A Little Loominous

When we found out that baby #3 was a boy I immediately set out to find the perfect fabric for his quilt. Boy fabric is tricky to me. I could spend millions on all of the pretty florals out there but I’m just not that into a lot of what’s offered up for boys. But when I saw Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous collection I knew I’d found a winner.

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Aren’t these patterns yummy?! And those colors? Gaaaa! šŸ˜

I had originally planned on using a random half square design, but once I got all of the blocks sewn and up on my design wall it all just looked too messy for my liking. After moving the blocks around in a few different designs and with some help from my good friend Jennifer I finally settled on a design. Unfortunately some of the fabrics I purchased didn’t make it into the final quilt, but I’m sure I’ll find good use for them in another project.

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What do you think?

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I’m loving it.
Here’s an in process shot.

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Taken after Jennifer helped with the design and obviously before I cleaned my house.

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I think he likes it.

New Addition

I have to admit that I haven’t done as much sewing as I wanted this past year, but we’ve been a little busy.

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We welcomed brother #3, who we lovingly refer to as 'Coons Loons', to the family in October. Big Brother started calling him that while I was pregnant so Coons it is.

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He’s pretty darn cute so we decided to keep him.

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And his big brothers adore him.
When Big Brother meet him for the first time he said, “He’s so sweet. His feet are pruney.”

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Here he is perfecting the ‘mean mug’.

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I couldnt help but make a side by side of newborn pics of all three boys. Can you tell who’s who?

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He doesn’t look much like his big Bros now though. He’s definitely got his own look.

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And I finally got a good shot of the whole family on Mother’s Day.

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And just for fun I thought I’d throw in this year’s Halloween costumes.

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Aren’t they ridiculously cute?! Big Brother loved trick or treating while The Hoss basically played the iPhone in his stroller and tried to take his mane off. But we got these adorable pics so it was well worth it.

I did manage to sew a couple of quilts in the past 9 months. Hopefully pics will be up soon.

Travel Baby

There’s this super fun, outgoing, sweet and cool girl I met about 8 years back when I first moved to Oklahoma. I had just started a new job and Sarah was our weekend receptionist; she was also a student in the youth group Josh and I volunteered at. Over time Sarah started working with me more and I began to just adore her, I mean, she’s literally the most fun. In exchange for being my friend I bestowed on her the great honor of bringing me KitKats while I was pregnant. I would also sing to her on demand (I’m a super good friend). 

So this girl I met all those years ago has grown into this incredibly smart, capable woman and now she has added ‘Mommy’ to her list of accomplishments and I am giddy. I really love it when my friends have babies, because I love babies…and you know why else? Yeah, you know why…BABY QUILTS!

Sarah knew the general idea of what she wanted for her sweet little guy. With the fabric she picked I cut out the squares and arranged them in different patterns so she could choose her favorite.  

I love how different each layout looks.    
   

After much deliberationšŸ˜‰ she chose a winner.

 
  
 Backed with Minky šŸ˜

  
How great is that aviator fabric? Swoon.  
So glad I got to make this precious gift for such a beautiful friend.

Bonus leftover Minky burp rags. Jackpot.

  

Granny Volner’s Cream Cheese Apple Pie

It’s the night before Thanksgiving and I’ve just sat down. My day has been full. I’ve conquered a trip to the grocery store with the 4 year old, repeatedly removed theĀ 1 year old fromĀ the kitchen (my teaspoon and Tablespoon have disappeared in the process. I’ve checked all of his favorite hiding spots to no avail), helped my husband as he bought us our first van (I’m a van mom now ya’ll), took a 3 hour nap (because new baby) and made some very delicious smelling pies. Ā Cream Cheese Apple Pies and they are as heavenly as they sound.

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Granny Volner’s Cream Cheese Apple Pie, bottom left

I’ve been asked for the recipe, because cream cheese…and apples…and pie. My Granny Volner always made this pie at holidays and she passed on the recipeĀ toĀ me a few years back. It just wouldn’t be very Christian of me to keep it to myself, so pull out the Kitchen Aide and let’s get cooking.

