Bag · Quilting · Riley Blake

Jumbo Sew-Together Bag


Today is my turn to share on Amanda Herring’s ‘It’s in the bag’ blog series.  For my bag, I choose the sew-together bag by Sew Demented.  The pattern can be found here.  But, I typically can’t follow a pattern exactly.  And I also live by the phrase ‘go big or go home!’  So I am introducing my version of the JUMBO sew-together bag!  (For dimensions and such Jackie @jackiepadeskyquilts on instagram helped me out a ton!)


I mean this thing is HUGE!!!  I used an aurifil spool of thread as reference.  For the outside of the bag, I picked one of my favorite prints from Flora and Fawn by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake.  I then quilted it in a 1 inch cross-hatch pattern.  I love it!  I picked the pink text as my binding.  I love this print as a binding.  Little phrases pop out like dream lofty dreams, so cute!


My favorite part of the bag is the pockets!  Aren’t those little deer so cute?  For the middle pocket I used my other favorite teal print from this line.  I love that little floral!  The inside of the bag is the pink in the same floral.  And the sides of the bag are the cross-hatch in pink.  And I made my bag with a lot of pink!  But with four daughters, there is just a lot of pink in my house!

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This bag may seem intimating with all of the zippers, but you can do it!  I found this amazing blog that walks you through this bag step by step with lots of pics!  You can find it here.


Now what is going in this bag you ask?  I have been wanting to take the plunge into EPP (English Paper Piecing).  I am in the carpool lane a lot (sometimes it feels like all day), or at swim team or activity days, you get the idea.  I’m an on the go mom!  So I need an on the go activity!  Which is why I wanted to try EPP.  And now I have the cutest bag to store all of my stuff! -scissors, thread, fabric, binding clips, and a tape measure!  I’m ready to go!

Chirp Out!



Hunter Star Table runner

I’m excited to share my Hunter Star Table runner with the Fat Quarter shop today!  This is part of the their Vintage and Classic series.

I decided to use V and Co ombre for this project.  I have had this stashed waiting for the perfect project.  The hunter star was a perfect match!


I recently got a new table (yay!  My family can all fit!) and I needed a new table runner.  The Fat Quarter Shop is offering the pattern for the table runner here.  The pattern also includes lap, twin and queen sizes.


This is the first time I have used V and Co ombre and I am in LOVE!  Plus aqua is my favorite color!  I arranged the blocks from dark to light.  I love the ombre effect across my whole table!


This block is quite simple to construct.  Typically a hunter star quilt block is paper pieced.  This pattern is traditional piecing and comes together quickly.  I think I need to make a Hunter Star quilt now!

I quilted the table runner using straight lines.  I use a walking foot on my Janome machine.  The walking foot really helps me keep my lines straight and consistent.  I followed the angle of the Hunter Star which created a fun echo of the angles.


I bound my quilt using Moda Bella solid aqua.  It matches the aqua ombre perfect!  I finished hand stitching the binding while watching the Olympics.  This is the first project I have hand bound and I love it!  I am just usually so impatient to finish that I will machine bind my project.  But now I think I am hooked!


I had so much fun making this table runner!  And styling it!  I was able to get out some of my favorite farm house inspired items and take some pics.  I had so much fun!

If you want to make a Hunter Star block, you can find the pattern for a free block here.  Or you can watch the you tube video here.

Chirp Out!


Pattern · Quilting


Our first project as Amanda Herring’s design team was to design a project based on the theme ‘home is where the heart is.’ We are using the cute Flora and Fawn fabric by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake.  I instantly thought of a sweet home block with a heart in it to show all the love in a home!  This project quickly grew into a twin size quilt and my first pattern release!

Introducing Home!  It’s a twin size quilt that is fat quarter friendly.

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I’m excited and nervous and everything in between!  The pattern Home can be found in my shop here.

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The colors in this quilt are some of my favorite!  And the prints are so cute!  Those deer are so adorable!  I just had to showcase them with a large border.  I am always a sucker for a text print.  And the text prints in this line are so cute!  As I was piecing the quilt, I felt like I was getting a little pep talk with phrases like ‘be brave’ or ‘find your own voice.’  Isn’t that grey text so cute?

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I had a lot of fun taking pics of this quilt.  We live outside of New York City so a trip into the city with the quilt was a must!  Central Park is one of our favorite places, so I had to get a pic of Home there.  It was dusk, so the pic is a bit dark.  But I still love it!  I love the skyline of skyscrapers in the background.  Home can really be wherever you are!


We also have some fun parks close to our home where we take our kids to play.  I wanted to capture some of our everyday Home.  Also, isn’t that quilting amazing?  My friend Kim quilted it for me and I LOVE it!

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Last of all, I spend a lot of time sewing in my Home.  So I couldn’t resist a pic with my latest tag sale find! (or yard or garage sale- depending on where you are from)  This antique Singer in the original table has all the heart eyes!

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Home is not perfect, home can be messy, but it can also be full of a lot of heart and love.  I hope you enjoy my new pattern!

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Chirp Out!



