In progress: Lucky Penny quilt for my master bedroom

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

You may remember back in December that one of the items that we gave away in our awesome Christmas giveaway was a complete set of the Lucky Penny fabric line, designed by the talented Alison Glass.

At the time, I showed you a few rice owls that I made with the fabric, which came out adorable, if I do say so myself. Well, with the fabric I had left (and a bit more that was bought) I had big plans.

Plans that it helps to have a very talented quilting mom to bring to life.

You see, in almost ten years of marriage (this June!), David and I have used a random assortment of handmedown or repurposed (i.e. designed for a smaller bed) quilts along with our beloved down comforter (or rather, my beloved down comforter, since I”m married to a human heater).

As we approach our tenth year of marriage, and after we recently became homeowners, I decided to coax my mom into making us our very own master bedroom quilt.

Read on to see more shots of my beautiful new quilt in progress.

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A 30 minute spring wreath tutorial

how to make an easy 30-minute spring wreath- SimpleHomemade.net

Written by contributor Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap.

My poor front door has been bare since Christmas.

I usually have a different wreath/decoration to go with each change of season or holiday. During the last trimester of my pregnancy, however, all seasonal decorating went out the window. But now I’ve been cooped up in the house a bit, with the recent arrival of baby number four, and there’s still no spring in sight in Wisconsin.

So a new spring wreath was in order! And one that I could make in thirty minutes or less (you know, before baby wakes up!).

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Attack the Craft Stash Q & A

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Today I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into an area of my craft stash and ask for your ideas. My sewing supplies are my most abundant collection and I have some fun things that have been waiting around for use.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

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Attack the craft stash: Wetbag tutorial

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

I bought a piece of PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric a couple of years ago to make a wetbag for cloth diapering or even a diaper. But eventually it got relegated to the stash when I finally decided buying a bag on Amazon was a better use of my time. I finally decided to put it to use!

So what is a wetbag exactly? It’s a bag lined with waterproof fabric designed to hold something damp like a dirty cloth diaper, or even swim suits.

As we enter beach and pool season I decided to make a cute wetbag for a friend’s birthday gift. She and I are both currently taking our youngest two kiddos to swimming lessons and throughout the spring and summer we will visit the pool and the beach many times.

I used to wrap wet suits up in a towel or reuse a plastic grocery bag– but this is a much prettier alternative. :) A wetbag is the perfect place for tossing in wet bathing suits so they don’t soak everything else in the beach bag.

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Pincushion/needlebook tutorial

Written by Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap.

In all the years I’ve been sewing, I’ve never had a decent place to put my pins. Usually I put them in a small bowl, which usually ends up with other random things thrown in (chalk, safety pins, etc.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stuck myself digging around in the bowl for a pin!

Somehow making a pincushion always sat on the back burner, though. I always seem to put off the practical little things! So I decided it was finally time to make myself a pincushion – and while I was at it, a needlebook for my hand sewing needles too.

This project is super quick and perfect for even beginning sewists. And it fits right in with Nicole’s stash-busting, as it takes just a couple small pieces of fabric.

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