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oh no! Crayon Rolls!

Well really my evening was spent making Crayon Rolls with my friend Corrie and my mom. Corrie’s son is doing a gift exchange in class tomorrow and every child has to bring a gift for EVERYONE in the class! Ok, no biggy, but classes are not small. I guess his class of 24 is relatively small considering some with 30+.

I’m not really sure where I get my whim ideas sometimes, but I suggested we could just “whip out” 24 rolls in 2 hours or so….HAHAHAHA, yeahhh. Not! We had never made these rolls before, though had seen many. Although they are simple to make, they are a bit tedious with the cutting, sewing, flipping, poking corners, ironing, folding, pinning, sew some more, and snipping ALL the little tiny threads! The threads took up the majority of the time.

All I can say is thank goodness we had an assembly line going and that we all have sewing/quilting experience! That really saved us! Although it took hours to make, stuff, and tie all the rolls we had them finished before 11:30pm and they are all ready for Riley to take to school! They really did turn out cute!

 But in the end, there will be some happy children (I hope) and I do not want to see crayons or their rolls for a very long time! 🙂

Now to bed for me! [Goodnight]

oh no! Crayon Rolls!

Well really my evening was spent making Crayon Rolls with my friend Corrie and my mom. Corrie’s son is doing a gift exchange in class tomorrow and every child has to bring a gift for EVERYONE in the class! Ok, no biggy, but classes are not small. I guess his class of 24 is relatively small considering some with 30+.

I’m not really sure where I get my whim ideas sometimes, but I suggested we could just “whip out” 24 rolls in 2 hours or so….HAHAHAHA, yeahhh. Not! We had never made these rolls before, though had seen many. Although they are simple to make, they are a bit tedious with the cutting, sewing, flipping, poking corners, ironing, folding, pinning, sew some more, and snipping ALL the little tiny threads! The threads took up the majority of the time.

All I can say is thank goodness we had an assembly line going and that we all have sewing/quilting experience! That really saved us! Although it took hours to make, stuff, and tie all the rolls we had them finished before 11:30pm and they are all ready for Riley to take to school! They really did turn out cute!

 But in the end, there will be some happy children (I hope) and I do not want to see crayons or their rolls for a very long time! 🙂

Now to bed for me! [Goodnight]

3×6 4th Quarter

Here is a little recap. I have participated in the 3×6 Mini-bee all year and it has been a blast! At the beginning of the 4th quarter I was serving as a Bee-keeper in Beehive 2. Here is what I came up with:

As some of you know I have become a little (ok a lot) obsessed with Dresden Plates. I can up with the idea of Dresden’s on the half shell since I figured others would have full Dresden’s. This was my first Dresden experience and I think they turned out quite cute!
So of course when Tiffany contacted be to sit in on another beehive I was game. I had completed all of Beehive 2’s blocks within the 1st week and had nothing left to do! The second beehive was a bit trickier, I was stumped at what kind of block to make, the same or different. Ok! So way for me to wait until the last min to come up with something (they are due tomorrow)! But! Where else did I venture to, but back to my Dresden Plate template (yeah, I probably should have been a bit more creative!). This time instead there was no turning of the Dresden’s, but rather I came up with the idea of simply flip-flopping the template!
Here they are:
Well I’m squeaking in at the last min, but they are complete and ready for the mail tomorrow! I hope that their recipients like them! We had a lot of Gray and Orange lovers!
On that note, I still have to figure out what I am going to do for our guild’s (SMQG) 3×6 due in Feb. And then January start a new round for the 3×6 Mini-bee so more ideas for that as well! I can’t wait to see what inspiration I come up with between now and then!

3×6 4th Quarter

Here is a little recap. I have participated in the 3×6 Mini-bee all year and it has been a blast! At the beginning of the 4th quarter I was serving as a Bee-keeper in Beehive 2. Here is what I came up with:

As some of you know I have become a little (ok a lot) obsessed with Dresden Plates. I can up with the idea of Dresden’s on the half shell since I figured others would have full Dresden’s. This was my first Dresden experience and I think they turned out quite cute!
So of course when Tiffany contacted be to sit in on another beehive I was game. I had completed all of Beehive 2’s blocks within the 1st week and had nothing left to do! The second beehive was a bit trickier, I was stumped at what kind of block to make, the same or different. Ok! So way for me to wait until the last min to come up with something (they are due tomorrow)! But! Where else did I venture to, but back to my Dresden Plate template (yeah, I probably should have been a bit more creative!). This time instead there was no turning of the Dresden’s, but rather I came up with the idea of simply flip-flopping the template!
Here they are:
Well I’m squeaking in at the last min, but they are complete and ready for the mail tomorrow! I hope that their recipients like them! We had a lot of Gray and Orange lovers!
On that note, I still have to figure out what I am going to do for our guild’s (SMQG) 3×6 due in Feb. And then January start a new round for the 3×6 Mini-bee so more ideas for that as well! I can’t wait to see what inspiration I come up with between now and then!

