Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to everyone in the coming year!

This is one of the goals presented to us by our daughter...LOL!

She has decided this is the fastest way to save for a full size piano.
We are going to work on proving her wrong!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Another Gift

My second prize from the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway week arrived yesterday! I won a shopping bag and a produce bag from Teresa the Green Bag Lady.

This is a great site and a great idea! My bags came in the mail, just before I was heading to the store, so off they went with me! 

I love these bags! My shopping bag is numbered!

She has been really sending a lot of these out in the world! When you get a chance stop by and give Teresa some love!

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Gift

Last week I entered the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaways. 

I won a cute fabric bowl from Debi

It came in the mail and she sent me a link to how she made it. 
When you get a chance to sit down, pop on over and give her some love. 

Thanks Debi, we love it!

Merry Christmas!

Last Minute Sewing

Last night we got a call from a friend of my daughter. She had found an old doll house at the thrift store that was the perfect gift for her 5 year old niece. It needed curtains.

She is a scrapbooker, so she was going to re-paper the walls and stopped by to drop off the one set of old dirty curtains that were in it. 

We went through the fabric stash and the girls found some that would match the paper. 

With a bit of help from my daughter, 

we got them done in a couple of hours, start to finish. 

As a side note, I did fix the wonky seams, I just didn't get a picture. We ran them over and the doll house was cleaned, wall papered and had a few pieces of furniture and new drapes. It is all ready for a little girl to dream.  

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Santa Soft Book

My daughter and I found this at the bottom of a bag of fabric. I remember buying it about 17 years ago, when she was 3, and then promptly losing it. I think I need an intervention on fabric hoarding...LOL!

I ironed it for about an hour and cut it out.

I found some batting scraps that were the perfect size and pinned it up.

I just did a quick stitch around the pictures and then the outside edge of  the pages. DD is so in love with the Rag Quilt texture, she wanted me to leave the page edges open.

Sew it together and square up the pages and...

Ta Da! 

It's cute under the tree and she says it is going in her cedar chest after Christmas.
She is very good at reminding me that it is the littlest things that can mean the most.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Tea Towels

Here is another "use up some stash" project. 

Cut fabric to the size you want the towels plus seam allowance.

Sew 1 1/2" or 2 1/2" strips together to a width a bit more than the towels.

Iron everything and check to see if you need to add or remove a strip.

Hem towels. I used red thread in keeping with the holiday theme.

Cut strips into 3" sections. Fold raw edges to middle and press.

Take a strip, fold ends in and press to width of towel. I put it just inside the hemmed edge. Turn strip over and pin in a few places to hold.

Sew strip down close to the edge.

I will be giving baskets to my neighbors with bread, cookies and a set of these towels.
These took me longer to press than to sew. It took two days to finish them because the family wanted to eat once in a while and the ironing board was set up in the middle of the kitchen.