Motherhood

May 23, 2017

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Motherhood,

Boys waking up too early, needing extra snuggles before I’m out of bed, crying because someone did something (already? It’s not even 7 o’clock), trying to guide three boys through fighting and arguing, not to mention doing their morning tasks. 

Feeling overwhelmed, I lock the bathroom door for a moment alone; this isn’t what I saw when I imagined my life as a mother. The constant overwhelmed feeling, just trying to catch my breath. And no, it’s not always like this. Some mornings I lay in bed listening to the quiet laughter of childhood play and it fills my heart, blessed. Those are the moments I dreamed of all my life, the ones you see in happy family movies, not this Lifetime drama where kids need constant discipline and care, the house is always a mess and put away clean laundry is the climax of the whole show.

All this runs through my mind in a matter of seconds, spinning my head with scenes of the life I had imagined. Suddenly I’m brought back to reality, locked in my bathroom when I hear banging on the door. It’s my littlest boy just wanting to be held. I hear my husband telling him to leave mommy alone, which only brings him to tears.

On one side of that door is me, an overwhelmed, exhausted mom who just needs to put in her contacts and brush teeth, take a shower if I have enough time. And on the other side is a three year old boy who for whatever reason just needs his mommy to hold him, maybe he’s coming down with something, maybe he didn’t sleep well.

I listen for another minute, Zachary crying, big boys still arguing. Feeling close to tears myself, I quietly unlock the door, pulling Zachary in by his arm and locking it again behind him. As soon as I hold him to me he starts to calm, all but a few hard breaths still shaking his little body. I close my eyes breathing in his scent, his heart pounding against my own.

No, this wasn’t what I imagined motherhood to be, full of crying, arguing children, exhausted parents, toys everywhere and the laundry, always the laundry.

I take another deep breath opening my eyes, I see myself holding Zachary in the mirror. I smile at him and I can see a glimpse of a smile from behind his ever present passie. I can feel my mind calming, peace filling my heart. Love pouring into that small room. I grab my phone to capture this moment, this mundane yet somehow special day.

These are the times, the days I am told I will look back on. With a decade of motherhood under my arm, I know how fast it’s going, even the long hard days somehow go too quickly.

I give my baby another tight squeeze, sending him of to play (to join in the fight with his brothers no doubt!). Alone again, I think of all the beautiful gifts and small blessings that daily motherhood brings, those little hugs each morning, my middle guy making us late at school drop off because he just needs one (10?) more kiss from me, the special one on one time with my youngest during the weekdays (that will come to an end all too soon), my oldest who is full of I love you’s and just wants to talk to me (non stop).

Blessings each one of them, making the hard, overwhelming moments of motherhood all worth it. Yes, I could have never imagined how sweet and precious these moments would be.

The good, the bad, the laundry and all.

Motherhood.

(Thoughts from Mother’s Day morning 2017)

Easy Lace Edge Tutorial

May 17, 2017

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Hi friends! I have a quick little tutorial I want to share with you for adding a lace trim edge to your quilting. It’s so simple, but I had trouble figuring out which way to fold mine to get nice corners so I figured maybe someone else would appreciate pictures too.

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Today I’ve made a simple nine patch mug rug, I have my binding and trim all ready and clips holding it in place for starting. My favorite binding method is from Jera Brandvig of Quilting in the Rain which can be found in her book Quilt As You Go Made Modern. Her method takes all the math work out of closing up your binding strip and has turned the dreaded last step of the process into a breeze. I machine sew all my binding mostly because I am just too lazy to hand bind but I also feel that my binding will hold up better over time having been machine stitched (After all, its gotta hold up under the wear and tear of my three boys!).

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Sew your lace and binding on at the same time, stopping when you get a few inches from the corner. With your quilt still in place under the sewing needle, move the binding to the side so you have room to make a neat corner with the lace. Leaving a little slack in your lace, lay flat along the bottom edge and push out to the corner.

