Quiltiversary 

Happy Quiltiversary to me! Did I just make up a new word? I think I did! 

January 18, 2014, I completed my first quilt!   

  

It was a simple quilt design with simple straight stitch quilting. The stitching is not even. Many seams don’t line up right. The binding is wonky. But I still love it! It took me several months to make and the most important thing of all: my son loved it! 

  

Here he is napping under it with all of his stuffed animals. So sweet. He still sleeps with it and k make sure that this is the quilt we bring with us when we travel. 
 

Until next time…

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Auld Lang Syne 

It’s New Years Eve and I am reflecting on this past year (how cliché). But seriously, this has been a whirlwind of a year. My first born started preschool, lost a beloved pet to a tumor, we had our second boy, made the decision to buy a home out of state, and moved in with family to save up to buy a home. I don’t know about you but I am exhausted just typing all that up. 2015 brought huge changes to our family. 2016 will bring even more! The biggest, God willing, a new home for my family with a big backyard for my boys. 

Here is me and my littlest on Christmas. 

  

My oldest was not interested in posing for photos. 
As for the shop, I can’t wait to start offering dolls! I have several patterns and styles that I will be working with. Here is the first one I will be working on. 

   

I will still be offering a variety of quilts. I have several already lined up. 

I will definitely be blogging more. There is so much I want to share. Also, I look forward to live streaming either on Periscope or Facebook. 

As I watch my husband do the last of the cleaning up at our new temporary home and my 3 1/2 year old run around like a nut and my newborn’s spit up run down my cleavage, I can’t help but wonder what 2016 bring, even through all our plans. I wonder which friendships will strengthen and how many new friends I will make. I pray that our family, and yours, has a prosperous and happy 2016. 

Happy New Year. Kelly. 
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Moving

In case you missed it, my family is moving. The moving van arrives on Saturday. I am really going to miss living in this city. It has been a great home. 

All of my stuff packed up and ready to move. I found these awesome decorative boxes at Jo-Ann and they work great for storing my fabric. 

  
This will not be our last move either. We will be living with family to save up and buy a home. That is the most exciting part! I so look forward to the day when we purchase our own home. The biggest part of it is that we will buy out of state. That’s right. We will leave California and head to Oregon. I am very nervous, yet excited, about that part. 

Another big thing I want to tell you is that I will be adding dolls to the shop!!!  I have several different patterns I will be working on as soon as we get settled after the move. I have a few patterns from Dolls and Dayreams and Bit of Whimsy Dolls

I went shopping and got some beautiful fabric. I will leave it up to your imagination which dolls I will be working on. 

   
I even will add some felt paper dolls to the shop! Check out the design from Charlaanne

Ah! I am so excited to make all of these dolls!!!!! I won’t forget about quilting though. I have three new projects lined up. 

The new year will be keeping me very busy with all this quilt and doll making, and caring for two growing and beautiful boys! 

Kelly

DIY Christmas

I know I am going to sound so very cliche, but I really do love Christmas. I have such vivid memories of looking out the windows at night at our colorful Christmas lights, of looking at my favorite ornaments on the tree and pretending the toys were alive, and watching my favorite movies. There is something so special about all the lights and colors and decorations. And now as an adult I can finally appreciate the time in church. To make Christmas really special and personal for someone, try making gifts this year. 

For Him

Mason Jar Cocktail 

How fun are these mason jar gifts? Mason jar projects are all the rage right now and this is an awesome way to include the man in your life. 

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For Her

Peppermint Bath Bombs 

I don’t know any women who wouldn’t want to enjoy a spa like experience at home. These bath bombs will have her relaxed and feeling refreshed in no time. 

  


For The Kids

Personalized Guess Who Game 

I’ll tell you the truth, I almost didn’t include this one. It is time involved and you need to be a little tech savvy. However, what an awesome result!  

