Monday, July 22, 2013

FHE chart & Quilted Bath Mat

Wow!  Time has flown.  I have been super busy with projects, life and kids this summer and realized that I have not posted any of it for awhile (lol).

Many years ago I created a great FHE board, but we have not used it for a few years because it doesn't even have all our family members on it.  I have been thinking about this dilemma for awhile, and I had some inspiration during church yesterday. 

I cut a large piece of mat board (that is what I had in my storage room).  It worked well.  I didn't even have to paint it.  I created 1.75" squares using Microsoft Word for the name plates, cut them out, glued them onto 2" square patterned paper and laminated them using my Purple Cows laminator. This allows us to change the names under each assignment. I created the Title Banner using Microsoft Word as well and followed the same procedure as the squares.  I typed up some text boxes in Word with the following:  1) Date    2) Conducting    Opening Song      Closing Prayer    3) Opening Prayer   Testimony     Closing Song     4) Scripture    Refreshments     5) Lesson      6) Activity.     Then I followed the same procedure as mentioned above.   Next, I cut 1/2" strips of polk a dot print paper for the sashing (dividers).  I felt my title needed a little bit more so I took 2 pieces of scraps and layered them behind my banner.   I glued everything down with my hot glue gun.  Note: I only glued the edges of the 2" squares so that they would not be lumpy where I write the names.   To attach the ribbon, I punched 2 holes about 1 1/2" from each end.  I cut 2 pieces of ribbon 18" long and burned the edges, slipped one end in each hole and glued in place, then tied a bow and glued it in place really well.  That's all!  Note: I chose to do a rotation of 5 weeks since we have 5 people in our family.  That way everyone will have a chance to do each assignment.  After filling in all the blanks, I realized that the only blocks I need to change are the date blocks.  I could have typed the names and they would have looked nicer, but oh well!

The second project I want to share with you today is my quilted bath mat.  I needed a quick and economic fix for our bathroom.  I pulled out some cotton scraps and found some that kind of match our bathroom colors, sewed them into strips, pressed them with the iron and put a border around them.  Next, I layed out an old towel, placed the quilted top on it and cut the towel to fit.  Then I stitched the two layers together.  Out of the brown border fabric, I cut 2 1/2" strips on the bias, sewed the ends together to create bias tape, folded it over and pressed, then sewed it to the towel side, folded it over and stitched it on top.  Wah lah!  It has worked great.  It absorbs well and can be draped over the side of the tub to dry and adds a nice touch to the decor (at least I think so which is what matters, right?).

I wish you a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!-Dari

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