Pretty Photo Props and Doll Quilts and Loveys

I've been pinning lots of yummy looking recipes on PINTEREST - mmmmm I'm hungry and inspired to cook something delicious and pretty for my loved ones.  Let's see how far I get past pinning them!!  ha!!  Anyone else finding some great new recipes to try out?  Or some beloved tried & true recipes?

For the shop - I go through phases where I'm making lots and lots and lots of huge wedding quilts, and then get lots of orders for garlands and backdrops and recently .... I've been creating on a smaller scale as of late....

Some DARLING little QUILT SETS - which can be used by cute little people (those are some of my very favorite kind of people!!) .... they are cherished little lovey quilts (to take everywhere while you suck your thumb quilts!!) - can be used as textured layering blankets PHOTO PROPS by photographers (or mamas for home photoshoots), use as DOLL QUILTS for those popular 18" dolls.  oh yes!! Great GIFT idea!!!

They can be created in a traditional style quilt like this aztec version (do you see those sweet matching garlands on the left?)

Or they can be created in a rag quilt strip style like this:

or in patchwork rag quilt style - look at at those textured ruffled edges - yum!!

Imagine nestling a sweet little newborn in the middle of this rustic big bucket or a pretty basket or tote or crate with the quilt underneath!!  These particular quilts are triple layered and REVERSIBLE so you get two quilts in one....the top side has these delightful ruffled exposed edges we love (giving great texture to photos & kiddos LoVe to play with those edges!!) & the bottom has the same designer fabrics but have a more traditional patchwork quilt look. I can create them however you'd like.... reversible or not, thinner quilts/blankets that smoosh up and layer beautifully, thicker textured quilts - lots of options. 
And they can be ordered with stinkin cute COORDINATING GARLANDS // BANNERS// BUNTINGS in various styles ... sassy rag tie garland tassels, backdrops, pennant flags or even darling scallop banners.  So versatile and re-usable!!  Great for the background for that perfect photo session but also so usable as decor afterwards. This quilt below has a pom pom trim - gah so cute!!!!

I think I'm in love with these little scalloped banners!!  ♥
Again - look the quilt is reversible......

When you plan on using as a doll quilt - I can also whip up these matching little pillows - for FREE!!  yay!

Some of these sets are available READY to SHiP!!  

CUSTOM REQUESTS WELCOME!!!  You can also have custom versions made ... maybe you have a certain color or theme in mind?  Let's collaborate to pull together the perfect set for you!  

C'mon over and visit the SHOP and feel free to ask about custom ideas you might have // happy happy day to you!! 

How to Install Snaps & a Fabric Giveaway!!

So I’ve been whipping up LOTS of bibs for the shop -  they’re so stinkin cute.  When my kiddos were babies, I had them wearing bibs all the time to catch messy meals (remember smashed peas – yuck!! or the yummy peach blend?)  mmmmm…… plus my kids (like most I think) were prolific droolers.  So the bibs were an immense help to catch all that dribble & keep their shirt front dry & comfy.  But…..way back in those days (boy that makes me sound sooo old) – they didn’t have CUTE bibs like now….  cute handcrafted bibs with ruffles and stitching and now there are bandana bibs for extra style.  I think especially cute on boys!

Here are a few examples of the bibs I’ve created recently….
 lhp bibsruffle bib

I created these bibs using the darling prints from the Little House on the Prairie line from Andover Fabrics.  Were you as big a fan of the show growing up as I was?  I adored the whole family but felt a special bond with Mary & Ma.  I had a teeny crush on Charles and then Manly (tee hee!)  Another confession … when hubby & I were first married and on a very tight budget, we of course, didn’t have cable (& there was no such thing as satellite tv yet), we used to come home from work, make dinner together and then watch Little House & then Star Trek the Next Generation.  Good times // good memories, I’m tellin ya!!  ♥ 

I had bibs on my design to do list for the shop for a long time but I hated bibs with velco and …… I was scared of snaps…there I admit it…snaps were scary.  I didn’t want to go through all the work of creating the bib (cutting, sewing turning, embellishing, top stitching) to then put in a snap and have it off center or not installed correctly.  But I decided to face my fears. 

So I figured if it intimidated me maybe there were others who I could help face their snap fears too.  So here is a little run down of tricks and tips that I’ve learned as I’ve mastered the snap installment process. 

