A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown
Any day spent sewing, is a good day. ~Author Unknown
I love sewing and have plenty of material witnesses. ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mini Quilt

Do any of you use Swap-bot?  Four years ago I swapped on there, but when we started to prepare for another international move (ended up back in the US instead of Guam), I stopped using swap-bot.  Besides Aunt Pitty Pat started doing more challenging swaps with much better projects then I've done on swap-bot. =)  Recently I pulled the site back up and completed about five swaps. 

Of course I'm all about sewing so when the Mini Quilt swap came up I jumped on it.  The challenge was to sew a miniature quilt that was 8"x8" to 12"x12".  It had to be done in your partners favorite colors and the theme they chose.  It must be quilted and of course made like a real quilt with all three layers.  Here's what I sent...

My lady likes to hand quilt.  I was going to put a colorful quilt coming out of an antique sewing machine, but my goodness do you have any idea how tiny it would be to sew it in the small white area?  Once cutting out a template I gave up the idea.  Now... I did have to laugh when considering the size of the needle and the quilt it's sewing.

EDIT: Oops!  I was just counting the inches on the cutting board in the photo and noticed the quilt is actually 13" x 13"  Oh well...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tooth Fairy Pillow

The tooth fairy will be visiting our house any day now so I had to quickly whip up a pillow to put the tooth in.  She actually had a pillow that I made when she was 2-3, but when a friend had a need and I didn't have the time to make another one, I gave it away.

 Here's the new one.  It's a lot different than the small square pillow with a big pocket and tooth on the front.  I have to be honest, I'm not a big fan now that it's done.  We tied a ribbon around her neck and it makes her look like she's about to fly a plane.  Oh well, it's different and it matches her room.
Kaitlyn Joy was happy with it.
video
The wiggling, wobbling proof.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Teacher Gift

School is out for the summer and my Kindergarten bound child asked last night when she's going back to school.  Hahaha...  Let's hope her love for school stays.

We made her teacher an apron for her end of the year gift.  Given that Kaitlyn Joy is older now and can contribute I gave her a piece of fabric, thread and a hoop.
 I had to re-thread her needle about a 1,000 times; it felt that way anyways. =)  She would tangle the string or go around the hoop.
 Although we talked about it a ton, she couldn't grasp the idea of small stitches.  I was okay if they were between small and medium, but she would make CRAZY big ones.  I pulled some out.  I bought a gel fabric pen (loved it!!!) and as you can see I put, "Kj May 2012".  Kj is how I always write her name on Facebook and in notes to her teacher.
 I used the triple stitch (whatever it's fancy name is, that's just what it did) to sew each of the kids hand prints onto the apron.  I know they aren't bold even though they're a different color, but I didn't want them sticking out any more than this.  After debating sewing each name onto the apron and knowing it would take to long (I finished last minute) I used the gel pen to write each child's name on their hand print.

And here it is finished!
Just in case she's having a non-teacher feeling day, I made it reversible.