Pinterest Try Tuesday- Balloon Balls

I’m starting a new thing! Pinterest Try Tuesday! You might have already figured it out…. My goal is to try a new ‘pin’ each week. I don’t know about you, but I ‘pin’ a lot of things. Then I never look at most of them again. Wellll…. I pinned them for a reason, and typically that reason is that I want to try to make it.

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So I’m going through my ‘pins’ and picking one to try each week. Then on Tuesday, I’ll let you know how they turn out! I thought for the summer that I’d start with ‘pins’ for the kiddos! And we decided to start with these cool balloon balls! The link associated with the pin is now gone….

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You can google sensory balls for other people’s how to’s, but I went on memory.

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We decided to try it with both playdoh as a filler and rice as a filler! To give it a try you’ll need either/or rice and play dough, balloons (two different sizes is key), and a funnel.

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First, the play dough ones! For these I cut the balloons first!

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Then load them with play dough. I’d recommend dollar store play dough, instead of the more expensive ‘real’ stuff. Or you can make it yourself! Then stuff the stuffed balloon into another empty balloon. You can keep adding more balloons if you’d like!

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And for the rice ones… These take more patience! Put the balloon around the funnel. Getting the rice through the funnel can be frustrating! It does pour in as quickly as we thought it would. I almost lost my helper during this step! You just have to take it slow and pour small amounts of rice at once!

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Then tie it off and trim the end. And again, now you stuff the full one into an empty one.

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KEY! The key for the balloons, at least for us, was to have two sizes of balloons. Fill the larger one and then wrap it with the smaller one to get the really cool looking tight fit.

RESULTS:

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The results make for one happy kiddo! And if your kiddo juggles, I bet they would be even happier with these! We’ve had fun with them! If you are looking for a bouncy ball, this is not it!

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The rice one…. It doesn’t squeeze down quite as much. It’s lighter than the play dough one. It keeps it’s round shape better than the play dough version. He likes it.

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The play dough version… Despite his expression, this is his favorite! It makes for a really cool squeeze! More like the stress balls that you can find in stores.

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But, it doesn’t keep the round shape. You have to work it back into a round ball….

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All in all, I’m glad we finally made these!

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And I’m pretty sure this guy is too! I say it’s a YES pinterest project!

You can follow me on pinterest! And this project was in my Fun For the Kids pinterest board!

 

 

Free Motion Quilting Class!

This weekend we had the opportunity to take a class with Christina Cameli to learn free motion quilting thanks to our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild!

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One of the supplies for class was to have her book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting. I got it from the library and was just going to bring that. But after reading it, I decided it was worth actually having in my own library! It has a nice instructions, quilting pattern ideas and fun projects to make to try out FMQ with.

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And look what I did!

I don’t have my machine. (It’s a sad story, but I’m hoping there will be a happy ending…) So I had loaner machine. It’s a good machine, but wasn’t exactly what I wanted for the class. And since I didn’t have my own machine, I didn’t have my quilting table. And not to mention FMQ isn’t something you’re just perfect at the first time you do it…. So when my friend Debbie came over and asked how I was doing, I pouted and replied, ‘I LOVE my straight line quilting more than ever!’

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But not much longer, I was happy again and excited with this whole free motion quilting thing!

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Everyone was doing great! And there was quite a bit of laughing going on! Especially when some of us cut off our quilting gloves, but then there was one who cut off the wrong finger tips…. I won’t name any names (our fearless leader), but she knows who she is….

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Between practicing, we’d have shorty lessons building on what we had already leanred!

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Christina would give a little lesson which typically included doodling and then a little sewing. I love to doodle when I’m in meetings, because it actually helps me concentrate on what is being said. If I don’t doodle, I have a habit of starting to day dream. So, now I’ll probably be doodling quilting patterns! CHristina did a second book full of quilting patterns and said doodling all the time to prepare for the book, helped her quilting! So I’m in!

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It was so mesmerizing watching her quilt!! I love this asterisk pattern in her samples! And she has a tutorial on her blog about this one! I need to spend more time looking at her tutorials.

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One thing I love about classes, is seeing the teacher’s samples. And Christina brought some amazing pieces! But what she brought that inspired me the most, was one of her original free motion quilted quilts! The top left is one of her firsts! It’s amazing to see where she started and where she is now. Which means I can get better, too!

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And I love her pebble pillow! Perfect project to practice with! What a fun day being with great people and friends and sewing! And learning something new!

 

 

 

Border of the Month Quilt Update

I feel like I keep talking about this. One I love it! Two, I keep finishing and photographing it for our monthly SMQG meetings, so it’s finished and ready to blog about!

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I am working on other things! But… Here’s more of my quilt!

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I was up to design this month’s border and I felt like it needed some triangles! So I went with the flying geese. I love the no waste flying geese tutorial from The Pieceful Kwilter! I used 2×4 geese. I think it was ready for a different shape.

