|A new dress for our youngest Packer fan.|
This little project certainly used up my pink scraps, yet somehow my overall scrap bins just keep growing! Time to find a new project!! Happy quilting and Go Pack!!
|A new dress for our youngest Packer fan.|
|A polo shirt was used for the top and I used a $1 embroidery design to give it some flair.|
For several weeks I've been busy working on a laptop quilt which I will share in just a few minutes, but first I want to reveal a couple projects that I pushed out in just one afternoon and evening. First, the Packer dress for our youngest Packer fan. This is another of those fast, "be as creative as you want" dresses which start with a knit shirt. This time it was a green polo shirt I found on the Target clearance rack. The color seemed perfect for some Packer gear, so I purchased a small piece of Packer fabric on sale at JoAnn's. I also got some gold fabric at the same time. How I was going to combine them remained a bit of a dilemma. I almost chickened out on making this dress, thinking the print fabric was too bold. Then I located a $1 helmet/football embroidery design from Embroidery Library. I decided to stitch it out in Packer colors and even added a "G" on the helmet. With the print skirt and gold band, the dress looks great, and it only took a little over a hour. to plan it all out and make it. Hope Lizzie wears it.
The same day I made a hooded bath towel with ribbon trim, also for Lizzie's birthday. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of it. You can find oodles of tutorial videos online to explain how to do this. You need one bath towel and one hand towel. How you decorate it is totally your design. I simply added sparkly ribbon on the hood. Here is one of the tutorials that I watched These are a great idea for younger kids for both bath time and beach time. With the attached hood, you can get that drippy hair dried off while wrapping the kid in the big towel. Plus the hood makes it easy to hang up the towel to dry and use again.
Instructions from Crafty Gemini
Now on to the biggest project, another lap quilt. For this project I used the tumbler template for 5" squares from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I bought the template when we visited there last December on our trip to Branson. I love Jenny's videos and watched this one, even if I already knew how to use the template.
For my quilt, I used a mixture of white, cream, and pale pink alternating with various pink print scraps. This is truly a scrappy quilt since I used up my pink scraps and only had to add a piece or two cut from fat quarters. Even the whites and creams were leftovers. The binding is a scrappy binding and the backing is pieced. I think this is a happy quilt and I've pinned other people's tumbler quilts for inspiration for future projects. The quilting is a straight line echoing of the tumbler blocks. It took quite a while, but with the lap quilt size, it was manageable. Not all my tumbler blocks line up perfectly, the story of my quilting life, but this time the problem was partly because I used two different machines for the piecing. Although I used the 1/4" setting on each machine, the seams are not identical.
|Outside the Laura Ingalls Wilder cabin|
|Russ reading a historical marker at Trempealeau|
|The Celebration Belle|
|Boarding in the rain|
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Our itinerary called for a 7:30 am boarding, so we woke early, sadly to a dark and rainy morning. Even though the Celebration Belle was docked only a short distance from our hotel, we decided to drive and avoid spending the entire day in wet clothes. Luckily we has a large umbrella in the car and could make it from the car to the loading area quickly. We were given our table number immediately and ushered to its location where our waitress greeted us with hot coffee. As soon as all the guests were aboard and the boat had left shore, we were treated to breakfast.
All three meals were served buffet style and all the food was prepared right on the boat. Sticky buns, muffins, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, and rope sausage were on the morning menu. A delightful couple, both retired school teachers, provided the day's entertainment, and they were busy entertaining almost the entire day. They played through each meal, plus more.
Passengers were able to walk the third and fourth decks, and could even sit with the captain for a smell and chat about the river. We spent some time on the third deck in the morning and wandered through the gift shop, but the wet weather kept us in the main second deck area for most of the morning. Russ did go up to the captain's area and he enjoyed talking with the two captains.
Our entertainers led a shipboard exercise group and we both took part in that. Really surprised me that Russ was willing, but it was good to be up and moving around. Then there was a trivia contest and we joined one of four teams. We won the first game of 20 questions and tied in the second game. We had some really good people on our team, and Russ was able to provide the correct answers to some golf questions. Me, I was sort of a dud. I knew the answers to questions that others also knew, but really didn't provide any answers to the tough ones. We saw quite a few barges and went through one lock in the morning. The captain filled us in on some of the sights along the shore, explained the mechanics and history of the lock system, and also talked about the importance of barges to our economy. Here is a link to a chart which shows just how efficient and huge barges are One barge carries the same as 15 railroad cars or 58 semi-loads. A tow ship can tow up to `5 barges at a time on the upper Mississippi, that is as much 870 large semis. Those of us who don't live along the river really don't understand how much our economy benefits from the river traffic.
|National Mississippi River Museum|