Home Ec {The Quilt}

Say what?!? Another Home Ec project? Heck yeah! I finally checked another one off the list. And this one was the Mother of all Projects - The Quilt!

A little backstory : You may or may not know that our house as been undergoing a huge renovation since last December. This huge project has forced me to look at our house with a critical eye and start cracking on some of the decor. 

We got new windows installed, which meant out with the old dark wood frames and in with fresh, new white windows! It's like every room has started over with a clean slate, a new canvas, ready to be decorated. For our bedroom we decided it was probably time to get a new, adult bed - meaning no more sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Once we had the new bed frame in place, along with the new windows, the old duvet was looking really sad. Since the bed was lifted off the floor, I was finally able to notice how saggy and uneven the comforter had been. I realized this was the sign I needed to finally start making our new quilt.

Yes, I decided to tackle a Queen-sized quilt for my first quilting project. And to add to the already daunting task, I decided to do it when our house was under construction. A.K.A., Dust City! Not to mention we have very small rooms in our 85+ year-old house - it would be next to impossible to lay out such a large quilt. 

So I decided to take an entire weekend off, travel to my parents' house, where they have a much larger space - perfect for piecing a queen-sized quilt - AND they could keep Stella busy while mommy sewed.

1) The fabric, all ready to be cut. 2) Cut squares.

I was really excited about the color scheme - sky blue, white, black, light pink, caramel and charcoal grey. I got started right away Friday night, cutting up all the pieces. This was definitely a true test of my measuring/squaring skillz.

1) Cut triangles - so pretty! 2) A close-up of all the pinned triangles.

It was lots of repetition, but sometimes it's kinda nice doing monotonous work - it's almost meditative.

It was all going pretty smoothly until it came time to lay it all out. Wow, a queen sized quilt is huge, when you take in the over hang! Even in my parents' very large Great Room, it barely fit. And the pets and Stella LOVED laying on it. Ugh!

1) Chloe preferred laying ON the pieces - I wasn't such a fan. 2) The quilt top all sewed up!
By the end of the weekend, I had finished machine-sewing the quilt top, and pinned it to the batting and the backing. I carefully folded it up and brought it home to be basted.

Photo taken by my mom from the loft (©2013 Paper Seedlings)

I had planned on hand-quilting it, which meant I had to hand baste it. THAT was a huge pain. The basting took me about 6 hours alone. The hand-quilting was fun, but super tedious. Stephen got a kick out of watching me with a huge heap of quilt sitting on my lap as I worked on small sections at a time. At least I was warm!

The hand-quilting ended up taking about 3 weeks, doing one row per night.

After binding it with the charcoal grey, it was finally finished! And I love it. Our room is so dreamy now.

Don't mind the unfinished painted wall in the above photo - that's the next project - painting the room a light grey.

Thanks for following along the process! Now hopefully I'll be able to finish Stella's quilt that I started last year with the Block of the Month club - and a Twin sized quilt doesn't seem nearly as bad, right?

Project {Striped Origami Heart Garland}

Last night I had the pleasure of hanging out with some lovely artsy ladies in my neighborhood. Every month they get together to make an organized craft. From terrariums to valentines to cute little wall hangings, they find the coolest projects to make! Last night was my first time in attendance, and I had a blast crafting and getting to know them better. And, they have a fun blog where they post recipes, inspiration and other creative projects. You should definitely check it out!

I wanted to share our project from last night: Striped Origami Heart Garland. Found on Jessica's blog, these hearts were super simple and VERY satisfying to make!

Why does that look like a plastic backdrop behind those hearts? Because it is! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that our house is undergoing a MAJOR overhaul. As of Monday, our kitchen has been completely ripped out down to the studs, and our dining room has been made into the builders' workspace. So my family is basically spending all of our awake time in the living room. It's pretty cozy! I keep telling myself it's like living in a studio apartment in NYC...or camping...or something else adventurous like that.

Back to the garland. When I found out what we'd be making, I was stoked. I knew this is just what I needed to bring a little fun and whimsy to our plastic shell.

Isn't that cute? It definitely livens up the plastic curtain dividing our house. Hopefully the builders don't mind...

So if you're looking for a simple decoration to celebrate Valentine's Day (or any other day!), head over to How About Orange for more details. And have fun!

New Print! {Home Sweet Home}


Just popping by to let you know that my newest print, Home Sweet Home, is now available in the shop.
Jessica, of the inspiring nature's my friend blog, had a call for submissions a while back to celebrate her moving to her new house. I have wanted to do a Home print for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity!

If you're looking for a little Bluestar love to brighten up your home, this might be the perfect print! You can find it here.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

House Project {Dining Room Chairs}

Well hello there!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was fantastic - spent some time at the Farmer's Market, hung out with our old friends, played in the pool and worked in the garden. Great weekends make it even harder to go back to work on Monday! 

You know what else I FINALLY completed? A house project! My first project in our new house, which we've lived in for almost a year. Wow - how sad is that? My to-do list is long, but unfortunately the home projects don't take priority. 

Last year, shortly after we moved in, I found a beautiful Lane wood table on Craigslist. We had a hodgepodge of chairs that would work for the time being, but they weren't a cool, funky mix of chairs like this or this. So for the next several months I kept my eyes peeled for a set of 6 chairs on Craigslist. I had been collecting a lot of great room inspiration on here on Pinterest, but apparently 6 chairs in good condition at a somewhat reasonable price is hard to come by. Finally, the post came - hooray! Upon seeing them in person I thought the wood stain was a pretty close match, so they came home with me.

They looked really nice by our table, but that floral fabric had to go. I could barely look at it. Once I removed it, though, I was met with a lovely surprise - the underlying fabric was pretty sweet! I wish it had been a different color, though, because it kinda blended in with the wood dining set and the wood floors. But I definitely appreciated the idea of it!

I found some pretty blue fabric at The Sewcial Lounge and decided Saturday to take the plunge and reupholster these chairs. I've never done anything like this, but it seemed pretty simple - and it was! Other than the fact I got some bloody knuckles from removing the staples, of course. And I cannot be happier with how they turned out:

It is amazing what a little fabric and elbow grease can do - it completely transformed the room! 

And since we're on the subject of the dining room, here are a few more corners. I'm still in the process of hanging things on walls, so it's still a bit sparse, but you get the idea. In case you're wondering, the "We're All Normal..." poster is by The Little Friends of Printmaking. I have no idea who designed the Wilco badge poster.

I just found that little cart at a garage sale last week, and though I love it, it's a little beat up. I think I'm going to tackle refinishing it. Have any of you had any experience re-painting metal?

I still have a long way to go on our house, but I'm glad I can finally say I've accomplished something!