Making snowballs

The weather guys were WRONG today! We’re supposed to have a big snowstorm today. Nope. Nothing. Nada. It rained a little bit, but no snow. YET. So I started making these lanterns for Chinese New Year:

Each lantern is just 1 big rectangle plus 4 squares – a snowball square. You sew a square on each corner, but you sew it diagonally and then fold it over (so the squares become the edges. Does this make sense?) and cut off the extra piece. Hey wait, here’s a better explanation for you. I took it my time, trying not to rush through it – just to get it done. I’ve got 3 done…and have 12 more to go. I really like how it’s coming together.

I will also try another pattern for lanterns – there’s lots out there – once I’m done these ones. My blogging friend, Lelainia, suggested another pattern to try out – I’m going to make this with Halloween fabric FOR SURE!

Meanwhile, my sewing pal hung out with by the sewing machine:

I thought it was so nice of Oscar to hang out with me while I was sewing – and while he did purr when I petted him, his true motives? Trying to get the thread off the sewing machine with his teeth. Jeez. Did he learn NOTHING from his incident last year? Apparently he did not. Oh well. I protected him from himself and he ended up sitting on my sewing chair every time I stood up to use the iron.

I also made some stumpy Christmas trees with this year’s Christmas cards and some old photos I had. I’ve got tons of extras that I had printed off.

I’ve got plenty more photos and cards to use, and I think I’ll make them bigger! The instructions sait to use 50 pieces of newspaper per layer, but because the photos and cards are much thicker, I didn’t need to use as many pieces. I’ll keep working on that – the size and the shape…by next year…who knows how many I’ll have?


  1. Andrea says:

    That quilt is amazing! So pretty! I was just in fabricland with my sister last week and I was fawning over that fabric. I need to start kicking my crafty butt into gear! Its too easy to get loungy in the evening and I should really be crafting it up!!!

  2. Schnookie says:

    Oooh, I just LOVE the Chinese lanterns! How pretty! Those fabrics are perfect, and it’s coming together just wonderfully. I can’t wait to see the finished product! (And I’ll add that Oscar must have gone to the same sewing school as Rollie, because her M.O. is also to try to chomp the string with her teeth. It took a long time to dissuade her from playing that game. Man, cats. ::shakes head:: What can you do?)

  3. Cynthia says:

    Ooooh very nice- I love the lanterns- it’ll be amazing when done!!
    And cool tree- what a neat idea!

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