Who doesn’t love a flannel plaid shirt in the fall?? Well, I didn’t really plan on making a flannel shirt, but it’s really cute and super cozy! Once I got the fit right on this Laurel Top, I was obsessed.


There's nothing better than a flannel plaid shirt for autumn - and this is a super cute take on the fall favorite


About the fabric selection: I really love this plaid, and would probably buy all of it if it were a normal woven. Originally, I though this shirt would be cute tucked into a mini skirt with tights/boots for the winter. The flannel is a little too thick for that… And the ruffles were a little challenging with the thick fabric.

Can we talk about how I always sew plaids and stripes??? Do I hate myself? It takes FOREVER to lay out the pattern when you’re trying to make sure everything’s cut in the correct spot. I could have done with matching the sleeves to bodice, but at least the sleeves match each other.

There's nothing better than a flannel plaid shirt for autumn - and this is a super cute take on the fall favorite

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Slouchy Tees are my favorite 🙂 Combine them with leggings, fuzzy slippers, cozy quilts, coffee, and Gilmore Girls and you have THE PERFECT SATURDAY.

Sewing with Knits: Great FREE pattern for a sllouchy tee. Super simple and perfect for practicing with knits!

I had to test out this FREE Tessuti Fabrics pattern, so I chose a poly/lycra blend from Fabric.com. The fabric is super soft, but usually polyester pills. I’ll have to give you a wear & tear update later. And I’ll probably make the next one in stripes… because stripes are always better!

Sewing with Knits: Great FREE pattern for a sllouchy tee. Super simple and perfect for practicing with knits!

This pattern is super easy and quick to stitch up. I think it took maybe 1.5 hours (after some printer trouble and all the taping/ cutting of PDF patterns). It’s another good pattern to practice sewing with knits and double-needles. I love the drop shoulders and the length of the fitted sleeve. View Post


Love the matchstick quilting on this falling leaves quilted table runner

Sorry it’s been so long since I posted! As much as I love fall, I’ve been super busy and haven’t been able to make as many things as I want.

I’ve seen this leaf pattern all over Pinterest for the fall, and I thought it would be super cuter for my entry way table. I ordered a Charm Pack of Kona Solids in fall colors and started cutting.

The little stems on those leaves are tricky! Of course, after I made them all I saw a video in a quilting fb group that explained the process much better. Oh well – they’re finished now 🙂

Each leaf is 6×6 and then I added a 2″ sashing and a 2″ border. The backing and binding are a Jo-Ann’s Fabrics plaid that was on sale for 50% off 🙂

Here are a few links that I found helpful while making this table runner:

And a few more photos of the project:

falliing leaves quilted table runner on my entryway table!

My entry way table… We got that little grass basket on our honeymoon. And the other bin is cute because it says Wilson 🙂

Autumn-themed table runner in solids with matchstick quilting

So Matchstick quilting is kind of tricky to get perfectly straight… but this is just for me, so I don’t mind. Love the plaid backing on this!

Autumn-themed table runner in solids with matchstick quilting

What fall projects have you been working on?? Post a link to your blog below so I can see 🙂


Scrapbook Sunday September Recap

The next little recap for my monthly mini album 🙂 September felt so long because of the change of seasons. A few 90-degree days and then fall started in full swing! I’m so obsessed with this weather!

  1. Labor Day Weekend – We started with lots of coffee and brunch, of course! but it was a little hilly so we actually had to break out the jeans and cardigans
  2. Trip to SC – We went down to SC to visit with my grandmother, but stopped to see Eric’s grandparents and my cousins and their babies! Very fun trip, despite the sad circumstances.
  3. Sweater Weather! Loving fall!
  4. Trail runs during the fall are the best! Stef and I are prepping for our crazy 5k, 10k, half marathon combo, so all we do is run run run…
  5. National Coffee Day should really be a bigger deal! Of course, I treat every day like National Coffee Day…

Hope you had a great September! Almost every weekend of October is booked, and I’m super excited for all the leaves to change 🙂

Speaking of scrapbooks, I’m almost finished with my 2015 album…. at the end of 2016. And I haven’t finished 2010-2014… but progress is progress! Once it’s complete, I’ll work on a little youtube video flipping through it.


I’m pretty excited to get sewing a few fall trends. Of course, when I’m sewing I try to make classic pieces that will last for years. But I have seen a few fall trends that I hope stick around for a long time…..

Fall Trends & DIY Alternatives 2016 Trending

A Few Trends

  1. Ruffle Sleeve: These seem to be everywhere and I love them!
  2. Reconstructed Denim
  3. Pink!
  4. Plaid (of course!), but I promise I have proof for this from the runway
  5. Jumpers: Sometimes I take a summer dress and put a white collared shirt under it, so maybe I’m ahead of the trend?

Fav Fall Trend Articles

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Lace Sleeved Lane Raglan by Mostly Sewing

Yes, I made another Lane Raglan. I think this one only took 1.5 hours including cutting! I’m getting super speedy.

In case you’ve missed the other posts using this pattern, here’s a link to the Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade. It’s my #1 pick for learning how to sew knits. You’ll get addicted (I definitely am!)

I’m pretty sure this one is my favorite, too. It’s SO PRETTY. A few years ago I bought an all-lace sweatshirt from Forever21 that I received a million compliments on (some people at my luxury fashion job asked if it was one of ours haha), so I wanted to add more dressed-up sweatshirts to my collection. View Post


Flashback Friday cross stitch projects from when I was a kid! And, of course, perfect for fall!

