Archives for April 2015

Through the Woods to Grandma’s House {Quilt Pattern}

through the woodscover-2Through the woods to Grandma’s House! This Little Red Riding-hood inspired quilt is perfect the perfect size to take to Grandma’s house or the perfect size to keep at Grandma’s house for special little visitors. With optional “Nana” version, it would also make a lovely gift. Try this pattern with your favorite woodland animal or nature prints. This whimsical quilt features traditional block piecing alternating with a theme print block. Finished block size: 10″ Finished quilt size: 50″ x 78″through the woods quilt

The fabrics are from Blend Fabrics’ “Riding Hood ” line.  Aren’t they the cutest!  You can purchase this quilt pattern PDF from my Craftsy shop or from Emily Ann’s Kloset.IMG_6198

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Sizzix Whale Bookmark Tutorial

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In celebration of Earth Day, today, I thought I would share this fast and fun tutorial for a whale bookmark using the Sizzix Whale Die.  I have loved whales my whole life.  I remember as a little girl saving up my money to buy a $5 gold colored whale necklace; I was so excited because a portion of the money would go to the “Save the Whales” fund.

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Here’s what you need to make the bookmark:

scrap of aqua, gray dots, and red fabrics

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Sizzix Whale Die

Heat n Bond Lite fusible applique

Grommet or large eyelet

scraps of ribbon/trim

Instructions

Begin by cutting the aqua fabric (2) 4″ x 10″

Cut the Fusible Fleece the same size, 4″ x 10″

(sorry for the photo quality, I do my best work late at night!!!!)
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Draw an angle in the upper corners to form the shape of a tag.  Notice where I positioned my lines in comparison to the grid:

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Iron the fusible fleece to one of the aqua pieces on the wrong side.  Plaace right sides of the bookmark pieces together. Sew around the bookmark,using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Leave an opening along the side for turning.  Trim the edges close to the seam and clip corners.  Turn right side out, press.  Top stitch.

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For the whale and heart appliqué pieces, iron the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the gray fabric.  Cut out a rectangle roughly the size of the Sizzix Whale Die.  Run it through the Big Shot or Fabi Machine.  For the heart, I cut it freehand.  Peel the backing paper off.sizzix whale bookmark 3
Position the appliqué pieces as desired.  Iron in place.  Top stitch around the whale and the hart.
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When you are finished, add a grommet or eyelet and tie ribbons through it.

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It also doubles as a cat toy!!!sizzix whale bookmark 7

I think it’s the cutest and I totally needed an new bookmark!!!
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Choose Happy {quilt pattern}

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Meet my newest quilt pattern “Choose Happy”!!!!!  Its a free pattern available on the Therm O Web Blog.  The fabrics are from Pat Sloan’s newest Moda line called “The Sweet Life”.  They are so bright and cheerful and HAPPY!!!

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Of course my #kittyquilter Mufasa had to get his paws on the project 🙂  The letters and flower are appliquéd using Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets.  You can print the patterns from the Therm O Web Blog.  I love pinwheels and I thought they were perfect to use with this fabric!  The center quilting is “pebbles” and the main part of the quilt is loop-de-loos.choose happy quilt 24

This would quilt would be darling on your sewing room wall or as a sweet gift for a friend.  I’m going to sew up another one soon!!!
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Mini Kitty Quilt Pattern Now Available!

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Meet Mini Kitty – my very first published quilt pattern!  This little mini quilt has brought me so much joy in my life!  I was inspired to make it as a gift for a friend.  Since then, it has been recreated over and over as gifts, and has even been the inspiration for our #kittyquilter group on Instagram!  I love connecting with friends who love quilting and their fur-babies!!!  My pattern is available to purchase on Etsy at Emily Ann’s Kloset and on Craftsy.  I hope you like it!!!kitty love mini quilt 18

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I love all the combinations and variations you can make with this one pattern!!20150404_183528-1024x576
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I really should make one for Baby Mufasa instead of always giving them away 🙂

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Sew News Placemat & Napkin Set

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I I have a hard time keeping secrets!  Especially since August 2014!  My quilted bunny placemats and reversible bunny napkins are in the April/May 2015 issue of Sew News!  I still giggle a little when I see my name in print.  I am very grateful to Sew News for liking my pattern ideas 🙂  The fabrics I choose are from the Grace line from Blend.  They scream Spring to me!!!IMG_4978

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Mufasa thinks they make a nice new napping spot for him!DSC_1765

I love the texture the quilting gives the placemats.  The added lace and the pieced floral fabrics makes it seem a little vintage!bunny placemat

I love the addition of this ecru lace trim to the napkins.  I also love that they are reversible – no exposed seams!  If you like this project, pick up copy of Sew News and read all about it!
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Day #14 Happy Easter



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I hope you and your family have a wonder Easter.  It has been so meaningful for our family to focus our 14 Day Walk With Christ on serving others.  I would love to hear your experiences.  Every Easter our family makes Resurrection Rolls, recounts the Easter story by reading scriptures from our Resurrection Eggs, and shares our feelings about Jesus.  Thanks for joining us!!!gateway-11-616x800

 

Day #13 Just Serve

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I am so proud of my daughter Ella.  She is working on her IB Personal Project.  She choose to make baby quilts and donate them to our local hospital.

