Patchwork Christmas Tree Forest Quilt

This past July, I participated in a quilt-a-long hosted on Instagram by @heritage.threads and @kairleoaks.  We made a Holiday Patchwork Forest Quilt.  The pattern is by Diary of a Quilter.  I used the Cotton + Steel bundle sold by Stitch Supply Co.

This was the first time I participated in a quilt-a-long and I really enjoyed it.  I typically don't tend to keep up with "a-longs" of any kinds.  I start with a lot of gusto and fizzle out after a few weeks or days.  But, this pattern by Diary of a Quilter kept my interest.  I think its the improv part of it... it makes it so fun and enjoyable to do each block.  Also, these prints by Cotton+ Steel were so beautiful to work with.  I really, really enjoyed them.  So much so that I'd like to make another one in the future.

I love how you make the blocks in pairs.

Making this quilt went so fast.  Before I knew it, I had a quilt top!

I had this quilted by Quilting By David.  I chose the Retro Tile pattern and I love it so muc…

How to Make Cloth Napkins Using Moda Toweling- Standard Corners

A few months ago, my husband and I were talking about how we could try to use less paper products in our home.  We do pretty good with using really plates.  But we use an inordinate amount of paper napkins, actually our kids do, not exactly us ;)  But we figured we could improve in that area.  So, since then, we have been on the lookout for high quality cloth napkins that we can us over and over.
I started selling Moda Fabrics this past August and I found out that they actually have an area of their brand called Moda Home.  They have really wonderful vintage items.  I ordered a few kinds of their napkins because they looked so pretty, I couldn't resist.
This Very Berry one-

This Candy Cane Christmas one-

And this Santa one-

You can buy these here in my Etsy Shop.
The other thing I discovered that Moda sells is toweling.  This toweling is amazing!  It is 100% cotton and it is hemmed on both sides.  The toweling has a vintage style so it is nostalgic too.   Among many things, you c…

Gooseberry Picnic Quilt

In the beginning of this summer, I decided that I wanted to enjoy lots of family picnics this summer.  My girls love eating outside and sitting on top of a blanket on the ground has even more appeal to them then eating at a picnic table.  In the past we grabbed whatever crocheted blanket was around and took it with us.  But, I decided that a dedicated picnic blanket would be better for us.  And also I think it would make for special memories and nostalgia to use the same blanket every time we picnicked.  
We have 6 people in our family- my husband and I and our 4 kids.  So, I new this needed to be somewhat big so that we could all comfortably sit and enjoy a meal.  
I settled on Gooseberry by Lella Boutique for the fabric.  This fabric reminded me of my childhood and I think it is so, so beautiful. 
I thought over patterns for a while and ended up using this one.  The tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company was awesome to follow and I loved how April used layer cakes instead of charm…

Tutorial: How to Add a Zipper to a Crochet Pouch

I have been crocheting tons of pouches lately and I love lining them with a coordinating fabric and finishing them with a zipper.  I'm not an expert at sewing by any means, but this method works for me.  I use it every time and I am always happy with the results.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

In the pictures shown in this tutorial, I am lining the Lee Change Purse.  But, this method will work for any pouch...just adjust the fabric and zipper sizes.

Materials needed- for the fabric lining & zipper (if desired):
• 5" zipper • Fabric- 2 pieces that are roughly 5" high by 6"wide

•Needle & thread
•Sewing machine (optional)
•a few ball head straight pins

Finished size: • Lee Change Purse- 4" high by 5" wide
Making the Lining:
1. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric that are about 1/2-inch larger around than your pouch.

2. Lay one piece of the fabric, right side up, on your worktop.  Place the zipper, right side up, on top of the fabric, centered.

3. Sew along the top edge o…