[Mondays]

Wow! The weekend went by WAY too quickly!
As usual I did not accomplish the sewing that I had expected/wanted to, but I think I ultimately shoot too high for expectations. I know that part of that was due to having the boys Friday into Saturday so I hopped into more kid friendly activities [cookies, movies, etc]. Actually when the oldest one is over I try to keep him away from the cutting table LOL. I love him to death and he would really love to sew [well at least he wanted me to show him how], but he is dangerous with the rotary cutter! Fortunately he doesn’t do harm to anything with the rotary cutter, just the rotary cutter itself!
Yes, if you are wondering, a 10 year old can break a rotary cutter. I’m not quite sure how it all happened, but it happened. I have one of the squeeze ones with the button lock, now there is no lock. In reality I think he squeezed it too hard while it was locked and broke it, but who knows…of course he swears he didn’t touch it! That was when I was letting him practice cutting some scraps with the ruler.
Other than that, we had a lot of fun and a little fighting [over which one of them was going to hand wash the silverware! Go figure!]. I think Ill bring them over more often to hand wash them since they come out of the dish washer with sea salt residue [a down side of living at the beach]. Frankly it was amazing how fascinated they were with the bubbly water. See at home they have a maid that does the dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. so they had never seen water plugged in a sink. Actually they came and told me that “the sink is overflowing” haha!
So Saturday afternoon/evening was an adventure with mom as it always is. I managed to get all the rows together on the Parisville Quilt.

And scottish approved!
We also ventured to the quilt shop to get some more pictures so I can post more products later. Of course that did not come without some personal fabric purchases as well. The Shop had gotten in Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossom line and frankly I am less than impressed. There were a few prints that I liked [not loved], but as a whole it was just disappointing, especially after the line was rejected twice and came out months after is was originally scheduled. Half of her prints looked like vomit and the rest at first glance you would think were Kaffe. How are you guys feeling about her newest line?
Sorry Amy, its not just you. In fact, the last few lines of designers I usually love have not been impressing in the least. AMH [innocent crush], Tula Pink [Parisville], Kaffe, etc. I think they have been hanging out too much together, their brains are melding! It’s times like these when I really miss Heather Ross, printing on quilting cotton. She also poses a dilemma. I absolutely love her designs, but I haven’t been buying them because they arn’t on quilting cotton and spoonflower has become a joke. I cannot bring myself to purchase fabric that is 1. WAY over priced [which I understand it has to be since it is screen printed]. 2. It fades away and 3. It just doesn’t feel nice. I hate to even speak like that of them because they are based here in NC and it is a great idea, I just wish it were cheaper and more reliable.
I also intended on finishing up my 3×6 blocks for my second beehive, but that just didn’t seem to happen. I’ll be working like crazy this week to get them in the mail by Wed. I did however finish the Christmas gift quilt top. I have been fretting a bit that I just wouldn’t get it finish. The triangles and ironing the seams open were driving me bonkers! But in the end I got through it, taking a break every block. I think part of the problem was that the fabrics [Kate Spain, 12 days of Christmas], just isn’t my favorite although I know the recipient love them [which really is all that matters]! I picked up the backing this weekend which actually if from Amy’s new line, I figured it would work nicely since it is a limey/christmasy green.
I need to get that quilted this week, along with finish quilting my Christmas quilt seeing I am down to crunch time and half way through December! ahhh! I just cant believe it! I also have intentions of making a few mug rugs and crayon rolls, but we will see how that goes! The kids leave for Atlantis on Thursday so with a week of real time off before Christmas you may not find me anywhere but in front of the sewing machine!

[Mondays]

Wow! The weekend went by WAY too quickly!
As usual I did not accomplish the sewing that I had expected/wanted to, but I think I ultimately shoot too high for expectations. I know that part of that was due to having the boys Friday into Saturday so I hopped into more kid friendly activities [cookies, movies, etc]. Actually when the oldest one is over I try to keep him away from the cutting table LOL. I love him to death and he would really love to sew [well at least he wanted me to show him how], but he is dangerous with the rotary cutter! Fortunately he doesn’t do harm to anything with the rotary cutter, just the rotary cutter itself!
Yes, if you are wondering, a 10 year old can break a rotary cutter. I’m not quite sure how it all happened, but it happened. I have one of the squeeze ones with the button lock, now there is no lock. In reality I think he squeezed it too hard while it was locked and broke it, but who knows…of course he swears he didn’t touch it! That was when I was letting him practice cutting some scraps with the ruler.
Other than that, we had a lot of fun and a little fighting [over which one of them was going to hand wash the silverware! Go figure!]. I think Ill bring them over more often to hand wash them since they come out of the dish washer with sea salt residue [a down side of living at the beach]. Frankly it was amazing how fascinated they were with the bubbly water. See at home they have a maid that does the dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. so they had never seen water plugged in a sink. Actually they came and told me that “the sink is overflowing” haha!
So Saturday afternoon/evening was an adventure with mom as it always is. I managed to get all the rows together on the Parisville Quilt.

