Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rodeo Time

Every year our town pauses to pay respects to a wonderful tradition; the Rodeo! Schools close and parade routes are erected. It is a great honor to participate in the rodeo parade, which is the only non-motorized parade in the country. It's all horse-drawn carriages, horseback riders, and of course lots of marching bands.

My children are both in preschool now and both got to participate in their own school parades. For this they each needed a horse, and we received homework to make one at home. Hmm, to be the child of a crafter...

I took a trip to Hancocks and found the brown felt on sale, as well as the stuffing and thread on sale. Finally, I found some yarn that would match the felt well and headed home to begin work.

I drew up a rough sketch of what I wanted it to look like, but was really just winging it. Typical for me. They turned out way bigger than I'd wanted so I actually had to shrink it down by a couple inches. They still look a little big to me, but it's all good. The kids enjoy them.

For the ears, I added a little pink for my daughters horse and red for my sons so they could tell them apart. I used a basic zigzag to attach them.

My DH got some outdoor tool handles from the hardware store and cut them to size. I stapled the horse to the handle, but needed something to cover the staples. He suggested making a bandana...Perfect! I wrapped it, then used a glue gun to secure it. Now it was the kids turn.

They chose where to put the eyes and bridle; I helped with the glue gun. My son suggested we add a nose with pompoms, which was a fun addition. They immediately took them outside to start playing and had a blast. They are a little heavy for my daughter, but she solved the problem by putting the reigns around her neck. Whatever works.

This was a fun little project. I would never have though to try this. Of course, there are things I would totally do differently if I could, but the kids are happy and so am I. Should be a fun weekend; YeeHaw!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOM #11

I can't believe we're already on block #11 for the Blockbusters Block of the Month I've been working on with my LQS. I keep waiting for the set of fabric I don't like, but I have loved every set so far. One month to go!

This month I saw the fabric (Pink!! Love it!!) and the pattern, which looked like a blooming flower on point, and I thought I had it in the bag. Then I got home and started measuring the fabric and realized there wasn't enough to do what I had originally envisioned. Bummer!!

Trying to recalculate was challenging. Every idea I had wouldn't work with the fabric I had. It was so frustrating. I settled on this layout because it's all I had fabric for. As I look at it again, I am thinking about where I could add some more color. It just feels like too much green.

I've already turned it in for the month, but when I get it back next month I might go back and make some adjustments. As I look at the whole set together I see some additions I might try to make with the color scraps I have left over. There are a few spots where it would be nice to add a splash of color.

Very excited to see the last set of fabric and the last pattern. Then I'll need to start thinking about piecing it all together to finish a top. Hmm..maybe some batik browsing in my future? Awesome!

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. I'm hoping this one won't be a WIP for too much longer. Time will tell.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mini Pirate Wall Hanging

Okay, okay... I said I was finished with the pirate room, but...

Now I'm really finished. I had some scraps left and his walls seemed so blank. They needed something, and I thought a wall hanging would be the perfect, fast project to work on. I mentioned this project in this post as one of the projects I had stacked up on my sewing table. Yeah! One more done!

I was trying to match the pattern to the quilt I made, as well as make it about crib size/cuddle blanket size. I also matched the quilting; a basic meander thru the cream strips as well as some blue meander in the borders and patchwork blocks.

I pulled from my stash for the backing. The beautiful blue/green fabric is leftover from my SIL's t-shirt quilt I made last fall. I also used it to make my Dad's birthday present, the Cycling Snack Bag. I am so proud of myself for using up my stash. One of my goals being accomplished. I did a quick machine binding and called it good. I realized I don't have any 2015 printed labels yet, so I haven't labeled this one. Need to get some of those printed out.

So happy with this quick little finish, and my son is too. So glad he's so appreciative; he warms my heart. I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts today for Finish Friday. Can't wait to see what I can get done next.