Monday, May 2, 2016

Candy Land Reading Bulletin Board with Oly-Fun - Teacher Appreciation Idea


With Teacher Appreciation Week upon us, I thought I'd share something I did for my daughter's teachers earlier this year.  I've always been of the opinion that the BEST gifts to give teachers are helping them with thing they need and want rather than just cutesy generic gifts (although those can be appreciated too!)

My daughter's homeroom teacher is new to the school this year and wanted a Candy Land bulletin board to track her reading students progress in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program.

When my daughter's reading teacher heard I was up for doing bulletin boards, she jumped in and requested one too.

They were quick and easy to do and it's an extra bonus that the Oly-Fun I used doesn't fade or tear and is easy to cut and staple.

Get all the details on how to make your own Candy Land Reading Bulletin Board on the Fairfield site here.


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

14 Handmade Gifts Any Teacher Will Love and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

I don't know about you, but teacher appreciation week is upon us and I haven't started anything for my kids teachers.  Check out some of these ideas if you're scrambling too.
Polly here from Pieces by Polly.  
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Between Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day coming up in the next week, I'm going to have my hands full.  And here are a few of my favorite recent projects:
Urban Scandinavian Giant Half-Square Triangles Quilt | DIY American Girl Luggage Conversion | Reversible Doll Sleeping Bag | Hanging Doll Garment Bag
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 Clever, Fun, and Easy Kids Activity and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Whether it's raining out or you've just had too much sun, these 12 clever kids activities will keep the the whole family happy.
Clever kid activities. Easy DIY crafts and kid projects perfect for summer fun and rainy days.

I had so much fun picking out some awesome crafts and projects to do with the little ones. There's something for a variety of ages and most that the whole family can get in on the fun together!
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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here as this week's Block Party host! Here's a few of my favorite recent posts.
Awesome DIY, recipes, and craft ideas

Now I'm so excited to see what YOU have been up to. Link up to the Block Party and be featured on all four blogs! Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping it Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Urban Scandinavian Modern Half-Square-Triangles Quilt

This quilt has been a long time coming.  With all the quilting I've done over the years, I've only ever made one quilt for my own bed...and that was one I started around 8th grade and finished around 10th grade.  It was time for something more updated and more reflective of my current leanings toward modern quilting.

When P and B Textiles offered to send me some of their new Urban Scandinavian line by Kirstyn Cogan, I knew it belonged in a quilt for my bed.  I really love a good black and white fabric line, and these are gorgeous.  The were kind enough to to send enough queen/king size.  They also sent 1 fat quarter bundle of their original Color Weave collection to use for the pops of color in the quilt.  Many thanks also to Fairfield World for providing the batting and compensating me for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The full pattern and fabric requirements for the Urban Scandinavian Half-Square Triangle Quilt can be found on the Fairfield Site here.  I just wanted to share a few extra photos and more of my thoughts behind the quilt here on my blog.

The Black and White Urban Scandinavian and Color Weave fabrics are a match made in heaven.  (If your local quilt shop doesn't carry the Urban Scandinavian line, the best place to find all the Urban Scandinavian fabrics is Kirstyn Cogan's Shop here.)

Not to toot my own horn...but I fall in love with this quilt all over again each time I walk in the room.  (My bed might even get made around half the time now.  Ha!)

I've recently been learning more about the quilting side of things at my local modern quilt guild meetings, and how different battings create different looks.  So for this quilt, I went with an 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting as a base and then added Nature-Fil™ wool batting over the top.  This gives it the drape of a cotton batting quilt, but the wool makes the quilting lines show a bit more.  A polyester Poly-Fil batting can also be used in place of the wool.

And because it was so large, I hired my friend and fellow Fairfield Master Maker Charisma Horton of to quilt it for me.  She does professional longarm quilting and she did a fabulous job mimicking the pattern in one of the prints and also doing an off center focal point block.  (She does some pretty amazing work if you're ever looking for long arm quilting services.)

And I love this fabric I found for the backing...I just love that it's black and white and the names of colors all over it.

And I think the Urban Scandinavian fabric with the grey squiggles on black is my new favorite binding fabric.  I love binding quilts in black but sometimes it's too harsh...those grey squiggles are the perfect visual texture so that the black binding isn't too glaring.

And just because I had so much fun learning how to use EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) for designing the pattern, I also worked up an alternative quilt with some of my most favorite fabrics from the fabric line.


For this version you would need:

  • 1 1/2 Yards each of Your Four Favorite Urban Scandinavian Fabrics (2 Black/grey prints and 2 White/Black prints)
  • 1 1/2 Yards each of 4 Color Weave Prints (Dark Gold CWEA 200X, Green CWEA 200 YG, Purple CWEA 200C, and Blue CWEA 200 B shown here)
  • 1 Yard binding fabric
  • 2 2/3 108" wide backing fabric
You would need to cut 6 - 17" Squares from each your fabrics (This will give you four extra squares.)  Follow directions in original tutorial for sewing the Half-Square Triangle Blocks and finishing your quilt.


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