I thought I would share a few boy quilts I’ve made lately for custom orders and for gifts. Enjoy! (by boy I mean they were made for boys but I personally would use any of them ) ;)
The Ghost Quilt and The Fancy Fox Quilt below where twin quilt orders from a friend for her boys. They picked the colors and I selected all the fabrics and final designs. The Ghost Quilt is from Then Came June and Pen and Paper Patterns Modern Holiday Collection. I had wanted to make one but I have plenty of Halloween quilts already so this was the best of both worlds getting to make it for an order. I used Kona Cotton Ash for the background and a variety of fabrics I had on hand in the color palette requested. If anybody wanted exact fabric details I’m sure I could scrounge up most but a lot are old cotton and steel or Halloween fabrics I had.
This Fancy Fox Quilt is a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman that I have used often for kids quilts and enlarged in a myriad of sizes. The colors where chosen by my friends son and I opted for Kona Cotton Saffron for the background.
Both quilts were enlarged to Twin size so they would be a substantial quilt and be able to be used on the boys beds as well as to cuddle with. The standard for both patterns I believe is closer to a throw than a twin.
I quilted both quilts with my go to loopy free motion quilting because it is speedy and always looks great with any quilt design. I’m happy to report these quilts are being well loved by my friends sons. Win Win!
That stunner up there ( I just cant get enough of it ) I made for my newest nephew born in September and gifted to him at Christmas. I had two charm packs of that awesome Simple Simon Co. fabric line Let Them Be Little. It is just full of the cutest prints. I randomly laid out the charms to sew up the front which end up measuring around 40″ square.
I knew I wanted to do something a little fun on the back since the front was simple patchwork. I Drafted a large star on several sheets of paper I taped together and then foundation paper pieced it and then added borders of the same Kona Cotton Fern background to make it large enough to back the quilt. I believe the star ended up being 15″-18″ point to point and makes a very good impact at that size.
I quilted it in BIG loopy quilting and its just perfect to me seeing the quilting in the patchwork and then on the back in the green space.
I have a wonderful friend who’s go to baby gift is a small baby play quilt usually around 36″ square and she recently ordered 2 for baby boys. I just love making these for her because she gives me a gender, sometimes colors or nursery theme, sometimes parents likes, or sometimes just a name and lets me run with it. Coming up with an interesting design for a 36″ square is a lot of fun. These next two fit the bill.
This one is an itty bitty version of my soon to be released pattern. I am contemplating Moonrise or Crossover for the name.. thoughts? Anyway since its small and I kept the background solid I used a different fabric for each plus in the quilt and based it around the fabric in the middle plus that is helicopters. I’m pretty sure Luke picked that out at one point at a fabric store. But I kinda ran with a skyish theme from there.
I tried a new quilting design on this one too. I sewed horizontal lines 1/4″ above each row seam with my walking foot. Then I switched to my free motion darning foot and made triangles in each “square” that connected to the straight lines. It’s somewhat hard to explain without a video. If your happen to be on Instagram I have a snippet of a video of it saved in my Quilting highlight reel. I really liked the way this turned out and am excited to try it again.
Keep on eye out for the Crossover/Moonrise Pattern Release in March 2019. It will have multiple sizes included in the pattern and is a simple pattern to adjust to any size really.
Okay the last “BOY” quilt today is this giant X quilt. This quilt measures 36″ and each X block is 12″ finished. I used the X part of my Floored Quilt Pattern to make this baby quilt. I love the graphic punch the pattern gives it.
I selected fabrics based on the fact that the dad loves to fish and the mom is an interior designer. This one was so much fun to make so scrappy.
The quilting is free motion loops that I made a little skinnier and taller than normal to mix it up. With navy blue minky on the back it sure to be a regular cuddle quilt.
Boy quilts can be super fun and full of none specific fabric too. I love just pulling fabrics from my stash for quilts specific to boy or girl and have even been none to use a coordinating floral in a boys quilt before. All I’m saying is don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit. I don’t currently have my custom quilt pricing published anywhere but if your interested in knowing pricing just shoot me an email which you can find in my about page.
Blaire Wilson is the New American Girl of the Year for 2019. I took my kids into the city of Chicago on January 1st to check her out and ended up letting my daughter bring her home. Whoops. Who am I kidding we were never not going to leave with her, sorry honey. Anyway she is adorable and my daughter LOVES her to pieces.
Once Blaire joined my daughters AG family consisting of Nanea, Luciana, and Camille, we got to work reading her book right away and really enjoyed her story, along with getting a bigger picture of where she lives. Blaire’s book tells us her bedroom is on the third story of her families Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the Turret. So naturally my mind went to how can we recreate her room. Being an Interior Designer by trade has me always planning rooms and to get to make one in the scale to fit Blaire sounded like great fun.