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You can download the directions from the SMQG Blog, here. The directions include a very ordered set of 4 borders of geese and the more random set of borders. The random set is what I used. Or you could come up with your own border or geese!

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Again, I quilted the border! I added on last months border without quilting it. Which I realized wasn’t what I really wanted to do. So for this border, I pieced the border and the batting onto the last border, and then quilted. It kinda defeated the purposed of QAYG and having a big quilt to move through the machine, etc. But I got into a rhythm and it seemed to work out. I used the flying geese to design the quilting pattern that continued over to the last border.

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OK, it’s on the shelf and I’m working on other things! Hopefully something to show soon!

A New Lego Store and a Real Master Builder

As you’ve probably noticed, via IG and our Lego Valentines, we love Lego’s at our house! So when I had the opportunity to attend our new Lego Store Grand Opening at SouthCenter Mall and meet a real live Master Builder, I said YEP!

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But when I said yes, I had no idea that there are only 7 Master Builders in the whole world! Did you know that? My knowledge of Master Builders comes from the Lego Movie! So I got totally schooled! There are only 7! We got to meet one of the 7. And his son is another one!

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Do you have a favorite brick? Well, one of mine is the piece that makes the hearts. My son loves the jewels that can either be jewels, or flames or Chi (if he’s playing Chima). But our Master Builder friend, Dan, has a different favorite! His is the 2×4 brick! I thought he would have had a super fancy favorite, but no, it’s the workhorse of Legos!

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We asked how would one become a Master Builder. In his words he works with a nice group of ‘nutty, creative people’! Dan has a background in art and working in a model shop, but most of the ‘young guys’ coming up have computer backgrounds with 3D renderings. The studios render the new sets in Maya and then import the 3D model into a Lego Brick Builder software that slices and dices the 3D models into brick shapes.

The Master Builders do not actually design the Lego sets. That happens in Denmark. But they do lead a super busy life! Dan was in Seattle one weekend, then home to host the Lego Picnic, then off to Austin and Fort Worth, Texas, to do building projects with kids at the Children’s Hospital and Kids Fest! Then he gets to head to Mexico City for an event. And on and on!

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We were also wondering what the day to day life of a Master Builder is like. Dan told us he does all sorts of events like I mentioned. He sees thousands of kids! When he’s not designing events worldwide, he also does real life things like expense reports and new employee orientation. And when designing the events and giant Lego sculptures, they have been known to use, shhhhh, Kragle!!! AHHHHH!!!! Ok, it’s not exactly like the Kragle in the movie, but it does have a similar effect.

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The awesome event at Southcenter Mall had a fun set-up to help the Master Builder build an 8′ Hulk. All the kids, and adults, too, used 39 small bricks to make a super sized brick for the Hulk. We made 3 big bricks and handed them over for Dan to find a spot for!

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Dan knows exactly how many blocks make up the Hulk, but he couldn’t tell us! They were having a giveaway to whoever guessed the right number. We haven’t heard from them, so I don’t think we guessed correctly!

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And we got to meet this guy! I hope he works at the new store, because he was super fun! How can you not love someone in a Lego tie???

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So then we headed to the new store! It seemed like a pretty typical store, but did you know all the activities that the stores have? So if you didn’t get to go to the Grand Opening, you’ve got plenty more opportunities to have fun at the store! Although the events fill up fast, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for when registrations open! They have a mini model event, Lego clubs also with a mini build activity, free sets with purchases, Lego passport events! Be sure to check out their calendar (or your own local store’s calendar)!

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Back to our interview with Dan…

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We asked what his all time favorite project was… It was a giant apple in NYC! I google it and you can see Dan, his son one of the other Lego Master Builders, and a couple of other Master Builders! Watch it here!

My big question that I wanted to know was whether or not a Master Builder plays with Legos at home once they are done with a long day of work. Dan said that he does have Legos at home, but if he’s going to build something, he usually stays at work where he has access to way more bricks! I think my kiddo would never come home if he worked as a Master Builder!

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Thanks Dan for a fun event and to Lego for giving us the opportunity to meet a Master Builder!

I can’t wait to take advantage of more of the fun events at our new Lego Store! Be sure to check out your local store too!

 

 

Charley Harper Inspired Cardinal Mini Quilt

I think I threw this image out as a teaser sometime back. I actually made it last year, but never showed it off! I was waiting until I had the pattern to go with it. But I never made a pattern. And honestly, I doubt I’ll ever get to it! I just made this one up as I went along and I don’t have it and I haven’t taken the time to recreate it yet!

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I made this for a swap that our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild did last year! We did a secret mini swap! And I knew my partner loved Charley Harper, so I decided to take a piece of his awesome art and make it into a quilt!

