Archive for December, 2008

The weather outside is frightening!

December 27, 2008

No white Christmas here! In fact, Friday it was 69 degrees! Today, the temp is dropping and the thunder storms are booming. We are under a tornado watch. Go figure!

We had a wonderful Christmas day. Mike made the best prime rib ever! He learned how to dry age the meat and boy was it yummy 🙂 He outdid himself in the dessert category – gingerbread trifle with lemon curd and blackberry sauce, chocolate covered peanut butter pie and chocolate cream pie.

Mikes kids gave him a flat screen TV for Christmas… is it nice or what!?!?!?! I love it. I know technically it’s his present, but I get to watch it too – 🙂 Then we got Riley a XBox 360 and the Guitar Hero and Rock Bank games… are they games? I’m not sure, but hooked up to the flat screen TV… it’s so crisp and clear.

My biggest news… Mike gave me Wild Ginger Pattern Boutique 4  I’ve been drooling over this for the past few years and I’m SO excited to get into it. I’m sewing the fitting garment now, and then we’ll see what’s next.

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I gave myself a little Christmas present, with Linda Franz’s Jane Austen Collection. I’ve loved this quilt for quite some time and now I’m going to make my own! There are some directions out there for this quilt, but Linda is the first one who really took this quilt seriously. She gives us exact measurements, the templates for the diamonds – which are an odd percentage. Following her directions, you can make a Jane Austen quilt the same way Jane did. The border is made up of 2500 diamonds! And that is my project for 2009. (and possibly 2010) 🙂  I’ll share my journey with you as I print and stitch.If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, you should! Linda has a free download on her site, so you can try it out.  Once you do it, you’ll be hooked!

I’m looking forward to 2009!

Karen

The Season of Miracles

December 20, 2008

This is the story of Jacks adoption, and how God provided every step of the way. The detailed story will fill a book, and we hope to write it one day. It’s just not time yet. Until then, Shannon wrote out this version, which is awesome and will bring tears to your eyes. I know it’s long, but believe me, it’s worth reading. Jacks adoption was a miracle, and every day he blesses our family. My hope and prayer is that it blesses you in some way. (Jack is my grandson, Shannon is my daughter.)

 

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Jack and me – Grandma – just last week, when they were visiting. 🙂

Shannon writes, “For so many years we prayed for a baby, everyone who loved us prayed along with us. It just never came to pass. I have Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and basically I don’t ovulate. I tried infertility drugs and that didn’t work. We did 2 cycles of pergonal shots. My Dr told me he never had a patient who didn’t show any improvement with the medication – so I felt that was God closing that door. We continued to pray, we knew adoption was really our only choice but were discouraged by the cost.

One day in February 2004 I was reading a book in the Redemption series. One of the characters also was going through infertility…her mom was praying for her and asking God why she couldn’t get pregnant…God told her that if she would be able to have a baby of her own, than she wouldn’t be available to accept the baby God wanted raised in another home. That hit me so hard, I knew then that’s why I couldn’t conceive and was at peace with it. I was actually excited knowing  that God really was listening to me, that He was going to answer that prayer in my heart.

Several months later, on July 4 2004 I was talking to Nicole on the phone. We were finalizing our plans to head to CSI and watch the fireworks. She had another call, so switched over…it was her friend Kathy. When Nicole came back on the line she was crying. I thought something had happened, that there had  been an accident. She asked me ‘Do you still want to adopt a baby?’ I was kinda shocked – she said that Kathy was on the other line and her co worker Kristy’s sister in law was pregnant and wanted to meet with us. I ran down to Nicole’s house ( she lived right down the street) and we were crying and praying and just beyond ourselves! Nicole explained to me that Kristy had spent the entire day with Jade. Jade hadn’t told anyone that she was pregnant and was planning on an abortion the next day in Salt Lake City. Kristy told her about Josh and me, which is a miracle in itself – we didn’t know her. Jade agreed to meet w us if we would meet her that night. So we agreed to meet at CSI within an hour.

