Play tent

Joel and I have been working on a super-secret birthday surprise for Isaac: an A-frame tent.


Joel built the tent frame using this tutorial as a guide. He added a brace in the back and the silver caps to both ends of the top pole, so the tent can’t be easily knocked over or accidentally collapsed. I made the fabric cover from an IKEA fitted sheet and some navy quilting cotton I had in my stash. I used a bias tape maker to make the ties that attach it to the tent frame. The green matches the PLUFSIG gym mat nicely.


I also made a pretend marshmallow roasting set, which makes for a super cute picture but I’m sure it will be dismantled in seconds. The fake logs were cut from a (surprisingly sturdy) wrapping paper tube. I doodled a faux bois pattern on them with a Sharpie. The campfire is a string of battery-operated LED lights inside a half-pint canning jar, surrounded by tissue paper fluffs. I knit a pair of marshmallows out of single-ply yarn and stuck them on twigs I found in the yard. I fully expect the twigs to be used as weapons within the first 2 minutes. After that they’ll be returned to the yard.


If you want to knit your own marshmallows, see my pattern post here.


I whipped up these little knitted marshmallows for a pretend marshmallow roasting set. Isaac has been asking for more “pretend food” lately, and this goes nicely with the A-frame tent we’re making for his birthday.


They’re the same size as real marshmallows, but 100% less sticky. I pushed them onto skinny sticks so they’re ready for pretend roasting.


Knitted Marshmallow Pattern (ravelry link)
Yarn: any worsted weight yarn. I used a single-ply yarn because I think it will hold up better to being poked with sticks.
Needles: US3

Cast on 3 stitches
Round 1: Kfb all stitches
Round 2: K all stitches
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 twice more – total of 24 stitches
Round 7: P all stitches
Round 8-19: K all stitches
Round 20: P all stitches
Round 21: K all stitches
Round 22: K2tog all stitches
Stuff your marshmallow before continuing on.
Repeat rounds 21 and 22 twice more – total of 3 stitches.

Break yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Draw yarn through 3 remaining stitches. The ends of my marshmallows stuck out too much for my liking – making more of an egg-shape than a cylinder. If you want a more cylindrical marshmallow, stitch through the marshmallow, from the cast-off stitches to the cast-on stitches, a few times. Pull yarn just taut enough to make the marshmallow top and bottom flat. Knot your yarn and bury the end inside the marshmallow.

Happy camping!


[finished] I-spy quilt

Earlier this month I finished Ethan’s second I-Spy quilt. This is way ahead of schedule – he needs two blankets for day care in December. I’m so pleased with it!

Finished I-Spy quilt

Isaac loves to play I-Spy with these blankets. Ethan, never wanting to be left out, points to random squares and says “Da!”


I pieced a scrappy back. I’ve been hanging on to that Space Invaders fabric for a long time, waiting for the right project. I also worked in a tiny bit of hedgehog fabric, leftover from some projects for Isaac when he was a baby.

Back of the I-Spy quilt

[finished] Halloween quilt

This is the year I turned the Haunted Mansion jelly roll (that I’ve had for 4 years) into a quilt. And in time for Halloween, even!

IMG_5485I did straight-line quilting on one side of each long seam. This is the largest quilt I’ve quilted on my Bernina 830 – it measures just under 56″ x 76″. Much rolling, folding, and wrangling was required to quilt the center seams. IMG_5489-3 The back is pieced from yardage of other Halloween fabric I had in my stash. I love the monster movie posters and hearses!


I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts‘ Finish It Up Friday.

[finished] Candy Land quilt

The Candy Land quilt is done! It’s on its way to its new home today.

The Candy Land quilt

I was unsure of the quilting at first, but it grew on me. It helped that other MMQG members complemented it as I quilted it during our retreat last Friday. It’s always nice to get reassurances from people who know what they’re doing :) I used my walking foot to make curved lines, resembling the winding path on the board game. The lines are a little wonky. Some of the wonkyness is on purpose, some not. After washing and drying the quilt my doubts are gone – I love this quilt!  

My finished Candy Land quilt

The quilting is more noticeable on the back. I used some of the leftovers from the front and a random scrap of blue Kona (bottom left) from my stash.


I prewashed the fabric, all Kona cottons, in hot water and sent them through the dryer. I washed the light colors separate from the dark, and I washed the white by itself. The Clover Kona did backstain the white background a tiny bit when I washed the finished quilt in cold water with two white towels and three color catchers. I won’t say I’m surprised… I’ve had problems with red and blue Kona bleeding before, too.

This quilt turned out just as I’d envisioned it when I started sketching designs and doing math. It’s so nice when that happens!

Resizing the Clockwise Pinwheel Block

Last week I scaled up my Clockwise Pinwheel block from 4.5″ to 12.5″ (unfinished). This block is going to Karen, this month’s Sew2Bee2 queen bee for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.

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This week I’m working on creating templates for the 12.5″ block. They should be done and up on Craftsy by Friday.

Candy Land quilt WIP

Early this year we started playing Candy Land with Isaac. We have a 1980’s edition of the game. I love the color palette and illustrations!

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  Our version has (dog-eared) cards – some of the new versions have spinners instead. 

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I sat down with the Candy Land cards and my Kona color card and picked out a stack of fabric: Lipstick, Orange, Yellow, Clover, Cyan, Purple and (how appropriate!) Candy Pink. I chose Kona Snow for the background. This made me a little nervous – I don’t use a lot of white in my quilts, and this is a baby quilt for a friend. I feel a little bad gifting a white baby quilt… but I think this really calls for a white background. I’ll wrap up a bottle of stain stick with the quilt. Here’s what the project looked like last week:

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  And here’s what it looks like this week: 

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So far I’m loving it. I have one more row of tiles in progress. I want to keep this simple so I think I’m going to limit the quilt to three rows of tiles with a lot of background space. I’m planning some curved line quilting, maybe free-motion but probably guided by my walking foot.

Doll quilts

Over the long weekend I finished two doll quilt + pillow sets for my nieces’ birthdays. This pink and blue set is for my niece who just turned one. It matches the crib quilt I made for her a year ago using my Two Carat quilt pattern.

2015-07-07 10.25.58I shrunk the pattern down to 33%, so the finished size is just over 12″ x 16″. I did a little improv piecing for a 3″ x 4.5″ pillow.

This set, made with the Cotton and Steel fat quarters I won from Red Pepper Quilts and Miss Matatabi, is for my soon-to-be-three niece. I added a couple prints from Mona Luna and Cloud 9 because I thought it needed more mustard yellow. This one measures in at about 13″ x 18″. 20150704_090259-1

Both sets are happily at home with their new owners now.

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