For this week’s Flashback Friday – a few cross stitch pillows I made when I was maybe 8-10 years old. I made the little scarecrow pillow and the 4-leaf pattern. My sister made the two pillows in the back – of course she made the cat pillow.

Flashback Friday cross stitch projects from when I was a kid! And, of course, perfect for fall!

These are so adorable, my mom keeps them displayed in a bowl during fall at her house. My mom cross-stitched a lot when we were young,  and every now and then we made something, too!

Flashback Friday cross stitch projects from when I was a kid! And, of course, perfect for fall!

These little pillows are basically the frame for the cross- stitch. I definitely cut the square too small when I was little… oops

Flashback Friday cross stitch projects from when I was a kid! And, of course, perfect for fall!

Obsessed with these little guys! I wish I could find the patterns for these little guys and share with you, but you’re all pretty smart and I think you could figure it out!

Happy Fall! Have a great weekend!!


So I’ve had this YouTube link over in my social icons, but never posted a video! So I finally got around to posting a video, and it’s all about the kind of crazy fabric shopping spree this month!


Please excuse the facial expression… Apparently, I’m not allowed to choose my own thumbnails on YouTube yet? Need to figure this out a little better.

And just ignore that I said “facebook video” in the beginning. It’s a little too late to edit it now 🙂


  1. Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Plaid – Scarlet
  2. Kaufman Framework Flannel – Gridwork White
  3. Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon French Terry Knit – Charcoal
  4. Jersey Knit Solid – Smoke Grey
  5. Les Fleurs Charm Packs (they’re sold out of charm packs, so I linked to the layer cake)
  6. Les Fleurs Fat Quarter Bundle
  7. Kaufman Essex Linen Blend – Natural
  8. Kaufman Kona Solids Charm Pack – Cherrywood

It seems like this order was full of Robert Kaufman! I love my basics.

Hope you like my little video. I tried to sound less like a crazy person!


favorite knitting patterns for fall

Knitting is definitely the perfect cold-weather activity! You can bring your projects with you when you’re traveling, and it’s great for watching TV…


  1. Drapey Cardigan from Lion Brand Yarn
  2. Armor Scarf Pattern: I’m obsessed with this one!! Making it over the weekend!
  3. Classic Cuffed Hat: Love this classic pattern! I’ve made 2 already 🙂
  4. Classic Hemmed Crewneck Pattern: Looks like a good pattern to make in every color
  5. Friendly Fair Isle Sweater: I need to learn fair isle knitting, and this pattern would be a simple introduction… or I could try the free hat version

I always forget how much I love knitting until it’s time for fall and winter! What projects are you working on this season?


Hi Everyone! I realized I forgot to post my July mini scrapbook challenge summary, so I’ll include it with the August update.

In case this is your first time seeing my Scrapbook Sunday post, click here for the inspiration for this monthly challenge.

Unfortunately, it look like these mini albums aren’t so trendy anymore, and Michael’s & Joann’s haven’t been carrying them 🙁 I had to order additional pages on Amazon. I feel like I should have stocked up on the albums, because they were pretty cute and a great gift :/

Anyway, back to my monthly photos!


9 4 scrapbook july

  1. 4th of July: We participated in the usual 4th of July activities: local parade, lunch at the cafe, lots of ice cream, swimming, fireworks in town, etc. We started Whole30 the next day, so we were fitting in all the sugar and gluten that we could find.
  2. Whole30: We started on July 5th and stayed strong through the all 30 days! It was great to learn about how food affects our bodies and break some bad habits! More on that in this post...
  3. Shannon’s Bridal Shower: Just a fun day with one of our favorite girls! Lots of food (that we couldn’t eat because of Whole30) and glittery pineapples. Read more over here…
  4. Trip to Mood: Here’s a photo of me in my natural habitat… feeling all the pretty fabrics and dreaming up new projects!! To see everything I bought on that trip, read this post!
  5. Fishing on our lake! We were able to get a boat slip out on the lake near our house, and we love floating around every night. There’s a few restaurants and even a lake front ice cream shop!


9 4 scrapbook august

  1. NJ State Fair: Just having fun at the fair as usual! This FMX show was free, and really fun! And of course, I was slightly obsessed with the sheep! Maybe I’ll enter a quilt next year 🙂
  2. Tie Dye Quilt: Probably my new favorite quilt! I hand-dyed all the blue strips, and went with my favorite simple log cabin style. Click here for more details!
  3. VA Beach: I kind of felt like a pack animal carrying the beach chair, umbrella, beach bags, and towels… Then we only stayed on the beach for a few hours because it was SO HOT. And I got a little sunburned (despite reapplying SPF 50 multiple times).
  4. VA Beach: Neptune! Part of the reason I chose VA Beach for our weekend trip was because I had a 9-mile run that weekend! I knew the beach had a 3 mile boardwalk, and I wouldn’t get too lost running a straight line! Below is the Airbnb listing for the great place we stayed!
  5. Trip to PA: We went out to PA for Shannon’s other bridal shower. While we there, I was attacked by tiny adorable puppies!!

Bed & Bath Suite Close to Beach

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Sunny and spacious, private bedroom with ensuite full bathroom located a short 10 minute walk (less than half a mile) from the ocean. Your bedroom suite is the ideal place to enjoy the best that Vi…

And that’s it for July & August! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up in September!

And don’t forget to preorder for the December Daily challenge! This kit is amazing, and I CAN’T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS.