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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. :)

Well that was a little unplanned blogging break. Not that I’m the most consistent blogger. :)

Anyway, rest assured I have been super busy. Just not a ton that is in a shareable state as nothing is done. Plus I switched over to a new computer because my old one took about 10+ minutes to do anything. But that means so many of my files aren’t transferred yet, and I don’t have photoshop currently to edit pictures. I am currently using picmonkey which is nice but different than what I’m use to so it takes longer.

I do believe I owe you a giveaway winner from the forever ago Dinosaur Tutorial! Jen of PatientnKind.Blogspot.com I drew your name! I will shoot you an email for your address. Congrats!

 

Okay so here’s something fun! I finally finished Norah’s first dress I made for her. It’s Made By Rae’s awesome Geranium Dress. It was super easy to make and has several different variations that are all adorable. I love it and would have finished it sooner if I enjoyed putting buttons in. Seriously though the buttons took all of 10 minutes. Why do I procrastinate?  I have a stack of fabrics to make Norah a bunch more of these dresses. I need to make some bum covers to go under them too.

I made this dress out of Timeless Treasures House Designer,Crosshatch Sketch in Charcoal from Hawthorne Threads. I sewed the circles on with raw edges in hopes that once laundered they will have a frayed edge that will add some fun texture. The circles are Kona in Coral.

I lined the top of the dress in the Kona Coral for a cute little pop of color and also made a cute little coral bow that I need to find colored elastic to attach it too.

 

I have also been making burp cloths like crazy.  I have a bunch from Luke but I think Norah would appreciate some that were more girly. :)

I have a couple sets to list in my shop after the weekend too.  They are the simplest thing to make and I love giving them as baby gifts because everybody loves them and they work so well. I back them with terry cloth and I also serge the interior edges and top stitch them once turned for extra durability. We still use them with Luke when he’s snotty, drooly, or sick.

This eyeglass print is one of my new favorites. I have it in yellow and white and I think I need to get the pink too. It is adorable. It’s Amy Adams, Geekly Chic, Geekly Glasses in Yellow and I purchased through Hawthorne Threads.

I typically buy all my fabrics through Fabricworm and Hawthrone Threads since they both have amazing selections.

 

So that’s a little sample of what I’ve been up to. Other things I want to make before Norah gets here 5 weeks and counting.

- another nursing cover or two

- a light weight blanket for sunshade in the stroller – fabric ordered

- some more hairbows – I need to order some fun elastic

- a couple girly crib sheets from vintage sheets

- and some sort of wrap , mei tei, moby, etc…. I need to try some out so this one may wait till she’s born.

So yeah there’s a list! Along with some of the bigger Home improvement projects including the building of our new deck and patio ( not by us) ;) and switching Luke to a big boy bed….

 

Oh and if your in Pecatonica, Illinois this weekend come to the Pec Thing Flea Market and say hi. My mom and my booth is in one of the sheep sheds and is Vintage Trunk! It’s all day Saturday and Sunday!

 

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It’s done! :) As you may have noticed from some of my recap posts or Instagram if you follow me there. (woollypetals on instagram)

I couldn’t be happier aside from how long it took me to finish it. I purchased the pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s site last may in anticipation of it being my first project I would use my new Machine for.

I used Kona in Aqua I believe  for the base and pulled lots of random prints from my stash for the rings. The fabrics where purchased in many a online store and some local stores as well. If you see any prints you would like to know the info on I can try and figure that out for you. :)

The rings are all the same configuration of fabrics, I just rotated the rings as I sewed them together so it wouldn’t look exact. Overall I am please with how simple this project was. It’s the first project I had official sewn curves on and wasn’t as scary as I was initially thinking.  The most tedious part was cutting out all the tiny pieces. I think that if I was to make this again I would try making templates to cut from.

I tried to quilt it like the pattern called for and Denyse Schimdt’s version is with rings offset from the rings on the quilt. But I couldn’t get the quilted rings to be as nice as I wanted and I didn’t care to turn the quilt continuously to get the nicely spaced rings. Sooo I went with varying spaced straight line quilting.  I LOVE straight line quilting on other quilt but have never tried it in a more dense look like this. It take Forever, but is worth it. I really love the look, and the crinkle.

The backing was a vintage sheet I found some time ago, it’s a simple white with coral polkdots and is the perfect compliment to the front. I bound it in this white and gray houndstooth that I have yards of in my stash from Joann’s. It’s a perfect neutral fabric.

So yep… I am super happy I made it and finished it. And I would love to make another. I have seem some that the background is low volume prints and I think that would be rad.

 

As I mentioned earlier this was the first project I started on my new Janome Machine.  I received the Janome Horizon 7700QCP for my birthday and well it was supposed to be part Christmas Gift too but my hubby out did himself. Now lets just say this did not come as just an easy gift. While I would have gone out and bought it in a heartbeat. ;) My husband doesn’t have that same viewpoint, so a deal was struck with my husband so I could get it.

