Impossible Things Before Breakfast

One of my favorite quotes from Alice in Wonderland captures perfectly what I’m feeling as I type this. It feels a bit unreal. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know designing quilt patterns has been a long-time goal. All three covers-01At first, I just hoped an idea for a quilt would come to me. And sometimes, I despaired at ever being able to put together something I was proud enough to put my name on. But like most things, the best inspiration was getting to work. Right before I found out I was expecting Ella (in the middle of Sewvivor), I jotted down these patterns. It has been a year in the making, but now it’s time to finally show them to you. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen Twinkle. Just looking at Twinkle makes me happy. It has been on our bed and every time I walk in my bedroom, I smile. I based Twinkle on a classic vintage block and updated it with some fun borders that look a lot more difficult than they are. This quilt comes together in a snap. I love the illusion of curves and the bright pops of red. This quilt is very beginner friendly and shows of the new Bonnie & Camille Hello Darling collection for sale perfectly. It uses almost a full fat eighth bundle and a few yards of solids.

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I can’t choose a favorite, but my little people definitely have. They love Cross Stitch. It took quite a bit of tweaking the pattern to get this one just right, but the quilt comes together SO fast and with just a little bit of favorite prints makes a big impact. I always hunt for quilts that really feature fussy cut fabrics and this quilt does that in a big way. I’ve already started a second one of these for my horse-obsessed little girl. This quilt uses Tiger Lily by Heather Ross (Coming to our shop VERY soon!) and a mix of a few yards of solid and a bit of pink butterflies. I love how it works together.Cross Stitch-03
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The first one I finished actually stitching was Dazzle (and stay tuned for a mini Dazzle!). You may remember this quilt from Sewvivor last summer. It is HUGE. It fits on a king sized bed (Although I usually use it on a queen sized bed in the guest room) And the design makes your favorite fabric pieces sparkle. This quilt uses a full 40 piece fat quarter bundle.

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Sewvivor King Quilt-3When I first started quilting, I hoped I would be able to one day hand down heirlooms to my children that I would be proud to say I had made. I can honestly say that these quilts are the ones I dreamed of. Thank you all so much for the words of encouragement, the little kindnesses and the support of our shop that allowed me to follow my dream. I can’t say thank you enough, but make sure to follow along on instagram where I am going to try and say thank you in my love language (fabric!). And if you do try my patterns (They are now listed in my shop :)), I’d love to know your thoughts! Quilt Pattern Quilts-11

Thank you for following along on my creative journey!






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Wrapped In Love

2015-07-02 16.14.57-1Things have been a bit busier since our Ella-bug has joined the Westwood Acres team. She spends quite a lot of time in our shop during the week and unfortunately (fortunately?) I do not spend a lot of time in the laundry room. This last week, we discovered that every.single.swaddle in our house had been used when our little girl started to fuss because she was unwrapped.

So, feeling desperate inspired I grabbed a bolt of the Cotton & Steel Double Gauze and cut off 45 inches, folded down that top corner and wrapped Ella up. I actually had this pretty coral ‘spark’ double gauze on the brain for a receiving blanket since it arrived in my shop, but thought I was too busy to make one! It only took a minute! Now, I wish I made one in every color.  

Before washing it, I squared it to 42″ (don’t over think this, just chop off the selvedge, measure the new width, and cut the folded fabric to that same measurement!) I curved the corners and threw a quick, knit, single fold binding around the outside edge. (I chose knit because it is soft and doesn’t require me to make bias binding.)

FAIR WARNING: if you are about to have a baby and I’m coming to your shower, this will probably be your gift. Here’s a quick little photo how-to. 

1/4 yard of knit fabric for binding (Cut into 2″ strips, sewn together, pressed in half and then fold the edges in towards the center and press again)
43″ of double gauze (We sell a few styles including solids here)
Rotary Cutter, mat, thread, bowl for a curve, BINDING CLIPS)

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If any of that doesn’t make sense, feel free to ask questions and I’ll try and respond below (And thank you for all of the comments on my last post. I tried to respond to everyone, but if I missed you, thank you!!!)

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You Can Do Hard Things



At a summer party today, I sat down and started talking to a friend expecting her first babe. And I realized that some things are never talked about, but should be. Because pregnancy is such a beautiful time for some people. But for others it is not. The combination of morning sickness and hormones can turn into a recipe for disaster. 

My husband and I desperately wanted this baby. We didn’t know overwhelming depression would take over my body as soon as those baby hormones arrived. I found myself regretting the pregnancy. A feeling of intense guilt followed because we had tried for this child for YEARS. Sad seems like such a benign word compared to the actual feeling. I could barely force myself through my daily routine. Some days I couldn’t even do that much.  

