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A Quilt for James

January 23, 2014

Ah, my third and final nephew of the year.  My sister – as you all know from her previous post – gave birth to her sweet baby boy, James, in December.  I had picked out the fabric for this quilt before knowing what gender she was having, but I based in on colors she was featuring in the nursery.  I think it turned out adorable – if I do say so myself.

James' Quilt

James’ Quilt

It actually took me quite a while after purchasing the fabric to decide on my final design of the quilt.  I wanted each nephew to have a different pattern, so I picked rectangles and spent hours doing calculations to pick just the right size.  Each rectangle was cut 3″ x 7″.  This used the fabric so efficiently I had to NOT use one row to ensure my backing fabric fit!  All-in-all, the quilt came together better than I expected.  Especially because this was also the first time I made my own binding – which I LOVE on this quilt.

James' Quilt Back and Binding

James’ Quilt Back and Binding

I had a great time making all of these sweet nephew quilts, and I’m excited to watch them grow up (with the quilts, of course!).

Until next time…Enjoy.

Sarah

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A Quilt for Carter

January 20, 2014

Hey Everyone,

As you may notice, I have a bit of a theme going on here… I was blessed with three new nephews last year, and they each got their own quilt.  My other half’s sister had her sweet little boy in November – Carter Lee.  Below is the baby quilt I made just for him.  I used a combination of fat quarters and regular cuts of fabric as well as a sweet, faux satin baby quilt binding to finish it off!

Carter's Quilt

Carter’s Quilt

Carter's Quilt Back

Carter’s Quilt Back

Enjoy.

Sarah

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2013 in review

January 1, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

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Baby boy!

December 23, 2013

Hello readers!

I know we’ve been spotty with our posts lately, but I wanted to finally announce I had a baby boy on December 1st!  He’s the most beautiful baby and we are so happy.  We named him James, after my father.  I’m sure he’s looking down on us smiling and will continue as James grows up.  James was born a week and one day early, but we were excited to meet him.  He weighed 8 lbs 11 oz and was 21.25 inches long.

With all that being said, I’ll probably lag a little bit in posts in the near future, but hopefully Sarah will have a few things to share with you.  I still have a post or two pending so if I can finish the posts, you’ll have a few pre-baby crafts I completed.

Here’s a sneak peek at James’ little feet.  🙂

Feet

Feet

Happy holidays!
-Amanda

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Quilt for Kemett

December 17, 2013

Hey Everyone.  Sorry I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Lots going on, but I thought I’d take some time and update you on a few projects and meals I’ve tackled lately.

Our oldest sister – Melissa – had her first child a few months back.  The sweetest baby boy – Kemett.  In true fashion, I waited til he was already entering the world to start and finish his quilt.  BUT – it turned out adorable.

Kemett's Quilt

In progress

I used a charm pack and backed it with a soft flannel which wrapped around the sides to bind.  To add some textures (and hide a couple flaws), I added felt squares scattered across the front.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Adding Felt

Finished!

Finished!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah

 

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Yarn Wreath

November 4, 2013

Hello!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love wreaths.  If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting my house, you’d know I have a wreath on ALMOST every door (inside and outside).  And we have a lot of doors.  🙂  I can’t help but make wreaths.  They bring me joy like nothing else does.  As I sit down to write this, I worked on three wreaths today.  How exciting is that?   The wreath I’m going to share with you today is my new Yarn Wreath!  It was time consuming, but so easy.  Check it out.

Supplies:
-Foam wreath form
-Scrap fabric (I used white burlap)
-Yarn (Length depends on size of wreath form)
-Straight Pin (to anchor fabric and yarn)

Directions:
1. Wrap foam wreath form with scrap fabric.  I tore my white burlap into 2-3 inch strips and wrapped the wreath until it was fully covered.  My reason for this step is to cover the green foam of the wreath.  It makes the yarn not have to be PERFECT.  Choose a color fabric that matches your yarn so they blend together.

Fabric wrapped wreath

Fabric wrapped wreath

2. Find a starting point.  Attach your yarn to the wreath form, either with a pin or glue.  Wrap your yarn until the entire wreath is covered.  This could take hours, but be patient.  You’ll be happy with the outcome.

Yarn Wreath

Yarn Wreath

3. Decorate the yarn wreath with any adornments you choose!

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Happy wreath making!
-Amanda

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda