Rag Quilt: Blue Birdies

This is the other blanket we’re making for the twin baby girls. I wanted fabric that had a similar feel, without being a complete copy of the Spring Kittens blanket.

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Even though I LOVE the completed blanket, when I look at the cut fabric, that blue is too much for me!  What do you think?

Rag Quilt - Blue Birds - Fabric Combinations

This is all the fabric you’ll need for a blanket. We use 18 big blocks, 17 long blocks, and 34 (2×17) small blocks. We cut squares back to back so there’s fabric on each side. One side looks just like a regular patchwork blanket, while the other has the “rag” effect since we snip the seems to help them fray.SONY DSC

I just love all the shades of pink in this little bird fabric. I know chevron is so 2013 (2012?) in home decor trends, but I think it’s such a fun pattern to include in the baby blankets. Here’s  a close-up of those chubby little birdies!  that front facing blue one is my favorite!

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Favorite Finds: Coffee Tables

Before we even unpacked the Karlstad, we knew we wanted to change our coffee table turned ottoman to match with the new couch and feel of the living room. I’ve been SUPER indecisive. I really want something mid-century since we have to vintage buffet and midcentury chairs in the dining room, and the stereo cabinet turned wine bar in the living room, but then I saw this gorgeous, more industrial round coffee table in a Pottery Barn catalog.

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Here are some of the ones I’ve considered.

Coffee Tables1. Ikea Lillbron, 2. Pottery Barn Bartlett, 3. World Market Rustic Skylar 4. Target MCM, 5. World Market Hairpin, 6. Ikea Regissor 7. World Market Aiden, 8. One Kings Lane Nathaniel, 9. Ikea Square Hemnes

After a lot of back and forth and pinning and repinning all of my favorites, we’re taking a completely different path.  Most of these coffee tables were more than what I wanted to pay for a piece of furniture that I’d be putting my feet on every day.  After a little bit of googling, we came up with a different plan: a DIY coffee table with hairpin legs.

I used Retro Renovation’s 9 places to buy hairpin legs to find affordable legs (I went with Hairpinlegs.com – review coming as soon as we receive them) and plan on using this, this, and this table as inspiration.  Our legs should arrive on Monday & hopefully we find some time during the week to go buy wood to make the top. Guess we know what we’re doing next weekend!

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Rag Quilt: Spring Kitten

Normally, I make these rag quilts for friends as baby shower gifts. This blanket (and another that I’ll share on the blog soon) is for a little baby girl and her twin sister. It took me so long to put these together, that we’ll have to count them as first birthday presents!

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Here the blanket is after we sewed all the patches into strips. Full disclosure: my mom helped extensively with the getting it-done portion of this rag quilt.

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We learned a while ago, that pressing the seams open makes the whole process go a LOT smoother. So now we just set up the iron and ironing board along with the sewing machine and do some pressing in-between. See how mess everything looks before a press & how nice it looks after?  Much easier to stitch together this way.

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These kittens are just  my favorite.

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And this is what it looks like all folded up and ready to be delivered – all it needs is a big bow!  (And a quilt for the twin sister too!)

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Moodboard: Vintage Kilim Living Room

I thought this time I’d come up with a moodboard that probably wouldn’t fit perfectly in our current house. It’s fun to play with colors you wouldn’t normally use, isn’t it? I think this would be a great for a formal sitting room!

Everything started with this Madeline Weinrib Westley Thunder Cotton Rug from Chairish. (See their awesome vintage furniture here).

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Clockwise from top left; multicolored Kilim fabric for pillows, Ikat Kilim fabric in orange for curtains, a Kilim pouf in hot pink to serve as extra seating or a place to prop your feet, an iron floor lamp, that gorgeous rug, solid orchid Kilim fabric for more pillows, MCM loveseat in white faux leather, round reclaimed wood coffee table.

And now I’m trying to figure out how to make this pouf work down in the basement when we’re ready to decorate!

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What colors do you sometimes play with in theory but would probably NEVER add to your house?

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Living Room Cushions Get a Facelift

It took me a while, okay, FOREVER, to get around to sewing these cushion covers. I got the fabric in September, told you about them in December, and finally sewed the pillow covers in March.  Good thing I still liked the fabric by then!

Here they are all lined up (including the world’s most adorable little photo bomber) so you can see the colors together.  I love the toned down shades with the grey couch.SONY DSC

 

Part of what took so long is that I wanted to replace the actual pillow inserts as well. When I last updated our scatter cushions, I bought  the down inserts from Ikea – at around $5 each they were a great price. However, I got to a stage where I felt that if I found one more feather in my hair after a nap on the couch, I was going to lose it.  The pillow forms also did not hold their shape well and looked a little lost on the bigger Karlstad.

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I found some high quality down alternative pillows from JoAnns but they are expensive without a coupon, and our JoAnns is far away.  So I did a little more research and found that the ones from Crate and Barrel are comparable in price (even without a coupon) and rated well. I also had a 15% off coupon, so I headed to the store and grabbed 5 down alternative inserts.  So far I LOVE the quality.

I also upgraded to the 23″ square size (up from the 20″ size we had from Ikea before). These pillows behave like down-filled ones, but without the allergens (or feathers in your hair!). I think the bigger size matches the scale of the couch better and looks a little more luxurious!

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Oh and a little poodle named Penelope approve too. Good thing these covers are removable and washable!

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Did you check off any projects on your to-do list this weekend? I also hemmed the living room curtains (finally) and sold our coffee table on Craigslist.

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