Saturday, August 23, 2014

Oh Summer


  We moved into a new home last month, so I’ve been in “house mode” this summer.  I’ve been making it home-y and decorating before I run out of steam.  Because once I run out of steam it’s going to stay exactly how it is for the next 5-11 years. ;)

It has lovely green carpet in the living room.  Why is the ugliest carpet always in the best condition???  So for now it stays.  I’m going to leave it until green carpet comes back in style.


I was stumped on curtains to match the green-ness until I found these table cloths at Target.  With a little sewing they made perfect curtains!

I repainted all of my hand-me-down dining chairs this pretty color:

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I love them a million times more now, and so far they’ve held up really well to the beatings of three munchkins.


We’ve spent the majority of our summer at the beautiful beaches around us.  Today my oldest said he was SICK of the beach… i.e. it’s time for school to start.


Speaking of school….ours start in 10 days, 6 hours, and 6 minutes.


Not that I’m keeping track or anything.  ;) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Curves

I’m happy to be a blog hop stop for Sew Kind of Wonderful today!

  Jenny and Helen are the genius gals behind the Quick Curve Ruler and a fabulous line of patterns.  I sat next to Jenny on the flight from Chicago to Seattle in May and I’m pretty sure I talked her ear off.  :)


If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know I don’t work with curves that often (except the other kind of curves…the kind that come with eating ice cream this summer!)  So this was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I decided to try my hand at the Metro Hoops Pattern.



The pattern is fabulously written…and cutting the curves was really simple with the slotted ruler and markings. 


I was worried once I started sewing the curves together than some of my edges didn’t match up perfectly…but the pattern leaves enough wiggle room for squaring up edges, that even a beginner could make a perfect block.


I started this yesterday so I only have one of my blocks sewn together…but I’m excited to see this one sewn up!


If you are intimidated by curves but want to get out of your comfort zone and try something new you’ll love this ruler and The Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns.  They even have helpful video tutorials on their blog so you can see it in action. 

For more inspiration you can visit these blogs this week:

Monday 18 August
Tuesday 19 August
Wednesday 20 August
Thursday 21 August
Friday 22 August
Monday 25 August
Tuesday 26 August
Wednesday 27 August
Thursday 28 August AND
Friday 29 August

The bloghop is going to be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on their blog starting in September.  You can visit their blog for more info!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Quilt Tutorial: Chippewa Scrap Quilt

Chippewa Quilt Binding

I promise I didn’t forget to share how to make this little quilt…I think it’s the only thing I didn’t forget last month!  ;)  My brain is fried from moving and spray painting and kid entertaining.  Oiy.

Chippewa Quilt   Free Pattern

Chippewa Quilting

I absolutely love how this quilt turned out.  I quilted it with straight lines using a super soft minky on the back, and machine bound it using my favorite method.


You’ll need these white strips and print squares for the quilt center:

Chippewa Layout

Lay out your squares and strips into rows, then sew the strips and squares together to make the 17 rows.  Label these and be extra organized when you’re sewing these together…or else you might sew them backwards and have to unpick 7 rows before you realize…ahem.

A note about pressing:  I pressed the seams of my rows in alternating directions…so my seams matched nice and neat and it went together easily!

Sew the rows together and press everything nice and flat.

Chippewa Layout

Cut your border strips if you’re a border kind of person…and sew them on, sides first, then the top/bottom.


Press it and voilĂ !  Now go dive into that scrap bin!

Chippewa Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew