Saturday, September 11, 2010

Origami Fun!

Origami is an form of art that I admire.  I am always amazed at the shapes than can be made with a piece of paper using many precise folds.  One of my co-workers made a coaster that reminded me of a piece of origami.  These coasters are very quick and easy to make.  They also take such a small amount of fabric.  I like the idea of making a set and tying a ribbon around them for a gift.  I made 2 and I use them on my desk at work for my coffee breaks!  Fun to make!

Here is where I found the directions:  (a very fun and colorful place to visit)

Christmas stocking!

I love to make Christmas decorations but how many can a person have?  And I particularly like to make stockings!  I've knitted a few, sewed some, cross-stitched, embellished bought ones and just love to make them.  I don't know what it is about the stockings that I am so fond of but they are just things I like at Christmas time.  I found a solution!  The local quilt shop is collecting stockings for Lighthouse, which is a charitable organization for those in need.  They have a Christmas shop for their clients each year.  Yay, I can make stockings anytime of the year and donate them for a worthy cause.  Here is my first one.  I have so many other things to do right now but I had to stop everything and make a stocking!  I used a piece of pre-quilted fabric that I had in my "stuff".  I also found the ribbon of bells in my collection.  I buy Christmas things every year just thinking that I might be able to use it someday or just because I like them!

(They are also collecting doll blankets and I can't wait to make a few of them.) Doll blankets a little later as I have some other projects that I have to finish first.

red-eyed tree frog

red-eyed tree frog that bugs someone
A friend of mine let me borrow this pattern.  I made it a couple of months ago.  It was fun to make and is probably my first "patchwork" quilting project.  I wanted to try out some of the fancy stitches on my sewing maching so I quilted it with this flowery stitch.  I put the frog on my grandson's bed that he sleeps in when he visits.  When he saw it, he came downstairs and thanked me profusely and said it was soooooooooo cute.  But, then when it was bedtime, he asked his dad to put the frog in another room because it was "sorta buggin' him".   Must have been the "buggy" eyes.  Hahahahahahahhaha  I got a big chuckle out of that!