Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Cookie Quilt


A Calorie-Free Way to Enjoy Christmas Cookies!

One of my most special memories growing up was making Christmas Sugar Cookies with my family! We had so much fun mixing, rolling, and decorating the sweet, delicate cookies. Mom would put sugar into an old clean jar and drop food coloring in, and we would shake it until all the sugar turned a beautiful color! I remember the tips of our small fingers turned bright colors from sprinkling the sugar on all the cookies! 
Since I live far away from all of  my beautiful family, I am so thankful for these special memories of childhood~this quilt is for you! Thank-you Mom, Dad, Doug, Cheryl, Wayne, Cindy, and to my Wonderful Husband James who gives me special Christmas memories now!

Materials List
1 yard green cotton print
1 yard red cotton print
3/4 yard cotton fabric for borders
Scraps of small cotton prints about 5-inch squares for cookies
Scraps of cotton batting for cookies 
Cotton batting 60 x 50 inches for quilt
Cotton fabric for back 60 x 50 inches
Cotton fabric for binding
Fabric dye sticks for details on faces and buttons
Optional red ribbon for Teddy Bear Bow



1. Cut green and red fabric into 6-1/2 inch strips.
2. Cut strips into 6-1/2 inch squares.


3. For a total of 48 blocks~ 24 red and 24 green

Scraps for Cookies










4. Use provided patterns to trace cookies onto wrong side of fabric.


 5. Make cookie sandwich~5 to 5-1/2 inch square cotton batting on bottom, then square of fabric, right side up on top of batting, finally piece of fabric you drew cookie pattern on, wrong side up. You should have a nice little square sandwich. The batting between give the cookies a nice little lift on the finished quilt.





6. Pin all four corners to hold cookie sandwich together.



 7. Set up machine with matching thread and stitch on line using a small stitch, leave a one inch opening to turn.

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8. Trim 1/8 inch from stitching, clip in corners.




9. Turn right side out and press tucking in open edge.

 10. Use fabric dye sticks to color in details for Snowman, Gingerbread man, Teddy Bear, and Santa. Follow manufacturers directions to make this design permanent.



11. Center cookies on each fabric square and edge stitch in place.


12. Arrange squares alternating red and green. When your happy with the placement, sew together.




13. Cut 3-1/2 inch strips from border fabric, sew to sides and then top and bottom.
14. Layer backing, batting then cookie top, and pin in place.



15. Stitch through all layers around cookies (so they puff up)and then quilt blocks and borders as desired.

16. Bind quilt.




Candy Stripe Backing


Cookie Patterns






Christmas Sugar Cookies
(not so low calorie version)
Ingredients
1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
Cream sugar and butter. Mix in egg and flavorings.
Blend in dry ingredients.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Divide dough in half and roll out onto lightly floured board.
Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters and place on parchment covered cookie sheets.
Sprinkle with colorful sugar.
Bake 7 to 10 minutes, cool on racks.
Delicious!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Knitted Stocking Ornaments





Whip out your knitting needles and make a cute pair of these Christmas Stockings to adorn your tree! You can tuck some candy or even cash in these knitted stockings for that special someone!
Stockings measure approximately 2-1/4"(at bottom of sock) x 2-1/2"

*Basic knitting skills are helpful to complete this project.

Materials List

~2-size 2 double -pointed knitting needles
~4-ply yarn in white and colors of your choice~small amounts of yarn are perfect for these
~Large-eye needle for sewing seam of stocking


Directions
Cast on 31 stitches

Row 1~Purl across
Row 2~Knit across
Row 3~Purl across
Row 4~Knit across
Row 5~Purl across
Row 6~Knit 17, slip stitch 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over, turn
Row 7~Slip Stitch 1, purl 3, purl 3 together, turn
Row 8~Slip stitch 1, knit 3, slip stitch 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over, turn
Row 9~Slip stitch 1, purl 3, purl 3 together, turn
Row 10~Slip stitch 1, knit 3, slip stitch 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over, turn
Row 11~Slip stitch 1, purl 3, purl 3 together, turn
Row 12~Slip stitch 1, knit 11
Row 13~Purl across
Row 14~Knit across (if you want to add stripes, add in rows 14-19)
Row 15~Purl across
Row 16~Knit across
Row 17~Purl across
Row 18~Knit across
Row 19~Purl across
Row 20~Knit across
Row 21~Purl across, break off yarn
Row 22~With white knit across
Row 23~Purl across
Row 24~Knit across
Row 25~Purl across
Row 26~Bind off

Sew stocking seam and add a ribbon or yarn to hang.



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Little Knitted Mitten Tree Ornaments

These cute little mittens are a fun way to decorate your tree or attach to gifts! Also uses up yarn scraps too! This is the first time I have ever made an actual pair of mittens, because I lost interest after knitting one mitten for human size! These little guys are so quick and easy to make! Miniature mittens measure approximately 
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.

Basic knitting skill required!

