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The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: April

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The fourth stop was Switzerland and I loved everything about this adorable scene, from the boy’s little hat to the swan in the moat to the sheep on top of the mountain. So super cute… and I can’t wait to see where we go in May.

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

April

 

Four months down, eight to go!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Spring Ring Cross Stitch

 

My main cross stitch project I’m working on this year is the Pumpkin Passport mystery sampler, but after finishing up April’s block (pics tomorrow!) I couldn’t resist starting a mini project. I’ve had this wee 4″ hoop for a while and it is the perfect size for Alicia Paulson’s Spring Ring pattern. Picking out fabric and floss colors is always my favorite part, and this one should come together quickly.

The Amateur Librarian // Spring Ring Cross Stitch

Secret Sewing
Still chain piecing for some secret baby sewing. Here’s another sneak peek… little nine patches:)
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress… I’m slowly climbing out of my crafty rut and actually have a couple to share this week:)

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

In April we’re visiting snowy Switzerland and adding another character to the journey. I love this scene, and after a couple busy weekends I finally had a chance to get started. I even brought it to guild on Saturday, since I’m a delinquent quilter and sat out for the zipper pouch class.

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

 

Secret Sewing
I’ve got baby quilts on my mind – with a few friends expecting their first babies this year, I’ve been looking for some quick patterns so I can whip up a few quilt tops with the goal of getting them professionally quilted this summer. I finally landed on a pattern for baby quilt #1 and started cutting over the weekend… but it will have to remain a secret for now. Just a little sneak peek…
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Pinterest Inspiration: Baby Quilts

I’ve been running low on sewing mojo the past few months.  I want to make 3-4 quilts for friends expecting first babies this year, and I’ve been totally stumped. But lately the ideas started to flow again, so of course I turned to Pinterest to look for a starting point. A million pins later, I think I have a plan. I even started cutting this weekend for baby quilt #1, woohoo!

Below are a few of my favorite recent pins featuring baby quilts… and all of them are fast, simple, and stash busting – my favorite combo! They fall under two main categories – oversized one-block tops and simple blocks.

Oversized traditional blocks

I love traditional quilt blocks, and supersizing a single block looks completely modern.

 

  • Bear Paw – with tutorial for a 32″ quilt top

 

  • Churn Dash, with the addition of string blocks. Using a solid background color would come together even quicker.
  • Log Cabins – this 46″ quilt is made up of four giant blocks. I actually have this pattern torn out from a magazine, but seeing this pin reminded me how much I love the cheery rainbow colors.
  • This is just one block, but it would be easy to translate to a quilt top.

Simple blocks

  • Stars

I love this I-Spy quilt that Giddy99, a friend from guild, posted on Instagram, so I tried to find something similar on Pinterest. The block goes by many different names, including Hatchet and Road to Tennessee… I actually made a version of this block quite a while ago, in 2011 (and recently featured in a #TBT post here)! With different measurements, the star points are more obvious which I really like.

  • Patchwork

Nothing better than simple patchwork, and this one is even more fun with the play on sizes. This pattern is no longer available on Etsy, but I think the math would be manageable.

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

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: March

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The third stop of the year is Holland – I have to admit I wasn’t super excited about this block, but I enjoyed the details more as I stitched. The tulips and windmill are super cute.

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

The Amateur Librarian // The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

January

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

February

March

March

Three months down, nine to go!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Another step closer to a finished quilt… not quite there yet, but I can’t resist sharing a few more pics. The quilting is done, just need to add the binding.

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

Pixelated Heart Quilt-Along

I needed a new project tog et me out of my sewing rut after moving, and the Pixelated Heart QAL, hosted by @SewKellySews on Instagram, was exactly what I needed!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

Everyone used the free pattern from Robert Kaufman and you can check out more progress pics on Instagram through the hashtag. This is the first quilt I’ve had quilted by a longarmer, and I love the result! Studio V Quilting did a great job and I love the pink fans and red gingham backing. I haven’t done the binding yet, but I plan on using the same gingham as the backing.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

Real talk… I took these pics by taping the quilt onto the mattress that was hanging out in our bedroom (before being moved into the guest room) because it was too cold to brave the outdoors for more pics, ha!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

I promise you’ll only see this quilt one more time… when it’s finally completely done!

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday:)

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs… except as usual there’s only one right now.

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Plugging away at the Passport cross stitch and loving all the details. Hopefully I’ll wrap up March in time for the April block… to be revealed next week!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

#TBT: St. Patrick’s Day

When I worked in a school environment, it seemed like the year revolved around holidays, big or small. If it was President’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I would be rounding up books and writing lesson plans and looking for activities that would tie into each one. Even after I stopped working as a librarian, I still enjoyed decorating my home for whatever season or holiday was around the corner.
In the past couple years, though, those habits have faded. Sometimes I miss it and sometimes it feels like a relief, but I know it’s just a season in life right now… and I’ll probably get excited about celebrating minor holidays again when we have kids.
Today I’m feeling nostalgic so here’s a quick Throwback Thursday to a couple St. Patrick’s Day crafts I made a couple years ago… and a few ideas for crafts I would love to make some day. St. Patrick’s Day is in one week and I probably won’t get around to doing any of these projects this year… but I’ll wear some green and there’s always next year, right?
Lovely crafts I’d like to make some day:
Adorable Rainbow cupcakes complete with pot o’ gold via The Fickle Pickle
Equally adorable Shamrock cupcakes via Easy Cake Decorating
A Grownup Daisy Chain necklace (or crown) via Martha Stewart
Shamrock quilt block… one is super cute as a mini quilt, and a long row would be a cute table topper, or more would be such a cute springtime baby quilt via Canoe Ridge Creations
Four Leaf Clover paper ornaments via Happy Clippings
3D Shamrock card via Crafty Mornings
And now for some TBT action from 2013:

 

Shamrock Specimen Art

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

(Full post here)

 

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

 

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

AND a Paper Shamrock Garland:

(Full post here)

 

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock paper garland

 

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock paper garland

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Shamrock Specimen Art

 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs… except there’s only one right now.

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

I started on the March block this week. I’m loving this stop in the Netherlands: a big windmill, a charming row of houses, and tulips of course!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Vintage Star Quilt Top

I started this quilt at the Music City MQG Retreat a couple weekends ago, and finished up the top a week later. (Click here for more about the retreat!) I’ve been eyeing Jeni Baker’s free pattern for the Vintage Star Quilt, and finally took the plunge with some of my favorite Heather Ross fabrics – prints from her Briar Rose collection and background fabric from the Tiger Lily line.

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The top came together super quickly, and I’m  happy to report that Oxyclean took the red wine stain right out!

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

I don’t have many progress pics at all, so let’s jump straight to the finished top. Sunday afternoon was sunny but super windy – it was hard to get any good pics at all! (I’m not complaining about the sunshine though!)

Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

I just love the vintage-inspired colors and hidden details of these prints and I’m so happy I finally cut into them. I’m thinking this will be the second quilt I send to a longarmer this year (My 2016 Crafty Resolutions finally convinced me to go for it!) but I’ll probably try to finish up at least one more baby quilt to send at the same time.

The Amateur Librarian // Vintage Star Quilt

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday:)

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