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Repurpose for a Reason 2.0

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I had a really great time making the Hipster Hound's Travel Kit last year for Habitat for Humanity's Repurpose for a Reason auction, so when the opportunity came up to shop the ReStore for a flipping project again in August, I jumped right on it.


I'm thinking that a lot of people had the same idea... the store was pretty picked over of anything really exciting or unusual. I was hoping to create something useful and beautiful, and everything I was finding spoke more decoratively to my creative brain. I ended up grabbing three bundled up billboard canvases; flat-woven plastic tarp thingies that are digitally printed in huge scale for outdoor advertisements. I figured I could make a quilted art piece out of them.

I had no clue what I was grabbing because they were wrapped up inside out, but I saw some peeks of teal, purple and lime green (my favorites!), so I took those two plus one that seemed to be mostly white. These "tarps" are valued at $2 in the store, so my i…

Cotton Cuts Mystery Puzzle 2.0

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I said I wasn't going to do it again... but here I am, five months later, halfway done with another Cotton Cuts mystery puzzle quilt!


And I'm seriously considering joining the next one too...


They really need to stop (but not really) with these amazing colorways! I think that's what's got me hooked. I don't particularly love the traditional look of the finished quilts, but these fabrics...!


I'm actually really loving the look of this quilt so far. I think I may be acquiring an appreciation for classic quilt designs after all. Of course, I'll almost always choose a more modern design if I can, but there is something to be said about the cozy nature of a traditional quilt.

There are a couple neat changes to the mystery packages this go-around. First off, the month one kits included actual fabric swatches on a cute little card to help distinguish between the fabrics. What a great idea!


We've also been receiving the Cotton Cuts Coloring Challenge cards in t…

Twisted; Inspired by Antique Quilt Fragments

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I attended the First Quilters Quilt-a-Thon again yesterday, and once again returned home with a big dose of inspiration!

Tina, the group organizer, brought along an exhibit book she picked up at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY on her recent travels. The exhibit was called Twisted, and it ran from December 15 to March 13. The book featured beautiful photos of quilts created by Mary Kerr, for which she rescued found antique quilt blocks and fragments by incorporating them into new, modern quilts. They're absolutely gorgeous!




Along with the book, Tina brought along an old set of wedding ring blocks that had been donated to the group years ago by a friend of the church, hoping that one of us would be inspired to "adopt" them and turn them into something new and beautiful. I'll give you one guess who brought them home!



So I'm now in possession of these two beautifully hand-pieced rings. I love the minty green centers, and I can imagine them simply stitched on…

Oh, Baby! Snap-Back Bandanna Bibs

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This is a continuation of a previous post- Oh, Baby!

TO RECAP: my husband's best friend and his wife didn't waste any time in becoming parents-to-be after their wedding last May! The baby shower was a few weekends ago, and I whipped up some little gifts to tide me over until my mystery quilt-along quilt for the baby is finished. 

Snap-Back Bandanna Bibs
The bibs are just as simple as the burp cloths, except they have snaps to keep them on.

Because I had about 18" of fabric leftover from the two flannel prints (and plenty of the others), I originally decided to roll with that to size the bibs. That was a silly choice; the first one I made turned out MUCH to large for a newborn! I clearly don't have a lot of baby experience. #clueless #butmydogismybaby


I folded my flannel pieces diagonally to get perfect squares (fun little trick!) and trimmed them to 18x18", then cut them along the diagonal. I did notice that this kind of messes up the directional quality of th…

Oh, Baby! Super Simple Burp Cloths

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This is a continuation of a previous post-Oh, Baby! 

TO RECAP: my husband's best friend and his wife didn't waste any time in becoming parents-to-be after their wedding last May! The baby shower was a few weekends ago, and I whipped up some little gifts to tide me over until my mystery quilt-along quilt for the baby is finished. 

Super Simple Burp Cloths
I decided to start with the burp cloths. We had bought a half yard of each of the critter print flannels, and a yard of the grey print, so I wanted to maximize the usage of these. I figured if I cut each hand towel in half, it would make two long skinny towels and give me more bang for my buck.

My half towels came out to about 8" x 25", so I cut a 26" piece off of my half yard of flannel, leaving a square-ish 18"x18" piece (perfect for the bandanna bibs later). I then cut the 26" piece the long way, folded in half to fit on my cutting mat, into two 8" strips for my burp cloths.



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