This sewing machine has been a dream to sew on. I love the extra arm space for bigger projects. The automatic sewing is really nice if you need it. I love all the different feet that it comes with and use the 1/4″ foot, the walking foot, and the free motion quilting foot the most aside from the normal foot.  It has so much going for it that I haven’t even tapped into. But I know that I sew faster and more acurately with it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If this machine is a possibility for you I say GO BUY IT NOW!  I have had my last Janome, just a simple model a step or two up from the most basic. And it has been a lovely machine for the past 8 years, but I do different sewing now than I used to and I doa lot more sewing now too, almost everyday my machine gets used.  I also have a Janome serger that I love. I have had both my old machines serviced periodically for simple things and tune ups but they have been great machine overall.  I do believe though that most sewers find that machine that works for them and they stick with that brand.

So hows that for an impromptu non paid review?

 

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Vintage fabric and sheets make such lovely quilts don’t you think?

I just can’t seem to stay away from vintage sheets when I am thrifting. So I have quite a stash. I use the fabric fro various projects but My bins keep reaching capacity so I made another quilt to giveaway. It was for The 3rd anniversary of my Facebook gifting and encouraging page From:Me To:You. It is currently in the mail to it’s recipient. I hope she likes it.

This is such a simple quilt to make, a great one for beginners. It has a lovely impact with simple construction. I basically pulled all the vintage fabrics I had out and cut 5 6″ squares of a bunch of different fabrics. I layed them out and once I had the general size I cut the squares for the partial pluses around the border.  You just sew the squares in strips keeping track of the order of your strips and then sew the strips together. So Easy. Do it! ;) This one’s a throw size! Although I didn’t’ measure.

I quilted my favorite loopy design with a full vintage sheet on the back, and then bound it with another vintage sheet. :) I am still a hand stitch binder. I can not do the machine stitching even though the hand stitching ruins my fingers for a day and takes forever. It just looks sooo much better in my opinion to take the time to hand stitch. Plus, hehe, I get to sit and be still while I hand stitch which is a treat with an active toddler I chase around constantly.

Please come by my facebook page From:Me To:You and nominate someone to receive a handmade gift from me for free! No Strings Attached!

 

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… or not so weekly.

But this week I am on the ball and linking up with Jeanett from Life Rearranged. Go check out all the lovely instagramers that link up!

 

 

perched in his “spot”  / sharing my #honestcraftroom – the “clean” half / sitting still for once

okay okay #honestcraftroom – the messy side / laying at the beach / working a ton of getting caught up with Project Life after I got my kit

a sneak peek at the baby quilt /somebody got a haircut and apparently aged several years too / playing outside in the heatwave 50 degrees

This finished baby quilt / “I’m going to leave my pants down for a few minutes” / testing some quilting out – I think it’s a keeper

received my amazing package from my swap partner Kelley from Casa Crafty – so generous / Blowing kisses to daddy / luke circa 10.5 months old – where did the time go?

So that was a busy week! :) I hope your week was lovely as well.

 

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My best friend had her third baby on Monday. A girl. She has two boys already so she was super excited to be having a girl.

I made her a circle quilt! My first quilt with circles, and you know what not as hard or as scary as it appears. :) I found this drunkards path quilt along from Needles and Spatula. She has a great template that I used that is free to download. If you have been wanting to try curves or circles do it. You will be glad you did.

I made each circle a patchwork with 4 different patterns in each. 16 circles in all. The Background is Kona color: aqua. It’s such a lovely blue. I super Love working with Kona, it’s the only solid I use if I can help it.

I used a coral, orange, and white striped vintage sheet backing that didn’t photograph well, due to using my iphone at night. My regular camera was out of service at the time.

I have it on good authority that baby Ava liked it. :)

 

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I made Luke a Train Table for Christmas! I have wanted to make one for him ever since he was a babe and I saw Aubrey and Lindsay’s over at Little House Blog and thought the floor version was genius since we don’t have enough room for an actual table. Luke was only about a year last year for Christmas, still to little. But I saw Young House Love’s for there daughter this fall and that clenched it for his Christmas gift this year.

I determined the size based on the layout that worked best for our pieces and the size underneath our sofa which is where it will slide for storage. It is roughly 27″ wide x 52″ long. I purchased the Melissa and Doug figure 8 set and had some other random piece I had thrifted a year or so ago to add the hill and longer stretch to the track.

I had the board cut down at Home Depot (love that service) and then primed and painted it green. I then added a road, a pond, and some trees around the track. Leaving some large green space for imaginative play. It was a super simple process, just time consuming considering all the drying time. I Sealed with clear coat to help it last longer.

The tracks are nailed in the from the top, and the taller pieces and lifts for the hill track are screwed in from the bottom. I love the look of Young House Love’s with no nails, but I decided against that as I had to make shift this in my basement since our garage with all my tools and saw horses is not heated. I also used some wood glue on the taller parts that are more prone to get pulled off or shifted since they are not flush.

I think he likes it. :) He calls it his “road” or “track”. He is not into the actual trains as much as running his cars and motorcylces all over it. But I think he will get more into the trains as he gets older. :)  It made for a fun and successful Christmas.