Spool Souffle Quilt

Today I get to share my Spool Souffle quilt with you. I have always wanted to make a spool quilt!  I picked Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille to make this quilt.  The pattern requires one layer cake.  Pulling off the wrapper is the hardest part for me!


I’m going to call this quilt Plan C.  Haha.  I started this quilt with an idea in mind.  I wanted to rainbowtize the spools.  Before I sewed all of the tops and bottoms onto the spools, I laid them out.  And I hated it!  The low volumes completely disappeared!  I kept trying to keep the pattern of the colors on the diagonal, but soon realized I needed to just scrap it.


So that’s what I did! And I went scrappy.  And I totally love it! I’m glad I went with Plan C!

I love how the spool tops and bottoms showcase all the great low volumes in this line.  The low volumes are some of my favorites and I wasn’t going to let them disappear!


I think this block is my favorite!  That navy print is one of my favorite Bonnie and Camille prints ever! I should have bought a bolt!

I happen to run out of thread while sewing this quilt.  Isn’t that ironic? (Or as my daughter says ‘coincidential’ -its her favorite word)  I have started keeping track of how long it takes me to use a spool of thread on Instagram.  Do you track your thread usage?


If you would like to make this spool souffle pattern you can get the pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop here.  Or you can watch the YouTube tutorial here.


Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!






Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt

I am excited to show you my Mini Charm Chocolates Quilt today!  I mean what goes better with fabric, than chocolate?!?  Yes, please!

I started with Bonnie and Camille’s newest line with Moda, The Good Life.  It’s so pretty and is quickly becoming my favorite line!  (Shhhhh….don’t tell the others!)


I decided to make the baby quilt since my baby is turning 1 at the end of this month!  You will need 3 mini charm packs and one yard of background fabric to make this quilt.  I used the coral hearts as the background.  I am a bit crazy and wanted all the hearts to face the right direction.  So I used 1 1/2 yards of the background fabric to keep the hearts directional.


Since my baby is not such a little baby anymore, I decided to add two additional borders to the original crib size pattern.  I cut 2 1/2″ strips of the coral floral for the first border.  I used 4 WOF (width of fabric) strips.

I then cut additional background fabric for the outer border.  The outer border is 4 1/2″.  It is hard to say how much fabric I used since I cut some of the borders WOF and some on the selvedge.  I had some fabric left over from the 1 1/2 yards of background fabric.  Anything to keep the hearts directional, right?

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And wow!  What a difference quilting makes!  Doesn’t this quilt look so cuddly?  I took these pics in the same location at the same time of day.  I wanted to see the difference quilting makes.  And its huge!  I did straight line quilting.  But that stripe binding is my favorite!

I also tried spray basting for the first time.  And I loved it!  I may be converted.  I used 505 basting spray that I picked up from Joanns and it worked great.  It didn’t gum up my needle which seems to be a common complaint.  I had no issues.  So if you are on the fence about spray basting, give it a try!

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I chose a coral minky for the back.  We are headed into a cold New England winter, so I thought the birthday girl could use a warm, cuddly blanket.  And now I want to put minky on the back of everything!  It is so soft!  And there is the stripe binding again.  Love!

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And here is the soon to be birthday girl trying out her new quilt!  I think its safe to say she loves it!  (and yes, she is wearing Christmas pajamas.  Christmas starts early around here!)

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For the Mini Charm Chocolates pattern visit the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog here.  Or you can view their YouTube tutorial here.  This quilt is part of the Fat Quarter Shop’s short cut quilt series.  It really is a fast quilt to make for any upcoming baby shower or birthday!

Chirp Out!



Cobblestone Quilt Along


I am so excited to share my Cobblestone quilt today with the Fat Quarter Shop!  This pattern is quick, easy and fun!  The big blocks make this go together in a snap!  As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew it would be a perfect quilt to show off my favorite prints.  I picked The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I am a bit obsessed with their fabrics, so it is no surprise this was my pick.


I mean, isn’t this fabric beautiful?

The pattern offers different size options.  I chose to make the twin size quilt.  I was going to make a throw size, but realized with only 5 extra fat quarters, I could have a twin!  Did I mention this pattern is fast?  My goal is to get a twin size quilt on each of my kids’ beds.  One down, four more to go!  Yikes!


I spent more time trying to decide which prints to use and where to put them than actually sewing.  The twin size quilt uses 25 fat quarters.  My daughter loves blues.  So I used most of the navy and aqua prints in this fabric line. I hope she loves it as much as I do!

The baby quilt uses only 10 fat quarters.  I think I found my ‘go-to’ baby quilt!  I keep imagining cute novelty prints or another Bonnie and Camille baby quilt with this pattern.

The Cobblestone quilt is perfect to show off those large scale prints that are hard to cut up.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Haha.  I especially love the way the navy floral looks in my quilt!  I think that’s my favorite print which is why it is in the center.


Quilting is a family affair around here!  I asked my daughter to help me photograph this quilt.  Here’s a little outtake from our photo shoot!


Thanks for stopping by!  I absolutely loved making this quilt!  Thanks again to the Fat Quarter Shop for letting me participate!  The pattern can be found here or you can watch the youtube video here.

Chirp out!


Family life · rainbow baby

The Chicken? Or the Egg?

