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thermos toss changing pad cover

27 Feb

hello!  still enjoying settling in with baby but i felt like blogging, so here i am with the changing pad cover i made just a couple days before C was born.  i had a major nesting/sewing frenzy there at the end!

this was on my to do list for months, and finishing it was probably one of those “final straw” things that let me go into labor.  that’s what i’m telling myself anyway.

thermos toss changing cover

as i mentioned before, the “theme” of the boys’ shared room is Camp Ivanhoe, the Khaki Scouts’ base in the movie Moonrise Kingdom (affiliate link).  my Pinterest board is here.  i actually got the Camp Ivanhoe idea BECAUSE of this fabric!  it was sent by the lovely folks at Dear Stella, who offered me some fabric at the end of last year.  Em’s Christmas dress and Laura’s tote bag were both made in gold confetti sparkle, but this was my fun bonus choice – Thermos Toss flannel from their Take a Hike line (you can buy it online here).

thermos toss changing cover

i love these retro thermoses – i remember my dad taking a thermos to work in the wintertime, and the quirky plaid nostalgia grabbed me.  it seems that the Khaki Scouts would probably carry these around in the colder months too.  and the flannel is so cozy and soft for baby!

thermos toss changing cover

i figured out a pattern to cover our contoured changing pad myself after searching unsuccessfully online for exactly what i wanted.  i made two end pieces that are elongated, shallow U’s, then i wrapped a long piece around the middle, matching up the centers and then turning sharply at the corners and sewing down the edges.  i folded the bottom edge under and added 1/4” elastic and it fit really nicely.  after stressing about how i was going to figure it out, it ended up working just fine.  phew!

want to see a bit more of the room so far?

thermos toss changing cover

here’s a little peek – the brass bugle was a $3 thrift store find, and i made the troop 55 flag out of felt.  my sister in law made the “Be Brave” pennant (inspired by one in this shop, different phrase sold here) as a Christmas present and i love it!

the garland was made by Cherie and the phrase in the middle says “here to make friends,” the opposite of the ubiquitous reality show mantra.  i might change that out for a moonrise kingdom quote eventually and once he’s more mobile (and sleeping in the crib) i’ll rearrange the garland for safety.  Cherie also made an perfectly campy divided basket for the room!

thermos toss changing cover

the National Parks poster is from Schoolhouse Electric as well, an awesome Christmas gift from my inlaws.  it goes really nicely with the divided basket that Gail made (currently in our room for middle-of-the-night-and-every-day diaper changes) and the quilt Jess made!  having generous and talented crafty friends is truly the best.

i want to hang some rustic-ish shelves, style a few more things, get more art on the walls, and then i’ll do a full room tour and show O’s bed too.  the room is one of my favorites in the house already, though!  kind of cool to have a design that looks better the more handmade/thrifted items that are in it.

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confused geese pillow

24 Jan

sometimes, you just gotta make a pillow.

confused geese pillow

my sister had a birthday a few months back, and due to some last minute party rescheduling, i couldn’t make her something like i’d originally planned.  as time went by, i felt worse and worse that i HADN’T made her something…so finally i got down to business and sewed this pillow for her.  i’ve been big on crossing things off my “to do” list lately (probably a nesting thing) so it felt great to get this done and finally gifted.

confused geese pillow

she had mentioned she needed more throw pillows in her living room, so i made the colors neutral to go with her existing white/cream/wood tone scheme.  the flying geese are essex yarn dyed linen in leather (i got it at Bolt, you can find it here), and the background is a creamy bella solid that i also got at Bolt.  you’ve seen it before as the bodice of Em’s Christmas Dress this year.

confused geese pillow

i used my friend Cherie’s awesome confused geese pillow tutorial to make the pillow.  i went with the larger size (18″ x 18”).  once i finished the piecing, i quilted it to a slightly larger scrap of batting, trimmed it, cut an 18” x 18” back, added a zipper, stuffed it, and done!