I cant’ even explain how excited, nervous, overwhelmed…anything you can imagine! We had a prospect of a baby here or there but nothing like this…we had never met a birthmom before. Josh and I met Jade and her daughter. We talked for awhile and then our best friends Nicole and Brandon met her. Jade warned us that there could be a few problems with the baby. She did a few drugs early on, and also took herbs that were meant to abort the baby. None of it worked so thats why she was scheduled to have the abortion in Salt Lake City. She was too far along for one in Idaho. She had a daughter and one son already and the father was in and out of jail so she was scared to add another baby. After talking for awhile she told us she really liked us and was pretty certain that she would like us to adopt the baby. She needed to think it over and also get the fathers permission.
That night was an awesome night! We celebrated with our best friends watching fireworks…I knew that this was going to happen. I knew that God was doing this. Of course I didn’t sleep that entire night and was beyond impatient the next day. We tried watching a movie but that was pointless – coudln’t concentrate on it. Finally I talked to Jade – we could adopt the baby!!! She was already 4 1/2 months along so that didn’t leave much time.

The next day I began calling attorneys. I was overwhelmed and  unsure how that would work. I didnt have the kind of money or access to that kind of money to adopt a baby. I prayed and just decided that I would talk to the first attorney who actually talked with me. I called Bart Browning and he said that the adoption would cost $5000 plus court costs and just need to pay it before the baby is born. Thats doable, much better than $20,000 or $30,000 like we had looked at before. I hung up the phone and started to freak out a little – I dont have $5000! I called Nicole and was crying, she prayed with me and calmed me down and told me to call him back – explain the whole story. So I did – I told him everything somewhat hysterically (if thats a word lol) I didn’t want to lose this baby over money! He was very calm and just listened – when I was finished he said how moved he was by our story and that he wanted to discount our case by 50%. How cool is that?? I knew then at that moment that God was in control of this entire event – there was nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. Only God could do something like this.

Now was time to get Jade into the Dr! I was so fortunate that she allowed me to be as involved as she did. We talked everyday and I would see her about once a week. She allowed me to go to all the Dr appointments. Our first one was also an ultrasound. Nicole had secretly left a little prize in my car before the appointment. The present had a note on it – said that this was so I could be near my baby all the time, that she knew how hard it was for me to not be with the baby. It was a mini recorder so I could record the heartbeat – I treasured that gift so much I can’t even tell you!…..the appointment went great! Found out he was a boy – we were so excited!!! The Dr said everything looked great, due date was December 10.

I then spent time shopping, getting the nursery ready, praying praying and praying! We were also trying to come up with rest fo the money, fill out an enormous amount of paperwork and have a homestudy completed. So exhausting! None of this could have happened without all the support and prayers of our friends and family. Brandon and Nicole organized a fundraiser to help us raise the rest of the money. The send out fliers throughout our subdivision that they were holding a yardsale to raise money for our adoption. If anyone wanted to donate anything leave it on the curb on this day and they would be by to pick it up. So much stuff was donated, we didn’t have room for it all! So many people came out it was incredible! Brandon, Nicole, my mom, Josh – everyone worked really hard and when it was all done – we had the EXACT amount we needed. Not a penny more or less. Only God can do that! We were so overwhelmed to be apart of this miracle.

I never doubted that Jade would change her mind, there were times I questioned the possibility but God always assured me that it was ok. I was so blessed not to have that fear added into the process. We did have a scare though. One night Jade called – she wanted us to bail the father out of jail. We talked and prayed about it – and knew we couldn’t. We didn’t have the money to but also b/c if we did what were we starting? We were very nervous that she would be upset with us and tell us we couldn’t have the baby.

That same night, Nicole came down with another little prize (she did this quite often through the whole adoption!) but she said she was saving this for when Jack was born but that she felt God telling her now was when I needed it. It was a book that she started on the 4th of July – that night she began writing out prayers for this adoption. I had 2 months of prayers written out everyday , sometimes 2x a day…this was truly amazing. It was again, more reassurance that this was Gods plan and that nothing any of us could do would stop it from happening. As I read through the book that night – I could see so many answers to prayers. To things I hadn’t even talked about – she knew at the time and had been praying! Again, only something God could do.

The time was getting closer! I was a nervous wreck!! It was such an exciting time, one that I’ll never forget. Preparing for Jack was one of the greatest times of my life. I loved pickign out his clothes, sitting in his nursery and praying for him. I couldn’t wait for him, I could hardly stand it. Jade would spend time at my house and let me feel him kick or move around. She spent quite a bit of time wiht me so he would hear my voice. She was pretty amazing and I could see how God was helping her as well. I can’t imagine how difficult this whole experience was for her, but she was always happy and genuinely happy for Josh and me. I didn’t know that could be possible and I was so thankful that God was doing this. I loved that I didn’t have to be afraid. I was able to just be in awe of what was happening.