My daughter has an American Girl “Dollhouse” consisting of two 16″ deep x roughly 50″ wide shelves in her closet. I’ll pop a little picture below to see it. It’s pretty full, with 3 dolls already residing there I knew Blaire’s room would have to be elsewhere, along with it being Turret shaped. We plan on making a big dollhouse this spring and I may try and figure out how to incorporate Blaire’s room room in that design.
(The light was there purely for pictures) We had just finished making a little kitchen area to fit all the kitchen supplies she got for Christmas.
I constructed the room base from Foam Core. Using 3/8″ thick for the walls and ceiling and 1/2″ thick for the floor. I planned out of graph paper the room plan after looking at a ton of turret floor plans. The one I model it closest to had a closet in the open space and the door in the corner. Once the plan was set I cut the walls out, I had to do a little bit of fancy cutting to get the angles on the edges. After cutting the walls to size and making sure they worked in the layout I had come up with I cut out all the windows and then constructed the room. I used painters tape to hold the walls in place on the outside while the glue set and then replaced the painters tape with masking tape. We will be “siding” and “shingling” the exterior with paper strips at some point so it will all be covered. You can see the outside in the picture above. The picture below is an in progress picture of which I took few. I seemed to take more videos in my Instagram stories more than anything.
Once the walls were glued I taped it to my cutting table to get a size and shape on the grid to cut out the floor foam board piece. Once the floor was cut to size I attached it inside the walls with glue and used painters tape to hold it in place, of which you can see in the exterior photo is still there. ; ) But it will get covered.
I ended up cutting each wall at roughly 12.5″ wide x 24″ tall, and the longer wall without a window at 15″ wide. The full room measures about 28″ deep x 30″ wide. It’s pretty big.
Okay onto the roof. The was the trickiest part. I am sure there is a scientific method to figuring out the exact size and angle to cut the wedges but I used the trial and error method. I cut two wedges to about the size I thought and trimmed until I had the proper shape and then cut out the rest. I decoupaged the ceiling before gluing it all together so the seams where a little cleaner. I ended up covering the seams with masking tape “beams” anyway. But I had a friend tell me it looks just like the ceiling of her turret attic so that makes me feel good.
I made a Window Seat from 1/2″ thick foam core. If only it opened for storage. Ha ha. I decoupaged wood grain paper for the seat part, and used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to add some moldings to the front of the seat. Blaire and probably a friend can sit and read a book or plan a party on the bench.
I found the cutest paper from Maggies Holmes Bloom line that both my daughter and I loved, I bought some pieces but couldn’t find enough anywhere to buy, which final lead me down the path of digital scrapbooking supplies. So cool. I was able to buy the digital file for the paper and print it on my printer. The color and scale is slightly different than the paper due to altering the file a bit in photoshop to print on bigger paper. But it’s still super close to the original paper, slightly smaller print, and more grey coloring probably due to my printer settings. I decoupaged all the walls with this paper.
I used a different scrapbook paper from the same line to decoupage window mullions, and then used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to make actual window frames and baseboards. The floor is actual vinyl plank flooring that looks so much like real wood. It’s from Lowe’s as is very inexpensive and easy to install. I would use it again in a heartbeat and probably will when we build the big dollhouse.
Once all the “building” was done I was able to get more into the decorating. My daughter helped select all the fabrics from curtains, bedding, and pillows. I really tried to just direct her towards a selection that would all work well and let her decide on final choices. Boy was that hard! She did a good job picking stuff if I do say so myself.
I made simple little rod pocket curtain panels and used dowel rods for the curtain rods. I cut small rectangles from square wood and drilled holes big enough for the dowel to slide through. I ended up gluing them to the wall since it’s foam core. I would definitely have used screw cup hooks or eyelets if the walls were wood. My daughter requested the little garlands be cut from scrapbook paper and hung on each window. So cute.
I found adorable butterfly scrapbook paper and thought if we could make the ceiling vaulted I would string the butterflies from the ceiling. I cut out two of each butterfly and glued them together so they look the same on each side. I used a long needle and regular sewing thread and strung them through the ceiling seams. It was super easy to do and makes a big impact.
We couldn’t find a desk my daughter liked so I made one from foam core based on a picture of a real desk we found. The drawers even work. LOL. I don’t imagine this will last long. It doesn’t have a lot of weight to it so the drawers are hard to open. I’m also not sure how long the decoupaged paper will hang on for since it’s on foam core. It’s all kind of an experiment. But Blaire needs a workspace right? I used some beads and gold wire I found in my bead stash and strung some little handles. The legs are made from hobby wood and painted gold. I do think I could make this out of wood now that I have made a foam core prototype. Once it warms up and I can stand to spend more than a couple minutes in our unheated garage, where my saws are, I will try it out. Hopefully at that point I will be better at documenting the process and can make a tutorial for it.
