Trucks and Tractors

Shortly after Norah was born I was offered some of this super fun Trucks and Tractors fabric from Laurie Wisburn to play with. Of course I couldn’t refuse because I love everything Laurie does!


So I set to work figuring out the perfect quilt to make with it for my little munchkin! I have been loving some of the pixelated and word quilts popping up around pinterest, instagram, and flickr lately and went in that direction. This is what I came up with.



I made it with 6″ finished squares and kept the focus on the awesome trucks and tractors fabric by using it for my word “dig”. I used a mixture of solids mostly Kona to pixelate the background so the fun trucks and tractors fabric would make the word pop. Although ask my husband how long it took him to figure out it was a word! Men! ;)

I quilted each square with a free motion circle! Yikes that was tough. I used a paper circle and pinned it down on each circle and sewed around it! There not perfect but practice will help right? I figured it would go with the trucks and tractors theme and represent wheels.  The Black and white striped binding is the perfect finishing touch.


Oh and the back is this super soft green minky! So cozy and cuddly. I was a bit scared to use it as backing since I thought it would shift a lot, but I stretched it super tight while pinning and It actually wasn’t bad to sew at all! I love the way it crinkled up after washing too.


So here’s the fun part!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a fat quarter set of Laurie’s four fabrics in the Trucks and Tractors line, along with two half yards of the blue and red solid shown below from Robert Kaufman! I will choose a winner on Saturday!


I have a second giveaway too! After I pick the winner of the fabric I will pick someone else to win this fun zipper pouch! It’s the perfect travel size for your little man, or a friends, to store his cars and trucks. I keep one in my purse with a few little toys for Luke when we are at a restaurant or in the car. It keeps them corralled and I am not fishing around in my giant purse in a moment of dire need of distraction! :)


Check out my Instagram feed for a way to have a second entry into the giveaways!

But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some, Trucks and Tractors is available on the Robert Kaufman site!


Thanks so much for stopping by and Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed Winners Contacted!

Insta Friday

It’s Friday, thank goodness. It’s been a long week with David out of town for over half of it. He leaves again on Sunday. Boo. But here’s what the past couple of weeks have looked like via Instagram.


Linking up with Jeanett at Liferearranged.

mailed this box from the OhSweetJoy giveaway / finally created and installed my husbands office light fixture / Luke wearing mommies hat since his isn’t done yet

had a friend over to play / spent a naptime photographing this pile for the shop / Tired Luke after a nap

Dude / lots of fun mail came all on one day / pumpkins for the fall swap

Attended the Randolph Street Market in Chicago a must go if you are in the area / Luke’s gloves / Yum

mailed my fall swap box / daddy pushing Luke / ghostie Luke

building roads is an important toddler skill to master / Fireman Luke / I made myself a washi tunic

He LOVES music / scored this brand new crate and barrel table for $99 at the outlet p.s. there’s Nothing wrong with it / Fireman Guitarist – Luke’s dream job?

relaxing and knitting / wreath Giveaway – You can still sign up to win / silly Luke

Started a weekender bag, doing it all in selvedge. The lemons are in the pocket / Fall scarf swap – Join in the fun / Luke riding his bike, sporting his new hat


Yep, we’ve been busy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Whoo Loves a Giveaway?

Give Away Closed: 10/15/2012

I think everybody loves a Giveaway! So here ya go. :)  An Owl wreath I made a bit ago that I would love to send to a great home. It is 14″ across, so it’s a regular? sized wreath. I wrapped it in scrappy fallish fabric and added a little burlap and owl accent.


Please leave a comment if you would like a chance to win!  If you would like to tweet it, blog it, or pin it. ;) Please go ahead and leave a comment for each thing you do, for up to four chances to win! I will pick a winner next week!


Thanks for stopping by!

Gentleman Owl Winner

Congratulations Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

who wrote:

Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to give my 20 month old a chance to play with this cute little fellow! Thank you –

Your name was drawn to win the Gentleman Owl! I will be contacting you for your shipping info.


