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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: May

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and May was super quick and cute. What an adorable little gnome! I have a little gnome living in my rosemary plant on the porch that came home with me from Rock City in Chattanooga… and this guy looks just like him!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Five months down, seven to go!
 
 The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

More Pinterest Inspiration: Dream Home

How about another round of Pinterest inspiration? House hunting has been taking over my life lately… so of course I’ve been pinning away! Most of these are “aspirational” instead of realistic… but that’s the point of a dream house, right? (Especially because I live nowhere near a beach.)

Below, a hodgepodge of dreams in no particular order…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my crafting has been in the form of wishful thinking lately… so here’s another Pin-spired post about what I wish I could be working on! This season has been super busy, but hopefully it will calm down again soon.

I have a new quilt in mind, but with everything going on I haven’t had time to sit down and get started. I’m still in the inspiration stage and haven’t even bought fabric or looked through my stash, so I’ve had to be content with pinning away ideas… here are a few of my favorites! (Check out my Quilts board here.)

I want to make a maple leaf quilt with a modern layout…

 

 

 

I really like when the blocks form a cool design when four of them come together, like these two quilts –

And this massive maples is really cool too, a great way to showcase four really special prints –

… but instead of fall colors, I’m thinking of a beachy navy-blue-and-white combo.

 

 

 

 

Too many ideas… too little time!

WIP Wednesday

Does it count as a work in progress if I haven’t even started yet? I’ve got a couple projects in mind, and I’ve been pinning like mad for tutorials, and last weekend I spent a blissful hour or so de-stressing at JoAnn’s while looking for supplies (house hunting is stressful!).

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

So… I’m officially ready to start whenever I have time, ha.

To make this post a bit more useful, here are a few of my favorite recent pins to show you what I want to make!

With these supplies…

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

… I’m making some jewelry! Wrap bracelets have been on my mind recently – a step up from friendship bracelets, and fun to add to a stack of bracelets (#armparty). Plus, my wrists are so tiny that I can never find bracelets that fit, so making my own is almost a necessity.

Here are a few pins with good tutorials that I plan on following:

 

 

And with these supplies…

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

… I’m making needle minders! I still have to find some magnets, but once I order some online I can make fabric covered buttons into needle minders, which could be super cute with fun fabric.

These two pins have great tutorials:

 

And that’s about it… here’s hoping I have some crafty time soon!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: April

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and April was no exception. Quite appropriate, too, since this week has been rain, rain, rain. I haven’t seen any jackalopes yet, though!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Three blocks down, nine to go!
 
 The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

30-Minute Tilapia

Blogging confession: When I’m making dinner, I look up recipes from my own blog instead of digging through my recipe notebook when I need a quick refresher. I’m surprised this one hasn’t already been blogged, since it’s my go-to fish dish ever since I asked my Mom what she does with tilapia and wrote it down some time in college (in purple pen, of course). It’s so super-duper simple that it hardly feels like a recipe at all – it’s basically a seasoning. But I’ve been eating it a lot lately – it’s just as easy to make for one, two, or a crowd – and this weekend I actually took pictures.
Without further ado: 30 Minute Tilapia
 The Amateur Librarian // 30-Minute Tilapia
Ingredients:
  • 1 Tilapia filet per person (or other white fish)
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Asiago cheese blend
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Optional – herb de provence, basil, etc.
The Amateur Librarian // 30-Minute Tilapia
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (if you’re using a frozen filet, you can let it thaw out in the oven while it pre-heats). Add all other ingredients to taste.
The Amateur Librarian // 30-Minute Tilapia
Bake for 20-30 minutes. If you only have one filet, 20 minutes should be fine, for two or more it will be closer to 30 minutes.
The Amateur Librarian // 30-Minute Tilapia
The Amateur Librarian // 30-Minute Tilapia
That’s it! I usually have everything on hand but it’s endlessly customizable for a quick weeknight dinner – or, you know, a Sunday night when hubby doesn’t want to leave the couch because WWE Wrestlemania is on TV. #truestory ;)

Pinterest Inspiration

Every so often I go on a Pinterest rampage pinning everything in sight. When it comes to quilt inspiration, there are so many designs out there, both classic and modern… and I want to make them all! I realize there’s never enough time to make everything that catches my eye… so I have to settle for the eye candy alone. Below are a few of my favorite recent pins, themed by whatever I was currently obsessing over:

(pictures link to the original source)

Log Cabins

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

Stars

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

Barn Quilts (I really want to go on a road trip following a barn trail!)

