Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Winter Project

 I fell in love with this quilt kit a few months back.  I left it at the store thinking "I have no idea how to quilt".  There was a quilt already made up using this fabric in green.  Then I saw a picture of it again, a friend had bought this quilt kit.  I was toying with the idea, knowing I needed some sort of a longer winter craft to get me through.  So, I left it in the back of my mind and figured if there was one left after Christmas, and after I was caught up with everything else, I would go back and get it.
A few weeks later my Mom and Gramma came into town.  We went looking around at the stores here and I saw this again.  I showed my Mom and Gramma (both quilters) and they said "Oh, Dana, you can do that without help!  So it was decided.  I bought it!  I am having so much fun doing it.  I love the fabrics, and want to go back and get the green kid... just so Robbie can have a quilt.  Yeah, that's it!

So, here are my half squares, if that is what you want to call them.  The sqaure will be pin wheel and a block from the owl squares above.  Love my technical quilting terms?  So do I!
Look at that!!  I sewed them together.  Half a pin wheel!!

And there we have a pin wheel.  Okay and this is where I had to stop so I could finish Emily's Christmas present.  I will post those after Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


 This is Project-E from THIS post.
Sister Smock dresses.
The dress on the left is Jill's and the dress on the right is Emily's.
I loved how they turned out, too.
The only different between them are the center panels.
I fell in love with this fabric when I went to pick out some fat quarters for another project.
It just screamed to me and I loved the demo dress they had at the store already made.
Emily loves her dress... a lot!  She tries to wear it to bed. 
Jill really loves her new dress, too.
I love having the girls in matching dresses.


So... back tracking to THIS post.
This was project C.  Pajama's for Emily.
I had a gift card to use at our local department store and thought, "Why not let Emily pick out the fabric that she wants for pj's.  They have Dora the Explorer."  
Emily didn't want Dora.  No, she wanted the expensive quilting flannel.
I obliged... I did, after all, say she could pick her fabric.

So we made nightgowns.
Originally we were suppose to have 1 night gown and 1 set of pj's; but Emily liked the nightgown so much she wanted those instead.
Something I learned from this project:
When pinning the pattern to your fabric, make sure you pin the part that says: On the Fold; in the right spot.  I had to go back and buy another 11/2 meters for that mess up.
In all, I'm happy with how they turned out.  And Emily is loving them, too.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Doughnut Muffins

This recipe is super yummy (or, if you ask Aiden, they are superly delicious).
I made them with the kids this morning, so no step by step photos.
But they had fun.
We used the hand beater instead of the trusty Kitchen Aid stand mixer, too.
It was a fun choice!

Okay here's the recipe!
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup of evaporated milk
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
1/4 unsalted butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs 
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups grated apple
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine.

1. Preheat oven to 350*F (180*C).  Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.  (I used 2 pans!)
2.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In separate bowl, mix evaporated milk and yogurt.
3. In a separate bowl, beat shortening butter, and sugar together until light and fluffy.  add in eggs, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla.
4.  With mixer on low, add flour and yogurt mixtures to shortening mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture and scraping down between each addition.  Fold in apple.  Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
5. Bake for 20-25 mintues, or until firm to the touch.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
6. TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  While muffins are still hot, brush with melted butter.  Roll each muffin in cinnamon sugar until thoroughly coated.  Best served warm.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Project B... Melty Beads

Well, you may have seen this project labeled in THIS post.
All projects and crafts have their fails... and this was one of them.
I won't even show you pictures of how they turned out.
Let's just say my husband and I were trying to get these done so the kids could decorate with them the next day.
Complete fail.
Beads that literally melted everwhere.
Wax paper that burned.
$6.00 not completely down the drain.
But, Robbie and I had a fun time doing them.
We laughed at our uncraftiness.
The End.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shaving Cream Painting

 This was a fun craft to do with Emily.  I found out about this when I took my 3 kids to strong start this summer (Aiden was really missing his old preschool teacher).
I thought it would be perfect to do with Emily while Jill is napping and Gaffer is at school.  It can be quite messy.

