Friday Funday: Easter Egg & Fabric Swag Craft Tutorial

Since our four children are now all teenagers (yes, feel free to pray for us having to deal with four teenagers in the house!) and I have my own MS health issues, we have decided to downsize our Easter decorations.  I am not going to decorate the house with all of the stuffed bunnies and eggs, I am not going to get the baskets out early and I am not going to stuff plastic eggs anymore.  So, I wanted a quick and easy Easter craft that would brighten up our living room with the pastels of the season.  Introducing my (very simple) Easter Egg & Fabric Swag Craft:

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This is the list of supplies you will need:

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Scrap jelly roll fabrics

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Plastic Easter eggs with holes in them.

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Heavy thread

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Large needle and threader (optional)

Instructions:

1)  Cut your jelly roll scraps in half, ending up with 1 1/4″ strips.
2)  Cut each strip to 10″ in length.

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3)  Cut a strip of string to your own specifications.  Tie one end of your string with an over-and-under knot.
4)  Thread your needle with the string.

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5)  Fold each 1 1/4″ x 10″ strip in half.

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6)  Sew the very top of the strip loosely with your string, then push it down on the string.

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7)  Continue sewing your strips to the string until you have used up all of your fabric strips and your string is full.
8)  Hang your string of fabric up to make sure you have enough fabric on the strips.

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9)  Now it is time to string up your plastic eggs!
10)  Cut enough strings for the number of eggs you have.
11)  Using a needle and the string for your eggs, use your needle to ‘sew’ the eggs to the strings.

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12)  Now you are ready to tie your eggs to your fabric swag!

That’s all it takes!  I finished this craft within an hour, so you should be able to do so, too!

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Hope you’ve enjoy making this Easter Egg & Fabric craft as much as I did!  It is now an Easter swag that our family can enjoy throughout the rest of Easter!

 

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    My Latest Actress

    One of the most-rewarded UIL events at the school in our little town is the One-Act Play (OAP).  Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least recognized UIL events where sports is king (and queen) in Podunk, Texas…and those of us who have children who participate in OAP are pretty darned glad they have been able to keep OAP when nearly all of the other fine arts have been eliminated due to budget cuts.  We had a winning band a few years back, where 16 band members played their hearts out at a contest and brought home the ‘top dog’ trophy for their hard-earned efforts.  But alas, band is not a sport (not even the marching band) so it was really easy for the school board to dump it.  Our children now have theater, choir (that has only three junior high students in it) and art as their only fine art electives.  This is a huge rant in our household…so, I will reign myself in and get on with the reason for this blog post – our creative actress!

    Our oldest daughter was involved in OAP for three years – and loved every single minute of it.  She earned her first award in her senior year and could not have been more excited!  And we were very excited for her!

    And now, we get to our second child/daughter…who earned awards at every single OAP festival and/or contest the OAP company participated in last year; even though she was not the main character in the play.  Amazing actress!  This year, the OAP performed “Blythe Spirit” and although the company put on an amazing play, it did not advance to the next competition level.

    DD#2 played the role of Madam Arcarti, the eccentric medium and clairvoyant.  And if there was ever a role for this girl to play, this one had her name written all over it!  Here are a couple of photos of her from their dress rehearsal:

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    And even though they did not advance past Zone, she also earned a precious medal – All Star Cast at the Zone competition:

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    The challenge now is up to the director who is already pouring over scripts in hopes of choosing another winner for next year!

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      Join Us for the April Quilt Dash!

      You are going to absolutely LOVE this adorable quilt, “Ducks a Waddling” designed by my business partner, Phyllis Dobbs:

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      YOU can obtain this quilt pattern by joining us at QuiltDash.com!  Create a member’s account, complete the Quilt Dash and then a link for the free pattern for these adorable duckies will be delivered to your inbox!  Come along and join in the Quilt Dash fun!

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        Flashback Tuesday: “I Believe” Card Holder

        I know, I know…please don’t grouse about me putting up Christmas quilt projects before Easter!  But, for quilters, sometimes we have to start to at least think ahead of things to put on our Christmas to-do lists!

        This pattern was designed and published for my BOMquilts.com 2010′s annual “Christmas in July”.  You don’t have to use the same fabrics that were available then, you can just use any fabrics that have a panel with words on it.  It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas wall hanging – you could make it a birthday wall hanging for all of the birthday cards you or someone in your house may amass during their birthdays!

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        This is a very quick pattern to make and quilt on any domestic sewing machine that has a quilting foot.  Click Here for the fabric requirements and free pattern!

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          THIS is What MY Quilting is All About: A Memory Quilt

          You have literally watched me build a very special memory quilt through this blog.  The latest post (and finished quilt image) can be seen here.

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          This is the digitized image of the label that was put on the quilt.

          And this is a photo of my friend reading the label:

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          And THIS is exactly why I make such memory quilts.  The happy tears, the stroking of the quilt, the remembrance of what each fabric was used for or when it was purchased…and the absolute pure (and raw) feelings of having that little piece of a quilted memorial of a loved one:

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            Friday Funday: Cloth Bags

            What FUN this project is – Cloth Bags!  I found it through Pinterest and then followed the blog who posted a tutorial on how to make them.  LOVE this type of craft!

            How about you?  Do you love finding tutorials online for great projects you want to make?

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              Military Veteran’s Quilts

              In keeping with my charity quilt goals (found here), I have made the February and March Military Veteran’s quilts…will have to wait on the April one as I have a bit of a backlog of other quilt projects waiting on me.

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              Military Veteran’s Quilt for February

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              Military Veteran’s Quilt #2

              Free quilt patterns coming soon!  The first quilt is already dedicated to a Marine Veteran…the second quilt has yet to be quilted.  Do YOU make quilts for Military Veterans?

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                My Favorite Birthday Photograph

                Our youngest daughter turned 13-years-old on March 10th.  I posted a ‘nice’ photo of her on Facebook…but this photo below is my all-time favorite as her laugh is very contagious!

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                Our Laughing Birthday Girl

                Our kids are our entertainment…and we were definitely entertained by this candid photograph!

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                  Flashback Tuesday: Georgia Sunshine

                  I made this quilt as a six-month BOM quilt.  It was SEW much fun to make, especially with Pat Sloan’s fabric line!

                  Click on the quilt image or the link below it for the free pattern!

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                    Fulfilling my 2014 Goals…One Project at a Time

                    I wrote about my 2014 charity quilt goals here.  I have now made three quilts for our church’s support of the Lutheran World Relief.  I should have 12 of them done by the time the quilt ladies at church set aside two weeks at the beginning of each February to make and finish their quilts.  Thus far, these three are what I have made:

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                    LWR Quilt #1 for February 2014

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                    LWR Quilt #2 for March 2014

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                    LWR Quilt #3 for April 2014

                    Took the bull by the horns this month and got one of my three charity quilts completed…instead of waiting until the last minute as I did in March <blush>.  Happy as a quilt bug in a quilted rug!

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