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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!

 

 

 

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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!

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!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Need a project for the weekend? Do you want to make a super cute, squishy, soft dinosaur? You do! Well you’ve come to the right place. And if you don’t want to make one you can enter to win one! Yay! You can enter to win even if you want to make one. ;)

 

Okay let’s get stated!

Gather your supplies as outlined in the photo above.

Print the Pdf and tape the three pieces together. You can size to your liking, but when printing at 100% you will make a dinosaur 17″ nose to tail. Cut out two Dinosaurs, 1 regular, 1 reverse, use two different fabrics if desired: The easiest and fastest way to do this is to lay your fabrics on top of each other right sides together, pin the pattern on top and cut out.

To cut the felt spikes cut a strip of felt ( I use my ruler and rotary cutter, but you can measure it out and cut with scissors) that measures 2″ x 18″. Take strip and cut the triangles out, you can make them as uniform or as wonky as you want, just make sure to start the points 1/2″ from one side so you have that strip to sew in the seam.

Pin Spikes to one of the dinosaurs. Starting at the neckline and pinning till you are 1/2″-1″ from the tail end, if you spikes are longer than that just cut off the extra.

Sew the spikes on using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel.

Make sure to pin the spikes up on the tail so they don’t catch in the bottom tail seam.

Pin the two dinosaur pieces together and sew around starting on one side of belly and ending on the other so you have the belly portion open to turn and stuff the dinosaur. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel. If you serge the seams now would be the time to do that. If you have never serged it is a good way to add stability to the seams, either use your serger or a zigzag stitch around the edge.

Once sewn, clip all corners and curves so the seams ease nicely once turned.

Turn the dinosaur poking out all the corners and tail to gain the proper shape.

Finally stuff the dinosaur to your desired softness, the more stuffing the less crinkly any of the corners or curves will be. Once stuffed to desired softness you can do a hidden stitch (what I use) or a whipstitch to close the  belly opening.

 

Now for the Giveaway! The above dinosaur will go to one lucky winner who comments on this post! :) Yep that’s it. Although if you tweet, blog, or instagram it you can come back and let me know if the comments and you get additional entries! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

I’ve been trying to put together a comprehensive list of what we NEED for baby girl. :) But all the pretty stuff gets in the way. So for now I share with you my dream list of things to get for baby Norah! She totally wants everything, she told me. ;)

 

The double Bugaboo! We have the single Cameleon and I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing. :) Truth be told we may try and do without a double stroller. When we are out together David usually corals Luke so we don’t use the stroller. I use it mainly for the mall, walks, the zoo, outings that I am unsure of the boundaries (this way he is safer). It will all depend on how well he does with the freedom of being out once she’s born, he currently likes to run away with excessive energy. :)

 

I think these would keep Norah’s toes nice and toasty this fall.

Freshly picked metallic Moccasins. I have been obsessing about these ever since I discovered them. I think Luke is to hard on his shoes for them to be a good choice for him. I need to decide quick if I am going to get some since they are limited quantities currently.

 

 

This DIY light is amazing!

I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest. Which led me to the DIY for this awesome Happy Girl Light/sign and the lovely blog of Mandi of Vintage Revivals. So inspiring. I think I need to make something similar for above Norah’s bed. Love the sign and the room soooo much!

 

Hair cuteness!

Craftiness is not optional has tons of great flower tutorials for hair wear.  Loving all the cuteness I can create for the little lady with these. :)

Oh and have you seen all the super cute Geranium Dresses Delia Creates made for her adorable daughter.  I have one in the works for Norah. I hope to share that soon. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!…. oh and if you feel like buying anthing for me…hmm Norah, I included all the links. ;)

 

 

 

 

Easter was fun this year. Luke has no expectations about anything yet but can still join in the fun. My Parents came into town for a couple days to give me a little free time and enjoy Luke before Easter so that was really nice too. My Dad is a pastor so they didn’t stay through Easter but anytime with them is always a blessing.

We went to a local Church Easter Egg Hunt since our Church took the year off from hosting one.

Luke met the Easter Bunny! No fear in him. He just leaned in for a rather loooong hug. :)

It was a really funny to watch him “find” the eggs. He filled his basket half full twice and proceeded to dump them out twice while running and jumping around. It didn’t phase him at all and there where so many eggs that he still managed to fill it up a third time before we left. I think the turning point came when one broke open accidentally and he realized there was candy in it. We don’t allow sweets or treats very much at all and I suppose he thought he would get to eat it all. One piece made it in the mouth and the rest was confiscated. :)

The Easter Bunny was attacked mid hunt when Luke abandoned his basket and ran towards the bunny saying he wanted to hug him. He was rewarded for his persistence.  And as we were walking towards the car, after the hunt to find a park, he told me he just wanted to hug the bunny one more time. He cracks me up!

