taking stock 07

Making: a Halloween quilt and a coffee cozy with the scraps!

Cooking: up some delicious finds on Pinterest that even the kids enjoy.

Drinking: water.

Reading: My 132nd books since January.

Wanting: more patience to deal with the kids when they refuse to take naps.

Looking: for the first change in the leaves and the brisk breeze.

Playing: snakes and bears.

Wasting: my brain cells by staying up late.

Sewing: way too many things at once. Its time to clear out the WIP list before I start something else.

Wishing: it was easier to keep the house clean with two kids.

Enjoying: the late night hours to myself.

Waiting: for the weather where I can layer up and wear scarves.

Liking: the politeness that my kiddos show each other.

Wondering: where we will be in a few months.

Loving: my Griffin’s sweet words uttered in the night.

Hoping: that the person viewing our house decides to buy!

Marveling: how the daylight hours are getting shorter.

Needing: just a little more time to myself.

Smelling: freshly laundered clothes.

Wearing: my snowflake cuddleduds and a nursing tank. It is bedtime here!

Following: the same path almost every night.

Noticing: the minute pains in my shoulders and legs after a day cleaning.

Knowing: that tomorrow will bring a new day.

Thinking: life is going to get a lot more interesting here soon.

Bookmarking: quilt ideas and cross stitch patterns.

Opening: mail from Canada.

Giggling: at growls and laughter.

Feeling: immensely loved.



taking stock 07

wip wednesday

Ok so there is a decent list going on here in my work space. Lately I have not been able to focus on just one thing and have take a break from quilts to work on smaller projects. I was getting frustrated with some of the steps of quilting and needed to give it a break before I threw in the towel all together. So I have been on this that and everything else and took a much needed break and didn’t touch anything for a couple of days. This is what I have in progress:



Here is a secret project because I know the recipient actually follows along with my blog and pictures. It’s paper pieced and the second stab at what the end product will be. The first paper pieced pattern had way too many seams to be flattering.



This has been hand quilted and the binding has been partially sewn on just need to finish the rest and I’m waiting on a long car ride to finish it up.



I have begun to cut out my fabric for this donut quilt and have joined #mybooqal on Instagram. But then realized that I want more fabric choices than what it calls for so I am in need of a trip to the store.

I still have the Supernova Friendship Swap going on as well and soon will be able to reveal the next block I made for my partner. I have the pattern for a Tova cut out but have been trying to get my tension corrected in my serger before I give it a whirl. Also I’ve shown before a flying geese quilt that I have almost completed the top on but keep holding off since I just made Archer a quilt just recently. And finally the peacock feather cross stitch that will be part of a bigger project. Whew I didn’t realize I had so much going at once usually I try to keep it to one or two.

And then on my table now is a coffee cozy template from that I want to use with my Halloween scraps. Maybe I don’t need a break. Maybe I just need to tackle first what I have going on before I add something else to the list. Well until next time.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



Linking up. Freshly Pieced

wip wednesday

made: backpack version 2

As you might remember if you have been following along with this sporadic blog of mine that there is a similar post. I had originally made a backpack for Archer and I was so happy how it turned out and then there were some errors that started happening. Fraying straps, magnetic snap being too magnetic, tearing fabric and all around too small.

So I started taking it apart and kept fixing it and that’s when I decided I had had enough and was ready to rework the whole thing. Luckily I had some leftover fabric and one of my friends found a tut on Pinterest that she thought I might be interested in. So I started cutting right away and then realized I didn’t have any interfacing till I dug around in my supplies!

I took this past Sunday after making the peeptastic patchwork pouch and put together her backpack. I’m loving this design a lot more and how roomy the inside is compared to the first. Little miss was ready to pack everything in as soon as it came off the sewing machine.

I used already made straps and didn’t use lengtheners. I was just using what I had from the first backpack. And I also used Velcro opposed to the magnetic snap since it was causing so much trouble to the other backpack.




made: backpack version 2

made: peeptastic patchwork pouch

School is in session here at the Schnell abode!! We have decided to keep Archer home and start a few lessons. Which works perfectly for our family and gives me a chance to use what I took from my college experience. I used to be a teacher and have done several things in education. Although it was very rewarding working with some adults and children I had a few extremely bad situations that turned me off of parents and working within a classroom. This is not at all the reason why she isn’t going to school but just a bit of insight of life here. If you are interested in knowing our reasons and plan, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Ok back to the purpose of this post. I’m very talented at getting sidetracked! I whipped up this bag in one night and one morning of a weekend. Which if you know anything about me it is great since I stay at home with two babes. I have been stalking heyporkchop on Instagram (because I seem to be drawn to everything she does. Plus her pictures are creative and inspiring. Probably want to be her when I grow up 😊) and found a tutorial on a peeptastic patchwork pouch and thought it would be perfect for an alphabet bag for the little miss.

