Nautical Napkins

I was walking through my local stitch shop drooling over the beautiful fabric they have scattered throughout the store.

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See that little stack with the red & blue lobsters? It called to me. I picked up the sweet little stack and drooled over the variations! The light blue whales in the top left corner was not part of the original group, but since the bride had a whale theme I felt the need to include them.

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I then tried to figure out what size to make the napkins since they were pre-cut fat quarters.

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Do I go for the large size? Medium? Small?

I finally decided on the small size, each quarter becoming 4 small napkins.

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Having a cutting board, ruler and rotary cutter has been amazing. It makes a huge difference in terms of cutting a bunch at time.

I followed these steps to make mitered corners. It became easier and easier to make each one. The burnt fingers was not fun, but using an iron made a HUGE difference.

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In the end the napkins worked out perfectly and were so much fun to do. I can’t wait to make more!

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xoxo Hannah

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Nautical Love

This has been a long time coming. Our dear Fifi was married this past June. Their wedding was to take place in a scenic, beautiful, tiny town by the sea. The bride & groom rented a few houses right on the water, providing many beautiful pictures for the fun leading up to the wedding.

I knew from the moment they were engaged I wanted to create something they could love for the rest of their lives that would subtly remind them of their wedding day. Due to the nautical aspect of their wedding, whale themed, I wanted to stick with that theme.

I began playing with the idea of signal flags, traditionally used for communication between boats, and now is more decorative. Once I discovered the date & location of the wedding I began playing around with the flags. With grid paper and colored pencils I started playing around. I knew I was going to include the following words & numbers

  • FIONA (5)
  • ALEX (4)
  • 06 13 (4)
  • LITTLE (6)
  • COMPTON (7)

The difficulty began for me when some of the words were an even number of letters, and the others odd. This meant I would need to have an offset grid. After many starts and stops I came up with this idea.

My original plan was to knit each flag in super chunky yarn, then sew them together, and back it. I made 5 flags before I realized it wasn’t going to work.

So back to the drawing table I went. Although I had never sewn something more intense then the napkins I made for Fiona’s shower, I decided to make a quilt. With zero quilt making experience.

I took a mug rug class at my local stitch shop. It was lovely for several reasons, one of them being that it let me learn the basics of everything quickly.

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I then did some *gasp* math to figure out how much fabric to buy. Easy since I decided for each flag to be a perfect square, just a lot of LxW/2 etc. I then was able to figure out how much fabric in each color to buy. (I still overbought out of paranoia). Originally I thought to have the flags touch, but it wasn’t visually clear. So I put strips in between each.

Then I put the flags together in strips, line by line. Then I attached the lines together, trimmed the outside. Then I stitched in the ditch to attach the back to the front. The original plan was for this to be a twin sized blanket. It’s a queen now.

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I can’t wait to make my next quilt!

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XOXO Hannah

Littlest Camel Jumper

We have some lovely friends who recently welcomed a baby boy into their lives. He is just precious. Back when she was pregnant and I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl I decided to make them a little grey jumper. They also have a ceramic camel that they have had for a while, that was even present at their wedding. It seems like it makes sense to make them a little camel themed jumper.

I went with the Magic Troll Vest, which I have made in the past. Very clear instructions, and it knits up so quickly, perfect for a forgotten baby shower.

I used Swans Island Organic Washable DK, in two different grays, graphite and pewter, with size 5, 16-inch circulars.

I augmented the pattern a bit to fit my needs. I used this website to create the stitch pattern, and then knit the vest separately. First I knit the front panel, then the back panel, then ribbed and knit the shoulder straps, then ribbed the bottom together, then sewed up the sides.

I also made two detachable straps instead of a decorative one. I did this because through experience with babies, having multiple ways to put outfits on is the best.

XOXO Hannah

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The PurlBee’s DIY Citrus Coasters

I made these sweet coasters using a tutorial from The PurlBee, and they’re great!  On top of looking adorable, they are very straightforward and a great activity for those of us who like to have something to work on while unwinding after a long day.  For a complete rundown, and the pattern for cutting out the felt pieces, check out the original tutorial here:

What you’ll need:

  • citrus-colored felt (I was easily able to find yellow, orange, green, a blood-orange red, and a hot pink)
  • white felt
  • white embroidery floss (I went with this for a chunkier look than the original one)
  • a big, sharp needle
  • sharp scissors
  • for best results, I recommend adding a glass of wine
  • this pattern from The PurlBee

Then:

  1. I found it most helpful to cut out as many pieces ahead of time as possible, so I wouldn’t need to keep going back and forth from cutting to sewing.
  2. It would be redundant for me to rehash all the steps from The PurlBee, but I will add a couple tips:
    • You should be prepared to wing it a bit!  The pieces don’t always line up exactly how you want them to, which is tricky because you’re trying to form a little circle out of wedge-shapes, so be prepared to have to trim them as you go!
    • The pieces may shift around a bit while you’re sewing them, even if you’re able to pin them down.  I found it worked fine (and was maybe easier) to lay the pieces out to start, then set all but one wedge aside and just sew one at a time.  There are fewer pins to accidentally jab yourself with that way.
    • Experiment and have fun!

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