Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Truck Block - Free Pattern!

Hello friends!

I thought it would be fun to make a quilt block of one of my favorite motifs: a truck that delivers the Christmas tree.  Then, since it is December - a time of giving - I thought it would be fun to share for free!  So: here is the pattern for a Christmas Truck.  It includes a fun variation!  I am thinking of making a Christmas quilt from these two blocks with Tole Christmas by Gina Martin for Moda Fabrics.  December is moving very quickly but I'd love you to quilt along!  (I may even get inspired to make more variations...)  This pattern also makes pillows or mini quilts - please share if you make one!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall Activities

Hello friends!
I have been spending most of my time on Instagram lately, I admit!  But wanted to post a few tid bits about my crafty activities.

Most importantly, I finished my Granny Square Quilt!

 I have to say, this may be my favorite one yet.  I made it entirely of Bonnie and Camille fabrics - a little Daysail, a little Miss Kate, and some scraps of April Showers and Scrumptious.  Abby Latimer did the quilting, which I love:

 Then I finished it off with a scrappy binding.  I used Emily Denis's tutorial found here.  Really helpful!  Also, I highly recommend Lori Holt's Great Granny Squared book!!

Then I fell in love with Milk, Sugar & Flower fabric and made big sister a Thimbleblossoms Salt Water mini!

All warmed up, I got ready to make my Bonnie and Camille Dream Mini Swap Quilt.  This was a mini quilt swap on Instagram and So. Much. Fun. My partner requested Thimbleblossom's Red Letter Day quilt, so I made that and a few goodies.

Have you found Fat Quarter Shop's free Coffee Koozie pattern?  I made a bunch to sell at the school's Harvest Fair.  People love this one!

And then I made a potholder from Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage book.  I.  Love.  This.  Book.  Go out.  Buy it.  You will thank me.  And her.

Thanks for reading along and I hope that this is a warm-up for a crafty December!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jelly Bean Quilt

Jelly Bean Quilt

I just love this pattern!  This is a Thimbleblossoms pattern, made with jelly roll strips.  I used Heather Bailey's Up Parasol collection as well as some Cotton + Steel fabrics (Mustang, Harajuku Aqua, Basics) and even some Kate Spain.  I have this bad habit, you see, of feeling like my quilt does not have enough variety as I'm piecing it, so I continue adding fabric to my (increasingly crazy) collection!

For the backing, I used a Serena & Lily sheet that I bought at an outlet they popped up in Berkeley last summer.  It was WAY wider than the standard 45" and is so soft.  It was a really lucky find.

I had this quilted by the lovely Abby Latimer in a Dragonfly panto - as chosen by Big Sister.  (She also chose the color palette, by the way.)

This was a really fun one to make & I highly recommend any of Camille's patterns!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Alex Quilt

A Quilt for Little Brother

I have spending most of my time quilting lately.  For this quilt, I was inspired by Camille Roskelley's Zipper quilt.  I saw this fabric, Rocket Age by October Afternoon for Riley Blake, and knew it was right for a little boy!  I followed the Zipper pattern, but recreated the template to 8.6" x 4".  I'm happy to send you the template (in a Silhouette file [SVG] or PDF) - just leave your email in the comments, then head on over to Thimbleblossoms to get the pattern!

This was a really fun quilt to make.  There are a lot of strips to piece together, but the seams fit together so nicely, it is really gratifying!

I am waiting for Big Sister's quilt to come back from Abby Latimer, and as soon as it does, I will post, I promise!  Also in the queue is a pattern I'm working on - which I will be selling on Etsy as soon as I can.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Little Brother's Cars Party

Hello Friends!  I apologize for taking so long to post!!  In my defense, I am on Instagram @jbeck2000 much more often, trying to post my weekly progress on projects.  So please visit me there!

That said, I have been wanting to post Little Brother's Cars birthday party for awhile now!

We welcomed our guests with lots of fun decorations.  I love the retro "Radiator Springs" images that often appear with Cars, so I recreated it in Little Brother's name with my Silhouette Cameo. 

 Everyone was given his or her own "Pit Pass" before being ushered to the jumpy house.  We also had a coloring page table, a temporary tattoo station and a scavenger hunt available for kids who wanted to take a break from jumping.  

Lots of fun finger foods:


 And some other random decor:

Then cake time! 

Before long, it was time to set out the favors: little gold trophies.  I also had some stickers and plastic cars in there...

 I can hardly believe my little boy is 5!

There is so much inspiration for Cars parties!  Most of mine come from/were inspired by this blog and this blog.

Thanks for reading!