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Vintage Christmas 2 Quilt Pattern

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My Vintage Christmas quilt is probably one of my most popular holiday patterns to date. And I have been dying to make a second version of it for awhile now, so I’m very excited to release my new Vintage Christmas 2 quilt pattern for you all today!

This pattern turned out so cute, and I love all of the extra added elements! And don’t worry, while this pattern does have a lot of pieces, it is traditionally pieced, so even a newer quilter can do it!

This quilt features cute vintage style trucks carring gifts in the back. I’ve added cute trees between the rucks, and then a fun pinwheel separator strip between the rows for added interest. I think my favorite new feature is the holly leaf border. It was easy to piece, and really adds that extra special touch!

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Get the Vintage Christmas 2 Quilt Pattern here!

Finished Size: 74″ x 83″

Materials Needed:

  • 4-1/2 yards – white (background) 
  • 8 Red FQs or 2 yards red
  • Grey: 1 FQ or 1/4 yard
  • Black: 1 F8 or 1/8 yard
  • Low Vol. (window): 1 F8 or 1/8 yard
  • 6 Green FQs or 1-1/2 yards green
  • Aqua: 2 F8s or 1/4 yard
  • Red (Border): 1/4 yard
  • Binding: 3/4 yard
  • Backing/Batting: 5-1/2 yards 

Fabric used: Mix of Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for Moda

The PDF pattern includes easy-to-follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze! It’s a fairly easy traditionally pieced pattern, but there are some small pieces, so I consider it a beginner-intermediate level pattern.

I wanted to be fancy, so I added a label on the backside for an extra cute touch. And I chose a black binding for an added pop.

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Vintage Truck November Cross Stitch Pattern

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Hi friends! I have a fun new cross stitch pattern to release today! The Vintage Truck of the Month: November Cross Stitch pattern is live, and it goes perfectly with my Vintage Truck November Quilt Pattern of course!

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Click here to get the Vintage Truck November Cross Stitch Pattern!

I used 14-count white Aida with two strands of DMC floss. But you can substitute in any fabric and floss you prefer.

Materials Needed:

  • Cloth (14 count white Aida)
  • Floss (DMC)
  • Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Optional: Embroidery hoop and needle minder 

The stitch count for the Vintage Truck of the Month is 42w by 50h. 

The sample is stitched on 14-count white Aida cloth with DMC floss. If you stitch with the recommended fabric, the finished piece will be approximately 3″w x 3.5″h.

The pattern comes with three different chart styles so hopefully one will work for you! It has a color chart,  color-symbol chart, and a black and white symbol chart. You can view it digitally if you’d like, or print it for ease of use.

Get the Vintage Truck of the Month: October Cross Stitch pattern here!

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How to Sew an Easy Gingham Pillowcase!

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Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today we’re making this super easy gingham pillowcase to match our gingham quilt top! This pattern comes with instructions for twin, queen, and king-sized pillowcases so you can make one that fits your bed perfectly.

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Watch the Easy Gingham Pillowcase video tutorial here!

I used Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for mine and I love it! But you can really make this pattern from any fabric you like. I think blue, aqua, and white would be so fun, and of course the traditional buffalo check of black, grey, and white would also be adorable!

Download the Gingham Quilt + Pillowcase PDF Pattern here!

(If the link above doesn’t work for you, try RIGHT clicking the link, then select ‘save file as’.)

Supplies Used in this video:

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Vintage Truck of the Month Quilt Pattern: October

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I hope you are all enjoying my Vintage Truck of the Month series! It has been so fun, and if you missed the first block you can find them all here in my Vintage Truck of the Month posts.

If you are new to the series, on the first of each month, I will be releasing a new Vintage Truck of the Month. Each month’s truck will be carrying a fun new surprise in the back, along with the month abbreviation on the bottom. The blocks are all traditionally pieced and finish at 20″ x 24″. While some blocks may have several smaller pieces, they aren’t too difficult at all! And they are a perfect way to use up your scraps because each block can be totally different!

I plan to use them to decorate my sewing room, so I will change them out monthly just like you do a calendar. Because of this, I am basting, quilting, and binding them as individual blocks. But you can always save them up and sew them into a quilt when you are done as well! I can’t wait to get started, so without further ado, here is the block for August!

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Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: OCTOBER block pattern here!

I used scraps from my Fig Tree stash for this block. It has my popular Vintage Truck carrying cute little pumpkins in the back! And of course our O-C-T letters at the bottom for October. 

I did my standard meandering quilt pattern on this block and I think it just turned out so cute! I also chose a fun aqua floral binding from the Farm House II line by FigTree Fabrics for Moda.

