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Project Pinterest: DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

I had an AHA moment last weekend when it came time to hang my new Hillside Houses quilt.  I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and there are all kinds of hanging sleeves and rod pockets to add to a quilt to hang it… but my quilt was all finished and I didn’t feel like adding any new seams.  But when I saw the pin below, using a stick of wood and 3M hanging strips, it gave me an idea to hang a quilt with no extra sewing at all… and even better, no holes in the wall!

DIY Quilt Hanger 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

Time: 5-10 minutes, plus one hour for the 3M hooks to set

Cost: Around $15

Supplies:

  • two 3M hooks ($4)
  • cafe rod ($6)
  • curtain rings (pack of 7: $5)

Instructions:

1. Extend the cafe rod to the length you want to help determine the placement of the 3M hooks on the wall.  I used a level too… but still had to move the hook after the first try, so I obviously didn’t do it right, ha!  Install the 3M hooks according to package directions, which usually includes letting the seal “set” for an hour before putting any weight on them.  (I know from experience that leaving out this step usually results in a crash in the middle of the night…)

2. Slide the curtain rings onto the cafe rod and hang your quilt or wall hanging on the hooks!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

Yep, two steps – no sewing hanging pockets or sleeves to the quilt, and no holes in the wall!  (For more info on my Hillside Houses quilt, read my post here!)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Even though I couldn’t find this exact idea on Pinterest… it inspired yet another Eureka moment once again!

WIWW: April 6-12, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

 

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

April 6

April 6

leaf print top // Ann Taylor outlet
red cardigan // Tommy Hilfiger outlet
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
silver rope sandals // eBay

Relaxing Sunday hanging out at home.  The weather was beautiful so I spent some time outside chatting and cross stitching.  The best part was the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones!

April 7

April 7

blue floral print top // Kohl’s
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
ankle strap wedges // PayLess

Another Monday, and back to the unemployed routine.  Walking, sewing, lunch, errands, dinner, etc.

April 8

April 8

pintucked navy top // Loft
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
floral flats // Land’s End via eBay

Another interview in the afternoon, which always throws me off kilter a bit.  It’s so hard not to obsess over what I should’ve said hours later!

April 9

April 9

black tee with polka dot yoke // Loft via eBay
red cardigan // Tommy Hilfiger outlet
olive skinny pants // Gap
black braided sandals // eBay

Afternoon doctor appointment, otherwise nothing much to say.  Sorry my daily life is so boring lately!  Lots of sewing going on but I can’t quite share since some will be given as gifts.

April 10

April 10

pink+grey striped t-shirt dress // eBay
pink lace cardigan // Kohl’s
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
silver rope sandals // eBay

I’ve been missing getting dressed up for work, but then I remembered that there’s no reason not to wear dresses any day of the week!  So I pulled out one I haven’t worn in quite a while… so comfy!  Pretty normal day, still keeping the pizza and Project Runway tradition going strong!

April 11

April 11

orange+pink+black striped dress // New York & Co.
brown knit shrug // Ann Taylor outlet
brown braided sandals // eBay

Another day, another dress!  Busy Friday finishing up some stuff at home and running errands.  Hubby got off work early so I surprised him with a treat from Sonic when I picked him up.  Glad to kick off the weekend!

April 12

April 12

grey studded t-shirt // Forever 21
skinny jeans // Kohl’s

I hardly put on shoes all day long… so here are my tootsies!  Worked on a couple projects at home, and after dinner we took a walk around the neighborhood.  I know I say it every week, but I love my lazy weekends.

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Project Pinterest: Hillside Houses Quilt

I haven’t hung a single piece of art in the new apartment because I can’t figure out where to put anything!  I walk around from room to room holding this frame or that and just can’t make up my mind enough to put a nail in the wall.  My mama is visiting this week so I’m hoping she can help me make some decisions.

One thing that I knew I wanted to do, however, was make a new quilt to hang above the couch in the living room.  I’ve had the quilting bug lately and I’ve been sewing non-stop these past couple weeks!  Last week I mentioned that I’ve been looking to Pinterest for inspiration… and here’s the pin that I settled on for the living room quilt:

The source link takes you to the Esch House Quilts pattern called Third Street neighborhood.  I’ve never used a pattern by myself before, and there were times when I struggled a bit because I’m used to blog tutorials with oodles of photos for each baby step, but I figured it out and I’m happy with the end result!

