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Patchwork Hearts Quilted Wall Hanging

I saw this on pinterest and immediately wanted to make it! I used scraps from my stargazer quilt project including the treacherous little half square triangles that gave me so much trouble, trimmed up some more squares from the leftovers, and put it together in one afternoon. It was very fiddly with all the little tiny squares, but I'm very pleased with how it came out! I want to make some sort of extra pillow or something out of the scraps from the other Stargazer quilts too! 



The back is just some leftover minky but you can see the quilting: 

It's hanging up in my office and I like that it's visible in the background when I make zoom calls. The Quarantine has me feeling pretty gloomy this week...it's the little things that help!

Catan Hexagon Quilt Update #4

IT IS TIMEto start sewing my giant land-hexes into a quilt! I have spent the last several months sewing a ring of water hexes around the outside of each land continent. 
Pictured here are 513 Land Hexes and 216 Water Hexes for a total of 729 hexes (so far!) Here is the diagram of how I want to sew them together. Pink outline is the lands and orange is the waters already attached to each land. I am MUCH happier with these bright blue water hexes compared the the gray-blue ones I had made previously. 

Trying to figure out the best order to sew things together...left to right or center outwards?? I've been safety pinning notes to each edge of the big hexes to remind me of which side to connect to what! Plus filling in all the little gaps. 
This project really feels like it's moving along! 
Previous Installments:
Starting My Dream Quilt
Catan Hexagon Quilt Update #1
Catan Hexagon Quilt Update #2 Catan Hexagon Quilt Update #3

Spaceships Hexie Quilt

I have 5 cousins expecting babies in the next 6 months! The soonest is baby Beckett, who is due in October. I let my cousin Alexa pick out the fabric from my stash, and then finished this just in time for her baby shower last weekend. 

It took me a long time to decide on a design, but ended up going with my Lori Holt Half-Hex template, then the boys helped me try out a bunch of different designs. I really liked James' idea for this gradation of blues, but I felt like it needed something more for interest. I appliqued some tiny fussy-cut hexagons onto the middle of middle hexes and echoed the hexes in the quilting. I ordered navy blue minky for the back, added a navy blue satin blanket binding, and here it is! 






Stargazer Friendship Quilting Project

Everyone needs another quarantine project, right? Because crafters live in a constant state of wanting to start another project and procrastinating on the ones that actually have due dates, right? (*cougbabyquiltgiftscough*) And even during quarantine, when my out-of-the-house responsibilities have been reduced to nothing, I crave the feeling of having too much on my plate. 

Actually, I have nothing to spend my fun money on except fabric right now. Why do I need clothes or makeup if I never go anywhere? And if I never go anywhere, I'm not using my money for movies and dates and restaurants. So instead, I'm buying ALL THE FABRIC. I am a fabric buying machine. Like, I'm scared that all the good fabric will get used up for masks and there won't be any good fabric left for crafting. And also I'm bored and I fill my boredom with online fabric shopping. Quarantine is doing strange things to my head. Today I went for a run and it was 78% humidity and I stepped (gently) o…

Youtube Spotlight: The Chateau Diaries

As a lover of fantasy, historical, and DIY, the youtube genre of Chateau bloggers is a goldmine. My favorites are The Chateau Diaries and Doing it Ourselves, which feature English families who move to France, buy a run-down Chateau, and fix it up. It is AMAZING escapism, extremely charming, and so gratifying to see these old buildings explored and renovated. They are obviously labors of love, and I love to watch them. Maybe someday I can visit one! 