Did I mention these blocks are so fast to put together too? It just took me one afternoon to complete this block, and now I can hang in my sewing room all month long! 

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Stay tuned for November 1, when the next block will release!

I hope you will join me on my Vintage Truck Block of the Month and I can’t wait to see what you all make!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: OCTOBER block pattern here!

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ChristmasVille Quilt Pattern!

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Get the ChristmasVille Quilt Pattern here!

Finished Size: 84″ x 84″

Materials Needed:

  • 4-1/8 yards – white (background) 
  • 3 Reds: 1/2 yard ea.
  • 3 Aquas: 1/2 yard ea.
  • 4 Greens: 1/2 yard ea. Light Grey: 1/8 yard
  • Dark Grey: 1/8 yard
  • Black: 1/8 yard
  • Low Volume (windows): 1/8 yard
  • Border #2 & Sashing: 3/4 yards
  • Border #4: 1-1/2 yards
  • Binding: 5/8 yard
  • Backing/Batting: 7-1/2 yards

Fabric used: Mix of Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for Moda

The PDF pattern includes easy-to-follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze! It’s a fairly easy traditionally pieced pattern, but there are some small pieces, so I consider it a beginner-intermediate level pattern.

I cut my background too short, so I added a cute red stripe along the bottom and even added a little label, what a happy accident right? Oh, and of course I added some cute gingham binding too!

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How to Sew an Easy Gingham Quilt!

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Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today we’re making this super easy gingham quilt! This pattern comes with instructions for a baby, twin, queen, and king-sized quilt so you can make one that fits your bed perfectly. Plus it includes an extra bonus pattern for matching pillowcases!

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Watch the Easy Gingham Quilt video tutorial here!

I used Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for mine and I love it! But you can really make this pattern from any fabric you like. I think blue, aqua, and white would be so fun, and of course the traditional buffalo check of black, grey, and white would also be adorable!

Download the Gingham Quilt + Pillowcase PDF Pattern here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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Vintage Cross Stitch Truck of the Month: October

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Vintage Cross Stitch Truck of the Month: October is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! I have a fun new cross stitch pattern to release today! This one is my Vintage Truck of the Month: October Cross Stitch pattern and it goes perfectly with my Vintage Truck October Quilt Pattern of course!

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Click here to get the Vintage Truck October Cross Stitch Pattern!

I used 14-count white Aida with two strands of DMC floss. But you can substitute in any fabric and floss you prefer.

Materials Needed:

  • Cloth (14 count white Aida)
  • Floss (DMC)
  • Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Optional: Embroidery hoop and needle minder 

The stitch count for the Vintage Truck of the Month is 42w by 50h. 

The sample is stitched on 14-count white Aida cloth with DMC floss. If you stitch with the recommended fabric, the finished piece will be approximately 3″w x 3.5″h.

The pattern comes with three different chart styles so hopefully one will work for you! It has a color chart, and a color with symbol chart, and a black and white symbol only chart. You can view it digitally if you’d like, or print it for ease of use.

Get the Vintage Truck of the Month: October Cross Stitch pattern here!

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2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block #3

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Happy Thursday friends! It’s time for another block in my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long series! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #3 is a super easy and cute quilt block. It is called the Rolling Stone block. This is classic quilt block originated somewhere around 1880’s. It is part of the equal 9-patch family of blocks, however, this block can also be adjusted to involve an uneven nine-patch grid. Depending on fabric placement, and grid size this pattern can result in more than 20 different names!  

As with our other blocks, the Rolling Stone also has had a variety of names over the years, some being the Letter O, Wedding Ring, Johnnie-Round-The-Corner, and Squirrel in a Cage to name just a few. As you will see in the video, this block can transform into so many different configurations just depending on your fabric selection!

But let’s get back to this our Rolling Stone block! This classic quilt block is so much fun to make, and it is a great block for beginners. Today I will be showing you a new technique called the “snowball” technique. We will also strip-piece the side blocks making this block so fast and easy to put together! 

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Rolling Stone Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch the 2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block 3 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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Top Tips for Making Homeschool fun!

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I love making homeschooling an engaging and hands-on experience for my kids!

My main goal when we started homeschooling was to make learning fun! Adding in tactile, hands-on, and engaging activities to our day encourages my kids to enjoy learning, and using all of their senses helps make the experience all that more memorable as well!

Finding ways to change otherwise boring, worksheet-type activities, into hands-on, tactile, and even kinesthetic activities can really help foster your child’s love for learning.

