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Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from viagra cost per pill australia 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!

 

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Giveaway Closed Winners Contacted!

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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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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Some of the things I have been working on! :)

A mini quilt: my first, I made the camper after seeing this boden shirt and then decided to make a mini quilt out of it.

I joined in on the Old Red Barn Quilt Along again. This time it’s Granny squares. Yay! This quilt is Jolene’s creation and she has a great tutorial for it.

I am almost done with my swoon quilt! YAY! It is Christmas Gift for my in-laws, yes from this past Christmas. Sheepishly hangs head.  I joined the swoon along when I started my own Swoon quilt which is only half way done, so I will be an active part of that group for awhile still.

Lastly, I still am making string blocks when I need a break from other stuff. I can make 4-6 blocks in one hour depending on how ambitious I am. This picture is a bit old. It is now 7 x 6 rows. I learned this technique from Ashley’s tutorial at Film in the Fridge.

So that’s what I am working on right now, among toddler fun, household activities, some hand stitching projects, and ordering Flea Market Fancy Fabric in a Frenzy. Say that five times fast. ;)

 

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My thrifting partner in Crime Ronda and I mosied out to Oak Park, IL to check out The Brown Elephant. It did not disappoint my friends.

My Other little Partner in Crime!

While, it is smaller than the big Goodwill’s and Salvation Army’s that hang out on every corner in our neighborhood, it was a fun stop to make. They do have a small selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, and a decent book wall, but it is mostly filled with furniture and housewares at very reasonable prices. I found several pieces that I wouldn’t have minded bring home. But, thoughts of what my husband would say made me leave them behind.

I came home with a few small items that I just couldn’t pass up. A super cute silky sheath blouse in lovely greens. I am sure you will be seeing it in a WWIW post in the future. I also found this lovely glass jar with a lid and a R etched in the side. It is going in our upstairs bath to hold q-tips since our current jar has no lid. I also picked up a couple books. I am trying to finish collecting the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich in hardcover, so I added Twelve Sharp today for a mere $1.5o. I also found this lovely 1960′s patchwork pattern book. I am loving all the patchwork blocks it shows and has patterns for.


So that’s all folks! I recently found my copy of The Bargain hunter that is chock full of thrift and resale shops in my area. So I am hoping to flip through it before next week and find another new place.

Oh and I realized on the way I should have brought my camera along to snap a few shots in the shop, so next week that’s in the plan. :)

 

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