At twenty weeks pregnant, I sat in my little girl’s future nursery, slumped against the wall, and felt absolutely hopeless. The laundry and dishes had piled up, my business felt overwhelming, my children were unwashed and unhappy and I couldn’t stop crying. My sweet husband, while trying to calm me down, asked what I thought would help. All I could think was I wanted to be happy. 

We ended up going to ’the happiest place on Earth’ the next week. Planning the trip, surprising my little children, taking lots of pictures and coming home with even more memories, really happy memories,carried me through the next few months. Disneyland didn’t cure my depression, but it gave me hope. For the next several months, I planned imaginary trips. I focused on the future (and taking care of myself!) and on the hope of being happy again. In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, the depression disappeared and soon the little bundle in my tummy arrived. Now I’m crying again, but it’s mostly happy tears. 

I just want to share this because there aren’t many resources on antepartum depression, but it is a hard thing to tackle on your own. Depression during pregnancy doesn’t feel normal, it is intense, overwhelming, and destructive. And while this isn’t a happy post, it is. Because after the pregnancy is over, you have a beautiful baby. And I would do it all over again to get back to this. 

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The Best of Times








Welcome to the world, little girl! Our little Elliott Estelle (Ella) has arrived and we couldn’t be happier. She is healthy, sweet, and loves to be tucked up under your chin. And she smells amazing 😉 We are enjoying every minute we get with her. It’s hard to tell yet whether she looks like her brother or her sister, but you can tell she is her daddy’s little girl. How can so much love come wrapped in such a small package? I think I’ll snuggle her a bit more while I ponder that question.

Thank you all for reading! I’ve finally found my creativity again and I am so glad it’s back! I missed enjoying sewing. Sometimes, a break helps you rediscover your love for making. I’ve cut out two quilts and pieced one. I can’t wait to share them with you! 

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Friday Flowers

For the first time, I feel pretty while expecting. My due date is just around the corner and while I am so excited to meet this little girl, (and I won’t mind not being elbowed from the inside), I think I’ll feel just a little bit sad when this experience is over. I don’t believe in saying never, but I’m fairly sure this will be our last baby and I’m trying to soak it up. Perhaps that’s why we’ve been spoiling ourselves with flowers on friday for the last few weeks, using them to make this time even more special. They are a bright, visual reminder of the beauty of this transition period. I think it may be a tradition that I keep. Some weeks my husband stops by the florist*, some weeks I grab a bunch or two at Costco, and some weeks our garden produces enough to share.

Hopefully, I’ll be back in this space next week, after our little shop’s sale is over to share how I put together my sewing room. Some of the projects turned out so great, and I want to remember them in case we ever have need of them again!

*This lovely bundle was created by the amazing artists at Foxglove Floral.

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Organizing! My New Sewing Space

I’ve posted a few pictures of my sewing space on Instagram lately and I’ve had requests for a tour of the little space I create in.
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My favorite feature of our new house was this quirky little room that is located right off of the family room. In my previous space, I used a wall in the laundry room that was pretty far away from the rest of the family, but had quite a bit of built in wire shelving. The new space was pretty empty and while it didn’t really have furniture or storage, I loved that I could still be a part of my family while I sew!
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I still miss my pretty, aqua walls, but I am thrilled with how this space turned out after chipping away at my to-do list for the last year. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the projects that we created to make this room functional, pretty, and comfortable.
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The biggest project by far is this wall of shelves. I LOVE these so much. I love that they look built in, I love how much storage they give me, and I really love that they were affordable. I actually destashed a few of my out of print fabrics to pay for this trip to ikea.
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I’ve been piecing together storage from favorite wire baskets and a few little diy projects.
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And I’m pretty happy with some of the little projects on the other side, too.
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In fact, looking at that wall makes me think I should stop typing and get sewing!
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If there’s something specific you have a question on, definitely feel free to ask in the comments! I’ll do my best to answer! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Think Pink! A Gender Reveal Photo Shoot How-To

Family pictures are one of my favorite things. My husband, not so much. My kids are definitely not fans, but they occasionally smile for the camera. But I got an idea to do this photo shoot and I couldn’t NOT take them. So after our ultrasound showed us a healthy (wiggly!) baby, we had our technician write the gender and put it in an envelope.
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After picking out outfits that seemed gender neutral and a few fun accessories for my little people, I found the biggest box I could locate (check with your local appliance store! an oven box would be perfect!) and took it to the local party store and handed them the envelope. They stuffed the box full of balloons . I asked them to use a few different shades of pink or blue to add some interest to the pictures. Then I hid on the other side of the store. They filled the box, and taped it shut. And then I wrapped it. (Ha! but only on the side that was showing and the top. This used a LOT of wrapping paper!

