Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lots of Completed Projects

Wow - what a productive week I had home from work!! I finished up almost everything I wanted.

Teacher Gifts
These were the Holiday gifts for Megan's teachers - the cup is a disposable coffee cup that came in a package of 10 from WalMart. I covered each cup in holiday patterned paper. Inside the cup I included: package of hot chocolate, candy cane, chocolate dipped Oreos, and chocolate dipped marshmallows.


Gift Card Holder
Both my mom and sister recieved gift cards as part of their Christmas gifts and I created these to hold the gift cards. I used the Dove Chocolate envelope (with the 3 individually wrapped chocolate pieces) as a pattern and cut these from cardstock. I added the chocolate and gift cards and tied the envelope with more cardstock and some holiday ribbon.


Birthday Party Guest Gift
I wasn't done with the Dove chocolate envelopes just yet... I made 20 more as guest gifts for Megan's first birthday party. Instead of ribbon I added cupcakes cut from the Cricut machine, and these have Hershey bars rather than Dove chocolate. After making 20+ envelopes I think I'm done with these for awhile!


A Little Something For Me
The day of Christmas Eve I decided that I needed a little something for me. I already had everything I needed to put together this apron so I thought I would "whip" it up. What I didn't notice was that the stitch time for the applique was 45 minutes - add in how slow I am at changing thread and trimming the fabric for the appliques and it probably took me an hour and a half to complete. And I love it! The same designer has appliques for Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving... I think I need those designs.


Personalized Casserole Dish
My mom attends lots of potluck dinners so I thought she would like a personalized casserole dish. A little vinyl, the Cricut machine, some glass etching cream and 30 minutes later I had this super cool casserole dish! I can't wait to make one for me!!


Megan's Birthday Outfit
Another use of CarlaC's A-Line top from http://www.youcanmakethis.com/ - I just love this pattern! It goes together so quickly and it looks great on Megan.


Birthday Goodies
Here's the rest of the items I made for Megan's birthday party - the Wilton Giant Cupcake pan and smaller version of the pan (I don't know what it's called - Not-So-Giant Cupcake??), a party hat (which I couldn't get on her for even a second) and the plate from my previous post.


All and all I had a GREAT Christmas week! I'm really not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. At least it will be a short week.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Checking Things Off My 'To Do' List

I've been able to check a couple of things off of my Holiday and Birthday Party to-do list - Yeah!!

Megan's Christmas Top
I love this pattern! It is so simple and goes together quickly. If the weather is cool for Christmas day she will wear it with jeans and a red turtle-neck onesie.


Megan's Birthday Plate

I did a test stitch of the cupcake applique that is going on Megan's birthday outfit and it came out good enough to use. Then the question became - what to use it for? I want to make her a birthday hat to match the outfit, but the cupcake is a little too big for that. Then I remembered that I purchased a Design-My-Own Plate and Bowl set a couple of months ago. The design fit perfectly. So now Megan has her own special plate for the party.


Megan's Birthday Outfit
The A-line top has been cut out. I had run out of stablizer after testing the cupcake applique, so today I purchased some and hope to get the embroidery done and the top put together tomorrow.


I still have lots to do over the next couple of days, but with the nasty weather we are expecting tomorrow, and being off work next week (with the little one going to day care) I should be able to get everything done without too many late nights.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Not Much Sewing Going On Around Here...

Another weekend has come and gone, and I didn't get as much crossed off my 'To Do' list as I wanted. I did piece together the backing and make the binding for 2 quilts (hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to get them quilted on Mom's Long-Arm Machine) and I got the Christmas cards and Birthday Party invitations addressed.


The little one has been sick for the last week... 2 doctor visits, antibotics, breathing treatments, Rx diaper rash cream... we had a wild week! But she's on the mend and is back to her usual happy self.


So here's what I need to complete in the next week and half (in order of importance):
  1. Megan's birthday outfit (A-Line Top & Easy Fit Pants by the wonderful CarlaC)

  2. Megan's Christmas outfit (with fabric Chris picked out)

  3. Personalized casserole dish

  4. Finalize details for Megan's birthday party

  5. Make a few Christmas gifts

And I'm sure I'll come up with more before Christmas!



Happy Holidays!




Saturday, December 6, 2008

Vacation Day

I took a much needed vacation day Friday. I've been so stressed from work, and knew I couldn't make it to Christmas without a day away from the craziness.

It was a wonderful day! I got to sleep in an extra hour (to 5:30!!!), got some cleaning done around the house, ran some errands, and got a few things knocked off my To Do list. I even had time to make dinner (ok - it only had 3 ingredients, but at least it wasn't another stop for fast food!)

Gift Quilt
I pieced together the top of the gift quilt that I will need by the end of the month. I loved the fabrics when I picked them out, and then as I was piecing the quilt I didn't like them together. But now that I've been looking at the completed top for a couple of days I like them once again. The finished top is 42.5" x 42.5" - just a little lap quilt. I'm going to use the purple floral for the backing with some of the striped and light blue pieced into it. Maybe next weekend I'll get over to Mom's to quilt it on her Long Arm machine.