For Teacher

Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix

I think nearly every teacher would love to go home on the last day of school before Christmas and enjoy a nice hot cup of apple cider. 

 

 For The Home 

Easy Ribbon Candy Wreath 

Want a simple way to decorate but also makes a statement? This ribbon candy wreath will do the trick. Plus it brings back that nostalgia of the sweet ribbon candy of your childhood. 

Candy Cane wreath

So get your shopping lists ready and make someone’s Christmas memorable. However, the best gift to give someone is your time. Spend a little extra time with those you love and, if you can, some time volunteering or donating to those in need. 

Merry Christmas

Kelly 

Mommy Life

It has been four weeks since my little guy arrived! I am not a first time mom so I know what people mean when they say “kids grow up fast” or “it goes quickly,” but oh my goodness, it never ceases to amaze me just how fast time goes.  

Here he is, my little Matthew. Born October 6th. He was a little smaller than his big brother. 

  

Big brother welcoming little brother home. He is such a happy and excited big brother.   
We hired a professional photographer to take family photos. I took a couple behind the scenes photos. 

   


We enjoyed pumpkin patch fun! Although my oldest was a little scared of the fake rats and scary decorations.    
This year, we got lucky and he only wanted one little pumpkin. The last time we went to this patch, we got a few too many pumpkins. 

 

This is also a you pick farm and get to see a goat and horse. 
   
They had rows and beautiful sunflowers and corn. 

Back to quilting. I am working on hand quilting this Dresden plate with size 8 perle cotton thread. I started to machine quilt it but was not happy with how it was turning out. This will make a stunning wall hanging!

   

More exciting news! I signed up for Periscope, an app that lets you live stream from your phone. I hope to make my first broadcast this week and hope you will join me. You can find me @kalebarre. The app can be downloaded for free. 

Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market

This morning I got out of bed early, not because my 3 year old got up early, but because I headed over to the Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market! Oh, it was so exciting to see all the wares the vendors had. Streets were blocked off and parking was already at a premium at 6:40 AM! 

I strolled slowly along the streets, checking out the yard sales I passed as I went to the fair. Then, as I got to the fair, there were so many vendors selling so many wonderful items. 

  
The area that hosted the fair also had many antique shops open for the event. 

I saw this AMAZING chest of drawers! The colors were beautiful and the size was just right. But, alas, it was a little too steep for my wallet. A girl can dream. 

   

A stunning antique Singer sewing machine in fabulous condition. 

 

A baby bassinet full of linens and doilies. 

   

Beautiful paintings. 

 

Fun wooden BINGO cards in an old wash basin. 

   

Lots of vintage hankies! Inspiration struck when I saw them and I purchased a few. Can’t wait to show you what I will have in the works for these delicate hankies. 

 

Then I came across a quilt shop that I have been meaning to check out for ages! Color Me Quilts. What a darling little shop! And best of all the ladies working inside were so nice and friendly! We chatted about my kids and quilting. I will be heading back soon!

   

They had this amazing wall hanging quilt. 
  

They are participating in Row By Row and I picked up the two patterns the were offering. I don’t know when I will have a chance to make the rows, but hopefully soon.  

Here are the samples ones in their window. 

    

Another vintage sewing machine. This one came with a sewing table. 
  

If my mom is reading this, do you recognize this metal doll house? I do!  

A friendly older gentleman showed me his vintage quilt collection. He has quilts dating back to the 1920s. Hand quilted, too! They are for sale and I wish I was able to purchase the red and white one! 
  

I spent just about two hours wondering the streets and loving everything I saw. So many wonderful items and happy people. I would have spent more time there if my baby wasn’t quite so heavy in my belly. I spent the rest of the day recovering. 

xxxooo

Joy 

I found this meme on Pintrest the other night and I found it very fitting. 

  

Saturday morning I finished making the quilt for my baby boy who is due in October. I am so happy to be finished with lots of time to spare. So many more projects I want to get done before he is born. 