My baby shower was amazing too – surreal is the only way I can describe it. I had always been the one to give the shower, kind of like ‘always a bridesmaid – never the bride!’ Nicole did an incredible job. Her stepmom and sister catered it with yummy food! I was given so many amazing gifts, my mom made a quilt and had everyone sign it. It was a very special day for me.

The night came – Jade called me one night around 8 and said she was starting to have contractions. I was a tiny bit eager and made her go with me to the mall so we could walk…we walked that mall for about an hour. Made our way to the hospital to do some more walking…Josh stayed for a little while but then left (we were a little early LOL) then Nicole came. She and I walked Jade all over that hospital for hours – everytime we came back to the room so Jade could use the restroom Nicole and I collapsed into chairs we were exhausted!! But we refused to let Jade see that LOL We walked w her the whole night – till around 5am. Jade decided to get some sleep so I slept in the chair next to her. The next day wasn’t any different. I didn’t eat anything I was too anxious. When it was time for her to deliver, I was a wreck! Not so good w the coaching – Nicole had to do it for me. Josh barely made it – he actually made it right as she was crowning. Jack Hunter Smith was born – I was the first one to hold him. 🙂

I was in love with him, he was so beautiful! I shared the hospital room with Jade that night. Josh and I left with Jack the next afternoon. We never had any problems throughout the adoption, mostly just me being anxious and a lil bit excited!

I have had so much hurt, so much stolen from me for most of my life. I never thought that something so big could happen to me. I have witnessed a miracle in Jack. It still overwhelms me to see how much God loves me to do this in such a big way. That day in February that I was reading that book was the same month Jade conceived Jack. How awesome is our God?? You can’t make this stuff up!

I still have that book Nicole started the night we met Jade. She continued to add to it on a daily basis and even still adds things on his birthday. We also celebrate the 4th of July as ‘Jacks day’ its like a 2nd birthday 🙂

Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever and blessed by Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessings and praise. Nehemiah 9:5

Thank you to everyone who was apart of this. You all have such a special place in my heart!  Nicole – you are forever my best friend. Your love and encouragement still overwhelms me.”

I trust this has blessed you. Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends!

A Very Cool Book!

December 11, 2008

fusebook.jpgI recently received a book in the mail, Fuse It and Be Done! by Barbara Campbell and Yolanda Fundora. You may recall the September issue of Cotton Spice had a Sunflower fusing project done by Yolanda. It’s gorgeous and so are the projects in this book.  There are 23 projects in the book… WOW! And besides the projects there is a very thorough primer on fusing. If you’re unfamiliar with all the new products on the shelves of your quilt shop, don’t worry. Barbara and Yolanda hold your hand all the way through with clear, simple directions, diagrams and photographs. It just couldn’t be easier.

The projects cover all skill levels, so don’t think this book isn’t for you. It is! And one of the coolest things – it has a CD in the back with all the templates and artwork.  Just slide in the CD and print out what you need. No more trips to the copy store, or trying to hold the book still on your home copier while it takes forever to copy/print. This is high tech, ladies! 🙂

Barbara and Yolanda have collaborated on more than a few books and they are always  fun. You can see a few of the projects in Fuse It and Be Done! by going to their website Love In Stitches Click on the picture of the book.

Ok, I know you want your own copy. Well, I have a deal for you! 🙂

There is a 40% off sale at MyCraftivityShop.com on that book and ANY other book now through Sunday the 14th. Use code MYC40DEC, to save on your order. That is a super cool deal, and right before Christmas… this is a wonderful opportunity to finish up that gift list. But you’ve got to do it by the 14th, so don’t forget!

Ok… I’m off to go fuse something!

Winners picked…

December 7, 2008

I have picked our 3 winners, using a random number generator.

20 – Sue

24 – Ruthie

33 – Sandy

I’m emailing all three of you. Your prizes are all hand made, I’ve been working on them this week, and they should go in the mail tomorrow!

Since it’s Christmas, I’m not posting pictures of what you’re getting 🙂 You’ll have to wait until it arrives at your home!

Once I know you’ve received it, let me know, and I’ll post a picture here.

Congrats ladies! 🙂

From Barbara at Six Gables Designs

December 5, 2008


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Please welcome Barbara and her very cool – or should I say ‘hot’ – casserole tote!

