Christmas Weekend

This weekend was our first Christmas celebration.

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Cedi is getting to the age that what she wears matters.  We finally found an outfit she liked.  A gorgeous dress from All The Numbers, blue tights and a Matilda Jane belt!  I personally love it!  I never did get a picture of all three girls in their Christmas outfits … hopefully I’ll get them all in them at least one more time.

The day didn’t go quite as planned.  Cedi was complaining of a sore throat in the morning but it didn’t seem too bad.  By the time we got to my families Christmas party she was pretty miserable with a soar throat and horrible headache.  She spent time just hanging on Papa’s lap.  We then went out to get some Tylenol where she proceeded to get sick.  Time to go!  Jared and I took Cedi to my parents house and the little’s stayed with my parents and my brother’s family.

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My cousin Dave did get this great picture of all the brother’s and sisters!  Yes – that’s 26 people (13 brothers and sisters with their spouses).  This Christmas party is well over 100 people and is always a good time … unless you have a sick kiddo.

When we got to my parents Cedi took a bath and nap and seemed to be rallying.  We opened presents with my parents and brother’s family while Cedi hung out on the couch.  She quickly went downhill and it was back to bed where she had an okay night of sleep.

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This morning I did get a picture of all the kiddo’s by the tree …

We soon headed home and as soon as we got home, we unloaded the van and Cedi and I were off to urgent care.  It was soon determined – strep.  Whew!  I was getting really nervous that she might have influenza … at least strep is fairly easy to fix – antibiotics and ibuprofen and she’ll be feeling better in a few days.  In fact … a few hours after we got home she was already perking up. 

Fingers crossed this doesn’t spread to the rest of the family! 

The Polar Express

On Wednesday night we had a big surprise or the girls.  When they got home from school we let them open a present … new PJs and bathrobes. 

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They had to put them on right away and then we loaded them into the car without telling them where we were going. 

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You see … the Polar Express was in town and we had tickets!

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The girls were super excited to  be going to the North Pole!

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It was really fun watching this happen through their eyes.  I did have to ignore the smell of the train and the wild children in the same car as us … but it was worth it for the girls.IMG_6406

When we did get to the North Pole – a lighted up scene outside the window of the train with Santa’s village, some fake reindeer (which Capri picked up on immediately) and a waving Santa and Mrs. Claus it was hard to hold back the disappointment.  But then …IMG_6416

Santa came on the train!  IMG_6421All the doubt was gone in their eyes and they got to talk with Santa!

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“Papa, can you hear the bell?”

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And everyone could hear it because they BELIEVED!

Overall it was a cool experience that I’m sure my girls will remember as magical for a long, long time.  As an adult it was slightly disappointing (at least the north pole bit) but was definitely worth it for the looks on the girls faces and the fun time all snuggled into the train as a family.

Winter Spratt Quilt–Friday Finish

I actually have quite a few smaller or mini quilt tops all finished and just waiting for me to quilt them.  I’m not sure about you but I go in spurts … I’m either in the mood to piece or to quilt.  Lately it’s been all about that piecing!  But with the holiday’s just about here I need to finish a few things up so they’re ready to give!

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One of my recent complete finishes is my ‘Winter Spratt Quilt’.  You can get my Spratt Block Pattern HERE.  It’s a really fun pattern that starts with just to squares of fabric and leaves you with very little waste!  Once you make the blocks you can lay them out in so many different ways all creating fun effects.  You can see a few block layouts that I auditioned HERE

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I decided to quilt it using a wavy straight line chevron pattern … following the block layout.  I love to use wavy lines because then you don’t have to stress out about doing everything perfectly.  Loving the fabrics I used?  Get Flaky Snow Pals from the great shop AdornIt!

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I put a big floral print on the back of the quilt.  It is bound with different strips of fabrics that I had left after making the front of the quilt. 

Quilt Stats:

Name:  Winter Spratt
Size: 32” x 28”
Pieced & Quilted by Kim Lapacek of PersimonDreams

This will make a great baby quit for some lucky winter baby!

 

Linking up with …

Hour Mint Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditions Quilt Along

I’m a little at getting this posted … I’ve spent the day getting ready for surprising the girls with a  trip on the Polar Express!  But before we set off … here’s your weekly quilt block tutorial

Hour Mint Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 6” x 6”

A traditional hourglass block twisted into a fun peppermint!


Supplies and Cutting Instructions


Mint (white)

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1 – 3” x 3” square
1 – 2.5” x 2.5” square

Background 1 (golden yellow)

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3 – 3” squares

Background 2 (green)

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2 – 2.5” squares
2 – 3” squares


Peppermint Swirl (red)

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1 – 2” square

1 – 2” square of fusible

Directions

Half Square Triangles

We need to start by making three pairs of half square triangles.