Stay tuned I have more giveaways coming up this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Campfire Pillow Tutorial

Dana from Old Red Barn Co. asked me to do a tutorial on this campfire pillow I posted about back in December. She is hosting a giveaway of a Felt Campfire Pillow I made on her blog today. Go check it out and enter!

Let’s get started!

To make this pillow you will need the above supplies + the pattern pieces. The sewing machine is optional because you could sew the whole pillow by hand if you don’t have a machine or don’t know how to use one. As for amounts of fabric, my pillows measured 24 inches tall when I finished them. I used roughly 3/4 yd of white duck for the background fabric for two pillows, and 3/4 yard polka dot backing fabric for two pillows. I used the printed quilting fabric I had on hand for the flames and logs but each was roughly 1/2 yd ( I had plenty of scraps leftover) I also used 3 tan felt 9″x12″ rectangles for two pillows. For the felt pillow, I purchased 3/4 yd of orange, 1/2 yd of yellow, and 1/4 yd of dark brown.  The amount of fabric will depend on how large you make your pillow.

For the Pattern pieces, they are all ready to print on 8.5″x11″ paper, and they are all scaled to each other, i.e if you print 1 at 100% print the others at 100% also, if you enlarge 1 to 200% print the others at 200% as well. To print at 100% so it is just the 8.5″x11″ would make a small pillow roughly 12″ tall. You can either enlarge the pattern pieces and have printed on a large printer, print each piece in sections and tape together (what I did), or use the patterns as a guide to free hand sketch you own.

Orange Flame Pattern : Yellow Flame Pattern: Log Patterns


Cut each pattern piece out of the respective fabric you are using. Once cut, arrange pieces on the background fabric in the arrangement shown below.

Pin the pieces to the backing. As you may notice there is not a pin in the top of the middle log. This is because I will be lowering that log so I can sew the piece underneath down a bit, and then I will put that log back in place once that is finished. After pinning all the pieces to the background fabric, cut out the background fabric about an 1″-1.5″ around the perimeter.

Sew the pieces to the background fabric. I went in this order: 1. Long log (lifting the flames and the middle log to sew underneath. 2. flames ( lifting middle log to sew just under edges) 3. middle log. 4. light brown front of logs (sewn by hand)

On the pillow made of all felt (shown above), I sewed everything by hand since it won’t fray and I like that the hand stitched detail shows up nicely against the simple felt and adds a bit more interest.  On the Pillow with mostly fabric pieces (shown below) I machined stitched  all of the fabric pieces down (since this fabric will fray) and then hand stitched the front of the logs for a nice detail.  You could do a combination of hand stitching and machine stitching, or 100% of either.  It is mainly up to you and your preference.

With the pieces all stitched to the background fabric, you will then take your backing fabric (orange polka dot) and lay the two right sides together, pin them, and then cut out the backing fabric.

Now sew your front piece to your backing. This can be done by hand using the backstitch. Make sure to leave an opening somewhere to stuff it, my opening was in the bottom center. Once sewn, clip all the curves and corners so it will lay flat once it is turned.  Turn pillow.

Stuff pillow and sew up that opening, hand sew – I used the whip stitch, or machine sew.

Now enjoy your campfire pillow.

I hope that my directions are clear. But definitely email me or comment with any questions that you have. I would love to see any creations made from this tutorial and pattern. Please let me know if you blog about it or add your photos to my flickr group.


I also want to mention that this is not my original idea, as in my post about the first campfire pillow I made for a gift, I saw this on Michelle’s blog vintagejunky and am just sharing how I made it.


Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to hop over to Dana’s Blog for the giveaway!



First things first my friends! The winner of the snowman, owl, zipper pouch is: Sorry guys completely forgot to do this before i went to bed last night. :)

Congratulations Dana!


Okay onto a fun project!

