Designing a Vintage Nursery Decor

This is going to be a wordy post. As this was originally a conversation response on Facebook, but then it got too long for my wall… The nursery originally was painted with a satin kitchen and bathroom sage green paint below a natural wood chair rail installed by the Enginerd with a Vanilla type color above it. The doors to the closet and the door inside the nursery was also painted with the green. The far wall with the window had paneling that we put up that was a beautiful natural color. It was gorgeous. We then had sage green curtains that went to the floor as well. About the week, the Einginerd finished with the chair rail, we found out that he was going to lose his job with 90% of everyone else and we had to sell our house. We now live in a rental, and AppleBlossom is. . .

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Time Out Quilts

Time Out Quilts by Atkinson Designs Genre: Quilt Pattern Book Pages: 28 pages Date Published: 2008 Publisher: Atkinson Designs My rating: 4 of 5 stars TIME OUT QUILTS #ATK-607 Traditional quilts in less time. If you can take the calories out of cheesecake by using low fat ingredients, why not take some of the time out of traditional quilts with a few shortcuts? 7 quilts in multiple sizes $16.95  I really loved making this Bricks and Stones quilt (~page 19). All of the other quilts in this book look great as well. I’m mostly finished, just adding the border and then the top will be complete. I found that the instructions were clear and the pictures were great. All and all this is a better of quilt books than some others I have messed with. In the future I would not hesitate to buy more books from Atkinson Designs. *I bought. . .

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Bricks and Stones ♥Update♥

The other day I mentioned that I was working on my Bricks and Stones quilt… see that post HERE with pictures of the pattern and fabric I’m using. I just wanted to give an update. All my blocks are pieced. Now I’m in the process of squaring them up. As AppleBlossom just went down for a nap, I’m hoping to be very productive! I have stitched the top row together and when the blocks are squared up then I plan to chain piece some of the rows to make it faster and easier on my machine. La ti da!!

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I’m Quilting, what are you doing?

Yes, you read that right. I’m quilting. Or at least that’s the plan. As soon as I leave the computer. With the hopes that AppleBlossom will let me (as she adventures around squealing on the floor… eight steps, crash, five steps, tumble…). Current project comes from the Atkinson Designs Time Out Quilts book that I bought at Sweet Home Quilt Company in Georgia. (Hey Melisa miss you!) I’m making the Bricks and Stones pattern (see the example from CottonQuiltsandFabric.com ‘s website in a kit they sell) in some Robert Kaufman fabric also from Sweet Home Quilt Co. How beautiful are those prints!! This is my first Asian inspired quilt and I’m so ready to see it completed. I will not tell you when I bought the material and started…

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Namemaker Sewing and Custom Clothing Lables

As I go through some of the clothing that is from my childhood I have discovered some cloth labels that say in a blue print simply, “Made with Love by Mardi” or “Made Especially for you by Mardi”. I love those labels. They remind me of how good my mother is with a sewing machine and make me smile. As we have started to try to get MadebyMardi up and running over on etsy (madebymardi.etsy.com) I have been thinking about labels. There are limited things that I can do with my sewing and embroidery machines, but it would take forever to make labels that I really like and that is not something that I really want to spend my time on. Plus they would never look as good as those that my mother ordered from a catalog back in the day. But I have found the solution!! *Thanks to ChicExecs. . .

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Dr. Hess Udder Oinment

As a hand quilter and as person who cross stitches (in my spare time…) my fingers get pricked quite a bit and it just a part of the trade. When it has been a while, and I go back to it, there is always a day or two of sore finger tips until I can get a bit of a callus to protect it. Yet all the time, my saving grace for pain has been udder cream. I first discovered it in the check out line at a craft shop and now I cannot hardly live without it. Just rubbing a bit on my finger tips is all I need and I receive extreme relief. In years past I have always used the brand Udderly Smooth Udder Cream and I love it. But just recently thanks to ChicExecs I discovered Dr. Hess Udder Oinment. “Simply the best healing skin cream. . .

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Incredibly Useful Tools and Tutorials

How to transfer Google Friend Connect – (from your Blogspot blog to your new WordPress.org blog and others) Blogger to WordPress Plugin – Blogger to WordPress helps you to redirect from your blogspot post to the corresponding wordpress post (Imported from blogger). WP Greet Box Plugin – Then there are helpful people. Karen McCullough of Karen’s Web Works Lindsey of Kindred Spirit Mommy Trisha of Momdot

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I bought Quilting fabric!!!

Not sure if you noticed, but the background of my blog is a repeating quilt blog. This was initially started as a newly wed wanting to show off her quilting projects. Then it turned into Christian Fiction Reviews. Then Maternity Reviews and Journey. Then Baby Products and More! Now it is a bit of everything, but it has been a while since there was anything quilty. One issue, I cannot read and quilt. Now I cannot play with AppleBlossom and read and that means that I cannot even think about quilting (or cross stitching).  Well today I bought quilting fabric! Backing material actually for a quilt top that I finished before the end of my pregnancy (my daughter is eight months old btw). In the depot downtown area of the town I live in there is an amazing quilt shop The Arlington Quilting Barn (they’re website is under going some. . .