I used the initial measurements but then had to tweak it a bit since I used a paper piecing pattern for the letters that ended up being a bit smaller than her first square. I also made a front and back to the pouch. I used interfacing and batting and did some simple quilting to finish it off.




I grabbed the alphabet fabric from Joann’s and had the rest as scraps. I love the orange hemp that I dyed myself. The little miss has ran off with it and can’t wait for school to start and to see what will be inside!





Here it is in all it’s glory!




If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen most of these pics but I wanted to share this and to show where I got the tut of how to make this fantastic pouch!

made: peeptastic patchwork pouch

made: pillow perfection

Pillow perfection or at least for my standards! I needed a little selfish sewing after a few projects I have been busily making as I thought I would try my hand at something new so I whipped up an envelope pillow cover for one of the couch pillows. And I’m seriously in LOVE!

First I have a deep obsession with the fabric and wish I would have grabbed more when I bought it. I’ve made a bunting and now this so far with it. But I could see a great many things!! I usually like solids when I’m planning but end up with so many patterns so this was a nice change for me to go directly to them. I also used some natural hemp that I have from a previously project.

Side note: I’m having an affair with hemp lol well not technically but I love that it gives me that “natural” look, sort has a linen vibe, gets softer which each wash and is cheap!!

Ok back to the details! I’m a big sucker for flying geese and have been itching to create a circle of geese. So I found a free pattern on Pinterest and got to work only to find out that the way Christina taught me makes everything backwards and therefore the geese don’t all point in the same direction. That’s when a pleasant happy accident took place.





See how there are two that touch on both sides making a diamond. I actually love it and if I would have known would have chose colors accordingly. I guess I need to learn the correct way if I want to make anything that goes in a circle again 😦

Here is the finished cover. It is a hot commodity on our couch and Archer claims it as her own and if she is awake no one else can put their head upon it.



Not too shabby for my first time, ehh?

made: pillow perfection

absence makes the…

heart grow fonder, the cobwebs grow bigger… Not sure which I’m thinking right now. But I haven’t followed through with more than a couple of my 30 in 30 list 😞 I had good intentions in making the list that it would help motivate me to get some things done within my thirtieth year. Now thinking about it it doesn’t really concern me. For once I’m calm about it and maybe because I have so much going on.

And lately here we have been dealing with so much sickness that I want to strip everything apart and bleach it but I won’t go to that extreme. I’m just finding it odd that we only frequent the zoo, library, YMCA and the store and we came out somehow with one NASTY virus. But I have been stealing time here and there to work on some things. Here are a few things I have going.






absence makes the…

Supernova Block Swap #3

This is the first time I have been behind in sharing my new block on here. (I did however get it up in time on Flickr!) I am of course going to blame it on something and what better than my children. This has been a crazy week and thankfully my wonderful Hubs has made it possible for me to go out two nights without the kids. Most of the time I can’t even remember the lady time I was out so this week has been a treat.

Back on subject: oh yes! My excuse. We have a sicky in the house that is not taking too kindly to meds. Not sleeping great at night. Wanting to nurse like a newborn… Etc etc. but that’s not the only reason we are also cleaning, decluttering and packing up some of our things to make our house more presentable to sell. And finally I’ve been wanting to work on my project more than dealing with the computer. Whew A LOT of complaining!

Well one of the two nights I was able to get together with Christina. This us the third time I got to see her in two weeks! It’s not always like this but boy was it a treat! We went to the State Fair for Veteran’s Day and shared our hard earned (summer reading program) tickets with Christina and her man and also we got to visit her classroom.

I drove up to her house Tuesday. I know it’s great to be so close to her and to know her for this swap but let me say this was only the second time I have been to her house. She made me an awesome dinner and then we got to work on some projects.

I was so surprised when we swapped our blocks because each time I’m so surprised by our color combos and how we haven’t made a like one yet. Here are our two blocks:

Mine is on the bottom. I love how bright and cheery her block turned out and how it contrasted well with mine. I need to head back to the store because I don’t have quite enough of the background fabric. Also looking ahead I need to figure what I want to use for the contrasting color.

We spent the night with me working on cross stitch that will be part of a bigger project and she cut out pieces for a quilt she is putting together. And of course sitting in the middle of her craft floor chatting. We had a good time reminiscing on our childhood and finding a lot of similarities on what we used to like. We were both fond of the same candies and pies and getting to roam free as children.

Her favorite memory was staying out late Christmas shopping with just her mom. Her mom even surprised her with dinner at benihana’s. And mine was just the freedom to play and go with my siblings. We could walk for miles and discover nature on our own. So much has changed since we were little.

Linking up with Stephanie and Sandra.

Supernova Block Swap #3