For a Bed I scored Ebay and Tutorials on Pinterest but ultimately I settled on the American Girl Bed for Molly. It wasn’t her original bed but a special release bed available the last year she was available. I found it on Ebay from a wonderful seller and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in it’s original box in even better condition than described. I made new bedding for it, storing the old in the event we need it in the future. I made a fitted sheet for the existing mattress, a matching pillow case for the existing pillow, a reversible comforter, and a handful of pillows of which my daughter dictated fabric and shape for each.
Well that may be it! Whew.
I do have to say I would like to make from wood. Yikes! But we will see how well this holds up. My daughter although only 5.5 yrs is very good at playing with her dolls gently and carefully. If it feels like it could get ruined by the time we make the BIG dollhouse I’ll incorporate a wood version in that. If this one is doing good I have thought on making an attached garage on the BIG dollhouse and could set this on top of the garage so it’s “attached” to the house. The main reason I didn’t use wood to start is I was sure of cutting all the angles to construct it. Plus, cold garage, time, cost, lol all those factored in. This was supposed to be another “quick” project like the Snow Chalet. Oh well.
My daughter is a huge fan, and I had a blast making it. Designing in this small scale is infinitely quicker and easier than designing in real life.
Check out a little tour video my daughter did of the room down below or on my Youtube Channel. It’s the first video ever over there. Yikes! Lots of Learning to do on that front, like turn the camera sideways. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please let me know if you need any info I may have not covered.
So I have dived down the Rabbit Hole of making things for my Daughters American Girl Dolls, and lets be honest we pull out my old dolls to “play with” too.
I was looking on our local Craigslist for a couple American Girl things that I hadn’t been able to find on eBay, and since we live near a store (Chicago) I figured I may have luck on Craigslist. While we didn’t find anything to purchase I did stumble across a used American Girl Winter Chalet for a pretty reasonable price and had my son not been sick I may have purchased and left it at that. But being house bound, I started looking up details on the Chalet and realized it was kinda small, and while still utterly adorable, I decided to see if we could whip one up real quick with a cardboard box. Cue eye roll. That real quick project got away from me due to the fact that I am particular about details and how cute things look, not to mention being the proper scale. Luckily, I mean not really, my son was sick for two weeks on and off which meant lots of time at home and lots of free time so I worked away and ended up with our fun Winter Chalet and Hot Cocoa Stand.
Okay here are some details for you. While I didn’t take any process pictures, sorry about that, I can give you an overview of how I made the Chalet and if you have Instagram I have some story Highlights saved from during the process.
I used a cardboard box, just a random box we got in the mail, the box measures roughly 18″ x 18″ x 15″. I am pretty sure you can get Home depot shipping boxes in the store very similar to that size. So I cut one side off, and the top “roof” off, I added a peak at the back by just cutting some card board to fit the width and height of the peak I wanted and taped it to the existing box. I also cut a piece of white foam core board the size of the back wall including the peak, and glued it to the back wall as extra support and so there would be no seams. The roof is two pieces of foam core board I decoupaged with scrap book paper before hot gluing onto the roof. I cute the red roof beams from foam core and did two layers glued together so they are thicker, then they are just glued in place after being painted.
I cut sticks from a dead bush in our back yard and glued them on the front like log pillars. As you can see the one as popped off a bit on the right so i will reattach with a stronger glue. I did use Hot Glue for everything and while it has held up great thus far we will see how long it lasts.
I painted the outside with just a basic brown craft paint to keep it simple.
I cut windows out of one side of the Chalet with an exacto knife. The shutters are made from thick Popsicle sticks that I cut the rounded edges off, glue together, painted, and glued to the sides.
The walls are papered with a gingham scrap book paper and a wood plank scrapbook paper. Both papers were found at Hobby Lobby. I just cut to match seams as we went around.Then I cut a thin piece of the wood paper and glued it over the spot where the papers met as a “trim” piece. I used Modge Podge for all decoupage, a layer of it under the paper and after the paper dried a layer over the paper to seal it for longevity.
To make the Fireplace I needed something round to match the look of the one in the Real American Girl Winter Chalet. I finally settled on a protein powder container. I cut the bottom and the top off, and then had to cut it into maybe a third of a circle, I kind of measured it against the wall to figure out the exact size. It was all trial and error. I hadn’t attached the roof at this point so I had the angle at the top of the walls to measure against. Once I got the right size, I cut the half circle shape in the front for the opening. I glued the protein powder bottle to a 1/4-1/3 circle cardboard piece as its base. I added a duplicate partial circle piece on top of the protein bottle for the mantle. On top of the mantel I attached the top portion of a Pepsi 2 liter bottle, and then a paper towel roll over the Pepsi container spout as the chimney. I really wish I had a picture of this process for you. The best I can say is trail and error and don’t give up, and HOT GLUE can help anything. :) After it was all glued together I painted the top with a gold metallic craft paint I had, several coats right over the paper towel roll and the Pepsi container. I painted the interior of the fireplace black, and decoupaged the rock paper, from Joann Fabrics, over the bottom portion with Modge Podge. I had to clip the paper overlapping it on the curved sections. With the busy pattern of the rocks this isn’t to noticeable. But you could also paint it to look like rock. I added a trim piece on the mantel to match the trim on the walls and a little cardboard scrapbook NO. sticker. The wreath is a bottle brush wreath I had in my stash and I just used a dot of hot glue to attach it. I cut the logs from the same bush as the “log” pillars and added a tealight under them for the glow. The whole fireplace is detached so you can move it out to access the logs and tealight.
