Five things Friday 

Happy Friday! 

I am joining Gypsy Moon Quilt co this Friday in listing 5 things to be happy about. I’m pretty optimistic so this should be pretty easy for me. 

  • I’m happy for modern medicine. Rohan has been teething and running high fevers all week and modern medicine has helped us all get a bit of sleep. While reliving Rohan’s pain. 
  • Trip to the Shedd Aquarium. It was suppose to be a trip to the zoo with family but with the heat it became an indoor activity. 
  • A/C. It’s so gross and unbearable outside this week. I’m so thankful for the that we are able to have central air. 
  • Quilts! So I can cover my legs when legs get cold from the A/C 
  • Best friends. On Sunday I’m going out with my bestie. I’m taking her to my favorite fabric shops. 

          Five smile photo round up

Now head on over to Gypsy Moon and enjoy her five things! 

Happy Friday- see you all next week! 

-Xx



Pinterest

Do a lot of you still use Pinterest? I do and I have over a thousand pins. Some of them are things I’ve made but a lot of them are things I like and would love to make or have. The downside is I hardly ever look through all of the older pins. I just keep pinning. Which is good for inspiration I guess, but incredibly over whelming. 

So I’m starting a new series called I pinned this, now I’m going to make this. TL;DR- pinned it,made it. I plan on going through all those pins and make the things I feel I’m able to make. 

At first I planned on following everything exactly but after today’s post I’m going to be more liberal with how I make things. 

Today’s Pinned this; Made this is banana bread! It comes from Cocoa and Ash. I pinned this because I had a lot of bananas. Rohan has boycotted eating bananas. And because it has a cinnamon crumble. Can’t resist a crumble. 

I followed her recipe exactly. 

My crumble looked more sugary and less cinnamon than hers. But I pushed forward. I was thinking sugar is good, I like sugar. The whole thing came together really easy.  It all looks good. But holy sweetness batman. That sugar crumble is overpowering. The rest of the loaf is great. And the second layer of crumble is cleaver but I’m totally omitting it next time. And possible making the crumble with brown sugar. 

Cocoa and Ash calls this the best banana bread recipe and you know what I might just agree with her. The bread part is really moist and delicious. I’m excited to keep this series going. I feel pretty inspired and happy that I’m actually going to make things that I’ve pinned. I’ll try to keep the Pinned this; Made this posts to Thursday. So keep an eye open! 

-Xx



Quilty inspiration

I take a lot of photos and quite often it’s just for quilty inspiration. We are surrounded by it all day and I love taking photos to remind myself but I hardly ever look at them again. So here is a giant dump of inspiration for your Wednesday. 

A lot of these photos were taken at Garfield Park Conservatory here in Chicago. It is one of my favorite places in the city. Moroccan tile. These are just like the la passacaglia quilt. Or English paper piecing. These tile pieces are called Zelij and they are hand cut terra cotta tiles. Zelij are brightly colored and meticulously designed into geometric patterns. The technique was developed in the 10th century in Islamic Spain and is still used today. I love the moss inbetween the bricks. I have made quilts in this pattern too. Without the moss. Ha! This one is the best. Quilt making inspiration and top quilting inspiration. This would be quite the quilt.  I live in the Ukranian village neighborhood in Chicago. My neighborhood is full of Eastern European influences, including embroideries a tile. 

This tile work is on the side of a new restaurant. 


That’s it for now. I would love to see others interpretation of quilty inspiration- comment below and share! 

-Xx



Baby Moccasins

This blog post is long over due. I made these moccasins when it was Rohan’s birthday.  So a month and a half later I have a blog post. This week we also have family visiting so getting this post together is taking so much longer than it should. 

I saw those cute moccasins from Freshly Picked and fell in love. What I didn’t love was the 30-60$ price for baby shoes! How can someone pay that! So I paid a few bucks for some cheap leather and now I’m able to make more than one pair for way less than the FP moccasins. Although I am positive that hers are better quality and would last longer. 

I’ve been making baby shoes since 2014 so I was pretty sure I could figure out this new pattern while still using my old pattern.  I changed the size of the shoe to match the size of Rohan’s foot. In the original pattern the top part of the shoe is two pieces- so they look like Toms shoes. In this version the top part is only one piece, with a second piece being for fringe. The rest of the pattern is pretty much the same as before. 

The most helpful thing I can say about making these moccasins in leather is to have a leather needle. Change that needle out! I even went out and bought a fresh set. It really helps go through the leather easier.  

I used a rotary cutter to cut the leather instead of scissors. It helped give it a more clean cut. 

I used clover binding clips instead of pins as I didn’t want any extra holes in the leather. If you don’t have clover clips , paper clips could always work. I would use the ones with a coating so it doesn’t mark up your leather. To attach the fringe on both the front and back I lined up the RIGHT side of the fringe piece to the WRONG side of the heel/front foot piece. Sew along the edge and flip over and press with your fingers or a pressing tool.  Stitch the second seam about a half inch down for the elastic. On both the front and heel pieces. I used the front piece as more of a decorative stitch as I didn’t use elastic on the front piece. Only the heel.  Thread the elastic through the back shoe. I used a safety pin but a crochet hook could also work. Sew in place. 

I waited to cut my fringe until both shoes were done. I was aiming for a more accurate and even look between shoes. Attach the front shoe piece to the heel piece. I used the line I sewed on the front piece as a guide on where to sew. Attach that top piece to the sole. Trim up your fringe and bam! You have a new pair of moccasins that will hopefully last long enough for a few wears and some good pictures. 


-Xx



Teeth Pins

In the land of weird- teeth pins are a thing. And anything that gets me out of the ordinary I am willing to make. 

This past week it was my friends birthday. Her 30th. I don’t really understand why it’s a big deal but it’s a big deal. So I decided to make her a gift that she would really enjoy. She’s totally into oddities and teeth pins are perfect. I have a bunch of oddities and other cute things drawn up and decided to go with the teeth and wishbone. Those gems will soon be made into pins too. To transfer my drawings to my fabric I used a bright window and taped the paper and the fabric to the window. Making a shadow box. I transferred the drawing to the fabric using a fabric marker. The embroidered part came together during the car ride to the bed and breakfast in Wisconsin. I used my embroidery hoop and quickly teethed these together. I used glow in the dark embroidery floss and outlined the teeth and wishbone in black. 

Once back in Chicago I used a hot glue to attach the embroidered piece to a felt backing. Next time I will also use a running stick and attach the front to the felt backing. I used fabric fray to keep the embroidered fabric from fraying. 

I also used hot glue to attach the pin back to the felt piece. 

And bam! Teeth and a wishbone! 

Happy Friday! Be safe out there. ❤️

-Xx



1 2 3 102