Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Bean Bag Toss

My daughter shares her birthday with Valentine's day so today we came up with this fun game that involved a bit of sewing so I thought I might as well post it on my sewing blog.
It all started with a Valetine sensory tub full of white and red beans, and Valentine colored pom poms and feathers. That kept the kids busy for awhile, sorting with salad tongs and making a birthday pie cake.
While they sorted and played I drew up three different sized hearts to use as patterns to cut out fabric and make heart shaped bean bags. I set the patterns aside for the kids to decorate later as Valentines, like this:Once I got the bags sewn, the kids helped me fill them with beans.Then they helped me color this box and decide what paterns to draw and cut out. As you can see we have a castle, a birthday cake, a heart, and one you can't see, Cinderella's carriage:

Then I taped lines on the floor and had the kids throw the bean bags in. Honestly, they enjoyed all the work that went into this, but by the time we got to the bean bag toss they were too excited to go eat cake to really enjoy it. That's ok though, there is always tomorrow. They absolutely loved their bean bags though. In fact my son took his to bed with him tonight! I forget how excited kids get about such simple things.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'm still here!

I have been working on the wedding quilt, taking it at a slow and steady pace. Today I went to my friends house and we pinned it up on her board so we could admire it and decide what order to put the blocks in. Here is one of our ideas, although nothing is set in stone (and even with this you can see there is one dark one out of place there on the bottom):
I still have some squares to sew. It was really nice to pin it up though and see how it all was coming along. I didn't know how many more I needed to do and it felt like I was sewing square after square with no end in sight. There is an end now though and I'm excited!