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Finger press your corner and play with it until you have a neat angled corner. Use a clip to hold into place while you sew your binding to the corner as you would normally. Repeat with all four corners and close off your binding.

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Once you have attached the lace and binding, fold the binding to the back side and clip into place. I stitch in the ditch on the front side of my quilts just along the edge of the binding, making sure to catch the back of the binding as I go. If you miss a spot, just go over it again when you are done and it wont be noticeable.

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As you can see, I’ve trimmed the lace so it overlaps a little. You could whip stitch the two ends together to give it extra hold as well. You can also see a closeup of my closed off binding. I know some people prefer a seamless look but for me it was so stressful doing the math and trying to get any uneven bumps out that I’ll take this little overlap pocket look and save myself the stress. For me, quilting is about enjoying the process and pouring love into something that will be a treasured gift.

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Sweet little mug rug ready for a hot cup of tea. Fabrics and lace are La Conner by Jera Brandvig for Lecien Fabrics. I added simple hand quilting using Brillo from Aurifil which has a golden shimmer to it and goes nicely with the bits of metallic in these fabrics. This is a line you need to see in person to get the full beauty of those sparkles. (Insert heart eyes emoji here).

I hope this little tutorial was helpful, feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

 

Made for Baby Blog Tour

May 13, 2017

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop along the Made for Baby Blog Tour! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible line up of talented makers. I met Ayda not that long ago through Instagram and let me just say, it was love at first sight! Her makes are so fresh and her posts are beautifully designed, I look forward to them each week. They are my go to “happy place” for when I need inspiration, and to top it off she is just the sweetest!

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With a beautiful blog and Instagram feed, I had very high hopes for her first book, especially with Tuva Publishing and their track record of gorgeous sewing books. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts and saw such beautiful pages! So many fresh new ideas and sweet little makes, perfect for quick baby gifts.

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Not only are the sweetest patterns in here, but it’s also the perfect book to pour over with a cup of tea and just look at all the beautiful pictures and tiny design details. Inspiration for any maker. I have looked through this book several times already and have read over the instructions of most the patterns. Do you do that too? Like a cook reading over a cookbook (which I’ve also been known to do). A good book is a good book and can be read over and over again.

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My first project was the adorable Peter Pan Collar. It only took me 30 minutes from start to finish and, I believe would steal the show at any baby shower (which let’s face it, is what we all secretly want to do!). It is reversible and can be gently tied on to dress up any casual baby clothing.

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No newborn ensemble would be complete without a pair of mittens! These Liberty of London ones in soft gray Capel and coral lining are the perfect balance of girly yet classic.

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Crochet ribbon bows and tiny hand stitching accents are enough to make me want another baby! Well, ALMOST enough 😉

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Once again, the mittens took me less than an hour to make and I think it’s safe to say they would be an instant keepsake for any new baby. Wouldn’t a pale blue version be sweet for a baby boy too? As mom of three boys I’m always thinking of boy versions. Can’t let all the pretty thing go to the girls 😉

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Ayda has very detailed instructions for each step of her patterns along with pictures and drawings making this book a perfect choice for newer makers as well as more experienced ones. And let’s be honest, it’s just plain eye candy too!

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Since there are so many sweet makes in this book, I had to try another. Seriously, this is a book I could easily make everything in it! I’ve done it before with another wonderful Tuva book (which you can see the results of here) and I might not be able to stop myself this time either! I may have a problem, a very fun problem!

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The Cute Fabric Boxes made for a wonderful weekend sewing project. I chose to go with the ever classic Liberty and Linen fabric combo bring a bit of sophistication to these little organizer boxes.

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It’s all in the details and this soft pink Aurifil thread on the corners of the tray is the icing on top of an already beautifully sweet cake.

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And since I have no baby girls in my house, I’ve decided these boxes are just right for my sewing space! I didn’t think I needed any more organization for sewing supplies, but this was super handy having next to my sewing machine yesterday. There are many projects in Made for Baby that can also be Made for Mama, or Grandma or Sewing Friend. Ayda’s book is available from Amazon and I believe is worth its weight in gold. A wonderful resource for sweet sewn gifts as well as to go along with your Saturday morning cup of tea or coffee or whatever you fancy drinking while you look at pretty pages.

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Be sure to follow along on all the tour stops listed below and enter for your chance to win a copy of Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts over at Cafenohut.

I am so glad you stopped by today, make yourself at home and feel free to look around.

As always, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to make something yourself.

May.03 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut
May.04 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
May.05 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08 Lisa Cox www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com @aspoonfulsugar
May.09 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
May.10 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
May.11 Melissa LeRay www.ohhowsweet.com @ohhowsweetco
May.12 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
May.15 Faith Essenburg www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
May.16 Kristin Esser www.kristinesser.com/ @kristin_esser
May.17 Lauren Guthrie www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog @guthrieghani
May.18 Bridgette McNay www.thefamilyhearth.com @thefamilyhearth
May.19 Torie Jayne www.toriejayne.com @toriejayne
May.22 Constanca Cabral www.constancacabral.com/blog @constancacabral
May.23 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
May.24 Caroline Husle www.SewCaroline.com @SewCaroline
May.29 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
May.30 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
May.31 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
JUNE 01 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
JUNE 02 Jennie Pickett www.cloverandviolet.com @cloverandviolet
JUNE 05 Amy Sinibaldi www.nanaCompany.typepad.com @amysinibaldi
JUNE 07 Kim Kruzich www.retro-mama.blotspot.com @retro_mama
JUNE 08 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
JUNE 09 Samantha Dorn www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog @aqua_paisley
JUNE 12 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut

 

DIY Fabric Planter

April 26, 2017

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Hi friends! Today I have another tutorial for you ( I seem to be on a roll here with the tutorials!). See those fabric planters there? Well today I’m going to teach you to make one for your very own plant! They are so easy you can even make two or three in an afternoon or over a weekend!

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If you don’t already know, my favorite color is green. I love almost any green but grass green is my happy place. I’ve tried to love other colors more (green hasn’t always been “cool”, ya know?) but I always come back to green and it always, always makes me smile. So you can imagine how sad it is living in Chicago through Winter, when all the grass is covered in icky snow ( I know, I know! Snow is beautiful… for about a week then it’s just cold and gray and yucky- FOREVER! Until wonderful Spring comes along!). So last Fall, in an effort to bring more green inside for the Winter, I bought a bunch of plants! At one point my husband was worried he would come home to a jungle! Well over the next six months, I lost a number of plants (not the biggest green thumb over here). I figured I would make new “clothes” for the plants that did survive! Also, ceramic planters are pretty pricey when you need more than a couple.

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When I saw Botany Fabrics by Hawthorne Threads I knew it was the fabric I wanted to use for my planters. It’s a bit modern with a touch of a vintage feel to it. I chose six of my favorite prints and Hawthorne was kind enough to send them to me. SO without any more ramblings, let’s get started!

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DIY Fabric Planter

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Things you will need:

2 fat quarters of coordinating fabric

Pellon Peltex ultra firm sew-in stabilizer

(Seriously, that is all the ingredients you will need!)

The size of the planter you are working with will determine how you will need to cut your fabrics.

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Lets start by measuring the height and width of your planter (this one is from Lowes last year and you can use my measurements if you happen to have the same one).

Once you have your measurements, cut your Peltex to size, you want the two ends to touch but not overlap. I made mine just a bit taller than the plastic planter making my cutting measurements 6 x 19 1/2.

Next, cut your top boarder print 2 x 20 inches and your main fabric 5 x 20 inches which will give you your seam allowance to work with.

Sew your boarder print and main fabrics with right sides facing together, press seam open. Center on top of your Peltex and use clips to hold your seam allowance over the long sides.

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Here you can get creative with your stitching! I added several lines of Aurifil Thread stitching on the boarder print and one along the bottom making sure to catch the fabric on the back side so it stays folded over the edges nicely. You could also do some fancy free motion quilting or even sewing illustration! Just make sure to have fun with it 😉

Once the “quilting” is done, fold it so the short ends are lined up.

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Sew along the short edge making sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end. Trim any excess fabric from the short edge. Turn right side out.

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Next you will need to make a circle out of Peltex to make the base of your planter. For this I was able to place a container lid in my planter to hold the shape and trace around the circle, you could also use one of those fancy pencil things that makes circle marking easier. Your circle does not have to be perfect, just make sure its not bigger than your planter bottom and you will be fine.

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Cut out your Peltex circle and place on top of a coordinating fabric. Fold fabric edges over and sew around the circle.

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Turn your planter bottom up and place circle on top, use pins to hold into place. This last step is the longest part of the process, so put on some Netflix and enjoy a little bit of whip stitch action. Using coordinating thread, make a small whip stitch around the bottom, making sure to catch the top and bottom of your planter, removing pins as you go. Knot and hide your thread tail at the end and you are DONE!

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Isn’t that boarder print great? Make as many as you can and brighten up your home or someone else’s! Perfect gift for Mothers Day too!

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Note: The pots that are shown here have built in water trays in the bottom, however my green and pink planter one did not and let’s just say things got a little messy even a day after watering my plant. So if you don’t have a tray in your planter pot, I would recommend placing a plastic liner around your pot before placing it in your fabric planter, something like a freezer bag would probably do the trick.

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I just love these prints from Hawthorne Threads! If you haven’t already seen their in-house designs, make sure to check them out HERE! (Oh my goodness, they have two new lines I hadn’t seen before!!) I swear they just keep getting better and better! This is a fun way to incorporate your favorite fabrics and colors into your home, because who doesn’t want to look at pretty fabric all day!? I know I sure do!

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Would you just look at all that pretty green? I just love it! Also, I love me a good Snake plant and they’ve survived this long so I guess they like me back.

If you make your own Fabric Planter using my tutorial, I would love to see it over on Instagram under the #faithsfabricplanter hashtag.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you leave here encouraged and inspired to try some sewing of your own.

Special thanks to Hawthorne Threads for their beautiful fabrics!

Happy sewing, friends!

Tea Wrap Tutorial and Giveaway

April 18, 2017

The other week Clover reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their products and I was like “New toys? Um, Yes please!”. I am a Clover lover! My absolute favorite most reliable marker is their Water Erasable Marker, I go through them like candy when I’m making my Heartstrings. I also love their seam ripper and Hera marker for marking quilting lines. And honestly, I can not sew without their Wonder Clips! Love them!

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I was eager to play with my new toys so I figured a sweet little make and a new tutorial was called for, with the cutest fabrics too, of course! So I made a little Tea Wrap!

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Tea Wrap Tutorial

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What you will need:

3- 2 1/2 inch square fussy cut prints

4- 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

2 – 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 mint dot fabric

1- 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 floral fabric for pocket

1- 9 1/2 trim for pocket

1- 4 x 9 1/2 dot print for pocket backing

1- 5 1/2 inch trim or ribbon for closure strap

Batting: 4 x 9 1/2 inches

Cut all fabrics to size.

To make the front cover, start by sewing one 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 dot print to your fussy cut square, add another dot rectangle to the other side of your fussy cut print. Repeat until you have all three squares in a row framed by the dot fabrics. Add the long dot strips to top and bottom. Press seams to one side.

Note: by using the Roll and Press tool from Clover, I no longer have to run downstairs to iron a few seams at a time. I can press seams from the comfort of my chair and I was pleasantly surprised at how flat my seams got with just this small roller tool. I actually didn’t use my iron at all on this project and that is awesome in my book!

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Place your front section onto your bating and add any hand sewn details at this point. I used a simple outline stitch for each fussy cut square.

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Set your front panel aside and sew trim to the top side of your floral print pocket. I used a crochet bias binding strip. The Mini Wonder Clips came in perfect for this tiny edge.

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Set aside. Next you will clip your 5 1/2 strip of binding or ribbon for the closure strap. Center between two of the fussy cut squares (depending on what side you want your wrap to open on).

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Next you will make your ever famous “sandwich”. Place the front cover facing up, then your floral print pocket facing down and lastly your dot print pocket lining face down.

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Using Wonder Clips, clip around your whole sandwich to hold in place for sewing. Sew around, leaving a 2 inch opening at bottom center for turning.

Turn right side out and use a Point 2 Point Turner for corners and edges.

Note: this tool has a point turner on one end and a Hera marker on the other. I used the Hera marker to push out my edges and make them nice and flat.

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Next, clip the edges and top stitch around for a nice flat finish.

Note: I was pleasantly surprised at how much grip these Mini Wonder Clips have and I can see myself reaching for them on most of my projects!

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Lastly sew down the center between each fussy cut square, starting at the bottom and working to the top so the pocket doesn’t get snagged. Back stitch at each end.

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You now have yourself a cute little Tea Wrap!

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Perfect for taking on the go and makes a sweet and quick gift for your tea loving friends!

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These adorable fabrics are called Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for Kokka and are hard to find but so worth it when you do 😉 The dots are from Riley Blake in mint and they pretty much go with everything (I need to order more!).

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The sweet back, because I love milk with my tea!

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Decisions, decisions! I am always up for trying new teas and gifting them to friends too! That trim just happened to match my fabrics perfectly and the fabrics matched my sweet Liberty dishes too! Oh goodness, and my nails matched too! Haha, I honestly didn’t plan it that way!

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The outside of my little wrap is just too cute if I can say so myself! Now, to keep it for myself or gift it to a friend? Hmm.

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Well at any rate, it can keep me company and look cute while I do some hand sewing. Tea and hand sewing just go together, don’t they?

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and seeing a few fun Clover tools too. Make sure to stop back at my Instagram later today to enter for your chance to win a set of your own Mini Wonder Clips from Clover! I would love to see if you make your own Tea Wrap so make sure to tag me on Instagram and use the #faithsteawrap hashtag!

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Have a wonderful week!

An Easter Advent Tutorial 

March 24, 2017

It’s about that time of year again, when the world (or at least this side of it!) comes back to life. The dark of winter is behind us and warm sunny days are just around the corner. I can hear birds chirping as I sit here writing and it’s enough to put a smile on my face. For the past few years now I have wanted to celebrate Easter in a bigger way with my family and when I saw Hawthorne Threads new in house fabric collection called Lamb, I knew just what to do.

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I just love the modern Spring feel to this bundle, like a grown up Easter look. Hawthorne Threads was kind enough to send me several of their Lamb prints, including two “cheater” prints which are perfect for whipping up quick quilts and in my case, gave me a wide verity of prints and colors to work with almost like a charm pack or layer cake would.

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My simple wall hanging with pockets, which I’m using as an Easter Advent Calendar of sorts, is perfect for putting little treats into or even fun little note cards for your kids. My boys are excited to have 20 days of treats leading up to and following Easter and this gives us the perfect opportunity for daily Bible readings on the life of Jesus (from our super fun Jesus Storybook Bible, of course! Which you can read more about HERE).

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What is it about fabric designs that capture young and old eyes alike? Here is my youngest checking out mommy’s newest make. He was pretty excited to find it was actually something for him!

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In an effort to bring more Spring into our home, I made a simple Spring banner using some of my favorite Lamb prints. I just love the contrast between the deep blue, green and gold to the ever so soft pale blue and whispering pink. A perfect balance of color range. Another great thing about Hawthorne Threads fabrics is their coordinating prints that go along with any of their collections. You could literally make up a whole quilt using different prints from just one color way! See a print you like but it’s not the color you need? Chances are they have it in just the right shade to match your project! You could easily get carried away in the coordinating prints section alone 🙂

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Easter Advent Tutorial

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What you will need

20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2  prints for front side of pockets

20- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 solid white for inside of pockets

20- 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 solid white for pocket backing

15- 1 x 4 1/4 short sashing between pockets

2- 1 x 17 long side sashing

1- 1 x 15 bottom sashing

1- 5 1/2 x 15 top border panel

Batting 17 x 25

Backing 16 x 24

Binding 2 1/2 x 56

Cut all fabrics to size.

To make the pockets, place your 3 x 3 1/2 square on top of your print sew a 1/4 inch seam across the top edge. Repeat to make all 20 pockets. Fold so your print is on the front side and use a hot iron to get a nice crisp edge. Repeat with all 20 pockets.

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Take your first pocket and lay it facing right side up on top of your 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 white piece, place a 1 x 4 1/4 shashing piece on the right side of your top pocket print, making a sandwich. Sew  with a 1/4 inch seam. Note, the first and last pockets will have one side “open” until you add the long edge sashing at the end. See picture below:

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Press flat. Place your second pocket on top of a solid pocket backing and top with the first pocket section making sure to line up the left side of the second pocket with the sashing from the first pocket. See picture below:

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Press flat and you have the start of your first row. Continue until you have five rows of four pockets each.

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Once you have all your rows finished you will add them together the same as you would a row of quilt blocks. Use sewing clips or pins to line up pockets as you sew the rows together. When all the pocket rows are sewn together, add the sashing starting with the side pieces and ending with the shorter bottom piece. Add the top panel print and iron flat. Make a mini quilt sandwich with the backing print facing down, the batting and then the pocket piece facing up. Pin well and quilt between the pockets on the sashing. Trim any excess batting and fabric, bind as you would a mini quilt (Pintrest has loads of tutorials!).

You now have a beautiful Easter Advent ready to be used and loved for years to come! Stock up on little goodies and treasures for your little ones to discover each day leading up to Easter.

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Tiny Heidel chocolates, jelly beans and mini eggs. Someone is excited over here! Actually all my boys are excited to start a new tradition in celebration of Easter and that warms this mama’s heart!

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This scene from the Lamb panel print is so sweet on the pale blue. Have you ordered any of Hawthorne Threads in house designs? I loved how they came all on one piece of fabric! So different and fun! Keep an eye out for some of their other lines like Parapluie and Monteverde. Next month I will have another tutorial using their gorgeous Botany prints (my green loving heart is so happy!).

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Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like what you’ve seen and feel inspired to make your own! Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Happy Spring and happy sewing!

Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour

March 6, 2017

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Hi friends! Welcome to the Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour! I am so glad you stopped by!

My name Is Faith Essenburg, I am a stay at home mom of three boys and most days you can find me over on Instagram sharing the little bits of sewing I am able to squeeze in (you know, in all that spare time!). Instagram is also where I met Lauren Nash, designer of Penny Rose Fabrics newest line Bunnies and Cream. I have been a fan of Lauren’s for a couple years now, and was so excited when I heard she had her very own fabric line coming out. I knew it would be incredible because all of Lauren’s work is just so beautiful. I am sure you can guess at my excitement when she asked me to be a part of her blog tour!

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Bunnies and Cream is even sweeter in person! My oldest and I spent a good hour pouring over each print when they first arrived. It’s as if Lauren took all the sweetest things and rolled them into the perfect fabric line! Bunnies? Check! Strawberries? Check! Sweet treats? Check! Tiny bows, flowers and gingham? You got it!

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I haven’t been able to nail down a favorite print yet either! Did you spy that bit of bunnies selvage at the top there? Too cute!! With fabric this sweet, I knew I wanted to keep things simple on my design, so I went with the classic Nine Patch block. You can see more of my “in progress” pictures HERE.

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I went with a big lap quilt measuring roughly 55 x 65 inches, that shows off the small scale prints and also some of the bigger scale blocks. The boarder fabric is a gorgeous embroidery style print that reminds me of those floral ribbons you sometimes find in sewing shops and I just had to make it a big part of my project.