I whipped this little bunny up the night before Easter using this Pinterest Pin the Original source ( that I can tell) is completely in Japanese? It was super simple and fast, and was passed over pretty quickly for the bulldozer and car. But I wouldn’t change making it for my little man.

He thought it was pretty cool to come downstairs to his basket and car. I am thankful for his innocence and naivety, I hope I can help him keep that, or just be super grateful for what he does get in future years.  I found the cool car at a local resale I do about a month ago and have keep it hidden till now. Since his birthday and Christmas are kind of far away we decided to give him the car for Easter.

And here is my little man in his Easter Outfit. Complete with a mommy made bowtie and a fresh haircut. Man I love that kid.

 

How was your Easter? I Hope it was a wonderful day filled with Family and remembering the amazing sacrifice Jesus made for us.

 

This week we are potty training! Also David and I are embarking on a sweet / sugar based food free month.  I am totally inspired by what Jami from thenatos has been doing since the beginning of Lent and decided that I needed to do this and try and make better choices for my health.

Wish my good luck as cutting sugar and potty training together while 6+ months pregnant might just be the end of me. ;)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

I updated my etsy shop this week with some new items. Stop by and check out the ones below along with a bunch more.

Owl embroidery

Market Apron

Deer Silhouette Embroidery

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Also stop by Oh Sweet Joy and to check out her lovely blog, and to enter the giveaways that I am a part of. There may be a discount code for my shop available too. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to be encouraging today. :)

 

I bought this pattern (The Weekender by Amy Butler) sooo long ago. Like 3+ years ago. I love this bag design, but it’s a bigger project and a lot of the reviews I read said that it takes a long time to make. So it sat in a basket of patterns for years. Recently (last fall) I noticed a bunch of quilters making them on Instagram and fell in love all over again. The Quilt as you go Method is very popular and looks awesome! I’m not sure who did the quilt as you go method first, maybe Elizabeth of Oh Fransson, and I’m pretty sure there is a post on someone’s? blog that shows a how to.

Anyway. I started mine before Christmas. Set it aside and decided to push through to finish it right  before we left for our trip to Miami last week (9 year anniversary trip: can you believe that?). I went with the quilt as you go method using my stash of selvedges I’ve been saving forever.

I cut the pattern pieces from white canvas, then a layer of batting, then I sewed the selvedges on top of the batting.  In hindsight I could have done without the batting. It adds nice thickness, but those seams around the bottom with all the selvedge fabric coming together were exceptionally brutal to sew through as they are super thick.

I didn’t waste selvedges on the inside of the pockets and used mainly a white and gray polka dot, but also used some of this lovely fruit fabric I love so much. The inside of the bag is the same white and gray polka dot.  I also used this awesome grass green canvas from Joann’s for the top zipper placket and the straps. I wanted to break up the selvedges a little bit and thought this made it look modern and fun.

This bag is HUGE. I was wondering as the side pieces don’t feel that big as your cutting them out. But once you get to the sides and bottom on it is so big. Bigger than my diaper bag, which is saying a lot. :)

Below it is holding a couple books, a magazine, a couple notebooks, a bag with my instax, the bigger bag with a knitting project, and the oilcloth bag with snacks, and there is still sooo much room left in it.

There are a couple things I would do differently than the pattern and what I did this time. I would use thicker cording, I went with the prepackaged cording from Joann’s to save time and because it’s thinner, the pattern calls for 1/4″ (I think) and that would probably have been perfect. It’s not as crisp as some I’ve seen and doesn’t hold it’s shape as nicely with the thinner cord. I also would (maybe will) sew the straps down right below the cording. I am not sure why the pattern calls for the first tack down to be a couple inches down the bag, and maybe it would be fine with thicker cord, but I think mine would be better with the straps tacked down higher up. Oh and in hindsight of my trip I should have taken a small purse to carry when I didn’t need it as carry-on or to tote beach towels around because it’s huge.  But  that’s it! I love it, especially all the selvedges, and the size, and the green. This is definitely my go to carry-on/big bag now. I think I may need to make another one that is plain. I love this bag by canadian generic viagra online and I think these colors would make a fabulous Weekender.

 

Have you made a Weekender? Please share a link I would love to check it out. And if you haven’t, please go make one. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!