Our little people were SO excited!
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No, really, they were excited!
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And then we let them open the box. It was SO SO much fun to see their faces. Getting ready for pictures is always a bit stressful, but in this case it was completely worth it. The timing on this shot was super important. If you are using a remote, you’ll want to set your camera to burst. We got several pictures where a balloon was blocking someone’s face and it all happened REALLY quick!
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And we are so excited for this little girl. But we are really struggling with names. Suggestions? Anyone?
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I should put together my best ‘how to get ready for pictures without causing a family meltdown’ post. This time wasn’t perfect, but I was really happy with how it went. I think my best tip would be plan, plan, plan! And then make the most of the moments. My little guy got a bit sad when his balloon flew away. But we got a few really amazing shots. And I got the BEST cuddles. Worth it. Roll with the challenges and you may get a few favorite shots!
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And now we are speeding towards my due date and I haven’t started the nursery! I guess I better start getting things together because ready or not, here she comes!
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Thanks for letting me share this moment with you! If you are looking for other really fun ways to announce your new little one, I love these posts:
Cut the Cake Party (this is what we did the first two times! SO FUN!)
Or a pull string pinata?! My kids would be thrilled (until they found out there wasn’t candy inside ;))
Shoes are ADORABLE if you aren’t into taking pictures of yourself 32 weeks pregnant. (But you should! You’ll wish you had pictures someday. At least, that’s what I told myself)

I guess I better go start gathering up tiny little adorable things and making a place for this sweet, little lady!

Thanks for reading along! And thank you to Tiffany at Follow Your Art Photography for humoring a crazy pregnant lady and taking these amazing shots!

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Three Little Finishes (and a work in progress!)

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Getting that sweet little baby quilt finished made me take a second look at my work in progress pile. I don’t want to air all my faults, but I have a tendency to start gorgeous quilts and put them away when they are THISCLOSE to finished. For instance, These three quilts were either basted or quilted with binding attached, but not actually finished. Why do I do this to myself?!
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So I decided to just finish them. It feels so good! I finished the first one on Thursday night and immediately gifted it to a sweet lady at our church who has put so much effort into serving others. She is moving on to other things, and a few ladies really wanted to give her something she could take to remember her time and experiences with us.
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I had basted this one and set it aside because I couldn’t decide how to quilt it. With just a day to finish it, I just decided stippling was the best option and got it done. It feels amazing to check this one off!
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With that as my second finish for 2015, I pulled out another basted-but-not-quilted project and went right back to stippling. I think I will be stippling a few more before I’m done. I LOVE the feel of finishing these pretty projects!

This pattern is designed by Megan at City Stitches and makes for a fun, quick, and super easy baby quilt.
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I’m pretty impressed that I was able to use a length of extra binding from my Dazzle quilt to bind this little guy. And I’m completely sold on machine binding. I know I’m not a purist, but I LOVE the quick finish of machine binding. And my fingers appreciate it, too!
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My last finish for the week almost deserves it’s own post.This quilt is stunning. It had been sitting, with gorgeous custom quilting from Sew Shabby Quilting and binding attached for months. So, I just stitched it down. I can’t believe it took this long. The pattern is Summer House by Judy Newman (We have a few in our little shop!)Summer House Quilt - Finished! Pattern in the Westwood Acres Shop
Summer House Block. Love the quilting by Melissa at Sew Shabby!
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SO Pretty! I’m not sure where it’s going to live in my home, yet, but it’s going to have to find somewhere that I can show it off.

Last but not least, here’s what 32 weeks looks like in our little family. I can’t wait to meet this little girl. And fit into my regular clothes again! Let’s see what I can get accomplished in the next eight weeks!
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Thank you bunches for reading along!

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Hot Cross Buns Quilt Tutorial: Liberty Blog Hop!

There have been so many great projects in this Liberty blog hop, and I’ve loved seeing what everyone has come up with! Today, I’m sharing my little tutorial for a block I call Hot Cross Buns.

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It’s one of my favorite blocks and I’ve worked out the math so that you can make it with no waste. Because fabric is expensive! That’s one of the reasons we created our little Give Me Liberty! Club in our shop. It made collecting Liberty Tana Lawn more affordable and less intimidating! If you are interested in starting your own Liberty collection, we’d love to have you join us!

Now, on to the tutorial!