The Benches where probably the trickiest part. I used real wood, and mdf I had from my dollhouse. I cut the bases from 1″ ( actually .75″ thick) wood and just traced a similar style to the real Chalet bench. I drilled the holes for decoration, and attached it all with real wood glue and clamps. They measure roughly 4″ high x 6″ wide. I painted with red craft paint after they where assembled. If you wanted to make a bench but don’t have wood working tools I suggest pursuing your local craft store wood section and see what you can come up with.
The Antlers on the back wall were a quick make. I cut a base from brown cardboard and then antlers from red card stock. I just google antler images, printed one out, and cut that shaped from the card stock. I then glued the antlers on the base and hung it on the wall with dot of hot glue.
The little table was an addition not seen in the original Winter Chalet. I have had that birch wood disc from Micheal’s Craft Store in my stash for ages and cut it down from a circle into a little less than a half circle and attached it to 3 wooden spools I had that equaled about the height I wanted of 8″. The birch wood disc is still available at Micheal’s Craft Store, and they have cute wood candle sticks that would make great bases also. The Joy poster is cute from Scrapbook paper from Joann Fabrics and the items on the table are from American Girl.
Okay onto the Hot Cocoa Stand: I watched a YouTube Video by Eighteen Inches and did a lot of the same things she did in her How to Video for her American Girl Hot Coca Stand. I thought I would just share what I did differently here. But go watch her fun video tutorial.
The base of this Hot Cocoa stand is a brown paper mache’ box I found at Micheal’s Craft Store. I believe it is roughly 8″ Square and 4″ tall ( or in our case deep when used for the stand) with lid. I flipped the box on it’s side so the opening is in the back ( the above view is essentially the bottom of the box). I cut the lid in half slightly deeper than the box and placed it on the top with the lip overlapping the front of the box as sort of counter edge. I used the other half of the lid upside down glued on the inside for a shelf. I painted the inside, and the top red, and then decoupaged the wood scrapbook paper on the front and sides of the the box. I hot glued sticks from outside on the sides towards the back, they measure about 24″ tall. Enough for a doll to stand under any sort of sign or garland you attach to the top. I wrapped a mini faux evergreen garland and some mini lights around the top for a festive feel. I had both in my stash, but I am pretty sure you can find something similar in the miniature Christmas section or fairy section at Micheal’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.
You can see the inside, or backside, of the hot cocoa stand above where we stashed some extras. I laid scrapbook paper on the shelves to dress it up a little back here.
We had fun with the Food. Lots of yummy treats and Hot Cocoa Toppings were made.
We used a hole punch and punched circles out of all colors of craft foam for the little “sprinkles”. My kids made a lot of the sprinkles, it was an easy job they could help with. I made marshmallows with white clay by rolling snacks of clay roughly 1/8″ thick and then cutting the marshmallows of the snake and softening the edges by rolling each one in my fingers for a second. I made peppermints in a similar fashion to the marshmallows, but instead of just plain white I rolled several snakes of red and white together to get that peppermint look.
We also cut tiny little sticks of cinnamon from brown craft foam and put them in that clear box ( from the container store) on the bottom. For the whip cream I followed the tutorial on the Eighteen Inches video I linked above.
The Hot Cocoa dispenser was a bit tricky to figure out. I finally found a round clear container similar style to a paint can at the Container Store. the lid pops off so I cut a brown piece of craft foam with a wavy top and taped it into a circle that would fit the container perfectly. I liked this option over paint so we could change the drink offered. I glued a bead to the lid for a handle, and follower Eighteen Inches tutorial for the spot. Then we just taped the sign on to let our customers know what is offered. The little cups are from a vintage tea set my daughter has and the birch circle is from Micheal’s Craft Store.
Lastly we made cookies and brownies for treats, the brownies are in a little metal tub found in the Joann Fabrics fairy garden section. I followed eighteen Inches Tutorial again and they were so easy to make from clay, as long as you buy the correct clay. ;) I bought clay that doesnt harden first and made a bunch and then cooked them, only to have them melt and not harden. oiy! Oh and the little candy canes are also made from clay by just rolling a white and a red snake and them twisting together into one snake. I think cut 1.5″-2″ long sections and shaped into a cane before baking. My daughter brought me that red and white stripped fabric from my stash and asked me to cut little napkins which I think is a cute addition since we don’t have plates.
