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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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So… Yes, I had a Flea Market Booth and I sold lots of stuff. But I also bought a few things! ;) So I thought I would share with you guys!

I found some truly fantastic stuff! Several feed sacks, some of which are bright yellow (already working on a project with these), a lovely vintage quilt top for $10 (It is in rough shape so I will be cutting it up), some fun quilt blocks,  an awesome suitcase, some mini glass ornaments, a giant world map, new england ginger ale label, a playskool wooden mailbox, the cool canvas is hand written and I LOVE it, a and can you even handle the christmas tin? I couldn’t and for $1 I HAD to buy it.

 

Yes, I may have too much fun at Flea Markets! My favorite score to date is a vintage USA pull down map in the yummiest of colors. You may have caught a glimpse of it in various home pictures. It cost me a whopping $6. Have you ever scored big or found one of your favorite treasures at a flea market?

 

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My Mom and I participated in our first Flea Market this weekend! It was awesome. This is our booth. Vintage Trunk, my mom came up with the name. We had such a blast, preparing and setting up the booth. It is so much fun to be validated by selling vintage you find to someone else.  LOVE IT. I will hopefully be doing a little etsy sale of some vintage in my currently closed woollypetalsvintage. So stayed tuned. In the meantime take a walk around our booth.

The check out area. I sketched our logo I designed onto a chalkboard for a booth sign.

Some furniture and toys.

This was a fun display of linens and kitchen utensils.

The school and travel stuff. Every one of those globes sold. And some of the luggage too.

Christmas, not as popular as we expected but we’ve still got a bit of time before the Season starts.

Some trays, lampshades, art, and fun mid century lamp, and some embroidery I did.

Some embroidery pieces will be making there way into the shop.

Lots of dishes and randoms things.

Graters, sifters, and games. Oh My!

Thermos’ and bundt tins.

Some vintage fabric garlands.

And back to the sign and the checkout spot.

We participated in The Pec Thing in Pecatonica, IL. It is a good sized show and had record attendance this weekend. If you are ever in or around Rockford (closest big city) in September or May you must attend.

We have a lot to learn, but we had a blast and did super well. I can NOT wait for the spring show. Now I get to shop some more. ;)

 

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I love InstaFriday! I love sharing peaks of my everyday life, and lets face it I love seeing everybody else’s daily life since I am nosy.

Linking up with Jeanette from Life Rearranged today.

We snuck away to Milwaukee for Labor Day / A walk in my new sandals / Buddies

grandpa came to visit / Owl Giveaway- looks like it’s still open / Vintage Flea Market Prep

Benzie Felt Order / Climbing /Mommy and Luke

Luke laying down across from sick mommy / Waiting for Daddy / Flea Market Sign

On my way to the Flea Market / Our Booth – In Pecatonica Illinois, The Pec Thing  September 15th and 16th / A Chicken!  Halloween Done.

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I thought I would share a few of my weekly instagrams here since this is my main way of documenting life.

Linking up with Jeannett of Life Rearranged’s insta linky party.

 

We flew to Florida for a few days to play with cousins while the Husband worked at his office down there. / I worked on hexagons during naptime in Florida. / Luke had so much fun with his Cousins.

Lunching with these two boys is my favorite. / Some treasures I found while thrifting, yes..it was a super lucky day. / My second run of the month, it was rough.

I rather liked the outfit I wore on Sunday, it was a blouse I unearthed in my closet. /My little helper. / I linked up with the pinterest Challenge. Check it out for some great inspiration.

We saw goats at the zoo, Lukes favorite thing. / A new cape I made for Luke, post coming soon. / Our first harvest, a tiny red pepper…and gone.

 

I do love Instagram. It’s like a pictoral Facebook, I need more of my real life friends to get on there so I can quit Facebook all together. ;) Just kidding….kind of! I’m woollypetals on Instagram if you want to seek me out.

 

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I saw a this Mini Boden shirt and thought, wow, that would make such a cute quilt. :) So I sketched out a similar camper and paper pieced the body. I top stitched all the details on, i.e. the window, door, tire, and hitch. I’m not that good at paper piecing so I went with the top stitch look.

This part, the camper with the white background and polka dot border sat around in my sewing space for awhile. I couldn’t figure out the perfect border to make it bigger.  Then it hit me a fun striped patchy border. So I grabbed lots of bright prints, cut a bunch of strips, and sew the border up. I kind of did a fun strayed affect on the corners. Don’t have a close up of that though.

I tried quilting it a bunch of ways, stippling, loopy, pebble, straight lined, yes all of those on parts till I had it half done. I didn’t like any of them because my machine kept acting up, so they were all looking super sloppy. I finally decided on this simple wavy line across the whole thing. I could use a walking foot, it would have made it a bit easier, but I really like this look all finished.

I put a simple woodsy print on the back, from the Happier Collection by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake. It is bound in a lovely mustard mini houndstooth, Denyse Schmidt for Joanns line.  It got all soft and crinkly in the wash. Love it.