I used a navy and white/light blue color palette instead of the black/white prints from the original quilt and made the wall hanging size (48″ x 40″).  It reminded me of that song “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky” and in my head I referred to this quilt as my little houses on the hillside, hence the name!

Hillside Houses Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Pattern: Third Street Neighborhood by Esch House Quilts
Finished Size: 40″ x 48″

I won’t go into specifics of the process since I used a copyrighted pattern – you can go to the source if you want to make one of your own :)

But here are a couple in-progress pics along the way.  I had a lot of fun putting it all together and learned a lot about reading a pattern!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

For the back, I used one big piece of this solar system-looking blue print with specks of gold (from JoAnn’s… it’s still a novelty to me that there are actually fabric stores near by!  I never found a single quilting store in San Francisco and I’m so used to ordering online that instant gratification feels like such a luxury).  This quilt reminds me of a dark midsummer night, so I liked the idea of a sky on the back.  I also used the cheater binding again – saves an extra step!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Before I hung the quilt on the wall, I rigged this “display” using the bar stools and some tape.

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

The cats enjoyed the quilt fort while it lasted :)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

I quilted with straight lines, stitching in the ditch of each column and outlining each house.  It is definitely a goal of mine to learn how to free motion quilt in the future, but I’m still learning (aka struggling) with just straight stitch quilting.  I think FMQ would give a lot more interesting texture in the negative space, especially because after washing the quilt I had trouble with bunching, which I think could’ve been prevented with more quilting (and probably pre-washing, since it was one fabric in particular that didn’t play nice with the others).

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Here’s the quilt hanging in the living room – the only thing up on the walls after a month of living here!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

(And actually… I still haven’t put any holes in the wall!  More on that later, I had another AHA Pinterest moment…)

I really like the colors, and once it was up I noticed how many blue things are already in the living room… the built-ins have lots of little bits of blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the curtains are blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

blue books…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the throw pillows are blue… and look – even hubby is wearing blue!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

Three cheers for Pinterest, once again!   I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!

Meow Monday: Crafting with Critters

In the past couple weeks I’ve been sewing up a storm!  I guess I’m making up for lost time… I haven’t had the sewing machine out in months but now that it’s up and running in the guest room I’ve been in there every day.  A couple projects are gifts, so I’m saving them to share after they’ve been given… but here are a couple sneak peeks presented by your favorite critters!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The cats are always around, always helpful, of course!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Little Houses Quilt.  I started working on a quilt of little houses this week, and it’s been so much fun sewing again.  (I’m using the pattern from Esch House Quilts that I mentioned earlier this week.)

2 – Bachelorette in a Box.  I am counting down the days until my BFF’s wedding at the end of April – I can’t wait to spend some time at the beach for such a fun occasion!  There hasn’t been time for a bachelorette party so I sent a few goodies until we can plan a fun girls’ weekend later in the year… and I had so much fun picking out mint and coral items, likr bath bombs and lip balm and wine glass charms and other little girly things :)

3 – Stuff You Missed in History Class.  I’m used to sewing with the TV on in the background, but now that my sewing machine is set up in the guest room I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately.  My current favorite is Stuff You Missed in History Class – each episode is about 30 minutes and focuses on the details that you might not know about various moments from history.  So interesting!  I love that it’s completely random; some of my favorite episodes include the history of undergarments, the Salem witch trials, Jesse Owens and the Nazi Olympics, Rose Bertin the first fashion designer, and the list goes on!

4 – Foxy tin.  I found a new tin box on clearance for $1.50 at Target and it’s absolutely perfect to keep my Once Upon a Time sampler supplies all together.

5 – Walking.  I’ve been continuing my daily walks to the little pond and every day I see something new.  These Canadian geese were taking a nap on the sidewalk one morning, and I’ve also seen ducks and blue herons!  According to Google Maps, the round trip distance from the apartment is 2.5 miles, so I feel pretty good about keeping up my little route every day that I can.

I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

H54F

Quilty Stitches Sampler Along : Rolling Stone block

I really didn’t mean to start another sampler… but when I found Little Miss Shabby’s Quilty Stitches sampler along, I just couldn’t resist!  Cross stitching has been a great stress relief during all the packing and moving… it’s nice that it’s so portable and easy to pick up when I only have a few minutes of rest.

Sixteen different quilt blocks in a cross stitch pattern.  Two of my favorite things!

The first quilt block revealed was the Swoon block.

