Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Excitement is in the air!

The stockings are now hung by the chimney with care.....

Today I am picking up the out of state kids (who am I kidding?!) grandbaby today from the airport! I can hardly wait to see how the lil' princess has grown!

Going to have a houseful this Christmas with all the kids here and I wouldn't want it any other way!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from my family to yours!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Using the Lil' Twister

I had alot of fun using this ruler for my Convoy border. Thought I would share in steps how you make a border like mine. I see lots of quilts sewn together with the Twister ruler but not a border.

First you cut 5" squares and sew them together. If you have a charm pack that matches your quilt, it would be even quicker to whip this up! Sew a 3" border around your long strip of 5" squares.

Put your Lil' Twister ruler on the first seams and line it up with the lines on your ruler. Cut all 4 sides.

Move down to the next seam and again place your ruler on those seams and cut around. Every cut you make is lined up with seams so it is easy to know where your next cuts will be.

Continue cutting at each seam with your ruler.

You get a little bit of leftovers from the centers. I have seen these made into 9 patch pot holders. Very cute!

When you make each cut, place your pieces together in their pinwheel places.

I cut several pinwheels and then sew them together so I can keep them in order more easily.

I'm not a great piecer but look at how the centers of each pinwheel look so nice! It's very easy to "match" centers together. You really don't have to do anything but sew a straight line!

So you go from 5" squares with 3" borders around them.... a very cute border! Looks complicated, but isn't! Just what I love~Easy and quick! I'm now thinking I might have to buy the bigger twister ruler that works with 10" square fabric!
Would love to hear if you try these rulers!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Grandma'a Apron

I went back to the LQS and was able to get a picture of the full BOM we have been working on in 2010. I love it! Can hardly wait to get mine finished......after Christmas that is!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 Block of the Month

Saturday was the last BOM class at the LQS. It has been a very fun year! I have been making the Apron blocks. Here are a couple of pics of how our blocks can be put together.

I love this one! Wish I would have taken a picture of the whole quilt but the room was crowded and lots of ladies in the way so I settled for half of it.

Another version of the same BOM showing a different border.

Wish wish wish I would have made this one too! Soooo cute! We have a fabulous local designer and she designed both of these patterns.

Now to get mine finished. I bought the speciality ruler to try my hand at making the pinwheel border. Will show pics when I start!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Here comes the Convoy!

My dil had an emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago. While at the hospital she found out she was pregnant! I have been watching these two lil' ones so she can rest. It has been fun and crazy!

This was my high chair when I was a baby. I have used it for all of my kids and now we are on to the grandkids using it. needs a new strap to keep the munchkin in. I think he was trying to get out because I was taking too long to find him something else to eat. :)

And lil' man is dancing because he is so excited that he could help Grammie decorate the Christmas tree! I love the excitement and energy of these lil' ones!

Speaking of CRAZY.....I am finally finishing this Buggy Barn pattern called Convoy. It is for the oldest's birthday. Am changing the pattern so it will fit on his bed. It has to be done this weekend so I can get on with Christmas and fun times! It's our year to have all the kids home so the Honey and I are excited!