Let’s Play some more

I finally finished… is anything ever really done? the playroom!

I am methodically working my way through repainting and fixing rooms up in a way that only makes sense to me. I told my husband that things are ranked in my head from most offensive to least offensive and that’s how I am fixing things up. Aside from the offensive things that would cost to much money the house is coming along nicely. And so it came time for the Playroom to get a little spruce.

These are the best I could find with minimal effort of the before, shortly after we moved in. I am a horrible before picture taker. :)

With a 6 month younger not as much crazy haired Norah front and center.

Not much big stuff needed to be done. The trim was oak before so I painted that White, and then the walls got a nice fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Owl Gray it was a buttery beige before as seen in the above pictures. We used the owl gray in the family room and since this room feeds directly into that room it made sense to paint it the same. I then embarked on planking the back wall and painted that white. It makes it feel so much bigger with the horizontal Planks and bright white.  I achieved the planking by cutting 4′ x 8′ luan also called underlayment plywood into strips, this wall is 8″ tall planks. I then just used my nail gun to attach them on the wall, cutting to size as I went. Then I hand brush painted the whole wall with primer and several coats of white until it was fully covered. You could definitely roll the paint but I like the texture of hand brushing on a plank wall.

The Playroom sits at the top of the back staircase which is located in our family room. In the above picture I am standing at the top of the stairs. The door to the right is my sewing room, and the door to the left goes into a small hallway that leads to my closet and two steps up to our master bedroom. You can go through the Master into the rest of the upstairs. The beauty of having two staircases makes the house a loop and we kind of really love that. It makes games of hide and seek rather fun!

The above picture looks over toward the reading area at the top of the stairs, and you can see it has a loft like feel over there being open to the family room.

I was able to get rid of two big boxes of toys without the kids noticing to much. They have asked for two of the things I donated so that’s a win! The shelf below is from Home Decorator’s Collection and  holds two big canvas bins, from homegoods, of dress up stuff, above those are Luke’s biggest trucks, above those are a couple Vintage Fischer Price Play things, and then the top as some random fun stuff. Chalk, bird houses the kids painted, wool felt balls in a jar, a jar of chalk, some vintage toys, a globe I paint with chalkboard paint awhile ago, and a green box with some craft project supplies. You also get a glance into my sewing space which is right off the playroom.

Here’s a better peek at the reading area loft and into the Family room. That’s the brick of our family room fireplace. The reading area up until the redo was just a landing spot for junk that needed to go elsewhere. There was a little armoire, a small table, and a bunch of random home decor sitting here for far to long without a proper home. Now it has a much better function as my children LOVE to read, especially Norah.


The Bookcase is the Bitrade from IKEA and was purchased because it was the perfect size and cheap. I am not sure this will last but for now it’s perfect. I used left over planking from the wall and stained it dark, then I nailed it to the back as this shelf has no back. I used a couple more of these green boxes, also from IKEA, to house puzzles and more craft supplies.  Our Play Room Quilt sits perfectly on one of the shelves for easy access.


I hung a bunch of random Chalkboards up here. Oddly enough my kids don’t use them to much. I think I like to doodle more than they do. The Bean bags are from an awesome Project Nursery tutorial I came across on Pinterest.  I stitched the zippers closed so we haven’t had a problem with leaking beans. The beans themselves are from clearanced out regular style bean bags from Target. They were the cheapest option I could find for buying beans. The Stripe fabric is from IKEA, and the green on the bottom is a linen I found several yards of while thrifting years ago. This style of bean bag is so much more comfortable and cute than the average ball shape in my opinion, I can sit in them comfortably and play for awhile too!


At the top of the stairs we have two wrapped canvases, one of each of the children of their 1 year photo session. Photos are by my awesome brother who along with his wife had a professional Photography business. They are transitioning to new careers now, not for lack of talent. :) The Canvases are from Canvas Bundle and Easy Canvas Prints, they are both 16″ x 20″ and are both super great quality.


Playroom art is so fun don’t you think? I love picking art for kids spaces it’s so much more whimsical, bright, and quirky. The La La Love you print I have had  for so long as is from SparklePower on etsy, the Hip Hip HooRay banner I made myself, the Plus Symbol hoop I also made, and the bird I made from perler birds off a picture I saw on pinterest. The chalkboard which you can see in some of the other pictures is one my mom bought me while we were shopping at the Main Street Market in Rockford, IL. Definitely a must go if your in the area.

