Saturday, October 25, 2014

Home For the Holidays…NOT!

I may not be “Home for the Holidays” this year but that doesn’t mean that’s it’s not PREPPED!! :o) I am talking about Lisa Bongean’s “Home For the Holidays”! This quilt has been on my ‘TO DO LIST’ since I first laid eyes on the pattern…I LOVE IT!!

While the sewing room was still a wool disaster, I thought I would just ‘get ‘er done’ and ‘get ‘er done’ I did!!

As you can see these wool appliques are much simpler than yesterday’s motifs so this didn’t take all that long to do…


Love the chubby thighs on the gingerbread boy!!




This pattern was a JOY to work with, as are all of Lisa Bongean’s patterns!  She gives you a cutting pattern, plus a placement pattern!  The BONUS is all of the pattern pieces are already reversed!  She REALLY knows how to design a pattern!



Now I just need to make the ‘snowball’ blocks, transfer the writing, (which will be a breeze thanks to  Lisa’s placement pattern) and glue down these motifs and I will be ready for stitching!!  I tell you, Lisa thinks of everything to make a project do-able and user friendly!!  No guess work with her patterns!

Today I am cleaning my sewing room!!  It looks like a WOOL hurricane with the wind velocity of 4 hit my room!  And of course my little furry helper has helped moved these bits and pieces throughout the house!  I have my work ‘cut out’ for me!  :o)

Have a SUNNY Saturday and Happy Stitching!~P

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Christmas Skirt…

The other day I was leafing through this magazine…it’s called ‘Magic Patch’…an older issue of the Australian magazine that I found in my ‘travels’.


Well…as I was leafing through it, I came to THIS PAGE…well the Heavens opened and heavenly music began playing…I swear!! It stopped me in my tracks!  I loved this table topper…I loved the shape of it and the ‘idea’ of the appliqued motifs (not necessarily THOSE motifs…), I also loved the multi coloured stars embroidered on the whole thing to tie each section together and the crazy stitching between each section!  I had to make this one!


It called for fabric that is already quilted…and I had a light bulb moment!  I had bought a bundle of pre-quilted fabric while at the Hemet ‘Boutique’ this year!  Do you remember their FILL A BAG FOR $1?  Yup…this piece got stuffed into my bag!  So I pulled it out of my stash and…it’s perfect!!…it was a HUGE piece and I liked it better than the magazine fabric!  Eureka!  But it is white…SNOW WHITE!  I did the burn test to see if the fabric was actually cotton and could be dyed…and sure enough it was the real deal!!


So I brewed up a batch of tea…


Ooops!  Get those tea bags out of there!  I also added our morning coffee left overs!


And then left it outside to set…


I LOVED the mottled colour but hated the tea/coffee smell…so off to the wash machine it went…then the dryer!


Here’s a picture before it got washed.  Perfect and the washing just softened the colour up a bit. 


I used the template in the magazine and cut out the wedges…don’t you love the subtle mottling…


The first one to get a wedgie is my Christmas Lamb…She will eventually have a Christmas wreath stitched around her neck…


The stocking was hung by the lamb with care


…notice the motifs are still on the Mylar (clear plastic) so that they can be repositioned later…)


I had to have Frosty!


And I had this sweet pattern with tumbling gingerbread men…


So of course they went on…(I will embroider the garland later…cute!)


And I gave Santa a wedgie too!:o)


It’s growing…


Next came a poinsettia… taken from a Primitive Gathering pattern!


And a Christmas Tree…


YIKES!!  SEE the spots on the blank wedge (upper left)…those are REAL PAW prints!!  We just got back from our hike and Rylie was inspecting my work!  It’s all good….the fabric IS mottled and a motif of Rylie is going on that wedge!  It’s only fitting that paw prints should grace her wedge! haha… I just need to take the pattern to Staples to expand it to the correct size! 


So there you have it so far…Last night I slid each motif off of the Mylar and glued them down, ready for stitching!


A giant star will be appliqued over the centre points and I’m sure more ‘stuff’ will be added as I go!


Like the HO HO HO…that got added as I watched TV last night!


This will be my hand stitching project while driving down south this Winter.  I am a nervous passenger(YIKES to those Freeways!!)…so this will keep my eyes off the road and onto my work and for this my hubby is VERY thankful! :o)

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Stitching!~P

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Prepping a Wool Project…

OK…enough fooling around!  Let’s get down to some wool work!  I need to prep some projects to do while we head down south this year! 

FYI…if you are new to my blog, hubby and I pack the RV (with wool and quilting projects:) and head down south to the Palm Springs area for THREE months of SUN and FUN!  We have great house sitters who moves into our house to look after things.  (Normally this couple lives in a basement suite of their kids’ house…we pay them to move into our house.  We consider it a win-win situation for both of us!  They earn a few bucks and get their own house for the winter and we drive away without a second thought to our house and possessions!  This year we are leaving in December, which sounds like a long ways off but you know how time flies…in a blink of the eye we will be pulling out…and I NEED to be prepared!  Looks like I got a little side tracked…:o))

Anyways, wool work is the easiest and most portable project to work on while driving down the freeway in our truck and it is the most forgiving!  If my stitches are ‘rough’ I can always say that I am going for the PRIM look!

This morning I am going to show you how I prep a simple wool project…

I have reversed my pattern pieces and traced them onto the smooth side of Heat and Bond Lite.  I then ironed the H & B onto the back of my wool  and using the trace lines as a guide I cut out the wool shapes.  (I use Heat and Bond Lite to stabilize the wool and keep it from fraying).

I get out my package of Mylar…a clear sheet of plastic. 


I lay the piece of Mylar/clear plastic on top of my pattern layout sheet (look closely…can you see the piece of plastic…see the reflection of my over head lamp?)  and begin to place the wool pieces where they are suppose to go…


I pull off the Heat and Bond backing and place the pieces onto the Mylar and pattern layout sheet….


When everything is in place…I take Roxanne’s Glue…


and glue everything into place.  A little dab will do you!


There everything is in place…now I can put my mylar plastic and wool pieces somewhere safe while the glue dries! I just pick it up and move it…freeing up my work space!


When it’s dry, I can lift off the whole shebang and place it ….


…on the backing fabric.


Then using Roxanne’s glue and a little dab will do you, I glue it into place!


No pins are needed!  When the glue is dry, it will go into a tote with needle, scissors, and threads, all ready for me to stitch while traveling!  This wee lamb will be one part of a Christmas table topper that I am making.  This is a pretty simple wool applique project but you can see that if you have a lot of wee wool pieces, the Mylar on top of the layout sheet helps you to place each piece of wool in the correct spot.  Nothing is worse than getting things glued down wonky…unless of course, you are going for the PRIM look! haha

This sheep pattern is called ‘Daffi Dancing’ by Applepatch Designs… but as I said, I am using it in a Christmas table topper with other Christmas motifs…I’ll be showing you more as I go!  You can find Applepatch patterns HERE…and they are sweet!!  As you can see it’s more of a Spring design…


Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P