Kimono + PJ set for September Sewing Month with AGF

It's really no secret that I love Bonnie Christine's fabrics. So when I was asked to participate in Art Gallery Fabrics' September Sewing Month Blog Tour, I knew which fabric I wanted to play with.

I chose to work with Bonnie Christine's Everblooming Fig pattern in AGF's Premium Cotton Voile. I love the soft drapey feel of this fabric. It turned out to be perfect for the PJ set + Kimono I made.

I used my favorite pair of cozy PJ's as a template to make the pajama top and shorts and Butterick's 6176 pattern for the kimono. I wanted the kimono to function as a wrap/robe for the PJ set, but also be versatile enough to wear out with jeans for fall. I love the way it turned out! I'm considering adding fringe to it, but I haven't decided yet if it needs it - I'm leaning toward leaving it as it is. What do you think?

A huge thank you and much love to AGF for providing the beautiful fabric for this post. Check out all of the beautiful LookBook for Bonnie's Cultivate collection here.

Quick, Easy, Feather Quilt Pattern Featuring ETNO Fabrics

hi loves!

Today I get to share a really fun, special project with you. I'm so excited to be included in Pat Bravo's blog tour for her ETNO line of fabrics. All of her patterns in this collection are so lovely and I have really enjoyed working with them. If you haven't had a chance to browse the other projects in this tour, you can find the full list here. Yesterday, Becky shared a beautiful plus sign quilt-turned-duffle, and tomorrow, Kathryn will be sharing her project.

I'll also be sharing my feather pattern later this week after we move, so if you'd like to have that, be sure to keep this tab up in your browser and check back later so you can grab it for your own projects. 

I have especially been loving all of the quilts from this tour! The patterns people have been using are so creative and really showcase Pat's fabrics beautifully.

I decided I would make a quilt for this tour too, but I wanted to do something a little less "traditional." See, I have never actually made a quilt before... My Gran, Great-Gran, and Momma  have all made the most beautiful quilts, but I have yet to get past starting to piece together my hexies for my Grandmother's Flower Garden. Since I have so little experience with quilting, and since we are right in the middle of moving, I wanted to make something that would be pretty and that I would love to use in our home, but also that would be so easy, inexpensive, and fast that anyone else could make it 1-2 days.

For the "base" of the top, I used twelve 6" stripes made from KONA cotton in a light, cool gray and Snow. I wanted my quilt to be big enough for two to snuggle, so it is 60" wide and 72" tall at this point, without the binding (more about this later).

I then drew a pattern for my giant patchwork feathers so I could attach them to the top of the quilt. If you have time to attach them with a hand-sewn blanket stitch, the result is really quite charming, but if you are in a hurry, you can also attach them with the zig zag stitch on your machine.

This is where I was after about a day's worth of work on the quilt. Honestly, if you have more experience sewing than I do, you could probably finish this entire quilt, binding and all, in a day. I worked on this one in between touring rental properties, packing up our home, and signing a lease, so if you have a more relaxing week than I, you could definitely work this up much quicker than I did. ;)

For Day Two on this quilt, I:

  • used my auntie's cheap-stuffing-trick and used cream fleece yardage as batting. It's a great thickness and it was just the right measurement! 
  •  quilted the piece with imperfect, wavy lines going in the opposite direction of the stripes. I wanted it to look really organic. It turned out great!
  • backed it with a neutral, creamy colored cotton
  • To bind it, I utilized my Grandmother's quick-binding trick. She would lay our her backing underneath her other two layers, then cut it a couple inches larger than the other layers. After quilting, you just fold the backing over twice and pin it to the front of the quilt, then zig-zag stitch it down. Fast and easy!

So there you have it! A quick, easy quilt that you can work up in a day or two! 

I'll be sharing my pattern for my patchwork feathers here soon! I am just waiting until after we move this week, so be sure to check back. Thanks for reading. =)

Other links for this blog tour:
Etno Tour Fabrics
Pat's Blog
Pat's Instagram
Etno Lookbook
Official Blog Tour Hashtags: #EtnoFabrics #EtnoBlogTour #PatBravoDesigns

DIY herbal wreath

Fall is my favorite season (though in spring, I might say spring is...) and I love to decorate with plants and flowers and fresh, pretty things. I wanted a wreath this past weekend, so I decided to try to make one myself. I've never been much of a fan of wreaths, but I am starting to love them when they are made with fresh foliage.