confused geese pillow

the insert is the IKEA FJÄDRAR, which is a pretty great price for a feather pillow and my favorite to use for these types of projects.  it’s good to make the outer cover a bit smaller than the pillow insert (the insert in this case is 20” x 20”) so it lays nice and tight and keeps a puffy pillow shape.  18” x 18” may be a bit smaller than i’d normally go for a quilted pillow outer, but it still looked good once i carefully zipped it up.

confused geese pillow

i’m happy with how it turned out, and my sis put it on her couch immediately, so it was well-received.  i think quilted pillow covers are a great “i feel like making a quilt but i can’t commit to all that time/fabric/effort” type project.  you still get to experience the fix of piecing and quilting, but they can be made in a day.  perfect to practice on, and especially fun to give as gifts!

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P.S. get ready – a new film petit is coming on monday!!!   it’s also the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week but we figure we’ll sneak it in before KCW really gets going.  trust me, it’s inconceivably good.  ;)

P.P.S.  teepee print from this awesome shop.

camp quilt for the husband

2 Jul

i tried to buy something for my husband for father’s day, i really did!  i went to our favorite home / random cool stuff store, schoolhouse electric, with the full intention of getting him something there.  problem is, that place is a bit spendy, and everything i wanted to get was out of budget.  what happened next is what usually happens – i get inspired, and decide to make something instead.  so i went home and knocked out this quilt mostly during naptime (with some sneaky finishing touches the next day).

camp quilt

the vibe they have at schoolhouse is sort of a arts & crafts era meets midcentury modern meets industrial meets summer camp, which is what i tried to recreate in my quilt.  the reason i made a quilt for him is he tends to fall asleep on the couch most evenings…and he’s a taller guy, so i thought he needed something to keep his feet cozy as well as his shoulders, ya know?  it’s always a bit frustrating to watch a person try to cover themselves with a too-small-of-blanket.

camp quilt

i’d also wanted to make a quilt that looks like a pendleton national park blanket for a while (still plan to eventually make a quilt for O that looks like the crater lake blanket), and decided this was my chance to practice.  it was really tough picking “manly” fabrics from my stash, but i stuck to mostly linen and it worked out.

camp quilt

the quilt measures 43″ x 66″ finished – sort of random, but that’s what i had, fabric-wise.  the fabrics are a navy linen (from JoAnn i think), red canvas from Bolt (most famously used on little red), natural linen (from fabric depot), with essex linen yarn dyed black center panel.  it’s a strip quilt, which came together really quickly.  i omitted batting, both because i didn’t have enough on hand, and because i wanted it more summer blanket-weight.  the backing is Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn from last year.

camp quilt

the binding is two packages of store-bought double fold bias tape (sent to me by Cherie, thanks girl!) and the non-matchingness of it gives it that extra “summer camp” element i was looking for, plus takes it away from flag territory a bit.

camp quilt

i quilted it with mustard thread on both sides of each stripe, and zigzagged the binding to finish it.

camp quilt

the center of the quilt also has a quilted concentric diamond shape which doesn’t really show up in photos (or real life for that matter) but it subliminally ties in with the backing.

camp quilt

my husband seems to really like his quilt/blanket and uses it almost every day, and when i surveyed him for his favorite project of mine for Sanae’s blog, he said this!  i don’t sew for him much, but i really should do it more often.  look how happy his two fingers are there, peeking out from the side!  ;)

camp quilt

GREAT SUCCESS.

feather pillow for a sewing friend

19 Dec

sorry guys, another quilted pillow.  last one for a while (maybe?  maybe not?  they’re just too fun!).

feather pillow

this one was for my sewing buddy, Caila.  the girl is a ray of sunshine, i knew she was working on decorating her house, and i had so much fun making this pillow for her!

feather pillow

i met Caila once when she was in town, and we had a fun lunch talkin’ blog stuff, sewing stuff, kid stuff, Portland stuff…you know, the usual.  i also got to meet her littlest adorable towhead Stryder – such a cutie pie!  it was actually right around the time i discovered Caila’s blog in the first place, but i saw right away that she has a really bright, happy, colorful style.  i also trolled her pinterest boards to find some specific fabrics that she might like to see in the pillow.  pinterest is so helpful for gift-giving!

