Wednesday, April 7, 2021

My Favorite Color is Moda Quilt

February's Sew Sampler box had this My Favorite Color is Moda panel, along with some solids to make a border. I'm planning on hanging this in the corner of my sewing room, so I needed it to be a little smaller so I skipped the borders.
I LOVE all the colors and the names of each swatch, too.
I used my favorite Bonnie & Camille stripe for the binding.

Monday, April 5, 2021


I finished my first ever cross-stitch. This is from The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee Book and is the same pattern as my beloved 100th quilt

This was my first time trying cross-stitch and I really liked it. It's very relaxing!

And, like my quilt, I customized it with my own hot air balloon block.

I have really, really loved this book. This is my 3rd project from the book and I'm still smitten!


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Table Runner

My January Sew Sampler Box brought a Basic Grey Cider Honey Bun (1.5" strips) in perfect timing. My step-mom had asked for a table runner in earth tones.
This fabric line is described as "pairs winter blues with tones of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar for a sweet combo of warm and cool."
I sewed 14" wide strips of fabric and quilted it with wavy vertical lines.
I hope they love it!
If you like this fabric... I also found listings for charm squares, fat quarters, and a quilt kit that now I REALLY want the pattern! I love it! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Beehive Quilt

I made a Beehive quilt from The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee book.

I used the Sweetwater Printworks Sunshine quilt panel as the backing.

It's quilted with an orange peel design and the binding is Bonnie & Camille's multicolor stripe.

Quilt photos in a blooming almond orchard just make me happy.

But seriously... almost blossoms are so pretty.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Patchwork Quilt

 I saw this quilt on Pinterest and was inspired to make a similar one with two of my favorite fabrics.
The fabric is Moda's Smitten "Dainty" in navy and cream.
It is quilted with straight lines on either side of the seams.
I used the same fabric for the binding and the backing.
This is my 104th quilt! You can view them all here

Monday, February 1, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

World Map Quilt

Another panel quilt! This is the Northcott Journey Map, quilted with horizontal lines. I'll be hanging this on the wall somewhere... I love the colors.

This is my 103rd quilt! You can view them all here

Monday, January 25, 2021

Elephant Baby Quilt

I finished this cute baby quilt this weekend.

The center block is a cute little elephant. I found this pattern on Etsy and I love it!

The rest of the quilt is Backyard Blooms charm squares.

The backing is a white wood print.

And the binding is my favorite B&W stripe.

This is my 102nd quilt! You can view them all here

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Christmas Crafts from 2020

 Merry belated Christmas! Here's a few of the Christmas crafts I made. 

Our 2020 Christmas card was very colorful because that was just the thing I needed after a very long year. 
I made this Santa & Snowflake quilt for my sister. The middle portion is a panel fabric I bought from Hobby Lobby last year. It seemed so easy but it was NOT easy. The panel had a couple of cute borders, but the whole thing was not square. It took so long to get it anywhere close to square and I ended up cutting off both of the borders and using only the Santa part and adding my own borders. I don't think I will purchase another panel from Hobby Lobby - the quality was not worth it. The light colored border I added is tiny snowflakes and the backing is a flannel snowflake (my sister loves Christmas and snowflakes). 
We had two Christmas trees this year. This is the main tree in the living room. 

And this white tree is in our dining room. 

Once all of our gifts were purchased and wrapped, I had some time and made these little scrabble ornaments for my kids. 
I also made a bunch of table runners this year, but somehow didn't take any photos before I gave them away! Whoops! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Books Books Books

Ready for another long list of book recommendations? I've been reading a TON this year! (Silver lining I suppose?)

Firefly Lane is a fun and complicated look at two childhood best friends as they grow up and apart and together again. I really enjoyed these women and the very real look at how our best friends enrich our lives. And this book has been made into a Netflix series - I can't wait to watch! 

The Pocket Complete Color Harmony I was gifted an e-copy of this book and it is so pretty! An in depth look at color, this book is beautiful on every page. If you are a designer, artist, educator, or just someone who loves color, you will want to put this book on display. It is gorgeous and inspiring! 

Where The Lost Wander is a heart wrenching look at what life was like for American settlers and travelers in the 1800s. This book was beautifully told and an eye opening look at how easy we have it in comparison! And it's under $2 if you read with Kindle or free with Kindle Unlimited. This was a 5-star book for me and I am finding I keep thinking about the story and characters, long after I've finished the book.

I shared this one before, but The Home Edit Life is published and it's even better in person. I love these organizing books and they've seriously transformed how I set-up our house and belongings. 

Happy & You Know It was so much fun! This is definitely the "lightest" book on my list. This is about a musician going through some struggles, who ends up being hired by a very wealthy group of mommy social media "influencers." It pokes fun at our modern life and is also an endearing look at friendships. 

I'm a little late to the party, but I finally read The Silent Patient and now I see what the fuss was all about! I read the summary and thought it sounded kind of boring, but it is definitely not that! I won't say anything else so you won't have any of the twists or turns spoiled. Enjoy! 

The Authenticity Project was clever book with some unexpected friendships. I loved the characters in this book and can totally see this becoming a TV series. 

Watching You was a good suspense novel. I think I've loved all of Lisa Jewell's books. She has some great twists that I rarely see coming, which I appreciate. This was a great book that I didn't want to put down!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird was a very interesting and unique book. This is a fictional story about Lydia, who loses a loved one and proceeds to live a double life - one in her reality and one in a dream where the death hasn't occurred. This double story was so interesting and I enjoyed the philosophical look at how we handle death and grief and moving on. 

The Book of Lost Friends was an excellent historical fiction book about how families re-connected after slavery was abolished. This was an eye opening, heartbreaking, hopeful, intense, amazing 5-star book for me this year.  

The Latte Factor was so good and I think this might be my go-to book to give high school or college graduates! It is such a simple idea - how saving just $5 a day (the price of a fancy latte) can change your whole life.

28 Summers is a recent book by Elin Hilderbrand. I think I have liked every book written by her! She has a great way of developing characters into very real people. This is a love story of sorts, but not how you expect it to be. 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fiery is an older book (2014) that someone recommended to me. I really, really liked it. This is another book with great characters. AJ is a bookstore owner that ends up with a little girl. His town and friends step up to help him overcome some big life struggles and prove that friends can become your chosen family. 

Last but *definitely* not least, Call Your Daughter Home was a 5-star read for me. I loved how powerful and emotional and inspiring this book was. So so so good. This was definitely one of my favorite books of the year, which is saying a lot because I have read A LOT of books this year! #quarantine

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