Thursday, October 2, 2014

Falling Charms…

When I discovered that I had lost the prepared hexagons for the baby quilts, I turned to Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co. to save the day…and man did she deliver!  She has FREE videos for tons of quilts…but this one caught my eye!  It’s called ‘Falling Charms’ and it’s got that fresh modern look that a new mother would like, plus it’s fast and easy for this old mom to whip up!

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It calls for charm packs for the feature fabric and a 2 1/2” jelly roll for the white strips…I had neither so I turned to my stash and cut out  5” squares and 2 1/2” strips the old fashion way! ;)

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Love the fabric…it’s mostly Bunny Hill prints from a few years ago…blues and taupe and the off white was in the stash!

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Fast and easy…and sweet!  A good combination!  Now on to the PINK version!  If you want to see Jenny’s video then you can go HERE!  Jenny is quite the character…very entertaining and she clearly enjoys what she is doing!

Before you go, hop on over to Quilty Folks Blog…and see what Audrey’s mom has received in the mail so far!!  Incredible!  If you remember, Audrey’s mom (who is an avid quilter) lost EVERYTHING in a house fire!  Audrey put out an SOS and quilters rallied!  Man, they sure did!!  Go and have a LOOK!  And this is only the first week!  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…QUILTERS ARE THE BEST!  Warms this ol’quilter’s heart!

Have a thrilling Thursday and happy Quilting!~P

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GOOD Things Come In Small Packages!

My friend, Delores has been plugging away on this wee penny for months!  It WAS her Heritage project…to be hand stitched while she chit chatted to those around her at Heritage Quilting.  We all cheered when she stitched in that last French knot!  She persevered and got ‘er done!

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This wee wool penny is small but mighty…and dang sweet!!  Delores used only two colours of wool…off white and a creamy taupe and she used a cream colour DMC embroidery floss for her stitching.

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Magnificent!  I put my wool thread in the center of the penny so that you could SEE how tiny this penny rug is!

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The good news is…I own the pattern!  I knew that YOU would want the name of this pattern so I needed to hunt up the pattern!…and that turned out to be a breeze to find because I have all of my patterns in LABELLED Binders.  Seriously Binders are the way to go to organize your patterns. Within minutes I had this…

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I remember buying this in the Primitive Gatherings Booth at Road to California…they had a sample of it made up and of course they KNEW that once you saw this sweet penny in the flesh, that you would naturally BUY the pattern!!  It’s called marketing!

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I love marketing…don’t YOU?!

One tip that Delores shared with us, was to use the Fons and Porter White Marking pencil…it worked great on the black wool to mark the vines!  I find that this has always been a huge problem when stitching on black wool…so I am now on the hunt for a Fons and Porter Pen!!  I may ‘someday’ actually get this wee penny made!!

Thanks for sharing, Delores!  You are such an inspiration!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy stitching!~P

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Winter Solstice Sew-A-Long Pt. 3

It sucks to be YOU if you aren’t part of this ‘Winter Solstice’ SEW A-LONG because ‘Winter Solstice’ is turning out to be one sweet quilt…I’m talking dang STINKING sweet cute!!  Can you tell that I am liking this quilt…

My instructions for the September’s Quilters participating in the ‘Winter Solstice’ Quilt A-Long were left wide open…finish or go at your own pace…this is a ‘FEEL GOOD’ SEW A-Long!  No pressure here!  So for those over achievers…you are probably finished and thinking about that border…and for those who like to plod along, you are probably working on those trees wondering WHEN those flying geese are going to be heading south!!

Come and have a peek and look over our shoulders…

Julie (no blog) had been away all summer and was madly trying to catch up…but it’s all good because when she put the pedal to the medal she produced some smoking hot blocks!  A few more trees…four little lambs and she is ready for her border!!  You rock, Julie!

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Here are Glynis(no blog) blocks for this month….DSCF3886-001

Some adorable trees…a real rain forest happening here!

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And the sweetest little lambs…EVER!

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…which means Glynis has completed the blocks and is working on her border!  You GO Glynis!!

Here are Claire’s blocks all ready to be stitched together……she just needs the little lambs which she prepped last night!

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Here is Seattle Judy’s rain forest!!  Doesn’t it look wonderful!

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And here’s Sandy L. (no blog) version of her west coast rainforest!  Lush and green…

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Thanks, Sandy L for sending those along!

And me…no I am NOT an over achiever…I just couldn’t stand all this homespun all over my sewing room!! (I had stacks of greens, stacks of blues, stacks of red and a mountain of beige…and it was all over the place!)  It was driving me crazy!  Then add the wool bits and pieces…YIKES!!  I couldn’t take it!  I got ‘er done so that I could clean up the mess!  Add tranquil music here…because the homespun and wool have been put away and I can now THINK!!

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SEW…what do you think??  SWEET?!

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One thing the book doesn’t tell you, is how to press the seams…and there are a ton of them!  We went with the rule, when in doubt and if there are a lot, then press open!

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I can’t help myself, I HAVE to say that they are dang cute…NO…DANG STINKING CUTE!!  It is a farm after all!!

Thanks for sharing ladies…can’t wait to see what your quilts look like with the border on…Remember the month of October is for finishing up your blocks and starting the border…We will aim for a totally finished quilt by the end of December…or whenever the urge hits you!  It’s ALL good!!  It’s a feel good quilt!!

Now hurry over and check out the rest of the bloggers participating this month…

There’s STITCHING BETWEEN THE LINES…Pam has been hard at work and managed to finish all of her trees PLUS work on two more BOMs!!  What a quilter!!  Her quilt top is taking shape and looking GREAT!

And Sandie from Crazy’Bout Quilts Blog has completed her homework…barns..check,   stars…check, trees…check, the cutest hexagon bag…check!  WHAT?  A hexagon bag?  Yup…and man is it cute!  Hurry over and check it out!!

Janna, over at Tin Teepee Log Cabin Blog spent most of the Summer gallivanting  north to Alaska…but once home, she took a deep breath and then dove into her stash!  Wait until you see what she created!! More importantly wait till you SEE what her grand-daughter created….the most adorable great grand-baby EVER!  So precious!

So there you have it!  Another month gone by in a blink of an eye!  Yowzers!  How do we slow this train down?  Think I’ll close the sewing room door today and just stitch…and let that train fly right  by!  I’m sure that will slow down October! :o)

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Stitching!~P