 

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Casserole/Plate Tote

 

Shared by Barbara Chojnacki of Six Gables Designs

 

Choose two coordinating prints, or use up your leftover fabrics. Bring one loaded with goodies to a holiday party and leave it behind as a hostess gift. This is a fun, quick, and easy project.

 

MATERIALS:

 

5/8 yard each of two fabrics, fabric A and fabric B

 

circle of quilt batting 20? in diameter

 

8 nylon or metal rings, approximately 1? in diameter (if you can’t find rings in the craft department, split ring key rings will work)

 

 

DIRECTIONS: Cut fabrics in order given; start cutting as close to corner as you can, so you have enough fabric for subsequent pieces. All seams are 1/4?.

 

Carrier base:

Cut a 20? diameter circle each from fabrics A and B. Place fabric A face down on table. Top with batting and fabric B face up. Quilt straight lines dividing the circle into eight pie-shaped pieces.

 

Handles:

From Fabric A cut two strips 2 1/2? wide x width of fabric (approx. 44?). Fold each strip in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch along one short end and down long edge.

Turn right side out, press.

 

Binding:

From Fabric B cut 3 bias strips 2 1/2? wide. Join into one long strip at least 70? long. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press.

 

Loops for rings: Make 8

From Fabric B cut 8 pieces 2 1/2? x 5?. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch along long edge. Turn right side out, press.

 

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Assembly:

Slip a ring onto each 5? strip, fold strip in half. Pin to edge of base as shown in Picture 2, matching raw edges of strips with raw edges of base, and aligning with quilt lines. Pin loops evenly around outer edge of base, facing in toward center of base as shown, stitch securely a scant 1/4? from edge. Bind base with bias binding. Slip on handle through four adjacent rings, securely stitch ends of handle together. Repeat with second handle through remaining four rings.

 

This brings our Last Minute Gift Countdown to a close for this year. I hope you found some fabulous ideas for gifts! We’ll have another blog project next summer…our Summer Workshop!

 

I know I never mentioned anything about prizes… but ya’ll know me well enough to know there will be Prizes!!! I’ll pick names on Saturday, so you didn’t leave a comment on a post you loved, you still have time!

 

3 Prizes! I have no idea what they will be, but they’ll be GREAT! It’s Christmas after all, I love to give presents!!

 

 

From Bridgett at Rambling Designs

December 4, 2008


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Please welcome my friend, Bridgett at Rambling Designs Be sure to visit her blog, she’s got some awesome designs!!!

 

THE HAT

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This hat was dreamt up.. Literally! I do dream of fiber, yarn and knitting.

This hat mingled itself into my dreams, it was persistent… it would not go away!

Night after night it came back until I finally broke down and cast on.  I only knew what it was supposed to look like when it was done, but after the first few rows it all fell into place as if it was meant to be.

So here now, without further ado:

THE HAT!

Yarn: Red heart carefree cotton 1 ball (I wanted something “easy care?.. you could use handspun yarn too, as I will for the next one I am going to make)

Needles: US size 7 set of 4 dpn and a set of straights or circular (whatever you prefer) in the same size. Crochet hook in matching size (optional)

Notions: Yarn needle, 2 1 ¼ inch buttons, stitch marker, different color string, or row marke

This pattern is written to fit 22 inches head circumference. It does stretch a bit further then that, but if you need it much larger then that you have to add inches to the first strip of knitting and pick up more stitches for the crown.  (Remember: bigger hat= more yarn!)

Abbreviations:

Co =cast on

K  =knit/knit stitch

P  =purl/purl stitch

Rep  =repeat

Tbl  = through back loop

Wyif  = with yarn in front

K2tog  = knit the next two stitches together

 

Instructions:

With straight Needles (or the circular ones depending on what you chose) cast on 23 stitches

Row 1: k1tbl, k across to last stitch, sl1wyif turn (RS Row)

Row 2: k1tbl, p across to last stitch, sl1wyif

Rep. row 1 and 2 each 4 more times (10 rows all together)

Row 11: k1tbl, p to last stitch, sl1wyif, turn (RS Row) (mark this row with a different color string, this is the row where the bind off edge will be sewn to)

Row 12: k1tbl, *k1, p1, rep from* across to last stitch, sl1wyif, turn

Rep.  row 12 another 123 times or until piece measures aprox. 20 3/2 inches from cast on edge. End after completing a WS Row)

Bind off all stitches as follows:

K1, k1, pass first stitch over second, k1, rep from* until all stitches have been worked off.

