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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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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 lbg Studio 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. :)

 

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I started this year with one little word as my guide: Seek     I have seen scrapbookers use this method to motivate their year and have always loved the idea but never done it. This year I thought I would try it out.  So I thought and thought and finally settled on Seek.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord , have never forsaken those who seek you.

This year I want to seek God more and improve me personal relationship with him because the last couple years I have been way to lax and excused my laziness with being a new mother. But there are no excuses in my book for not working on my relationship with God.  So I strive to seek God and His plans for my life as best I can.

 

This year I want to seek myself. In that I want to find my niche, be confidant in myself, body image, personality, beliefs, everything, and that will take some seeking to get there because I always had issues with confidence and knowing exactly who I am. I don’t know if I will get to the point of being perfectly myself as we are always changing and nobodies perfect. I would like to start down that path of loving myself and being happy with what I am and where I am currently instead of always dreaming of what could be.

This year I want to seek how to make these last months as a family of three memorable and also seek out how to be a great mother as we transition into being a family of four. My husband and I fully believe our children are the Lords and He has intrusted them to us to care for, love, and raise them in a Christ like manner. I haven’t been doing the best job on being a fun and Christ like mom lately with feeling so awful with this pregnancy but I am hoping to seek out how to find that balance for the rest of my pregnancy, and continue it throughout the year.

This year I want to seek out simplicity. I have to much stuff. :) To put it simply! ha. I would like to declutter, detach myself from stuff, and get rid of things. This also stretches to organizing and being on top of things like meal planning, activities and such. I am relatively organized but I like pretty things and my crafting, thrifting, vintage loving self has issues with leaving things behind. ;) So seeking simplicity is a must this year as our family expands.

Seek.

Do you have a word this year? I would love to hear about it or just your goals.

The photos in this post have nothing to do with my word of the year. I did the 10 on 10 and haven’t got to post them yet. But as you can see it was a lazy day at home. ;) One of the best ways to spend your day.

 

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Joining in with Jeanette at liferearranged today for Insta Friday! Come link up, or just check out all the fun peeks into everyone’s life’s. ;)

 

working on my December daily album…in Janruary /Luke is growing to fast about to make the transition to all 3T / cutting scraps and scraps for my #scrappytripalong quilt

He’s a fan of shovels and rakes..part of his collection / #scrappytripalong is growing (check out the hashtag on instagram for tons of beautiful quilts)

It was 35 degrees we called it a heat wave and escaped to the park / #scrappytripalong top done! I did Christmas theme since I have been wanting to make a Christmas Quilt for several years and can never get it done before Christmas / I got a new rug! from rugsusa.com they had a 60% off sale and it was just over a $100 (squeal) now they have a 35% off sale

this hair everyday, it can not be tamed / playing at a friends house / quilting a vintage sheet plus quilt

binding is ready to go (and currently half done)  / making a plea to Uncle Doug for a HooRag / taking inventory and doing some planning and scheming for my shops look and stock this year. It’s woollypetals on etsy if your interested! ;) (shameless plug)

 

I love Instagram and am there multiple times daily, usually! So come find me if you want, woollypetals, or just check in here on the blog every couple weeks. :)

 

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A couple weekends ago I painted my living room white.

The below photo is the best before picture I could find.  This gray/beige is Toasty Gray by Glidden.

And back to some white…

It all started when I did my picture wall. I loved the white, the contrast, the brightness. I also noticed most of the rooms I have been pinning to pinterest have white walls.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the previous color. I was just ready for a change and paint is the cheapest thing to do and change back if I hated it. But I don’t, I love it. :)

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I made this large 3 painting by painting right over a thrifted canvas. I also made the garland for A Beautiful Mess tutorial from a couple years ago.

This is my shelving unit I made to look similar to this Restoration Hardware one. It houses my vintage brownie camera collection, some of my globes, and Luke’s toys among other thing.

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I hung some vintage wire shade frames and installed a frosted globe pendant in the large one in the center that is hooked to the light switch for extra light. I also brought in this old ladder since I painted to hang quilts on or maybe Christmas stockings.  The chair was found at goodwill and I started to take it apart to attempt a reupholster myself. But I think we are just going to have it done. I am on the hunt for the perfect fabric.

This picture is taken with me sitting on the back of the gold chair under the lampshades.  The beige wall I haven’t painted yet because it goes all the way up the stairs and the ceiling is high up there. I am now contemplating making that a wood wall like the picture wall. I would probably have someone else do it though. And then you can see into the dining room from here too. Our floor plan is basically a traditional foursquare.

My favorite seat in the house. I found this seatee for $60 at an estate sale about 7 years ago and it has held up beautifully.  That wall above the sofa still need something, I am not really feeling the picture we had up there before the paint.

