Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All sorts of crazy.

I've been thinking a lot about summer break, since it's sneaking up on us in less than three weeks.  Summers can be pretty stressful around here with my bunch, because when they get bored, things get destroyed.  I would like to avoid as much destruction as possible.  Obviously.

I decided to have a little "family meeting" with the girls and start discussing how things are going to go this summer and start drilling the rules into their heads.  My husband has a hard time waking up in the morning, so I was trying to explain to them that they cannot go outside unless he is fully awake just in case they need him.  Isabelle starts listing off reasons they might need him, which included Big Foot coming in the yard.  I'm glad she has all the bases covered there.

Then we were talking about not making big messes and getting into things like scissors and somehow Isabelle starts asking about what happens if Daddy makes a machine that can make more kids and we end up with two more Isabelles.  Heaven help me if that were to happen.

Once she started in on Daddy's plans to make a disappearing machine, I saw that I had clearly lost all control over the meeting and decided to adjourn.  I had no idea I married a mad scientist, but Isabelle certainly has faith in him.

So... on to a crazy idea I have.

I don't really quilt.  I have made a quilt top before, but it's just a quilt top... it's never been put through the whole sandwiching, quilting, binding rigamarole.  I keep thinking I'll do it one day, but I always find something else to do.  I do like the concept of quilting... making the top anyway. 

I have a few friends that quilt, as well as my little sister, so it's quite often that a pin for a quilt design pops up on Pinterest among my friends' pins.  Like this one...

Now, the thing about this picture that has my wheels spinning is not that I adore the quilt - and I do, it's really pretty - but I really love the look of it in the window.  It reminds me of a stained glass window.  So I thought.... why can't I make a quilt top curtain? 

I can. 

And I think I will.

A friend of mine mentioned that you can get fabric cuts at Tuesday Morning at insane prices... like the jelly roll I picked up for $4.


They had full yard bundles, 6 yards for $8... fat quarter bundles...  layer cakes... the prices varied from $4 to $24 for a huge fat quarter bundle.  Granted, most of it was - in my personal opinion - ugly as sin, but I think I definitely snagged a good bargain.  Especially since this is just an experiment and - bonus - I don't have to cut my own strips.

Anyway, this is pretty much the color scheme I aspire to in my kitchen (like I have some kind of decorating theme anywhere in the house...) and it's one of the smallest windows in the house, so I think I'll give it a try.  I will probably go the log cabin square route like in the pin.  I might be a disaster or look like a mess, but it will be fun to try.  But if it looks like a blue-green stained glass window when the sun shines in.... I'll be a happy woman.


  1. Great idea! Glad I kind of inspired it.

  2. Oh... I like that idea! Getting ready for summer break here as well. Next Friday is the last day of school! I have one teenager to keep occupied and two little girls who will need to stay busy. Time to start planning! Hope things are well where you are Jennifer. I'm alway so happy to see you at Tangled Happy and I love popping over to see the goings on at the It's Just Jennifer household. Seems there is always something interesting.:)



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