Happy Monday! I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Elea Lutz’s new book Pretty Playtime Quilts and guess what showed up last week! Firstly, not only is Elea the sweetest person, but she is incredibly talented and everything she creates is sure to please. Her darling illustrations bring whimsical fun to the fabrics she designs and now to every page of her new book. Pretty Playtime Quilts is a collection of six different quilted projects, but even better it is full of lots of fun blocks that can be used for so much more. Yaay!Secondly, today kicks off an awesome quilt along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop that you can join in on, too! For the next sixteen weeks, I along with a group of 15 other ladies will take turns showing you a new block each week of the adorable Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt. I’ve gathered up my fabrics and plan on using mainly prints from Elea’s new line Strawberry Biscuit. Come join in on the fun! You can get the book here and sew using your favorite fabric, or you can go here and get the quilt kit.
Madeleine and I sneaked away for a couple of hours this morning to enjoy some “Mommy and Me” time at the beach. I couldn’t help but think of this poem watching her play. She would run back and forth between me and the waves, collecting seashells to fill her shoes, her little pigtails bouncing the whole time. We really enjoyed our morning together.
Her little romper is from an adorable pattern I found recently. I have been on the lookout for a cute romper and was excited to finally find the perfect pattern from Tadah! Patterns. They have quite a few cute and easy patterns available. This romper is their Seaside Playsuit pattern.
It is the most crystal clear and cool morning here. The kind of morning that screams at you to open your windows and do something useful. So, I am. I am drinking coffee and baking bread. The kids are excited because I told them they could play outside barefoot. For some reason, being allowed out without shoes is a thrill for them. I am writing this post to you while the bread is rising and between accepting barefoot kisses and lots of weedy flowers.
The other day I took my spool pincushion and turned it into a much larger version to make a fun patchwork pillow. I thought it would add a nice pop of color to my sewing room, but to be honest it hasn’t left Madeleine’s room since I made it.
Here is quick tutorial for it, so grab your scraps and let’s go!
What you will need:
2 strips of the same fabric both measuring: 13 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – You will need to do this 5 times.
4 strips of neutral colored fabric measuring: 17 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
This pillow is sewn up exactly the same way that the pincushions are, so the instructions are exactly the same except for the first 2 steps, which I will write here.
1. Take one of each of your strips of fabric, and using a 1/4″ seam, sew them together lengthwise.
2. Repeat step 1 with the second strips of fabric, making sure to sew them in the exact same order.
Finish the remainder of the steps, just as you would for the spool pincushion starting at step 3.
I used Vintage Picnic fabric and linen to make mine. If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!
Strawberry season has come and gone here in Florida and I almost missed it! I have to constantly remind myself I am not in Kansas anymore…er, I mean Kentucky. I am used to strawberries in May or June back home.
Luckily, the kids and I and Aunt Annie (My younger sister has come to stay with us for awhile…) caught the tail end of it here and were able to pick dozens of deliciously ripe strawberries. Mmm…Plenty for the kids to feast on, and just enough left over to turn into 12 jars of jelly.
Not only is it strawberry season outside, but have you noticed how it seems to be strawberry season in the fabric world as well? One line I am especially loving right now is The Shabby Strawberry. The cute little bouncing strawberries just seem to announce picnic season is here.
I decided to make an easy patchwork placemat we could roll up and pack with us for picnics at the park or beach. And the square quilting on it matches the design on my jars of jelly. (That actually was not intentional, and I didn’t even notice it until I took this picture!) I wish everyone a good picnic sometime in the near future!
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement here! After making us wait a week longer than expected (which feels like half of eternity in pregnancy years), our little Kilian George finally decided to make his appearance in the world on March 10th… and all 9.6 lbs. of him have been smothered in hugs and kisses since.
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Needless to say my sewing projects were put on the back burner for a couple of weeks. Towards the end of my pregnancy the carpal tunnel was so bad in my hands that I had trouble even trying to sew. Luckily, it subsided shortly after and it was glorious to be able to sit down at my sewing machine again.
I immediately had the urge to sew something spring-y, quick and useful. I came across this hotpad pattern by Purl Soho a while back and thought it would be a love match for the floral prints in this Wonderland collection. (You can buy the fabric bundle here.) I decided to add a grommet and string for the holder since I used fabric to bind with instead of twill tape. I used to find grommets so tricky, but I think I am finally getting the hang of them!Such a lovely spring addition to my kitchen…
So, I have been keeping a little secret over the past couple of months. A secret I announced on Instagram a few weeks ago, and am just now getting around to sharing with my dear readers here…
We are expecting a little baby boy, and he is due to arrive in just two short weeks!
Since he is our first little one in our new home we decided to pretty much start from scratch with the nursery, and have spent the last two months remodeling and preparing everything for our sweet babe. (And Finian! Who is still in the crib and loving his new space.)My husband spent the first weekend wood paneling the back wall. I am crazy about ship plank walls, and just love the character it adds to the room without taking away from the softness I was going for. While he had his tools out, I talked him into building a blanket ladder and a set of shelves. He is so good at turning what I have in my head into the real deal!
The animal prints are by far Finian’s favorite part. He wakes up pointing and talking about them everyday. They really are the sweetest prints and I think I squealed when I found them because they are exactly what I was looking for. They are available from James River Studios on Etsy. (His entire shop is a must see!)
For our new little one’s quilt, I decided to go with a very simple patchwork square quilt in low volume prints, and a sweet little hand-stitched tag. This little crochet sheep may be my most favorite toy I’ve ever crocheted. He is so sweet and was so much fun to make! I added the little linen tag when he was finished and just hand sewed it in to place. The pattern is by Lanukas. (You can find the translated version on Pinterest here.)For the wood blocks, I found a set of 2″ wooden squares from Michaels, and sanded the sides and corners smooth. The pictures are from a Peter Rabbit book that had been loved to pieces and was falling apart. I cut each picture a little less than 2″, rounded the corners, and Modge Podged them to the squares.
The baptismal outfit is one I had sewn when I was expecting Liam. It has now been worn by both Liam and Finian and it makes me so excited to see it hanging there waiting to be worn by our third son. The wooden fixtures that it is hanging on is another make by my husband. I found the round raw wood pieces and knobs at Hobby Lobby and he turned them into the perfect hanging displays.The children are beyond excited to meet their little brother. They giggle and crowd around my belly with every little kick and move. They sing to him and talk to him. He is already loved so much.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the beginnings of what I am calling a “child-friendly Christmas Village”. As a little girl, I loved Christmas villages. They are so quaint and cute, and I use to wish I could just shrink down and live in their world. I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas village that the children could play and imagine with, made just for little hands.
Of course, there is no better place to start (…at least in my mind) than the Christmas Village Bakery. Especially if it offers coffee, cakes and pies. Mmmm….The next addition was the Village Toy Shoppe, complete with big windows for little window shoppers. Adding all the little details was definitely the most fun part of each building. Imagine all the different details you could do! Ahhh…
I used lots of starch and fusible Wonder Under to attach each piece of fabric before sewing them into place and then drew on and hand-stitched the details.The little village has already started gathering occupants. These little Christmas mice were a gift from my mom when I was about 10. I have always loved them and now Madeleine loves them just as much. Aren’t they the cutest?