Using a Thimble

I have tried a LOT of thimbles over the years, and until recently, just wished that my middle right finger would just be thick and leathery and calloused forever so I wouldn't have to deal with re-callousing it whenever I had to do a bunch of hand sewing! I hate metal thimbles because I can't feel my needle and they are slippery. I tried a leather thimble but had a similar problem--it was either too thin and didn't protect me, or it was too thick and I couldn't feel the needle. I also had a problem with sizing--even a tiny bit too tight and my finger goes numb. Too loose and it just falls off and is lost forever. 
This changed a few months ago when I went in to Honey Bee Quilt Shop in Austin to see if they had any good batiks for my Catan Quilt ocean hexes. When I was at the checkout, I saw this display and was amazed because I had never seen plastic thimbles before, nor had the ability to try on a variety of sizes. They were only 50 cents anyway, so I got bought a yell…

Doll School Uniform from an too-small Real Uniform

My friend asked if I could turn her daughter's school too-small school uniform into a uniform outfit for her doll. I was excited by the challenge and got to work! I think it looks perfect! 

I used the collar and patch from the original shirt, and a thrifted cotton jersey dress and some buttons from my stash for the rest of the shirt. I used the free Liberty Jane Polo Shirt pattern from Pixie Faire, which was excellent and super easy! 

For the skirt, I used the already pleated portions of the original skirt, trimmed down to be doll-sized. The waistband was difficult because the fabric was so bulky--not a problem in a girl's waistband, but not great in a doll waistband! It took a few tries and some finagling, but I managed to make it look nice. 

Ta-da! 

Gradient Catan Pillow

I needed a quick win a few weeks ago when I was feeling down, so I grabbed some scrap strips from my Catan quilt fabric bag and arranged them in a gradient pattern to make this quick pillow! It matches the other Catan pillow and will eventually match my Catan Quilt as well when it is done. I think it turned out great and everyone is always glad to have another pillow on the couch!
I quilted large hexagon outlines onto the front to help tie it in with the theme, which I think works great!

The Witcher Books Review (Spoiler Free)

I started reading The Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski back in February, and last night I finally finished the last one! Overall I really enjoyed them. Lots of fantasy and adventure, lots of fun twists on traditional fantasy tropes, and absolutely excellent writing. They are definitely more literary than a lot of current genre fantasy, which made me love them even more. The gore is more intense than say Wheel of Time but less frequent than in any of the Game of Thrones books and usually serves a specific purpose so it doesn't feel gratuitous. It is definitely a series for mature readers. I probably wouldn't let my kids read them until they were in their upper teens like 16 or older. (Watch me look back at this review when Jack is 15 and asking to read them LOL.) I'd give these an 9/10 as a whole work and I would definitely reread them. I also hope that they make lots and lots and lots of seasons of the Netflix show so that I can see some of these amazing adventures come …

Jack's Twin Sized Stars Quilt

A loooong time ago I made my very first baby quilt. It was for Jack, and it was space themed. I bought a whole bunch of the same fabric from Joann's and used it for his quilt, boppy cover, curtain, and crib skirt. It was my first time decorating a nursery, my first time making a "real" quilt, and my first baby. (Even though I didn't finish it until he was almost 2!) And now that first baby is 8 years old and wears the same size shoe as me! When I asked him what kind of quilt he wanted for his upgraded, twin-sized quilt, he said he wanted another star-themed quilt. I knew I wanted to do pinwheels and that I wanted black to be a prominent color, and I searched long and hard for some good space-themed fabric that wouldn't look too babyish for my big kid and ended up using 2 packs of Windham Fabrics "Out of this World" fat eighths plus 2 yards of the black with stars for the sashing and one yard for the binding. I also documented how I made each pinwheel i…

Quarantine Chic Toddler Summer Dress

It's a weird world when you think it's cute to make a matching mask for your little girl's summer dress...but it is cute! I drafted this pattern based on one of her 2T dresses...though drafting is honestly a strong word. It was more like improvising...I think changed the length of those ruffles four times before I finally sewed them down! But it turned out cute, and I indeed had enough fabric leftover to make a cute lil matching mask for her, which she loves even though she doesn't really go anywhere. 


