Thursday, January 21, 2016

Of Basketball and Quilt Blocks.

There is some newer blood in my siblings homeschool basketball group.  People who really enjoy the game and want to play actual teams!
 Although Brenna and Quinn are often bemoaning the fact, they are actually having a season of games.
 They are such fun kids! I really do enjoy getting to watch them.  I was a cheerleader for 2 years in high school and I LOVE the difference I see watching these guys play.  Granted there are some moments of stress and it isn't like they completely don't care, it is just different from what I remember seeing.

 Quinn is glad that more boys have shown up in the last two years and they can actually get more games in too.


 On another note, here is one of my current projects.  It was a block of the month from last year.  I'm pretty proud of myself for getting all of the blocks done before the first month of the new year is over!
Alissa

Friday, January 15, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Ansel's Camping Quilt

Woohoo, I finished a WIP that I blogged about.  It was a Christmas gift for my nephew.
He received a Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt as a baby.  Now that he is EIGHT I thought he probably needed a big boy quilt.
 I was in such a hurry to get it mailed off in time for Christmas that I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt or to label it :S  So pictures from the finished piece work will have to do.
 Doing a row quilt was fun and I have 3 more of each block to make something else with now.  I was going to only do 4 blocks across and so I had enough for 2 of the same quilt...but it really needed the extra width of that 5th block.
 I put a heart block in the corner because I love him so!
Out cold under his new quilt :)

Alissa

Friday, January 08, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Scrappy Triangle Shag Rug

A friend sent me a picture on facebook of a rug.
It was a cute rug she saw at a newborn photography class.
I took on the challenge of recreating that rug. I was a bit surprised to not find anything like it online.  I did finally find a variation of prairie points to use when folding and ironing.
 I did a lot of folding and ironing.  I took 4 inch squares folded them in half and then folded the sides overlapping to create more of an acute angle to the triangle.

I started with a 30 inch circle made from some denim and just started sewing them on...around and around.
 I was amazed at how many times I had to stop and find more squares of fabric!  You can't tell either, but I would do 2 rows of brighter, darker colored triangles and then a row of lighter colored triangles.  Around and around and around I went.
 The picture she had showed about a 5 or 6 inch circle of one color in the center.  I tried that and quilted it down, but it didn't look right.  First it was just a tad off center and second it was just so flat with all of the triangles around it.
 I just love the shaggy feel :)  This project did wonders for my small scrap fabric bin!
 Yay!
 The cat enjoyed its short time on the ottoman.
 With triangles added it measured 32 inches in diameter from point to point.
 As I was sewing this I imagined many options you could do with different colors.  I do think next time I would used slightly larger triangles.
 Hehe, the bottom us even kind of fun!

Alissa

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

WIP Wednesday...Marigold and Gray Wedding Treasure

Over a year ago a friend asked me to make her wedding quilt.  For their guestbook they had friends and family sign squares of fabric for a later project.
I was and still am honored to work on this project.
She gave me the squares and freedom to create.
Here are a few pictures of her decor from the wedding that helped with my inspiration. These two photos were taken by  Richard Haick Photography.
 It was beautiful!  I took the rich gold and the antique white of an old book to add to the yellow and gray of her squares.
 She asked for king size so I needed a layout that would allow for more blocks.  I went with stars...I really like stars :)
I've been holding off on finishing the piecing because it lacks one yellow square.
I decided to put in a blank one of my own so she can write on it later.
 It still was not king size so I added a thin cream border and a large marigold print border.
I'm working on making this a finish so that she and her husband can enjoy its warmth and the memories evoked from each personalized square.
Today I began the "ditch work" ;)  I'm not sure what I will do for the quilting, but I'm first simply stitching in the ditch of each row.
 It is a big one, but my treadle and I are hard at it...
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced
Alissa

Monday, January 04, 2016

Christmas In So Many Pictures!

Christmas season began with wrapping gifts in really good wrapping paper!
 We made treats, the oreo balls were Brenna and I's favorites.
 Mom, the kids and I participated in a assisted living Christmas party.  We picked names of some of the residents and brought them gifts.  I picked this spunky gal who always brings a smile to my face!
 We had some friends over a few nights, I only managed to get pictures of the one event though.
 We played To Bethlehem! 

 She really is a fabulous little sister :)
 There was a yule log for Christmas Eve, the gift that keeps on giving....
 We opened our gifts that night since Dad had to work Christmas morning.



 For Christmas day Dad put on his new things, new flannel shirt, new long underwear, new hat and even his new headlamp!
 Grandma was decked out for the occasion.
 Thanks to Jared, we discovered some new projectile launching devices.  I think they are almost better than nerf guns.  Needless to say, they didn't stay back in the toy room.  The adults had too much fun with them! 



 Someone's present was wrapped in yarn...hehe.

 We are all so lucky to now sport cool shades for Jared Slagle Announcing!

 What goes around, comes around...I got a bird.  It is attached to my boot.  Such a funny guy, that Derek!

 My family also gave me a new sweater..."I'm not short, I'm elf sized."  So appropriate!
 Christmas evening it snowed so beautifully.
Alissa