Thursday, April 28, 2011


I got it finished {except for the binding}.  Which for the binding I've decided {with help from some great comments - thank you!!} to go with the orange polka dots.  I have a feeling it's going to be really really cute!!  I can't wait to show you when it's complete! :)  I love hoe it looks kinda puffy, I used a medium weight batting.  Never used that kind before, and I love how it turned out.  Almost looks stuffed!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday.

{I know it's suppossed to be "wordless"...but pretend camping is the cutest!}

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Piecing it Together.

This little cutie wants to help me...

I didn't realize how hard it was to lay out and piece together a quilt with an infant who can't keep his hands off anything...I can't wait until he's crawling...I have a feeling my sewing projects might be shoved to the back burner once that starts!

This is Meaghan's quilt so far.  I have sewn 3 rows together so far.  I am stuck on what to use for the binding...any of you quilters out there got a good idea for me?  The back is going to be the Michael Miller Ta Dot in the Ocean {the turquoise one in the picture}  For the binding I was thinking about doing the blue check {Anne Kelle Remix} or the green check...not sure how that will go with the back? AND....if you know of a good, not confusing tutorial for binding/bias tape...please send it my way!! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Wrap Up!

Hope everyone had a nice Easter.  The weather was actually warm enough to have our egg hunt outside, and let the kiddo's play outside!  We ate the most DELICIOUS breakfast: Lemon Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepe Cake:

Then I attempted to take my 3 Boy's picture together and this is how it turned out:

G and I watching the boys hunt for eggs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And The Winner Is....

Congrats Allison!  I will be in touch with you, so you can claim your prize! :)  If you are a During Quiet Time reader and didn't win, I will be offering 15% off your purchase to my shop good through the 25th of April!!  Go visit Amy's lovely blog and become a follower to get the code!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ruffle Up Your Kitchen!! {a tutorial}

Thanks to for having us today!!  I am thrilled to be a part of her Ruffle Event!  I just LOVE that ruffle shower curtian!

We all LOVE ruffles, don't we?!  I don't get the opportunity to use many ruffles in my home, or on my kids for that matter...having a house full of boys leaves little room for girly stuff! 

I figured since I was using a aqua color handtowel and aqua and green fabric, it wouldn't be too big of a deal!  And it turned out really really cute!  So I will share this super easy way to 'dress up your kitchen' tutorial with you!

First you want to gather all your materials.  For this project you will need:
  • A spring colored handtowel {I got mine a Kohls for like $6}
  • Coordinating Fabric { 2 four inch strips about 26 inches long each} I found my fabric here
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • a ruler and a self healing mat
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

Next you want to measure the width of your handtowel.  Now take your number and multipy it by 2.  That's how long you need your strips of fabric for the ruffles.  I like to make sure that we have PLENTY of ruffles, so I always multiply by could even go two and a half if you wanted.  It will give you lots and lots of ruffles!

Now you can cut your fabric.  I cut mine at 3 inches wide, but wished I would have done 4 inches for a thicker ruffle.  You can do whichever you like.  They will both turn out really cute!!  Your ruffle won't actually be this wide as you are going to fold over the edges and press so your ruffles won't fray.  They will end up being about 1.5 inches or so. 

You could even do 3 or 4 rows of ruffles, rather than just 2 like I did!!

Make sure your iron is hot and ready to go!  Fold over yout fabric strips about an inch on each side so they don't fray in the wash.  Press with iron.

Do the same to the other strip of fabric.

Once you have done that you will have 2 long strips of fabric.  Now it's time to make our ruffles!!

I layed mine about 3 inches from the botton of the front of the handtowel.  I trimmed the edges with pinking shears.  Over the washes it will fray just a little giving it a very cute and worn look.

To make your ruffles simply fold the fabric {make a little pleat}, the more messy, the better!  Try not to make it perfect and spaced evenly.  If you make the pleats really random and crooked it will turn out really cute and unique!  Pin each time you make a ruffle so it stays in place while you finish.

Once you have all your pins in and your ruffles made it will look like this!  Try to keep the line straight.  If it helps, draw a line with washable fabric marker on your handtowel to use that as a guide to place the ruffles.  A straight line will help when sewing the ruffles down too.

I sewed my ruffles about 1/4 of an inch from each edge. 
Don't forget to back-stitch at each end!!

Do the same thing with the next ruffle. Pin and Sew.

Try to stay as straight as possible.  I got a little uneven at times...but thats ok.  It adds more character! :)

Now your done!!  I also added a cute little chick to mine to make it more springy. 

Just pin and sew as close to the edge as possible.  Over time and washes, the edges will fray...leaving it very cute and unique!  I folded my towel in thirds, and centered the chick before pinning.

See?  What do you think?  I love it.  Looks really cute in my kitchen.  Makes it nice and springy with a little hint of ruffle!  I hope you enjoy making yours!  If you do, send me a link!  I would love to see it! :)

Happy Spring, and Happy Sewing!

And thanks again to Kate for having me be a part of her Ruffle Up Event!  Don't forget to check out her blog for the rest of the Ruffle Event!
Thanks Kate!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

And For a Giveaway!!

