Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015

Happy New Year glitter

Tee Shirts and Girls

There are 10 girls in my family, including myself.  Which means that when I set out to make something for someone, I have to be willing to make at least eight more.  Since I don't like to be left out, I usually make a couple more than that.

I recently made a tee shirt for myself thanks to the help of a good friend.  She's the artist who designed the letters for the shirt. I told you about her in a post a few weeks ago.  Her FB page is here.  She thought it would be fun if I made shirts for everybody.

the little girls' shirts
I am easily convince and set out to make one for each of the girls on my list.  That means the three daughters-in-law, the three big granddaughters, and the three little granddaughters.  No one to be left out, of course.




The problem with making shirts for everyone is that there are so many to sew.  I don't necessarily lose interest so much as I like to make a couple, see that I can do it and then move on to something new.  I like challenge but I'm more of a sprinter rather than a long-distance runner.  (Oddly, I make quilts!)

Anyhoo, I bought enough shirts to make one for each of the girls and a couple for myself.  Then I promised to finish all the gift shirts before starting on my own.  I really wanted a couple of my own, so I had some incentive.

the moms' shirts

And having incentive was nice, but it turns out that I didn't really need it.  I got very enthused about seeing how each shirt would look once completed.  I'd chosen the fabrics based on each person's interests, then chose the shirt to match the fabric.  Once the shirt was complete I could determine whether or not I'd chosen well.

the big girls' shirts
I think I did and here's why: the day after Christmas three of the girls wore their tees to go shopping.  Then on Sunday a whole crew of Marcottes returned from a visit to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Dusti was wearing her shirt.  

Of course, everyone said, "Thank you."  They are sweethearts and very polite, but I got a good feeling that they also liked my little handmade offerings and that, my friends, is much better than working on my own shirts!  Leta did it again...go look her up! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B R I G H T S

Bright lights, bright gift wrap, bright faces...everything seems to be bright and cheerful and happy at this time of year.  That said, let's take a look at few bright, happy things and let them inspire a couple of bright, happy quilts.
Christmas Pillow - and a ketchup chair - The Lilypad Cottage

Diamonds & Sapphires-these rings are totally awesome...and I am not a fan of diamonds!!! Beautiful!!

I like the jacket here. Color especially

Love it!! non-traditional colors for Christmas.  I often combine bright pinks with oranges and greens for distinct packages.

Melt in the Mouth Moist Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Hunter Rainboots | 37 Ways To Treat Yourself With Tiffany Blue. I want these boots!!!!

Instagram media by almasnailart #nail #nails #nailart

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Want to make your own jam, but intimidated of the canning process?  Don’t worry, here’s an easy way to make your jam and preserve it all year.  We’re going to make freezer jam!  What’s great about this method is that it does not take any fancy equipment, so anyone can do it!


going to try the gift topper in a greeting card format!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Cloves and oranges for fall decorating =)

Splendid Fairy-wren Whiteman park, Perth, Western Australia  23Jun13 res by Wacrakey, via Flickr

simple and striking

Stunning "Bauble" quilt by Emily Cier from her Color Continuum series. Pattern available here:

Gorgeous  Denim Quilt. The Black sashing really nails the look.  great way to use leftover jeans

Actually planning on making one of these soon! Have found measurements and all I need is fabric. :D

Star Gazing: Spectacular queen quilt features dynamic blocks in a creative setting.    Designed by: Judy Laquidara •    Skill Level: Intermediate    Technique: Piecing    Size: Queen, 90" x 103"    Appears in Quiltmaker May/June '12.

Really love Flying Geese quilts! I'd use more muted colors though. Maybe batiks!

Chevrons and Stars - Quilted Living by Gerri Robinson - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Silly String Blocks + RED

Diamonds in the Deep with navy and white -- WOW - pattern here at

Free Quilt Patterns For Beginners | Thread: French Braid 1 Summer

"The Carousel" Russian patchwork quilt.  We recognize the pattern as "Untitled" by Karen K. Stone

The pattern is in this book "The Modern Quilt Workshop" by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and is called Outside the Box.

