On the Cutting Table: Fabric

Pretty Fabrics from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an ‘On the Cutting Table’ post. The truth is, there hasn’t been a ton on the cutting table this last year due to this and that. But 2016 is a new year and there are lots of fun exciting things on the horizon for The Cottage Mama! This last week I received a box of fabric from Riley Blake Designs for some upcoming projects. Riley Blake designers always create the most adorable fabrics. Seriously. It just doesn’t get a whole lot cuter than these……..

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Tooth Fairy Pillows

Adorable Tooth Fairy Pillow on The Cottage Mama

I wanted to share these darling Tooth Fairy Pillows that my mom (Grandma Jane) created for Savannah and Matilda. We just absolutely love how they turned out. I think, as of now, Savannah has lost 8 teeth and Matilda has lost 6. They have had quite a few visits from the Tooth Fairy. Mom said she's planning on making a boy version of the Tooth Fairy Pillow for Caspian soon since it won't be long before he loses his first tooth! … continue reading

Children at Play Scalloped Pillow

Children at Play Scalloped Pillow by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama. As seen on Fons and Porter 'Love of Quilting'.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to film two episodes of Fons and Porter 'Love of Quilting' PBS show and magazine. I already shared my Cottage Quilt Block with you that I made on one of the episodes. Today I'm sharing the project that I did on the other episode........ Children at Play Scalloped Pillow. … continue reading

Girls Chandelier Makeover


When we purchased the New Cottage Home, there were not a lot of things in the house that I wanted to save......especially in the lighting and wallpaper department. As I've mentioned before, this home was a foreclosure and the previous owners left years before we purchased the home back when the bank took possession. The old owners had taken all the things they wanted when the house was foreclosed on.......i.e. all the shelving in the closets, pantry and other things. The fixtures were very outdated, rusted and old and there was a really 'unique' antler … continue reading

Patchwork Baby Bibs for Josephine

Patchwork Quilted Baby Bib Pattern. www.thecottagemama.com

My mom (aka Grandma Jane) is amazing. She sews more in a year, than I think most people sew in 10. It helps that she retired almost two years ago and has time to really sew, but even when she was working full time, she always amazed me with the amount of projects she could finish in such a small amount of time. … continue reading

Lessons with Lindsay: How to Gather Fabric

Lessons with Lindsay Sewing Video. Great video for learning how to gather fabric!

It's that time again.......another Lessons with Lindsay sponsored by Baby Lock Sewing and Embroidery Machines. On today's Lessons with Lindsay: How to Gather Fabric, you will learn traditional gathering techniques as well as how to use a ruffler attachment for a traditional sewing machine and how to gather using a gathering foot on your serger. … continue reading

Cottage Quilt Block Pattern

Cottage Quilt Block Pattern by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama

I just received this Cottage Quilt Block back in the mail last week. I don't know if I mentioned it here, but last year my sewing machine sponsor (Baby Lock) flew me to Iowa to film two episodes of the PBS show Fons and Porter 'Love of Quilting' with Mary Fons. A few of you have emailed and said that you saw my episodes (yay!). Surprisingly I haven't seen them myself. Unfortunately, our PBS station doesn't pick up the sewing shows, but hopefully I'll get a copy someday and can check it out........or not........it's always so strange to hear myself talk. … continue reading

Before and After Kitchen Makeover

The NEW Cottage Home Before and After Kitchen Makeover. This Kitchen is AMAZING!

Today I am so excited to share the first post about our New Cottage Home! I know I've mentioned that we moved and that we renovated a foreclosure home that we purchased, but now I'm finally ready to reveal some of the before and after pictures of what happened this summer in, what I like to call, the New Cottage Home. First up, our Before and After Kitchen Makeover. … continue reading