The sofa is getting slipcovered in charcoal gray, I found the sofa on craigslist and purchased it knowing it would be slipcovered. I have the fabric swatch that I think is perfect, I just need to launder it to see how it holds up. I am also going to slipcover the mini wingback chair my mom found for Luke. So yeah it’s not perfect, and I don’t think we have bought anything new in here. But Sarah from Handbags*N*Pigtails encouraged me to share it now, before I felt it was “finished”. :)

 

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Things I am loving this month on Pinterest. Some Inspiration, some project ideas, some just for fun. Follow me on Pinterest.

This chalkboard is Lovely. I could see a bunch of these hanging on a wall in a grouping for a play area or even outside on an exterior wall.

 

I think Luke needs this in our backyard. We are hopefully redoing our deck and patio area this fall and this could happen. Found Here.

Photo Credits as stated by linked blog :

Photography and design: Radim Pesko

A collection of photographs, first volume of small image novelas, published by Bedford Press.
Love these knobs and the simplicity of this jewelry storage. I am redoing mine as I have outgrown it, I may know be using knobs in part.
Speaking of Jewelry, this is amazing. I will be making some soon. Link to Tutorial.
I swoon over bright painted furniture. This one is particularly lovely, those knobs, that color.  But it makes me want to pull out my paint brushes and paint something bold!
I am redoing my Husbands in home Office and this is inspiring me. My husband is a little less glam. But the colors and feel of this room are awesome. I am currently planning out a big storage cabinet / bookcase that I will hopefully be building from scratch! Yikes.  From Lonny via Design to Inspire
I am so loving white walls. I would have already painted my living white if I didn’t have a toddler running around, giving me only a few hours during nap and after bedtime to do it.  Found via Decor Happy
So yeah, I have lots of projects on the brain, but oh so little time to do them. :) Hopefully eventually!
What inspires you? Let me know if you on Pinterest I am always looking for like minded people to follow.
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Another Month down, this year is going fast. I didn’t do super great for March’s challenge. I think I missed 5 or 6 days. So I just dropped in photos from that day that where close enough. :)

Here’s to Another Month joining in with FatMumSlim’s Awesome challenge.   Will You be joining in this month? Follow me on Instagram if you are. Kristin Rauch or Woollypetals will find me.

 

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Linking up to the Pleated Poppy today for What I Wore wednesday!

Friday: I think ;)

So I was shopping at Kohls last week, you know because they where having a sale! I noticed Jennifer Lopez has a new line of clothing there. While most of it was not my style, I thought what the heck I will try on some of her jeans. LOVE them. She understands a curvy women. I got these gray ones below and another pair of bootcut. So in love. :)

Top: TjMaxx (can’t remember what brand)

Cardigan: Target

Undertank: Target

Jeans: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s

Sandals: Flips from Old Navy

Feather Necklace: Forever 21

 

In other news I lost 2lbs at my meeting today! Yay! Also I bought a pair of seven jeans at the thrift store that fit like a dream. The best part, they cost $8!?!?!?! I know!

 

I leave you with this cuteness!

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Oh Swoon! Everytime I make a new block I can’t help but renew my love of this quilt. It is fantastic. Super easy to whip up and just beautiful.

 

The red and pink polka dot is from Denyse Schmidts line for Joann Fabrics, and the Gold Paisley is from the quilting section at Joann Fabrics.

 

I want to get this quilt finished this month. But I realize in setting that goal that I need some more pink, red, and gold fabrics. Since I have just been pulling from my stash with each block, I had no plan other than the colors and to alternate which main color was the middle star. Oh darn more fabric shopping! ;)

 

You can see my other Blocks here! Block 1, Block 2, Block 3.

 

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On Sunday the weather took a drastic turn for the better. Saturday it was in the 90′s, Sunday in the 60′s. Wow, but awesome. I love this weather so much.

So the past couple days it has been fun to get dressed and find that nice balance of cozier clothing,while still keeping a  breezy look, since I am not quite ready for dark colors, boots, and scarfs here.

Today is the only day I took a picture. Oh well! Linking up to Lindsay at the Pleated Poppy today! I love her WIWW linky parties.

Wednesday: Weight Watchers Meeting, errands, and lunch at a friends

I LOVE wearing sandals with jeans. I love wearing sandals period. There’s just something about having your toes free and still be warm. But, I am always warm. :)

Top: Old Navy (just bought on clearance)

Cardigan: Target

Jeans: Old Navy ( Next Size down, YAY!)

Sandals: Steve Madden

Bracelet: Target

And at one point today I was wearing a super cute Robot necklace. I think I may have left it at my friends?

 

Weight Watchers: I am in a rut, a plateau. I gain a little, lose a little. It sucks. But our meeting today was about new beginnings. So I am jumping in full force and maybe I will have some significant loss to report the next couple weeks. :)