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler Along

The second block revealed goes by a few different names… Odd Fellow’s March, Old Maid’s Ramble, or San Diego, but my favorite is Odd Fellows Chains, so that’s what I called it!

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

I just finished working on the third block, Rolling Stone!

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

I’m not going to stress out if I don’t keep up with each block as it comes up, but I’ll try!  I’m already behind… the fourth, fifth and sixth blocks have already been revealed.  Oops!  Stay tuned…

WIWW: March 30-April 5, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

 

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

March 30

March 30

Stone Harbor tee // Beachin’ Up (Stone Harbor, NJ)
silver leaf initial necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
nude flats // PayLess

The weather was gorgeous and we didn’t want to spend the day inside, so we checked out a few furniture stores and went for a walk.  I am on the hunt for a whole bunch of tables… a coffee table, a dining room table, a bedside table, and maybe another side table for the couch… we need so many tables!

March 31

March 31

ikat print top // Kohl’s
navy cardigan // Loft
silver leaf initial necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
nude flats // PayLess

Monday was pretty typical of my new “normal”… dropped hubby off at work, went for a walk, cleaned the apartment, worked a bit in the guest room organizing my sewing stuff, met hubby for lunch, ran a couple errands around town, worked on a new quilt project in the afternoon, then picked hubby up from work!  Can’t complain.

April 1

April 1

floral button up top // Belk
brown knit bolero // Ann Taylor outlet
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
nude flats // PayLess

A glimpse of the jelly roll I’m working with… a treat for myself after going on an interview in the morning.  The job hunt has been pretty slow going, but I’m hoping it will ramp up in a couple weeks after all my medical stuff is out of the way… and oh yeah, did I forget to mention a beach trip for my BFF’s wedding at the end of April?!  I’m a little excited.

April 2

April 2

teal embroidered top // Kohl’s
pink leather bomber jacket // Kohl’s
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
nude flats // PayLess

Went for another walk in the morning, which was a great kickstart to my day.  I just feel better for the rest of the day if I do that one thing in the morning.  Otherwise, pretty typical day of errands.

April 3

April 3

pink+green geometric tee // Anthopologie via eBay
skinny jeans // Abercrombie & Fitch via eBay
silver rope sandals // eBay

Fashion diaries are pretty boring around here now that I’m just wearing a t-shirt and jeans every day.  #sorrynotsorry.  (I used to hate it when people would hashtag words randomly AKA not on social media where it means something… but now I do it too.  Sometimes I even say it out loud in conversation.  Oops.)

April 4

April 4

peter pan collar top // IG closet
skinny jeans // Aeropostale via eBay
silver flats // PayLess

Friday!  Spring has sprung and everything is blooming and beautiful outside.  I love wearing short sleeves with no jacket in sight!  Although I have to admit I still throw on a cardigan when we’re going to restaurants, since we’re back in the land of A/C.  For dinner we checked out a local restaurant, Franklin Chop House, and it was super good!  I love trying out new places.

April 5

April 5

navy lace top // Anthropologie via eBay
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
nude flats // PayLess

Lazy Saturday hanging out with the cats… after lunch we checked out a couple more furniture stores and then headed to the movies to see the Captain America sequel.  Not my favorite movie ever, but definitely a fun action movie.  My favorite part about the Marvel movies is the connections within the universe, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next Avengers movie!

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

To Craft List

I seem to go in cycles of not crafting so much, and then all of a sudden my head is filled with ideas and I’m jotting down lists left and right of projects I want to start.  I think the last quilt I made was last September, and I didn’t sew at all for a few months… and then it was time to pack up and move across the country!  But now I’m all moved in and the guest room is all set up for crafting… and I have a million ideas!

So I thought I’d set down some of those wandering ideas in one place.  Pinterest is great for collecting inspiration, but sometimes I need a physical list to stay focused.  I’ve shared lists like this before… not necessarily a To-Do-For-Sure list, more of a Maybe-I’ll-Do List.  Those are fun too!

To Craft:

  • Biscornu

What’s a biscornu??  (You might ask.)  I’d never heard of one until they started popping up all over Instagram on my favorite cross stitcher’s feeds.  These pincushions have quite a quirky shape and look like such a fun accessory!  My tomato pincushion from a million years ago is getting overloaded, so this would be a fun addition to the craft room.

I bought this exact pattern from Satsuma Street and she has a tutorial on her blog for putting it together!

  • House quilt.

