my first quilt: finished.

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The quilt is finished! Im quite happy with it, although its far from perfect! This was a great learning experience and I actually enjoyed it.  The finished size is probably just a little short from a full size bed; I just kind of eyeballed it, making something big enough that Milo can use and grow into a little bit.

Once i finished piecing together the top I thought I was close to being done.  Unfortunatley I had about 5 more hours of work cut out ahead of me. And since I brought everything downstairs to work where I had a bigger space, I wanted to power through this. This probably explains the far from perfect part because I was getting pretty tired. I used an old sheet for the back of the quilt.

Edging: I had some difficulty here – First with understanding it, then with executing it. I made my original edging 2.5 inches, but I think i will work with at least three inches next time to give it a little more wiggle room to work with.  Also I chose to machine show it on when i sewed it on one side, it goes through it on the other side so i have to figure out the trick to making it neater.

Some tips/tools that definitely helped me through this

  1. a walking foot.  I got mixed reactions from friends saying I didnt need one – but since my machine is new, i didnt want to break it, so i opted to get one – I did break four needles however though towards the end, and the walking foot fell apart, but I dont think I could have gotten through this quilt without doing serious damage to my machine.
  2. transparent thread. what?!! didnt know this even existed.  I read somewhere to get nylon, but i couldnt find any, so i used polyester and im a little nervous its too weak, but time will tell. I was kind of racking my brain trying to figure out how I was going to pick ONE color of thread that worked well for the entire quilt, since it was so multi-colored.
  3. youtube. when in doubt, youtube it.

So I kind of power-through-ed this one, trying to get the hang of it. The purpose was to make something using scraps, and I definitely succeeded and love how it turned out – so much I already started another one….

quilt + progress.

Ok, so I’ve never finished my granny square blanket. Im not giving up on it – no way – I just do more crocheting in the winter when I hibernate in the house and watch alot of movies. Summer leaves me wanting to sew for some reason. I was looking at some new projects to take on, but the thought of buying more fabric gives me anxiety. I wanted to do something to use up the fabric stash i have, so I had the idea to make a quilt. I started sorting my fabric and notice I had alot of blue, brown, green and grey type of stuff so I went with those. Alot of it is leftover scrap fabric. Decided to go with 3 1/2 in squares; updated my rotary blade, bought a long acrylic ruler and went to town on cutting squares. This is made up of fabric scraps from previous projects, old sheets, old shirts, old pants and new fabric. I thought I would make a baby sized blanket; but then realized I have so many squares cut, might as well make a bigger one for milo. Plus its my first one, probably not going to be well done enough to give away anwyays. So i got all my fabric cut and laid out and you know what?….this hardly put a dent in my fabric stash! Doh! I used up alot of the smaller scrap pieces I had but I feel like i put back just as much as I took out. I think I see more quilts in my future.

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Heres everything laid out and ready to sew!

I started sewing some squares and then rows together. I found that putting washi tape on my machine as a guide to keep a 1/4 inch seam allownance helps tremendously. Also when pinning the rows together, MAKE SURE to pin the seams. My seams arent perfect, but so much better now that I have been doing this.

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Here is my progress after week 1! about eight more rows to go…Then Ill decide if I’m going to add more….

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And as you can see here, the quilt is already a hit! More updates to come….

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plushie.

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Remember when I made this rice bag plushie?
I made another one, but used stuffing this time!
I actually made two – i brought one to my friend’s baby in Japan and recently gave the one above to a friend’s daughter for her birthday. I love making these little guys!

The pattern is found in this book, which is still one of my all time favorite craft books! Its such a great way to use up fabric scraps!

homeade wedding gift.

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My good friend got married this past weekend and milo made her this watercolor painting as a gift. We put it in a vintage frame and wrapped it up. I drew a heart very lightly with pencil, then had him outline it in red watercolor paint. Then he filled in the middle using different colors and blending them together.  Once it was dried, he used a sharpie to write “LOVE” across it. Then he signed the bottom and I took care of framing it. Thinking we might need one for our house!

wind chimes.