Here are a couple shots of the dolls so you can see scale.
The Sled in the last picture is from the Target dollar spot this year and is the perfect American Girl doll size, plus it’s a chalkboard.
The Snowmen in the last picture are a craft we made last year.
Okay I hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about how I made our Winter Chalet and Hot Cocoa stand. It was such a fun project and can be made as simply or extravagant as you please. I would love to see if you make something similar to mine so please tag me or send me some pictures. As always please feel free to comment or email with any other questions too.
I will be having some food sets available on Instagram later this week so keep an eye out for those.
Does anybody else have all these grand plans of getting so much done over the summer and then when summer starts you get absolutely NOTHING done? Well that sure feels like what is happening over here right now. LOL. Having the kids home all day everyday is a lot different this year. They play super well together, and by themselves, are outside a ton, and don’t need me to entertain them, not that I would. I do need to be present to engage with them here and there and a lot of the time within earshot to make sure no one dies, so that means my sewing room on the top floor of the house tucked away from the bedrooms isn’t super practical to be in. Enter a lot of hand stitching and slow stitching during the days if I am able to, and sewing room projects happen at night after they are in bed if I am not to tired.
So here’s a little of what I’ve been working on this summer break:
My Tula Nova:
I completely all the hand stitching and then hand appliqued it to the black and white polka dot background. It is currently half quilted, just of the medallion with white thread. Yay! I just have to finish quilting the Background area with black thread so it blends in and then bind.
Current Rosette I just started. I have 30 minutes a day at swim camp and have been slowly stitching those pretzels together amidst trying not to sweat to much in the 90 degree pool facility. :)
These two, above and below, I finished over the last month. I made the one above to big, so I will add another star and green diamond and place it in a different spot. But I love the brown and white scallop and how I fussy cut it so I am doing that with a stripe on another current rosette, not pictured. The little mice in the rosette below are just killing me with cuteness.
This La Pass quilt will be quite the crazy all the fabrics find of scrappy quilt. I am looking forward to the end only to see the vast amount of prints and how the years, yes years, have changed the fabric choices. My only goal for this quilt is to repeat fabrics as little as possible or not at all. We will see if I can achieve that.
I currently have three rosettes waiting to be attached to the bigger section of my La Passacaglia, so once I stitch up the two I have cut out and mostly basted I will be connecting them all and then continuing on this long term quilt project.
Other slow stitching projects I have in the works right now are:
The Hexagon Flower Rings I designed from third hexagon pattern pieces. I wish I could find a picture of this to link, It is on my Instagram and is in shades of pink, blue, caramel, and a citron yellow.
Kingfisher quilt by Tales of Cloth I started last week to attempt joining in with the stitch along. Check it out it’s stunning. I am hoping to make mine super similar to the one Jodi made and has pictured in her advertising. So gorgeous!
A handful of other little EPP projects I unearthed last week. All are in final stages or close to completion. It’s jut more fun to start a new or fresh project then to finish an old one.
As always you can find the most of me on Instagram.
So for 2018 I decided to write down some crafty goals. I have admired a couple friends over the past year who totaled up the amount of fabric they owned and kept track of fabric in and out for the year. So while that’s not in the cards for me this year it pushed me to set some other goals I can work on.
So my goals are based on mostly on monthly completion, because to set all of them yearly I know I will just fail.
Goal 1: Sew something selfish each month that isn’t a quilt
So this could be an item of clothing, a bag, pouch, pillow, anything that isn’t a quilt. Because I realize I have a lot of non quilt projects I want to make but I usually spend my sewing time quilting. So I am trying to break out of that rut.
For January my selfish make was this Catch All Caddy. The pattern is from Patterns by Annie and is great! I made one a couple years ago for a swap and since then have always wanted to make myself one. So I made one for a swap I did recently and made this one for myself at the same time. The pattern is a great pattern albeit not heavy on the visual which was hard for me. I am definitely a visual learner and I found I had to read the instructions multiple times the first time I made this. But for the two I made in January it was a breeze though because once I got through it once I realized how simple it was. I also found out there is a Craftsy class for this pattern so that would be a great option if it’s your first time.
I used mainly Rashida Coleman Hale’s newest Cotton and Steel line Paper Cuts, with a bit of Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel thrown in for good measure.
So that’s my selfish make. I have been using it to carry hand projects around the house, knitting, stitching. But I will definitely be breaking it in as a tool caddy next month at a little retreat I’m attending.
Goal 2: Sew someone a gift.
This is pretty self explanatory. Sew something for someone else. Preferably it will be a random gift to show someone I care about them. But if it’s for a swap that counts too. I used to have this page on Facebook, well technically it’s still there, were people would nominate others who were awesome and needed a pick me up to receive a handmade gift from me. I did it for 2 or 3 years before I had kids and it was so fun. It fell by the wayside with kids and life getting busier. I loved sharing and gifting though so I would like to do that more. Who doesn’t love to get a thoughtful gift in the mail just because, so I will be doing some form of that…..