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

Hexis

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pinterest Quilt Inspiration

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

WIP Wednesday

Let’s check in on some works in progress! I usually have some kind of crafty project going on (sometimes a few) but I usually wait until it’s finished to share on the blog… but this seems like a fun idea, so I’m jumping on board Freshly Pieced‘s linky party.

At the Music City Modern Quilt Guild meeting last weekend, one of the members taught an English Paper Piecing (EPP) workshop. We learned how to make hexies with paper templates, and two different projects – a  mug rug to feature the traditional hand stitching joining method and hand applique, and a mini quilt/pillow cover to showcase a modern layout using fusible glue instead of applique.

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

It was a lot of fun! We didn’t have time to finish both projects at the meeting, so I worked on them at home later. Mug rug complete!

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

For the modern layout, I’ve got all the hexies laid out and glued down. When I have time to get back to it, I’ll work on the quilting.

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Hexis

I’ve made hexies before (two table toppers blogged here – nautical and holiday) but it was fun to get a refresher and learn some new finishing techniques. I’ve never used fusible glue before, so that was great to see demonstrated in person. Plus, it’s always fun to learn with other people around.

Since I’ve been playing around with Waterlogue again recently… here are a few more pics!

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

The Amateur Librarian // Waterlogue App

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

 

 

WIP Wednesday: Scrap Overhaul

One ongoing project I’ve been working on lately is corralling my stash of fabric. I recently rearranged the guest room closet to make way for more storage, and I bought some plastic drawers to better organize my bigger cuts of fabric by color. I keep anything that’s fat quarter-sized or bigger in the drawers, and then I have a separate bin where I dump all my scraps. My stash is pretty well under control, but the scraps are not so easy to find… stuffed in plastic bags vaguely labeled “coins” and “strips” and “small strips”… and then when I need scraps I go digging around but never know where to find what size because everything is haphazard.
Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Lori Holt has a great post on her blog Bee in My Bonnet about how she controls her scraps. The main idea is that she cuts all scraps into standard sizes that are used most often in quilt blocks – which makes so much sense! So that’s the goal I’ve been working toward with my overflowing bins and bags of scraps.
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
On random days when I’m cutting for other projects, I take out the bin and start going through the pile, cutting each piece into more manageable 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″ and 5″ squares and strips. I bought stackable bins to keep these scraps in order (post-its are temporary, I just haven’t gotten my label maker out yet), and eventually I may get nicer bins and/or sort them by color too. But for now, this is a vast improvement! I think I’ll actually be able to use these pre-cuts if I start a new scrappy project, which would be a major time-saver.
I also ended up getting rid of a lot of scraps that are under 1-1/2″ big… they really weren’t usable, so I have no idea why I held onto them for so long! Having a system definitely helps weed out the scraps that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
One more project helped add quite a bit of scraps to the bin: dismantling my very first quilt top. I did the bulk of the work a couple months ago, but I forgot to blog about it. This Turning Twenty quilt top was the very first project I ever worked on, but almost from the moment it was done I knew I would never finish it. My color choices have changed a lot since this quilt, I really don’t like the blue/murky brown combo, and a queen size top seems too daunting for my home machine.
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul
So I started ripping seams and trimming, breaking it down into the original building blocks of fabric… it took a solid afternoon, but several months later I’ve already used some of those fabrics in new projects, which is a lot of fun… and also the whole point of overhauling my scraps in the first place. Of course, I’ll never be “done” with this project, but at least it’s getting more manageable!
The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Overhaul

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: March

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
March’s block was pretty small, so I finished it quickly this month. I love the little toadstool!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Three blocks down, nine to go!
 The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!
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