Guys! My friend Stephanie Socha has a great Podcast called Make and Decorate. Stephanie asked me awhile back if I would like to be on her podcast and between feelings of doubt that I could do it and general scaredness I said yes. 2019 is my year of doing things that scare me and trying new things even if they seem scary (disclaimer: most aren’t).
Well let me tell you Stephanie made it so fun and easy to chat with and we had a blast!!
You can go and listen to my episode, and see the show notes. All her other awesome episodes are such a great listen as well. Plus she has a discount code for my etsy shop in the show notes!
I thought we would take a look at my Floored Quilt Pattern and all the variations you can use the pattern for.
You can find my Floored Quilt Pattern in PDF format in my etsy shop. The pattern is for a 60″ x 72″ throw quilt. All the fabric requirements for the quilt are for the throw size with a selection of roughly 5 fabrics being the standard. Because of the nature of the quilt makes it customizable I also have included the fabric requirements for each medallion and X in the pattern. So you can make it larger or smaller to give it your own flare. I have made it with all the medallions a different fabric and the X’s scrappy, all the medallions different with the X’s all the same, Ombre Medallions with all the X’s the same, and a set amount of fabric (fabric line of 9) with all the X’s the same. I feel like there could be several more combos in there I haven’t tried yet.
I have also experimented with size, a king size, the throw size, and a crib size.
I hope you get inspired by all the different versions there are and make one for yourself or a friend.
This black and white version is almost King size, measuring 96″ square. I made it for my queen guest bedroom. I like oversized quilts or comforters, so on a small bed I will almost always make or buy a bigger than normal size. It has yet to be quilted.. ahem. I used a low volume white, gray, and black only, fabric for each of the medallions, with one medallion being a pale yellow liberty print (towards the top right). The X”s are all Kona black.
In the above picture is just this quilt top. The picture below is after it’s been quilted and the picture you find on the cover of the pattern.
I used the Art Gallery Fabric Bundle Campsite for this quilt. I bought extra yardage of the marshmallow on sticks fabric from the line for the X’s. This line had 9 fabrics plus the marshmallow. I added the orangy print with white stars from the Cotton and Steel Print Shop line. The 9th fabric from the line is what it is bound in. This leaves 9 medallion fabrics. 5-7 Medallion fabrics would be more the norm for this mix of patterns. I horizontal straight line quilted it and backed it in a cream with orange polka dot fabric by Denyse Schmidt.
This throw sized ombre floored quilt was a lot of fun to make. I was pulling solids for something else and kinda got to thinking that an ombre sunset would look fun. I used the included coloring sheet to figure out color placement and how to sew it up. I sewed it during a week at a lakehouse in Michigan and took it to the top of a very high dune to get a good picture. That photo at the top of the post has my husband, father-in-law, and son all behind it holding corners in the wind. LOL. They were quite the troopers. But it was worth it to get a picture with the sunset that mimics the colors in the quilt perfectly, or visa versa.
This cutie little crib size quilt , 36″ x 54″, was a recent quilt order and maybe my favorite thus far? I love the color combo so much on it, and the complete scrappy feel. I selected a different fabric for each medallion which means 13 medallion fabrics since parts of medallions are peaking out of the sides. Each X is made of four low volume (in the color scheme) prints. Each low volume print repeats just once in the whole quilt. You could definitely use only one cut of each print but I needed to stay in a certain color range.
I also added a partial plus and partial medallion strip to the top and bottom. This isn’t part of the pattern but could be figured out pretty easily if you wanted. Crib size is a little different which is why I opted to do this.
I quilted it with big loopy quilting which I wasn’t sure would work on this quilt pattern and discovered that it of course works. What was I thinking.
I hope this gives you a nice overview of how your can make this Floored Quilt Pattern in many different ways. You can check out the hashtag #flooredquilt on Instagram for all the awesome tester versions too. They did an awesome job of making unique versions. Please use that hashtag if you have made this quilt as I LOVE to see all the versions. You can always email me picutres too.
To get your own quilt just click on the pattern cover just above and it will take you to my etsy shop.
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.
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 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.
So here are a few that I have made in the past year.
Mega King Quilt.
I recently finished this mega King Size Quilt for my sister. She and her husband helped select some of the fabrics and I layered in the remaining to make this warm and inviting combination.
The Pictures were taken at night before they had to leave in the wee hours of morning so they are a tad dark. The good news is it’s bright and fun in person and they absolutely loved the quilt.