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On the wrong side of your 3” square of white fabric and two of your 3” squares of golden yellow fabric draw a diagonal line with a water soluble marker.

Pair the white fabric with the remaining square of golden yellow fabric right sides together. Pair the two 3” squares of golden yellow fabrics with the two 3” squares of green fabric right sides together.

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Sew a seam a quarter-inch on both sides of the lines you drew on all three pairs of the fabric.

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Cut each of the blocks on the line you drew.

Press towards the darker of the two fabrics.

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Take your six half square triangle blocks

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and square them up to 2.5”.

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Now take your six half square triangle blocks and lay them out with your 2.5” squares you cut out initially in the setting shown above.

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Sew the nine patch together into a block. You can already see that there is a fun peppermint shape coming out! Let’s bring that out a little bit more with some fun fused applique.

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Start by sketching out a 2” x 2” square on your paper (this is the size of your finished center block).

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Draw the design you’d like to showcase in your mint. I decided I wanted a fun swirl!

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Now trace that design onto your fusible web.

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Press it onto your red fabric. And then cut it out!

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Place it how you think it looks best in your mint and press to finalize the placement.

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And now you have a fun mint! I still didn’t think it was quite ‘there’ just yet.

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So – I took some of the scraps of red fused fabric I had left from cutting out my swirl and added two particle swirls to each part of the mint! I personally think it made a great final touch but feel free to embellish as you see fit!

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And with that…your ‘Hour Mint’ block is finished!

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Get your FREE printable PDF of this block by heading to my craftsy store.  Don’t wait too long…after a month (1/17/15), the PDF will be $1.

Hour Mint BLOCK TUTORIAL

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I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along

Hashtag: #52bTT

Stop back next Wednesday for the FINAL twisted traditional block tutorial!

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Snapshots Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting another fabulous quilt along in 2015.  snapshots

Seriously!?  Isn’t this a super fun quilt!  I’m freaking about just how adorable all those blocks are!!!!

For this QAL, the Fat Quarter Shop releases the first pattern and video tutorial on January 15th, 2015, and all the other patterns and videos on the 15th of every month.  (Which means … yup … a new block comes out on my birthday in April!!!!!)

For every pattern download, we are encouraging everyone to donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!

The Fat Quarter Shop is currently taking pre-orders for Quilt Kits and Backing sets.  These kits will ship early February.

If you are sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop they would love if you could share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or you blog of your Work in Progress and finished blocks on every 15th of the month as well.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #fqssnapshots for your posts so that people can find them!

For more detailed information regarding the QAL visit HERE.

I was going to share with you my favorite block of the quilt along but it’s really a toss up …


Released January 15th, 2015

Released February 15th, 2015!


Released March 15th, 2015!

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Released May 15th, 2015!

Released June 15th, 2015!


Released July 15th, 2015!

Released August 15th, 2015!


Released September 15th, 2015!

Released October 15th, 2015!

Released November 15th, 2015!

Released December 15th, 2015!

 

You all know I love a good quilt along … and a good quilt along for a great cause is even better!

A Mug and Friendship Tea–Holiday Gift Ideas

I realized this weekend I had nothing planned for the girls’ teachers gifts this year.  I like to really think of something special and neat for folks so I put my thinking cap on.  Considering how crafty I am – I make shockingly few gifts to give.  Don’t get me wrong – I buy a lot of handmade/locally made products for gifts but I can never seem to get focused to make anything myself.  I’m turning over a new leaf and this year I’m making the teacher’s a little something (hopefully they don’t read my blog…). 

Supplies:

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  • Lemonade (pink or regular … I like pink for the color)
  • Tang
  • Iced Tea
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

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  • Jars with lid and ring – I found these adorable squatty half pint jars but you can use whatever jar you’d like
  • charm squares of fabric (5” square)
  • ribbon
  • printed gift tag

Friendship Tea

1 C Instant Tea
2 C tang
2 pkgs of presweetened lemonade (if unsweetened add 1 cup sugar)
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix together and store in covered jar.

Use 1 heaping tsp or more to 1 cup boiling/hot water.

Mix up the ingredients in the Friendship Tea recipe above into a big bowl or container.  Make sure all the ingredients are stirred and mixed really nicely.

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Fill it with the tea powder mixture.  I found that I can fit about 12 servings of tea in the jar.

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Place the metal canning lid on and then put the 5” charm square.

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Tighten the ring over the fabric.  How cute is that!?

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With the ribbon tie the little label you made to go with the Friendship Tea gift.  My label says …

Use 2 heaping tsp. or more to one full Lapacek’s Orchard mug of hot/boiling water. Stir and enjoy!

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate” – Linda Grayson

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You guessed it!  The tag gave it away – I’m paring the jar of tea with a handcrafted mug from our orchard!  What teacher wouldn’t love this!?

Are you making any cute little handmade gifts for teachers or others this year? I’d love to hear about them!