Monday, November 24, 2014

Craft night finished

If I remember right we crafted 30 photo boards and 22 sets of blocks and 5 potholders, dozens of frames, and many bracelets. I'm still dealing with leftover know? it's time to put the stuff away but I caught a bad cold right afterwards....and I don't wanna.
Guess what I didn't bring?  A camera, I was able to snap a couple pictures with my dying phone but there were pretty bad. No-one wanted to stop crafting long enough to take pictures. It was fun, it was crazy and I'm glad I get to wait another year to do it again.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

12 Craft night

I have gathered 12 crafts and 8 teachers to do a fabulous Friday night Craft night at my church; y'all are welcome to come. It is November 14th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Friendswood, TX. 505 Deseret Dr. 5:30 -11:00 Pot luck soup and bread.
Please call me if you want to come, we need payment before hand so we can buy the supplies.
832 217 4038

1. Board of Photos; found here in blogland. Our Sample. Easy; once all the materials are gathered.

2. Set of blocks that say Happy Thanksgiving on one side and Merry Christmas on the other. I figure that the price will be $6.00.
3. I spy toy. Mayra is guiding in making this great toy. Her baby loves the one she made. You can bring trinkets to add to the ones Mayra brings. Cost; $4.00 I've found directions and samples on the web here and here. 
 4. Temple bracelet Elizabeth Stillion is teaching us to make a bracelet with a clip for wearing in the temple. $6.00
 5. Joy wall decoration Tiffany Theobold is helping us make this. $5.00
6. Cookie mix in a Jar will be led by Kileen Smith; what a great teacher or neighbor gift. $4.00
7. Ornament Paula Agidious will lead us in making a paper crafted ornament...or 2 that can feature a photo of your choice; ancestor or descendent. She is keeping the cost low but even paper costs money. $1.00

 8. Potholders. I will bring my never ending bucket of scraps and will teach you a simple quilting technique. I had my children and my cub scouts make these, so I'm sure you can too. Most of my relatives have received several of these over the years. $3 will buy one package of double fold bias tape that will make 3. You can give me money and tell me what color you want or buy your own. If you have worn out towels bring them, that is what is in the inside. Here is a tutorial I wrote to describe my process.

9.Giant Snowflakes Made out of popsicle sticks; I think they look great. You can see some here and here. So far the cost has varied from 1.05 for the small one to 1.70 for the largest. I am looking for cheaper Popsicle sticks-sure to find them.  Wow, I found cheaper Popsicle sticks...brought the price down! 3 for $1.00. So knock yourself out making these. We will not be buying spray paint and painting these at the church. You can leave them 'au natural' or paint them at home.
10. Bell Garland Old style bells on a jute cord. If you want fabric on it you need to bring your own. $3.50
11. Days until Christmas blocks Easy, Simple $2.00 
12. Stars..are still in the works.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Craft Night

Our congregation's women met last month for a craft night. I had prepared 2 crafts for them to do and we brought yummy pumpkin dishes to share. First the crafts;
So easy since I have Pinterest to find something we could do without spending a lot of money. I saw this on Pinterest. And this is what we did;

Most of the candy canes (plastic ones) were covered in batting and then the most popular bow was the jute. The little rusted star was a garland I found at Hobby Lobby.
The other craft we did was simply to decoupage a clipboard, or paint it with chalkboard paint. Both were popular.

We also had a potluck pumpkin snacks. We has 2 different pumpkin dips, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Yummy.
I repeated the craft night a week later at home during the day.

Now I'm .planning another evening of crafts for November! It was fun and I"m looking forward to another night of crafting.

potholder tutorial

I was tweeking an old tutorial I'd written, in 2008!, and it disappeared. So I'm writing it again. :)

I like to think that I have perfected the making of potholders over the years. I have given many away and am now needing to replace the one's that have worn out.
This is the finished one.

Here is what lies beneath that pristine exterior. It was designed specifically to use up the double wide bias tape that is around the outside. I can tell it is one of my early potholders because the inside is of an old baby blanket I bought at a thrift store in 1976. It is still in good shape so I'll just cover it again.
Now I when I get a towel that is worn out I make blanks to go inside more potholders. I cut them 8.25" square cause I like big potholders.I have a stack of these ready to go.
If I need to I'll butt them together and zigzag them so make the size I want. I use 2 layers of towel in each pot holder.
First I look at my supply of double wide bias tape and decide what color the binding will be. I decided to use the blue. You can tell this has been around for awhile, it is no longer 95 cents. I think it is $2.49 now. Most would choose a color to go with their kitchen....or make a holiday one.

Step one would be to draw a line diagonally across the terry cloth. I didn't draw one because there is a seam I can follow.
Step two, choose the fabrics, I used scraps and laid them out where I will be using them. Do NOT use light colored fabrics....they get dirty too fast and look ugly soon.
Step three, sew the pieced triangle using a stitch and flip method. I start in the center;

then lay a strip on one side of the center. Pin it,
then lay a strip on the other side of the center. Pin and stitch.
 Press the strips open.
Continue sewing strips until the triangle is filled.
Notice that all the strips end well beyond the diagonal line and the outside edge.
I cut a triangle larger than I needed and pined it across where the diagonal line is. Do not stretch this when you pin it.
Then sew. Flip the large triangle over and press the seam.
Before pressing and trimming.
Lay the back onto the back of your potholder. Pin then
baste around the outside edge. I used a walking foot here.
Then trim it to 8"
Add the binding (sorry no tutorial here.) I usually do not put a loop for hanging, cause I've never used it but some may find it usefull.
and you are finished.

Here is a red one that is not quite finished but you can see the large triangle is made up of little strips.
My daughter in law took lessons and made several; you can see them here.

I have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas potholders. I keep them with the holiday decorations and pull them out seasonally.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilt Festival!

I went, I saw! I did not conquer. Last night it was open from 7-10 p.m. We started looking at the quilts as far from the vendors as we could get. The centerpiece of the show was this display of red and white Quilts for their 40 year ruby celebration. I have been attending for 35 years. The first time I had my second child strapped to my chest and it was at a church. Fabulous. I have missed ...about 5 over the years.
Here are some of the quilts I saw;
Butterflies in my Garden' by Doris Garfinkel of Indiana. All batiks, all logcabins.
A Baltimore Album Quilt with rows of very small yo-yo's holding each mini-quilt block to the others. Koyoko Hata of Japan made it to celebrate her 60th birthday.
This 'Red Sunflower' button quilt is here for my sister, it was made by Susan Bianchi of California.

.This 'Victorian Transformation' was made by Allison Aller of Washington. Love the multitude of butterflies on this.

Many miniature red and white quilts were displayed, all the work of 2 sisters Andrea Blackhurst and Ellen Carter. There were delightful, inspired by the red and white quilts displayed in New York City in 2011 the sisters got to work.

Tomorrow I get to go again! This time for 9 hours!

I hope pictures of quilts don't bore I've got to get sewing!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween book

As promised, the other 2 books are done and here they are;
The bottom one is my favorite.
Done a little differently. Here I modge-podged burlap down THEN put the letters on top. I was concerned that the sticky letters would come off so I hunted down the thinnest paper in my house, a napkin, and put it on top.. I like the way the letters are clearer. On the first 2 books the letters were put down and then the paper towel glued on top. That left the letters smooched...less distinctive. I also didn't add any...stuff to the top since you only see the spine. Here's book number 2;
The basic directions are found here.
I've lost my display area nearest the front door (the dog would chew it all up) so I have the top of our old entertainment center. It looked like this;
Now it is this;
But I think I'm going to have eliminate the bobble heads to a different surface.
What do you think?