Monday, December 6, 2010

Quilted Christmas Ball Ornament Tutorial

 I guest posted this adorable Tutorial over at Stash Manicure  I am so excited to be posting there!!  So click on over to check out the tutorial there or follow below to see the tutorial here :)

What you will Need
( 1 ) 3 inch Styrofoam ball                                           1 foot lace or ribbon                                   
(12) 2.5 inch square pieces of base fabric                    Lots of straight pins with flat heads      
(16) 2.5 inch square pieces of middle fabric                 Hot glue 
(16) 2.5 inch square pieces of border fabric                 Ribbon or sting for a hanger

Step 1 - Begin by selecting the fabric that you want to be the center of the design. Place 2 squares wrong side together and pin to the ball at the four corners

Step 2 - Grab another base square of fabric and fold in half and then in half again. (Right side out). 

Open it up and place a pin from the wrong side of the fabric through the center of the square. Pin this to the center of the square on the Styrofoam ball.  (when pushing in the pins, it helps to use the eraser of a pencil, trust me, your finger will thank you :)

Step 3 - Fold your square down into a rectangle with the pin on the inside of the fabric.  Then fold the 2 corners of the rectangle down to the opposite edge. Place 4 pins along the bottom edge.

 Step 4 - Turn the ball 90 degrees and repeat steps 2 and 3 three more times.  Your ornament should look like this.

Step 5 - Find the opposite side of ball and repeat steps 1 through 3.  Finding the opposite side can be a little tricky and it is important so that it turns out the same.  The best guideline is to measure from one pin to another on both sides of the ball.  You want it to be the same distance apart :)

Step 6 - Pick your second fabric or middle fabric. Continue with the same folding pattern but start the second row approximately 1/2 inch out along the centerlines of the first row.  Place all 4 pieces.

Step 7 - Once the 4 main pieces are down begin placing the pieces on the diagonal. The easiest way to figure out the placement is to draw an imaginary line between the two points of the folded fabric already placed.  Then place the point of the fold about a 1/4" below that line.  Repeat for all 4 diagonals.

Step 8 - Flip the ball over to the other side and repeat steps 4 and 5.

Step 9 - With the final fabric or border fabric repeat steps 4 through 6, once again measuring out about 1/2".  All of your pieces on both sides should meet around the center of the ball or close too.

Step 10 -  Hot glue the ribbon around the ball so that it hides the unfinished edges and pins. Make a hanger out of ribbon or string and secure it to the ornament with pins or hot glue.

 And you are done!!  Now you have an adorable Scrappy Quilted Ball Ornament that didn't require any quilting.  Super fun and super cute!!

The combinations are endless.  I made this one for my daughter's first Christmas and added a cute little Pillow Tag to remember it by.  

I think next I will be making an all scrappy one in different reds, greens, and whites.  I would love to see what you make.  When you are done your Scrappy Quilted Ball Ornament feel free to upload a picture on to my Tutorial Flickr page.  
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Off The Virtual Map :)

So we spent the weekend in downtown Indianapolis while my husband attended a conference.  When we got to the hotel we found out that there was no internet in the rooms (well I guess there was if you were willing to pay for it, however, we were not willing to pay for it).    So I found myself  for 3 whole days without the internet (minus two 20 minute intervals when my husband stayed in the room with the kids and I ran down to the lobby and answered emails as fast as my fingers could type.) It is amazing how out of touch you feel after only 3 days!!!  

So what do you do for 3 days in a hotel room from 8 -5 with no internet and 4 small children???  You sew, sew, sew!!!  This was my set-up

And this was the kids set-up.  When you don't have cable at home, all day cartoons in your pj's is like a little piece of heaven.

And yes, we did see more of Indianapolis then just the inside of the hotel room.  Each night when dad got down we went out and had a great time.  It really is a fun city!!

So now I feel a little more update . . . See ya tomorrow :)
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Giveaway Time!!

