12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 1}

vintage kitty sizzix ornament

meowychristmasHi, my name is Amanda and I am a crazy cat lady – there I said it!!  There is something about Christmas and cats that it so much fun!  Whether the cat is climbing the tree and batting ornaments around the house, clawing at the wrapping paper on the gifts, or drinking the milk for Santa, Christmas and Cats were made to go together!  Each day December 1-12 we will have a Christmas Cat themed project for you to make!  I say “we” because I have teamed up with some talented ladies for some feline fun!  Tina from @emilyannskloset, Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair, Bev from Flamingo Toes, Tasha  from a Little Sweetness, Kerri from Sew Dearly Loved, and Lucy from Lucy Blaire Handmade will be joining in the festivities!

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vintage cat ornament 12Today I am showing you how to make these vintage inspired cat ornaments.  I LOVE vintage prints especially if they involve cats.  Let’s get started!

Supplies

Sizzix Mitten Die

Small Ric Rac

White fabric

Tinsel

Felt, 2 colors

Heat n Bond EZ Print Transfer Sheets

Spray n Bond

Ribbon

Bakers Twine

vintage cat ornament 5Begin by printing the cat images (click here to download) in REVERSE onto the Transfer Sheets.

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Roughly cut out the image and place it face down onto white cotton fabric.

vintage cat ornament 6Place the pressing sheet over the image and press with a hot, dry iron for 20 seconds.  (Read the instructions from the manufacturer just to be safe).  Let cool completely and then peel off the backing paper.  Cut out with scissors.

vintage cat ornament 11Mufasa my Kitty Helper was sleeping on the job!!!  For the mittens, die cut the felt using the Sizzix mitten die.

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You can die cut up to 4 at a time.   You will need (2) mittens and (2) mitten tops per ornament.

vintage cat ornament 2Using Spray n Bond, spray the back of the kitty image and position on the top of one of the mittens.  Spray the back of the small ric rac also, and position it around the kitty image.  Start and stop the Ric Rac at the top of the image.  The Spray n Bond keeps all the pieces firmly set so they don’t move during sewing.  Sew on top of the ric rac.

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vintage cat ornament 3Using the basting spray, spray the wrong side of one of the mittens and stick the 2 mittens together.  Choose a decorative stitch and sew around the mitten.  Start and stop at the top.

vintage cat ornament 15Spray the (2) white mitten tops with basting spray and position them on opposite sides of the mitten.  Top stitch around the mitten top in white thread.  Cut a piece of narrow tinsel by the yard and zig zag it along the mitten cuff.

vintage cat ornament 9Thread a piece of baking twine on a needle and add a loop at the top of the mitten.  Hot glue a little bow at the top of the ric rac.vintage cat ornament 4

Hang on your vintage tree!!!   vintage cat ornament 8       These are so fun and easy to make!  They would be purrrrfect tied on top of a gift, tied on a plate of cookies, or simply tucked into a Christmas card 🙂vintage cat ornamentvintage kitty ornament sizzix 3

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Winterberry Quilt

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I visited my friend Tina in New Jersey this summer!  We sewed for 5 straight days and this is one of the quilts we put together.

winterberry quilt 9 I just got it back from the quilter; just in time for December!  The fabrics are called Winterberry by Moda.  winterberry quilt 3We choose this pattern called Modern Greek Cross.  It is such a FUN pattern!winterberry quilt 4

I’m used to sewing with Mufasa so I was so happy to have Roo’s company while we sewed.  winterberry quilt 5

The blocks are so much fun to put together!winterberry quilt 6

All good kitty quilters must approve the quilt layout before sewing it together!winterberry quilt 7

We sewed this together in August and December seemed so far away.  How time files!  winterberry quilt 8  The quilting turned out darling – she used an allover holly design.  I love it! winterberry quilt 12

Mufasa totally approves!  I think it’s so cute that Roo helped make the quilt that Mufasa is sitting on!  They are best friends and don’t even know it!winterberry quilt

