Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Times, Sad Times

I have the smartest daughter-in-law.  Every night before tucking her kinds into bed she takes just a minute to review with them their day.  They talk about what was their "happy time" and what was their "sad time" during the day.  I just think it is so brilliant to realize that every day is made up of the good and the bad.  I thought she would be really "happy" herself, in about 10 years,  if she wrote down some of her kids responses.  So I made this notebook for her to record them in.

I had my granddaughter draw some pictures of "happy"and "sad" kids.  I think it makes it much more personal that the drawings are her own.  Sorry these photos are so dark.

Christmas Countdown

I wanted to make 24 of these but really it just got to be too big!  I was afraid my daughter-in-law would not be able to find a place to hang it in her house.  So, it is a Twelve Days of Christmas countdown.  Do you really need to be counting down for 24 days when you are just six years old?  

Happy Birthday Banner

 I called my sister one day to see if she wanted to make an advent calendar with me.  She said her mother-in-law had already made some really cute ones for her so, "No" on the Christmas Advent.   But, what about a Birthday Countdown.  So this is what I came up with.  It took second place in the Riley Blake contest.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Parcheesi Game Instructions

I really don't understand how to move photos around when making a post and I don't understand why the photos sometimes post in the order that you upload them and why they sometimes go where ever they want!  So, with that in mind, I have broken the instructions into parts.  To follow along with the written instructions start at the bottom and work you way back to this post.  Is anyone making this quilt?  Send me photos of your progress!!

Parcheesi Game--Finished

Your last step is to add the wool arrows and the triangles that indicate where each player  enters "Home"
This entire gameboard when finished should measure 21 1/4 inches square.

Step 3 Parcheesi

Sew the previously striped pieces to the center piece
Sew the 7 1/2 inch square pieces to the previously striped pieces.  

Fusst cut for corner pieces.

You will need 4.

Add wool.  It is hard to tell but these are 4 different colors.

Center the pieces on the neutral fabric in each corner.
Make sure the circles with wool are all facing the same direction.
Now you can use a blanket stitch or sew on using your machine.
I used the blanket stitch for my first one but the second I did on the machine.

Step 2 for Parcheesi

3 inches

For brown fabric use 2, 31/2 inch squares cut in 1/2.

Trim, leaving 1/4 inch at each point.

Add a 1/12 inch strip all the way around then trim the entire square to be 5 1/2 inches.
Then add your last 2 pieces of C-A-C fabric.

Trim off extra