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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

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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!

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.

I’m still riding the low-volume train and joined a swap for low volume plus blocks.

LowVolumePlusSwap

I’ve never done a swap before, but I’m excited to see what I get in return! Lindsay from my quilt guild (aka Lindsay Sews) is hosting the swap along with Craftbuds (more details here) and they’re looking for a bright solid plus with a low volume background. I signed up for 12 but ended up making 26… now i’m trying to decide if I should keep going, send them all off, or keep some and send the others.

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

 

 

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.

I love the low-volume trend and I finally have a bit of a stash (thanks to some Music City MQG ladies!) so I decided to jump in with some QAYG cat blocks. I used the block pattern from Oh, Frannson’s Catvent quilt to churn out some cute little black cats using low volume prints for the background fabric. I’m still thinking about whether I want to make a mini quilt, lap quilt, or table runner… and I’m leaning toward table runner because I loved having the patchwork tree table runner on the breakfast bar during the holidays.

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

 

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

Pro tip: an empty Naturebox box is the perfect place to keep fabric for a project in one place and safe from curious kitties!

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

An ongoing project… organizing scraps. That big bin on the right is where I throw everything leftover, and I’m (very) slowly making the scraps more useable by cutting them into 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3-1/2, and 5″ squares and strips (based on Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet’s system).

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

Since we’ve had more couch-time recently with the bad weather, I’ve had more time to cross stitch too. I’m ahead of the game and stitching March’s block already on the Woodland Creatures cross stitch.

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

This isn’t exactly something I’m actively working on, but I guess you could call it a work in progress… my ORT jar! ORT = Odd Random Threads, and I’m keeping mine nearby to collect from my embroidery projects this year. It’s filling up fast!

The Amateur Librarian // WI{P Wednesday

And that’s about it!

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

 

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: February

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!
February features an adorable raccoon peeking over the frame. The night background was a bear to fill in, but the ice days last week gave me a bit more time to work on it. So far the blocks are less of a time commitment than last year’s sampler, and I’m loving it!
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
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Two blocks down, ten to go!
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

A Doodle a Day Update

Almost two years ago I challenged myself to a doodle a day, but that challenge pretty much fell by the wayside in the hubbub of moving across the country and starting a new job. I haven’t shared an update in quite a while, but I’ve been doodling a bit more lately with the help of Craft-a-Doodle, edited by Jenny Doh. I’m working my way slowly through the 75 different prompts from lots of cool artists, so here’s an update on a few recent doodles… some from around the office, some at home, and some inspired by the book (review coming soon!)

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // Doodle a Day

More doodles coming soon!

Round Up of Easy Adult-Friendly Valentines

Are you ready for V Day? I have another infusion tomorrow, so my parents will be here visiting this weekend. I’m sure we’ll find something fun to do. If you’re still looking for an easy DIY valentine idea, here are a few from past years (and this year too!)

And if you want to know what I made for hubby this year… it has cats on it. Surest way to get a smile from him!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Valentines

Without further ado, the roundup!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Valentines for Grown Ups

(Side note–Yikes, I’m glad my iPhone and picture-taking abilities have improved since 2010!)

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Hand Embroidered Note Cards

The Amateur Librarian // Lovebird Valentines

Be My Tweet Heart!

The Amateur Librarian // Sign Language Valentines

Sign Language Valentines

Bee Mine Beeswax Valentine

You can count on me when things get sticky! Blow Pop Valentine

Cyclops Valentine

Love Boats

You’re a Hoot Valentine

Paper Heart Chain

Purr-fect Valentine

Seed Packet Valentine

Sole Mate Valentine

Vintage Valentine Banner // The Amateur Librarian

Valentine Clothesline Photo Gallery

Valentine Garland

Vintage Valentine Banner // The Amateur Librarian

Vintage Valentine Banner

Woven Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Valentines: Hand Embroidered Cards

Only 9 days til V-Day… Valentine time again! This year I gravitated toward the idea of grownup-friendly hand embroidered cards as valentines, so I spent a couple hours last weekend going to town.  I used the same technique that I learned a couple years ago when I made jumbo Halloween cross stitch posters, just on a smaller scale.

DIY Hand Embroidered Valentine Cards

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Time: 30 minutes per card

Cost: $5-10

Supplies:
– blank notecards
– red floss + needle
– ABC stamps + ink
– straight pin

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Instructions:

Easy peasy, as usual! Draw your design on the card, poke holes with a straight pin at even intervals, then thread your needle with floss and use a back stitch to connect the dots.

I made three different designs, so here are a few pics of each one. For the first one, I probably could have drawn “XOXO” freehand onto the card, but I tried this way first. I drew my design on a scrap piece of paper, used painters tape to hold it in place, then poked holes through the two layers of paper.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

You can barely see it in this pic, but there are the holes in the notecard.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

I used a glue stick to glue the loose ends onto the back. If you wanted to get fancy, you could glue a piece of scrapbook paper on the inside cover of the card so you don’t see the back of the stitches.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Ta da, first one done!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Next, I did the same thing with a heart design and added stamps.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

For this “tweet-heart” I drew a simple bird outline and added a message with stamps. First I looked for a design in an embroidery book I have (Stitches in Color) for some ideas, and traced a few of them, but ended up drawing something freehand directly onto the card. The stitches cover up pencil marks, so no need to erase!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

Ta da!
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered ValentinesThese were really fun to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and you could do a million different designs with this idea. Three cheers for a “love”ly V-Day!

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

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