Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

the dwell block swap quilt

If you follow me on instagram (@katiegarrettquilts) then you've seen some of the dwell blocks from a Cotton + Steel swap that Jackie Padesky, Angie Brandl, Haley Anderson, and myself created. Those ladies are rock stars with the sweetest hearts, but in true fashion, I was the last to finish my blocks. Feeling motivated by my three day weekend, I cranked out not only the blocks but also piecing the quilt top.

There are a lot of Bonnie & Camille dwell blocks + quilts floating around instagram these days, so as if our bold and funky Cotton + Steel blocks weren't different enough, I decided to completely change up the layout of my quilt. Traditionally, it's sashed with 3 1/2" rows and laid out into four rows of four.

Mine is sashed with 2 1/2" in between each block vertically and in the columns. On the off set rows, I used pieces that are 9 1/2 X 7". The original pattern calls for 16 blocks, but we each made 5 for a total of 20. I left out two of my simpler blocks so that my quilt top uses 18 total. I'll put a nice chunky border of 4" all around the quilt edges and quilt it with minky backing for an extra cuddly quilt.

I love the story behind this quilt. If only y'all could see our instagram messaging thread! We are kind of a hoot. These ladies are not only so talented, but so tender hearted, and so dear to me. Now to figure out what our next swap needs to be...

Monday, August 29, 2016


Sometimes, I just hit that blogging dry spell.

Life either gets too busy, or too normal. There's either something to share and zero time to even sit down, or there's nothing at all to share.

We are definitely in that first category right now.

I'm gone from 6:40am-4:00pm every day, spending a couple of hours with Austen + Sophia in the evenings, and then quilting for a couple of hours once she goes to bed. I climb into bed with her (our newfound co-sleeping is for another post...but it's wonderful for us) and then wake up in the morning to do it all over again.

Life is so good, though. We are back on the mountains after being in some horribly low valleys for a really long time. We are close to family and friends who are like family. We are building back up our village that we felt we didn't have for so long. We are ripping out old plants and prepping the soil for new ones come spring, both literally and figuratively.

It's good. Still hard at times, but so so good.

Friday, July 29, 2016

friday loves vol. 8

1 || We had something to return to Williams Sonoma, but their return policy had changed so we were given store credit that had to be used that day. Austen gave me a couple of his favorite items in the store, all things we needed, and asked me to pick. We ended up getting a new toaster (#adulting) and a burr grinder. I think we are officially hipsters with our coffee in a chemex.

2 || There has been light rain here off and on all week, and after a light shower that lasted a couple of hours, Austen mentioned he wanted to pull up just the bushes that were in front of our porch. I teased him saying he should pull them all out, you know, Pokemon Go style, "Gotta pull them all!" I took Sophia out of her bath and noticed he was getting after all of them! Be still my acts of service loving heart. There were 22 bushes to start with (I know...) and he got 18 of them pulled. We're waiting on the last 4 to determine if they'll stay with the landscaping there or not.

3 || Purification + Lemon in the diffusers is my new afternoon pick me up. In the evenings, it's Cedarwood + Lavender. All the heart eyes.

4 || Speaking of Cedarwood + Lavender. I've been putting this combo in the babe's nursery at night and our non sleeper has been sleeping until 5:00am! We bring her to bed with us at that point because mama loves a snuggle, but we can barely believe it.

5 || Taco Tuesdays. We have a Fuzzy's Taco Shop right by our house and Taco Tuesdays are about to become a thing at the acre house. $1 tacos and lots of laughter around our sweet table.
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