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Quilting + Baby = Happy

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | Norah | Quilting - (2 Comments)

Plus Quilt!  Something I’ve had in my head for awhile and a stack prepped for it. The plus blocks come together sooooo quickly! I used this tutorial by Jennifer at Ellison Lane and just changed the measurements to make them bigger. Each block measures about 18 inches square.  The trickiest part was making sure I cut and sewed the directional prints the right way. :)

 

The back had to be a giant plus sign because…. well why not? I am seriously loving the 8 days a week fabric on the back, so much fun. I quilted it in black, white ended up being to stark on the front even though it’s my go to quilting color. Maybe I’m going to switch to black not that I’ve used it twice recently!  I did a free motion loopy quilting which is NOT in my comfort zone at all. I think it turned out pretty good. If I would’ve had the time I would have loved to do straight line quilting on this one like I did on my feather quilt. but that takes far to long.

I bound it in a lovely emerald and white polka dot. For that extra punch of color. Bonus the binding matches my sandals which is a must right?!?!?!!?

Oh my sweet and Spunky 10.5 months old. Where does the time go. She absolutely loved it when I spread the quilt on the ground, kept crawling all over it laughing. Sweetest!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Feathers

Posted by Kristin Rauch in Craftiness | Quilting - (6 Comments)

Dusting off the old blog here……

 

It’s been awhile since i blogged but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! :) I have actually after counting them up last night have finished 6 quilts this year and am almost done with my 7th! Whoa. I haven’t made that many quilts in one year in a looooong time.

Without further ado here is my favorite quilt I have ever made! I will explain why!

My mom and I found a field to hold it up when we went to the Urban FarmGirl Main Street Market. Seriously check it out next year! It was a little windy. :) She was a good sport. Thanks Mom!

From the Moment I saw this feather quilt in someone’s Instagram feed at Quilt Market maybe Spring 2012? I just knew I HAD to make it, I stalked  Anna Marie Horner’s blog waiting to see if this would be a pattern. While waiting for the pattern to become available, Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line came out and I snatched that up as fast as possible! Seriously My favorite line of fabric to date. I knew immediately upon seeing it that it would make the most perfect Feather quilt. So it sat for awhile waiting for the pattern and time. The Pattern is Feather Bed Quilt by Anna Marie Horner and is available for free here.

I finally finished it a couple weeks ago and it is MY snuggle quilt. I don’t even like my kids to use it. hehehe

It took me a bit to figure out the perfect background fabric color and I finally bit the bullet and went with my gut even though it was so bold. This yellow is so bright and neon in person, it’s just a random quilting solid I found at Joann’s and never looked at the bolt to see what it actually was.  It’s thick like KONA and is very similar to KONA cactus, although cactus is more green.

The back is almost all the chicopee prints in a patchwork band surrounded by Crosshatch Sketch in Charcoal. I love the darkness of the back! The quilting is roughly 1/2″ straight lines and took FOREVER, but was worth it as it gives it so much more texture. You can see more of my dilemma with the quilting thread color in my Instagram feed. Lets just say there was some unpicking that had to be done.  The Binding is from Rashida Colmann-Hale’s Koi collection, It’s a Plus in gray. Love it, and it’s the perfect binding. I am going to see if I can scrounge up some more for my stash. :)

 

 

The pattern is a great and easy pattern, the worse part is all the cutting! :) It is definitely time consuming but the end result is so worth it! I would highly recommend starting this quilt immediately.

Have YOU made a feather quilt? Leave me a link I would love to check it out. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Shop Open!

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The Shop is now Open! Come on by and pick up some super cute pillows, toys, pouches, burp cloths, garlands, and more!