The Fox Mini Quilt I whipped up last week using Elizabeth Hartman’s fancy fox pattern, the clock is from Homegoods, the Print is from Pen and Paint, and the Bear Head is from Joann’s.

Over by the Teepee (the teepee was my husbands as a child) I hung the Busy Board I made for Luke several years ago, our old rotary dial phone, a small smile embroidery hoop I made, and an embroidered snippet of a bible verse. “you shine like stars”

I painted the shelves for toys white, they were thrifted 5 or so years ago and have been a redish maple color up until now. I  put a new top on this cool old table I found several years ago. It used to have a laminate top with a metal rim. Not quite the style I was going with. The little chairs are a few of the ones I have thrifted. I am a sucker for child size chairs.

I finally figured out how to hang up the kids artwork!!! Like seriously I thought about this sooooo much! I used Tim Holtz clipboard clips I found at Joann’s a hung them directly to the wall. Inexpensive and they work super great!


One of the fun things I enjoyed was making yards of garland and stringing it and white globe lights up on the ceiling. I love this aspect of the room and it is so fun to play up here at night with it on.

Lastly I finished the quilt I had been planning for the play room. It is simple half square triangles. It’s a copy of Denyse Schmidt’s quilt she made in her Hadley fabric and Kona Snow as the white. The back is pieced and it is bound in a neon pink solid I have had in my stash for years. This quilt is so gorgeous in person, the colors are super lovely, and I straight line quilted it at 3/8″ apart which takes forever but gives the most amazing texture.


Thanks so much for taking  tour or our playroom with me! I love to share the spaces I pour my heart and hard work into with you all!





Quilting + Baby = Happy

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!


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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. :)

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Trucks and Tractors

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!


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

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. :)

Single Girl Quilt

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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Instagram love

I guess I blog through instagram lately! :)

New Toms for Luke and I (Luke’s first pair) / Finally got Liberty Love (it’s Amazing – go buy it) / Luke offering me his after nap snack

the yummiest sandwich pitas – Brownberry I think – / Luke fell in the mud, all I could do was laugh since we were at the park with no diaper bag ( he got striped down before getting in the car) / relaxing

My single girl quilt is quilted / having an impromptu birthday party / a motor train with friends

Luke posing with his Lego excavtor / My single girl quilt finally finished ( I will blog about it soon along with how much I love my Janome) / Luke and I (mainly I) made our first apple pie

Luke and Daddy at the Circus to watch his Uncles’ perform /  I started Norah’s quilt inspired by this lovely Dear Lizzy arrow paper

Stop by Life Rearranged and check out all the lovely Instagramers. I’m linking up are you?


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Plus Quilt

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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Roadway Quilt

Most of the quilts I make end up being gifts. But I have made several that hang around our house. A couple in the living room, one of the foot of our bed for our feet, and one for Luke’s crib. Which I realize after typing that is only 4 actual quilts in our house that I have made. I have gifted over twice as many as I have kept. Hmm.. I guess that’s good. ;)

But anyway…. when we are in the living room cuddling, or “pretend” napping Luke gives us each our own quilt. Since there are three of us it doesn’t always work out. ;) So I made Luke a patchwork quilt for the living room.


I used mainly Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella Line. Not all the prints, but most. I added in a couple Kona solids.  Don’t hold me too these colors, but I think they are Kona, Buttercup, Carribean, and Coal, and bound in Ash. I can’t remember specifically if these are the colors, but I think so. ;)

I cut 6.5″ squares and used 1/4″ seams as usual for a final measurement of 4′ x 5′.


For the back I used a polka dot sheet I used and added some roads onto the back for Luke to play on. Isn’t that such a great idea? Lindsey from That’s what Lindsey said did this on the back of one of her quilts for her son and should it to me via Instagram. So awesome! :)

I quilted it with zig zags using the points of the squares as my guide. Super fast and simple especially on a smaller quilt.

He like’s it! :)


This is the first quilt I have made that is purely squares in a random layout. It was super fast and I finished this in two short night sessions and one naptime. I need to make more simple quilts. :)


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