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These quilts are made 100% by her: choosing the fabrics, cutting the squares, laying out the design, sewing, basting, quilting, and binding.
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IMG_5475There are so many charity organizations that need our help – sometimes it’s hard to decide which to help with or to find something that fits with our talents.  For today’s service activity, I am not suggesting you drop everything and sew baby quilts!  Rather, take this time and visit JustServe.org.  It’s a website designed to connect volunteers with opportunities to care for others and improve our communities.  You enter your city, state and zip code and it searches for opportunities to serve in your very own community!  When I searched my town, there were over 20 opportunities for service.  I think this is fantastic!

Day #12 {Guest Post} Create it. Go!

Hi! I”m Robyn from Create it. Go! and I’m so excited to be here today and be part of Amanda’s 14 Day Walk with Christ. I was thrilled that she asked me to join in on this 2015 service edition.

 I immediately wanted to follow along with all of the great ideas she was going to post, but also wanted to include a little something more personal to our family as well. So, I put up this simple banner in front of our fireplace. I had already made the fireplace mantle Christ centered for Easter, but now we had an extra reminder to try and focus our daily lives on Christ, especially in the days leading up to Easter. Then I took these little canvas bags and placed vinyl letters on each one. How perfect was it that the days “Walk With Christ” are exactly 14 letters too!

Then we had a family night, where we all came up with ideas of service that we could individually, or as a family, perform. We talked about how Christ’s life was full of service and that he never turned anyone away. We likened that to us today, and came up with ways that we could also be like Christ, and serve.

 We all participated in coming up with ideas, all 5 of my kids, from my 3 year old to my 15 year old, and my husband and I. After we came up with some ideas, we wrote them down, and then rolled up the papers and placed them in each little bag. Then each day, we pull one out and we all perform that act of service.

 I love seeing my children’s handwriting and seeing what they came up with each day, as we pull out the service for the day. I also love the way it fills their hearts as they perform that service. You can see it reflected in their eyes, in their prayers, and in their actions.
These are the service ideas that collectively, our family came up with:
1- Pick flowers and give them to someone. (3 yr AND 5 year olds’ suggestion)
2- Help plant a garden
3- Leave notes of appreciation for each member of the family, for something they do today.
4- Send cards to Grandma and Grandpa (or friends/family)
5- Take an Easter treat and message to friends/teachers.
6- Make something out of wood (like Christ did as a carpenter) and give it to someone.
(My 12 year old son came up with this one. I loved the thoughts of Christ behind it.)
7- Mow someone’s lawn for them.
8- Make food for my family in bed.
(That one made me laugh a little, coming from my 9 year old daughter.)
9-Color with the little girls…
Translation: Spend time with a family member, doing something that the other enjoys.
10- Walk the dogs.
11- Do another person’s chores for them for the day.
12-Donate clothes and toys to others in need.
13- Show more love.
14- Pick up trash at the park.
The one that I wanted to share with you today is #5. I create this simple word art printable below. We have the same quote on a wood plaque on our fireplace mantle. I love the simplicity of it and the reminder that Christ is still with us, every day. He is with us wherever we go, because he still lives.

 We printed this out and then delivered it to some friends with some little Easter goodies one night as one of our acts of service.
 For the snack, we just used the recipe for rice crispy treats, but substituted the rice crispy cereal with chow mein noodles, and added little Robin eggs, to make these cute little nests. They were quick and easy and so fun!
My kids also have thought of giving one of these printables to each of their school teachers with an invitation to an Easter program our church is holding soon. It may not be the kind of service where we are out raking someone’s yard, but we are still serving each other, and our friends and families, by thinking of them, and by helping to bring them closer to Christ,
One thing I love about this whole 14 Day Walk With Christ Service Project, is that it doesn’t have to be done in just the two weeks leading up to Easter. If we truly celebrate the real meaning of Easter, and celebrate Christ’s life and his resurrection, then we should be trying to be more like him all year long. I don’t plan on taking this down anytime soon, because I love the reminder it is to our family, to always strive to Walk with Christ.

 

 

Day #11 – Guest Contributor Calee Reed

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Today the amazingly talented, fabulous Calee Reed is sharing her thoughts with us on our Walk With Christ.  My daughter and I first learned of Calee last year at Time Out For Girls.  Calee’s messages and music opened my daughter’s eyes to the world of Christian music.  I can truly say our lives have been changed since knowing Calee.  Just a little bit about Calee:  Calee Reed grew up in San Diego, California, and was taught to sing by her mother at a very young age. When Calee’s mother passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, Calee decided to write her first CD, The Waiting Place, as a tribute to her. Her upcoming album, What Heaven Feels Like, features inspirational songs in Calee’s fresh style and releases in summer 2015. Calee and her husband, Shaun, live in Salt Lake City and have one adorable daughter, Violet .