So what you need to do is this:
1. Line your floor or work surface.  I use paper from a roll end that my wonderful father picked up from one of the pulp mills he works at.  Think 40 lbs of heavy duty paper.  More on that another time.
2. Get out your husbands shaving cream, I find it cheaper than my shaving cream, and go a head a spray that on a few paper plates.  If you're going to use 3 colors you need 3 plates.
3. Add your paint to the shaving cream.  We used Crayola Finger paint.  Love it.  It's washable and non-toxic.  I love Crayola products!!  Mix away with your fingers.
4. Now paint with your fingers.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trick or Treating Bags/Tote Bags

Okay, so Project A from this post is what this post is all about.  
I love these fabrics.  You can really use any fabric you want, but in the spirit of Halloween we are going to use Halloween fabrics.  I would love to do this in some flowery material I found at our local department store, or circa 1930's fabric-- wouldn't that be darling??  These bags make for great little tote bags.
Truth is, my mom made us a trick or treating bag a few years ago.  She told all of us each house hold would only get one bag.  So two of my kids, Aiden and Emily, like to argue over the one bag.  I thought, "I can make another one.  Who needs a pattern?"

So, here is the fabric and supply list.  I found it gave me more fabric than what I really needed, but it's the list that my mom shopped from-- really you won't need this much... but I love to have extra than not enough:
1/8th of a yard for the orange strips
5/8th of a yard of Halloween print for the middle (I used the green)
1 yard of Halloween print (for the main part of the bag)
Fusible interfacing
1 yard broad cloth for inside the bag
Cutting Roller, Ruler and Mat
Sewing Machine
Iron and board

Step 1: Cutting Your Material
You want to cut all your material on a fold, so we just need to do 2 seams when it comes time to sew the bag together.
So working from the top down, you measurements will be: 
Dark Halloween Print: 2 inches X 13 1/2 inches
Orange Print: 1 1/2 inches X 13 1/2 inches
Green Print: 3 inches X 13 1/2 inches
Orange Print: 1 1/2 X 13 1/2 inches
Dark Halloween Print: 12 inches X 13 1/2 inches

You also need to cut out straps: which aren't pictured here.  I cut mine out of the dark print.  
They are about 22 inches X 3 inches.

Step 2: Sewing Your Strips together.
So, go ahead and just lay your strips out so they aren't folded.
You want your right sides together and pin as shown above.
Go ahead and sew them with a 1/4 inch seam.
Then you want to press it open so you can lay down the next print.

Keep going until everything is on there.
This is mine half way.

Step 3: Giving the bag some Umph-- so it holds up.
So you don't have to use fusible interfacing.
My mom did our bag with some quilters batting in the middle... a very thin layer.  It's wonderful too.
Basically cut what you are going to use to fit your bag.  Just measure your bag.
You are going to put this layer to the wrong side of your material.
To use fusible interfacing put the glue side to the wrong side of your fabric and iron it on.
If you are using batting, make your seams so the orange fabric pops out (your smaller strips)

Step 4: Make the straps!!
So, I just ironed the edges in a bit, then folded my straps in half and sewed them to look like this:

Excuse my lack of sewing knowledge... I've never taken a sewing class, and this is going off of what I just made up for a pattern.

Step 5, 6, and 7.
**Now, this part I forgot to get pictures of.  So I will attempt to describe in great detail what to do next.**
You NEED make the inside of your bag out of you broadcloth.  I used black broad cloth.
Again, I measured my bag and cut the fabric to what I needed.
Then I folded the broad cloth in half and sewed 1/4 inch seam around the bottom and open side to close it all up.
You should have a black (or what ever color you choose to use) replica of your bag.
You also NEED to go ahead and make you big outer panel into a bag.  So, fold that up, right sides together, and make a 1/4 inch seam.  Flip your bag so the fabric is facing out.
Now, you want to PIN your straps to the bag.

Excuse my fingers!

Step 8: Putting her all together!
Okay, this part took me FOREVER to figure out.
You should now have your outer part of the bag sewn up, straps pinned into place (I pinned so the straps were on top of the bag, lying on the right side of my fabric.  Make sense?), and your inner part of the bag sew up.
You need to flip the otter part of your bag so the seams are outside (basically right sides together again).
Now, slide that over top of the outer part of your bag, making sure the straps are still in place.
You are going to sew all around the top of the bag leaving a good section so you can flip your bag right side out.  Make sure that you do sew the straps in... don't leave that part open.  I left between the straps on one side open so I could slip the bag inside out.
Once it's all slipped and looks like a bag with the straps outside, go ahead and close up that open section by doing a top seam all around the top of the bag.  I pinned the open section closed.

So Much To Do!!

Here's a look at some of the materials for the projects that I have on the go!!
Any ideas of what I have going on??
Stayed tuned for a tutorial for "A"!!!

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