Intersting quilting - think its just 6 really big blocks - wonder if it was quilt as you go??? Hmmmm

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Designing Gift Fabric

Now that Christmas is almost over, or at least the gift-giving part is over, I can share a couple of projects that I've been working on. They were Christmas gifts, you understand, and while most of my girls do not read my blog, some of them do (or say they do), and I didn't want to give any surprises away.

One project was a long-range commitment for me.  I designed and ordered some fabric through Spoonflower.  I was able to purchase only one yard...perfect for my "needs."

Then I turned the fabric into some pretty little makeup bags for the beautiful girls in my life.   

One for each of the daughters-in-law that is a nice square, traditional size.  They're about 7 X 8, so they'll hold a nice bit of makeup without being too bulky for a purse or bag.  

 Then I made three more in a different shape and size.  Thinking that the middle girls (granddaughters between 11 and 16 years old) would like to use them differently.  So these are shaped to hold makeup, brushes, or just pens, markers or highlighters.  The zippers are 9 inches but the width is only about four inches.  
I love that the twist keeps the bag open and gives it a funky, fun look.  Originally, I'd made one for Dusti and Alayna, but Jolie got some makeup from Santa, so I added her to my list and quickly made hers today.

In the end, this was a fun project.  The fabric costs much more per yard ($17) but designing it was fun.  I really wanted fabric that would tell them how beautiful they are.  How better than to design fabric that literally says, "You are beautiful" in several ways? 

Phrases include 

  • beautiful, love
  • Good Morning, Sunshine (thank you, Robin Meade)
  • lovely lady
  • razzle dazzle
  • hey good looking
  • & you're stunning
  • divine darling (spelled devine dahlin'--the way it sounds)
  • gorgeous, girl
  • sweet
  • jolie and ma cherie (pretty and my dear, respectively) 
  • hello beautiful (which is the name of Meggan's sister's salon).

12 Days of Christmas

"And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary, His Mother, and falling down they adored Him" (Matthew 2:11).

12 Days of Christmas fresh FREE PRINTABLE
Although many people think the song counts down the days to Christmas, the 12 Days of Christmas are the days after Christmas that count down the days to Epiphany, the day the wise men appeared to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus.   

twelve days of christmas printable... i picture this framed, using a white-erase marker to cross off each day before christmas!

Of course, the song is a folk song that really has little to do with the Bible story,  Unless one believes the theory that when Christians were persecuted, the song was written with each idea representing something in the Bible, for example the partridge represents Christ, the two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments, and so on. 

12 days of Christmas scherenschnitte papercutting... one day I will do this one!

Lindsay Letters 12 Days of Christmas Printables!
Busy Mom's Helper: Family fun, food, recipes and crafts.: 12 Days of Christmas Printable Tags @Danielle Reeves

12 days of Christmas ornament set 2 set of twelve by hilemanhouse, $2.49

Typography and the “12 Days of Christmas” carol? This match made in holiday heaven came from designer Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting and her designs are now available on the Paperless Post. I dare you not to get the song stuck in your head now.

I've always loved the song and decided to find a few printables to share with you.  What you'll do with them, well, I don't know.  I think I'll just walk around singing for a few days, attend mass as much as possible, and appreciate that we can celebrate the Christmas season just a little longer.

Smelling Coffee — with Jennifer Crawford Walker  The 12 days of Christmas can point us to Jesus every time we sing it.

12 Days of Christmas The true meanings The popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is often thought of as a delightful-though-nonsensical part of the Christmas season. However, according to legend, it is actually a song used by Christian parents during the religious wars of the 16th century in England to teach their children the catechism clandestinely. Each symbol has a specific meaning to teach one part of the Christian faith