Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Every year I tell myself I’m going to start early on Christmas gifts next year.
And I do.
I really do.
I start.
But somewhere along March or April…
other things begin to crowd out the unfinished gifts list…


I’ve been working hard on Christmas gifts for friends and family…

Some I’ve made using photography, some are sewn, some are quilted, and some are beaded…I can only post a few pics from the ones that have already opened their gifts, but I can’t wait to show you in the coming weeks, all the different fun projects.

For now, here are a few beaded gifts I had fun making…



This green and gold set was for a friend.  I just loved her reaction when she opened her little gift box.  That’s really what makes it all worth the time and effort – knowing they liked it and will enjoy wearing it.







This pink & silver & clear set was fun to make, too.

I use glass beads because I like the feel of them.


I tie them together with some ribbon and tulle.



These blues feel great…they’re a nice heavy glass and have the look of stone.


I’ve made some others, but those will have to wait because they won’t be opened until Christmas day, along with other sewn handmade gifts which I can’t wait to show you as soon as their recipients have opened them!  🙂

The rest of this week I won’t be working on crafts or gifts any more… Now it’s time to stop and enjoy the friends and family that come to visit, and to cherish the FaceTime calls with precious ones that live in other places.  I’m so thankful that we can see them even if it’s on the computer screen.  Their dear faces, smiling at us.  We’ll soon see them, too, in the next few weeks and months.

Take time to enjoy your loved ones this week.  Time is the greatest of gifts, anyway.

Happy Christmas week!



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Once upon a time,
long ago and far away
while on vacation,
I started this quilt…



I diligently sewed these little squares together by hand
(I didn’t have my sewing machine with me).
You can tell I was a beginner because some of the squares don’t line up!

For years these nine-patch blocks sat forgotten…



The nice lady who owned the cabin we stayed in gave me a bag of scraps
from her collection.  She was an avid quilter and had lots & lots of fabric.
I was a beginner and just wanted something to do at night while on our
restful vacation.  (There was no TV, radio, internet, or signal).
We liked it so much there that we went back several years later, Btw.

They were random scraps I probably never would’ve chosen,
but I was just happy to have some fabric to sew together.




Then one day

I “found” them and said, “Oh!  Alas!  The forgotten blocks
from that vacation long ago and far away!”




I decided to bring those blocks together
and begin the process of finishing this neglected quilt.




I didn’t over-think it, I just sat and sewed the blocks together.

I had been thinking about putting a black border around the sides
to make it big enough for a lap quilt, but…


What do you think I should do?
What color border do you think would look better?
I thought maybe two borders of different widths & colors might be better?




Or maybe I should just make it a table cloth with a nice border around it??
I could take it on picnics…

Any suggestions?

And so… the Forgotten Quilt will soon be finished and
forgotten no longer.
The End
(for now)

I’ll post soon with the finished look.

I’m linking with Freshly Pieced and with Sew Fresh Quilts.
Go on over and see what pretty things they’re working on!


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I’ve been sewing lately…

Tiny little garments for my two granddaughters…  so much fun!!

Today I wanted to post about one of the easiest projects I’ve done so far–
Burp Cloths


It was fast, easy, and I think they turned out cute.

I bought some flour sacks at Walmart,
I think I paid $5 for this set of 5:


They were large enough to cut in half and it still turned out to be a generous size for a burp cloth.

That means I got 2 burp cloths out of each flour sack towel —
so you can make 10 out of that set of 5!


I cut a piece of quilt batting the size of the center of the burp cloth.
After I measured it and cut it, then I placed it on the center of the flour sack towel.


Cutting the flour sack towel was easy because the fold lines were exactly on the center–
I didn’t even have to measure it!


Here’s a picture of the flour sack towel cut in half – the one on the left is done,
and the one on the right is just ready for the batting & fabric piece.


As soon as I cut the flour sack in half, I serged the long edges.
The shorter edges were already hemmed, so I didn’t have to do anything there.
I serged the edges of the print cotton fabric I was going to sew
in the center of the burp cloth,
Then I centered it on the flour sack, right over the batting,
I pinned it down,
and sewed it down each long edge:


Then I sewed 2 lines down the long edges,
just like the store-bought burp clothes have.

I wasn’t too picky about it.
I did pin the edges down before I sewed
and that kept the fabric & batting down nicely.



I tuned down the short edges and sewed a hem very close to the edge.
I ironed it once everything was sewn.






My daughter chose the rose fabric from a stash of fat quarters,
but it wasn’t long enough so I added a coordinating fabric at each end.

I thought it looked even nicer than the other burp cloth because the two fabrics
looked so nice together.




Because of the large size of the flour sacks, these burp cloths turn out
larger than the store-bought ones.
That was something I really liked.
We’ve used them already and it worked well because of their larger size.
It was a quick project and I look forward to making more like these.
I’ve made some bibs, tiny dresses, bonnets, blankets…
can’t wait to share those with you in the coming days.  🙂

Happy sewing!