For January I made the other Catch All Caddy for a Swap I did with my traveling Quilt ladies. It was so fun and everyone made absolutely perfect gifts for each other.
I really love the complete difference in these two Caddies based on which fabric I used. This one I made with a Cotton and Steel Sprinkles as the main fabric and I quilted it with loops. I used a Cotton and Steel Kicks print for the handles, and for the pockets on the inside I used a print from Annabel Wrigley’s Maribel, which is one of my all time favorite fabric lines. I added a little handmade zipper pull on the outside and stuck some sassy glasses on the inside.
Goal 3: Make a Quilt each month.
This is pretty basic, make a quilt each month, not limited to one a month. I just want to set a goal of a minimum amount of quilts for the year. Last year I made 25, whoa, and it may have been to much .:) But this minimum of one quilt a month can be personal, a gift, a custom order, or product for my shop. But it can not be an overlap for one of my other goals. i.e. if I make one for a gift I can’t also use it for my #2 goal, that would have to be a separate quilt or gift item.
In January I made two baby quilts that were part of a three quilt order for a friend. She had three ladies in her school having babies and wanted to gift them each with a baby play quilt.
I used the backing Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel fabric on the back as my bases for a slate , coral, and grey color scheme. I went with a simple quarter triangle block alternated with a solid block. It measures 36″ square, and is the perfect size for a little floor quilt or to throw over the car seat. I finished it off with some figure 8 loopy quilting.
This quilt was a navy, coral, and grey color scheme and I thought that triangles would be perfect for this slightly preppy color scheme. I have only done maybe 3 triangle quilts and I feel like this one I found my groove and might want to try it on a larger quilt. It finished at 36″ square and I quilted it in a simple loopy pattern. I love the way it turned out.
This is actually the first quilt of the order of three quilts I made and it was made in 2017. It was supposed to be a gender neutral safari theme, and once I found that out I knew I had to use Ginigber’s Savannah line of fabric. I did simple patchwork with all the coordinates in the line on the front and used the awesome panel fabric for the backing. I used my go to loopy quilting again and it finished at 36″ square.
Goal 4: Try a new crafting skill.
This is maybe an every other month goal since it will be more time consuming, and could be from screen printing to painting to a new sewing technique etc… It will help me expand my horizons and keep me going. I haven’t learned a new skill yet this year. I did knit an American Girl doll sweater for my daughters doll but I already knew how to knit, it was just the type of item that was new. Soooo it could count, but this is more a loose goal to help me stretch myself and doesn’t have a specific timeline.
I would love to try pottery on a pottery wheel.
I would love to knit myself a sweater, which seems like it should count even though the doll sweater didn’t.
I would love to try the bias applique for a full quilt.
I would love to make myself pants
I think it would be cool to try dying something… fabric, yarn…
I would love to write more patterns and develop a kids sewing curriculum.
Goal: 5 Work on a business plan for a Fabric store and sewing Center.
One of my goals for when my kids are all full time in school and I could go back to work is to have a quilt shop with an emphasis on teaching sewing and building community.
So that’s what I have fleshed out so far for my crafty goals in 2018. I am hoping to do a recap post at the end of each month, so consider this January’s recap. Otherwise there would be no pictures.
I would love to hear about your crafting or regular goals this year. Do you set goals, big, small….
Did you know that otters do hold hands while floating in their sleep so they don’t drift away from each other. Otters are also one of the few animals that mate for life. Once I found those two facts out I knew I had to make my otter quilt themed on never letting go. Which eventually turned into it’s name Don’t Let Go.
I have been working on this quilt and pattern for about 9 months now and I am so excited to say it’s released into the world for you all to make. It is a straight forward pattern with diagrams for each step, simple construction techniques, and sews up satisfyingly fast.
It started with a sketch on graph paper of a Manatee of all creatures.
I mocked Mr. Manatee up on graph paper after sketching up an inital sketch as shown above. He was relatively easy to piece and figure out until I got to the dreaded bow tie. I’m not a big applique fan, I will do it if a pattern calls for it but I won’t do large amounts of it, and it better be needle turned applique. ;) personal preference you know. So that made me want to piece the bow tie which added a lot of hassle.
While Mr. Manatee turned out super great I stalled in producing a pattern for him because of that darn bow tie. Also this sample measures roughly 36″ tall so not an easy quilt size, so multiple sizes would have to be made and it all seemed daunting. So Mr. Manatee hangs on my wall like this still today waiting for his debut. Which will come.
So I turned back to my sketches, and I had sketched this guy up at the same time. I decided to flesh him out a bit more and I started looking up otters online for a visual and started graphing him out and mocking up the pattern.