Test Bake
Megan's first birthday is at the end of the month and we will be having a cupcake-themed birthday party. I received the Wilton Giant Cupcake pan for Christmas last year, and this summer I bought myself the smaller version that makes 5 individual cupcakes, knowing both pans would be perfect for Megan's party. Ok - is it sad that I was planning her first birthday before she was even here?
A couple of months ago I tested out the small version of the pan. Boy oh boy was it a mess!! I couldn't get the cakes out of the pan. I ended up tossing the entire thing into the trash. So I decided to test out the large pan Friday. And it worked! I quickly covered the cake in a can of purchased frosting before we dug in for the taste test. It doesn't look pretty, but I'm so thrilled that the cake came out I don't care.


After looking at a number of pictures on Flickr I thing I'm going to make the bottom cake chocolate, the top cake yellow, and cover just the top in frosting (homemade buttercream) with my large star tip.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day was fun. We followed tradition... mom made the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pies and I made side dishes - Mac & Cheese, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, and Cheesy Spinach Casserole. The first three are holiday standards and HAVE to be made every Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the Spinach was a new one this year. Mom and I liked it, but I don't think anyone else even tried it. Oh well - I'll have to find another one to try for Christmas. Guess I'll be flipping through old issues of the Southern Living Christmas books in the next couple of weeks.

Here are pictures of Megan's outfit completed and on her:


I really liked the way the pattern came out! I'll have to make it again. I wasn't thrilled with the way the applique came out though. I loved the test stitch I did, but ran out of my prefered stablizer before I got to the actual top. I know I'm the only one that noticed the little imperfections, but it was still a little dissappointing. And I had my camera on the wrong setting, so the pictures don't show the true colors.

And here's a picture of the whole family together:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Outfit

The Thanksgiving outfit is complete... well almost. I still need to add the buttons, but since Megan was asleep when I finished they will have to wait until the morning.


I've had this pattern since before Megan was born, but this is the first time I've used it. It went together so quickly. I started it Monday night, and would have had it completed that night, but I didn't have the right color thread for the top-stitching and button holes. So today my color-blind husband braved JoAnns with swatches of fabric and instructions. He did such a good job!
Now I can't wait to try it on Megan and see how it fits.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Semi-Complete

Work and other commitments have had me too busy to do any sewing since the weekend (and that was probably only 15 minutes.) But I am determined that tomorrow - no matter what - I will sew!!

And just so you know that I can actually complete projects, here are a few:


Quilt for Megan
I have been collecting cat fabrics for 10 or 15 years. I never knew what I would do with them, but I kept collecting them. I finally decided to make an I-Spy quilt for Megan. And while I had enough fabrics to make each of the 90 blocks from a different fabric, I decided to use 45 fabrics. Now Megan will be able to play a matching game with her quilt. Now I need to have it quilted. Luckly I have a "source" - my Mom!!

Here's a close-up of some of my favorite fabrics:



Beach Quilt
This was a class Mom and I took together. It was so much fun. The whole thing is pieced on a fusible-interfacing type product called Quilt on Point (or something like that). Once the cutting and fusing of fabric are done, the sewing goes SO FAST! This could be sewn in one sitting (not that I could find enough time to do it all in one sitting... ha ha ha). This too needs to be quilted.




Parlor Pets
This is another of the patterns I have from Parlor Pets (the Flowers in my previous post). I just love this pattern!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

WIP part I

Here are some of the projects that are in some form of completion...

Chris's Duck Quilt
This is so close to being finished! All that's left is hand stitching the binding. When I purchased this pattern at the Houston Quilt Show in 2000 or 2001 I thought it would be simple, after all its just paper piecing. I never looked close to see all of the small pieces until after I told Chris I would make it for him. And now, years later it is almost done. Maybe before the end of the year...

Quilt for a Gift
This quilt will be a gift for someone very dear to my daughter. Of course I have been thinking of making a quilt for this person for some time now, but thought I had a little more time than I actually do. Good thing it looks like it will go together quickly.


Lap Quilt
I purchased this pattern over a year ago with no immediate plans for making it. Then earlier this year my mom and I want to a Fat Quarter sale at a local quilt shop. Their Fat Quarters were 20 for $25 and the quilt needs 20 Fat Quarters... how perfect was that!


Tote Bag
I LOVE Quilts and More magazine. This is the second bag I'll make from the Fall issue.


Flowers
I just bought this pattern at the Houston Quilt Show. I love the Parlor Pets patterns! At first I thought I would put these flowers in Megan's room, but now I think I might start making them to use in my future sewing room.



Thanksgiving Outfit
I decided last week that Megan needed an outfit for Thanksgiving. I had remembered seeing some very cute Thanksgiving fabrics at the local fabric stores, but when I went back, every store was sold out! What to do? Well of course break out the new embroidery machine and stitch out something for Thanksgiving. Never mind that all the cute designs are applique and I hadn't done that yet. So today I stitched out a test design. Now to pick out a pattern and get to sewing!


Ok - I think that's enough for one day. Some day I'll share the unstarted kits, the patterns that still need fabric, the fabric that still needs patterns, and the ideas that have neither fabric nor patterns yet.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Welcome!

Lately I've found myself drowning in unfinished projects!! I know most sewers, quilters, and crafters have a few UFOs/WIPs, but my list of projects to finish is getting ridiculous!

My 2008 New Year's Resolution was to finish all of my projects (both those started and those I'd like to do someday.) Then, and only then, I would splurge and buy an embroidery machine. OK - stop laughing - In my defense on New Year's Day I was still on post C-section painkillers.

So maybe if I post my outstanding projects I'll shame myself into finishing some.

In the coming posts I'll show you some of the projects...