Little Joys Quilt Tutorial Featuring Sizzix

little joys quiltI am in love with this bell die from Sizzix.  It is so perfect with the Penny Rose “Little Joys” Christmas fabric.  These sweet vintage prints make me think of a simpler time.  I love collecting vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations; this quilt is sure to fit into the mix!

little joys quilt pattern christmas 35This quilt measures 42″ square and is a perfect size to hang on a wall, put at the end of a bed, or center on a table.  The quilt is made up of 6″ solid blocks with bell applique and  6″ nine-patch blocks that form a chain.  The full tutorial is over on the Penny Rose Blog!

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 8.08.25 AMI used this Bell from Sizzix.  It is such a versatile die!  You could die cut felt and make a garland, or let the kids decorate with sequins and trim!  Use it on cardstock for fast gift tags!

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Mufasa was all over this project because it involved the Sizzix Fabi – his FAVORITE toy!little joys quilt pattern christmas 20

I used Therm O Web’s Heat n Bond Lite for the applique.

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little joys quilt pattern christmas 12For the Little Joys word block I cut the letters by hand.  Download the Little Joys pattern HERE.  I printed the letters on Heat n Bond EZ print sheets.

little joys quilt pattern christmas 17You can also trace onto iron-on transfer paper.  The letters are in reverse.  Iron the heat n bond to the wrong side of the letter fabric.  Cut out by hand around each letter.  Peel off the backing and position on the white rectangle.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each letter.

IMG_2019Mufasa also loves the sewing machine!  No animals were harmed in the quilting of this project!

little joys quilt pattern christmas 19Finishing it up….

Lay the quilt out according to the above placement guide.  Sew each block together creating rows, pressing toward the applique blocks.  Then sew the rows together, pinning at intersections so seams match up.

little joys quilt pattern christmas 9Make sure your cat approves 🙂

little joys quilt pattern christmas 2I free motion quilted this with loop de loos and retro style stars.  I love how it turned out!  Add the binding and you’re finished!

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Fun with Richie our Elf on the Shelf Christmas 2014

Life was too hectic to write about our sweet Elf Richie everyday.  I thought you might like to see some highlights of his antics this year.  We will miss you so much, Richie!  We hate to say goodbye to you tonight.  Until next year….

 

Richie arrived at our home in a sealed Santa’s Workshop Lego set.  We were all so surprised and we didn’t know he was inside for quite a while!elf on the shelf 8

All the children had so much fun putting the Lego set together.  We used the tongs to put Richie on the little tree so he could watch.

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We found Richie and his reindeer in a roll of TP

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Richie is somewhat of a cardshark, sporting a full house in this game of Tripoley.

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Richie gathered all the stuffed cats in the house an placed them on the stairs.  He was found reading my “Think Like A Cat” book.

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Sugar Angles

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Hanging in the bathroom

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This one was a little questionable 🙂

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Bows all over the kitchen and stuck to any solid surface!

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Hot Hot cocoa date with Anna

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A little mischief with Snowflake Sally’s non-magical girl elf

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Helping out with St. Nicholas Day

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Chillin’ in the freezer with some North Pole Fat Boys!

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Setting the table and serving everyone gingerbread men for breakfast.

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Peppermint cotton candy for breakfast

 

 

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We are saying our goodbye’s to Richie today.  I love the photos.  I can’t believe we have to wait an entire year to see him again…..pass the Kleenex!!

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The Harper Stocking Tutorial

christmas stocking quiltedWhen I was little, my mom made everyone in our family “quilted” stockings with appliqué motifs on them.  To me, all stockings must be quilted 🙂  I made my husband and children these quilted stockings many years ago.

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The fabrics are a little dated but we still love them!  Here are a few more peeks at stockings I have made over the years with this same pattern.

