Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hexagon Table Topper

Growing up, my Grandmother (AKA Grandma Chin, my Dad's mother) has eaten her meals at the same kitchen table for as long as I can remember. It's a square table with an area of about 16 square feet. 
This is Grandma Chin sitting at her table counting the silver after Thanksgiving one year. It's a classic photo of her! I need to get it framed!

Back to the point...she usually prefers some sort of centerpiece as opposed to place mats. For Christmas this year I thought it would be appropriate to sew a hexagon table topper out of her favorite colors. Of course, since she's a coffee drinker, this centerpiece is complete with a matching mug rug.
 Back (or front I guess!)
I tried to quilt some flowers all over it because the fabric had them. They're wonky but yet cool at the same time!
I looked away for one minute...
And now I have a turtle kitty!
 Mug Rug Front
 Mug Rug Back

Those last two photos were so you could get the full effect! ; )

And so, here are the tutorials that inspired my creations today...One from My Cotton Creations and one from Oh, Fransson

I won't be able to physically see my Grandma open her gift this year, but I know she'll love it. 
Happy Holidays, Y'all! :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Scrappy Christmas Tree Skirt

Holiday season is here once again!
The Christmas tree entered the house with only a few swear words to add the the word wall! I say it was a successful delivery!

Once I had this Noble Pine in our living room, I realized that it needed a tree skirt. So, using all of the purple, green, blue and yellow fabric scraps I collected over this past year I began sorting and sewing!
This large board was perfect for designing each section of the circular skirt.
What do I say about this?
It's definitely not traditional...but, hey, I was working with what I had! I dug this project because it allowed me to use up lots of leftover fabric. A refreshing way to wrap up the year.

Now, I've never been one for decorating, but I have this empty tree, it's the Christmas season, and I needed ornaments...
So last week, I made the lined drawstring bags for my Mothers and several little triangular pieces were about to go in the garbage...until I got the Christmas tree. All it takes is a little holiday cheer and BAM...snowball ornaments! 

Then I added ribbon, candy canes and anything else that worked from the Christmas box...and the tree just magically started to get a little character! Hopefully by Christmas I'll find enough ways to decorate all of the bare spots! :)

Happy Holidays!