Happy Birthday to me! 2016 birthday video

Once again, I'm reminded that I'm the luckiest ever. (scroll down for the links to previous years)

I got 2 videos in 2015
this one from the kids: https://vimeo.com/133634749
and this one from C: https://vimeo.com/133628734

2014: https://vimeo.com/83368938

2012 (spoiler alert, TEAR JERKER: Crockett was born 3 weeks early, C was out of town, and sent me the video to watch in the hospital) https://vimeo.com/45883975

2010: https://vimeo.com/13382645

Bullet journal covers

Gotta love quick and easy projects! I'm loving my bullet journal/travellers notebooks, but I wanted to cover them with something pretty. 

Fauxdori #1

Fauxdori #1

i made a "fauxdori" for myself on Tuesday,

Card pockets on the first cover. Favorite fabric, but eh on the corners.  

Card pockets on the first cover. Favorite fabric, but eh on the corners.  

I saw a bunch online that have raw edges and square corners, so I didn't even think about it much, but now I know that I can't handle those, so last night I tried again.  

Fauxdori #2, bound. :) still relaxed, but not quite as unfinished.  

Fauxdori #2, bound. :) still relaxed, but not quite as unfinished.  

I used a bunch of old block bits and tiny leftovers, along with a good dose of crumbs, and I love it.  

Full shot of the outside.  

Full shot of the outside.  

I matchstick-quilted the heck out of it so all the pieces would lie flat. Or just flattER.  

Upside down, but large flap pockets, and pretty May Design books inside. :) 

Upside down, but large flap pockets, and pretty May Design books inside. :) 

I made it 9"x12.5" and it's big enough for 4 books, but my next one will be even bigger, I think.  

I put in 4 book elastics so it can easily hold moleskine Cahiers, May Designs notebooks, and my own homemade books

I put in 4 book elastics so it can easily hold moleskine Cahiers, May Designs notebooks, and my own homemade books

I love this May Designs cover (I think it's under the modern neutrals category), and I extra live coloring it in.  

I love this May Designs cover (I think it's under the modern neutrals category), and I extra live coloring it in.  

Joyful Chaos, finished!

It's a little large for a baby quilt (about 60" square) , but Adam (my college BFF, father of the baby for whom this was made) is really tall, so the baby might need a big quilt. :)

 

Preggo Kathleen, with dog legs :) 

Preggo Kathleen, with dog legs :) 

Joyful Chaos

Joyful Chaos

Green Seuss binding, and the backing is Seuss Red Fish Blue Fish, Robert Kaufman fabrics

Green Seuss binding, and the backing is Seuss Red Fish Blue Fish, Robert Kaufman fabrics

Texture shot. I love "3E" quilting. It's my mindless all over staple.  

Texture shot. I love "3E" quilting. It's my mindless all over staple.  

So many scraps. I love making up stories based on the scraps.  

So many scraps. I love making up stories based on the scraps.  

Library book bag, part 1

The most essential ingredient in a Library Book Bag is something that marks it as uniquely for library books, right?  

i had a brilliant (humble as always) idea to make a block that's a library icon, and made it in illustrator, and made the whole block, and about halfway through, realized that I made the paper pattern backwards. Oh well. I finished it as it was, and then flipped it in Photoshop. 

Backwards book. (Maybe it's in Hebrew or Japanese?) 

Backwards book. (Maybe it's in Hebrew or Japanese?) 

Hooray for Photoshop! Now the book is ready to read! 

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Joyful Chaos, a work in progress

Scrappy string bin

Scrappy string bin

My string bin overfloweth, so I need to use some up.

I decided to play with big triangles, and my only rule is that I try to alternate value, so there will be high contrast for a baby. (High contrast helps stimulate baby brains.) (Not my baby, I'm making this for a friend😌) 

First block half. High contrast. Solid center.  

First block half. High contrast. Solid center.  

I lied. The other rule is that each octagon has a solid-ish colored center.  

4 blocks fo far. I think I need 9 for this quilt though.  

4 blocks fo far. I think I need 9 for this quilt though.  

Crockett being himself, as soon as I made a few blocks and laid them out on the floor for viewing, he ran to photobomb me.  

My favorite babycrockett picture yet

My favorite babycrockett picture yet

Good thing he's cute, right?

Farmer's Wife ON MY BED!

I made my first block in July of 2011, the color scheme was inspired by the descriptions of Aunt Em in the Wizard of Oz. ooooodles of different fabrics, and a mix of rotary cutting, template cutting, and paper piecing. It's got wool batting from Sew Modern, and I thread basted it on the Sew Modern long arm frame, but quilted it on my Juki at home.   (It's my favorite all over FMQ design, 3E) 

Farmers wife quilt

Farmers wife quilt

Close up for quilting texture.  

Close up for quilting texture.  

Story Collection

ok, we all know I'm all RK all the way, but I DO make one exception, and that's for anything by Carrie Bloomston, of Such Designs. I love her. She's so kind and caring and wonderfully talented.

I got to play with her new line, and she was sweet enough to send enough fabric for my kids to choose what they wanted.

I made fishy pajamas for Crockett (patterns: I used the Made by Rae Charlie Tunic for the top, and Made by Rae Parsley Pants for the bottom (I added the contrast cuff))

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StoryCollection_121

He LOVED them, and can't wait to wear them (I made them a little big, so he can wear them after market)

I also made a dress for my Beanie, using this very vibrant and beautiful hot pink polka dot

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StoryCollection_029

hopefully I'll finish writing the pattern for this dress soon. It's the state fair dress I started a million years ago, but the old laptop is long dead, and the pattern files gone, so I've had to start over. :(

but it's really pretty, look:

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StoryCollection_028

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StoryCollection_030

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My Beanie girl loves this fabric so much, she's started a doll quilt with some of the fabric. She's got the moons on the backside, and she's quilting around all of her favorite motifs on this novelty print. She's been telling us all about what all the different images mean to her. It's so perfect. 

Carrie is giving away a fat quarter pack of STORY and a copy of her book to three lucky winners! Comment on this post on her website for a chance to win, and be sure to visit all the other amazing makers who got a sneak peek of STORY.

free printable stationary

I joined a creative pen pal swap, so I can write more (and hopefully encourage my children to enjoy writing too!).Anyway, I looked at 3 stores, and on Amazon, and can't find any lined stationary, like for writing letters. Didn't that exist when we were younger, or am I imagining it? so this morning I got fed up and used an old flourish I designed last year to make some for myself. feel free to download and use (for non-commercial purposes) if you'd like. It should print nicely on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. And if you want to write to me, I promise to write back! flourish-stationary download PDF here