And scottish approved!
We also ventured to the quilt shop to get some more pictures so I can post more products later. Of course that did not come without some personal fabric purchases as well. The Shop had gotten in Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossom line and frankly I am less than impressed. There were a few prints that I liked [not loved], but as a whole it was just disappointing, especially after the line was rejected twice and came out months after is was originally scheduled. Half of her prints looked like vomit and the rest at first glance you would think were Kaffe. How are you guys feeling about her newest line?
Sorry Amy, its not just you. In fact, the last few lines of designers I usually love have not been impressing in the least. AMH [innocent crush], Tula Pink [Parisville], Kaffe, etc. I think they have been hanging out too much together, their brains are melding! It’s times like these when I really miss Heather Ross, printing on quilting cotton. She also poses a dilemma. I absolutely love her designs, but I haven’t been buying them because they arn’t on quilting cotton and spoonflower has become a joke. I cannot bring myself to purchase fabric that is 1. WAY over priced [which I understand it has to be since it is screen printed]. 2. It fades away and 3. It just doesn’t feel nice. I hate to even speak like that of them because they are based here in NC and it is a great idea, I just wish it were cheaper and more reliable.
I also intended on finishing up my 3×6 blocks for my second beehive, but that just didn’t seem to happen. I’ll be working like crazy this week to get them in the mail by Wed. I did however finish the Christmas gift quilt top. I have been fretting a bit that I just wouldn’t get it finish. The triangles and ironing the seams open were driving me bonkers! But in the end I got through it, taking a break every block. I think part of the problem was that the fabrics [Kate Spain, 12 days of Christmas], just isn’t my favorite although I know the recipient love them [which really is all that matters]! I picked up the backing this weekend which actually if from Amy’s new line, I figured it would work nicely since it is a limey/christmasy green.
I need to get that quilted this week, along with finish quilting my Christmas quilt seeing I am down to crunch time and half way through December! ahhh! I just cant believe it! I also have intentions of making a few mug rugs and crayon rolls, but we will see how that goes! The kids leave for Atlantis on Thursday so with a week of real time off before Christmas you may not find me anywhere but in front of the sewing machine!

Morning Comforts

What do I wake up to this morning, but none other than rain and just slightly above freezing temperatures. Yuck! Come on, at least snow a little. Here’s to a little morning browsing of flickr and blogs. After the kids go home mom and I will be off to the quilt shop to get a few things done, maybe a little fabric, and lots of sewing this afternoon and into the evening! I really hope that my solids for the Parisville WIP come today, I would love to work on that a bit later, right after I finish the Christmas quilt gift LOL.

I really am getting down to crunch time on finishing things for Christmas and I wont even lie, I haven’t started some of them! Hopefully Ill get some pictures posted this afternoon of the Christmas quilt in the works and dang I also need to finish my Christmas quilt! Ahhhhhhhh!

Lots of coffee for me today!

Morning Comforts

What do I wake up to this morning, but none other than rain and just slightly above freezing temperatures. Yuck! Come on, at least snow a little. Here’s to a little morning browsing of flickr and blogs. After the kids go home mom and I will be off to the quilt shop to get a few things done, maybe a little fabric, and lots of sewing this afternoon and into the evening! I really hope that my solids for the Parisville WIP come today, I would love to work on that a bit later, right after I finish the Christmas quilt gift LOL.

I really am getting down to crunch time on finishing things for Christmas and I wont even lie, I haven’t started some of them! Hopefully Ill get some pictures posted this afternoon of the Christmas quilt in the works and dang I also need to finish my Christmas quilt! Ahhhhhhhh!

Lots of coffee for me today!

Christmas Cookies!!

Well tonight there isn’t much sewing going on since the kiddos are spending the night. Their parents are spending a night out so we spent the night in making and decorating Christmas cookies and watching The Santa Clause! I love that Movie, I haven’t seen it in a while.

Now we are all relaxed and in a ham and cookie coma. We are finishing up the movie and then off to bed for this nanny! But for now, the giggles of Bust’n Justin are giving us all a good laugh 🙂

I am hoping for some good sewing tomorrow and Sunday, Mom is here until Monday!

{Goodnight}

Christmas Cookies!!

Well tonight there isn’t much sewing going on since the kiddos are spending the night. Their parents are spending a night out so we spent the night in making and decorating Christmas cookies and watching The Santa Clause! I love that Movie, I haven’t seen it in a while.

Now we are all relaxed and in a ham and cookie coma. We are finishing up the movie and then off to bed for this nanny! But for now, the giggles of Bust’n Justin are giving us all a good laugh 🙂

I am hoping for some good sewing tomorrow and Sunday, Mom is here until Monday!

{Goodnight}

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