Sunday, October 22, 2017

Stuff I've Made: Another Baby Quilt

Normally I photograph the whole process from start to finish, but this time I just enjoyed making something cute and colorful for a new babe. I made this before going out of town and the little guy was born while I was away. Now that Im home I can't wait to keep making new things!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spooky Saturday: Etsy Favorites

This is the hardest time of year for me when it comes to shopping as I love ALL THINGS HALLOWEEN ALL THE TIME! So when shops are going full out with their spooky wares, I can't contain myself! For this weekend, I wanted to share some of my favorites from other independent makers on Etsy. Have a lovely weekend on this last day of September!

Always Anchors

I'm Your Present

Janine Basil

DC Visual Arts

Culture Flock Clothing 


A Little Tinsel

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spooky Saturday: Halloween Wreath DIY

Are you enjoying the first few days of fall?! With the first official day of fall being only a few days ago, I thought something extra special was in order. I feel like it's been a while since I assembled a DIY, but I'm pumped for this one! I made a Halloween Wreath a few years ago, but it wasn't anything exciting so I knew I wanted to make something better for this year's Spooky Saturdays. I purchased very little for this wreath and, because it's made with scrap fabric, could be edited for any occasion or color palette! I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest and after a different project ended up having a lot of leftover orange fabric I knew I had the perfect use for it.

1. Wire Wreath Frame. I ordered this one.
2. Scrap fabric in your colors of choice. The total quantity is probably close to almost a full yard.
2. Fabric scissors
3. Exacto knife
4. Craft glue
5. Hot glue gun (not pictured)
6. Cardboard
7. Writing utensils
8. Googly eyes. 

First cut your fabric scraps into strips that are about 1/2" wide and 4" long. The size and condition of the strips is super flexible. I just sort of eyeballed it and didn't worry if some were longer, frayed, whatever. You can always trim it up later.

Once everything is cut, you start tying them on! When you first start it will seem silly looking, but the more you add, it will start to look more and more like you're on the right track. I didn't really have a "method," I just kept tying! It honestly took almost 2 hours of tying. It wasn't difficult, just tedious. 

Once the wreath was to a thickness I was happy with, I trimmed up some of the longer pieces and set the wreath to the size temporarily.

Using your writing utensil and your scrap of cardboard, Sketch out the letters of your choice. I went with "BOO," but "EEK!" or a family name would work too! I also colored in the letters with the orange Sharpie so it blended a little better with the color palette.

Cut out your letters with your exacto knife. Because I was working on an old box, it was elevated off the table. If you're just using a flat piece of cardboard, don't forget to put down a cutting mat!

Using craft glue, spread some around the letters and fill it with Googly eyes! This was my favorite part. I want to put Googly eyes on everything. Wait until craft glue has completely dried before moving on.

Use a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the wreath. And that's it! Depending on how you need to hang the wreath, you may want to add another step to put a ribbon or hook on the wreath. I was able to hang mine with just a nail already in my wall, but you may need to do something different.

I can't decide if I want to glue plastic spiders to it or something to make it extra kitschy, but I won't be pulling out ALL my Halloween stuff until next week. I have time to decide! I hope you're first few days of fall are lovely! Stay inspired, friends.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spooky Saturday: Flashback!

Y'all I have been waiting long enough! Let's get this Spooky Saturday Show on the road!!! Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Creepy things! Cooler weather! Pumpkin spice all the time! Oh, and my birthday is coming up! And I love to blog about it and talk about it and craft about it! I thought I'd share a little round up of some of the things I've posted before diving into new projects this season.

Enjoy, stay inspired, and get spooky!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Creative Process: Hogwarts House Quilt

Y'all, I am a huge fan of half square triangle quilts. I pin every type of pattern I can find on Pinterest and then, when I need to make a new quilt I scroll back through to find something new. Maybe it's really boring to use the same technique over and over again, but Im obsessed with the patterns that can be made from half square triangles.  I'm thinking about doing something fun with flying geese and other traditional blocks pretty soon, but in the meantime I'm gonna ride out this HST kick! I found this sample on Pinterest a few weeks back from Quilternity's Place. When I decided to make a Harry Potter inspired quilt for a pregnant friend, I went scrolling back through my boards and new it was perfect! I tweaked a few things, obviously, but this might be one of my favorite yet!

I am also currently trying to burn through my fabric stash and trying to not buy any fabric for any sewing projects. I bought a round of fabric in the beginning of May and only picked up more recently for an upcoming project because I really wanted something with polar bears for a friend. The Restraint!!!! So for this HP quilt, it took a lot of arranging and rearranging, but I had all the fabric I needed for all the house colors without having to purchase any! The hardest part was Ravenclaw only because I could've sworn Ravenclaw colors were blue and silver, but It was blue and bronze! Finding fabric that looks "bronze" is not easy, but fortunately I had a decent amount of tans and gold that I feel like it really came together.

I know there are easier ways to do quilt layouts without taking up the entire floor, but when doing things that are "intentionally random" I have to lay it out and rearrange it over and over and over and over again.  In each picture, you can see subtle changes as I move a triangle hear and there before snapping a new photo. It's only annoying for a few hours, but I had to surrender basically the entire floor of my living and dining room.

The shrinking never fails to amazing me! I love watching quilts get smaller and smaller as you piece them together! It used to annoy me because I wasn't good at planning my seam allowances and my quilts were turning out smaller than I anticipated. Now I love watching it happen!

I am surprised how fast the quilting went on this one. I thought it was going to take all day, but I finished it just a few hours with coffee breaks. I used rainbow quilting thread, but the lighting in my apartment is not great to see it. The background looks really neat with rainbow stitching showing up in person really well against the dark blue background.

The finished product! I am so so so happy with this quilt! Picking the binding color was tough as I was worried it would clash or blend too much with one of the house sections, but I think the white looks good. The person I made this for identifies with house Ravenclaw so I threw in some extras for her babe including a raven beanie and magic quote shirt. This might be the last quilt I make for a little while so I can have some time to get some other projects going, but I feel like this was a solid note to rest on!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Creative Process: Fox Quilt

Last year I purchased the Elizabeth Hartman fox pattern to make stockings for the Stocking Stuffer Swap with Bee Creative Swaps and was able to use it again this year to make a full quilt! One of my friends recently had a baby and did a woodland creatures theme for the shower and nursery. I'm super pumped with how this once came out! I think it might be my first time making a full quilt with without simple squares or half square triangles!

For the fox face I used a bunch of miscellaneous plaids and flannels I had in my stash. I though the dark green background would work well for a forest-y look. Plus! I already had it and didn't need to buy anything for the top of this quilt! Always a plus. Some of the fox faces pop out better than others against the dark green, but I like the variety.

I also did something I've never tried before with the binding which was combine a bunch of scrap together. It look a while to cute and figure out which pieces were long enough to be worth using, but I love the look of it! I even mixed in a few pieces not cut on a bias and it honestly came out perfectly fine.

The backing was the only thing I purchased specifically for this quilt. I saw it at a quilt shop in Portland and knew it would be perfect for when I finally got around for making this quilt! I love the way in came out, but I'm looking forward to digging back in to some more half square triangle patterns!