You MUST watch Calee’s amazing music video inspired by the story of her mother.

You can follow Callee on Facebook and Instagram (@caleereed), blog, and website

From Calee

I found myself frazzled and tired last week as I chased my two year old around our neighborhood park. She’s sweet and darling, but she has GERD (a condition that she was supposed to have outgrown by 3 months old) which causes her to wake frequently at night…which causes us both to be grumpy and exhausted most of the time. That morning I was feeling especially overwhelmed and inadequate. When will she outgrow this?? How can we be expected to function normally when our sleeping schedule is so erratic?? Why haven’t we found a cure yet for her issues?? Frustrated thoughts tumbled around in my head.

My new visiting teacher had asked me to meet her at the park that morning so we could chat about this month’s message. I was on the verge of texting and canceling (in favor of escaping back home to my sweatpants and couch) when she appeared. Smiling and friendly, she talked about her kids and asked about my family. After only a few minutes, I found myself cradling my wailing baby and apologizing for needing to take her home to attempt a nap. “Oh, that’s alright!” she sweetly responded, “Let me share a quick part of the message with you!”

She proceeded to share a few thoughts from President Dieter F Uchtdorf about patience:

“Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring…Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!”

“Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being ‘willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father’ [Mosiah 3:19]. Ultimately, patience means being ‘firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord’ [1 Nephi 2:10] every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so.”1

I could tell that she had read the message prior to us meeting, and had purposely chosen those few thoughts to share – even though she couldn’t have known my specific situation prior to us meeting. The words from that inspired man sunk deep into my heart. I had read and shared the message with my own visiting teaching sisters earlier in the month, but at that moment I was ready to hear a different message that Heavenly Father had sent to my heart. The questions that had been plaguing me a moment ago found themselves quieted in the light of new perspective. I was so grateful that this woman from my congregation had taken a moment to acquaint herself with those words and share them with me.

As I’ve contemplated the ways I ‘Walk With Christ’ through service in my daily life, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the most important ways I can serve is through being prepared to share the messages of the Savior with people around me – just like my visiting teacher did with me.

I have the incredible opportunity to travel around the country with some intensely spiritual, inspired individuals as a presenter with the Time Out for Women program through Deseret Book. I love when presenters quote scripture and the words of prophets; knowing that God sent those messages and words for me brings added peace and power when I hear them. I have watched these individuals present their prepared messages, converse backstage and with the attendees of the events and have felt so inspired by them. These individuals know the words of Christ to well, and love the words of Christ so much, that they are able to share with power and confidence specific messages from scripture and/or prophets at any given moment. It’s become a personal goal of mine to study each day to become more like them.

One of the ways I’ve found to share/serve in this way is through social media. I am the main contributor to an LDS Instagram account! It might sound silly, but searching out quotes, making memes and posting them daily for the 2k+ followers of the account brings me a lot of joy and fulfilment – plus it helps me stay on track with my goal of daily studying! Often I find myself searching for the quotes and memes in the middle of the night while waiting for my toddler to fall back asleep. It brings me peace and perspective, and brings a little light into the social media feeds of the people who see the messages each day. I’ve seen endless ward and stake accounts, accounts run by youth, accounts run by Bishops, all geared toward bringing inspired words and messages to their friends and/or congregations.

We can impact the lives of those around us with immeasurable good when we acquaint ourselves with the words and teachings of prophets, leaders and scripture and find the courage to share them when prompted. We don’t have to be scriptorians or religious scholars, we only need the desire to live up to our baptismal covenants and small daily goals like reading our scriptures, the Ensign, or messages on LDS.org, like my visiting teacher did! The healing, the light and the peace that sharing those messages and teachings can bring into the lives of others constitute service of great importance. If we truly strive to be the disciples of Christ, we will walk in His footsteps – a part of which is familiarizing ourselves with His words, and the words of His called servants, and then sharing those thoughts to lift everyone around us.

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Thank you Calee!  You are SO AWESOME and we CAN’T WAIT for your new album to be released!

Day #10 Service Cookies

I remember a talk I heard about 10 years ago.  I don’t remember the speaker’s name, but I do remember something she said:

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I LOVE this!  I love making cookies or treats or rolls and taking them to friends and neighbors. I am going to print this out and put it on my fridge!  Sometimes baked goods are the best way to show love!!  If you would like to download a PDF version, click HERE.

Today’s activity involves baking!!  Invite some friends over to make cookies.  Make cookies with your family and take them around to your neighbors.  We invited the missionaries over to decorate sugar cookies.  One of them said he couldn’t remember the last time he frosted cookies (so sad!)  When we were done we fixed up plates and took them to our neighbors.DSC_1809

I’m pretty sure we didn’t solve anyone’s problems with this, but we had fun as a family and we let other’s know we care about them 🙂DSC_1811What kind of treats of goodies do you like to take to people?

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