I’m so excited for Christmas to be over (for a few different reasons..did anyone feel the frustration of shopping for 4 months and then it was over in 15 minutes? no? just me?
Anyways. now I get to share some presents that we crafted this season!
My parents are awesome–and this year instead of getting the kids yet another present—-(the majority of her grandchildren are old and there are 15 of them…and trying to figure out what 15 kids want with ages that range from 15-5 is hard work) she decided to take us all to outer limits (think chucky cheese) and she gave all the kids money and they got to go spend how they please—they got to ride a roller coaster simulator, bowled, black light miniature golf, the 10 oldest ones got to play a few rounds of laser tag…and then there were the token games (my kids freakin love them!)
What I’m trying to elude to is that it was an awesome Christmas and my kids still haven’t stopped talking about spending time with their cousins!
That being said….we still had to get my parents something for Christmas…and we didn’t’ want to just get them a “normal present” and we were stumped
then my sister found this cute quilt
and all the pieces fell into place. We puffy hearted it..
We had a girls day and spend the whole day cutting circles, tracing hands embroidering the names and sewing those hands onto the circles (circles and hands have interfacing behind it.
Pretty much sure my sisters hate that I blog…they are never safe! ha! (that’s me with the giant arrow)
a few weeks prior I hopped onto fabric.com and ordered all the fabric from there…I totally love that you can open it into a window and see them all together…
the only fabric that wasn’t true to color was the red/orange striped one up at the top. It was pink and hot green. not really our color scheme. we tried to stay “manly” as much as you can with cute fabric! When i think of my mom I think of fall colors! (is that weird? )
the back is the plaid (holy crap i love that plaid sooo much) we didn’t want to have to try to piece it together and not have the plaid match up so my sister cut squares and added a strip of the coordinating fabrics along the back..
my sister borrowed her neighbors embroidery machine (can i tell you how much i want one? so cool and easy and my name would be on EVERYTHING!!!)
our original plan was to put all the hands as “leaves” but with this twin size it was a little cramped…so we pulled down the 4 youngest girls (they are all 5 years old) and scalloped the edges and turned them into flowers…
We took it and got it quilted together…(we wanted the “professional” look…) we lucked out when we found cathy (we called around but most people couldn’t guarantee it before christmas….) she could…and we took it to her and said…”um…we just want some swirlies) and she went above and beyond.
I almost cried when I picked it up (and I don’t cry over sentimental stuff!)
she did a leaf pattern all around the top…went around the flowers and added “grass” she went around each hand (which you can’t tell until you turn it over and even did the wood grain of the tree.
she was AMAZING. (if you want her number shoot me an email!)
oh…and let me tell you if you have never quilted before….the back has to have like 4-8 inches all around as access…which we didn’t know and had to sew some white around each side….she centered it all so we just trimmed the white off and binded it….but in case you want to get it quilted don’t cut your back piece. keep it big!
and we added an owl…cause owls are cute.
and added a little wood carving!
If you want more fun blanket ideas…check out this AMAZING post!