I am not sure the actual size. Maybe 18″ x 24″. I sent it off to someone as a surprise. Hopefully they got it or will get it early next week. I often make things just because I can’t get an idea out of my head. But then don’t always want to keep them/don’t know what to do with them. So I like to send them to people that I know or think will love them. Plus it’s the best when you get real mail and it’s fun, handmade real mail. :)

I may share this paper pieced pattern in the future. I am not sure if I may use this to make products in my shop or not. I also have an image in my head of a giant camper quilt, or even a campground quilt? So that may happen in the future. :)

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1I’ve been up to a bit lately! But all is happening  in between spending almost every waking moment outside with my little man. We have had amazing 75-85 degree weather for the past couple weeks here in Chicagoland and we can’t get enough of it.

I went to Cedarburg, WI with a couple ladies on a Saturday earlier this month. It is such a cute town. I would check out Distractions (bought some amazing local alpaca yarn in the perfect grellow) and Material Matters if you ever get to go.

I have gotten my three packages of the Flea Market Fancy Reprint. I have almost all the prints. I am planning on making this quilt eventually with it.

This little owl is possibly my final “boy” owl for little men. Luke is currently testing it out for me. ;)

A decent sized etsy update went up late last week. All different kinds of owls and one garland.

Luke is falling asleep in the car almost every day on the way home from playdates, the zoo, the park. This weather is wearing him out in a good way.

Trying on my sunglasses for size.

He loves it when the airplanes fly overhead.

I hit the wood frame jackpot at a couple thrift stops this past weekend and need to add one more coat of paint to finish them off.

He only wants to be outside, when inside it’s a constant request to “see” outside. :)

As you can see it’s a good thing I have my iphone since I can’t seem to pick up the regular camera. :)

 

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I wanted to make a quick little project a couple days before our trip. You know, for the satisfaction of finishing something quickly. :) I decided a little pouch for my stitching project I was planning on taking with me on the trip. I wanted something a little different than I normally make so I did a google search and found a tutorial from Needle and Spatula: A Pleated Pouch.

I love the little curve the darts at the bottom make in conjunction with the pleat at the banding.  I altered the dimensions a bit. I made mine a couple inches longer and wider to fit the project I wanted to carry. But that was simple to do since the pieces you cut are rectangles to start with.

Her tutorial was great, clear and simple. I will hopefully find time to make some of these in the future for other projects and as gifts.

This holds a lot. I fit an approx. 18″x24″ of linen, a couple small piece of fabric, several skeins of floss, a 6″ embroidery hoop, and a pincushion. I didn’t measure the pouch and am to lazy to run upstairs to do that, but I think I added 3 inches to her width, 1″ to the banding height, and maybe 1″ in height to the main fabric. ?!?!?! Don’t quote me though. ;)

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::I am sharing this tutorial link and project of my own accord. I find tutorials and use them periodically and I will hopefully be sharing them more in the future.

Tuesday February 21st marked 8 years of marriage for me and my hubby. Wow! I can’t believe it has been that long.  Each year we have gone on a trip for our anniversary. This year was no exception, and it was the first trip together without Luke. My parents where able to come in and stay with him at our house the whole time we were gone. It was such a blessing.

We went to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was great! We didn’t have an agenda, we did a lot of relaxing and just did stuff when we felt like it. :)

We went antiquing and thrifting. We didn’t really buy since we carried on our luggage and didn’t have much room to spare. I did buy an old match holder, and David bought a vintage TIME magazine.

We walked around and saw some cool old buildings and doors. :) I have a thing for beautiful doors and often snap pictures and hang them in my house.

We of course made a stop in Anthropologie! I bought a super cute olive green and coral striped sweater. I am sure you will see it in the future. I also really want to do this in the picture above. My husband is not a fan of Chalkboards, so while I can get away with them in the play area or my work area, they are nixed in the main area of the house. So I think this roll of paper would be a good option to write fun stuff on.

We tried to eat at only places that where either unique to Albuquerque or places we don’t have in Chicagoland. We visited Holy Cow Burgers, Route 66 Malt Shop, The Burrito Co., Italiano Cucina Bravo, to name a few that where yummy.

We checked out some fun western wears in Old Town Albuquerque. I loved these blankets.

I didn’t buy it! But I would have bought Luke something with his name on it except everything I liked was gone. Oh well!

David was trying on lots of fun stuff. Although I think he could pull this off. We also tried on Minnetoka moccasins, super comfy.  :)

David made me do it! :) I made him too, but forgot to send that one to myself from his phone.

My Parents kept us updated on Luke’s fun at home. He had a blast!

My February 20th Coffee Date in Santa Fe. :) For my sister Heidi!

My new shoes from David for our anniversary. We keep the gifts simple if we do anything since we take our trips every year. I got him (still actually have to pick them out ;) a pair of gloves with the tech fingertips to text and use his phone in.

David considered taking a second wife. ;) lol!

We took the tram 2.7 miles to the top of Sandia Mountain where it was a -7 degree windchill. It was COLD.

Freezing!

But beautiful! It is so easy for me to see God in all this beauty.

We went out to a nice dinner our last night there. It was nice to get slightly dressed up and be adults. We need to do that more often.

We came home on our actual Anniversary since we had been away from Luke for 4 nights already. It was so good to see him. I couldn’t stop squeezing and kissing him. :)

It was such a blessing to get away and celebrate 8 years of marriage to an amazing man! Thank you David for being, loving, kind, selfless, funny, a wonderful provider, my best friend, and the love of my life!

 

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We just got back from a 9 day vacation! It was a blast. I leave you with this little hint as to where we went.

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