So, let’s get started!
Fabric Requirements for a baby quilt (roughly 48 x 56):
25-30 Fat Sixteenths of Liberty Lawn (I chose Cotton and Steel Bespoke Double Gauze – more on that later!)
2-1/4 Yards of Background Fabric

Cutting Instructions:
150 3″ Squares of Liberty Lawn (or prints of your choice)
20 2″ Squares of Liberty Lawn
60 3-3/8″ Squares of Background – Cut In Half Diagonally
30 3-3/4″ Squares of Background – Cut In Quarters Diagonally
44 2″ x 7.5″ Rectangles of Background

Lay your block out. I like to vary the inside and outside  squares for a little bit of contrast.
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Stitch your rows together and add the triangles to the ends. You should have a 7.5″ square. I’ve also posted a picture of the back so you can see how the seams press together.
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Lay out your blocks and begin adding your sashing.
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Sew the sashing rows together alternating background, liberty square, background, liberty square, etc.
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Stitch all your rows together. Measure your quilt top and bottom and cut your border 3″ by your measurement. If you used Double Gauze (it’s so soft!) make sure not to stretch it when you measure! Sew Borders to top & bottom. Now measure your sides and cut background pieces 3″ x your measurement. You may need to sew more than one strip together.
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Ta Da! You should have a gorgeous finished top! I made mine for our new little addition and it was quilted by the amazing Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. She does the most amazing custom work! Thank you, Melissa!
The batting is a wool quilters dream and it adds loft without too much puffiness. LOVE!
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Thank you so much for following along on our little blog hop! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to stop by all of the amazing blogs that created some fabulous quilts!
February 24th: A Crafty Fox (here!)<a
February 25th: Astrid at Red, Red Completely Red
February 26th: Svetlana at Sotak Handmade
February 26th: Andy at A Bright Corner
February 27th: Chase at Quarter Inch Mark
March 1st: Emily at Simple Girl Simple Life
March 2nd: Ashley at Film In The Fridge
March 3rd: Lee at Freshly Pieced
March 4th: Audrie at Blue is Bleu
March 5th: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

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Give Me Liberty Club Inspiration Blog Hop!

Welcome to the kickoff for our fun, inspiring Liberty of London Tana Lawn blog hop! Over the last 14 months, we have sent hundreds of parcels filled with Liberty Lawn around the world for our Give Me Liberty! Fabric Club. And while sending it off to new homes is fun, I LOVE seeing what it becomes! If you have a pretty pile of Liberty lawn and are searching for inspiration, look no further!

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I’m so excited to visit these amazing bloggers over the next two weeks to see what they have come up with! Today, I’m going to kick things off with some of my favorite tips for quilting with Liberty Lawn, and then I’ll see you back here on the last day of the blog hop for a new tutorial for an heirloom-worthy Liberty Quilt I’ve designed for the new little person who will be joining our family this spring!

I’ve been stitching with a lot of Liberty Lawn this year, mixing it in to my stash and my projects with wild abandon. I love how saturated these prints are and how incredibly precise the printing is, especially on tiny prints. I’ve used Liberty in my Weekender from last summer.

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And lots of little Liberty pieces have slipped into my Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt (which I need to finish ASAP! These little blocks deserve a final home!)


And so I’d like to share a quick list of tips I’ve found that help when working with Liberty pieces and hopefully you’ll find these useful, too!

*Use a smaller universal needle than you would use with quilting cotton. I found that a 70/10 needle size is perfect for stitching with lawn. Larger needles tend to push the fabric down into my machine.

**For Hand stitching and applique, I have loved using Straw needles in a size 10. I found these to slip in and out of the fabric very nicely and left a lovely stitch

*When choosing thread, choose a good quality, 100% cotton thread. I use Gutterman, but I know many people who have good luck with Aurifil. Avoid polyester threads (or polyester core threads), especially when piecing as they will shrink differently than the fabric and leave seams that do not look straight.

** For longer seams, use pins. The fabric is not as slippery as voile (or minky! Yikes!) but it is smoother and it has a lot more stretch in the bias than normal quilting cottons. If you are concerned with stretching, starch pieces prior to stitching. (I rarely starch until seams are all sewn and I need to press the block flat)

*I do not prewash and I have not had any issues with absurd shrinkage.


*Mix unusual color combinations and have fun with the variety of colors of prints. Many of these hues are not found often in quilting cottons and it is very difficult to find the
detailed, small scale prints that Liberty seems to specialize in. Enjoy the process of mixing light, dark, tiny and large and even adding a few I-Spy pieces here and there for whimsy. Liberty prints are fun for any age, and their tighter weave make them pretty durable, despite their delicate feel.

Any other questions? I would be happy to share answers I know in the comments!

If you’d like to follow along, you will find two weeks of inspiration by clicking the links below :)
February 24th: A Crafty Fox (here!)<a
February 25th: Astrid at Red, Red Completely Red
February 26th: Svetlana at Sotak Handmade
February 26th: Andy at A Bright Corner
February 27th: Chase at Quarter Inch Mark
March 1st: Emily at Simple Girl Simple Life
March 2nd: Ashley at Film In The Fridge
March 3rd: Lee at Freshly Pieced
March 4th: Audrie at Blue is Bleu
March 5th: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

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