feather pillow

i pieced the feathers out of my most color-saturated scraps and fat quarters using anna maria horner’s (free) feather bed quilt pattern.   this is actually one quilt block and it turned out to be perfect pillow size, though i kinda wish i’d narrowed the white space between the two just a bit and added a little to the outsides to bring them together.    they were super fun to make though – i really enjoyed picking out the fabrics and learning the piecing method, which is different than anything i’ve done before and very satisfying.  i even have a few extra feather sides for possible future pillows!

feather pillow

the back is AMH and a kona solid and it closes with a zipper.  this project is an amazing fat quarter / scrap user upper.

recommend!

so i’m sewing a bunch of gifts for Christmas and realizing that i’m not going to get to blog some of them!  one already went in the mail without being photographed (maybe i can talk the recipient into snapping a few pics), and i’m making some teacher gifts that i doubt will see the light of day (LITERALLY) before i give them away.  this annoys me – sometimes it feels like a project isn’t “done” until it’s blogged.  anyone else weird like that?  guess i should’ve started sooner, eh?

granny square christmas pillow

10 Dec

continuing on my current quilting kick, i made a pillow for my husband’s company holiday party. they do a Christmas decor gift exchange/yankee swap type thing every year, and this year i decided to add to my quilt block repertoire and make a pillow!

granny square christmas pillow

granny squares are the hot new-old quilt block, did you know? first Jessica made one for me as a pillow for my birthday (which i posted here), then Jess posted her progress on her middle daughter’s new big girl quilt and linked to a great tutorial on how to make them. that did it, it became a “must make.” i figured a pillow would be great practice and the fabric would be fun to figure out. i cut my squares at 3.5″ each and i added a 3″ sashing around the edge to frame the pillow (3.5″ sashing would’ve been better though – bit of a squeeze). the pillow is around 18″ x 18″ finished.

i didn’t pay as close of attention to the tutorial as i should’ve and did a little extra piecing, and i also cut myself with my freshly changed rotary cutter blade during the process, but it still came together in just a few hours and was a fun design to make.

granny square christmas pillow

i did sort of a mix of traditional and more modern prints in Christmasy colors of red and green, with lots of polka dots. the inner square is from a fat quarter of lizzy house leaves and berries in cocoa that i got at bolt a while back (here’s some on etsy!), surrounded by pearl bracelet also from hello pilgrim and two different versions of moda essential dots (i first used the red ones on the amelie dress, and the cream ones i think i got on clearance at fabric depot).

granny square christmas pillow

it’s always hard to show quilting on light fabric. i outlined the squares on the outside edge of each, then ran a second line of stitching echoing the outline around the outside of the block. it created some cool diamond and triangle shapes.

granny square christmas pillow

the back is just an envelope closure with a button to make sure it stays put.

granny square christmas pillow

it’s a bit risky to bring a handmade to an anonymous gift swap; there was stealing allowed and part of me was hoping it’d get stolen a couple times to show the time spent (and blood spilled) was worth it!*

my husband works at a family business though, and my sister in law hid the pillow under the table to prevent it getting stolen! i figure that’s just as good, right? she wanted it to come home with her, and she made sure that happened. so i know it went to a loving home. ;)

granny square christmas pillow

just when it ‘s time to take photos of inanimate objects (which should be a snap), the 2 year old can’t resist playing with the ornaments and photobombing my photoshoot. silly boy.

granny square christmas pillow

what are you making this holiday season? anyone giving any quilted pillows? they’re a fun way to practice your quilting without a huge time commitment! just one block, some quilting, and you’re done. totally fun (unless you slice your fingers – be sure to roll the cutter AWAY from you! AWAY NOT TOWARDS!! sewing is dangerous!).

be safe out there, you guys.

*I promise I did not bleed on the pillow!

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