Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ashley's Hounds-tooth Baby Quilt

Remember, on the third Thursday of {almost} every month, my Sis-in-law, Tash, writes about her recent crafty adventures. Take it away, Tash!


Hello again!  I know you haven't heard from Ashley all month, but she has been busy with her Cinco de Mayo baby.  She's a chunk, and a cutie, with lots of blonde hair like her aunt.  I'm so proud.  Check out Ashley's Facebook page, or Instagram to see the adorable-ness.  :)


You may not know this, but Ashley loves hounds-tooth.  Ever since the first day I met her she has owned at least one pair of hounds-tooth ballet flats, and a hounds-tooth scarf or three.  So when Ashley announced that she was having a baby I didn't have to think hard about what quilt pattern to sew up. 

I don't sew a humility block, I make enough mistakes on my own.  See how the stripes are going the wrong way?  
I thought about colors for a long time with this quilt.  Black and white was the obvious choice, and a choice Ashley would instantly approve of.  However black and white, or gray and white had been done all over blogland, and I wanted to try something else.  I stumbled across a purple ombre hounds-tooth quilt over on V and Co.  Vanessa makes some pretty quilts, and that purple ombre spoke to me.  

Straight line quilting with various widths.
I of course didn't want to buy purple and then discover Ashley was having a boy.  Not that boys can't like purple, I just didn't want to confuse anybody on the gender of the baby.  {In case you didn't catch it, She's A Girl!}  That's when I came across a black and gray ombre fabric on clearance.  Wohoo!  It was the best of both worlds, ombre, and black and white.  Plus I could put whatever color I wanted on the back.  Dilemma solved!
The funky floral back.
The final color dilemma was solved when we learned that the wiggly baby is a girl.  Coral is another Ashley favorite.  When I found the funky floral pattern in dark and light coral, I couldn't dream of something better.  It didn't say the search has ended, it screamed it.


The only thing left to do was sew it together and mail it off.  Of course the sewing part takes the longest.  Even longer when you choose to finish the binding by hand.  I don't always finish quilts by hand, but sometimes a quilt just needs that clean crisp edge.  After struggling to keep the little points in just the right spot, this quilt needed a clean line to finish it.


My quilts have received lots of compliments...and critiques.  I think Ashley's are my favorite. "It's very me." and "I may have squealed out loud when I opened it."  

~Tash

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Girl Power

Remember, on the third {Whoops! fourth} Thursday of {almost} every month, my Sis-in-law, Tash, writes about her recent crafty adventures. Take it away, Tash!

Hello friends!

This past year has been the year of baby girls.  Seriously, only one quilt I have sewn this year was for a boy.  I found that refreshing.  After the reign of the boys my fabric collections was mostly composed of blues and greens.  Now I have the whole rainbow in my collection!  Well at least a more pink than I ever thought I needed. ;)
KT's PINK & Gray Staircase quilt, with a pink back.

This first quilt went to KT, a friend from high school.  Her nursery colors were pink and gray, and she requested the staircase pattern.  I think the staircase is my most requested pattern... I honestly have no idea why, but I like making it.  KT is a pink girl through and through, so instead of switching colors every other stair, like my yellow and gray one, I added more pink.  I'm not a overly pink person, but this one needed more pink!
Close up of the fun fabric and faux piping.
 These two I made almost side by side.  Both baby girls entered the world before I even thought of what I wanted to sew them.  Procrastination is a bad habit.  Since they were already here I wanted to make something quick and fun.  If you have never sewn a magic binding blanket you should give it a try.  They are fast, fun, and the perfect place to try new techniques.

Pretty bouquets perfectly placed in the corner.

The pink and yellow blanket was for a little girl named Lucy.  All the pictures her mom shared had Lucy with a variety of large flowers on her head.  She was so cute!  I used that as inspiration to try these huge rosettes in the corner.  They weren't quite what I wanted, but I like how they turned out.  They would be useful too.  Something to play with during tummy time, and a convenient pillow to crash on when nap time suddenly strikes.

The red and green one was for another high school friend, actually we've been friends since kindergarten.  Wow...  She is not a pink person, but requested something rain-forest themed.  When I found these two fabrics I knew they were just right.  The corner also received some flowers, only these were sewn by hand.


 The final quilt is for Ashley's baby girl Wiggly.  But since I mailed it yesterday, and don't want to ruin the surprise here is a teaser.
Isn't it pretty?
Come back next month to see what Ashley's quilt really looks like.
~Tasha

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paper Plate Easter Baskets

Just wanted to post a quick mini tutorial today: Paper Plate Easter Baskets
Above is my quick example, which is why it's not pretty colored :)
Want to make your own?
You will need:
Paper plates (cheap kind)
Long pipe-cleaners
Stapler and staples
Hole punch
Crayons/anything to decorate the plates


First: decorate your paper plate. The underside of plate will show the most, so you might want to direct more focus there :)

Second: cut the plate (using scissors)-there will be a total of 4 cuts made. Without cutting all the way through the plate, make two parallel cuts, cut the edge into thirds...repeat on the other side (again, without cutting all the way through).
Fold the middle sections (that you just cut) to creat the bottom of the basket. Fold the sides of the plate to overlap the center piece (that you just folded up), and repeat with the matching side then staple all three layers together.


To add handles, hole punch one hole on each side of the basket (just above your staples). Feed two pipe-cleaners into the hole about 1inch (or longer if needed) and fold the ends back up to twist around the other side of the pipe-cleaner. Repeat on the other side of the basket.

You are now ready to collect eggs or other treasures! Here are a few examples from Widget's Kindergarten class. The kids were advised to decorate the insides of their baskets as well, aren't they cute!?!


These are perfect for toddlers (with a little help) and older--let the kids imaginations take over! Have fun making these easy Paper Plate Easter Baskets 

Finishing the Basement & Home Depot Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram (which I would absolutely love if you did!) you may already know that we are in the process of finishing our basement...on our own...which means we've been frequenting stores like Home Depot every weekend for the past couple of months. Do you know how expensive Do-It-Yourself projects can be? Yep, lots and lots of small purchases can add up.

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