Saturday, February 19, 2011

More February Fun

We are enjoying a very wintery three day weekend here in beautiful Mt. Shasta, CA. Brrrrr! As you can see, the birds are fluffed up trying to stay warm. 

These cute little pincushions are made from plastic bottle caps. I made them to give as gifts to friends.  The link below is to Craftysylish where you can find easy to follow directions:

  This next picture is of the unembellished crazy quilt block I will be sending off on a round robin for others to decorate.
I recently joined the Yahoo group, Crazy Quilters International. What a fun, busy group.  There are lots of wonderful links, blogs, and a message board. They also host swaps, challenges, contests and round robins. I'm sure there is more too, that I have yet to discover. If you like this kind of thing, it is very exciting.
 Finally, I want to share this blast from the past- a handmade, crazy quilted skirt. The entire thing was sewn with feather stitch using double knit fabric. 
Tammy spent nine months sewing this skirt and then she wore it to a friend's wedding.  As you can see, 40 years later, it still fits! Way to go Tammy!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

February Fun

You know you have too many cats       
when this is what you see at 
feeding time in the morning!

As an elementary school teacher I enjoy the month of February but find it incredibly busy and short.  The beginning of a new month always makes me hop to change student calendars, seasonal themes, and bulletin boards. Here is a list of typical primary subject matter for February:
  • African American History Month
  • Ground Hog's Day (No, I am serious!)
  • Chinese New Year 
  • The 100th Day of School
  • Valentine's Day activities, including a class party
  • Focus on presidents, especially Lincoln and Washington
  • Money
I want to share the clever artwork done by students in neighboring classrooms celebrating Abraham Lincoln.

 A directed draw of Lincoln by two students of my friend and first grade colleague Kathy Jewell. The Lincoln on the right is crying because he is sad about the American Civil War.

These next two samples are from the
class of my next door neighbor and 
first grade colleague, Marni Posl. I love 
the difference between the two as they 
show the range in ability. 
They are both charming!

I recently discovered and
joined a wonderful Yahoo 
Group, Crazy Quilters 
International.  On their blog
they have these wonderful 
covered boxes that 
members made for an 
exchange. I joined 
too late for the exchange
but I love the idea. I 
decided to try to make 
one for my mother for
Valentine's day. I just 
finished it tonight! I learned a 
lot and can't wait to try it again!

Happy Valentine's Day Mom! I love you.