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Chevron Dining Room Curtains

chevron dining room curtains

This is not the best picture in the world, but then, I’m not the best photographer, so there you go. But I think you get a good enough idea.

We have lived in our house for 8.5 years and until about a month ago the windows in our dining room have been bare. I’ve always wanted to do something with them, but have never wanted to pay someone a bunch of money and I’ve been intimidated to make them myself….. until now! 🙂

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Next Up! Twin Boys Quilt with Oh Deer! Fabric

moda's oh deer fabric to use in boy's quilt

I’ve been wanting to make my son a quilt for his twin bed and finally found some fabric I think he’ll like and that will grow with him, at least for a few years.

Cute, right? I bought 12 half yards and 5 yards for the backing and binding. I’ve cut a little, and am so ready to really get started. Too bad I can’t add an hour to the day just for making stuff. But wouldn’t that be nice?


Easy Christmas Yarn Wreath

yarn Christmas wreath

As my 5 year old would say, this one is “easy peasy, lemon squeezy.” (Is that from a movie? He came home from Kindergarten saying it.) So if you’re looking for another super easy Christmas craft, this is it.

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How I Straight Line Quilt my Quilts

(First, a little disclaimer…… I must say this is not a tutorial. I have no idea if I’m doing this the “right way” or not. I do know that it looks fairly decent and that my quilts hold up through washings.)

I love to make quilts, but I don’t like to quilt them. Oh the irony, right? But, as I have said before, although I absolutely love the way long arm quilting looks, I love knowing that I made the entire quilt. Just me. No one else.

So when I quilt, I usually just straight line quilt. As the name suggests, all straight line quilting is the process of quilting using straight lines.

If you need a visual, in the picture below I highlighted where I quilted my postage stamp quilt. I used diagonal straight lines. (Forgive the poor quality and my wiggly lines, I’m so not a techie!) But hopefully you get the idea.

quilt with lines drawn on2

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Pinwheel Quilt is Finished at Last!

I finally finished my son’s pinwheel quilt. I definitely didn’t have enough contrast in the pinwheel fabrics, but he loves his trains, so all is well. And of course, all that means is I’m going to have to buy more fabric so I can make another pinwheel quilt that does have enough contrast, darn it. 🙂

finished pinwheel quilt

If you follow along with my tutorials, be aware that I cut it close with the backing. It works, but there is absolutely no fabric to spare, as far as the width goes. But again, it did work, so all is well. 🙂 And this is the first quilt that I basted on my dining room table, so if you want to see what I did, you’re welcome to have a peek.

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Easy, Retro Christmas Ornaments

sequins for Christmas ornament

I was wandering around the craft store the other day and spotted a bag of sequins next to a display of Styrofoam balls. And all of a sudden it was 1982 and I was 7 years old and sitting at a card table at my grandmother’s house.

I was lucky enough to live about a 45 minute drive away from me grandmother when I was growing up and so I spent lots of time at her house. Even better, my grandmother loved to make stuff…..let’s just say that if Pinterest had been around in the early 1980’s, she would have been all over it.

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