The fabric is by Dear Stella designs and I bought it on Etsy. (I am obsessed with Dear Stella Designs right now!) Honestly, I've been buying most of my fabric on Etsy lately because the shipping delays at places like Fat Quarter Shop are just insane. They just now shipped an order that I placed in early June. I get why and I'm not mad, but it is making me like Etsy more right now. Also, another strange side effect of this quarantine thing...I didn't have eno…

Mid Year Goals Update

1. Be Black Belt Readya. Run a 10 minute Mile
In January I ran a 12 minute mile as my starting point and was working on my fitness okayish, but once quarantine started I was slacking, feeling pretty down about homeschool and missing my regular activities. Well, a few weeks ago I got sick of doing nothing started back up on my couch to 10k program and running every day. Then John and I time a mile again and it was....10 min 32 seconds!!!! So I am making significant progress with this one! 
b. Pass my Red III belt test My martial arts school is currently closed during the coronavirus....so this has still not happened. 
c. Memorize all my advanced set combinations Again with the quarantine, I haven't had the chance to practice these. I should probably email my instructor and see if he can email me the combos so I can work on memorizing them.

d. Get to a healthier weight through healthy eating and exercise I've had good luck with myfitnesspal in the past, but I hate it. Eating makes m…

Homeschool

My kids came home for spring break the second week of March and never went back to school. We thought it was going to be for a few weeks, maybe a month...but now it's summer and we have no idea what the new school year will look like.

I'm not going to lie: home school was terrible. I never wanted to be a teacher, and when I did sub, I avoided elementary (and especially kinder!) like the plague...ooh, that analogy is very topical, huh? 
The district threw together an at-home-learning program the best that they could, but it was not great. There were standardized activities for every student in every grade at every school, leaving very little customization for teachers to add in, but at the same time creating a lot of work for the teachers trying to set up those mandatory activities in a way that their students could understand. Some of the activities were really hard, some were really easy, and many of them seemed like busywork. In other words, very little real learning happen…

Tie Dye

About a century ago, I bought a bunch of stuff for tie dye...

James was bad that his had too much white on it and I accidentally had a hole in my glove and my thumb was totally purple for like three days!  It was fun and the shirts turned out cute. I even did one for me, Gunnar, and Miles and we plan to have a family tie-dye photoshoot one of these days! 

Regency Doll Dresses

I've been feeling the need for some quick satisfying projects using things I already had on hand which means...doll dresses! A while back Pemberly Threads on Etsy had a sale on their patterns and I snatched up almost all of the ones she was offering. I just finished sewing the Elinor dress with the optional alternate sleeves pattern as well, using two different styles. Both of these are made in the fashion of the Regency (aka Jane Austen) era. 


This blue dress is made from dark blue satin and embellished with the trim leftover from my wedding dress that I worked on almost 11 years ago! 


This teal dress is made of lightweight cotton that I salvaged from one of Gunnar's dress shirts that he tore a big hole in. It's hard for me to throw away usable scraps of fabric, and this color was just so pretty!

I struggled to style the doll's hair in a Regency Fashion sort of way, but it turned out alright I think. The dresses are just so adorable and make me want to re-watch every…

What I'm Reading/Watching/Playing....for the past few months!

What I've been Reading/Watching/Playing...For the past few months!
Maybe I'll go back to doing monthly ones...Maybe not.

Reading Stormlight Archives 1, 2, and 3 by Brandon Sanderson Lately I've been reading The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson. In February I read The Way of Kings, in March I read Words of Radiance and in April I read Oathbringer. Normally I read a few books each month, but these honking things are like 3 books in one. That said, I really like them! I enjoyed them even more the second time because I knew what to look for and what all the rules of the world were from the beginning, even though I have a terrible memory and had forgotten some of the big reveals. My favorite character is Jasnah, and I wish we got to spend more time following her. When she is around, Stuff Happens. I would totally marry Adolin if given the opportunity and he is generally just such a good guy. His lucky, happy demeanor reminds me of my own husband, actually. I like the oth…