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I had lofty goals this summer with a huge to do list of things / projects I wanted to accomplish. On the top of the list was the hand quilting of this quilt. My goal was to have it all quilted before I kicked off my Material Obsession class in 2010. unfortunately I found my goals pushed aside for some much needed summer entertaining in the new house and just splashing around in the pool with the two kids. We had a magic summer and happy that the to do list was derailed.

School is back and I have two days free while my baby is in preschool! In every free moment at night after the kids are asleep I am furiously quilting. My class starts next Wednesday and the reality is I find I only have bandwidth for one project at a time- hence the self imposed deadline so I can start a new project. I only have the last row of blocks to quilt so I am going to sign off now and get quilting!

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bathbombs

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Firstly, we have a tooth update. He did in fact lose his tooth on Christmas Eve. We were at a friend’s house having drinks when it happened. We gave him a plastic bag for said tooth after he refused to relinquish it into my care. When it came time to leave he could not find the tooth. I cannot explain the drama and stress the ensued for my poor little Virgo and myself at 8PM on Christmas eve.

We managed to get home and pretend that my friend would drop the tooth by later and place it in the pillow. There were many tears to say the least.

The next day all was forgotten with Santa’s visit and a lovely note from the tooth fairy.

We have had a wet Christmas which in a way has been nice. All the toys and books have been played with and read which might not have been the case if the sun was shining.

Today we made homemade bath bombs. They need a few days to set so I will update you on the verdict. Very easy to make and the kids were so into it. They want to use them now! The white things are frangipani petals sticking out of the top. We used lavender oil in hopes it will make them tired at bath time.

Here is the link to the directions.

I am chipping away at the hand quilting of Sloan’s quilt and am up to the border. I feel like the finishing line is ahead, but another quilt needs basting and quilting too. Desperate to try to finish them before February. I have been reading my two Material Obsession quilt books and having fantasies about the next project.

Hope you all had a happy Christmas and here is to 2010!!!

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cats

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The kids had a great day crafting yesterday. We checked out “The Crafty Art Book” by DK and Jane Bull and found this adorable pirate pattern idea that can also be made into a ghost or a cat.

My kids latched onto the cat theme and took it from there. One of the little friends we had over is footy mad and we made his into his football hero. Big hit with him.

We used some cotton fabric and Crayola fabric pens to draw the designs and I sewed them with helpers on the machine. A very fun and fast project that kept them busy. They book suggests stuffing it with lentils or rice, so I guess you could make them as rice pillows too for the winter.

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I have been obsessively hand quilting night after night and finally am down to the last eight stars. It roughly takes me one a night, so hopefully in a week I will be up to the binding.   It looks really good, but the time commitment of the hand sewing was definitely more than I anticipated.  I am glad I am coming to the end because I am itching to finish, start and sew other things!!!

Bean Bag Chair

Bean Bag Chair

 

 

My husband took the kids to Nanna’s house for the three day weekend and left me to my own devices.  I broke out the sewing machine and whipped up a bean bag chair for Rhys.  I used this pattern found at this link.  It was so nice to sew lots of straight seams and have a break from the hoop and quilt wrestling I have been doing most nights while hand quilting. 

I wasn’t sure how big this bag would sew up because there was no reference to scale.  Rhys is five and a half and it is a perfect size for him.  The instructions were fantastic and easy to follow.  My only issue that came up was I didn’t have enough fabric.  Initially I was going to use just the green fabric, but then found out I didn’t have enough.  It was a good excuse to use up some of the novelty prints I had lurking.  I am enclosing a photo with Rhys to give you an idea of just how big it is.  I will be sewing up a pink one as soon as the quilt is done!   I also overstuffed mine insert and had to take some out to make the bag a bit more squishy.

Wish me luck on the quilting and I have a few little projects I hope to post with later.   I succumbed to much purchasing at the quilt craft fair and have much sewing ahead. 

Hugging the Bean Bag

Hugging the Bean Bag

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dinofabric

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We had some left over stamps from Rhys’ painting party and some stencil paint from our submarine shirts. We decided to take a break from the beach and potter around the house this morning. Cookies have been baked, house has been trashed and this is the fabric we printed that we are going to sew together into a pillow. I wish we had a few more colors to play with. Great excuse to visit Spotlight- like I need an excuse.

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Rhys had  a special sewing request for me. He found some fabric I bought for him when he was a baby and asked for a pillowcase.  I made it for him Saturday night as a surprise and he loves it!

pillowcaseWe’ve decided to put it to good use today with a suspected case of chicken pox.  The poor guy woke up with a rash on his arm and it has slowly crept all over his body!  We had a visit to our GP and she said she would put her money on it being chicken pox!  I know it has been going around, but he has been vaccinated so I was hoping we would escape it.  He will be home this week and probably next week as well!!!!!  AHHHHH

 

 

I did a lot of crafting while Sloan was away, so hopefully I can do a few more posts from lock down.  Here he is in all his calamine lotion glory.  Sloan arrived home last night just in time to get a good exposure.  According to the hand out the doctor gave me she should come down with them in about 2 weeks.  Great!  Perfect!  She just had her vaccination two weeks ago so here is hoping she will be okay!

pillowcuddle

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Christmas Crafting


Xmaspillowcases

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I found this very cute toy soldier fabric at Spotlight and wanted to make some pillowcases for my six year old nephew. I stumbled upon the “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” book at my local library by Joelle Hoverson. It has the most amazing projects. You can see the amount of post it notes I have on the pages in the photo. This is a craft book I would seriously contemplate buying because it is just filled with cute projects. The tablecloth and napkins in it are calling my name right now!

The pillowcase was really easy to make. I wish my topstitching was a bit better, but I think I would try a different tecnique next time. I always seem to learn the hard way on the first time project.

I am going to try to finish up some rice bags as last minute gifts for some overseas friends and family. I bought one and use it all the time especially during winter in our freezing house. I found a great tutorial on the Sew Mama Sew blogand like the idea of the washable cover. I won’t stuff the rice in, just dried lavender and some instructions how to fill and sew off the inside rice bag otherwise the postage on rice bags overseas will kill me!

Happy Christmas crafting everyone. I can’t believe how quickly it is coming!

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