Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Talen is serving a mission in the West Indies and he sends his Christmas greetings with this sandman instead of a snowman. I love the coconut head and ball cap. We haven't even built a snowman this year. I've actually loved the warm weather we have been having. I could handle winter if it stayed this way.I'll take the warmer days for as long as we can have them.
 Here he is with the only 4 missionaries in the upper part of Gwada. They have to be off the beach by 
9:00 am. They usually go to the beach around 5:00 in the morning on their P-day which is their day off. They only have a few hours in the morning to themselves for sightseeing.
 A few pictures from my house to yours. It was a wonderful Christmas. We were able to talk with Talen via Skype. I love technology.

 Grandpa, aka champ, is holding our new little Christmas present Nahla.
 She is so sweet and beautiful.
 I did happen to do a little sewing for Randy. His first man quilt out of Back Country designed by 
The Paper Loft for Riley Blake Designs. 

 It is so cozy and warm out of the flannel. He loves it.
 This time of season is a wonderful time to reflect on all the many things we can be grateful for.

 I love having my children home and enjoying great movies, food and conversation.
The New Year is soon to come.
                                                                          I wish you all a Happy New Year. There is so much to be grateful for, even a midst the storm. I love the quote..."Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance in the rain.

Many Happy Sewing Days in the Year 2012!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cindy and Jina's Zipper Flowers

Cindy and Jina from Riley Blake Designs show how to make fun zipper flowers to add pizazz to anything your heart desires.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Girls Sewing Day

We had such a great day sewing. To be able to have a sewing day with my girls is a rare occasion. I decided to share a tutorial on a quick and easy baby quilt. This quilt works out to be about 47" x 47"  This is great for using up your scraps.I chose 7 different prints.
 The first thing you will want to do is cut 2 1/2" strips. Sew one section with the color print on both outside edges and plain on the inside and one section with the solid on both outside edges and the print on the inside.
 You can see here the colors I chose for the pink and the gray. You can do all your blocks different colors if you would like. This really is a great block for scraps. 1/2 a strip (40" in length) will make 8 sections of the
2 1/2" strips. It takes 3 sections to make a block.

Cut the sections into 2 1/2" strips.
 Lay your strips out into the desired colors you would like.

 Sew each row together to create the 9-Patch block.

 Cut sashing strips 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" to go between each block.
Cut 5 sashing strips 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" to go between each sewn row. Cut 2 strips 1 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides.
 Sew rows together. Starting with the center rows then finish with the sides.
 Now for the borders. I cut  2 strips 3 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 3 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 For the outside border I cut 2 strips 6 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 6 1/2" x 47 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 Quilt by layering your top, batting and back. Bind your quilt and enjoy!
She loves it. It is simple and quick.
Here is another fun project that Tahmor created.She sewed random rows of fabric together. Pressed and stretched the fabric across the cardboard that came with the frame. She glued the antique doilies and buttons in place. I think it turned out darling. It will look so cute hung in her nursery.
We made a few minky blankets with flannel on one side and minky on the other.
And of course, a baby is never complete without headbands. Before they were even in style I had my babies in headbands and hats. They were embellished with ribbons and bows bigger than their heads. They were so cute.I made one for every outfit and you would never see my baby without something on it's head.
What a fun day. Enjoying sewing with your friends is the best. I encourage you all to plan and organize a day quarterly to sew. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you have a plan and lots of helping hands. Of course you have to have good food too!

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

That Alpine Quilt Group

This is a quilt I designed using Grandma's House from The Paper Loft for Riley Blake Designs. Both the following quilts are free downloads from here. They are pieced by Chris Orton and machine quilted by Connie Atkinson.
This quilt is designed using Country Harvest by Eric Dowdle Folk Art. They both turned out great and were a wonderful success at market.
These quilts are the inspiration from my wonderful quilt group "That Alpine Quilt Group".

Sharon Wright, President-elect for the Utah Valley Quilt Guild came to our quilt group and shared her many wonderful creations. Her work is very inspiring and it was a privilege to be able to see her work.

This quilt was a school project for one of her children taken from a picture. I think she got an A.

If you look very closely to this quilt and exchange the negative and positive space you can see a picture of Christ.

As usual my pictures do not serve these quilts any justice. The workmanship was just beautiful. When I come home from my quilt group, I am always in the mood to quilt. It is inspiring to see others work and it is motivating to finish all those projects that were started. I hope these quilts do the same for  you .

Happy Sewing!