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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!

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!

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…

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?

Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler: March

I’m doing the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!

March was the three little pigs, hiding from the big bad wolf!  I brought this project on the plan from San Francisco, started working on it in the hotel room, then packed it up again to move into the new apartment.  Once our furniture arrived and the cats too, I could finally set up my favorite stitching scenario – on the couch watching HGTV with a cat or two close by.  I’m still working on the borders as I go, and loving this sampler so much!

Below are a few progress pics…

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

And her are January, February, and March all done: 

The Amateur Librarian // OUAT Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The April block was just revealed… I can’t wait to get started!  I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned…

Project Pinterest: Organize Books by Color

You might have seen my new favorite feature in our apartment from last week’s High Five for Friday post - my color-ordered bookcase!  I’ve seen plenty of intriguing pins featuring the “chromatic arrangement” of books… AKA rainbow order… so with a blank bookcase and boxes of books, I decided to give it a try.   I love the results!

But first, a few of the pins that inspired me:

 

 

There’s not much to it… but here’s my rendition!

Organizing Books by Color

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Time: 1-2 hours

Cost: Free!

Supplies:

  • empty bookcase
  • books

Instructions:

Create stacks of books with spine colors of each color of the rainbow.  In addition to ROY G BIV, I also made stacks of white, ecru/beige, brown, grey, and black spine colors.

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Start arranging books on the bookcase!

My general color spectrum went in this order: White, Ecru/beige, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Grey, Black.  Of course there are lots of ways to arrange them in the most pleasing order, but that’s what made sense to me.  It’s all up to your interpretation of each color… yellow could also be beige or brown… but I tried not to overthink it too much.  And of course, it’s hard to resist switching a book or two every time I pass by!

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

The con is definitely splitting up series of books, but since my collection only fills two bookcases I decided it was still worth it.  I probably wouldn’t attempt this project if I had thousands of books to organize… too many hours and it would be too hard to find the book you want unless you remember exactly what color the spine is (which often doesn’t match the cover).  But the pro is that it’s just plain pretty!  And for a small collection, it’s a painless project with a fun result!

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Once again, hooray for Pinterest!

Quilty Stitches Sampler Along : Odd Fellows Chains 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

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

I’m not going to stress out if I don’t keep up with each block as it comes up, but I’ll try!  The third and fourth blocks have been released so I’m already a little bit behind.  Stay tuned…

Project Pinterest: One Pot Pasta

I’m running low on blogging fumes this week, so I dug into my draft folder to see why I could pull out.  I made this recipe while we were still in San Francisco but I never got around to posting about it… so here it is!

I see a ton of “one pot pasta” recipes on Pinterest, and I’ve probably pinned them all.  So I decided to try one!  I picked this pin since it’s a recipe from A Beautiful Mess, and I already know that I like their blog so I had high hopes!

I adapted it some, and it turned out pretty well!

One Pot Pasta

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Time: 15 minutes cook time

Cost: $5-10 but you probably have most of these ingredients on hand

Ingredients:

serves 3-4.

8 oz. (one package) dry linguine
14 oz. (one can) diced tomatoes with juices
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil (fresh if you have it)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt + pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, combine the first ten ingredients listed above (everything but the cheese and salt + pepper).

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Bring the liquid to a roaring boil.  Reduce the heat to a low boil and cook until the pasta is al dente – about six minutes.  Remove from heat and let the pasta sit in the remaining juices for a couple of minutes.  Toss the pasta a bit to give it a good coating.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.  Add the shredded parmesan sprinkled on top when you’re ready to plate.  Tada!

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Pretty tasty, and super easy to clean!

And since I’m still obsessed with the Waterlogue app… how about a pasta painting?  Ooh la la…

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Once again, hooray for Pinterest!

Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler: February

I’m doing the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Each month is a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what fairy tale will be revealed next!

February was the Frog Prince, with a big ole smooch!  I’m still working on the borders as I go, and loving this sampler so much!

Below are a few progress pics…

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

Here’s January and February all done: 

The Amateur Librarian // OUAT Sampler

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

The March block will be revealed in a couple days… I can’t wait to get started!  I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned…

Project Pinterest: Vegetarian Nachos

I finally got this post together to share!  I had a hankering for nachos during the Super Bowl a couple weeks ago, so I headed to Pinterest and found a recipe that didn’t require any grocery shopping.  Here’s the pin I settled on, after much deliberation:

I had the whole dish to myself during the halftime show, and it was awesome… way more exciting than the game!  The leftovers were great as taco filling the next day, too – win-win! Below is the recipe, slightly adapted from the original to accommodate what I had on hand.

Vegetarian Nachos

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

Time: 15 minutes cook time

Cost: $5-10 but you probably have most of these ingredients on hand

Ingredients:

Serves: 4
Total Time: 50 min
Oven Temp: 400

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 can (14-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can (15-ounce) black beans
1 bag (8-ounce) corn chips
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F in a convection oven.  Heat olive oil in medium frying pan.  Saute the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until onion softens. Stir in the tomatoes and beans (undrained).

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer  uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly.

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

Place corn chips into an 8 x 8 baking dish (the original recipe calls for a large ovenproof plate).  Spoon the bean mixture over chips, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve topped with sour cream.

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

The only thing I might do differently next time is to use thinner tortilla chips instead of the thick corn chips, but it’s just a matter of preference.

I enjoyed this whole plate of nachos all to myself for the Super Bowl… my favorite part of the whole game hah!  The next day, the mixture was great rolled up in tortillas!

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

The next time I want easy meatless nachos, this recipe will definitely be used again!  And just for fun… nachos as a water color painting!  (One of these days I might get tired of the Waterlogue app but it hasn’t happened yet… lucky you!)

The Amateur Librarian // Vegetarian Nachos

 

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