Granny Volner's Cream Cheese Apple Pie

  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups diced apples
  • uncooked pie crust of your choice

Mix flour, salt & sugar together. Mix in egg, cream cheese, & vanilla until smooth and well blended. Add apples and mix until coated. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 minutes. While pie is baking, make the topping.

Topping

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

Remove pie from oven and sprinkle with topping. Bake an additional 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Die and go to heaven

Let me know how it turns out for you! And Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

Simple Strips

I love a simple strip quilt. They are fun to make and always turn out so cute.  

 
 I started this little gal a couple of years back. That’s right, I said a couple of years. I got the top pieced and then folded it up, put it away and let it sit for waaay too long. I have a tendency to get a bit overwhelmed with anything bigger than a baby quilt, but about 3 months ago I decided to pick this one back up and get her quilted. So glad I did.   

I’ve recently started making my own binding and I will never go back to using store bought. It’s way easier than I had initially thought and gives me so many more options. How cute is this little floral detail?

 
I’m in awe of the uber talented quilters who have mastered the art of free motion quilting. And while I like to play around with it a bit here and there, I’m just a sucker for a straight line. Symmetry is my lover.

    

  

  If you can’t live without her, she’s up for grabs. Twin size, roughly 63’x82′. $225 and she is all yours. Let me know if you’re interested.

 

  

Plus One

Do you guys know Matt and Emileigh Vasquez? If you don’t, you should. They are two incredibly compassionate people working toward eradicating human trafficking through prevention, action and aftercare. Check out the work they are doing at The Cause Tulsa. 

Matt and Emileigh are also expecting! 

  
Look at how cute us preggos are. Isn’t Emileigh glowing?

Josh and I have known Emileigh going on about 8 years now and we’re feeling a little old considering that Josh was one of her high school teachers! She’s always been such a sweet, creative and fun gal and I don’t think we could adore her more, so when she asked if I would make their newest addition a sweet little quilt, how could I refuse?

Working from a picture they found online and some fabric they picked out, here’s the final result.

  

  If you like the pattern, you can find a tutorial here.

  

  

 

I love the way it turned out. Hopefully sweet Baby V will love it too!

Random Rectangles – Lauren is a Mommy!

What do you do when your college best friend/roommate has a beautiful baby boy? You make them a quilt, of course!

But let me slow down here and give you a little background info on the new mom. Lauren is an excellent sushi eating partner, she has killer dance moves, she does not like it if you fart in her bedroom and she only gets slightly irritated if she slices off part of her finger with an exacto knife, at God knows what hour of the night, and you won’t wake up to go to the emergency room with her. Don’t ask me how I know these things…especially about the farts.

  

Ohmygosh. Look at how cute we were. 

But Lauren is so much more than a great sushi date, she’s also an amazingly talented photographer and graphic designer.

  Here she is doing something super graphic designery at her computer. Hey Lauren, remember how I kept freezing up your computer because I didn’t know how to use it correctly? Yeah…good times. I was a Theater major, ok. (Let’s not even talk about what Adam did on your computer.)

Lauren’s design skills are off the charts so picking fabric and a pattern was cake for her. She gave me a couple of different options for a pattern but when I saw the Random Rectangles Quilt in 1-2-3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker I became giddy. This was the one. Lauren chose a stack of beautiful fabrics from Hawthornethreads and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Soooooooo, without further ado:

   Are you swooning? The colors! The patterns!

  It’s so much better in person. I just want to swim in it.

  

  I had so much fun with this one.

  Curley Qs.

  

  But seriously, those fabrics are so yummy!

  

 I hope it sees years of cuddles and love from sweet Baby G. With maybe a couple of crazy college stories thrown in.

Old Quilt, New Year

Well it’s about time.

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No, really. I started working on this pretty little girl so long ago I can’t even remember starting.

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I had all of these fabrics left over from a couple of baby quilts I made when my sister was pregnant with her first daughter…who is now 9. And At some point about 4 or 5 years later I decided to use up those scraps. I started cutting a piecing aaaaaaaaand 5 years later here she is in all her glory.

Why did it take so long? I thought you’d never ask.

