Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A completed baby quilt

So, I really wanted to call this post "A Stripper in Central Park" but I didn't think anyone would get it.  You see, the main fabric in this quilt is from Kate Spain's line called Central Park.  On top of that, it's what I would call a "strip" quilt since it's made from a jelly roll (aka 2.5 inch strips).  But since probably no one but me would find that funny and because the recipient of this quilt is a sweet innocent newborn baby girl, we'll just call it something like the Purple Central Park quilt (booorrrriiiinnnngggg).


If you've checked out many of my posts over the past year, you've surely seen this fabric line make several appearances.  I think it's an especially happy line of fabric with the trees, animals and flowers.  Sadly, all of the lovely purples had been cast aside, too feminine to make it into my own nursery.  Luckily, we have friends, and they have girls.  (See big sisters' stuff here.)


My inspiration for this quilt pattern was found on Pinterest and there's even a link to a free pattern here.


The quilting was done at home by me, all free motion on my spiffy new machine following a tutorial for loopy flowers found here.  They were fun and easy to make and I think they were the perfect match to the flower prints.  There's something about pulling a quilt out of the dryer for the first time and seeing all of the crinkles.  I love it and hope the little one does too.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween home decor

I love autumn.  It may be my favorite time of year.  The slow cooker is working overtime, I've got a yummy dessert fresh from the oven and smelling delicious of pumpkin and cloves, the Giants are in the post season (and the A's)!  Pretty soon all of the lovely trees in my neighborhood will be turning all of the best shades of fall.

This year being the first with a little pitter patter around the house, I realized I'd better start stepping up when it comes to holiday decorations.  I started with a trip to Hobby Lobby, then Beverly's and after a few nap times, I ended up this...

My Halloween sewing wall

I love the cutesy Halloween fabrics (plus I'll use any excuse to pick up more fabrics).  The letters were cut and fused using Steam a Seam.  (Can you tell the "treat" circle is supposed to be like a candy corn?)

Look out for bats!
I followed the tutorial for these bats shared here.  Super simple, just cut out a bunch of shapes from black card stock and stuck them on the wall using some two sided tape.

The decorations make me happy and I can't wait to dress up my little guy in his first Halloween costume.

Now if we could only figure out how to nap longer than 30 minutes...
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