Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Last Thursday it was my turn to do the craft activity at J-Team which is an after school group at my church that my kids go to.  J-Team is a fantastic program, It runs for about 6 weeks of each school term, goes for 2 hours on a Thursday after school, and the kids do a craft activity, play games, have an RE lesson, and also have dinner (so hubby and I can have something for our dinner that the kids won't eat!!). 

Each year for Christmas my church has a book they use as their theme, this year it is One Starry Night, so we have been doing lots of sheep themed activities this term.  So I thought we could make pompoms and turn them into sheep.  The age group of the kids range from about 5 to about 13, so it had to be easy enough for the younger kids, but interesting enough for the older kids, and able to be completed in about 20 minutes.  So here is the sheep I came up with, using torn strips of fabric instead of wool for the pompom!

Other than faces and eyes that kept falling off because the child-safe glue wasn't sticky enough I think all the kids enjoyed it!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Kris Kringle Part II

This is what I received in my Kris Kringle, and I am hoping someone out there in blog land can help me out as there was no information about it at all and I have no way of knowing whose gift this was (there were over 100 ladies taking part). 

So obviously it is a bag.  However I don't think it started off life as a bag, I suspect it was possible a prayer shawl/scarf but I am really not sure.  The handles on it are quite long and are about 6" wide at a guess, they go right down forming the sides of the bag, then a center panel is sewn between them to make the bag front/back, this centre panel is the same width as the handles.  There are little tassel segments sewn onto the bottom of the bag, and longer threads the length of the bag come from the top.  The flowers are hand embroidered, not woven in to the fabric, and the entire bag construction (hem, side seams, etc) appears to have been done by hand using decorative stitches.

I would love to know more about it if anyone has any ideas!!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Kris Kringle

I thought I would share with you my version of a mug rug, I needed to take a Kris Kringle gift to my quilt guild tonight so came up with a mug rug, a mug, and some chocolate santas!

Pictures tomorrow of what I scored!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Friday Night Sew In!!

Well I had a lovely Friday Night Sew In, I started a new project which is always a bit fun :)  Last year I bought a kit to make a quilt to hang in our dining room, I loved it so much I went and had this huge wall rack custom made to fit it!  Well as much as I loved the kit I think I was a little bit scared of it.  Let me explain..

You see I am a perfectionist!  But not in a good way, oh no!  I tend to get the idea in my head that if it is not 110% sure I can do something perfectly then there is no point even trying!  As frustrating as it is, and as much as I hate how it quashes any hope of creativity, I have not been able to do anything about it. 

But I have decided it is time for a change, time to break all those old bad habits, and just do things for the sheer joy of doing so!  So I grabbed my kit, cut it up and started sewing!  5 blocks down, 4 more to go!

Now that block may not look scary to you, BUT it needs to be appliqued inside a circle, or rather a circle needs to be appliqued are it, and around the other 8 blocks, and I don't "do" applique, I am strictly a piecing gal.  Then the border has this funky curve and point thing happening around the outside. So I'm not up to the scary bits yet but I am determined that it will happen :)