Cut thread and leave about 10 inch tail to sew. Should you want a smaller/bigger hat, just stop when (or keep on going until) you have reach about 3 inches shorter (negative ease) then the head’s circumference you are making this hat for

You will now sew the bind off edge to row 11 (not to the cast on edge!!!!)to make a circle. Make sure you only sew in the back of the knitting so you won’t see the seam in front and don’t twist the strip!

There should be a stockinet stitch “flap? when you are done. You can “tack? it down a bit with a few stitches, make sure they stay invisible on the back side of the “flap?) or you can just leave it the way it is for now. The buttons will be sewn on to this flap, when the hat is done.

With right side of the circle facing you, pick up and knit 60 stitches evenly around circumference lace a marker at beginning of round. Divide Stitches evenly on 3 dpn (20 stitches on each), (if you are making a smaller/bigger hat, you will have to pick up less/more stitches here! And the sequence in which you decrease might differ a little; it might not be k8 k2tog unless you have a number that works with this sequence)

K  5 rounds plain

Now you will start the decrease for the crown of the hat as follows:

Next round (Round 1): *k8, k2tog, rep from* around

 Round 2 and all even numbered Rounds: K 1 round plain

Round 3: *k7, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 5: *k6, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 7: *k5, k2 tog, rep from* around

Round 9: *k4, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 11:*k3, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 13: *k2, k2tog, rep from* around

Round 15: k1 k2tog, rep from* around (=4 stitches on each needle)

Cut thread, leave about 10 inch tail, with yarn needle thread Yarn through all stitches on all needles twice, remove needles, pull  yarn and stitches tight together, thread the yarn end to the inside of the hat. Sew in all ends; sew on the buttons to the stockinet stitch “flap? (should the flap curl a bit, just tack it down with a few stitches, if you haven’t already done so).

If you feel like it, you can use the crochet hook and work one row of crab stitch evenly around the bottom edge of the hat as follows:

With right side of hat facing you, pull up a loop through any stitch on the edge of the hat.*Move hook to the next stitch to the right and pull up a second loop, now catch yarn and pull through both loops on the hook, rep from* around, close round with a slip stitch. Sew in ends.

Now put on your new hat, a warm coat and go for a walk in the beautiful winter countryside!

 

 Don’t forget! We’ll have a new project tomorrow! 

 P.S. Bridgett and her family are in the middle of a long distance move, so you may not see this project on her blog, but it’s worth the trip just to see her knitting. Awesome! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Karen Montgomery at The Quilt Company

December 3, 2008

Karen is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her shop – help her celebrate by leaving some love on her blog today~ and enjoying this cute Presents Placemat Pattern…

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Download the PDF file below

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Update: You probably noticed we had a couple days without a new project. To make up for that, I’m extending the Countdown for one more day! We’ll have a new project on the 5th… watch for it!

From Gudrun at Gudrun’s World

December 2, 2008

Please welcome Gudrun, from Chanhassen, Minnesota…
Wine Glass Coasters – Tutorial

 

20 This project is a very fun one to do as christmas gifts, hostess gifts or just for yourself and your next holiday party. It is a part of The Cottonspice “Last minute christmas countdown” I am a part of over at the Cotton Spice blog.

Supplies for 1 coaster

Center fabric cut into One 2-1/4″ square.

Border fabric cut into Two 2-1/4″ x 2″ rectangles and Two 2″ x 5-1/4″ rectangles.

Backing fabric cut into One 5-1/2″ square.

Binding fabric cut into a 1-1/2″ wide, 15″ long bias strip. (see directions below)

Ric Rac, cut into approximately Two 5″ long units.

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After cutting your pieces out, layer the backing and batting together, with the wrong side of the fabric next to the batting.

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Pick thread that matches the color of your backing and binding because you will be quilting the coasters as you go.

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Layer the square in the middle of the batting, right sides up. Lay a 2-1/4″ x 2″ border rectangle, right sides together on the edge of the square.

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With your walking foot on your machine (preferably), sew a 1/4″ from the edge of the fabrics, through all layers. When beginning and ending each seam, take a few stitches in the same place to secure threads.

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Press away from the center. Repeat with another border rectangle on the other side and press.

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Now layer a 2″ x 5-1/4″ border rectangle on the long side of the sewn unit, right sides together. Sew through all the layers along the edge as before and press away from the center. Repeat for the other side.

