Friday, August 8, 2014

Chair Makeover

 My dad gave me this chair, which had been refinished and recovered somewhere around the time of my birth, I believe. After thirty-something years, it was definitely in need of an update.

I found this funky purple (my current favorite color) fabric at Joann's and thought it would be an unexpected pop for this old chair. 
My husband actually did the labor for me. I think it turned out so well! You may recall, he's pretty good at making furniture look amazing!
And if I'm taking pictures, my little ham wants to be in there!
 Here's a before & after........ pretty big difference!
Now to just decide where in this house this "new" chair wants to live. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Boy Applique T-shirts

I haven't been sewing much, but I did spend some time this week making some new shirts for my "baby" boy who begins Kindergarten next week. He's wears around a 4t, and I find myself struggling to find boy's t-shirts at this age that aren't very loud designs. We like mellow. And cute. Like this little airplane with the button on the prop. I love it!
And a new "5" shirt to celebrate his birthday in a few weeks. His "4" shirt and orange truck shirt from last year have definitely been well-loved. 

And because he still looooves orange, I made him an orange tie shirt. Fun and funny for all of Kindergarten's events where formal dress is required.  ; ) 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Square in a Square Summer House Quilt

I finished a quilt today!
This is made with Moda's "Summer House" fabric. I love these colors! 

I quilted it with free-motion stipple quilting - my favorite!
The binding is a cute wood-grain in turquoise. 
And the back is a super soft pink damask flannel. So cozy!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Airplane Toddler Quilt

I completed a quilt this week! I made this for a friend's little boy who is transitioning into a toddler bed. I forgot to measure it, but I think it's about 36 x 48" (the blocks are all 12" squares). 

Each of the airplanes are a little different, appliqued with scrap fabrics in blue, brown, yellow, and green, with a few pops of orange and red. 

I loved the stipple quilting, it made me think the airplanes were flying around.  : ) 
The binding is a cute brown polka dot. 

And the back is a super soft blue and brown flannel. 

I hope little L loves his new quilt!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bubble Quilt for Baby A

A few months ago, our very good friends had their second daughter. Meet Baby A.

This "bubble quilt" for A is made with a variety of fabrics, including this cute bird fabric I had used on her big sister's quilt a few years ago.

The back is a very soft flannel with a sweet bunny print. Love!
To view all of my completed quilts, grab a cup of coffee and click here!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Tree & A Rainbow

My daughter's teacher asked for one of my tree pillows, with an emphasis on orange leaves. (You can see all the tree objects I've made by clicking here and here and here and here).
 And also a rainbow pillow, inspired by this quilt
 The square and rectangle scraps are attached with matching thread. Love love love me a rainbow! 
I hope she loves her new pillows! I really enjoy making pillows - it's a fairly quick project (well compared to a quilt, anyway!) and a fun way to add color and comfort to a room. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Purple & Gray

This purple and gray patchwork quilt is my first quilt of 2014! It's for a little girl who is due to arrive in March. I hope she loves it!

The squares were cut at 4" and are from a variety of prints I've collected over several years. The quilting is a simple straight-line quilting at 1/4" on either side of the seams. 

The backing is a very soft gray damask print (the same I used on my swoon quilt, as a matter of fact). Love it!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

End of Year

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

We had such a blast with our kids this year - they are 7 and 4 and oh my goodness! So excited, so enthusiastic, so entertaining.
 See what I mean about "enthusiastic?!"
 I didn't do any Christmas sewing, but I did make this wood slice picture frame for my dad and step-mom. They are big time nature lovers and I thought they would enjoy the rustic idea of a photo on a piece of natural wood (purchased at Michaels, photo cut to size and modge-podged on).

 It's also two-sided with this year's family portrait (blogged here: For the Love of Christmas Cards).
And, because everyone is doing it and it looks so fun, here is my 2013 "year in review." I made more quilts than I thought I did! Twelve total, including some of my most favorites ever.
Here are links in case you would like more details. 

2013 was a great year - my daughter made her first quilt, my husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary, I sold a couple of quilts for the first time, and even sent some of my crafts into a REAL retail store! 

I'm looking forward to 2014 and all that it will bring. There's something I love about a fresh start and a new year and the unexpected. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Elf on the Shelf "Selfies"

I know the "Elf on the Shelf" is such a love/hate topic. But in this house, we LOVE this tradition. My husband and I have so much fun coming up with clever and funny places to hide the elf and things for him to do. So tonight, on the last night we will have the elf (he returns to the North Pole on the night of Christmas), we went all out. 
 It appears Snappy the Elf has gotten a hold of some of my cameras and took a few "selfies" to leave with the kids. 
 I pulled photos from previous years of elf shenanigans and also did a mini-portrait session with Snappy the other day when the kids weren't home - focusing on putting him in their rooms, playing with their toys, and posing with pictures of them. I cropped the photos to 2 inch squares and had them printed on big 8x10 sheets. Then I used my quilting tools to slice them up and poof! elf-sized Polaroids. Given the amount of photos we take in this family, I have a feeling my kids are going to get a kick out of this one. 

 Like I said, we've had so much fun with our elf over the last few years. This is honestly one of my favorite traditions and I have loved seeing the kids reactions when they find him each morning (except that one morning he must have been too tired to fly home..... oops!). We will be looking forward to his return next Christmas. 

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Wooden Signs or Ornaments

I am the Creative Activities leader for my local Mothers of Preschooler's group. Our Christmas craft this week are these cute little wooden signs that can be used as Christmas decor or as an ornament on the tree.

I designed them using digital scrapbooking papers and embellishments and printed them on photo paper. My darling husband cut the wooden pieces to 5.75" from long pieces of door molding and drilled little holes in the tops. I then painted the edges white and modge-podged (is that a verb?) the photo designs. Once they were dry, I poked holes through the paper and added 22-guage wire for the tops. I think they turned out very cute and the total cost ended up just less that $2 per mom in the group! 

I'll be back soon with pictures of the rest of our Christmas home decor. I can't believe Christmas is in just a few days!!! 


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