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There are so many wonderful fabrics out there to make stockings with.  I love this line from Blend called Treelicious.  I’ve made a few other projects with it, here and here.  Below is the pattern and instructions for making this “Harper” stocking which I made my friend’s baby’s first Christmas.  You can change the fabric piecing to be more intricate or you can use a plain piece of fabric and quilt it.  It’s fun to customize each stocking to your children’s personalities.

Supplies:

fat quarters of 3 fabrics for stocking and stocking tab

1/2 yard for the stocking lining

piece of lace

1/4 yard faux fur, fleece, or I used a type of cloud fleece with a diamond pattern…anything soft and white

Heat n Bond EZ print appliqué sheets or heat n bond appliqué transfer paper

quilt batting

Stocking Pattern, Click HERE

Note – the length of the cutting measurements are approximates, you just need enough to fit the stocking pattern on

Begin by cutting the pink trees 9″ x 12″

Gray deer 5″ x 12″

Pink 8″ x 20″

Piece together using 1/4″ seams, press

Try to place the pieces like this – it’s just rough background to quilt then cut the stocking from.

 

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Using Spray n Bond spray basting (or pins) baste the fabric on a scrap of cotton batting – I love projects like this that use batting scraps!

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Quilt as desired – I sewed loop de loos.

Print the pattern out (here).  It’s in 4 pieces.  Assemble them together like this.  I added some dotted lines to help with matching up each piece.  Don’t laugh at how rough my pattern is, it’s the middle of December and who has time for perfection!!  Cut out the pattern.

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Next, pin the stocking pattern to the quilted piece and cut out.  If you want the stocking a little larger, cut out 1/4″ away from the pattern and the finished stocking will be the size of the pattern.  Just make sure to cut the same for the lining.quilted christmas stocking 5

 

You can add some lace embellishment if you want.  Choose a font you like and print it in reverse on the EZ print sheets, or print in reverse and draw onto the Heat n Bond appliqué paper.  Press the letters to the wrong side of the white fabric.  Cut out each letter.  Peel off the backing and press into place.  It’s always a trick to get the letters to fit – I like to make them as big as I possibly can.  Top stitch in gray thread.
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Here is a close up of the letters.  You can see my white fabric has a little silver detail in it!quilted christmas stocking 18

Now do the same process with the back of the stocking.  Only remember the stocking will be opposite.

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Instead of cutting the stocking out again and trying to match it, I pinned the appliquéd part to the newly quilted piece, matching the seams along the sides.  Sew using 1/4″ seams all the way around the stocking leaving the top open.  Cut around the seam.quilted christmas stocking 8

 

For the lining of the stocking, cut the same pattern out of a coordinating cotton (2).  Sew right sides together all the way around the stocking.quilted christmas stocking 9

 

Prepare the fur cuff.  Cut the fur 18.5″ x 11″quilted christmas stocking 10

 

Fold it in half fat ways, right sides together and sew about 1/2″seam along the side:quilted christmas stocking 11

 

Turn the cuff right side out like this:
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For the stocking holder, cut a strip of fabric 10″ x 3″.  Folding in half lengthwise with right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam and turn right side out.  Press the seam in the center like this:quilted christmas stocking 13

 

This is how it will look from the outside:quilted christmas stocking 12

 

Place the stocking lining inside the stocking, just how you want it to look, with the right side of the lining facing out.

Baste the stocking holder by bringing both raw edge ends together and pin it inside the stocking centering on the seam.  Sew about 1/8″ to keep it in place.quilted christmas stocking 16

Next, place the cuff inside the stocking & lining, aligning all raw edges:

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Pin all the way around matching the seam in the cuff with the side seam in the stocking.  Sew 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around using a walking foot – it gets pretty thick by the seams but it will work.  Turn the cuff right side out and it’s done!  Kind of magical!!quilted christmas stocking 23

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Jar Lid Applique Christmas Ornaments

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I am sharing this tutorial for these festive jar lid appliqué ornaments over at the Therm O Web blog.  These make great little gifts and they can be personalized! Using the Therm o Web Iron-On Transfer sheets you can print any word you want and iron it onto the ornaments.  For the complete instructions and downoadable pattern click HERE.  There are three different tree patterns:christmas tree applique ornament 10

