the original measurements!). Note to self - mark the center of the gown before adding the ruffle.
Finally, I made a gown for K's doll. I really am not that fond of making doll clothes. They are way too small to work on. I think it turned out okay, but I am still not pleased with the neckline. I will have to work on it some more next time. Please pardon the bed-head in the photo. K asked me why her doll had messy hair when she went to bed, but it was brushed neatly when she woke up the last time I borrowed her doll for pictures.
I used the T-shirt patterns I cut for the embellished shirts, but did not add the neck band. The material was a knit duvet cover that had been damaged. The ruffled flowers are the scraps from the volunteer T-shirt. I definitely think we got our money's worth out of that shirt!
Check out all the great projects on Fireflies and Jellybeans Show Off Your Stuff Party!
I have decided that I will never use cheap thread again. I thought this project would never be finished because my sewing machine was messing up when I tried to applique. I tried re-threading, a new bobbin, new needle, cleaning, etc, but nothing worked. Finally, I went and bought some good thread and all the problems are gone!
I started with one leftover conference volunteer t-shirt. I think these are a definite improvement! K and her doll will be so stylish! I think I need to make something for their hair, but I haven't decided what will look best with the outfit. Suggestions are welcome.
I just couldn't resist any longer. The tutorials for twirly skirts from The Polka Dot Chair have been calling to me all day. After S & I got home from our meeting tonight, I pulled out some fabric that has been in my stash forever and got busy. Both skirts are finished!!! I love making something totally cute without having to make a trip to the fabric store.
Next I need to make embellished T-shirts to match. I am on the look out for a free pattern or tutorial for a T-shirt for an 18" doll.
Thanks to my awesome mother-in-law, my sewing supplies have finally been organized. I have been looking at the mess for months, but just couldn't convince myself to get started. She came over yesterday and in a very short time, had everything put away and labeled. It was so great working on the projects for K and knowing where everything was.
I finally get to post a project that I have completed this year. Yeah! Since K's birthday is less than a month away, I finally started working on her gifts. This adorable purse pattern is from DollClothesPatterns.net.
Bumble Beans has an awesome Waverunner quilt pattern that I know Ethan would love. I think this would count as string piecing, wouldn't it? Brown Dirt Cottage has a picture of her quilt top featured. It is beautiful.
Loft Creations string challenge is just the push I need to work through my enormous stash and actually make quilts for the kids. (I have been "planning" to make them for several years now. Why didn't I start when there were fewer kids????) It may be a hard to get anything finished before the deadline, but without the deadline, I never seem to get started.
The Flower quilt featured on Moda Bake Shop is so cute! Maybe this will be the first of 5 quilts that I really want to make this year. I wonder if I could get it finished for M's birthday? Here is another picture that allows you to zoom to see details.
My grandmother made me a set of crocheted snowflakes and a beautiful angel tree topper when I got married. I absolutely love them and so do my kids. I decided this was the year to start working on a set for each of the kids to have when they get married.
I didn't think to count how many snowflakes grandma made for me. I am thinking about 20 per child would be nice plus a couple of extra sets (You never know when our family will grow again.) So the plan is to make at least 140 snowflakes this year. I would love to find the same pattern that grandma used for my angel and make one of those for each of the kids too, but I haven't had any luck yet. If the angels don't happen this year, I will not be upset, but I definitely want to finish the snowflakes.
I have already crocheted 7 snowflakes from 3 different patterns. As soon as I get them stiffened, I will post pictures. 140-21=119 to go.
I couldn't handle another year of no sewing until December and then a rush to get Christmas presents finished. This year I started on 1/2. Since I was working on a different machine, I didn't work on anything too involved.
Mended a pair of pajama pants
Mended a princess dress up dress
Mended an old ballet recital costume
Mended a skirt for the Princess
Mended a skirt for me
Made the Princess a nightgown from 2 shirts that were too big for me.
I now have an empty mending pile and am comfortable with my sewing machine. Time to get moving on some more involved projects.
2009 was a rough year for our family. Too much happened, and I felt like all I could do was react and try to survive. I am praying to 2010 will be better. Scott and I have been working on getting the house under control and made great progress over the holidays. Now I just have to keep the momentum going.
Two friends and I are working on holding each other accountable on keeping our houses clean and decluttering. We are using a combination of Motivated Moms and the decluttering calendar from My Simpler Life. I took pictures of every room in the house before we started yesterday. I will not be posting those, but hopefully I will post pictures of the house as we get things finished during the year.
I am also trying to not be surprised by birthdays and Christmas this year. I don't know how those things keep sneaking up on me, but they do. Hopefully the countdowns will help me stay focused this year. I am planning to always have a project or two started so I will not be sewing gifts at 3 am on Christmas day again this year. I have already started making crocheted snowflakes and have several other projects in mind.
I'm just your average, everyday wife and mom. I have been married 18 years to my wonderful husband and have 5 amazing kids ages 15 to 1. I keep busy homeschooling, crafting, reading and chasing kids. I love to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, refinish and remake anything I can get my hands on. I do NOT scrapbook, though. My poor kids will get a dvd with pictures (most of them unedited) for their baby books.