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Here are some of my tips for making activities hands-on and fun!

  • Get a cookie sheet, fill it with sand, sugar, or salt and let your child trace letters in the sand.
  • Practice writing on a white board with dry-erase markers (kids love those!)
  • Have your use a stamp and ink, then stamp inside the letter shapes
  • Cut letters out of construction paper, lace through the letters, poke the letters with a push pin (activities all available in my Letter of the week Preschool Curriculum)
  • Fill a gallon ziplock bag with washable tempera paint about 1/3 fill, then carefully seal the bag so it lays flat. Tape it to the counter and have your child write the letters in the paint. The counter will show through where your child presses.
  • Use Do-A-Dot Markers to fill in letter shapes
  • Use bubble magnets to write letters (Or make your own pom-pom magnets)
  • Use pattern block tiles to create letter shapes
  • Use dry-erase markers to practice wriring
  • Use Jumbo push pins or toothpicks to poke holes along a printed letter
  • Read TO your kids a LOT! Find SHORT books they are interested in and sit and read with them in the evenings before bedtime. Make it a routine. Find books with pictures as well, most beginner readers come with fun illustrations. And if they are younger get a book that is tactile as well.
  • Be patient 🙂 Reading comes with practice and lots and lots of patience! Kids will get it when they are ready, some earlier, and some later.

Another thing I loved making more kinesthetic and hands-on was our phonics and spelling practice. We used word cards to spell the words with Magnetic Letters. I just used a colorful little cookie sheet, and printed out her word list on paper, then cut them out.

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Letter Tile Spelling: I love using letter tiles! I have this colorful little cookie sheet, we practice spelling out our words on the tray with the letter tiles! It’s not only fun but also a great way to work on fine motor skills, letter recognition, and spelling all at the same time!

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Stair Phonics:

I used to do this with all 3 kids at the same time! They each got a question and if they got it correct, they hopped down one stair. If they were incorrect, they hop back up one stair. The first one down wins! Man, I miss these days!

  • Prek: Letter/number flashcards: Name the Letter & Sound 
  • Kindergarten: Show a CVC word card, have your child read the word 
  • 2nd Grade and up: I say a spelling word, have your child spell it 
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Hop Along Phonics

We also do the same type of activities with our Hop Along Balls. I’ll sit on one side of the room and they hop around in a circle. Each time they get to me, they have to answer a question to get through the gate, a.k.a. my arm or leg sticking out. 

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Some days I’ll even let them use the balls as chairs at their desks. Just simple movement helps them focus on the work at hand. I got our Hop Along Balls here, and I have to say it’s been the best money I think I’ve spent! They love these balls, even when not in school. Our “Jumping Phonics” usually ends like this, with everyone giggling and smiling and knowing their phonics and spelling words!

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Spelling Strips: These are are dry-erase wipe-off sentence strips. We use the cards to practice writing their spelling words on. I don’t know what it is about dry-erase markers but my kids love them!

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Alphabet Stamps: I love this activity, it works on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, letters, spelling, and reading all at once! Simply give your student some plain copy paper, cute alphabet stamps, and some colorful ink pads, and let them practice writing their spelling words! Have them read the words back to you when they are finished.

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One of the lovely things about homeschooling is that we can meet our kids where they are and help them unlock any blocks they may be experiencing through our curriculum choices! Making activities hands-on and tactile can really improve their learning experience, help them focus, and improve memory retention too!

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration to make your homeschooling experience more engaging and fun for your kids!

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2021 Homeschool Room Tour

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Hi everyone! We’re cleaning up, cleaning out, and rearranging our school room, and so today I’m sharing our updated homeschool room tour with you! We have moved things around from last year just for a little change and we love it!

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I want to start off by saying that you by no means need to have a dedicated “classroom” in order to homeschool. You can literally homeschool anywhere you have space and wherever you prefer. We often pack up and head to the library to do school, sometimes we end up in the living room, and other times we head outside. It really depends on the day and our mood!

That said, I do have a setup school area that we use the majority of the time. It works well for our family and we’re thankful to have this space! So I thought it would be fun to take a little tour and show you how we have it all set up now that we’ve moved!

Watch Our 2021 Updated Homeschool Tour here!

For more details on our school desk setup. Ikea discontinued the tabletops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white. I think everything else is the same. Here are links to the desk pieces.

As promised, here are some links to the products mentioned in this video and a few other products we’ve used in our homeschool:

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Click below to download:

Gingham Calendar Days Part 1

Gingham Calendar Days Part 2

For those of you wondering about our birdies, they are happily vibing upstairs in my daughters room!

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