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On this one I added some clear glitter to the jar lid by painting it with Mod Podge and dusting it with glitter.  I LOVE clear glitter!  I could clear glitter my entire home!  It gives such a warm yet sparkly feel!IMG_2055_2

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Christmas Jingle Bell Key Chain Tutorial

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December is well underway and there is so much to be done!  Is anyone else going crazy!!!   I love these fabric key chains – they make it super easy to find your keys in your purse and you can slide your keys on your wrist.  I wanted something festive for the holidays so I made candy cane stripe ones and added a jingle bell.  I love the fact that I jingle where ever I go!!  These make great gifts and you can whip up a bunch in an afternoon.

Supplies:

10″ red cotton webbing 1.25″ wide, I bought mine here

10″ x 2″ strip of striped fabric

Spray n Bond

Key fob hardware, I bought mine here

Jingle Bell

strip of card stock 1″ wide

Begin by cutting the fabric 2″ x 10″.  Center the 1″ strip of card stock in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.  Use the card stock as your guide to press the sides in evenly.  Remove the card stock.

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In my previous keychain tutorial I suggested using fusible hem tape to fuse the fabric to the webbing.  While this works great, I choose to use Basting Spray – it’s faster and goes farther.  A few tips about the basting spray: put down a disposable protective surface because there will be some overspray.  I made quite a few so I used some old wrapping paper which could be rolled and discarded to give me a clean surface.  If you are doing a lot I would wear gloves because you may get it on your hands.  

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Open the folds and spray a line down the center of the fabric.  Pat the folds in and smooth to hold in place.  Spray the folds again with the basting spray and center on the 10″ strip of webbing.

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Top stitch about 1/8″ away from the edge.

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Using pliers with some padding attached, fold the strip in half and pinch the hardware around the ends to secure.  Add a split ring and jingle bell.

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I packaged mine up with some Holiday Bath and Body Works soaps and lotions.  Now I’m off to deliver them!
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Christmas Wall Hanging

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I recently read Molly Hanson’s Free Motion Quilting for Beginners.   While I don’t consider myself a beginner (I’ve been FMQing for 16+ years) I found that reading this book gave me courage to break out of my quilting comfort zone – you all know what that is!  Mine is stippling and loop-de-loos!  I decided to try something new and try “pebble” style.  Beginning a free motion quilt pattern is like curling your hair – once you start you have to finish the job weather you like it or not!!  I am super happy with the way it turned out and my family was in awe at my creation!  You can check out the tutorial for this wall hanging over at the Therm O Web Blog!
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6th Annual Waffle Party

It’s our 6th Annual Waffle Party!  We look forward to this every year!  It all got started when there was a misunderstanding about a friend’s wassail party – waffle & wassail are very similar.  We love to set a fancy table and use all the good china and silver and eat a big breakfast for dinner!  We always invite the missionaries.

David cooked 3 packages of bacon and a Costco size package of sausage.

Ella and I made 3 batches of waffles.  Love the Pyrex!

 

We also have berries & whip cream, fruit salad, hash browns, and eggs made to order.  This dinner is messier to prepare than any Thanksgiving dinner!  But totally worth it!

Amanda

Deer Ornaments

I found this cute tutorial for deer ornaments over on the According to Kelly Blog. Its a guest post from Traci at Beneath my Heart.  Click Here for her tutorial.  She has great instructions on how to make them.  Super cute!
I made 18 of them to give to friends.  They were super fun!  My deer stamp is a little different, its from a Stampin’ Up set.  I think my tinsel was slightly larger too.  A great glue gun project – I only burned myself 3 times!!

I kept one for myself to add to my woodland animal tree.  I LOVE this tree!  Nice hedgehog!

Raccoons, fox and owls….

 more birds & owls…

 I really love woodland animals!

Amanda