Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Count Down to Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas, well it's not that far off. When I was little my mom had an advent calendar for me to count down to that special day. When my kids were young I carried on the tradition with them. A couple of years ago I made one for each of my kids homes. I then decided that this year Grandma needed one for her home so this is what I created. This was a lot of work; but also a lot of fun.
1/2 yard front
1/2 yard back
1 yrd green for tree
fat quarter for bag
fat quarter for tree trunk or just use scrapes
1 yard of heavy pellon
1/2 yard of heat and bond
2 yards of rick rack to trim your tree.
scraps for applique words
1 1/2 ribbon for your numbers
For the ornaments:
I used 1 pkg small clothes pin.
1 1/2 yards ribbon
24 Christmas buttons

Lets get started; you will want to do this in sections;
Sew back and front together with heavy pellon in between.

Cut your tree out. Cut two of each branch section (a front and a back) and sew together with heavy pellon in between. Repeat and make three branch section. See picture.

I put 3 button holes on the bottom section, 2 in the middle section and 4 on the top. Theses buttonholes will be used to hang the ornaments on. You can decide how many and where you want them. The rest of the ornaments will hang off the edges. Sew the rick rack onto the bottom of each section.

Cut your trunk out of the brown fabric  3"x5" cut 2 fabric & 1 pellon

Cut a 6"x7" piece out of your red for your bag. Fold down 1" on the top and fold each side over 1/2" to create a pocket. Do a stitch along the top to create a 1" casing. Thread a 4" piece of elastic and secure at each end. You can make a little bow from leftover ribbon to put in the center top of the bag.

Now lets assemble the advent calendar;

Place bag in lower left corner sew on three sides to create a pocket. Above the bag and in the middle of your background fabric place the trunk of tree and sew into place.
Then add the bottom branch of tree, then middle, then top. Sew each section before adding the next. When sewing the branches on just sew down the 2 outsides. Leave the bottom open so that you can hang your ornaments off.

Once the tree has been placed added your "ho ho ho" or what ever you want it to say. This is done with cutting each letter out of fabric and attached with heat and bond. Trace your letters onto the smooth side of your heat n bond and then iron the rough side of the heat n bond to the wrong side of your fabric. Once you have it pressed on cut the letters out and arrange them how you want them. Press them into place and iron onto your background. Use your favorite applique stitch to keep them in place.
Repeat this same process to make the numbers. I used ribbon to make my #'s and I didn't stitch them in place but you can if you want to make them a little more secure.

To make your ornaments cover each clothspin with ribbon and then glue buttons on to the side of the clothspin. Once you have them all done and they are dried put them into the bag you made.

Hang up and count down to that special day. Every day pick an ornament and hang it on the tree on the number for day.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We have a winner

I have chosen a winner Betsy has been emailed and she has 48 hours to email me her address, If she fails I will be selecting a new winner.
Thanks to everyone who entered, look for more give away in the future.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts: Kimberbell Giveaway!!!

ChooChoo Skadoo Quilts: Kimberbell Giveaway!!!:  I am so excited to share another fantastic pattern designer with you guys. I was introduced to Kimberbell patterns last summer and I insta...

Jelly Roll Jam Wren & Friends Plus a Giveaway!

I am so excited to share this awesome new pattern that Fat Quarter Shop has made. Its called Jelly Roll Jam. This is a super easy and fun quilt made with just a jelly roll. And the best part is that its FREE. Just go HERE to download your free copy.
I chose the line Wren & Friends for Moda to make mine. I love the colors in this line. I want to get some yardage to make some dresses my new little granddaughter.

I love the stuff that Fat Quarter Shop comes up with. Its always so fun. And they have done it again with this pattern. Its written so well which makes it easy to follow.

Now onto our giveaway. The wonderful people at Fat Quarter Shop is going to give one of my lucky followers a Wren & Friends jelly roll so they too can make this super cute quilt. Fill in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. As a reminder you must publicly follow my blog using Google Friend Connect to enter my giveaways. to become a follower simply click the blue bar on the side that says "join this site" and enter your email.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

"BOO!" Trick or Treat Bag

Here is a fun spook-tacular bag that I made for The Ribbon Retreat. Its the perfect size for trick or treaters of all ages.

Lets get started. Materials that you will need are:
1/2 Yard for outside of bag
1 fat quarter for the top band on outside of bag
1/2 yard for lining
1 Fat quarter for "boo" applique
1 Fat quarter for appliqued pumpkins
1 yard of ribbon for the strap
1 yard rick rack for strap
1 yard of orange rick rack for bag
1 yard black rick rack for bag
2 Pumpkin buttons for decorations
1 pkg of boning
1/4 of heat n bond

So lets get started. First we will cut out our fabric.

The front bottom piece needs to be cut to 18" by 12" (you need 2 of these)
The top piece needs to be 18" by 6" (you need 2 of these)
The inside lining needs to be 18" by 18" (you need 2 of these)

Now that you have all your pieces cut you need to do your appliqueing. For the pumpkins I cut them out of the fabric. You can do BOO like I did or your child's name.

Once you have your appliqueing done. You'll want to attach your top band onto the bottom section of your bag. Attach them on the long 18" end and press.
Then sew your rick rack pieces on top of the seam that connects the two pieces.

Take those 2 pieces and lay them right sides together and sew around all 3 sides leaving the top open. Take your 2 lining pieces and lay down Right sides together and sew around all 3 sides. Leave top open. Also leave a 3"-4" opening in the bottom of the bag.
Then fold your corner in half lining up your seams. Measure in 2" and sew a straight seam. See picture below. Do to both sides of outside of bag as well as your lining.

Take your lining piece and turn right side out. Place the lining inside the outside bag piece. Line up your seams and sew all around the top the bag. Turn the bag right side out through the whole you left in the bottom of your lining. Press the top of the bag flat.

Now we will add the boning. This will help keep the bag open and easier for your little one to collect the candy.
Measure 3/4" down from top and sew a casing all around the top of the bag. Then take your seam ripper and pop the seams in between the top and the bag and the casing you just sewed. Then thread your boning through the casing. You'll want to over lap your boning by about 2" inside the casing. Then close up the whole you made with needle and thread. 
Last step is your strap. Cut the ribbon the length that you need your strap to be. Sew your rick rack down the center of your strap. Attach the ribbon to the 2 sides of your bag leaving a 2" flap to attach your button. Hand sew your button on and you got yourself an awesome bag!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sweet Jane's pattern giveaway Winner

Mary Jane Cardwell is our new picked winner for the Sweet Jane's pattern give away she has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond, if she fails i will pick a new winner. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sweet Jane Pattern Give Away

I had to pick another winner. Marsha Swanson is the new winner she has been emailed and she must reply with 48 hours or I will pick another winner. I want to thank Brittney for entering the giveaway your patterns will be mailed with in the week.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

we have a winner

We have a winner for the Sweet Jane's pattern give away. They are
Entry #193 Robin N. and
Entry #237 Brittany S.
The winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.
Thanks to everyone who entered I will be doing more giveaways later.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sweet Jane's Pattern Giveaway

I am so excited to host this awesome giveaway for Sweet Jane's quilt patterns. We have 2 packs of patterns with 3 patterns in each pack. So 2 of you can win this awesome giveaway.
I love Sweet Jane's patterns. She writes them so you can have the option to use either precuts or fat quarters. It can be hard to find cute patterns that are written for precuts. But sometimes you love a pattern and all you have is fat quarters. Her patterns are perfect for that very reason!
As an added plus her patterns are very easy to follow. 
To enter to win these patterns fill out the Rafflecopter below. As a reminder to enter this giveaway or any giveaway on my blog you MUST be a public follower using Google friend connect. To become a follower click on the blue bar that says "Join This Site" on the left hand side of the screen. If you have any questions or need help just let me know.
The first pack has Border Line Crazy, Bella Notte, and Charmed Again.                                      

The second pack includes Borderline Crazy, A Good Day and Charmed again.

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