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This piece of floral delight is the culprit. See, any cotton headed ninny muggins knows you shouldn’t use stretchy fabric when quilting because it stretches and shifts and moves and bunches and does a lot of other things you don’t want fabric to do. So most people would have taken one look at this fabric and thought, “That would make a cute skirt, top, turban, (fill in the blank with practically anything but ‘quilt backing’).” But not me. NoooooOOOooo. I was all like, “Imma turn you into a quilt!” SMH. To make a long story short there was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth when I pinned the quilt layers together.

I literally have no idea what I’m doing.

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But it’s finished now! And look how cute it turned out!

I couldn’t get a full shot of the front in the picture (I need to raise my clothes line a couple feet) but this is a twin size, 7ft 4 inches x 4ft 6 inches.

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And, lucky you, it’s for sale! At some point I will get the website set up for purchasing (hopefully it won’t take as long as this quilt did) but until then: Email me @ aftonjanelle@yahoo.com or PM me on Facebook for more info.

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Leave a comment if you are interested in purchasing this quilt! $175 + $10 S&H.

Flowers and Fawns

You guys, I just finished this sweet baby girl quilt just in time for the first snowfall of the year.

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Isn’t it delish? Sort of bohemian gypsy meets country girl.

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I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a couple of years and finally got around to using it. It took me a while to settle on a design because I just couldn’t bring myself to cut into that middle fabric with the dear and birds.

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Some fabric just shouldn’t be cut up, you know!?

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Once I got it all pieced I had to decide how to quilt it. I was originally thinking about a free-motion flower design, but as usual, I opted for something a little more modern and went with a simple lattice pattern.

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For the backing I chose a solid brown bordered with a teal binding.

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It is 49 x 39 inches, quilted with Warm and Natural Cotton batting. Simple and sweet!  $150

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Turquoise and Pink – A Love Story

What is it about pretty quilts that makes my heart swoon? Without a doubt I could sew all day long if it meant I got to look at beautiful fabric constantly. There’s just something about piecing florals and geometrics together, getting that crisp edge pressed, seeing a new quilt take shape that invigorates me. I’m in love…I’m in love with quilting. And when you see my most recent quilt you’ll be in love too.

I’ll take any excuse I can get to sew so when my friend Jil contacted me about making a quilt for the arrival of her new baby girl I was thrilled. We immediately got to work picking fabrics. Thankfully, Pinterest and Hawthorne Threads made choosing a breeze. It didn’t hurt that Jil has incredible taste; the fabrics she picked were awesome and worked so well together with the herringbone design she wanted.

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I started piecing and placing fabric for the design.

Pinned it, squared it up and quilted it.

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And for as much seam ripping as I had to do (and let’s be honest, it was a lot. This mother was a tricky one and I’m still not that great at accuracy with my sewing) it turned out beautifully. Not perfect, but beautiful.

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You’re in love aren’t you? I knew it.

And of course, I just had to throw in a baby doll quilt made from the leftovers.

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And if you fell in love with the quilt, you should see sweet baby L. She’s a real beauty!

Fabrics used:
AGF Studio – Minimalista – Optical in Turquoise
Kathy Hall – Downton Abbey – Sybil’s Tapestry in Manor
Pat Bravo – Oval Elements – Oval Elements in Sweet Pea
Rashida Coleman Hale – Koi Canvas – Pennants Waving – Canvas in Wave
Camelot Cottons House Designer – Iconic – Mod Weave in Pink
P & B Textiles House Designer – Always Blooming – Etched Roses in Blue
Pat Bravo – Summerlove – Naivety in Berry
Pat Bravo – Summerlove – Daydreaming in Sunshine
Rae Hoekstra – Lotus Pond – Meadow Blossoms White
Bari J. Ackerman – Emmy Grace – Floral Floats Fresh
Art Gallery – Littlest – Tenderness Grey

Big Brother jumped in front of the camera for an impromptu photo shoot. He was hamming it up most of the time but I managed to get this pretty great shot. He’s a looker!

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Home of the #CoastToCoastChallengeā„¢ - Ā© Lindsey Eryn Clark & Lauren Palomares. All Rights Reserved.