Once I had the graph paper version I mocked it up in EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) and the pattern really came to life and started to look and feel like something. I am still very much a novice when it comes to EQ7, but it is a great tool. The quilts I have mocked up that are a single block repeated have been so much fun to do and play with. I’m sure once I get better at the program quilts like my otters will also become more enjoyable. ;)
I made a few otters prior to the finished quilt as I tweaked the paw and feet construction from my initial design to simplify it. I think my final product turn out so cute and I am thrilled to have it out in the world for others to make. You can purchase the Don’t Let Go Pattern in both my Etsy and Craftsy Shops and download immediately for instant gratification.
I backed my quilt in this most amazing sea otter fabric by Laurie Wisbrun. She designed the cutest Otterific fabric in two colorways and it is just the perfect addition to my quilt.
These two quilts are some gorgeous examples of my quilt made by some great friends who agreed to pattern test for me.
Kayla, StitchKaylaStitch, made this adorable version on a white background that she did a giveaway with on her Instagram. I love the quilting and seeing it with a non blue background.
This beautiful version was made by Jennifer Johnston, jenjohnston80, and was gifted to her 3 yr old niece who dubbed it her favorite otter quilt. I love seeing a version with matching otters.
Purchase your own Downloadable PDF copy of the pattern on Craftsy or Etsy and get started right away. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #dontletgoquilt so I can see your wonderful versions of the quilt.
I’m finally sharing Norah’s room here. Her room is bright and full of cuteness and she loves it and so do I. Win win if you ask me. :)
Norah’s middle name is Brave so this print was perfect for the entrance to her room. The Print is from Holly Casto Design but doesn’t look to be available anymore.
I made Pinch pleated drapes with semi black out lining for her windows from a Nate Berkus fabric found at Joann fabrics. They are white with a simple navy leafy detail. The print between the window is a blonde girl holding bears and it’s by Emily Martin of The Black Apple. The abstract art is all Norah. I just show her a selection of colors I like and she picks what she uses.
She has a little reading nook at the end of her bed since she LOVES to read. I found the cute little rocker at a vintage shop and she is constantly rotating books to here from the playroom.
I did a board and batten treatment on the back wall so as to break up the bold Coral on all the other walls. The bed is from Overstock can you believe it. It was so inexpensive and has been super durable even though I catch the kiddos swinging on it occasionally.
We hung a little bit of fun art over her bed and chair. The Giraffe is affectionately dubbed Dorothy and we found her at Homegoods. The Hooray pendant is from Hobby Lobby. The N is a vintage marquee cover and the little girl painting is also vintage. I found the brown craft paper letters that spell be brave at Joann Fabrics. The abstracts are Norah’s handiwork again. The rug is from Rugs USA and looks to no longer be available since I purchased it 4 years ago, and the chair is vintage and recovered.
The arrow sign is from Hobby Lobby as is the Flamingo. I used some Denyse Schmidt in a thrift store frame to make her a little pin board. The white bulldog is a night light from Target and the gold bulldog is a bank from Homegoods. The bear picture is from Target. Everything else is Vintage.
Norah’s closet is nice and large and since her clothes are small she has amble room to store a lot of toys so they don’t clutter up her room. She plays in here ALOT. Someday I think it would be super fun to paint a fun design on the walls.
I put her fancy forest on her bed when I finished it a month or so ago and it so completes the room.
She has a Frances Firefly quilt tucked on the end of her quilt so she can lean on it if she sits down by her books.
I used the whole line of Maribel fabric by Annabel Wrigley and added in a couple others from Michael Miller and Cotton and Steel. This quilt really is a labor of love. There are a lot of hours in it. But the end result is totally worth it to me and Norah super loves it.
The back of the quilt is a handful of coordinating prints made into some fun patchwork. I free motion quilted this quilt with a wood grain pattern and couldn’t love it more.
I hope you enjoyed Norah’s little room tour. I so love to decorate kids spaces. They are so bright and full of color and don’t have to be totally serious. :)
I’ve been itching to give the kids bathroom a little refresh since we moved in but it wasn’t that bad to begin with so it had to wait till a week ago when I had some time to tackle it.
Okay so here’s a little glimpse of the after. Can I tell you how hard it is to photograph a long narrow bathroom…. It’s not easy!
So before we talk about the after lets take a peek at the old.
Yes, I realize it’s just fine, neutral, livable, clean. I just didn’t love it. We replaced the faucets a couple months ago which is a whole story in itself, started with some very pricey plumbing quotes, which turned into a plumber causing a massive leak and having to replace a ceiling….. and then we found a wonderful skilled handyman to install a bunch of new faucets for us at a fraction the cost. Thank goodness! The old faucets in here were chrome and had those giant cut plastic knobs straight out of the 90’s. I also replaced the lights in here as soon as we moved in to these nice inexpensive outdoor lights from Lowe’s.
The small darker squares on the floor are hunter green and for the first year living here all I could think about was replacing them, which wasn’t in the cards currently. But then the dark green trend started popping up and I thought maybe I could work with them. So I dubbed it the kids camp bath and went with that theme for the refresh.
