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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

January 26, 2014

How to Make a Miniature Cottage style Quilt

HI, thanks for coming by. I am going to show you an easy way to make a sweet cottage quilt...not perfect...but just right.
I love to take sweet little fabrics and turn them into little quilts.
I do this on a regular basis for my shop, so trust me this is not hard!
This is a good scrappy little quilt.
What you will need:
25-30 fabrics....small strips at least 4" by 1 1/2"
Rotary cutter is easiest but scissors are fine too!
Rotary cutting mat or ruler.
Sewing machine

You can use different fabrics, or use just a few...like dark and light.
I have quite a bit of fabric, so I grabbed about 25 different fabrics, and lined them up on my cutting mat. Next I cut each fabric 1 1/2" wide and the length of the fabric which was about 45". I ended up making several little quilts...but for you, just cut your strips about 4" long and 1 1/2" wide.
I used some of my favorite fabrics more than once.
Finish cutting all your strips.
*Next You will sew 6 strips together to make one section. I did a light strip next to a darker strip, etc.
*Sew and make  6 sections.
Press your sections flat so they will look like the bottom right picture.

Keep in mind my sections are longer since I made several at a time.

 When sewing this small of a quilt, I used a 1/4" seam...it created less bulk with the end product. Pin the fabric strips together to keep the fabric from slipping. Even a small differentiation in sewing can make a difference in the end result of your little quilt.
 Using your cutter, cut the rest of your sections until you are finished. My picture shows all the sections I made...you will only end up having 6 sections or a few more if you want.
Next you want to put your sections together to see what looks best...you don't want 4 blue blocks next to each other, try and put your sections together for a light next to dark look, or polka dot next to floral, stripe next to solid, etc.

I pinned a lot at this stage...I do not enjoy pinning...but it was worth it here. Pin your strips together so the little seams match up as shown in the lower picture. 
 After I finished with all the blocks, I used one of my long strips for the outside edge that I wanted to frame the quilt with. I tried a few different strips to see what would look the best. I chose my favorite fabric, which was pink with beautiful little rosebuds on it.
Most of my fabric is ordered from Kerri @
She has beautiful fabric and she is wonderful to work with!

 I decided to go ahead and show you this  picture! Yikes....
 After you sew the outside strip on all four sides, and press it, 
place it face down on white fabric. 
I did not use batting, I found it made it too stiff. 
Also if you use a small print for the back side, it unfortunately 
does show through...so choose white or a light colored solid.

Pin quilt face down to your backing, pin it to the backing and carefully trim around the quilt. 
Next you will sew around the outside edge of the quilt, leaving a 4" section open so you can turn your quilt inside out when you are done.
(Same picture as above...but you get the idea...)
Turn quilt inside out, and use a pointed tool, I use a long wood stick to push the corners out so they are not rounded or crooked, etc. I like good looking corners and crisp edges on a quilt.

After you have turned the quilt inside out, 
fixed your corners, 
pinned carefully the open area closed...
Sew the two areas shown below by the arrows.
I did not sew each row of blocks, however you can if you would like.
My quilts ended up being about 7 to 8" wide.
You can see that even though I measured, and sewed 1/4" not all my squares lined up perfectly.
The quilts are perfect for a sweet little doll bed, or teddy bear bed...
If you have questions please don't hesitate to ask in the comments. I will try to answer them if possible!

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January 21, 2014

Simple and Sweet Cottage Home Ideas

This is a random post about simple and sweet things...
I am busy making and designing doll bedding.
 Shabby, Cottage, White....I love sweet little designs. My mind is brimming with ideas. I look on Pinterest, in catalogs, Pottery Barn sites...the ideas flood my mind. I told my husband I need a staff to help me sew....He rolls his eyes....
 Pink and white, and black...one of my favorites...I sew in many combinations of this color...
This bedding set was made for a granddaughter...the grandfather had made her American Girl sized bunk beds for her birthday...so I made this bedding set twice for the bunk beds. I love little rosettes, ruffles, lots of pillows....
The bed set below is for a miniature dollhouse sized bed...little beds with mattresses, sheets, comforters, shams...and lots of soft and sweet pillows.

 The tiny linen cabinet is filled with fold pieces of fabric, some or cottage style tablecloths I have made for small tables, sheets and pillow sets...cottage style for a small cottage style home.
This is what my days are filled with, designing, creating and sewing...it is wonderful...I am home taking care of my sweet mom who is 86.  Unfortunately she is forgetting many things...so I have her come in my sewing room while I am in there. It is a sweet time...she taught me to sew.

January 11, 2014

Organizing the Farmhouse and some sweet little things....

33 years of marriage:
6 closets
1 barn
1 out building (storage shed)
1 cow pen
 1 chicken pen/coop....free range chickens
hundreds of them...
 1 sheep pen with lambs

 pig pen....need I say more?

no these are not random pictures
yes this is the farm that I live on....

=lots of stuff 
etc. etc. etc

After Christmas I have this enormous rush to sort, separate, eliminate, clean, get rid of....organize....
the inside of our farmhouse.
in farm terms:
butcher the clutter, 
and pluck the piles
 I ask myself....What would you do? Take a nap? Or clean out the closets?
This is Bella! My littlest helper...
I usually keep a tub/plastic storage thingamabob in main rooms and start tossing things in them that I need to give away or donate.
Haha....don't look in my closets yet.
The cleaning and organizing has begun
But I have been making a few little fun things....organizing tiny little linen closets.

Little Valentine cookies made from Polymer clay, iced with paint and the sweetest little sprinkles from Martha Stewart...found the sprinkles at Michaels.
Happy New Year!