Saturday, March 9, 2019

Zig-Zag Baby Quilt

Two quilts finished in one week! Yahoo! 

This quilt uses more of my leftover blocks (and the same design) as my Gradient Quilt from a few months ago. This is a baby-sized quilt for a friend's newborn son. 
Central California is in BLOOM right now (these are almond trees).
The quilt squares are made of Kate Spain's latitude fabric, the background is a black-and-white polka dot from Hobby Lobby, and the binding is a black-and-white cross fabric from Hobby Lobby. 

The backing is a blue mosaic fabric I've had forever. 

If you've made it this far without sneezing, way to go! The almond blossoms are so pretty, but I do feel genuine sympathy for those with allergies. 
This is my 87th completed quilt... To see them all, please visit my History of Quilts page. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Diagonal Squares Baby Quilt

This sweet baby quilt is soft turquoise, gray, and white squares (6 inch).
I fell in love with the little woodland critters (fabric from Joann's).  The binding is a white and turquoise polka dot. 

This marks my 86th completed quilt! To see them all, please visit my History of Quilts page. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

This Year's Bookshelf

I've got two quilts almost finished! 

But first, some of the books I've read at loved so far this year:

First, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Words cannot express how much I LOVED this book. It is one of my top books I have ever read. It's two stories in one and I have thought about this book every day since I read it. Love love LOVE. Seriously, buy this book!

Whisky in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon. It's got some fun stories and a little bit of everything! I don't cook, but the recipes did look tempting!

When Life Gives You LuluLemons by Lauren Weisberger. This was a book selected by my book club. I wouldn't normally have selected this one, but it was a fun, (mostly) light, easy read. This would be great to take on vacation to read on the beach or by a pool. 

The Proposal by Jasmin Guillory. Another light, easy read that begins with a very public proposal that the main character rejects and all that happens afterwards. 

I'll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller. We are HUGE 'Friends' fans, and this was a fun read to learn more behind-the-scenes. I was fascinated and it has made me watch episodes with a very different perspective. 

Winter Storms by Elin Hildebrand. This story involves a large family and lots of in's and out's of their complicated life. 

Educated by Tara Westover. This was a haunting memoir. Tara was raised by extremist parents and struggled to overcome her lack of an education. Her accomplishments are extraordinary and her story has stuck with me. 

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. This is a story of three sisters who were raised by a father obsessed with Shakespeare. Their story is heartwarming and the banter is fun to read. 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. If you like suspense novels with twists and turns, this is a good one! 

I'm currently reading My Dear Hamilton, which is by the same author as America's First Daughter. I really enjoy learning about American history through these perspectives. 

📚 Happy reading! 📚

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Board & Brush Sign Class

A few weeks ago, I took a sign making class at my local Board & Brush. It was so fun! We distressed, sanded, stained, assembled, painted, distressed (again), and waxed our signs. I loved it! Removing the stencil was so satisfying!
I made a "Barn Quilt Welcome Sign" and I LOVE it.  
And I did an add-on 12" sign, too! 
I had planned on putting this in my kid's bathroom, but I love it so much I want it somewhere where I will see it, too (I avoid my children's bathroom at all costs!!).  
There was a pretty good group of my friends who did the class together. I loved all of our projects!

All dry and ready to hang up! 
We hung it at the beginning of our hallway. We can see it from the kitchen, living room, dining room, and front door. That's how much I love it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pillows & Photo Books

Remember this quilt? I have a lot of blocks left, so I made a couple of pillows. These are 16 inch squares.

I also made our 2018 photo books! I had them ready and ordered only 8 days into the New Year, which is a record, by far. Last year was a challenging year and it has been theraputic to go through our photos and reflect on all that happened and all we have to be grateful for.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Map Quilt

Quilt #85 is complete! This is a small wall hanging quilt using Moda's Metropolis panel. It's a great design and I'm tempted by the charm pack,  jelly roll, and fat quarter bundle. The prints are so cute and would make a great gift for someone who loves to travel. 
This measures about 18 inches square and I plan to hang it somewhere in our home. This Summer, we traveled through 5 states with our kids on our way home from my stem cell transplant. It was our first major road trip. I loved showing our kids how beautiful our country really is.  

The binding is stripes from the Brother Sister Design Studio. I found it at Hobby Lobby. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas This Year

A friend in my book club hosted us at her Board & Brush studio this week. We made these cute little Christmas trees.

Speaking of Christmas trees, we have a fake one for the first time ever! My doctors warned against live trees after my transplant (they can contain mold, mildew, or critters!). So we bought a "pencil" tree so we can use it again in the future. It's less than 2' across, so it can fit in tight spaces.

I made some new ornaments with pictures of my kids using wood ornaments from Michaels. This was our Christmas card photo from 2016.

And from 2017.

The wooden trees they have painted line our dining room table. 
My Merry Christmas quilt is hanging in the living room.

I used a chicken wire board for hanging some of the kid's artwork from the last decade. 

I have a large antique window that I used chalk pens on. I'm bummed it doesn't show up very well in photos.

I LOVE these little gnomes from Target. LOVE.

Our personalized stockings are from an Etsy shop called luckyenvelope from a few years ago.

I love our mantle this year.

If you'd like to see previous year's decor, click here or here.

For my Pinterest-famous (and adorable) button tree, click here.

More details on my Merry Christmas quilt can be found here.

And I still LOVE our Elf on the Shelf selfie surprise.


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