Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

This post is finding itself out late today.  But I couldn't resist.

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful, friends, family, pumpkin, pecan, apple.  ;)

That being said how a few thanksgiving craft ideas?  Something fun to do with kids and a reminder to be grateful.
I made these Thankful turkeys with my class a few years ago:

Here is a quick how-to:
Gather up some supplies:
two different sized brown paper circles (didn't measure)
various sized different color paper strips
small red ribbon for wattle (I used a red fabric scrap)
sharpie (use crayons, magic marker - anything dark)
Tape (I used strong crafters tape, the kids used glue)

Then start making your turkeys:
add the wattle before gluing/taping the head and body together

glue/tape the strips of paper like this

I would write what you are thankful for on the belly before attaching the "feathers"

This is how I attach the "feathers" to the back - just see what looks right to you

Then you have a cool Thankful Turkey that can be put on the wall, fridge, or hung up some where from the loops on the "feathers."

Here are a few more activities I found on pinterest:

. such a cute idea! write what they're thankful for on each color!
Paint Chip Turkey

Fingerprint Thanksgiving craft by caroline
Thumbprint Turkey

Thanksgiving craft, use a stamp ink pad for the feet, washable.  Wipe off with baby wipes.  Much easier and less messy than paint.  Can do finger prints the same way.  Use the jumbo crayola stamp pads.
Foot/fingers Turkey

Thanksgiving Tree And Fabric Ball Pumpkin
Thanksgiving Tree

Remember to eat lots, take naps, and don't let the dog eat your pie.  Now I'm off to make V and Co's pretty apple pie.  Yum.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


Friday, November 15, 2013

There's scrappy...and then there's scrappy

At least that was the reaction of one of my friends when I posted pics of these doll quilts on Instagram. 

I didn't to waste any of my Oh Deer! scraps from my virtual quilting bee quilt.  So I saved any scrap that was at least an inch in width and length.  Then I tried to put them together.   It was awful.  I have never done improve piecing before - I am a planner.  I have never worked with scraps before, esp. that small.  I will never do that again.  It took SO much.  I thought I had tons and would be able to make more than two doll quilts, but I could barely make one.  I had to pull out much larger scraps, that I was saving in my scrap bin - though after this fiasco, I'm not quite sure what for.  lol
In the end I like the one with the bigger scraps better.  I have learned my lesson. 

tiny scraps

bigger scraps
I quilted these with a free motion meandering least I tried.  It was good practice and I think I may be getting there.  The backing and binding are solid brown.  I love how the binding seems to contain the craziness. 

These are going to be for my two oldest nieces for Christmas.  I hope they enjoy them.  
That's 2 gifts down and 8 to go...
Only 41 more days till the deadline...and lots of family fun!

I'm linking up to Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Fabric Tuesday @ Quiltstory, and Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation.

 - Katelyn

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Busier Than Ever

Is that a word?  Busier?  Oh well. 
I may have forgotten about adding corner triangles to my virtual quilting bee before I even started making them.  So when Amy posted the next step in the quilt...I panicked.  Square-in-a-Square?!?! My blocks were already (can I use the word busy one more time?) lively.  However, after much deliberation I realized that I had enough fabric left over and thought it would look fine. 

I do love them!! 
I am planning on calming them down a bit with solids.  Amy has posted the Boarders and Sashing instructions here is what I have planned:

Cream for the sashing, Red Birds (from the Oh Deer line) for my corner squares, Kona Corn Yellow for the first little boarder, and Kona Peacock for the bigger 2nd boarder.  I'm thinking solid brown for the binding and for the backing...what do you think?

- Katelyn

Friday, November 8, 2013

It's Fall Yall!

Well kinda.  The high today is only 63, here in the land of the Delta Blues...that's a little chilly.  So I'm getting ready.  I have a super simple fall wreath put up (got to make it with some wonderful ladies on Wreath Night at church).

Some fall fun in decorations:

Isn't that wooden turkey awesome??  It was hand carved by a member of my church!

And then of course my homemade banner:

I had so much fun putting together this simple banner.
 I used the silhouette to cut the letters from card stock and heat embossed metallic cooper embossing powder on them.  Then I used a (previously torn up) thesaurus for a fun look on the leaves - also cut with the silhouette.  The leaves were then sprayed with different glimmer mist colors to get a "fall" look. 

I cannot wait to try out some new fall recipes...And more fall crafting fun! 
Sadly, school is kinda of kicking my butt.  I have several tests, and so many other things coming up super quickly.  SO...I might be here a bit less.  It is certainly cutting into my crafting/sewing time.  Wish me luck!

Happy Fall!

 - Katelyn