Wednesday, November 25, 2015

the b&c log cabin quilt

When I first taught myself how to quilt three years ago, I picked up a few quilting books from a thrift store, each of different styles of quilts. One was for different log cabin patterns, and I quickly released I don't like them. Not even some of them. But when Samantha + Riann kick started a Bonnie & Camille scrappy log cabin swap, I figured why the hell not? Austen wasn't thrilled that it was another swap (I was only in one other...) but I was pretty excited.

Making log cabin blocks is almost stupidly easy. I liked it for that reason, especially considering I was also working on my fireworks blocks at the same time which were taking forrrrevvvvverrrrrr. Log cabin blocks are quick sewing and mindless. 

a log cabin block prior to being cut into quarters! the quartered blocks count as 1 block, so this is really 4.

I picked out my 12 blocks to keep and mailed the other 36 off to California to be swapped. I was estatic in mid-October when my 36 blocks arrived from quilters from around the world. Each block is so different than the others and yet since they're all made with b&c fabric, they have a flow. 

I chose to add 16 more blocks to mine so it's a perfect square. Without borders, it measured 80 1/2", and I added a 4" border so that it came out to just shy of 90x90" (84x84" is what the long arm quilter measured!). The border I went back and forth on, but ultimately decided I'll like the added drape over the side of our bed, especially when we swap furniture to the big princess bed.

When it came to the layout of the blocks, I chose an overlapping effect. It's hard to see in the scrappy fabrics, but basically gives it a vibe of blocks laying one on top of the other in the corner. If you sort of squint at it (haha) it looks has the overlapping effect going from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. I like that it's not too obvious so almost has a mismatched feel, but there's just enough of a pattern to the layout that it's not totally a modge podge. 

I absolutely love it! I chose to back it in a b&c flannel print from their miss kate line. It's one of my absolute favorite patterns of theirs... so much so that I actually have 4 yards that I'm hoarding for backing fabric for a miss kate lap quilt for myself. I let Austen help me pick it out since he's a hot sleeper and I didn't want him to ban the quilt from our bed because it's too warm. He agreed that the quality flannel is lighter than others, and worse case, it'd make a great winter quilt. He even laughed when it came back from the quilter that he likes the backing more than the quilt top, and that we should just flip it over. No such luck.

It turned out absolutely perfect from the quilter! It's soft and warm without being too heavy, and is just the right amount of weight. It very easily could be my favorite quilt yet!! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

weekend recap

I had to come to the realization that I cannot do everything I need to accomplish (& want to do). About a month ago, Austen & I decided to find a house cleaning company to help us deep clean. Our maid comes once a month and does a fantastic deep clean throughout our entire house. It's absolutely fantastic. While she's here, I head out for the day with Sophia. This weekend, I needed to run some errands, so we managed to go to Target and Joann's before heading to my school's final football game. We had such a sweet momma + daughter day. 

Then Sunday was our normal waffles at home, a nap, then a lunch family date, and Austen went grocery shopping while I ran to Target one more time. I got baby hair rubber bands because Sophia's bangs are getting out of control, and I about died when I gave her a baby ponytail! Austen said it looks more like Alfalfa's hair or a cowlick, but I think it's precious. After some quality swinging time, the girl fell asleep in my lap like she would when she was teeny tiny. She woke up bugged (because mean ole' momma woke her up so she would fall asleep at bedtime) and so, so cuddly. I got lucky that this one is such a love bug! 

Here's to a short week and a long weekend. To all of my teacher friends off of school for the week - soak up all of those minutes at home! We're counting down our days to the holiday.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


reading... the life changing magic of tidying up (SO recommend!!), and For The Love (absolutely loving every single page). I also ordered the first Harry Potter because I never read them (or watched the movies...) and want to suddenly.
trying... to gain weight. Don't hate, but after 9 months, I'm still going strong on breastfeeding and I'm in a weird place with it where I'm trying to find a balance between giving her all that she needs and giving my body all that it needs to maintain itself.
cooking... chili + soups. 'Tis the season!
drinking... all the coffee. Every morning. And contemplating becoming an evening coffee drinker.
pinning... greige walls, because I'm sort of in love with them.
thanking... Young Living for amazing customer service! Two diffusers had an issue, and I got a new diffusing membrane + replacement diffuser sent to me. All the praise hands!! (we cannot go without our diffusers)
loving... that the weather is finally not comparable to summer, or the surface of the sun. Low 70s and I'm a happy girl. Weekend playtime is spent on a quilt in the backyard. Swoon.
hating... that everyone else gets a week off for thanksgiving and we get two days. This momma needs a nap.
feeling... all the feels that Sophia turns one in three months. Where did the time go?!
smelling... thieves in all the diffusers, and combining it with cedarwood or clove. It's fantastic.
ordering... Sophia's first Christmas presents!
considering... donating just about every item in our house. I'm reading the life changing magic of tidying up and it inspires me to get rid of basically everything.
finishing... our first semester of the school year, and beginning to hyperventilate about job hunting. It's seriously a part time job in and of itself to find a job. I also keep thinking about how insanely blessed I am right now, and the thought of it all ending it so, so emotional.
decorating... in subtle Christmas decorations this year.

Monday, November 16, 2015

baby churn dash quilt

Monday might just become my day of quilty-goodness. This way I don't completely overwhelm my blog with quilting stuff, but set aside one day for it. And I promise to always bring the young and breath-of-fresh-air to my quilting. No need to fear outdated or grandma style. ;)

After two queen sized quilts that I worked on for months, I felt like a small, quick project was just the speed I needed. I wanted to accomplish something quickly but still feel big enough to be useful (aka: not a mini).

I was stalking a friend's instagram feed when I saw a baby churn dash quilt. I loved the classic block in scrappy, huge form. I decided to make one for Sophia because girl can never have enough quilts! It also was a great excuse to try out the new 1canoe2 fabric line Prairie Tucker with moda cross weave in grey. Those two together are perfection. I just love them!

It was almost a stupidly easy block. Thank goodness. I worked on it here and there, and total it took me maybe 2-3 hours to piece the whole quilt top. I'm playing around with backing + quilting options, but can't wait for this to be a sweet part of Sophia's (& our) memories! All I need to do it put the borders on it (same grey as the rest of it) and it's good to go!
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