Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend Sewing

It's been a while but I've finally had some time to get back to the sewing machine this weekend.

First up was a quilt - I've had the top completed for several weeks but just needed to psych myself up for the back breaking task of basting it. We have wooden floor boards and I've found the best method for me is to tape my quilt backs to the kitchen floor. Works well but it can be really hard on my back and knees!

I've been making a concerted effort to use what I have in my stash. This quilt has what I like to call "franken-batting" - several smaller pieces of batting stitched together to make a large piece. When it came time to bind, I searched through my thread stash and was pretty pleased to discover I had the exact shade of thread I needed to hand stitch my binding. Shopping from the stash can reveal surprises sometimes!

Today I decided to start something new so I pulled some scraps out for some patchwork. I chose and aqua and orange palette - so pretty! I don't have much orange in my stash but this combination might encourage me to look for some more orange shades next time I'm fabric shopping.

Those scraps turned into this patchwork panel. The project is still a work in progress but hopefully I'll have something finished to share next week. It was nice just to cut, arrange pieces and stitch without hurry.

Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and got some stitching time too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

School Holiday Activities - Origami

One activity Anna and I love to do together is origami. The projects you can do range in skill level and there are lots of great online resources to help you make the different origami shapes.

I find it easiest to use You Tube on my ipad and we watch video tutorials that show us step by step instructions. Here are some good ones:
If you have any Japanese dollar stores near you (like Daiso) you can pick up really gorgeous packs of origami paper like this:

But any paper will do! Plain paper is good as you can encourage your kids to decorate their origami once they've made their shapes.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

School Holiday Activities - Paper Plate Hats

I've been away for a few days so our home activities have slowed down, so I'm sharing some cool stuff made by some other awesome bloggers.

Today's activity comes from the lovely Jane from Buzzmills - paper plate star hats.

All you need is some paper plates, marker pens and scissors. The kids can go crazy decorating them in all kinds of fun ways - paper collage, colouring with pens or pencils, painting, or even making that star nice and shiny by gluing on some tin foil.

Get the tutorial here!

Want some more ideas for easy school holiday activities? Check them out here!

Monday, April 14, 2014

School Holiday Activities - Easter Basket

Easter is here later this week, so today's activity is a gorgeous one that I'm sharing by Alyce from And Sew We Craft.

These are great for any age and can be decorated in a variety of ways. Let your kids creativity run wild with this activity, then they can fill their basket with chocolate eggs!

See the full tutorial over here at And Sew We Craft.

More great school holiday ideas here!


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