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In keeping with the classic feel of the fabrics and simplicity of my blocks, I went with hand quilting. The many hours spent working so closely hand sewing each print was a real treat!  Like savoring a sweet dessert. Time to slow down, take it easy and just enjoy the slow motion of hand work.

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No fancy quilting here, just simple pale green stitches in 28 weight Aurifil thread, my favorite hand stitching weight. Those bunnies get me every time! Too cute!

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The recipe prints in this line are just so sweet. My boys decided that they are the three little bunnies and I am the mommy bunny, which pretty much melted my heart. They also wanted to make sure this quilt was going to be staying with us and not heading off to another home, I assured them it was a keeper.

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I am always drawn to green, but this blue gingham called to me and made for the perfect pop of color on the binding. How sweet would a little girls dress be made up in the blue color ways? (Note to self, learn garment sewing ASAP!).

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I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to hand quilt this but I ended up with time to spare, so I added a double row of pink stitching on the yellow boarder. Those bows and tiny flowers are just perfect!

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Just look how snuggly and inviting that looks! And it hasn’t even been through the wash yet, which we all know only adds to the goodness of a handmade quilt 😉 Reminds me of a baby blanket, perfect for Spring. I used a sheet top I had been saving for something special as the backing and it just makes the whole quilt that much softer and sweeter.

And of course I couldn’t stop at just one project! I’m still not tired of all these bunnies! Next I made a mini quilt to show off the tiny prints, perfect for fussy cutting!

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In my opinion, there isn’t anything sweeter than simple 2 x 2 inch squares with straight line quilting! Perfect simplicity!

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These little stinker bunnies sneaking cookies are just the cutest thing ever! With Bunnies and Cream, each and every detail is cuter than the last (if that’s even possible!).

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I added more girly touches to this mini, along with a single pink hand stitched boarder and even lace trim to the binding. It will make a perfect little snuggle quilt for a sweet little girl I know 😉

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See? All the cuteness rolled into one sweet, sweet, fabric line! This makes for a perfect little “eye spy” quilt too! The options are endless with this adorable fabric!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have been inspired to try some Bunnies and Cream for yourself. Make sure to follow along all this week with the rest of the tour listed below!

March 6 Faith Essenburg  www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com

March 7 Bridgette McNay  www.TheFamilyHearth.com

March 8 Elea Lutz  www.EleaLutzDesign.com

March 9 Taunja Kelvington  www.CarriedAwayQuilting.com

March 10 Veronica Am  www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com

March 11 Lauren Nash  www.TransientArt.com

 

 

A Dresden Mini Quilt

March 2, 2017

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I’m popping in to show you a little something I made for a friends birthday gift. It started out as this fabric pull of blues and pinks that I literally dreamt up ( funny, I know!). I added some spicy mustard yellow into the mix to give it a more grown up look.

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I think the added pop of color did the trick of pulling these prints together. They are mostly Amy Sinibaldi prints along with some Sevenberry and of course my go to Liberty Of London. Oh, and a gorgeous Rifle Paper print as well.

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I used my machine to sew the Dresden down and then set to work hand stitching using my favorite Tulip Hiroshima embroidery needles in size 8 and a 28 weight thread from Aurifil. Perfect combo for smooth stitching!

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So here she is, all finished! I was going for a balance of modern-vintage, the fabrics being more modern and the hand quilting adding that older style feel. I have taken to visiting antique shops lately and have been so inspired by the old quilts and hand sewn items I find, and rather then going broke buying them all, I try to bring some of that “old, well loved” feel to the things I am making now.

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I completely winged it with my Dresden sections and had to add the corner quarter circles almost as an after thought. Do you ever get so caught up in making something that you completely forget to plan a few key pieces? Just part of learning as I go and flying by the seat of my thread covered pants!

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I went back and forth on whether to add more stitching or colored stitches or just scrap the whole thing (ah, the phases a maker goes through in the course of one small project!), but in the end I just really love all the white space on this mini.

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My stitches are not perfect or exact but this was the most enjoyable hand sewing I think I have ever done and that counts for a lot in my book. I could have gone on forever, it’s a little addictive.