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Quilting – two finished tops and a cross stitch quilt

Over the last couple months I have been quite busy. I found out last fall that my Sister L was expecting baby #5 and so I set to work on my tradition. With each niece and nephew I have made them a cross stitch quilt. This was one was probably the hardest to work on because at first I was working on it without much distraction except needing to read and then I found I was pregnant in December and while working on this one I kept thinking about the one I would make for my own child! Now, I have finally finished this one… and I am excited about starting mine… but now I know that I have another expectant person in my life that I have to make one for! Oy! My poor fingers and hours of reading I will not be able to do… Another project I. . .

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Quilt Festival

I am uber excited about a Blogger Quilt Festival. I just wish I had something better to contribute. I guess that you could still say that I am a beginning quilter, but I do not feel like it. More accurately, I would say over all I am a newbie, but I have a lot of experience under my belt as a piece-er, just not the actual quilting part. Therefore, I have dozens of completed quilt tops, but only about two or three Completed Quilts.The completed quilt project that I will show you today is not very exciting, but it was new to me to piece a quilt on the diagonal and to work with the pattern so that it created a blooming outward effect. I made this quilt because I saw it and thought it was pretty and a class was available. It was a in a quilt show, and. . .

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Bloggers Quilt Festival !!!

Can you hear my squealing? I’m squealing, this is quite exciting!!! How do you get involved? Be thinking about, and post on Friday, your favorite completed quilt project, and the story that goes with it. Click on the button above for more information. I just wish now that I had more completed projects… So many UFO’s… But I get carried away, who does not???

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Wuthering Heights Quilt for Sister B

I have two sisters. Sister L and Sister B. I am making a quilt for B. She lives in Scotland, and I am sure she could use the snuggly warmth of a quilt handmade by me. Here is most of the quilt lined up on the planning wall. The blocks are sewn in their rows as are the triangle borders, but nothing is sewn to each other just stuck to the wall for the overall appearance. The fabrics are so pretty. They are Wuthering Heights by 3 Sisters from Moda. This is an absolutely fabulous quilt kit and I am very excited about it. The center piece is a giant applique. This is the part that will take some time… and extreme patience…

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Hydrangea Bag Quilt project Finished!

Ahh.. *sigh* I can finally sigh relief because this blasted project is finished and now I can get onto the next thing! Woohoo!!! A while back, my friend took me to Dragonfly Quilt Shop, that was new to me and absolutely fabulous. There were many fabric lines that I had been unable to find elsewhere, and if the shop was not such a drive, I would go much more often. While there, I purchased a pattern and material to make this bag and I was so excited. It says that it is “carry-on” rated, and I was going in a few weeks to help my sister after the birth of baby #4. (He will be two this April…) I never got very far in this project until this week. I almost do not want to tell you what the pattern was, because the instructions were HORRIBLE! But I do not. . .

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Finished Quilt Top

Finally, my Batik Star BOM Quilt top is complete! This last step with the borders was a nightmare. The quilt is on-point, which means that the rows are sew together on an angle and not straight across (make it diagonal). That is all well and good. But ideally with an on-point quilt, you would miter your borders. Well… there was no where near enough fabric for that. So I did chopped borders. It looks fine, but there was not even enough fabric cut for that per the directions! So I had to cut more, I’m lucky there was a slight bit more. Either way it is finished, and I am very happy with that. Because now I can move on to something else and worry about quilting it later. Enjoy the images. And my next project, maybe. The green quilt…

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Crafty moi

In the past few weeks, I have been very busy attempting to be crafty. I have been sewing the rows of my Batik Star BOM Quilt to the sashing, and now the only step left is to sew it all together. Other things that have kept me at the sewing machine are baby gifts. *grin* I was able to make a bib for my friend Lindsey’s Emma and also a couple blankets and other things for my friend Amy’s brand new Tristan. Also, I was able to make somethings for the newest babies in our church (a girl born in November – my birthday actually – and a boy born in December). Also, I made a dish cloth for my DH’s grandmother (she’s 91!). These things have kept me busy and I love it! I even made my self something… I could not help it!! My mother is running a. . .

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I am Woman (Quilting)

Tonight I was sitting in the living room listening to XM Sirius and flipping channels. There was a Spa channel that was great until this one song with a completely repeatious tune made me want to shoot something… Then I flipped some and found the Seriously Sinatra channel. Never have really listened much in detail, but it is something I like on occasion. It makes me think of stories I have heard and reminds me of my favorite restaurant that always plays this type of music. From Creative madness that makes me myself Sitting on the couch, I am working on hand quilting my quilt work in progress and a relaxing. A song comes on, and the lyrics were just so fabulous that I had to come and find them and share them with you… Peggy Lee – I Am WomanI can wash out 44 pairs of socks and have. . .

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