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:

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.  ;) 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Quilt Tutorial: Chippewa Scrap Quilt


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.

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:

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.

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!