Just because your awesome! A discount code for 15% off for you.  MARCH2014 is the promo code.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Norah 5… and a half months

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | family | luke | Norah - (0 Comments)

Oh Norah, why must you grow so quickly! We..ahem….I , was a bit late in getting monthly pictures this month. But I did and there adorable! ;)

She is happy a lot! Always smiling at home. But boy is she serious when we are out. It’s not often she gives smiles to easily when we are out and about. :)  She has mastered the rolling from back to tummy and added the tummy to back roll to her list of skills this month. She not only rolls but can scoot around on a blanket from end to end rather well, although not necessarily intentional in those movements yet.  She is also much more involved in holding and playing with toys and is enjoying a wider range of toys. Oh and she loves her feet, socks, and kicking. Also it is adorable when I put her on my bed at night to get changed and in pjs, she gets soooo happy!

 

 

The love each other! It’s so cute how Luke always makes sure to include Norah and shows her affection, and he is still her favorite little person, eyes always following him when he’s around.

That last one of them is only one of many too cute ones of him hugging her. If we hadn’t already printed our Christmas cards…..

 

And a side by side comparison of them both at 5 months. I think they look a lot more alike here even though you can’t really see Luke’s face. They are both round and chubby and I love it!

And apparently I completely skipped posting about 4 months so here are Luke and Norah’s 4 month pictures for comparison at least. :)

 

 

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Trucks and Tractors

Posted by Kristin Rauch in blog | Craftiness | luke | Quilting - (2 Comments)

Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from Laurie Wisburn to play with. Of course I couldn’t refuse because I love everything Laurie does!

 

So I set to work figuring out the perfect quilt to make with it for my little munchkin! I have been loving some of the pixelated and word quilts popping up around pinterest, instagram, and flickr lately and went in that direction. This is what I came up with.

 

 

I made it with 6″ finished squares and kept the focus on the awesome trucks and tractors fabric by using it for my word “dig”. I used a mixture of solids mostly Kona to pixelate the background so the fun trucks and tractors fabric would make the word pop. Although ask my husband how long it took him to figure out it was a word! Men! ;)

I quilted each square with a free motion circle! Yikes that was tough. I used a paper circle and pinned it down on each circle and sewed around it! There not perfect but practice will help right? I figured it would go with the trucks and tractors theme and represent wheels.  The Black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch.

 

Oh and the back is this super soft green minky! So cozy and cuddly. I was a bit scared to use it as backing since I thought it would shift a lot, but I stretched it super tight while pinning and It actually wasn’t bad to sew at all! I love the way it crinkled up after washing too.

 

So here’s the fun part!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fat quarter set of Laurie’s four fabrics in the Trucks and Tractors line, along with two half yards of the blue and red solid shown below from Robert Kaufman! I will choose a winner on Saturday!

 

I have a second giveaway too! After I pick the winner of the fabric I will pick someone else to win this fun zipper pouch! It’s the perfect travel size for your little man, or a friends, to store his cars and trucks. I keep one in my purse with a few little toys for Luke when we are at a restaurant or in the car. It keeps them corralled and I am not fishing around in my giant purse in a moment of dire need of distraction! :)

 

Check out my Instagram feed for a way to have a second entry into the giveaways!

But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some, Trucks and Tractors is available on the Robert Kaufman site!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed Winners Contacted!

Work it

Posted by Kristin Rauch in home | luke | Thrifted | Toddler Time - (1 Comments)

This summer Luke and I revamped a toolbench for him. I forgot to take a before picture and have searched my phone archives for one to no avail., it was this bench but in blue.  I purchased the bench from a resale for $15 and it sat in my garage unplayed with until Luke was about 18 months old. He played with it that summer periodically when we were outside but not that much. Once he turned two he started playing with it a ton when we where outside as his love of tools and construction have grown exponentially since he was 18 months old.

 

Before Norah was born we started working on it together. It had gotten beaten up in the garage and pulling it out in the sun to play with so we sanded it down and removed the drawer. I then sprayed painted all the parts separately before putting it back together, including the new peg board I cut to attach to the back.  I found some fun peg board accessories including the baskets at Home Depot.  We also added buckets, although we have orange ones now, to the bottom shelf for more storage so his plethora of tools would have a good landing spot.

One of the best parts about the bench is the holes. They were already in it when first purchased so I can’t take credit. ;) But they are the perfect size for play screws and give a real sense of building something.

To say he was thrilled may be a bit of an understatement! From his love of building to the torturous months it took us to finish. I cannot tell you how many times he would ask me if we could work on his tool bench. He was so excited to have it done and inside.  It now resides in our basement play area, which I have a tour of coming up shortly as we have had some changes since the last tour.

Have you built a tool bench for your littles? I would love to check it out. This was such a fun project and simple enough that Luke was able to help at almost all stages.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Growing Girl

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | blog | family | luke | Norah - (2 Comments)

I figured I better post these before Norah turns 4 months.

 

2 months old.

She was 12 lbs at her 2 month appointment. My little chub. We call her Norah Bear because she is soft, squishy, and cuddle like teddy bears, but also she gets angry real fast when you don’t give her what she wants like a real bear. It’s so cute when Luke calls her Norah Bear. :) She’s smiling a lot and is starting to settle into a routine.

 

3 months

Even more squishy.  She is really showing her personality. Smiling, talking so much, giggling which melts my heart. She still gives most people she doesn’t see often her super serious face. :) But when you get her to smile it lights up her whole face. :) She has also mastered rolling over this month. Whenever you put her down she will roll immediately to her tummy.

And for comparison. Both at 2 months…

and at 3 months….

 

Oh my sweet babies! Some fun recent pictures of them.

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And lastly a picture of that beautiful smile she is so good at hiding. :)

Here’s to late night blogging after the babes are finally asleep.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

one month

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | family | luke | Norah - (0 Comments)

Norah is one month already! Where did the time go?

She has already changed a lot and is challenging me daily.  In a good way mostly! She is definitely a different baby than Luke. It is fun to see there relationship develop. He loves her and is very sweet and comforting towards her. She loves to look at him when he’s still enough to stay close for a bit and smiles at him a bunch. Two Children is definitely harder than one but we are finding our groove and getting used to the new us.

 

And her is a side by side look at Luke and Norah at One month. They look so different here even though I thought they looked more alike.

 

Thanks for stopping by hopefully more sewing and diy will be happening around here soon. :)

Norah

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | blog | family | Norah | Quilting - (2 Comments)

July 4th arrived and so did our Norah Brave!

She made her appearance via a successful VBAC just before 9pm after 24+ hours of labor.  Weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. 21″ long and screaming her lungs out! :)

We are smitten and enjoying our time at home with the four of us. Big brother Luke is doing great with the transition and I am feeling super good.

 

I snapped this picture yesterday during her photo shoot with her Uncle. :) Can’t wait to see and share those pics.  She is laying on the quilt I finished for her the week she was born. I will share more of it later once I get a full shot.

 

Thank so much for stopping by! I am off to snuggle this babe.

 

baby Trianlges

Posted by Kristin Rauch in baby | blog | From:Me To:You | Gifts | Quilting - (4 Comments)

This sweet little baby quilt was my first attempt at triangles.  It was a From:Me To:You gift for a sweet little baby boy.

 

Lets just say triangles are a little harder than I first thought.  I learned that it’s best to cut them with the notches taken out of the corners for better lining up as I’m sewing. I need to get some templates as I think those would be way easier than winging it. :) After a little trial and error I was able to figure it out. I would definitely recommend taking it slow till you hit your groove.

Since the quilt turned out so cute and I LOVE the look of triangles it was totally worth it and I can’t wait to jump into another triangle quilt. You know inbetween the 20 already in progress quilts, the toddler, the almost here new baby, and general daily stuff. Plenty of time right? ;)

I quilted it with a simple outline on either side of each triangle and around the edges. Simple and sweet.

I’m taking a little maternity leave from From:Me To:You for the summer but stop by and check out the Facebook page. I may have a surprise or two nominations over the summer and as always if anybody is interested in contributing a gift let me know via email woollypetals@gmail.com and we will get that set up. You would ship directly to the nominee.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging in there during the sparse posting. :) T-4 days till my due date and She will be getting evicted late next week if she doesn’t decide to come out sooner. :)