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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

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Lately we’ve been hanging out at home a lot more. I’m tired a lot! :) But growing a human will do that to you.  Lucky Charms have been a staple in our diet lately. I crave cereal, and only eat it when I’m pregnant, this time around it’s Lucky charms. Hmm…now I want some lucky charms. ;)

Luke got his first taste not to long ago and has started requesting them for breakfast. :) I indulge him occasionally. He’s getting really good at drinking the milk at the end.

 

But even though we are taking it slower lately I do have some things to share later this week. A tutorial, a single girl quilt, and hopefully I can get a post up about my project life this week or next, a project that I am seriously loving. See you later this week!

 

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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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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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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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GIRL!!!!!

I am 20 weeks today and we found out yesterday we are having a Girl!  I am so excited!

I now know from our lengthy ultrasound why I rarely feel her. She is quit content to just lounge in there sucking her thumb and hiding the goods, it took our ultrasound tech (bless her heart) quite a bit of wiggling to get this little lady to move enough to know she is a girl. But it’s confirmed. Yay! I would have gone a bit crazy had we not been able to find out.

We are naming her Norah as was the plan if Luke had been a girl,  although her middle name is yet to be decided.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let the baby girl shopping and crafting commence.  ;)

… 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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This little dude likes to read a lot.

He is gaining quite a collection of books since his birthday and Christmas are both in the same month. I will often buy him a book when we visit a thrift store too. We have drawers full and a pile in the living room, and then a large bucket full that used to sit on his ottoman next to his chair.  The bucket full was beginning to be a problem, He would only pick the two books on top and ignore the books he had to dig for. So I had to come up with a solution. I saw someone on my IG feed use cool metal wire like plant holders in her daughters room, and of course the IKEA spice racks (out of stock at my local IKEA till mid February), and a couple neat homemade racks too. I would more than likely have used the IKEA spice racks had they been in stock, so glad they weren’t. :)

My final solution, the same galvanized planters from west elm that I used here in my wrap station. I can’t find them on there site, but I just bought these last week at my local West Elm and they had plenty. They work great, so far. :) They don’t have any sharp edges, they fit pretty perfectly in that space, and they hold a lot.

As soon as I hung them, with Luke’s ever hovering help, he went right over and started reading books he hasn’t touched since before Christmas. Win Win.

His favorite Books right now: anything Richard Scarry – Busytown and anything Curious George are his top picks, but he also likes anything construction related, and a flag golden book – he now knows he is an American and can point out American flags, cracks me up.  :)

This little reading nook will be staying once baby #2  moves in. We use it multiple times a day and there’s not much else you can put in front of a window. We will definitely be changing a bunch of other stuff up and moving things around since they will be sharing. I also plan on using the same color scheme of navy, gray, white, with hints of teals and yellow. If we have a girl I will just add some coral or pink to her area by the crib. I am kind of excited to transform this room a little but it will wait for a while since we will be keeping Luke in his crib as long as possible.

How do you store your kids books? I would love to see your solutions! I have to find a better one for downstairs now. :)

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Luke loves to figure things out, he is constantly asking what’s that noise, what does that do, how does that work, and don’t get me started on things he can open, latch, tinker with. I am not sure if this is a normal toddler thing or boy thing as he’s my first but it makes for some fun and dangerous times. :)

So….I made him a latch board. I have wanted to make one for the past year for him but after seeing Young House Love’s they made their daughter this year I put it on the top of the New Year’s list.  Young House Love’s DIY is super comprehensive so if you are looking for detailed pictures of the actual process check out there post.

I simply grabbed some of the cabinet grade finished plywood I had left over from Luke’s train table and cut it down to 23″wide x 30″ tall. I then sanded the heck out of it reducing my sandpaper grit a couple times to make sure it was super smooth with no splinter possibilities since I am not planning on sealing it.  Once it was smooth and ready to go I marked out the strips and used Frog Tape (seriously amazing) and taped off the stripes. I rubbed all the edges of the tape nice and good so there was no bleeding.

Once the stripes where dry (two coats Martha Stewart craft paint in satin Meadowlark) I laid out all my latches and handles and screwed them all down.  I used  a couple Utility Handles, Key Locking Hasp, Barrel Bolt, Gate Hook and Eye, Adjustable Staple Hinge Hasp, Sash Lock, Door Chain, Several Carabiners, and Screw Eyes. I found some in my miscellaneous junk and bought the rest at Home Depot. There is probably a ton of other stuff you can use.

I had it sitting out for him when he came downstairs one morning and he played with it for a good 30 minutes straight. Several days later he is still loving it. It will be mounted to a wall in his play area in the basement and the top stripe is empty because I am going to add numbers across the top.

 

Have you made a latch or gadget board for your munchkin? Leave me a link so I can check it out.

I have several boards pinned on my Luke Danger Board on Pinterest if you would like to check out some others for inspiration.

 

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