Blast Off!


Made with scraps from last Christmas’
Rocket Men project
… an improvisational, Space-themed quilt for my nephew (who never got his own Baby quilt when he joined our family in 2008, so he gets a fun toddler quilt!)

I fussy cut scraps from the Prints Charming fabrics I used to make the rockets, and framed that out in various shades of blue… Then free-handed a rocket ship which I machine appliqued (raw-edge) after fusing on. The stars and the moon are also scraps from the Prints Charming line.

I tried a new free-motion quilting technique, trying to get a cloud, or atmospheric look behind the spaceship. What do you think?

This is what I put on the back, from the 2009 In the Beginning “Rocket Scientist” line:

I could not have asked for a better reaction…

That’s my sister, and baby Jonah immediately “cuddling in”! He did pause to pose with his gift, just like a champ, though!

The color roll his big brother received was a big hit as well…

He moved to his table right away to “get to work”!

See? This is why I love to make gifts!

Color My World

I made a few handmade gifts this year, maybe not as involved as the handmade items I did last year… but I truly enjoy giving my nieces and nephews a handmade gift when they already receive so many items from the store.

I’ve had plans to make some crayon rolls for quite a while now, I bought the crayons and colored pencils during a back-to-school sale in August. Two colored pencil rolls for my growing-up-way-too-fast nieces:
These colored pencils are very cool, they are double ended with a hot and a cool shade of red, a hot and coll shade of orange, and so on. By Crayola.
A travel journal novelty print on the outside of the the one for my 13-year-old niece… and crafty novelty print for the soon-to-be-six-year-old (Tomorrow!) niece.And then I found some cool three-sided, non-roll, crayons for the two-year-old budding artist who loves to sit and color…
Our Christmas celebration was delayed due to inclement weather in Iowa last week, so these will be gifted to them on Friday. I’m hoping they will be a hit!