I also love how they can be used on the table as centerpieces! They're so perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with loved ones.

Here's what you need to make your own:
- embroidery hoop (mine was 8")
- floral wire (I used 24 gauge)
- fresh herbs (I bought 2 bunches of organic herbs at my local farmer's market and that was more than enough for this size hoop)
- wire cutters (not pictured)

I used thyme and sage for this wreath. My farmer's market was out of rosemary this week, but rosemary would have been lovely too! Or fresh lavender!

Tighten your embroidery hoop and start laying out your "base" herb. I used thyme for the base on mine. Start using little bits of the floral wire to secure your thyme sprigs to the hoop. Arrange as you go.

Repeat with your sage, attaching the sprigs to the hoop with the floral wire, and shaping as you go. Trim with scissors, if needed.

Hang (or use on a table) and enjoy! I'm planning on making several more of these. I have some pink peppercorn branches I want to add to my next one and I'm still hoping to find some fresh rosemary at next week's market. You could use fall leaves, pine boughs, other herbs, or even flowers. Super easy and pretty and smells wonderful! Tip: Add a drop or two of organic essential oils for a stronger scent!

applique templates for hoop art // winged blog tour

The second part of my project for the Winged blog tour is a set of appliqued embroidery hoop art. You can view the first part of my project, a paper mache deer head (that I absolutely love!), here.

What you'll need to for this project:
- my set of 3 applique templates (free for you if you subscribe to Poppy Quinn*)
- Winged Fat Quarters (prints I used: Plumage Apricot, Mimicry Beryl, Flyaway Petalums Sky, Frilly Flutters Mist)
- 3 embroidery hoops (5", 7", and 8")
- sewing thread in contrasting colors (I used white, light taupe, and dark taupe)
- 2-sided fusible webbing
- pencil/pen for tracing
- iron and ironing board
- scissors
- Mod Podge for Fabric (blue bottle) and foam brush for application

To make your embroidery hoop art pieces, you will need to download the set of 3 templates that I have made available as a free download when you subscribe to PoppyQuinn.*

1. Choose which fabrics you are going to use for your backgrounds and which you will use for your appliqued pieces.
2. Trace - The templates include a mirrored image of the appliques for each hoop that you will need to use to trace the template onto your fusible webbing. Trace only the appliqued pieces, not the lettering, onto the matte side of your fusible webbing. Loosely cut around the traced image you just made on your webbing; do not cut right on the lines - just cut in a blob around the whole image.
3. Place - Follow the instructions on your fusible webbing package to attach each template piece to your fabric, as directed; then cut out each applique and use your iron to attach the appliques individually to your background fabric pieces, as directed on the fusible webbing package.
4. Embroider - At this point, you can either choose to leave your appliqued edges raw, or you can choose to stitch around them, as I did. You can also just do a straight running stitch around your edges if you'd like.
5. Trace the lettering from the non-mirrored template piece onto your fabric background and embroider the lettering onto your piece.
6. Wrap the front side of your embroidery hoops with strips of fabric. I used pieces that were about 1/2" wide. Secure each end of the fabric strips as you go with a bit of Mod Podge for fabric.
7. Stretch your finished piece taut and position in the embroidery hoop as desired.
8. Finish off your hoop back. I followed this tutorial to finish off mine, but there are several ways to make the back of your hoop look pretty, so feel free to use whatever method you wish.

I hope you enjoy making your own embroidery hoop art pieces! I'd love to see your projects as you complete them. For more inspirational, creative goodies featuring Winged Fabric by Bonnie Christine, check out the full blog tour schedule here.

* I email you the templates within 24 hours when you subscribe to Poppy Quinn. If you subscribed to Poppy Quinn prior to the publication of this post, you can email me at to request your templates. )

how to make paper mache antlers // winged blog tour

Welcome to my stop on the Winged blog tour with Bonnie Christine! Bonnie's beautiful fabric line, Winged, is inspired by that first butterfly you see in spring and the feeling of spreading your wings and soaring toward your dreams. The whole line is just so lovely. If you haven't made anything with any of these prints yet, I'm sure you'll be wanting to by the time you've visited all the creative folks sharing their projects in this blog tour. =) I'd love it if you'd introduce yourself in the comments below or over on instagram too!

