Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NEW In My Etsy Shop

 (modeled by my sweet friend, Veronica, and her little Alivia)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Coaster/Hot Pad/Placemat Tutorial

My friend, Karen, taught me this really simple way to use up fabric scraps and create some unique handmade gifts.  Her idea was to make coasters, but I also used the same concept to make a matching hot pad and placemat set.  This is a great beginner sewing project too, because it requires very little sewing.  For my tutorial, I made a set of 8 coasters.

  • Fabric scraps cut into 5" squares (1 for the bottom, 4 for the top, and one for the middle - I used a piece of flannel for the middle, because it's a little sturdier)
  • Thread (You can choose whatever color thread you want to match your fabric or just use a plain white or black thread.)
  • Iron & Ironing Board


Isn't that super easy?  It makes a quick and cute gift idea, especially with the limited time that comes with having two little ones under two.  I'd love to see your own version of this tutorial, so please send pictures so I can share some them here!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Auction Quilt

My friend, Kelli, started a wonderful ministry at our church called Mom Time.  It's a time for stay at home moms like me to get together to fellowship and encourage each other as moms and wives.  We meet the first and third Thursday of every month.  On the first Thursday of every month, we have several speakers (women from our church) come and teach about topics such as marriage, children's health, and playing with our kids.  We decided we wanted to spend some of our time learning to quilt too, so we could donate a quilt to the Trinity Baptist School auction (a ministry of our church).  Kathy agreed to give us quilting lessons and found the cutest pattern for a quilt.  We spent months working on it along with the help of Kelli's sister-in-law, Linda, and then Kathy and her mom graciously quilted it together for us before revealing the finished product at the auction.


Thank you, Kathy and Linda for all your time and effort to help us finish this quilt!

I also decided to donate two baskets to the auction from my Etsy shop and was frantically working on finishing them just two weeks before the auction.  I love how they turned out and am already dreaming up ideas for next year's auction. 

PS - Sorry for the blurriness of the pictures; they were taken back in January with our old camera.