Twelve Words Block of the Month: #2: February Adore

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When I put my little ones to sleep at night, one of my favorite things to tell them is

“I absolutely adore you!”

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I remember the first time they asked me what “adore” means, and I told them (because they were still so little), that adore means to not only love someone so so much, but to really really like them too. To think they are more wonderful than the moon, or the stars, or anything else.

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To this day, when I tell them I absolutely adore them, they can’t help but smile, and neither can I.

So this block is to remind you to find, and surround yourself with people, and places, and memories that you like, love, even worship. That you adore.

Instructions:

Materials:

Coordinating scraps

solid strips for borders

Background linen

Fuseable web

embroidery thread

Cut:

(2) 12½” x 2” border strips (Dark Plum)
(2) 9½“ x 2” border strips (Magenta)
(1) 10” square (linen)

Block2A

Using scraps, make an improv patchwork piece large enough to cut out the heart template.

Block2B

Trace the heart on to fuseable web, adhere to the back of the crazy patchwork piece according to manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out on the line.

Block2C

Fuse heart to the center of the 10” background according to manufacturer’s instructions. Using a small zig zag, or other decorative stitch, sew the heart to the background.

Trace the embroidery outline around the heart with an erasable marker.

Block2D

Using a backstitch and two strands of embroidery floss, embroider around the heart.

Trim the square to 9½” square.

Block2E

Sew the 9½” x 2″ borders to the left and right sides of the square. Press toward the border strips.

Block2F

Sew the 12½” x 2″ borders to the top and bottom. Press toward the strips.

Click below to print the template and embroidery pattern.

February Adore Template

xoxo

April

 

 



Last Minute Printable Valentines
{no sugar added!}

Printable-Valentines

The kiddos and I just finished up their Valentines, and boy did they turn out fun.

02122013E 02122013C I was really going for something “punny” that they could understand–that didn’t involve a food/candy item.

As it was, I told them what I thought we should do, and two days later Beckham came up to me laughing and repeating the punchline.

02122013F Give him a break, he’s five. (And really, really, cute.)

02122013D Lily, well, she asked for tape for Christmas. Enough said.

02122013A She was thrilled when she counted everything out and realized that she could keep two of these.

02122013B A couple packs of paper straws or little tape dispensers (washi tape would be cute, too…) and some cardstock in your printer, and you’re all set. Just click on the link below to download and print.

Last Minute Printable Valentines

xoxo

April

PS I actually cut my hearts out with my Silhouette Cameo. If you want me to post that file, I’d be happy to. Just let me know. Also, the super cute washi tape on the valentines came from a free downloadable set I found here. Head on over there to download and use them yourself. They’re super cute.



Simply Snuggly Quilt Tutorial
{free pattern} and quilt kit

SimplySnuggly Hello friends!

Here’s the pattern for the Simply Snuggly quilt. I’m so glad you guys like it! I wrote the pattern up quick after the quilt was already at its’ new home, so if you’ve got questions on anything let me know and I’ll double check it. I made it in downloadable printable form, I figure that’s easier than having to go back to the computer every 10 seconds to check the next instruction.

Quilt measures 52″ x 61″

Also, I now have just a few kits available in my shop with the EXACT fabric I used in my original. Backing isn’t included. Snag the kits fast if you want one, I don’t expect they will last long.

Thanks for all your sweet words, I just *heart* you guys!

xoxo

April

PS Click the picture above or HERE for the downloadable pattern.



Simply Snuggly Quilt

02072013B I made this quilt this past weekend for a sweet friend’s daughter who got baptized. 02072013A It turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.

02072013D Good thing I already gave it away, because the longer I worked on it, the more I wanted to keep it for myself.

02072013C It’s made with both flannels and quilting cotton, so the texture is awesome.

02072013E I have access to these same fabrics for kits…let me know if you’re interested and I’ll post them in my shop. Quantity would be pretty darn limited. (Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, except the backing, that’s Vintage Modern also by Bonnie and Camille, and the binding is from Ruby, also theirs. Oh, and a Bella solid in aqua.).

02072013F Tutorial tomorrow. :)

xoxo

April

PS I still need to show you my scrappy tripalong, the jeans that dyed my binding blue (and they weren’t even in the same load), and the next tutorial for the block of the month. Plus, February is already here, and that means a new block soon!



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