Today is the day to giveback and celebrate!  I want to thank all of you wonderful people who stop by, read my quilting ramblings, and leave such sweet comments.  You all make my day, each and every day!!  So, Let's have a giveaway!

So first, to giveback . . . there were so many comments when I posted my Nature's Pathways quilt about how lovely the prints and colors were,  so I decided to make a little bundle of those prints to giveaway.  There is a 1/3 of a yard of the 8 prints I used in the quilt top.  So would you call that a Fat Third??

And now, to celebrate.  Why are we celebrating you ask??  Because last night, we reached 200 followers here at Happy Quilting.  I think that calls for 2 giveaway's.  So the second giveaway will be a Breakfast at Tiffany's Charm Pack.

So what do you have to do to have a chance to win.  Simple, leave a comment. (one per person, please)  Anything will do :)   I will choose 2 winners Monday morning on the 6th.  Oh, and you don't have to be a follower, but if you want to follow, it will get us all the closer to a 300 follower giveaway :)  GIVEAWAY CLOSED :)

Happy Quilting!!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feeling the Fabric Love :)

Man, oh man, I am totally perma-grin right now.  I got up to check my email and my quilting blogs (like I do every morning) and come to find that I have won not 1 but 2 fabric bundles.  Oh, my goodness, oh my goodness!!  

I won a beautiful Park Avenue jelly roll and 2 yards of coordinating fabric from V and Co. sponsored by Burgundy Buttons.  V and Co. always has lots of great stuff on her blog including tons and tons of great tutorials.  Burgundy Buttons is a wonderful online store with lots of great sales and Leah (the owner) is one of the nicest people in the world.  Thanks to both of you wonderful ladies!

While at Stash Manicure I found that my Chubby Stars in Fall quilt was chosen as the November Banner of the Month quilt!  Ahh,  totally on cloud 9 right now.  And if I wasn't already feeling super honored, Madamm Samm is having another giveaway just for saying congrats to the winners of her giveaway's today, so now I get to spend the day reading sweet, nice, and wonderful comments about my little quilt.  I am so very touched. I keep jostling between super smiley and touched and weepy.  It is a pretty great emotion :)

Oh, and ya, For winning the banner of the Month quilt, I also won this beautiful collection of Victorian Suite in Ivory from Jennifer and Shabby Fabrics.  Thank you to both Stash Manicure and Shabby Fabrics.  You ladies have made my day!!

So ya, I am totally feeling the fabric love.  So much that I want to give some of that fabric love back!!  Check back tomorrow and maybe you can get some fabric love luck as well :)

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Long Weekend

We'll even though it was a long weekend there wasn't a whole lot of sewing going on.  We had family and friends in town for Thanksgiving and we had a blast!  The holiday weekend was filled with great company, lots of laughs, a local hangout in the kitchen and lots and lots of food and pie!  I managed to remember to take one picture, and ya, it turned out blurry.  What ya gonna do?

Thanks again to family and friends who came to spend the holiday with us.  We had such a great time!

After our company departed we turned to the next holiday tradition.  So once again, no sewing, but we did manage to put up the trees :)  Yes, that is trees as in plural.   I have 2 trees, I love Christmas :)

The kids call this Mom's tree and they are pretty much spot on.  I put on the lights and ribbons and they put on the ornaments.  Then when they leave the room I redo the ornaments and spread out the clusters :)  This is the first year I have done the ribbon going down the tree instead of around and I love it.  I know, I am a few years behind on this trend but I still love it!

This is the kids tree.  I let them put on the ornaments and then I leave them where they put them.  Ya, this is so hard for me, especially since this year they decided it would be fun to group similar ornaments.  But it is theirs, and they reminded me every time I tried to give "helpful" hints that this was their tree and I couldn't tell them how to do it.  The two kiddos in front are my two youngest, as soon as they saw I was taking a picture of "their" tree they just had to jump in :)

So now, (after a mountain of laundry and a lunch appointment) I am hoping to get back to my sewing room :)
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