It was college.  I was hanging out with my best friend.  We were both new moms with our first baby.  Our husbands were finishing up school.  We both loved to sew and craft.  (One of the many reasons we became best friends)  One night we were chatting about this new thing called blogging.  We thought it would be fun to document the projects we were working on.  After lots and lots of laughing, crazy suggestions, and more laughing the smitten chicken was born!

I don’t own chickens.  I never grew up on a farm.  I really have no idea where the smitten chicken came from, but it stuck!

Since that night in college, we have continued to share our crafting projects with each other.  We have had conversations like:

“I have a baby shower in 20 minutes!  Do you think I can get some hoodie towels made?”

Or  “My husband is out of town.  Am I crazy if I paint the dresser?”  (while I’m 8 months pregnant)

We have wanted to share our projects with others too.  Between the two of us we have 11 kids!  That is a whole new level of crazy and the main reason for the sporadic posting and crafting hiatus.

So here I am, 3 years later, dropping in.  The past three years have been a wild ride for me.  I’m hoping to share more about it in future posts.  The cliff notes version is: I became obsessed with quilting, had a rainbow baby, lots of family drama and have started a fabric collection.  (My husband thinks I’m hoarding)

And last of all, here is a cute pic of my rainbow baby on her rainbow quilt!

Chirp Out!





I am pretty much OBSSESED with wreaths. I love making them for each different season and/or holiday and I even have them hanging around my house. As I sat down to put up a picture of my latest creation I decided to do a little research on the wreath. So thanks to good old wikipedia I learned a few things about wreaths.

Let’s start with their origin. They were originally used in ancient southern Europe and ancient Greece and Rome. They were worn as an adornment on people’s heads.

There are also a couple different kinds of wreath. The harvest wreath and the advent wreath. Who knew right? I liked what it said about the advent wreath so I am just going to paste the whole thing in here.

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Further information: Advent Wreath

Since the classical use and symbolism of wreaths, the meaning and representation has taken on differing views, depending on the culture. In Christianity, wreaths are used to prepare for the Advent season or the “coming of Christ.”[10] The first known association with these now modern day wreaths dates back to the Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century. In 1839, Johann Hinrich Wichern used a wreath made from a cart wheel to educate children about the meaning and purpose of Christmas, as well as to help them count its approach. For every Sunday of Advent, starting with the fourth Sunday before Christmas, he would put a white candle in the wreath and for every day in between he would use a red candle.[11] The Advent wreath is constructed of evergreens to represent everlasting life brought through Jesus and the circular shape of the wreath represents God, with no beginning and no end. The Advent wreath is now a popular symbol in preparation for the coming of Christ, to mark the beginning of the Christian Church’s year and as décor during the Christmas festivities.

Being a Christian I like the symbolism and I may need to rethink my Christmas wreath…..

Now that you have a little background on wreaths…. I guess I can tell you about mine. It has no meaning whatsoever. I don’t love wreaths for their history or symbolism, I just think they are pretty. This latest creation was from an idea I found on pinterest. Here is the link for the tutorial I followed. She suggested using a green foam wreath form and I strongly support that suggestion. It already took my forever to glue the peas on and I can only imagine if I didn’t have the green crutch to lean on. 🙂 So here is my wreath on my door. It is beautiful and I love it.

Warning: This project is very tedious and messy.


Valentine’s preschool craft

I do a preschool at my house for my little girl and her friends. All the moms take turns teaching. It is great! 

Last week, we started getting ready for Valentine’s day.  Here is a quick ‘how-to’ to make these cute Preschool Valentine’s Day frames. 

I found these cute heart frames at Michaels. I painted all of the frames white. 

Then I cut out hearts from a sponge. I just used a kitchen sponge. Don’t worry, it was a new one! 

Then the kids dipped the sponges in different colors of paint. I used red and two different shades of pink.  

I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters. I used one of my favorite fonts called annoying kettle. 

I replaced the ‘o’ and the dot on the ‘i’ with a heart. The shape I used is the heart stamp. I ungrouped the shape and deleted everything except the center heart. Then I copied the heart. One I made smaller to make the dot on the i. The other heart I resized to be the o. 

I used Mod Podge to attach the letters to the frame. Then I let the kiddos finish decorating with some Valentine’s stickers. Each child got a lady bug sticker to put on her frame to go with our little love bug!

Last of all, I took each of the girls pictures and printed them out. Then I put them in a frame to give to their moms. Cute, right? I had so much fun making these with the kids. 
And now I have a cute picture to go with my Valentine decorations!


Baby Towels

I am going to a baby shower tonight and my standard gift is of course the hooded towel. One of these days I am going to make a tutorial for them…. but until then here is my pretty little bundle.

 My favorite part of this gift is the tags I recently had made. This is the first thing that I have been able to put them one and they turned out super cute! I love them!!

I never get to make pink towels for anyone in my house. I have four boys and we are consumed with anything boy. To be honest, I actually have some decorations that I bought for a little girls nursery like… 5 years ago….. they are still sitting in my closet. One day I will just have to decorate my craft room as if it was a little girls nursery. haha.
Happy Friday! What are you working on?