Sewing, Uncategorized

February Sew Sampler Box Review

Have you been wanting to sign up for the Sew Sampler Box from the Fat Quarter Shop? But you don’t know it it’s worth the money? Just can’t decide? Well here is a little review of the February 2017 Sew Sampler just for you!

All of the subscriptions come in this cute little box to your doorstep every month!

Opening the box for the first time is always so fun! I mean they have customized tissue paper for these! How fun is that?

This was my first peek and I was so excited! That pattern by April Rosenthal is TOO DIE FOR.

Okay back to the pattern. It is so simple and it looks amazing. It was designed by April Rosenthal and is called Crisscross. This is one that I can’t wait to do! If you want to purchase it you can find it here.

Up next is the Jolly Bar also by April. I love the color combination here. Perfect for the Crisscross quilt. You can find it here.

Fat Quarter Shop also includes a block ‘recipe’ with every box you get. It includes different sizing for the block. I couldn’t find these on their sight so they may be exclusive to the Sew Sampler Box. Someone correct me if I’m wrong! (:

This months box also had this two way retractable seam ripper. I like that it can be closed for storage so no one can get poked by it. BUT one thing that I noticed (at least to me) was that because of the springs on the inside, when you use it it flexes a bit with each tug. I will be sticking to my handy non-retractable seam ripper for now. (; But you can purchase the Tailor-Mate here.

Okay, these clips from Clover. You guys, I swear by these for binding quilts!! They are SO nice. No one is getting stabbed by needles, you don’t worry about poking your fingers, stepping on a stray pin or the kids grazing one while you bind quilts. They are AMAZING. Get them here.Β (They do have different options)

That Purple Thang. Shouldn’t that be all that needs said? (; Okay, when I saw this I was a bit confused, I mean what is that thang? Turns out it is incredibly useful. I especially am going to love it for applique. It pushes, pulls, pokes, fudges, turns and stuffs! (; You can get yours here.

Last but definitely not least is the Thread Heaven that came in this months box. It is small but oh so wonderful! I was a little skeptical of it’s usefullness, I mean wax for thread? BUT I recently started a hand quilting project and it has been great. (; Learned my lesson.

And that folks is all! This Sew Sampler Box was pretty awesome. Once in awhile yes you will get something that you don’t like or think you won’t ever use. But you are always getting your money worth! And Fat Quarter Shop has GREAT customer service if there is ever a problem with your order. If you have decided to subscribe to the Sew Sampler Box to have a little happy mail every month on your doorstep then go here. Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for such a great monthly box!

If you do subscribe let me know what you think of your new supplies! I would love to hear from you!


A personal favorite from my Etsy shop

I made a few Easter Bags for my Etsy shop recently. How perfect are these for baskets?! 😍 Best part is THEY ARE REVERSIBLE!!

These are the two I made for my little girls! I think they’ll love the unicorns and ladybugs! 

Here is the link to one of them. Feel free to check them all out! πŸ’œ

(PS:  I can customize the colors and designs to the best of my ability for you! So let me know if you’d like something specific!) 


Orange Peel Quilty Fun!

One of my goals this year (I’ll admit I thought it was going to take me WAY longer than it did) was to make an orange peel quilt! I looked at several different ways to make the peels and decided to try this out.

I began with my Orange Peel Templates from Fat Quarter Shop that they sent in their December (?) Sew Sampler Box (I highly encourage this if you like to sew! A lot of fun goodies every month on the cutest box!). I chose a fat quarter bundle to work with and using a 5″ template I traced it onto some pellon. 

Once I had them all traces I slowly stitched them onto the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing the pellon. This was pretty easy to do and once I got into a rhythm it was pretty quick!

Then using my pinking scissors I cut around them pretty closely. 

I then snipped a small x in the pellon of each peel. Then I would turn it inside out and very gently press the edges out until it looked nice. I had quit the pretty stack after awhile! 

I matched thread colors as best I could them began to glue them to the white squares.

Stitching them down was the harder part. I debated doing it by hand but after just one piece my carpel tunnel was hurting too bad. So I went with my machine. They went a lot faster than if I had done them by hand. 

And the finished result! It is a baby size but I still LOVE it and may make another one someday. No telling how soon though! πŸ˜‰

What projects have you been working on recently?! Leave a comment and let me know! Also, have you ever made an orange peel quilt? I would love to see a photo! 


Quilty Progress – January 2017

Whew! January was over just a week ago and I actually accomplished quite a bit of sewing. Here is a small photo summary of what made its way across my sewing table!

A baby quilt – this was such a great scrapbuster project! The pattern is called Crossroads.

Last year I made a Come Follow Me LDS Primary quilt. Using some of the scraps I made two Come Follow Me tote bags! I’m thinking church bags for my girls for Christmas?! πŸ˜‰ Never hurts to be too prepared right? The fabric is from Henry Glass Co.

For quilt group once a month we take home a small project or two from one of the members and do a little sewing for them. This year we are making ‘Border Quilts’. So we each start with a panel of fabric and then it goes through each person in the group and they put a border on it for us of varying sizes. This is the one I put a border on.

