New Project

Quite a few months ago, I purchased the Jelly-Roll Rug pattern by R. J. Designs. I set it aside since I was not quite ready to tackle the project. Recently, I have been viewing tutorials, such as The Ultimate Jelly Roll Rug by Quilt Addicts Anonymous. The tutorial is based on the pattern by R. J. Designs, and Stephanie provides the visual I needed to understand the pattern. The tutorial respects the designers pattern and does not reveal measurement or certain information. I also viewed a tutorial by Jenny of Missouri Star Co., who also based her tutorial on this same pattern. There were other tutorials that demonstrated technique and tips. Some were based on other patterns, some mentioned no specific pattern. All of the tutorials I viewed, gave tips on how to keep the rug from curving up and how to make it stay flat. This is my main concern. I have made fabric coiled rope bowls, and I realize that the angle in which I hold the fabric shapes the curve of the bowl. I think it will be difficult keeping the fabric flat as I am zig-zagging and it gets larger. I will tackle this part tomorrow.
Last night, I cut the strips of fabric. My grandson said he wanted a red, blue, and green rug. I could not find a jelly roll that had only these colors, but I did have some fabric in my bins. I also purchased some yellow and Justice League fabric.  I cut 40 strips, 2.5″ X 42″. I sewed those strips together. This morning, I made the coil ball. Most of the tutorials recommend using the pre-cut batting jelly roll. I had purchased the pre-cut batting jelly roll, because I wanted to save some time. I found that the rolls of batting are thin and I think they will be better than the batting that I usually use.
I arranged my strips in a fan fold to facilitate making the cord ball.

This ball should make a 30″ X 44″ area rug.
I will do some rearranging of my tables in order to accommodate laying the fabric as flat as possible.
Wish me luck!

Super Siblings

We knew this first December without mom would be tough, but oh my…
Thankfully, I have three super siblings.

My youngest sister was in town this week.
We went to eat breakfast at Jim’s, my mom’s favorite place for breakfast.
It was great being together.
We miss having our brother near.
He lives in Seattle, but we do keep close contact.
It has been a great week.

Emma, the author and illustrator for The Pig in a Wig series, was scheduled in schools and  at Barnes and Noble for author visits and book signing.
It was a thrill to see her with the children.
She connects with her audience and inspires them.
Today, one little boy said he was going to go home and write his own story.
The teacher in me just wanted to dance with joy when I heard him say this!
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I took this photo as she was setting up at Barnes and Noble.
The wig and pig nose are big hits with the kids!
I am so proud of her!

Oh, at Barnes and Noble, I found a great book by Lucinda Ganderton.
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I haven’t had a chance to study it, but, I like what I have seen so far.

Upon returning home, I got right back to work on a Christmas stocking.
My youngest son said he was looking for a stocking for his son, and I, of course, volunteered to make one.
I made my own pattern for the stocking, but I did find a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
When my sons were little, I made stockings out of felt.
I followed the tradition of placing a felt, beaded tree and train.
This time, I wanted to quilt a stocking.
This is what I have so far.
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I made my own tree applique, but cheated and used already made Christmas and bird appliques.
I hope to finish this tomorrow morning.
My friends and I will be volunteering at a school on Thursday.
I let my friend talk me into her bird brain idea of making 97 bird seed ornaments to give the students.
I will be teaching an art/writing lesson on Thursday, and I need to prepare for that.
Busy!