I’m hoping to make a wall hanging for over the couch in the living room, with the idea that I can switch out the quilts whenever I want new colors, or for holidays, or when the mood strikes.  I think it’ll be fun to decorate with fabric, and there’s no nail holes to spackle when I want a change!  Houses have really been speaking to me and I think they would be so cute in the living room.

I am in love with this pattern by Esch House Quilts – in fact, I already bought it and am gathering fabrics to put it together.  I’ve never actually used a pattern before, so I hope it goes well.  The pattern is in black and white, but I think I’m going to do navy blue and white.  But I love the black/white palette of the original… so maybe I’ll make a mini version as well!

  • Jelly Roll Race quilt.

One jelly roll, one hour = one fast quilt!  At least that’s the claim.  I’ve always wanted to make a strip quilt, and this seems like a fun way to use a jelly roll (40 strips of fabric from a coordinating line).  I’ve even seen some variations where you slice up the quilt top to make a Chines Coins or Rail Fence quilt… this could be another option for the living room, if I like the colors of the fabric line.

  • Strippy Table Runner.

I’ve had this on my mind for a while, and I think I’m going to give it a try.  It seems pretty easy with a really cute finished product – and there’s so many possibilities!  I especially like the idea of using holiday-specific colors for an easy decoration that can be used each year.

  • Mermaid Cross Stitch.

I actually don’t have a pic, but trust me… it’s adorable!  There’s a mermaid and a puffer fish and little houses on the beach… I actually bought the pattern from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery a couple months ago, and I’m glad I did because it’s no longer available!  I have all the fabric and floss, so there’s nothing stopping me but having enough time to get started.  So far I’ve framed all of my cross stitch projects but I’d like to look into other ways of displaying the finished product.  A mini quilt with the cross stitch as a center panel would be pretty cool… I don’t have a nautical collage wall anymore, but I still have those two nautical mini quilts, and this could be the perfect addition to make it a trio!

  • Hoop Art.

 

At one time I thought I’d add a few hoops to my nautical collage wall, but I never did… so now I have a whole pile of hoops and no plans for them (I use a Q-Snap for my cross stitching).  There are so many cute ideas… and I especially like the wrapped hoops for coordinating a bunch of mismatched hoops.

Since I’ve actually already started on a couple of these and have materials for others, maybe this list might be more realistic than past lists… or maybe not!  It’s fun to keep looking and planning and brainstorming too.

Does anybody else have too many ideas and too little time?

Meow Monday: Patio Pals

The cats are enjoying the new patio space… we find them outside almost all the time!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And of course I had to immortalize a couple moments in Waterlogue…

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The big news in the cats’ world this week is that we got a cat flap that fits into the existing sliding door frame so the cats can go in and out without us having to open and close the door all the time.  It was pretty funny to watch them inspect the new addition with much suspicion.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Cora caught on the first night and now she goes in and out about fifty million times a day.  Tali has gone in and out when forced but so far she hasn’t used the door on her own.  I’m hoping to move the litter box out into the enclosed storage space, but it all depends on the cats learning to use the door… so we’ll see.

But for now I’m just happy we have a space to be outside for a bit each day – one of my favorite parts about the new place!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Spring!  Last week we had  snow and this week we’ve had lots of sun… the difference in temps is crazy!  Now everything is in bloom and I love it.

2 – Grand Budapest Hotel.  We saw Wes Anderson’s new movie last weekend and it was a totally delightful experience.  I don’t even care about the plot, I just like to drink in all the prettiness.  But it was also pretty hilarious, so it was a win-win!  It also gave us the chance to check out the local movie theatre and buy a reusable “annual popcorn bowl” so now I feel like an official resident… even more than when we got our drivers licenses!

3 – Exercise.  It’s weird being unemployed because I have no structure or routines, so even though I theoretically have all the time in the world to work out or craft or read all day long, I actually don’t… I guess because it doesn’t feel very productive when I should be job searching or running errands.  But this week I made it a point to walk to a little pond that I’ve passed by and it was great!  Just being outside and moving around made me feel better for the rest of the day.

4 – Jelly roll.  Speaking of making time to do enjoyable things even though they don’t feel “productive”… the sewing machine is officially up and running!  I love cutting into a jelly roll, it’s so satisfying.

5 – Cat door.  We ordered a cat door that fits into our existing sliding glass door so the cats have access to the porch without us having to open and close the door all the time.  I’m hoping to move the litter box out there in the storage closet, but first they have to figure out how to use the new door flap… it’s pretty funny to watch them learn something new.

I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

H54F

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