Materials
~Size 2 double pointed needles
~4-ply yarn~ various colors of your choice























Directions

Cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1~ Knit 1, purl 1 across row
Rows 2 through 4 repeat row 1
Row 5~ Purl across row
Row 6~ Knit 9, increase 1 stitch in each of the next 2 stitches, knit 9
Row 7~ Purl across row
Row 8~ Knit 10, increase 1 stitch in each of the next 2 stitches, 
knit 10
Row 9~ Purl across row




Row 10~ Knit 11, increase 1 stitch in each of the next 2 stitches, 
knit 11
Row 11~ Purl across row
Row 12~ Knit 12, increase 1 stitch in each of the next 2 stitches,knit 2, turn (you are turning in the middle of the row) bind off 8 stitches (thumb), purl 10 stitches
Row 13~ Knit across row
Row 14~ Purl across row
Row 15~ Knit Across (if you want to add stripes do so in rows 15-20.)
Row 16~ Purl across row
Row 17~ Knit across row    
Row 18~Purl across row
Row 19~ Knit across row
Row 20~ Purl across row
Row 21~ Knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together
Row 22~ Purl across row
Row 23~ Knit 2 together, knit 6, knit 2 together, knit 5, knit 2 together
Row 24~ Purl across row

Cut off yarn and pull through remaining stitches to form top of mitten.  
Sew side seam. 

Attach small piece of yarn or ribbon to tie both mittens together.












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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Knitted Snowman Family

My Knitted Snowman family!


This is such a fun winter knitting project! I love snowmen and have so many, but really I can never have enough of these cute little guys! My Mom sent me these knitting instructions long ago, so I'm not sure where they came from. My Mom is a fantastic knitter! Slippers, sweaters, vests, hats, and of course mittens! I was always amazed how she could knit with her eyes closed! She taught my younger sister and brother and I how to knit, I remember one time sitting on lawn chairs out in the front yard learning the craft. My little Sis even made a shrink (vest) she wore on the first day to kindergarten! My brother didn't stick with it; probably for fear of getting hurt on the playground! As for me I stick to the basics, mainly crafty stuff, once I made one mitten with 4 needles! Wow! Didn't do me much good in the winter!
 You can knit up a family of these adorable snowmen for the holidays in no time and it only takes two needles!

*Basic knitting skills are very helpful to make this project!
Material List
~6 styrofoam balls: 3 and 4 inches for large snowman, 2-1/2 and 3 inches for medium, 2 and 2-1/2 inches for small
~4 ounces white yarn for bodies
~4 ounces blue or whatever color you choose for hats and scarves
~Small amount of Black and red felt for eyes and mouth
~#5 standard knitting needles
~large eye sewing needle for yarn to sew up edges of snowman body and hat
~Hot glue or craft glue of your choice
~2-inch piece of cardboard

Directions

* Take top and bottom styrofoam balls and press firmly together to flatten, pull apart and glue in place to make snowman body form for all three.

 MR. SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 30 stitches for body. 

Work pattern as follows:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Purl to last 3 stitches, turn and knit back and count as Row 4. This makes a decrease row.
Row 5: Knit
Rows 6-7-8 Purl
Repeat this pattern until there are 9 decrease sections that fit over the  large snowman body form.
Bind off , sew edges together and pull over large snowman form.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 44 stitches. 
Work 5 rows ribbing; knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch.
Then stockinette stitch; knit 1 row, purl 1 row until piece measures 2-1/2 inches.
Across next row knit 2 together, work 3 rows stockinette and 1 row 
knit 2 together. 
Draw up stitches. 
Sew seam and add pom-pom.

To make Pom-pom:
Wind 20 strands of yarn over 2-inch piece of cardboard.
Cut a piece of yarn and tie around center. 
Cut ends and trim into ball.

SCARF: 
With blue yarn cast on 50 stitches, work 4 rows of seed stitch(knit the purl, purl the knit), bind off. Add tassels.

TASSELS:
Cut four 4-inch lengths of blue yarn, pull ends through halfway end of scarf and tie. Repeat for other end of scarf.




MRS. SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 22 stitches for body.
Work pattern 8 times as for Mr. Snowman except there is 8 decrease sections. 
On decrease row, knit to last 2 stitches and turn.
Finish just like Mr. Snowman.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 34 stitches.
Work 4 rows of ribbing, then stockinette for 2 inches.
Finish decrease and hat as for Mr. Snowman's hat.

SCARF: With Blue yarn cast on 40 stitches.
Work 2 rows of seed stitch.
Bind off. Add tassels half the size of Mr. Snowman's.



BABY SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 16 stitches for body.
Work pattern 6 times until there are 6 decrease sections.
On turn row (row 3) work to last 2 stitches, then turn. 
Finish just like Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 27 stitches.
Work 3 rows of ribbing, then stockinette stitch to 1-3/4 inches.
Finish decrease and hat as for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman's hat.

SCARF: With blue cast on 35 stitches.
Work 2 rows of seed stitch.
Bind off.
Add tassels same as for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.

Add faces cutting eyes nose and mouth from felt. Glue in place.

I have made these snowmen from different colors of yarn; green, red, making different colors for hats and scarves.  A great way to use up extra yarn! Variegated yarn is pretty too!
Enjoy!

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