I am really proud of this quilt since I had to sew seams on the biased. 

  
I’ve named the quilt “Joy.”  It is a happy quilt for a happy event for a happy baby. 

Here is the back of the quilt. I used a layer cake from American Jane ABC123 collection.  Twenty 10″ squares on the front and 20 on the back.  
Argyle stripped blue binding.    

Quilted with a blue grey thread from Guttermann. 

 
A simple label. I know it is a little hard to read but I really like this blue. 

  
Onto the next quilt!

xxoo 

Progress

A lot is going on at the Homefront. With my pregnancy progressing, I’m now in my third trimester, I am making a real push to finish as many current projects as I can. I am happy to report that I just might reach my goal. 

I finished the flying geese quilt top and back. It just might get quilted before October. I am still debating on if I want to hand quilt it or send it off to a long arm.  My guess is that I might splurge and send it to a long arm.

Here is the beauty when it still had two seams left to sew. The backing is beautiful as well. I took eight half yards of the same fabric, four on a top row and four on a bottom row. 

 

That nesting instinct kicked in hard for a few weeks and I worked hard on getting things cleaned up and reorganized around the house. I mainly focused on my son’s room but I also did a little cleaning at my quilt studio, aka my sewing corner in the kitchen.  While cleaning up I found this nautical theme quilt that had been forgotten about. I love that was already almost finished. Just a few quilted wavy lines and the binding.  

  
 
To add a nice touch, I made a small pillow case to go with it. The pillow case fits a 14″ square pillow or can be used to store the quilt when not in use. I love how it turned out! It is available in my Etsy shop. I named is “Ahoy Matey.”

I am closing in to finishing the quilt I made for my son’s birth. I used ABC123 by American Jane. 

 
I love this fabric, it has a lovely retro feel about it. I got a layer cake and used half for the top of the quilt and half for the backing. I got really close to finishing it over the weekend, but I sadly ran out of thread. I will be heading back to the fabric store for more. 

I also have some hand quilting projects in the works. One is English Paper Piecing.

    I started this one in the beginning of June while away on a family vacation Lake Tahoe. I love how relaxing and portable this project is. There is something so very soothing about working on each piece individually then adding the pieces to my design wall, this one is a makeshift design wall make from clear contact paper. Watching it slowly take form. One round at a time. 

  
I’m not sure how many rounds I want to make. Once I have pieced the whole thing together, I will quilt it by hand. 

The second hand quilting project, I haven’t started yet but I will start once I’m done with my son’s quilt. It is so adorable!!! I will get photos of the fabric as soon as I’m ready to start. I cannot wait to work on this one! 

Today a friend let me play on her long arm! It was so much fun. Boy, this takes a lot of practice.  You can see how sloppy my flowers are. Takes lots of talent! 

   
This was a long blog post. Thank you for letting me share with you all my projects that I have going on. 

xxxooo

My non-resolution Resolution

It’s that time of year to make resolutions. How many of you make resolutions and by the end of January, you have forgotten all about them? I always have good intentions about making Meaningful resolutions, ones that I know I will stick with for sure. Most years I fall dreadfully short. Optimistically, one of my 2014 resolutions stuck, to never let a project sit un-worked on for more than 30 days. I impressed myself when I looked back through my work desk at the end of December and saw only ONE project that I let sit around for more than 30 days without being worked on at least a little bit.

After looking for inspiration for a resolution for 2015, I decided not to make a resolution on how to improve myself, but to be more grateful for what I already have. Now, I didn’t come up with this idea all on my own. Thank you to Slow Family Blog for the inspiration. This is their Gratitude Jar.

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Everyday, before I go to bed, or right after it happens, I will write down a moment that I am grateful for. Any moment big or small, happy or challenging, with company or alone. Since I am starting a day late, I will be putting two moments in the jar today. Time to search the house for a pretty little jar OR hit up the thrift store!!!