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Here are the tools I use to install my metal snaps (yep pretty simple right?)  Yes, my hammer IS decorated with washi tape because I’m a crafty nerd!  A hammer, metal snaps (I use size 16) and a wooden spool

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You take your snap top (the one with the prongs and put in on the back of the fabric & push it through until you see those prongs sticking out of the front of the fabric (some people use an eraser on the end of a pencil to help poke it through but I just use my fingers working the fabric up to the top)

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then you take your top with the nub sticking up & center it over those prongs

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then take your spool and carefully center over the snap

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and give it a few hits of the hammer until it is set in place – oh satisfying!!  Tip – use a cutting board on a firm surface to do your pounding so you don’t take a chance of hurting your table/workspace.

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Now we’re going to do the same process with the other end of the snap.  This time we put the pronged piece on the back of the fabric and the connector below on the top (so that when you snap the two together the fabric overlaps).  Use the same process of pushing the prong piece up to through the fabric and this time place the snap connect with the part that sticks out toward the prongs

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See here how this little donut piece has the center ring that is raised up – that will go in toward the prongs. 

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Carefully center this over the prongs, cover with the spoon and whack it with the hammer a few times

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I’d suggest always doing a trial run with some fabric scraps from your project (so you have the same thickness) & so you can visualize how the snaps will come together before you install on your actual sewn project – wouldn’t that be the worst to have the snaps not in correctly after your project is all sewn & ready?

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Look at that cute Little House on the Prairie fabric?  Isn’t it darling?

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a ruffle bib

Here are some of those {DaRLiNG BiBS} available in the Shop:

lace bib

 a swirl of bibs

Now there’s no reason to be scared of an itty bitty snap, is there??   You can do it!

You can enter to WIN a Little House on the Prairie Andover Giveaway Pack (valued at $380) // enter HERE

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have fun!!!  Be sure to go check out the full line of Little House on the Prairie fabrics by Andover.  You can find it in STORES HERE

This was not a paid post; however I did receive a few bits of pretty fabric to review.  All opinions are my own.

A Very Lovely Shabby Chic Quilt

The journey of this QuiLT is such a wonderful one!!  It started with a sweet customer finding my shop on etsy & working together on a custom batch of GaRLaNDS.  Via the design process & conversations throughout we learned we were very local to each other. Etsy is an amazing thing ... I send packages all over the world (France, Austrailia, Israel, Africa, all North America) so to end up finding each other so close to home was pure serendipity.  

So ... I created her custom garlands (which I'll share some peeks of in the near future), & she happened to ask if I might consider creating a quilt!// throw utilizing her beloved slipcovers.  These were stunning textured ruffled slipcovers in the most delightful romantic classic shabby chic style but ... they had lived their life.  There well worn (well loved!!) so she had stored them away for quite some time.  

I spent hours (& hours & hours) cutting quilt pieces from all those remnants & arranging them just so.

I added some trims & bits & pieces & layers to some of the solid squares adding more wonderful texture and depth to the final quilt.

This was not an easy quilt to create (cutting around all those zippers & bulky seams, carefully on the watch for areas too worn to incorporate while grafting enough fabric to make large enough squares while balancing texture & tone. I broke three needles & a pair of shears to prove it .... But I'm in absolute LoVe with final quilt!! 

Quite amazing to go from a stack of rumpled (though gorgeous) worn pieces of fabric to a new beloved creation!! ��

I'm beyond thrilled that it will continue its JouRNeY being well-loved & well-used & snuggled in everyday life moments!!

While I may not have a specific listing in the shop for a MEMORY QUILT as each creation is so unique & would be created do personally but would love to chat about creating something special for you or someone you LoVe // c'mon over and check out the SHoP and we'll visit!!  

�� Northern Cottage
{Quilts, Garlands and other pretty things!!}

Autumn Goodies // New Quilts, Pillows and More

have to say ... I do love a crisp sunny beautiful autumn day. It might be one of my favorite things. Though I adore summer with its warmth and sunshine I also love the transition into sweaters, boots, fallen leaves, apple crisp and comfort food.

I've been busy creating some new pretties for the shop like some new {WEDDING GUESTBOOK QUILTS}. The listings show examples of previously created versions // new orders include selecting the perfect mix of fabrics for YOUR special day!!

I've also been playing with some new goods like these {BLooM Pillows}:

And this {CoZY QuiLTeD BLaNKeT}:

All of these pretties are available in the {NORTHERN COTTAGE} Shop

I hope you enjoy a sweet fall day!!

�� Northern Cottage
{Quilts, Garlands & other pretty things!!}