February 18, 2013

Alice Quilt

My sister is due to have a baby tomorrow, and several months ago she picked out the fabric and pattern. The original pattern was just NOT working, so I scraped that, and improvised a bit.

The back is some super soft minky, at my sister's request. I normally don't sew with minky because it's a hassle. It rolls and sheds, and it's hard to keep straight, but I had quite a long discussion with a very helpful lady at the quilt store about how best to sew with minky. I had been doing it all wrong. I followed her instructions and it worked just fine. It took a little more effort to push it through my machine, but it turned out great. Even Ryan commenting on how pretty it was.



Here it is in full. The fabric line is Dainty Blossoms by Riley Blake. I used a jelly roll quilt, sewing 3 stripes together. Cut squares and assembled with every other matching blocks. The border is 2.5" of some neutral brown leaf pattern from Jo-Ann's and the binding is from Simply Color by Vanessa & Co.


This quilt would've come together super fast if I had done it all in one day. I'm usually pretty scatter-brained with my quilts because I usually make them up or alter the pattern as I go, and then I need to get extra fabric or measure and cut what I have, it's a process.
Or, it just takes a really, really long time to sew :)
Like my constellation quilt. 
If you follow me on instagram (@brwneyes525) you have seen me post about this quilt since I got the fabric. 
It's my first triangle quilt and it took a bit of getting used to - compared to sewing square quilts. I cut almost 400 triangles. But it is beautiful and worth the work.
Well I'm happy to announce the top is done! I'm heading today to get the backing for it. 
This quilt I'm making just for me. Most of my quilts end up in Zoe's room (she currently has 4 of my quilts on her bad) or in the family room or in someone else's house. This one is going to stay by my side of the bed or my desk. Just for me to snuggle with.

I hope you have a great President's Day!
I'll be back tomorrow to share some sneak peeks of some upcoming projects.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

PS. I think I might have a giveaway soon. Would you rather a small quilt (baby size) or a big box of scrappy stuff? Leave a comment and vote.


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February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

This year, we started just like last year, at Zoe's request - breakfast consisted of pink pancakes (with an addition of mini chocolate chips this year) pink applesauce and pink milk.

Zoe also got her choice of balloon - adorable right?


We dressed up for Valentine's Day, I asked Zoe to take a picture of my scarf and this is what I got.
Pretty good photography skills for a 4.5 year-old right?


Tonight we're having take out and a bottle of Martinelli's. 
We'll exchange cards and probably watch some Netflix of some Justified. 
We're not that hard to please.

Happy Love Day!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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February 11, 2013

I'm so excited

I've been waiting to share this bit of news for awhile now - I'm this month's Guest Designer over at My Mind's Eye!


Here are some sneaks of my layouts below.





Head over to the My Mind's Eye blog to see the full pages!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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February 6, 2013

Elle's Studio February Gallery!

Hey everyone!

Today I'm super excited to celebrate my first DT gallery with Elle's Studio. The new collections are amazing, especially her patterned papers. They are to die for!



This project actually came to my one night while I was lying in bed trying to sleep. It's an accordion card and you can see the inside in my Elle's Studio Gallery HERE.



Make sure you check out the new collections, especially the stamps over at Elle's Shop.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.


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February 5, 2013

Simple Scrapper February Blog Hop



For this layout I used the story starters, which are great for inspiring you to scrapbook beyond the obvious. Jennifer does a great job each month helping stimulate your creativity.



This was made using one of the premium sketches. I love just picking my pictures and then picking which template coordinates with my pictures and sizes, it's awesome!


Use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper: http://ow.ly/ctrlx Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, February 6. You may enter from multiple blogs.


Make sure you visit the other DT blogs to enter for a chance to win as well.



Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Michele Holcomb
Holly Humbert (That's ME)
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay 
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Lauren Hague Madsen 
Jean Manis
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Mandy Ross
Sara Case Strickland

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.




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February 4, 2013

Hello February!

I'm a little late, but happy to see February.
This month I'll be adding a niece, going on an airplane, and dropping some more lbs.


To celebrate, I'm got some more calendar digital stamps.

Check back tomorrow for my February Simple Scrapper pages + a giveaway!

XOXO,
Holly & Co. Pin It Now!