Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sibling Rivalry

One day Kaylynn, her brother Logan, and their cousin Claire were making plans for a time of play and a picnic one wintery day.  Their mothers packed them a picnic lunch of snow goose sandwiches, snow-cones, and baked Alaska.  Having the basket all packed they sent their children on their way with kisses and a promise to return for supper.  The children walked away in happy chatter with an icicle in one hand, sled in the other along with their basket of goodies.  They were off to their favorite play area complete with a great sliding hill and woods to run around in.

As the hill and woods came in view, Logan took off on a run.  "Last one there is a rotten egg!", he called back.  All were off on a run to see who would get there first.  Of course, as planned, Logan won.


As he prepared to jump on his sled for a grand run down the hill, Kaylynn whispered to Claire, "Watch this!"









And whirled a snowball that hit Logan squarely in the head nearly knocking his hat off!









Claire squealed with delight!!

"KAYLYNN!!!!", Logan yelled.  The girls walked away with their sleds laughing.  The two girls were the first down the hill!




"I will get you for that!", Logan yelled, planning his revenge.

The children had a wonderful morning of sledding.  They took their lunch break, starving for the delicious meal their mothers so lovingly packed for them.  Afterwards Claire said, "Let's take a walk in the woods!"  "Ok" the other two agreed.  Having done their clean up they were off toward the woods.

They began running around this tree and that playing tag and hide-and-go-seek.  What a time they had!

Now, they could see by the turning sun (and their growling tummies!) that it was time to head home for supper.  The girls walked ahead with their sleds and basket in tow making plans for another snow play day.  Totally unsuspecting, there was a BAM and a snowball hit Kaylynn in the back of the head!!


"LOGAN!!!"  She yelled, turning to face him with her hands on her hips!









Claire gasped!  "OH MY!!"








Logan just doubled over in wails of laughter!  And continued laughing all the way home!






Hearing the children approach the house the two moms came to the door and asked, "Did you have fun?"  "Sure did!!", smirked Logan.  The girls looked at him and then at each other and began laughing too, "We sure did!!", they chorused!



I hope you enjoyed the story about  my Grandchildren.  In real life, Claire will be two next month, Kaylynn two in September, and her brother Logan is due to make his appearance into this world in May.  When I finished these placemats for them, a couple of nights ago the Lord gave me this story to go along with the January placemats.  I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.  I do apologize for this being so late.  With the Holidays and other events I couldn't get it up any sooner.  And NOW it is also time for the February placemat pattern too!!  That will be up in a day or two.

Here are the directions for January placemats:

You will need for each placemat:
5 fat quarters of various blues
Scraps of white, greens, and hat and scarf material
Embroidery floss-eye color, mouth, and closed eyes
Yarn or embroidery floss for hair
Matching thread for the applique
Brown thread for stick arms.
15 1/2 by 18 1/2 stabilizer such as Timtex or some thing similar
Download and print the pattern.  You will find this on the right side of this page listed under "Links to My Patterns"



Begin by cutting the blues.
You may stack the fabric and cut all at once, but make sure that the side edges and the top edges on all layers are matching.







Cut 3 and 1/2 inches wide and 19 inches long.





Put the fabric in an order that pleases you and sew together with 1/4 inch seams.  When done press all seam in one direction and press flat.



Place sewn strips on the stabilizer and sew on the follow through both layers.
Cut out the trees and circles for snow children.  Pin where you would like them.  Sew using a narrow satin stitch for the trees and a little wider satin stitch for the circles.  Go slow on the tree especially around the points--both inside and outside points.

Cut out the snowballs and pin in place.  How you place them determines the look.  Having the points more in the air makes them look they are sailing through the air.  Pointed more downward makes them to appear dripping.




Having sewn on the parts, draw the faces with a water-soluble pen.   This is the fun part--making the expressions!!




Now do the hand embroidery:

Satin stitch for the open eyes






For the closed, squinting eyes; back stitch, doing the 3 outside short lines first.  Bring needle up on the outside and then in at the beginning of the long line. Then stitch across the long line to the other side.  Then do the 3 short lines on the opposite side.






Back stitch around the mouths.







For each scarf cut one piece of fabric 1  1/4 inch wide by 2  1/4 long and cut a second piece 1  1/4 inch wide and 1 1/4 long.  Fold the raw edges of the width toward the middle then fold in half--like a trifold.  Satin stitch in place as shown in the picture.

Make loops for hair and pin in place.  Now cut the hats.  Claire's is a tight fitting hat.  place over her braided hair (if you choose braids) and use a decorative stitch, or satin stitch and stitch down.  As you stitch the hat in place this will stitch the hair as well.

For the "stocking knit" hats;  cut a piece of fabric 3 inches length by 2 1/2 inches wide.  Fold the two side edges and the bottom edge in 1/4 of an inch and press with the iron.  
Open the bottom edge and pin in place.  Then sew across.  I sewed back and forth to  secure hair under the hat.

Bring the hat up and sew up the sides approximately half way.



 Bring needle with thread up from the back behind the hat.  Weave needle and thread in and out using small stitches all across above the machine stitches (about 1/2 way up).  Pull thread to gather.












Take a couple of stitches around the gathers to hold in place.
With water soluble pen draw on lines for stick hands and arms.  Sew "fingers" with smaller satin stitch and the arms with little larger satin stitch.







Now finish up by putting the backing fabric on and bind in your favorite method of binding.  I used my serger with decorative thread and made curves around the corners.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoy this pattern.  Please let me know if you make this.  God bless!!!

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Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.