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I really like how this mini looked on my bathroom wall, I might just have to make another to keep for myself!

So there you have it, my humble little gift. My friend, by the way, is Jenni. We have yet to meet in person but we text almost daily for about two years now. You just never know who God will bring into your life (in any way or form, thank you Instagram!), to encourage and bless you just when you need it most. And you never know how something as simple as reaching out to say hello might just be the start of a blessed friendship.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you leave here inspired. Make sure to come back on Monday March 6 to see some more of the hand quilting I’ve been up to.

Hand Quilting in Progress

February 8, 2017

Hi friends!

I’ve been slowly, slowly working on a project for next month and though it seems like I have nothing to show for all my hard work, I thought you might like a little peek.

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If you follow me on Instagram you have undoubtedly seen lots of this adorable Bunnies and Cream fabric by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics. It is absolutely the cutest and I decided a special project like this needed hand quilting.

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Lets just say, my hand work was a little rusty. As you can see, I decided not to stress about imperfections and gave myself grace for the less than perfect stitches. Funny thing is, when you don’t stress and spend your time unpicking, you end up using that time stitching and little by little you get the hang of it. It’s true what they say, “practice makes perfect”,  Well maybe not perfect, but pretty good will do 😉

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See, getting better and better, little by little stitches. Isn’t this print to die for!?!? ALL the heart eye emoji’s here!

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I just happened to have this pale green Aurifil thread in 28 weight and it has been a dream to hand quilt with through these three layers. I am doing very simple quilting but just between you and me, I felt a little silly/happy when my stitches finally crossed. Ah, the simple joys of hand work, am I right?

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I have worked myself up to loading 4 small stitches on my needle by keeping one hand at the back of the quilt and using my index fingernail to make sure the needle is catching the backing fabric. I’m no pro by any means but I’ve found a hand quilting pace that works for me.img_2934

I don’t usually hand quilt, I prefer the speed of using a machine, however the change of pace is a welcome calm to our modern busy world. A calm I am enjoying immensely.

I hope you will stop back next month to see more of this adorable fabric and my finished product.

 

Pretty Little Valentines

January 27, 2017

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Well it’s about that time of year again, Valentines Day! This year I am trying to get a head start on things since these special dates usually pass me by in a blur (you know, mom life!). If you are anything like me, you probably have a running list of friends you plan to send little gifts or thank yous to. Unfortunately, this list can tend to take a back seat to all the other lists we have going on. And then there’s the mental list of all the grand things you will hand make and goodies you will buy to show just how much you are thankful or care. This mental list of ideas alone can be overwhelming and at some point you just have to come up with a simple idea to run with.

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I grabbed one of my trusty books, Quilt Petite by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane, chose a small project and set to work.

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I pulled all the sweetest pinks and reds from my Elea Lutz stash and got to work making six mug rugs, perfect for Valentine gifts.

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Out came all my sweetest trims and cutest ribbons, which just happen to be gifts from friends (which explains my ever growing list of kindnesses to return!).

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Some of my seams had trouble lining up at the beginning, but this was a project that went smoother as I went along and hopefully the chocolates that I sent with will be a distraction to any imperfections there may have been. And here they probably thought I was just sending chocolate for fun, I’m sneaky like that 😉

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It’s the little details that make gifts special. Some pom pom trim and cherries for this one, please.

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It was such a treat to pick out all the little details I wanted to add for each friend, and though these are only small gifts (not the grand ideas I had worked up in my head) it was my hope that each one will feel a little loved when they open their packages and know they are special.

Have you had your fill of pink, red, and tiny details yet? No? OK! One last one.

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Now that I have sent out these sweet gifts to even sweeter friends, I can start dreaming up grand ideas for my next list… So long as I don’t get myself so overwhelmed that I end up doing nothing at all! (I know I’m not the only one who has that problem! ;-).

It’s a blessing to have sweet friends to make sweet little gifts for, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have been inspired to make something sweet today.