Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Rag Quilt

This is another project I started so very long ago, but I'm proud and excited to say it's finished! :)  A DIY rag quilt.

A while, okay, over a year ago, I was introduced to the rag quilt.  My sister-in-law brought a gorgeous baby quilt to the lake for her little girl.  I was obsessed.  Hers was made of the squares and it was pretty and so, so soft.  I loved the fabrics and the texture of the ragging.  I was dying to know what it was and how to get my hands on one, especially since Quinny was an itty bitty at the time.  Then she told me that she had received it as a gift from her former boss when her daughter was born.  She didn't even know it had a name other than a quilt.  Boo.

After that weekend, I went on a Google hunt to figure out this textured quilt and came upon rag quilts.  Of course, my next step was Pinterest, specifically this pin: http://doityourselfdivas.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-baby-rag-quilt.html.

So I went out and picked all of my fabrics and got to sewing.  Did I mention, I'm not really a sewer?  Then, life and babies and time got in the way, so the project sat in the closet for a while, er, year.

But, it's finished now.

And my sweet little guy loves it.  Not as much as his favorite green bwankie, aka blankie, but I'll take second place. :)

The colors are perfect for his big boy room and while it no longer fits his bed (it was intended for his toddler bed, oops!), it's still big enough for him to wrap himself in it.

I love that I accomplished something.  A sewing project no less!  

Is it perfect?  No.  Not even close.  But I love it and so does the little man it was intended for.  That's enough for me.  It does make me think I can do another sewing project in the future, which is always a good thing.

Any other wannabe sewers out there finished a project?  Or have you done a rag quilt?  I'd love to see it!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Basement Gallery Ledge

I know I've mentioned this before, but we have so much going on right now!  I have a ton of projects in various stages of completion and don't feel like I can commit to finishing any of them.

One of those projects is the basement.  We started the remodel at the beginning of the year and made some huge strides.  Check out our progress here, here, here and here.  The final stages of finishing it up involve some little Pinterest projects, paint touch ups, styling the built-ins and getting some artwork on the walls.

One of the little projects I'm working on is a bit of a gallery ledge above the sofa.

I think I like the set up so far, but I'm not 100% sure.  The brown frame to the right will be painted black like the others, I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Do I need some bigger frames?  Just for reference, the two larger frames in the middle are both 11x14s.  I need to commit to the frame size and number so I can order the prints.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!