I backed it with the Birch Mod dots with some insets of the front blocks. I quilted it with my favorite loopy free motion. I’m not sure what this pattern is called but this quilt mimics, per my sisters request, my very first quilt I ever made following along on the Flickr quilt along started by Dana at Old Red Barn Co.
Neutral Woodland Themed baby quilt.
This Baby Quilt is made with over sized flying geese blocks in a bold but neutral print fabric pull. It measures about 36″ square and is straight line quilted to give lots of texture.
This quilt was commissioned by a friend after she saw one that I made for myself that was almost identical to this. This is a pattern by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew and is a super fun and quick make. I used orange fabric pulled from my stash and this amazing background fabric by Dinara Mirtalipova from her line Mischief Night.
The Pumpkin Quilt below is my original one.
Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap.
I joined a Gilmore Girls Mini Quilt Swap last year because Gilmore Girls is the Best Show Ever. I ended up enlarging a Silver Linings Original Swan pattern to make a good sized Mini, I believe it finished about 18″. The pattern is all paper Pieced. I finished it off with some free motion quilting and a quote from the movie regarding a swan. :) Do yourself a favor and watch Gilmore Girls if you haven’t. It’s the best show.
That’s it for now, I hope to post a few more quilts I’ve made recently soon.
I have had this pattern coming down the pipline for awhile now and it’s finally done and available for download for, wait for it……. FREE! Yes that’s right a great free pattern for you all.
I originally designed this pattern to make a couple pillows, possibly a quilt (hasn’t happened yet) for my son, and thought it’s such a simple sew up that I would write the pattern for you all. But patterns do seem to take way longer than I anticipate so lets just say I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I started.
It’s a simple sew pattern, with a few specific pattern pieces to download and the rest is cutting straight lines with your trusty rotary cutter. The hardest part is sewing 4 pesky curved seams, and they really are not that bad. Don’t let the curves scare you once you sew them several times they get easier and easier.
The great thing about this block is you can customize it’s face to have several different looks. You can also do one block which finishes at 18″ sewn up (18.5″ unfinished) and make it into a nice sized throw pillow or make a bunch and sew them all up into an epic “block man” quilt. I give block amounts with finished quilt sizes and what they roughly relate to in standard quilt sizes in the pattern. They won’t be exactly the size of a standard quilt but they are close.
So stop by craftsy and download your Woollypetals “block man” pattern and let me know when you’ve made one. I can’t wait to see all the cool block men, or women, you come up with. Feel free to tag them #woollypetalsblockman on social media, send me a picture, or let me know here or via email if you’ve made and posted about one. I can’t wait to see them.
We gifted the kids a smallish (read: 7ft diameter) trampoline for Christmas, and set it up in the basement. The max weight is 100lbs so mommy and daddy are not allowed. Darn. So crushed! This has allowed for copious amounts of downtime for me where I get to sit and hand stitch. The downfall of having it in the basement is they don’t really want to go down without an adult as it’s “scary”.
I have since pulled out my scrappy trip around the world quilt to hand quilt. The quilt has been in various states over the past three years, top was sewn within a couple weeks of Christmas when I caught the bug at that time of sewing a scrappy trip quilt. The top sat for a year till the following Christmas when I managed to get it basted. Then it sat for another two, yes two, years knowing I wanted to hand quilt snowflake like starbursts all over it. So it’s the perfect quilt for jumping time and also when I just need to sit and be next to my kids but not engaged.
Okay so that’s really an unnecessarily long opening to the fact that now I had little scissors, needles, and thread that need to be toted all over the house and not left out for kids to stab themselves with. So I searched for a pattern or tutorial on pinterest and stumbled across this insane cuteness. A Sewing Organizer bag tutorial. I was smitten. While it is fully a picture tutorial it helped me figure out what I wanted and I made up my own from there.
Folded up it fits in my hand, and I put a little strap on the back to loop my finger or hand through.
The arms fold in and are elastic bungeed to allow for a little bit of give. The legs fold up and the ears fold down and snap to the legs. I gave it a cute little face replicating my cat pouches.
I used cotton and steel salvage from Sarah Watts new line Cat lady for the little straps and the bias to hold the interior fabric pocket. I want to be able to lift to the pocket to access the scissors. The pocket is an expandable pocket and has a flap to help keep my thread and thimble inside.
The Pocket lifts up to access the scissors that slide into one strap and have another strap to snap over the handles so they don’t fall out.
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!