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Quilt Show

I recently went to a Quilt Show with my daughter.

It was so much fun!

There were lots of fun things to look at.
This cute pin cushion was just one of many different kinds.


There were lots of small quilts and wall hangings.
Some whimsical, some traditional, some modern.



I just had to take a picture of the sign above the doorway into this room…

Did you see the name??



There were vendors and quilt stores selling so many beautiful quilts and fabrics.



I just loved the above quilt hanging.
I had to stare at this one for a while.


Lots of quilt stores had brought baskets full of goodies for the raffle tickets,
and there were many tables with these baskets for all of us to ooh & ahh over.

For a total of $3, you got 25 raffle tickets to put in the slots in front on your favorite quilt baskets.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win any.

Maybe next time?


The display area was huge and there were many beautiful quilts to admire.
It wasn’t easy taking pictures because there were a lot of people doing the same things we were doing!  Ha!




I thought this quilt with the birds was so cute!



This quilt (below) won the award for Best In Show.
It truly is a work of art.

We got so many ideas and felt so inspired after being there.


I was able to buy two little charm packs (42 squares, 5″ each).

This one (below) is called Whitewashed Cottage:

It’s a beautiful collection of soft pinks, yellows, greys, and blues.



The other one is called Miss Kate
and is a combination of bright colors & cheery fabrics:



Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile.


Can’t wait to make something pretty with them 🙂

Have a blessed week!


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I had the opportunity to prepare some fun gift bags for the Pastors’ Wives who attended a conference recently.




It was fun crafting all the little goodies inside…




I made lots of these, and somehow I can’t find the photo I took
of the table at conference, set up with all the bags.
They looked so pretty!
So here’s just a small group of them…



The bags were filled with goodies like hand sanitizer and a nail file from
Bath & Body Works, mints, candies, and the other items were handmade
little goodies…


This little purse was made from double-sided scrapbook paper.



I used a variety of papers that I had on hand
and made lots & lots of these.



I received one just like this years ago
and I saved it because I knew I wanted to use it
as a pattern someday.




They were fun to make…





I put a miniature chocolate piece in each one.
Every woman must have chocolate in her purse, right?!




The “handles” were made from a small piece of ribbon,
and tiny pieces of velcro were glued for a “closure”.

I think the ladies liked it  🙂


Another little thing I put in the bags:



These little miniature grocery bags also held a surprise…




Inside each bag, I tucked in a tea bag.




Some of the bags were white, and some were just like
the brown paper bags you get at the grocery store.
($2 for 20).

I used an ink pad to age all the edges on both the bags
and the little card that had the tea cup.



I thought the ladies would love a nice cup of tea
while at the three-day conference.
Maybe they’d curl up at night and have some tea
while reading a book or watching a favorite movie.




Here are a few closeups of the details…




I printed out 20 images per sheet
of a beautiful tea cup,
then cut them apart to fit nicely on the bag.


I used a clear glitter paint tube ($2)
to highlight the tea cup and add some sparkle.




I cut a tiny piece of lace from yards I got at the Thrift Store (40 cents for 10 yards!!)
and added a tiny flower and a gem stone in the center.




This is the back of the envelope.
I used a new stamp I got for $1.50.


The earrings were simple & easy to make
and they were actually the quickest of all the projects.



I cut some pretty cardstock paper into 2″x3″,
stamped them with a fun little stamp,
and then used a tiny whole punch in order to
slip the earrings on.




The earrings were made with pearlized glass beads.
The craft store had a 50% off sale on the beads so it worked out well.




Finally, the first thing the ladies saw in the bag,
were the bookmarks…




The verse was carefully chosen with these ladies in mind.
(Click image to enlarge)




I bought a container of flowers (with a 40% off coupon).
These flowers are in the Scrapbook section of the crafts store
and can be used in many different projects.




I glued some of the flowers on a separate piece of scrapbook paper,
while others I layered together (a small one on top of a larger one)
for added dimension and color.




I used the clear glitter here also for more sparkle.





Here’s the back of the bookmark:




I used a beautiful stamp from the “Heidi Swapp” collection.
This is just a small section of the large stamp.















It was fun putting it all together and filling the bags
with all the different goodies.
Some of the ladies came up to me during the conference
and expressed how grateful they were for all the little gifts.
That made all the time & effort worthwhile.


Have a great, fun week filled with creativity  🙂




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Colorful Blanket

This is a blanket I made for my daughter. . .


It is basically a big granny square.


It went pretty quick and it was fun!


I chose this combination because my daughter really likes it.


It was fun for me to work with these colors and this pattern is a good one for a beginner like me.


This is the center of the blanket…


I had planned to give it to my daughter for Christmas but I decided to give it to her now, since we got to visit her recently. I’m happy to say she really liked it. 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

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