A special little girl I know turned 2 this past week and had a fun birthday party! I used Cakies awesome tutorial and made her a play tent.  I would have loved one of these to hide away in and read for hours on end as a little girl. So I decided to make her a vintage inspired hideaway!

Rubyellyn’s tutorial was super easy and quick to follow. The main things I did that are a little different where, I put the second tie on each post in the middle instead of the top because all of the tents I have seen online have had a dip in the side of the fabric since there was no middle support.  I also (although I did it after all these pictures:) stapled a thick blue ribbon about 4″ down from the the dowel one end on each post because my posts where sliding out on anything other than hardwood. I think my hole bit must have been a touch bigger than the dowel since everybody online I read said there’s was tight enough to stand fine.  And I obviously painted the frame.  :)  I have another almost done for another little persons birthday gift. I seriously love this and kind want to make a big one for me but will refrain till Luke is big enough to have one of his own. :)

I used a fun vintage sheet I found recently as I know this little one and her momma are vintage lovers. :) And I made a fun pendant garland to match.

The great part about it is it all come apart easily and stores so compact. I think that is essential for parents, and it is such a great imagination prompter.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday’s ramblings

There is no winner for Thursday because nobody commented!

So today I have TONS to do when Luke wakes up from his nap. I am helping my friend prepare for her daughters 2nd birthday party tomorrow, I have a couple things to make in the way of gifts,

I need to finish up Luke’s 1st Birthday invites so I can get them in the mail, along with a couple other projects I need to finish up and grocery shopping! I hope Luke is super happy and ready to go after his nap. :)

So I am posting my final giveaway this week a little late today! You understand, right? ;)

Don’t worry if you already posted on the other giveaways or won! I would rather the items go to someone then sit in storage in my house.


So I have three items today! All going to 1 winner.


A tall 100% wool felt snowman who stand on his own. He has fabric stars stitched on, and a raw scarf, and a sprinkle of sparkly snow on his head.  A mini Owl with all handstitched detail. Last a nice little zippered pouch that is the perfect size for makeup, a catch all of stuff in your purse, or to store your little handy project you want to carry with you.

You could keep all these items for yourself or give some away as a Christmas or a just because gift. :)

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me you favorite thing about the holiday season. I will be leaving this giveaway up till Sunday the 20th at Midnight and will announce the winner on Monday!

Make sure your email is in your comment or attached to it.Good Luck!


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Today it’s Thursday

Hi guys! How is your day going?

The winner for Wednesday is: Congrats Sandy I will contact you!

All I’ve got for you today is the giveaway!

A wool felt pear handstitched onto fun fruit fabric, say that 5x fast. :) It is stretched in an embroidery hoop and ready to hang. It measures 12.5″ at it’s widest point!

To enter to win the pear wall hanging leave a comment on this post telling me how your day is going!The giveaway will end at midnight and I will announce the winner tomorrow and contact you for your info.

Make sure your email is linked to, or in your comment so I have a way to contact you.


Thanks for stopping by!

Working Wednesday!

The Winner from Tuesday is:

Carol: I will contact you! Congrats!

This week I am finishing up a project I have been working on since September! yikes. Some people are finally going to get some happy mail!

I will share the finally product once they have shipped!


And here is Wednesdays giveaway.

Remember my Fall Garland from this post? also shown below.

Well I have one to giveaway. It is the same style and size as the one above just in different fabrics. The photos below are of the one I am giving away. I wasn’t able to get a good photo of it hanging today.

It measures 44″ end flag to end flag and has roughly 12″ tails on each end to hang it by.  It is also double sided, as in, it looks the same from either side, so hanging it in your window will make both the inside and outside of your house pretty. :)

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me about a project your working on and if you have a blog leave me a link I would love to check it out!

Make sure your email is connected to your comment or in your comment.

The giveaway will close at midnight tonight and I will announce the winner tomorrow!


Thanks for stopping by!