Today, I'm sharing the first project I completed with Bonnie's Winged line - a paper mache deer head. Click here to see the second project and to pick up some goodies!

I've been wanting to try paper mache lately and I've kind of had a crush on those faux deer heads we keep seeing everywhere, so I decided to try to make some antlers a deer head myself. This is my first attempt at paper mache and I am definitely a fan now! I will warn you...paper mache is messy and somewhat time-consuming, but the results are super fun! I love the imperfect, slightly flawed, but completely charming look of homemade paper mache. Now, for the first step...

What you're going to need:
-  lots of newspaper
- masking tape
- aluminum foil (not pictured)
- white or brown kraft paper (optional)
- paper towels (single-ply, or two-ply with the layers separated - optional)
- generic all-purpose flour
- water
- scissors
- bamboo kabob skewers
- Mod Podge for Fabric (blue bottle)*
- foam brush*
- 2 Winged fat quarters*
 *pictured in 2nd supplies photo later in the post

The first thing you're going to want to do is make a frame for your antlers out of aluminum foil. Use masking tape to attach the smaller portions to the larger piece. Make two sets of antlers. I made mine similar, but slightly different because I didn't want them to be completely identical, but if you want yours to look perfect, try to make them look as alike as possible. Play with bending the foil to create curves in your antlers if you'd like.

 Use newspaper and masking tape to create a basic shape for your deer head. Be as picky as you want, but keep in mind, this is going to be covered in at least 3 layers of paper mache, along with a shaping layer if you choose to include one, so it doesn't need to be perfect.

Mix flour and water to create your paper mache paste. The mix should be a little like a thin pancake batter. Experiment to see what consistency you prefer. Some people like their mix really thick, while others like it to be more watery. I liked mine sort of in the middle. Be sure to protect your work surface with a layer of plastic or layers of newspaper. Paper mache gets everywhere! Tear some of your newspaper into thin strips (1" x 4-5" worked best for me) and some into 2x3" rectangles before beginning.

Coat your antler frames and your deer head each in a coat of paper mache strips, criss-crossing your paper pieces, rather than positioning all of them parallel to each other. Dip each strip of newspaper into your bowl of mache mix, run your fingers down the strip to remove the extra mix, then apply. (Look up tutorials on YouTube if this doesn't make sense.) Once your antler frames and deer head are fully coated, leave them all in the sun or in a safe place away from pets to dry. You want each coat to be completely dry before you apply the next coat to help prevent mold or rotting. I ended up waiting 24-48 hours between each layer. You can apply as many layers as you want until you achieve your desired thickness/strength. I went with 3 layers of paper mache, with additional layers applied to parts of the head when I later attached the antlers.

To attach the antlers, use a bamboo skewer. I used the skewer to poke a hole in the bottom of each antler and into the place on the top of the head where I wanted to position the antlers, then trimmed off enough of the skewer to shorten it to a length that would fit inside my deer head. Fit the skewer halfway into the antler and halfway into the head to position the antlers. Secure the antlers in place with masking tape. Coat the place where the antlers meet the head and surrounding areas with paper mache strips until you feel it is strong enough, waiting for each layer to dry prior to moving on to the next layer. You can now add a "shaping coat" with paper towel strips if you'd like, to create facial features or contour. You can also add a coat of white or brown kraft paper to make it look uniform and pretty. Once it's dry the real fun begins! =) I added one coat of white acrylic paint so my newspaper wouldn't show through the light colored fabrics I used.

At this point, you'll need to use the foam brush and your Mod Podge for Fabric to attach the fabric from your fat quarters to your completely dry deer head. For this project, I used the prints Flyaway Petalums Sky and Frilly Flutters Mist.You'll see my other two Winged fat quarters in the next tutorial. =) Brush your Mod Podge for Fabric onto your pieces of fabric and attach to your paper mache! It's so easy!

