What kind of pre-cut do you collect? Honestly, I would love a fat quarter bundle, but usually that is not in the budget. So I collect layer cakes. They are a good amount of fabric with lots of possibilities. I then have a hard time deciding which pattern to make. I was excited to participate in the Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along and make this super cute Layer Cake Custard Quilt.
You can find the YouTube tutorial here.
I chose to use Frost by Cotton and Steel. I absolutely fell in love with this line when I saw it. Those cardinals are my favorite! But I was having a hard time cutting up this fabric. That is the number one reason why I chose this layer cake for this pattern. The Layer Cake Custard quilt shows off your favorite prints!
This quilt has so many fun prints! Skiers, penguins, mice, snowflakes and my favorite cardinals. I also like that this fabric line isn’t just Christmas-y prints. I am planning on leaving this quilt out all through the blah January month. Once I get it quilted that is. Any tips on how to quilt this? I really can only do straight line quilting. Any ideas?
I love a good quilt swish! I chose to use a white background. I kept imagining snow while I was stitching this up. This quilt was definitely getting me into the holiday spirit!
Here is the whole quilt! I love all of the different prints! And I am happy that I didn’t have to chop them up! I also love the addition of pink to a winter quilt. I have four girls so I love using pink in my quilts.
Thanks for following along! Do you have a layer cake that is hard to cut up? You should try out this pattern! It is super fast and fun and keeps those precious prints front and center.
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.
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.” 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. 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.
I do a preschool at my house for my little girl and her friends. All the moms take turns teaching. It is great!
Then I cut out hearts from a sponge. I just used a kitchen sponge. Don’t worry, it was a new one!
I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters. I used one of my favorite fonts called annoying kettle.
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!
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?
So a couple of weeks before Valentines, I see these cute envelopes at PB and I thought I can make that! I had a couple weeks, I could totally get one done for everyone in my family! How cute would it be to send little love notes to each other! I was excited to start a project!
But sadly, this is what I got instead.
We have a week off for winter break right now. Seriously, who does that? It’s too cold and snowy to go anywhere, plus it is tax season which means we really aren’t going anywhere! Anyway, I digress.
Then match up the pins from the elastic to the pins in the skirt.
You will have more skirt material than elastic so you will have a hole like in the pic below.
Then as you sew, you will pull on the elastic so it is now even with the skirt. You are gathering the skirt material to the elastic.
I sew from one pin to the next, then readjust my hands. This part takes a bit of practice! Be patient!
Now for the elastic. Sew it right sides together. Like in the pic below.
Then open it up and sew 1/4 inch away from your original seam. This makes the elastic more stable with all the pulling that it goes through!
Now you are done! You can enjoy these American Girl Doll skirts and they don’t take very much time to put together!
Thanks for looking at one of my first tutorials ever!
This year I am starting something new! New Years’ Resolution time, right?
Here’s the backstory. I love to sew, crochet, knit, embroider, play with my Silhouette; pretty much ANY kind of crafting, I love!!! But I also love my kiddos and have 4 of them, so I am BUSY! And lets not forget the house that I like to take care of (well mostly, I hate dishes. 🙂 I have a lot of projects that I have started over the years (I think I have heard them called UFOs- unfinished objects). I also have new projects that I want to start! But I NEVER get around to it!
So here is where I came up with #10mincreate! My New Years Resolution is that I am going to spend 10 minutes everyday creating something. #365create Follow along on Instagram!
Everyone has 10 minutes a day, right? Some projects will be kind of slow, but hey, you are creating something 10 minutes at a time! Pictured above are the first 5 days of January for me. I knitted a couple more rows on Kaleb’s blanket and I hand bound a doll quilt. Yes, I gave my daughter an unfinished doll quilt for Christmas, lame I know!
I am anxiously waiting in the mail for my Farmer’s Wife quilt book. I am going to attack that this tax season with my 10 minutes a day. You can play too! I will keep you updated on how I get this quilt done with 10 minutes a day!
What are you going to create? Do you have 10 minutes?
I bought all the supplies at hobby lobby. The white ribbon is actually connected to the burlap. I used a foam wreath underneath.
I have recently become obsessed with these:
This one was made for my neighbor across the street. I used this tutorial that my crafty sister in law found. You should check out her blog…. she is amazing! She knits… she sews… she even has been sewing her own cloth diapers! I know, right?
I am going to rededicate myself to posting again. I have lots of things I am trying to get done for Christmas. Don’t give up on us yet.
So you like that picture of my HOT friend over there on the right side bar? I have contemplated putting up a picture of me but it would be a sad picture by comparison. So if you know me, great… otherwise you will just have to guess what I look like for now. 🙂
Also, please forgive any spelling or grammatical errors, I am typing with one hand while holding a baby in the other.