Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Card Advent Banner

Every year we do some kind of advent count down.
This year my son is serving a mission in the Philippines so we really can't mail a big box full of Christmas things for him.

I wanted Tyson to have a few things from home, including the advent but didn't really know how to do it.  

The solution I came up with was a Card Advent Banner

I made 12 different cards, using paper from doodle bug design (a favorite!)
 Next I put a little label on each card starting with day one and ending with Christmas day.

We gathered all of his siblings and other family members and had them each write a personal note inside one of the cards. 

Next I folded the cards over a string and sealed them shut.

Now he has a banner / decoration that can be hung up, an advent so he can participate in a family tradition and (the best part) is he gets to read a daily message from someone he loves.

A perfect gift for someone far from home, don't you think?

Here is a close up of all 12 cards.

I am so excited to send this to him along with some other small little gifts. 
I hope he likes it as much as I enjoyed making it!

1/25  Update-  Note that when sending packages to the Philippines you need to send them EARLY!  
Tyson finally got his package this week.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fall Leaf Table Runner

I was in desperate need of a table runner for fall. 

A few weeks ago I was at one of my favorite quilt shops when I saw this pattern for an

I knew instantly this was the runner I wanted on my table at Thanksgiving.

The next day at work I picked up some fabric and got ready to start my new project.

The pattern came with a ruler already but I still needed to purchase another one, it came in a set and wasn't expensive so I didn't mind.

I also had been wanting to try working with some batik fabric and this was the perfect project for it.

The piecing of the blocks was easy and a lot of fun .  It worked up quick as well. I was able to work on it in the evenings when I was home and finished it in about a week.

I loved how the top turned out.  This weekend I will be visiting mom and the long arm machine to get it quilted.

I can't wait to place this on my table!