Next up is my Orange Peel that is in progress! All I have to say about this is it will definitely be a baby quilt. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

I finished the last few blocks I needed for my Farm Girl Vintage Quilt this month. Hopefully next month it will be my BIG finish! This was one of my favorites. 

I tested a pincushion pattern for a friend on Instagram. Perfect use of some small scraps from my Orange Peels!

This quilt has a little story to go with it. This is a very simple ‘cheater quilt’ as I call them. (Just a panel with a border or two) My Brother-in-Law actually had that panel as his baby quilt when he was a baby. He is 24 now. He asked his Mom to find another panel about 3 years ago and make him a new queen size quilt to go on his bed because he is a VERY sentimental person. She found it and made him one. Well he and his wife are expecting their first baby and it’s a boy! So I found another panel and made a matching baby quilt for him! Talk about tradition!

And last but not least I received a bag of fabric scraps in fall colors at my last quilt group with one pre-made scrappy block in it. So I ran with it to not waste that one block haha! One baby quilt in fall fabrics with about a billion 2.5 inch squares! πŸ˜‚ It was so fun to make though.

So there you have it! My quilty finishes for January 2017. I am hoping to have a few more in February but we’ll see how that goes! Thanks for coming over to take a look! 

Best wishes,



Homemade Water Color Paints

Watercolor paints are pretty spendy. $2-$4 for good ones that actually have color! I don’t know about you but at the rate my child goes through paint that’s at least $2 a week. Too much when you’re trying to save money and pay off bills. So I opted for making some homemade ones! 

Browsing through Pinterest I found a lot of different ways to make them and different reviews. So I decided to go with it and do it how I thought best. So here we go!

Items you will need: 

-ice cube tray 


-baking soda 

-butter knife for mixing 

-food coloring (I only had 3 different colors for this) 

Fill each section of the ice cube tray 2/3 full of Baking Soda. Then add 2-3 drops of a color (more for a darker paint, less for a lighter). 

Begin adding water. I found that a medicine dropper worked really well for this. Add some water and then mix it, keep adding until it has a slightly watery consistency. 

If it looks chunky like this keep adding water! 

Continue until you have as many colors as you want. Remember you can mix colors to get more colors! 

When you’re down you can leave it out to harden, it takes two(ish) days or put it in the freezer and it will take about 6 hours. 

Looks at these fun colors!

And it was a hit! Make sure you add enough water to soften them up a bit on the top when you begin painting. And I recommend a bigger paint brush than comes in the little Crayola sets. 

For a fun twist let your kids paint with Vinegar instead of water. The paint fizzes that way! 

If you try it let me know I think the comments below or tag me on Instagram (@twopinefarms)

Happy Painting!


DIY Table Runner Tutorial

I have a gorgeous farmhouse table my husband made me for Christmas…

So I figured why not make a cute table runner for it?! This is a super simple tutorial (it has to be, I made it;) 

Pick three fabrics. One main piece(A), a supporting piece(B) and a simple basic piece(C). How cute is that chicken fabric?! 😍

(A) Cut the main piece 14 x 8.5 inches. Cut 4 of them. 

(B) Cut the supporting piece 14 x 4 inches. Cut 6 of them. 

(C) Cut the basic piece 14 x 2 inches. Cut 8 of them. 

Start sewing them together going B-C-A-C-B-C-A-C-B (continued for as long as you want your table runner to be).

See! So simple! Now all that’s left is to quilt and bind it. I can’t wait to have this on the center of my table! It fits perfectly in with my Farmhouse themed decor. 

If you make one tag me in it on Instagram using! (@twopinefarms)

Happy (simple) Sewing! 


2017 Quilty Goals

As most of you know I love to sew! I have a few goals set for this year of specific quilts I want to finish. 

First and foremost I want to finish my Farm Girl Vintage Quilt by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnett. (Check out her blog and her Instagram @beelori1 for all of her fun projects!) I only have five more blocks for my Farm Girl to be finished. 

Second is Lori’s (can you tell I love her stuff!) Cozy Christmas. This quilt is a little more intense than I’ve ever done. It has a lot of appliquΓ© which is not my strongest talent but I hope that it gets better as this project goes on. It has yet to be started. 

Another quilty goal is to make a chicken quilt (and a table runner). It will be made using Lori Holts chicken block from her book Farm Girl Vintage. I am REALLY excited about this one as it was my favorite block to make. (It will look something like this)

Up next is a VERY small Orange Peel quilt.  (I’m talking baby quilt, table runner, mug rug?! πŸ˜‚ small!) I am hoping that once again my appliquΓ© technic will improve with this project. (A huge thanks to for this template and instructions!)

I am sure as time goes on I will add projects here and there. And I know there is a HUGE likelihood (I mean let’s be honest) that I won’t finish these four projects. But I sure am willing to try! 

The other night we had a church group activity. We watched Johnny Lingo (if you haven’t watched this I highly encourage it, it’s a short film made in 1968 I think) and then talked about how we can apply that to goal making for the year. We can try our best to do everything but if we don’t view ourselves as amazing women who can do what we set our minds to (within reason of course) then there may be an issue. BUT the flip side of that is when we do fail at a goal (i.e. Mess up, don’t finish in time) IT IS OKAY. We are still strong amazing women we just need to keep trying. 

