If you haven’t been following my adventures in quilting, I am blogging the process of making a twin-size patchwork quilt. Today I am sharing Part 3, where I actually start sewing! (Read Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.) In this post I’ll talk about how I sew my squares together into a block.
In recent years I have dabbled in quilting (I’ve made 5) and find the process to be very fun and relaxing. I am embarking on my next quilt and thought it would be fun to blog the process this time instead of just the end result!
A long time ago my mom was going through her linen closet and asked if I wanted my old Muppets bedsheets from when I was little. The answer was yes! I love the Muppets and loved my Kermit and Miss Piggy sheets. I knew immediately I wanted to use them as a quilt backing. That was about five years ago and they have been waiting in my fabric bin. But now their time has come!
This sweet miniature wicker rocking chair was mine. It was given to me by my Grandparents when a was a toddler and it sat in the corner of my childhood bedroom holding stuffed animals while I grew up. It now has a new home – mine! My daughter loves climbing in and out (and in and out), sitting in the chair to look at books, and stand on it and rock like a wild woman.
While it was still in relatively good condition, it was in need of a little love. A fresh coat of paint was in order. The wicker was cracked in a few parts as well so I decided that making a chair cushion would be the best way to prevent it from getting further damaged.
I’m excited to share the finished results of a side project I’ve been working on for quite a while – a quilt made of my husband’s dress shirts! This post is not sponsored by Brooks Brothers. :p
A few years ago I started saving my husband’s dress shirts whenever he wore out the elbows, and they added up rather quickly. I hated to toss the shirt due to a small tear. My crafty brain took over and I knew I would use the fabric for something eventually. After my dress shirt inventory grew to a dozen shirts (I added one of my own), I decided that I wanted to make a quilt. And how fun would it be for the pieces to be identifiable as dress shirts?
Shutterbug speaking here. I love using my padded camera strap because the extra padding helps prevent the strap from digging into my neck, particularly so on vacation days when I tend to wear the camera all afternoon.
About once a month my friend hosts a girls craft night at her house. Little does she know I’ve been trying to carve out some more time for keeping crafty (i.e. not spackling walls, sanding down dressers, or painting crown molding) so it’s been a great excuse for me to get back into it. Plus, crafting with friends is more fun.
You know you live in New England when you look forward to boot season more than flip-flop season. I love boots. They are my soul/sole footwear of choice.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas must have hijacked that song from the lesser-known autumn carols, because October definitely wins that title.
As I’ve slowly been dabbling in the world of furniture rehab the last year, I’ve learned quite a bit. Namely, that restoring wood furniture takes time and patience. I understand why people choose to go the painted furniture route because, frankly, it’s a lot easier!
I am an accessories girl.
Accessories are less commitment, easy add-ons, and can be inexpensive (!).
One of my favorite types of gifts, to both give and receive, is something that is homemade.
For Christmas, my mother-in-law surprised us with a collection of DIY painted coasters!
If you’re like me, you have cables and chargers coming out of the wazoo.
Between the computers, cameras, iPods, iPhones, Kindles, so on and on, we have a lot of cords, cables and chargers. That is, a lot of cords that look exactly the same and tangle into a big electronic ratsnest.
You can’t buy happiness. But you can buy a $5 can of chalkboard spray paint. And that’s pretty good too.
I have finally succumbed to the mega-trend that is subway art.
If you are like me, with the help of the internet, you have enough craft projects for a lifetime. I used to thumb through BH&G and Martha Stewart magazines and tear out craft ideas, but now with the internet, blogs and Pinterest, my craft “list” is growing exponentially!