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Now find a circular object (I used a mug) that is about 1″ larger on each side than the foot of your wine glass. Mark the circle with a pen or chalk as shown. Then cut it out with scissors.

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Lay the two pieces of Ric Rac across the center of the coaster as shown and pin in place.

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Now it is time for your bias binding. To cut the bias strips, lay your ruler on top of at least a 1/3 yard cut of fabric so that the 45 degree line on the ruler is lined up with the top of the fabric as shown. Make your first cut there.

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Then cut a 1-1/2″ strip from that bias edge. Your bias strip needs to be at least 15″ long.

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Press the bias edge a 1/4″ under and then Press one edge of the bias strip a 1/4″ under as shown.

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You will be sewing the binding to the back of the coaster. Pin the folded end of the strip to the edge of the coaster, the first 2″. That is where you start sewing. Stitch the binding to the back of the coaster, about a 1/4″ from the edge, aligning the binding to the rounded edge as you go.

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When you come to the pinned part, keep sewing until you have sewn far enough to overlap the binding at least 1″.

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Clip the excess binding strip at an angle matching the angle of the sewn end of the strip and finish sewing all the way around.

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Slip the unfinished end into the slit up top, press the binding and flip it around to the front.

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Adjust the binding and pin the opening shut as shown.

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Sew the binding down with a decorative stitch, I used a kind of a snowflake stitch, using my darling Viking.

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Slip the foot of your wineglass between the ric rac, fill it with your favorite wine and drink up!! Now you will never loose your coaster again, this will totally take care of the sipping spillage (oops, maybe I should have made mine red!) which are two problems I tend to have all the time. If I could now design something that will tie my hand to the class because I tend to loose it all the time and end up with 3 or 4 at every party!!! Cheers….Skál….Salut….

GIVEAWAY……….What would my first tutorial need to be followed by…yes a giveaway is in order…on top of that, it´s almost my birthday. (jebbs, you guessed it, I am turning 29….again) I will be giving away a big teaser…..some fabric from my newest fabric line, Journey that won´t be in stores until next year!!!! All you have to do is leave me a comment about the first tutorial, why you really need to have some of the new fabric or even give me some names of your favorite wine. At the moment I have been really getting into Spanish wines, especially Tempranillos….mmmm. I think I just might have to pour me one right now to celebrate the first project tutorial.

From Kristin at See Mommy Sew!

December 1, 2008

Please welcome Kristin, she’s created a tool belt, for all our budding carpenters! 🙂

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Materials:

  • about 1/4 yard cotton twill…..canvas would look nice if your machine can sew through really thick layers.
  • contrasting thread
  • webbing long enough for the child’s waist plus about 8″
  • side release buckle
  • you can also use a belt instead of the webbing and buckle

Cut:

  • Main Piece: 6″ x 9″- Cut 2
  • Large Pocket: 5.75″ x 4.5″- Cut 2
  • Small Pocket: 4.75″ x 3.5″- Cut 2
  • Hammer Loop: 5.5″ x 4″
  • If you want two pouches, cut 2 sets of everything

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Sew two Main Pieces together, right sides facing each other. Make sure and leave a couple of inches unsewn on one of the short sides, so you can turn it right side out! Repeat with Large and Small Pockets. With the pockets, leave the turning hole on the longest side.

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Trim the points off the corners.

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Turn all three (Main, Large, and Small) right side out, using a point turner or chopstick to get the corners square. Press. Stitch along each open side on your Main Piece and Pockets. This will close the hole and topstitch the pocket also.

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Fold the top of the Main Piece over to the back about 2″. Stitch down about 1/8″ from the edge. This will form a channel for the webbing.

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For Hammer Loop, press in half, matching long side to long side. Open up and press one long side to meet the middle pressed line. Repeat with other long side. Press again in half. You will now have double fold bias tape. Stitch along the long sides, about 1/8″ in. Take the Hammer Loop. Fold it in half and sew it to the back of the Main Piece.

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Place Small Pocket on Large Pocket and stitch, sewing on the sides and bottom. Make sure and back stitch well at the top of the pocket, so little hands won’t be able to rip the pocket off.

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Take this piece and place it on the bottom of the Main Piece. Sew along the sides and the bottom, same as you did with the small pocket.

Take the receiver (what is the real name?!) end of the buckle. Thread the webbing through and sew. Thread through the other buckle and you’re done!

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