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Twister / Primitive Pinwheel quilts – Pt 2

After I created my first Twister pattern, Jack, I created a Christmas Tree called Merry Twistmas. This quilt was much larger than Jack, at 55″ x 61″. Joelee had it hanging right inside the store when you walked in, which was really cool. This one also was very popular in the shop. You can’t tell on the white, but there are 12 or 13 different white fabrics used, and multiple greens and reds.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric Christmas tree December winter presents star

For Valentine’s Day, Love at First Twist was released (and I owe major credit to my friend Sam for naming all of these. I tell him the holiday and pattern, and he gives me its name). For the background, there were 4 colors used (they blend together).

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  hearts love Valentine's Day clover

 

This was the waste from cutting out the twisted pieces. I think it looks pretty cool. I cut out the squares and … did something with them.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  hearts love Valentine's Day clover

Lastly, is Patriot’s Pinwheel. For something different, I did this as a table runner. Usually, I avoid the Civil War Reproduction fabrics. I prefer the brighter and less tiny pattern fabrics. The reds and blues were from a Jo Morton line and they were too pretty to pass up.

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric flag table runner tablerunner Patriot Patriotic 4th of July America American flag red white and blue reproduction fabric Jo Morton

A close up:

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric  flag table runner tablerunner Patriot Patriotic 4th of July America American flag red white and blue reproduction fabric Jo Morton

These 3 plus Jack are all available on my Etsy. My ultimate goal is to design one for every month. I have about half of the designs finished and the other half are ideas already. One of my 2015 goal is to release at least 4 more Twister designs so that will be a Q3 project.

Also, I’m toying with the idea of the double twister. I saw this in a book… you make a regular Twister quilt then cut it up again and resew it again. I made a (small) top once and it looks pretty awesome, but I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen again…

Country Schoolhouse CS Twister Ruler Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Tool Reproduction Civil War Fabric Quilt Quilts fabric

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Merry Christmas

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog and wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Years (and anything else you celebrate).

Work Christmas ornaments

Over the last few days I’ve made the ornaments for my coworkers. I put our company logo on the ornaments. Here they are with the glue still wet. I was using the plastic ornaments so these are semi-spheres

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

The ornaments after they dried.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Filled with either Skittles or Jelly Beans, and glued together.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Close ups:

And all wrapped up with a nice politically correct card (I’m HR, so I’ve been making jokes about how we’re doing “anonymous winter gift givers” and it’s the “holiday-that’s-just-coincidentally-the-day-before-Christmas party”)

Christmas ornaments – Tutorial

Recently, I was invited to a white elephant exchange. For those who haven’t done one, you bring a gift and it can be nice, weird, random junk, etc then everyone picks numbers and chooses a gift. Later numbers can steal from earlier numbers. I like bringing nice or weird gifts, rather than junk, and I wanted to make something. I knew that the participants were all big Seahawks fans so I started googling around for ornament tutorials. I found this wonderful YouTube tutorial that showed how to take a clear ornament and glue an image on the outside. It seemed easy enough, so I bought some supplies and made a test ornament.

I bought clear glass balls in 2 sizes (2 5/8″ and 3 1/4″) as well as plastic ones (2 5/8″) that snap in half. I could see pros and cons for both types so I wanted to get both to play with. For my white elephant ornament, I used a glass 2 5/8″ ball.

I also purchased Skittles and Jelly Beans to fill the ornaments with. One of the key players on the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, loves Skittles, so Skittles is sort of the unofficial candy of the Seahawks. I’m also making ornaments for my office and jelly beans are our official office snack during non-football season (Skittles during football season, of course… gotta support the Seahawks!)

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon Jelly beans Jelly Belly

Additional supplies: Mod Podge glue, paint brush, and ribbon for the top of the ornaments.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

Step 1) Print out the decals that you are going to use. In the YouTube video, the gal uses an old Seahawks program. I didn’t have one of those lying around. The left is the Seahawks logo. Then the top is the Dalek and Tardis from Doctor Who, the ship from the video game Galaga which my boss and I are fiercely competitive at (though I have the top 3 high scores right now… just saying), and then the bottom right is my office logo.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

2) Cut out the decals

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

3) Take out the top of the ornament. Fill however far you want with whatever you want.

Reject Skittles

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch

4) Using the paintbrush, brush a small ring at the top of the ornament and glue in the top piece. Then brush a light layer where you are going to glue the decal.

(Sorry, no picture. iPhone plus gluey fingers plus an unsealed ornament seemed like a horrible idea)

5) Lay the decal onto the ornament. Brush another layer of glue on top. *Important* Have an idea of where you’re going to set this to dry. Oops… I frantically grabbed my tea ball holder.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

6) Let the ornament dry.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

7) After it’s dry, tie the ribbons on the top to make it look nice and pretty. I forgot to get a picture of the final ornament before it went to its new home … next ones, I will make sure to get pictures.

For my next batch, I plan to put the logos higher. I also had a few creases in the paper. But overall, I am thrilled with how it came out. Though I didn’t anticipate the lack of crafty people at the gift exchange and had to explain that you don’t crack it open Easter egg style to get the Skittles out. Or throw it at people as a Skittle/glass bomb. Luckily the gal who took it home understood what not to do.