The hardest fix was taking the giant mirror down, and sanding through the paint to remove the raised letters underneath. I could never get a good picture while the letters were painted over with the pale blue color on the walls, but after some serious sanding I smoothed it all out and could see what was written. The picture below is what was around the entire room just under the ceiling.
So the game plan was:
-sand words away
-shiplap wall behind sink
-paint walls and vanity
-replace mirror, knobs, toilet paper holder, and hooks
-hope the kids don’t wreck it to fast
I am very pleased with how it turned out and it wasn’t any sort of work that even a beginner DIY’r couldn’t tackle. The hardest part was removing the mirror, mainly because I had no clue what I was doing. It definitly didn’t go as smoothly as the YouTube videos I watched said it would. I taped the heck out of it and slowly chipped it off, breaking it a bunch, but the last 2/3rd came off in one nice big piece I now have to figure out how to dispose of. ;) The sanding was the other hard part, but luckily I have an electric sander that helped speed the process along. It still took a couple hours and sore arms to accomplish though.
The premade Shiplap I found at Home Depot was so easy to use and since I was doing only one wall it wasn’t that expensive. I have used 4′ x 8’ft sheets of luan or underlayment in the past and ripped them down to 8′ ft lengths by the height I need typically around 8″. This process is cheap as the sheets cost $12, but it’s time consuming to cut them all and much more finicky to hang. For a large room I would still do this as it’s saves sooo much money but for one wall I love this shiplap option. Linked below.
Here are a few sources for the things I used. I linked things when I could. I’m not paid or sponsered by anybody I just like to give as much information as possible since that’s what I always love myself.
A little update to the shop happened and everything (excluding patterns) is on sale this weekend. 20% Discount is shown on each item. So stop by and pick up some Holiday Gifts while they are on sale. Here’s a little of what is in the shop.
I made this super simple and bright and fun Rainbow quilt for a swap with some special sewing ladies i get to retreat with a couple times a year. I cut up 36 different solid fabrics in my stash and put them in rainbow order. It is such a bright and happy quilt and I want to make 1,000 of them. I basically followed along with what Elise did when she made this quilt awhile back and I have to say she is a genius. You can check out her post on it here. So I am posting about it here to share the colors I used so you could make your own, because I have had a few requests on Instagram for the colors.
Here was my preliminary pull from my stash and I had to run to Joann Fabrics (my closest open fabric store that day) and pick up a couple purples. These solid fabrics are a random assortment of fabric brands. Some Joann Fabrics, some so old I don’t know where they are from, a decent amount of KONA Cotton, some RJR Cotton Supreme, and what I think is possibly Michael Miller Cotton Couture…. at this point in the figuring out colors for you guys process I was really wishing that solids had a selvedge with info on it or I had labeled things better.
I ended up Quilting this quilt with giant horizontal loops, two all per 10″ square. I used this delightful cloud minky fabric from Joann Fabrics for the back and was so sad to find out it was discontinued when I went to have it cut so I just bought the rest on the bolt. The minky and the simple yet relatively dense quilting gives this quilt such a soft hand and I almost kept it for myself. ;) But I gave it away in the swap and the recipient was very happy with it. Luckily I had cut out a second stack of squares when I cut this out so hopefully I will have enough cloud minky to back mine.
Black and White stripe was the perfect choice for binding this quilt and finished off the rainbow with the final two colors in the spectrum.
Okay without further ado, here is an image with all the colors noted in KONA.
I color matched on my KONA color card as close as possible to the actual colors I used. A lot of which was KONA. I also will list below the actual colors I used, and which KONA colors I substituted for those. The Only one I couldn’t get a perfect match for is the neon pink, third from the bottom on the left hand side label azalea. The neon pink is much more visible as neon in the first picture of the quilt in the woods and the most asked for color. That is one of the fabrics I have had in my stash for a looooong time and have no clue where it is from unfortunately. So the KONA Substitute is the best option for color value in my best opinion.
Actual colors used that weren’t KONA that I now definitively what they are.
Cotton Supreme Meadowland – Sub KONA Pond
Cotton Supreme Iceberg – Sub KONA Mint
Cotton Supreme Gingko – Sub KONA Zucchini
Cotton Supreme Oriole – Sub KONA Flame
Cotton Supreme Flamingo – KONA Melon
I cut 10.5″ squares from the 36 colors and with 1/4″ seam allowance the finished size is 60″ square. If you where to make this quilt in the same size you would need 1/3 yard of each of the fabrics. But hopefully you have a significant solid fabric stash so you don’t have to buy all those colors. ;)
I would love to see if you make a quilt with my colors so please tag me if you do. Oh and if anybody knows of a great neon pink solid fabric PLEASE let me know, I have mere scraps left of my neon pink stash and I can’t handle it.