Sunday, April 6, 2014

9-Patch Granny Square {A Finished Quilt}

Hi there! I hope you all had a great weekend! My mom and sister came to visit and see our new house! So we had fun hanging out with them all weekend. We also started on our fence for our yard! Wahoo! I am taking pictures of all the progress, and will post soon. 

So onto my latest finish.  This quilt was made from a mistake.  This was the center of a much larger quilt top that I had made.  Unfortunately for some reason that quilt top would not lay flat. So I kind of just folded it up and forgot about it.  Well, when were were moving, I found the quilt top and decided to give it a new life.  I cut out the center granny square--and made it into a baby size quilt! And I pretty much love how it turned out! 



The quilt measures about 36" square.  I did meandering for the quilting on my own machine.  I have decided that my sewing machine does not do well with meandering! The past two times I have tried to meander---I have had major thread breakage issues and my machine is skipping stitches.  I don't know what I am doing wrong, if you have any ideas I would love to hear them!


I am thinking of making a pattern for this quilt. It is layer cake friendly, and super easy.  Let me know if you'd like the pattern for this and if I get a pretty good response--I will post one! 

Talk to you soon,


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quilt Ladder

Hi there! Well, we are finally getting settled in our new home! I can't tell you how great it feels to have a place that we can call our own.  

I am ready to start decorating.  EEK! My favorite part! I am taking things slow, and doing one thing at a time.  This is unlike me.  I usually spend the first two weeks after we move and decorate the entire house. 

Not this time.

I don't want to rush into anything. I want to take my sweet time, and get each room exactly how I envisioned.  This is going to take time! And I need to learn patience, because this is so not my normal.  When I want something done, I get it done quickly! This is different, I want to slowly and carefully make my house a home!

So onto my first project for the new house:


My dad, who is pretty much one handy guy--built me this ladder.  I am one lucky gal.  I have wanted something to be able to showcase my quilts, and this is the perfect solution!  

This ladder, was made the old fashioned way.  There is not one screw or nail in this ladder.  It is made with wood pins, and wood.  That's it.  It is a real treasure, and I will treat it as such! 


I love the fact that I can showcase my quilts and rotate them out so I can enjoy them more! Plus it sure makes a fun prop to photograph quilts. 

My dad gave me the ladder like this-comletely unfinished.  I wanted it this way because I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish it.  When he gave it to me, we hadn't bought the house yet.  So I wanted to wait to paint/stain it until we were moved into our new home.  



I stained the entire ladder with a walnut colored stain first.  I only did one coat, because I was just using the stain as a base for when I painted it.  I wanted the ladder to look old and used.  I am going for a shabby chic look and this was the first step to achieve that look. 

After it was stained, I let it dry.  I then painted it with a DRY brush with an egg shell colored paint. This gave it that old look, that I adore.  


This ladder is something I will treasure for a lifetime.  It means so much that my dad made this ladder for me, and that I have something to pass along to my kids from their grandfather!


Talk to you soon,


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Southern Fabric $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big News!

So,  I have some really exciting news to share! We just bought our first house!  I am incredibly excited about finally owning a home and putting my stamp on it.  I can't wait to give you a little tour and post my updates on how I decorate each room.  It's going to be a slow process, but I really want to spend time on each room and get it exactly how I want it. 


You can see that the front yard is all landscaped, but the backyard is completely unfinished.  So we are going to put most of our efforts into completing the backyard this spring and putting in a garden.  I can't wait to share all the updates and the process of how it goes.  :) 

The basement is also unfinished, so we will be doing that as well.  My husband is really handy and can do most the work himself!-so it's  just a matter of time before we can finish it up.  I will definitely post all of our progress throughout each project.


So if you've wondered why I have been kind of absent on the blog, this is one of the reasons! The last month or two have seriously been a whirlwind and I can't believe we now have a home that we can call our own! :) 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Crazy Acres Quilt Along

Hi there! I am really excited to announce a new quilt along that Fort Worth Fabric Studio is hosting on their blog! I have been super busy making this quilt the past few weeks! It has been hard to keep this one a secret! 

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has come up with two different bundles for the quilt along.  Both of them are lovely, but so very different! I decided to use the Raspberry Crush bundle and I can't tell you how delicious these fabrics are in person! 




Here is a little sneak peek of how my quilt turned out! I will do the full reveal at the show and tell in May! :) 



Head on over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for all the details and fabric requirements! I would love to have you join in on the fun! 


Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Talk to you soon,



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lucky Pinwheels


Hi there!  I have a fun little pattern to share with you today!

I have had so much fun making some seasonal projects lately.  I love the fact that they are quick and easy and take no time at all! 

I decided my entry table needed a little St. Patrick's Day table topper to make my house a little more festive. 

So here is the pattern I came up with:
Click here you purchase this pattern!

I had a lot of fun making this cute topper and it was super easy! I literally just used scraps to make the entire thing! I love projects like that.  I also got this done in a few hours. 


 I kept the quilting super simple and just did a 2" grid pattern.  Overall, I love how it turned out and it really adds some fun charm to my entry table!

I have this pattern listed in my Craftsy Pattern Shop! 

You can purchase it here.

Talk to you soon,


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