So whatever your goals may be for the year (physical, mental, spiritual, quilty πŸ˜‰) remember that you can do it! 


Lean-to Progress

If you follow me on Instagram (@twopinefarms) then you know we have been planning on building a lean-to for extra storage on our property. While we have a lot of space out here we do not however, have enough storage for things like hay, feed, lawn mower, and the rotatiller. (We like to keep these things covered so they last longer and stay in the best condition possible)

Last weekend we had well under freezing temperatures, but that didn’t stop my husband from beginning the work on our lean-to. 

Several weeks ago we put in the poles that we needed for the support. 

Gabe had a few 2x4s from various jobs he has done the past few weeks so he dug them out of the snow (why he didn’t lean them against the shed before it snowed, so he didn’t have to dig them out I don’t know πŸ˜‰). 

While helping I stopped to take a photo of how much snow we (had). We have got about 12 inches more since I took this photo. (By the way… how cute are those vintage chairs?! I have big plans for them as decor pieces in our home this spring!:)

We began putting up the boards. We got a few done on the sides and just a couple on the top. Our plan is to get this project done as early this spring as we can. Wish us luck! 


Word of the Year 2017

I had a hard time choosing my word of the year this year. I had so many words running through my head that could apply to my life, things I need to work on, etc… 





But the one that really stuck with me was Faith. 

It is a common word. Used all the time in sentences, phrases and scripture. But to me it means my family and I will be taken care of no matter what. No matter the hardships we face, or the struggles we go through our Heavenly Father has our back. 

He knows what we need and when we need it. What we think is best for us may not be the case. He may have something even better in store for us a little further down the dirt road. Something we could have never dreamed of. 

This last year was a huge test of faith for is. Between having a new baby (Jan 5), buying a new home in March, my husband starting his own business and all of the many financial struggles that go along with it, our Father in Heaven knew just who to place in our lives at just the right time to let us feel peace and comfort. 

A few weeks ago we were really struggling. My husband was working a long job that took him away from our home for two weeks. I was left with two little girls, animals to tend to and a house to take care of, all while trying to get ready for Christmas. 

Our finances are tight right now due to the job change a few months ago, an unexpected trip to the hospital for our baby, and my husbands truck breaking down the day he was supposed to leave for his two week job. (Not to mention the day after that truck broke his second little truck broke. Completely dead. Died. Good bye) Heavenly Father placed friends and family into our lives at just the right time. 

The clients my husband was doing the two week job for ended up letting him borrow one of their personal vehicles for those two weeks so he was able to come home on the weekend to see us. They let him continue using it for the next week also. They will never know how thankful we are to them and their willingness to help us in our time of need. 

Even though the past month has been one of the hardest of our lives (and I admit there have been a lot of tears and I have wanted to just give up more than once) things just seemed to work out. A box of diapers when we were about to run out and couldn’t afford more, a friend that let me wash 6 loads of laundry at her house because our washer quit working while my husband was gone, a box of fruit, nuts and candy for a wonderful Christmas treat. 

My faith has definitely grown the past few weeks. I am thankful for everyone who has helped my family in all these different ways. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. He knows what we need and when we need, and most importantly how to get it to us in the best way. 

That is why my word for 2017 is Faith. If we continue to have faith and let it grow we know that everything will work out. What is your word for the new year?

Homesteading, Uncategorized

A New Route

I have been thinking about what I can do to better manage my blog and home life, my children, my husband, the countless errands we have to run, and all the animals that we have (and hope to get). The thing that has continuously been coming to my mind is to change the direction of my blog to go with how I want my (my family’s) life to be like.

I will try and post at least once a week in the next year to coincide with what our goals are for our family and what we like to call our farm. We recently received a bill in the mail for an ultrasound our 10 month old had to have on her heart. The amount was INSANE (try several thousand dollars for half an hour of time). It really put back into perspective what is important to us and what we want to accomplish with our children.

Some of the goals we hope to accomplish in the next year are as follows:

  • Get out of debt to the best of our ability
  • Add goats and more chickens (for eggs and meat) to our homestead (possibly pigs)
  • Plant a few fruit trees to start our orchard with
  • Grow a thriving garden so we can preserve most of our own food
  • Finish a few small home renovations (if our budget allows)
  • Repair and replace fencing for pastures
  • Start a very simple homeschool preschool curriculum for our three year old
  • Install a wood stove to more efficiently heat our home
  • Spend more time outdoors and away from technology (we have already started this by discontinuing our TV provider, it has freed up SO much time)

We believe that returning to what is important and simplifying our lives will help us focus on what our Heavenly Father has given us. It will be beneficial to our children to learn to work with their hands and teach them to be grateful for what they have. What suggestions do you have for me and my family?

One question before I sign off for now, who knows of any great homesteading blogs I can check out to get ideas for our homestead?!

Thank you as always for being a part of our journey. (I will be better about updating my blog (; Β I promise!)