Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More Pumpkins

I've been at it again. . . and I was right, it IS a lot easier working with sweater material vs the corduroy. I've also expanded the use of the yarn to make the vines on these little numbers. The tiny pumpkin was a fussy little bugger. . .and probably has WAY too much for a stem. . .

The multi colored pumpkin - I'm not entirely pleased with how this turned out.
I think I need to redo with a solid yarn. WE'll see. And it's stem is a bit too plump
as well. . . this was one of my favorite sweaters back in the early 90's. . .
I'm such a packrat! But I knew I'd use it for SOMETHING eventually.

Monday, October 27, 2008

These pumpkins by Deb are so stinkin' cute & easy that I HAD to try them out! No sewing involved. . . . but I'm warning you. . .be very cautious. . . You will find yourself sacrificing your last hair tie/ponytail holder for the rubber bands because you just have to make one or two. Here are my little cuties. . . I didn't use sweaters. I used the bottom of some old corduroy pants. I also used dried pinto beans in the bottoms to give them more weight. Oh, and when I ran out of fiberfill. . .I used scrap pieces of fabric left from my bean bag adventure. (I don't throw anything away.) I think I have a couple of worn out sweaters that will accent this combo very nicely. . . and I do believe that sweaters will be easier to work with. As you can see, corduroy gets a little bunchy. And I used yarn. It's no wonder I don't get enough sleep.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bean Bags

Spencer's "Friend" Birthday party was yesterday - yes, early. . . like a month early. . .but we were holding out hope to have it outside. We planned a Flag Football Birthday Party. . .and then the weather guy said it was going to rain. . . what do they know? I had to whip up Plan B - Bean Bags & Twister! So I needed to get bean bags. . .but they ones at the store were WAY too expensive & they were just too wimpy with hardly any weight to them. So I bought some dried pinto beans & used material I had on hand to create these babies. . . raw edges & all. Spencer said to me on Friday night, "Mom, you're the best Mom in the world. I'm going to remember that." How COOL is that?
We did get to have Flag Football. . complete with lines painted on the "field." I even purchased black make up for their faces. There was no sun to be found. . but the glare from their smiles was enough:)

I'm a cool mom:)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

BLOOM!!! Finally finished

Isn't she beautiful? I just love this pattern. It really is a great first quilt. Don't let the time I took to complete it reflect on the difficulty. I have been busy so the binding had to wait for a bit. I did this all by myself (OK, Mom did help with some of the cutting of the applique pieces). I even quilted this all by myself! I'm quite proud:)

the back had to be pieced together too. . . I kind of "winged" this a bit. I didn't use any particular pattern to quilt it. It's definately not a "typical" quilt because of this. I can see how this could become addicting. I already daydream about different designs & color combos. This is a gift for my cousin who is due with her first baby any day now. I really want to keep it. . .but I guess I'll just have to get creating another one:)