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Since it was a secret swap I had to be careful of the pictures I posted! I just loved this one! I started making it with 2×2 squares and was getting HUGE! So I switched gears and ended up with this guy!

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If you don’t know Charley Harper, you should check him out! I love the art! I’ve actually wanted to make quilts out of his designs for quite some time. I just noticed a beagle that might have to be a quilt sometime soon…. Quite a bit of the art has been turned into mosaics, which then just calls out to be made into a quilt!

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I decided to do the matchstick, skinny, stitching for the background. And faned out the tail. I didn’t want to applique the little eyes and knees so I used buttons!

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And I used a super skinny ribbon for the legs. I could have done super skinny patchwork, but since I had the ribbon, I thought it might be easier! And it was!

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I also always love checkin’ out the back of quilts and seeing how the stitching makes the patterns of the front.

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Do you have a favorite piece of art that you want to make into a quilt?

2015 Finish Along- Q3 Goals

Last Quarter I finally finished more than one of my goals, but then missed the link party to share my finishes… Man! So, I finished 2 of my 5 goals from last quarter. This quarter I have 5 goals plus 2 maybe goals…

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Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West Seattle Fabrics and now it just needs binding! I can do it!

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Another one from last quarter… And speaking of West Seattle Fabrics, I can’t wait to finish my beach quilt made with fat quarters from a past giveaway day! This is another one that has both the top and back complete. It just needs putting together. No excuses! seriously this time!

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This MONTH I have two that I need to do…. First up, The Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

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And second for this month, a baby minkie rag quilt and other nursery room accessories. I’ve never done a rag quilt, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out!

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I also have another do Good Stitches Quilt to put together. This one uses my Inside Out Pineapple Block!! I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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I’d love to get these two done too! But same as last quarter, no promises on these!

OK, I think that’s enough!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 

One Hour Basket Swap

I’m still not participating in the online swaps that I used to love, but I do try to play along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swaps! I miss the online ones, but I just stay too busy for them. The guild ones are a lot less work so they make up for my lick of online swapping!

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This swap was to make a one hour basket! Very simple and easy! But let’s talk the one hour part… I could totally see it being a one hour project is you do NOT do quilting and only use one piece of fabric… But Since it’s a quilting guild, we quilt. And we quilted the one hour basket. So it’s was more like a two hour basket.

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I’m on a flying geese kick lately! So my accent on the basket were a few sets of flying geese. I love The Pieceful Kwilter’s no waste flying geese tutorial. I think it’s the best way to make flying geese. They were supposed to all be going north or south, but at the last minute, one row took off towards the west!

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The tutorial also includes nice little handles that take about 5 minutes!

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Unlike the online swaps, we don’t have partners in the guild swaps. Hence the less time consuming part! So we make our projects and then put them in brown paper bags and pick. So my finished basket made it into a brown bag and then into the hands of another lovely quilter!

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And this is the one in the lovely brown bag that I chose! I was floored! I had been snooping around IG and looking at the others that were made. THey were all fantastic, but I had my eye on this one. On the way to the meeting, I even thought to myself, I hope I get that one… THe one with the saying on it….

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And I did! I couldn’t believe my luck! Especially after the paint chip challenge with I got the one color I really didn’t want! Now I have to find a spot for this basket! Thank you The Bespoke Outlaw for making me this awesome basket!

 

 

My Double Sided Hexi Quilt

Ok, maybe calling it a quilt at this point is stretching it. Maybe I should call it my double sided hexi quilting project…

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I posted a picture of this project on IG while I was stuck in one of the airports we got stuck in on our trip and no one knew what I was talking about. That’s probably because I think I made it up and I’m probably insane for doing it. But it’s going to be cool when it’s done in 30 years!

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I thought this was a good idea when I started, but then I googled it and couldn’t find any tutorials… I knew that was a bad sign! But I love the idea, so I’m still going with it. And since you didn’t know what I was talking about, I thought I’d show ya what I’m up to!

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So first I make a lot of hexi’s, just like normal. Well, kinda. I cut my paper pieces. I cut my hexi’s about a quarter inch larger than the paper. But I cut two pieces of fabric each time. The difference is I also cut batting the same size as my paper pieces. Then I baste the hexi’s, one with paper and one with batting.

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And I keep doing that over and over and over….

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Match up the front and back….

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And then I ladder stitch the front and back together.

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Then, pretty much like you’d sew together a regular hexi quilt, I sew together the pieces. Again using a ladder stitch.

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And then I just keep going and going…. I need to put away the cross stitch and focus on this one for a while. I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Only it keeps getting puched to hte side for other on the go projects, like cross stitch and quilt binding!

Thanks for sticking by while I’ve been a bit absent. I had plans to blog about this and that while I was on vacation, but life got in the way. I’m going through a rough patch this summer, but I’m hoping I’m back to blogging and the rest will come around!