fabric blocks for a birthday boy


A cute little boy in our neighborhood recently turned 1, and Max and I decided to make him a little something. I made a few fabric blocks before Max was even born and they’ve gotten lots of use in our house and are still going strong. Max loves balls, but I don’t let him keep them in the house (his arm is a little too good these days!), so this is a good compromise. These blocks get tossed around the house a lot, but so far nothing’s been broken…


Anyway, our set used up old scrap fabric, but for this set we went with this great organic line, GeoCentric, from Cloud 9. I love the geometric patterns and the bright colors and the canvas was just perfect for these blocks. I made four sizes – increasing each by 1/2″, and then made up one of Jeni’s drawstring project bags to store them in.


Max was actually quite interested in our little project and was thrilled to be the one to hand me the stuffing (teeny piece by teeny piece!). It took a while to get them all stuffed, but it was fun to work with him on a little sewing project.


So then once they were finished we had a quick little fabric block fight in the living room (just to make sure they were working correctly!) and then I spent far too long taking photos of them. And yesterday they were delivered to the birthday boy.

You can find GeoCentric fabrics at many shops, including Hawthorne Threads, Pink Chalk Fabrics (and on sale, too!), and Sew Modern to name a few!

I used this great cotton stuffing from Quilters Dream to stuff the blocks, purchased from Purl Soho.

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two months


Hazel was two months last week, and boy what a difference a month makes! The crying has really lessened and she’s turned into a happy, smiling, cooing baby. (Max, on the other hand, seems to have decided to take up where she left off – so there’s still lots of crying, just from a different child this month!)


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Thanks for the nice comments on my flax plus quilt. I used one Bookhou fabric pack to make that quilt – at the time they weren’t available, but I just noticed yesterday that they’re available here if you’re looking. It’s a great way to get a little sampling of all their great designs (and with enough added solids, you can make a decent sized quilt!)

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flax plus quilt


I quilted something! Thanks to extra hands to hold a baby and entertain a 2 year old, I found a bit of time to quilt this little quilt.


I really love both this color scheme as well as the beautiful hand printed fabrics from Bookhou. And I do always love a plus quilt! You can read more about the making of this quilt in this post.


The backing is made up of a few of the left over solids, and as luck would have it, I had a nice sized piece of that great Violet Craft bird print sitting on my cutting table left over from the Washi tunic I made recently. Even though I typically like to use fabrics on the back that were included in the quilt top, the color went so well that I had to go for it.


I love seeing those great little pieces of printed fabrics amidst the bold solids and the linen background. After spending so much time admiring these fabrics online, it was certainly fun to finally get a chance to sew with them!

I used one fabric pack to make this quilt. Fabric packs are once again available here at Bookhou!
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