Yes! It's that time again!  I am so ecxited to bring you guys another giveaway. :)  This time you will need to head over to made During Quiet Time blog to enter.  I love her cute blog, and know you will too!  She's got some serious sewing skill!  I only wish I could sew with such talent!  While your visiting her blog become a follower, and check out her super cute etsy shop.  I think you just might find something you love!!

Like this:

Handprinted Goldfish Bag on 5 by 7 inch Fabric
I think this little fish would be such a cute and uniqe addition to a quilt!!  And check out this cute little pin cushion!  I love it!!
Kokeshi Doll Silk Screened Pincushion
I think it's the zippers I'm afraid of...I need to work on zippers...I don't know what I am so scared of!?!?  Things not lining up right?  Cutting the zipper to make it shorter?  I don't know, anyone know of a good tutorial {with LOTS of pictures?!  Please do share!} :)

Anyway, head over to enter my $40 shop credit giveaway, so you can buy something like this:
 For the easter baskets!!

{To cuddle your little guy in}

{This Organic bag!  Use as a purse or a diaper bag!}

Good Luck, giveaway ends Monday night!

Etsy Finds!!

I've found some really cool things on etsy lately.  Things I've never even thought to search for!  And with Spring cleaning just around the corner...

Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit and Laundry Detergent

I love a good natural eco friendly house cleaning product.  And I just LOVE the cute containers she puts them in, AND that there is HE efficient laundry detergent!!!  Her cute packages are reusable, and you will save $$ when you keep them and buy a refill!!  I ordered mine this morning, and can't wait to smell them!  All these wonderful products can be found in Mrs. Jones' Soapbox etsy store!

Juicy Yellow Pear Olive Oil Soap with 70% Luxury Oils

Doesn't this look delicious!?  Looks like meringue pie in the top!  Or a creamy butter!  Yummy :)  I'll bet it smells just as good as it looks.  It's called Pear Olive Oil Soap and can be found in Maple Hill Farm's etsy shop
They even have CHAP STICK!!!

Chocolate Orange  Sugar Lip Scrub in a Jar - all natural & vegan -  2 in 1 scrub and balm

We all know how much I love chap stick, and carry about 7 tubes in my bag at all times!  But talk about a luxury item!  Sugar Lip Scrub in Chocolate Orange flavor!?!?  I must get my hands on some of this!  You can find this and many more cool items in Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary's cute little etsy shop!

What have you found on etsy lately? 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Quilt's I'd Like To Try!

  Kaleidoscope Cover

I bought this pattern about a month or so ago from Cluck Cluck Sew, and I have been dying to try it...just trying to find the perfect fabric for it!  Isn't it so cute?  Would make the perfect baby quilt.  I love that it comes in crib size too!!

I found this beautiful orange quilt over at Sew Sara.  She makes really nice quilts, and it gave me inspiration to make my rag quilt!  I'd love to make an orange quilt sometime in the future!

This is probably one of my favorite quilt designs.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks like it belongs in a nursery.  I just love it.  I think it would be really hard to get the shapes accurate though.  I found this design over at A Quilt is Nice


This quilt has been one of my favorite designs for a LONG time!  I love how original it is.  I actually made it last year, but have yet to finish it.  Over half the work is already done, all that's left is the quilting, and putting the front and back together, and the binding!!  I always seem to find something else that must be worked on!  I found this beautiful quilt design over at Cluck Cluck Sew again {I love her blog}.

Do you have any quilts you are currently working on??  I'd love to see them! :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Few of My Favorites.

After months of my hubby begging me to make a super soft minky blanket or quilt for the couch, I finally decided to just do it!  I am going to make a rag quilt with my favorite fabrics on the front and the back will be some sort of super soft minky. 

 It requires 100 squares!!  Wowza!  Thats a lot of cutting!!!  I choose 16 different fabrics, and threw in a couple more at the last minute that I just couldn't resist.  Our couches are a dark green with brown piping, and I've been wanting to paint the walls a new shade from Benjamin Moore thats a blue-ish grey.  {So Pretty}...but I wasn't sure how my green couches would look with it.  I think this quilt will tie them together perfeclty!  Especially with the white trim we have, I can't wait to show you don't get too excited...painting seems to take us ages around here!!

Here's a sneak peak at the fabrics I have choosen for the quilt:

And don't forget!  Today is your last chance to enter my ruffle bag giveaway
 over at Women Who Do It All!!  Go enter now, and Good Luck!! :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Watching What I Eat. {literally}

I've been trying to watch what I eat lately.  I actually got down to the size I wore after baby #2. It just doesn't seem to fit the same.  There is fat that is in different places now.  Ugh.  But I still would like to loose 10 more lbs.  {wouldn't we all!?}  Seems like the last 10lbs are the hardest to loose. 

Now I'm not about to go on the Biggest Loser or do anything drastic!!   ESPECIALLY when all I can eat think about is delicious sweets.  I mean really, who can resist these, especially with the photography that makes it

mmm, my mouth is watering.  And talk about a
cute way to announce the sex of your baby!!  I'm going to have to remember this...just in case...I mean you NEVER know! :)

Next time we have pot-luck at work, this is what I'm bringing!!  I love how cute that cake stand is!

Love mint, and chocolate and cheesecake.  Yes Please.

Tonight is grocery shopping night.  I am definitely going to be bringing home some supplies to makes these sweet treats with!!

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