I tried to use only one piece of fabric (as opposed to many smaller pieces) for the face of the deer head to avoid a choppy, patchworked look, but you can experiment to see what you prefer. Just play with draping your fabric BEFORE you cut it to decide how you want to attach it. I recommend attaching the fabric to the head before attaching the fabric to the antlers. I also suggest doing the back of the head first to get used to how your fabric will lay before you move to the more visible front. ;) For the ears, I covered the back first, then cut triangular pieces of fabric that were slightly larger than the ears to cover the front of the ears and wrapped the extra bits around to the back of the ears for a seamless look in front.

To attach your fabric to the antlers, cut your second fat quarter into 1" strips (I did as I went so as not to be left with extra strips instead of a larger piece of fabric). Put a bit of Mod Podge for Fabric on the end of a strip, attach to the back of the antler, and start wrapping to cover the antler, applying more Mod Podge when you get near the end of the strip. I wrapped the main piece of the antlers first before wrapping the smaller off-shoot bits of the antlers.

At this point, you are pretty much finished! You can add a coat of Mod Podge Matte if you'd like to seal your project. I left mine as it was because I love the feel of this fabric as it is. To hang, you can use a picture frame hanging kit (easy to find at craft stores). 

Thank you for stopping by to learn how to make this bit of faux taxidermy with me. =) You can use this method to create so many projects...I am now working on a fabric-covered rocking bird inspired by some of my favorite West Elm pieces and a fabric and leather antler jewelry hanger. The possibilities are endless! Click here to see another project I've made with Bonnie's Winged fabric line. It is also made with fat quarters and requires no machine sewing...and no paper mache, if you prefer the less messy projects! ;)

Tomorrow's stop on the tour is Whitney at Madly Wish and she's going to be sharing a gorgeous DIY Fabric Flower Garland. You won't want to miss it! =) You can find Whitney here: blog | twitter | facebook | instagram  (P.S. She makes the most adorable baby bedding. Check it out!)

A big thanks and much love to Bonnie for designing these lovely patterns and including me in her Winged blog tour. Stop by her blog to download the free pattern for the Alation quilt pictured above - made with her Winged line! Go leave her some love and brighten her day! blog | fabric | facebook | twitter | instagram | Winged lookbook | free quilt pattern

Read about the tour and see the full schedule here.

New Art Prints and Upcoming Events

Hi friends! I'm popping in to let you know how excited I am about participating in Bonnie Christine's Winged Blog tour! I'll be sharing an extra-special DIY tutorial with you and I can hardly wait to see all of the beautiful, creative things the other bloggers have made with Bonnie's lovely fabric. Don't miss it! I'm posting my article on Monday, November 3rd. =) In case you haven't been introduced to Bonnie's Winged line of fabrics yet, here's a peek:

 I've also added a few more prints to the PoppyQuinn Etsy shop. if you'd like to head over to see what's new! =) See you soon for the blog tour!

new surface pattern collection - it's vintage, love

This has been my favorite collection so far because it has so much heart in it for me. Largely inspired by my lovely grandmothers, each pattern reminds me of some piece of childhood spent at a Gran's house.

I handlettered the name of the collection and I actually love how it turned out!

Sketching this collection was fun because I was drawing memories - canning jars from my gran's cellar that was always lined with shelves and shelves of her canned garden goodies; doilies that she made; milk cans that were my great-grandmother's and still sit in my mom's yard; lamps that belonged to my grandmothers; clothes drying on the line; library shelves full of old books...

I always thought my grandma's garden was the secret garden when I was growing up. It was so lovely! We used to race homemade sailboats down the ditch and wade around in it when we'd visit her in the summers.

Illustrating them was fun, too. The two radios are my husband's vintage radios. We found the red one at The Antique Barn out in the middle of nowhere. It actually has a houndstooth pattern on the grill. We've never found another one like it!

Building the repeating patterns for the collection is sometimes very simple and easy, and at other times, can be quite difficult! There are actually a few more patterns in this collection that didn't make it into the final selection, but I will be using them for something else. =)

I really love the two colorways for this collection. One palette reminds me of one grandmother's house and the other palette reminds me of another gran's house!

I made a goal-setting worksheet with the floral pattern. I am a little obsessed with organizing and planning and goal-setting, so it fits. ;)