Did you DIY any Christmas gifts this year? I would love to check them out if you did. :)

 

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This past couple weeks have been lovely. Full of Family and Friends and lots of new toys! Not a lot of instagramming or online activity over here the last couple of weeks. Just soaking in the season and enjoying the joy of my son.

This is what we’ve been up too…

shopping lists were checked off / Bowties were worn / gingerbread houses were made

gifts were wrapped / snow that never came was watched for / zoo lights were seen

gifts were finished (and given) / music was listened to / water was consumed from my poppy and pearl glass

eyebrows were raised / train table was/is played with / fabricworm fabric was received

 

linking up with Jeannett at life rearranged for instafriday. 

 

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I started wrapping gifts! I usually wait till the last minute before leaving or sending so this is good. Although, any packages I have to send may not arrive before Christmas! ;)

I always try to go with a theme for packaging. I like simple and cohesive so the last couple years I have gone with craft paper wrapping. This year I am using paper doilies, old library cards, black and white bakers twine, and these bright tags I found at Target last year. But I know they would be so easy to duplicate on your home computer.

I can’t pass up packages of vintage paper doilies at thrift stores, so I have quite a collection that doesn’t seem to dwindle. I used the doilies on gifts for women and girls, and I have a stack of library record cards I thrifted for the men and boys packages. You know they are a little more manly than doilies. :)

For gift cards I popped them in a brown bag with a some washi tape to keep closed. Simple and easy, and it looks cute.

Unfortunately I haven’t put any under the tree yet since Luke has tried to open a couple that where up there earlier. But that’s okay. I like seeing a little pile of gifts in my studio space. I still have a bunch to wrap but I think with this system I can do some whenever I get a chance and be done without any stress. :)

I have also had to wrap up some non Christmas related gifts lately. I have been whipping out these fabric scrap pompoms in such a short time to adorn them.

So I threw together a little tutorial for you on how I made mine. Although I am sure there are loads of great tutorials out there. :)

Cut long strips of fabric roughly 1/2″ wide. I just ripped mine from the edge of a vintage sheet I had. The longer the strip the fluffier the pompom. This one is probably 6 feet long.

Wrap the strip around 4 fingers, ( you could also cut a piece of cardboard for a bigger pompom or so you don’t have to use your hand)

I made two wraps, and then cut a 8″ strip. Lay the two wraps next to each other and tie in the middle with the extra piece.

Cut the folded edges by sliding you scissors into the fold. Fluff the pompom and tie onto your package. I also cut a bunch of strips 4″-8″ and tied them together just under the pompom to hang down.

The package pictured has 3 pompom of various thickness attached in a cluster.

 

Check out Kim of Oh Sweet Joy’s wrapping post today! It looks like we are both fans of craft paper wrapping. ;)

 

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I put together a little wrapping/shipping station a couple weeks ago in my basement. It’s in my creepy not yet remodeled (maybe never will be) laundry storage room. But it is a bright spot in a ugly room and is working great to have things in one place to get things ready to ship.

I painted a square (well it might be a rectangle I didn’t actually measure) on the wall with chalkboard paint. I have had the paint hanging around for months waiting on another project that has never happened. I marked out the squarangle with my level and then bordered it with safe website to buy viagra online. Seriously, DO NOT use any other tape beside Frog tape if you want a crisp line. I have used a ton of different painters tape in my past years of DIY and working with clients. When I found Frog tape I fell madly in love. I used it for my first project of my Son’s bedroom ukraine viagra band. That was a lot of stripes at 7+ months pregnant and frog tape was amazing. This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated for saying this at all I just firmly believe in crisp paint lines and the easiest way to get them . :)  Oh and did you know you have to let chalkboard paint cure for several days and then condition it? Who knew. ;)

Okay moving on from the chalkboard. I found this enamel top table on the side of the road several years ago and have had it in my laundry room for folding since then. It is great and I can still use it for folding in it’s current location/use. The bins underneath have some of my etsy product, and larger boxes for shipping. Oh and isn’t that floor the bomb? I would never even consider taking it out. ;) Those rad metal tubs are from West Elm right before I started this project. They are for planting winter bulbs. :) But I have a black thumb and they where to cool and inexpensive to leave behind.

I’ve had these wire baskets laying around from my oooooold craft room before it was Luke’s room and have never found a place for them. So up they went for pretty supplies I want to see.

Um this idea for storing washi tape came to me as I am pulling everything together on the wall! I think it’s quite genius. :) At least for my use. It’s just the outer ring of an embroidery hoop. I have a drawer full as I can’t seem to pass them up at Thrift stores. Never buy them new, they are seriously less than a dollar at a thrift store.

I hung some  bakers twine on a string so it’s easy to roll off and cut.

I brought my lovely little brass fruit in here to keep me and the jingle bells company.

Well that’s about it! It is much more pleasant to wrap and ship lately. :)

Pardon the odd lighting in the photos, remember it is in my dingy barely lit laundry room.  Just keeping it real, although I guess if that was completely true I would show you the rest of the room but that’s not going to happen.:)

 

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