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Rustic Framed Quilt Blocks

Today is my due date! This is one of a few posts I wrote up ahead of time since I could possibly be extremely busy. After those posts I will be taking some time off from posting regularly for obvious reasons. I’d love to say that I will still be able to share something once a week, but I’m not going to worry if that doesn’t happen. Anyway, besides the shelf seen in this previous post, the last nursery project I have to share are these rustic framed quilt blocks. Going along with the rustic farmhouse theme I had in mind for the nursery, I knew quilt blocks were a MUST in the decor. I was inspired by this nursery post in which neutral quilt block printables were used, but I decided I wanted to actually sew a few myself. The only block I had already decided on was the Ohio Star one, but after looking through many more I ultimately chose a Flying Geese Square and Single Wedding Ring to round out the blocks. I wanted the finished blocks to be a 12×12 inch square, and used this guide to help me cut the triangles the correct way.

Once the quilt blocks were done, my husband cut, put together, and stained the frames for them. I’ve been a bit too clumsy to want to be near any kind of saw, so I smartly delegated that to him, and he was more than happy to help out. He used 1×3 pieces of wood, wood glue, and a frame clamp to piece the frames together, then stained them using this gray Minwax stain. I had bought super cheap 12×12 scrapbook frames for the glass, so these wood frames were just attached to that so there would be glass protecting the fabric. I absolutely adore them in the nursery! The colors and style are the perfect touch for this room. From L to R the blocks are: Ohio Star, Flying Geese Square, and Single Wedding Ring.

Nursery Bunting and Garland

While deciding what decor to put in the nursery, I knew I wanted it to be simple, homemade (if possible), and have a modern farmhouse style. Once I picked a color scheme I figured out quickly what I wanted to make and was able to get to work. Above the crib I wanted something with color (since our crib is white), but yet lightweight in case it fell down. Bunting was the perfect solution! I collected lavender and gray fabric from a few places including Joann Fabrics and Sew to Speak, also some I had leftover from the king quilt I made a few years back. To make the shape of the bunting pieces I used the triangle from this Silhouette store shape set with a width of 5 inches and cut two triangles per bunting piece that I wanted. I put the wrong sides together (the non-print side), and sewed them together like the diagram below.

Once I had all the pieces I wanted, I lined them up next to a long piece of 1/2 inch wide bias tape, then pinned them in place, sliding each bunting piece between the two sides of bias tape. Finally I sewed them with a 1/4 inch allowance, and trimmed the tails so they wouldn’t be too long, then hung it up above the crib. Completely darling!

The second part of this post is about the felt ball garland I made to go under the wall bookshelf. Have you seen felt balls before? Using felt balls is one of my favorite ways to decorate, whether it be in a garland, poured into a mason jar, or scattered on a flat surface. They can be found at craft shows, or various places online (like Etsy!), and I have a small collection of colors already 🙂 Anyway, I found a purple variety pack via the website, Jane, that I used in combination with some lavender and mini cream colored felt balls I already had. The pack came with white bakers twine and I only needed a thick needle to push through each felt ball until the garland was complete. It’s a very simple decoration to make, and looks SO cute!


Rustic Baby Headband Holder

It’s now less than 2 weeks until my due date (yay!), so in honor of that I will be sharing some baby-related projects over the next few weeks. Most of them will be things I made for the nursery, but possibly a few other little projects here and there, depending on the time frame and schedule that is pretty unknown at this point. Anyway, today I wanted to share the darling rustic baby headband holder I created to hold some of our baby’s headbands. She has so many that there is still a small compartment in a drawer with more in it, but I decided to showcase the ones that match the colors of her nursery, neutrals and lavender. Since we live in a rental, we are unable to paint the walls, so it worked out that everything I made actually looks good on them, because I would have gone with a different color!

Only 3 (well more if you’re counting the headbands) things are needed for this project: a rustic piece of wood, some nails, and a way to mount it to the wall (I used a Command strip). For the length of board I used, about 18 inches, I decided I wanted to have 10 headbands displayed, so the very first thing I did was lay the nails out on the board to figure out where I wanted them placed. Next I marked the location with a pencil, and finally I hammered the nails part of the way into the board, leaving plenty of room for headbands to hang off. After mounting it to the wall with Command Strips, I then just had to pick the headbands to hang off of it, and that’s it!


It was super simple to make, and went along perfectly with the farmhouse/lamb nursery idea I had. This same project could be used to hang bow ties for a little boy, necklaces, keys, really anything you can think of that needs hanging! I just love it!!!

Spring/Summer Monogram Wreath

Back around Easter of last year, I was itching to make something crafty that didn’t involve teaching (something that doesn’t happen often), and since our front door had looked quite bare since Christmas I decided that something crafty would be a wreath. I came across a pin on Pinterest that linked to a darling wreath on Etsy (which was no where to be found on the actual site). After seeing this wreath, I knew I wanted to make an A wreath, for our last name, and one that could be used in both spring and summer. I bought all of the materials from Michaels (grapevine wreath, white and purple flowers, galvanized letter A), then came home and got to work. It was very quick and easy to put together…both the flowers and letter A are hot glued onto the wreath. I did have to weave some of the flower ends into the wreath before hot gluing, but once again, it was easy to do. This is what I came up with:

So happy to see it hanging on our front door once again!