Softened Linen Quilt

I was online looking for closet storage solutions for my boys’ room, because with 3 boys sharing a room, storage needs must be addressed.  As usual, I got a little web ADD and found myself in the kid’s bedding section and came across this beautiful organic linen quilt.  So simple and so precious and certainly doable at less than $129, right?

Linen Quilt
2 yards of softened linen for the front, 2 yards of softened linen for the back, 1 1/3 yards batting.  Total cost for supplies: $45.

Linen Quilt
The thought of tying a quilt like this almost sent my carpel tunnel into a flare up so I opted for a decorative stitch randomly placed, every 6 inches or so.

Linen Quilt

This is why I love needle-punch batting.  I can tie it up to 10 inches apart without the possibility of it shredding apart inside with multiple washings.

Linen Quilt

The edges wrinkled up nicely, making this look like it had been used for generations.  The obvious time-saver here is that there was no piecing and no binding.  I “pillow-cased” it which is very doable with a tied quilt.

This soft baby quilt went to sweet Baby Collette, born just 2 weeks ago.  And, of course, I still haven’t purchased closet storage for the kids.

Dotty Dress

Love this dot fabric by Heather Bailey!  She is quite possibly my most favoritest fabric designer.

dotty dress 3

I used it for a baby quilt recently, but today I bring it to you on a dress, paired with another Heather Bailey print.

dotty dress

A simple A Line dress – no sleeves, of course, because I’m scared of sleeves.

dotty dress 2

 

This is McCalls 8108, which is apparently now discontinued.  I narrowed it down the center, fully lined it and added a bottom border, then ran around in a field with a bouquet of flowers like a young child.

Fabric:

Heather Bailey True Colors Mod Dots in Dove.
Heather Bailey True Colors Pop Blossom in Tourquoise

Sophie’s Ruffle Quilt

Sophie Ruffle 3

Ah, I love this quilt. If I had little elves that would appear after I went to bed and quilt for me I’d make a big one for myself. But alas – just me and my wimpy arms.  These arms are only barely capable of quilting baby quilts.

 

Sophie Ruffle 2

 

I’m a little late. Baby Sophie is already 1 month old.

 

Sophie Ruffle 1

 

Fabric – Front and Back:  Heather Bailey’s True Colors – Olive and Dove Dots

Fabric – Ruffle:  Heather Bailey Lottie Da – Olive

I monogrammed her initial on this quilt, then when it was all done I realized that I haven’t seen much monogramming around lately.  And then I realized that *gasp* it might not be cool anymore.  So tell me, please, is monogramming still cool?

Baby Bunting

Baby bunting for a baby shower.  We don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy so for now we just call him/her “baby”.  Can’t wait for this little one’s arrival!

Baby bunting

Cushions for a friend

We are gearing up for our annual trip to Taiwan this summer and I try to make as many gifts for our friends as I can.  My friend Jessie didn’t give me much to go on except that she didn’t want pink.  What?!  No pink?  Anyone who knows me knows that its hard for me to NOT use pink!  Pink goes with everything, doesn’t it?  Especially something for a girl.  I tried my bestest and made her a couple of small couch cushions.

Quilted Cushions

See, friend?  No pink.  ‘Mazing!

Building Blocks

My boys’ piano teacher is due in a few weeks.  This is their first baby.  Her husband loves Legos – so much so that they have a room in their house dedicated to his toys.  BUT the baby is coming and the little one needs a nursery so the Lego room is being converted the baby’s room.  Time to box those blocks up, Mister!

We love Legos over here as well.  I sometimes wonder if my boys will grow up and continue to love building things with overpriced plastic blocks.  I hope their wives will be as understanding as Mrs. Elizabeth is with her husband.

So what do you give a baby girl whose parents love Legos?  A Lego quilt, of course!  Legos are perfect for designing quilt blocks. Below is my quilt designed out of Duplo blocks.

Duplos

  And the Duplo Quilt:

Duplo Quilt Please tell me that it looks like Duplo blocks!!!

I backed it with an Ikea sheet from a few years ago.

Duplo / Lego Quilt

I hope she likes it!

Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

Today is cold with traces of yesterday’s sleet still on the ground. These will probably be the last cold days of winter here.  It was perfect for trying something that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time:  Baked French Toast.

Our Sunday afternoon was free after our plans were cancelled due to the weather.  We started off with our favorite cinnamon bread recipe but instead of making a loaf, we split it up into 8 equal parts and made mini loaves.  My 13 year old helped with the rolling and preparing of the dough.  These small bits of dough are a lot easier for kids to handle.
Baked French Toast - dough

We rolled them and put them into the mini loaf tin to rise for 3 hours.

Baked French Toast - rising
Then last night I baked the bread.  The house smelled great.  After it cooled, I poked each loaf full of holes with a toothpick and put it in an egg and milk mixture (with a little salt and sugar added – just like French Toast).  I flipped it a couple of times and let it soak all night.  *The best way to do it would have been to cut them in half and let them soak (explained below).
Baked French Toast - soaking

When I woke up this morning, the kids were waiting.  They had skipped their normal breakfast and were in the school room working, all wondering when the French Toast would be ready.  The nice thing about these recipes that take a long time is that by the time the food is done, the kids have been waiting, salivating, and waiting some more.  The anticipation makes the experience of eating that much better.

I cut open one loaf and saw that the egg mixture hadn’t penetrated through to the center of the loaf like I hoped.  I cut the loaves in half and let them soak a few more minutes cut side down.  I stuck them back in the oven for 30 minutes and they were done!  The egg mixture around the edge had cooked up nicely as well.  You can see it stuck to the bottom of the piece below.
Baked French Toast

I had 1 half loaf.  The kids each ate FIVE!  They certainly are growing boys.  So this isn’t a recipe post, but a post to encourage you to try something you haven’t tried before but have wanted to.  There are Baked French Toast recipes out there, but most of them look like bread pudding and I wanted to use my little loaves.  So I did.  And love how they turned out.  Breakfast isn’t a meal that we usually sit around the table to eat, but today we did and it was special.


Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 10, 11, and 12), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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