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Milo and i worked on making these windchimes as mothers day gifts this year.  He had alot of fun, especially the painting part.

you will need:
Small terra cotta pot
paint (something like this)
large buttons
Jewlery wire
hot glue gun
beads, bells, bottle caps (stuff that makes noise!)

First we painted the pots.  turn it upside down and put it on wax paper. Squirt the paint towards the top of the pot and let it drip down. its ok if the colors run together. Get creative!  You can also add ribbons or other embellishments when dry.

When it dried, i sprayed it with some spray enamel to kind of coat the paint, in case these are out in the rain. I didnt think the paint would come off, but wanted to be sure.

Next i used a nail and a hammer to hammer a two holes in my bottle caps. I used jewlery wire to connect them, along with some bells and beads.

I took a long piece of jewlery wire and put it down through the hole in the pot. I made sure there was a big button on each sides of the hole as well, which i later hot glued to help keep things in place – I added beads and bells and then looped it back through, adding more beads on the top.  Seal up the top, and there you go!

creeper mask.

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Is your kid mine-craft obsessed like mine??! I dont know what hes more crazed about – watching the videos on you tube, or actually playing the game….I got this perfect sized box to fit right on my kiddos head, so we made a creeper out of it. We used masking tape and all our green shades of prismacolor markers to make it work. We taped off the squares, one by one, which worked as a good guide for milo to color in the squares evenly. We looked at a pattern online of the creeper so we would have an idea where the eyes would go.  When we were finished we cut out squares in the eyes so he can see.

granny square update 5.

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So I thought I was in the home stretch as I approach what I THOUGHT would be the last row of the blanket. The more I look at it, and the more I think about it, I’m going to just go for it and make it bigger.  I’m planning one more row across down, and three more across.  Which means I have about 50 more squares to make and a few more skeins of yarn to buy, since Im ran out of quite a few colors.  I figure, if I’m going to do this, might as well DO this, am I right?! So I definitely have my work cut out for me, but this is such a fun project, I’m ok with it.  Hopefully a few more weeks of work cut out for me, but photo sessions are starting to pick up, and we have some travel in our future, so we shall see….

geometric valentine poster.

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Milo and I didn’t make his valentines this year because he found some star wars ones he HAD to have for his classmates – but we worked on this valentine poster for the house, since he LOVES having decorations. (we are seriously slacking on the valentines decor this year as well…i blame the cold weather).

This was a fun little project that we originally found here.

We used some rogue paint chips I had laying around, and that seemed to work perfectly, and was a great way to upcycle!
Milo had fun figuring out the pattern – it was almost like a big heart puzzle.

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You will need:
Cardstock, colored paper, or paint chips
exacto knife or rotary cutter
cutting mat
Gluestick
Large sheet of white paper

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Measure the colored paper and cut into squares. Ours were 5 inch squares, because we were working with the paint chips but you can do any size really!

Cut the squares in half, into two triangles.

Layout the heart design on the large sheet of white paper. Using a glue stick, glue each triangle onto the white paper.

Previous valentines here, here and here!

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pajama pants.

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We had a blizzard on sunday, which got me in the mood to do some sewing. A few years ago, I picked up these star wars sheets at the thrift store for milos big boy bed, only they are too small. I almost threw them out recently, but decided to keep them, just in case the crafting bug were to hit. I’ve made pants a few times now, out of old sheets, and its pretty easy to do and can be whipped up in no time. This time around, I had a helper. Milo did alot of the pinning, and helped me figure out the seams. He helped me prepare a bobbin, and I even let him do some sewing towards the end of the project. Good teamwork!
He loves his new pants!!

I have a pattern I use from a book, which looks like its out of print, but its very similar to this tutorial here.
I use my pattern, but then use a pair of existing pajama pants to adjust to make the size work to be a little bigger, since I have a growing boy!

granny square update #3

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Another update!

I hadn’t really touched the granny square blanket this weekend – but I got some work done to it last weekend, so I thought I would show its progress! Still a long way to go….

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