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The Crafty Christmas Loot

Happy last day of 2017! I love new beginnings like a new year or a new school year. It’s time to take stock, make plans, and set new goals. As I mentioned in the previous post, my word for the new year will be ‘yes’. I am looking forward to all the possibilities that might bring! Tomorrow I’ll be working on setting new goals for the year and I’ll also be taking down my Christmas tree (boo hoo).

I wanted to share with you all the crafty related items I received for Christmas this year. These are projects that I’ll be working on in my spare time and showing you on the blog from time to time…

As I set up the Christmas tree this year I was looking at the hooked rug tree skirt that I have around the base of my tree. It was made by my grandfather and I have always loved it. I thought it would be nice if I made my girls each one for their future homes. I found several online at Herrschners and had the girls each pick which one they wanted. Lindsey chose the one with the Christmas trees. Leah and Amanda chose the ones with the cats and dogs.









I have started work on Lindsey’s and I know this is going to take some serious time. The designs aren’t stamped, it’s more like counted cross stitch where you have to follow the guide and count. The girls won’t have their own homes any time soon so I can relax about it and take my time.

I also started this redwork bunny door stop that Greg gave me for Christmas. Yes, I ordered it and he wrapped it up. LOL! I started this one while on vacation this past week. I am enjoying the rhythm of embroidery and I am a huge fan of redwork so it’s a win win on this. And you know how I feel about bunnies so it’s really a win, win, win.









From my mom I received two exciting projects! I’ve been itching to do some garment sewing again and I found these easy patterns on the Nancy’s Notions website. One is for a maxi style dress and the other for easy shirts. I now have the patterns and the fabric to make them! I can’t wait to make these and I hope I don’t mess them up!










I’m not the only one crafting this week…we gave Amanda a kit for a no sew throw that has her sorority logo as the design. She couldn’t wait to make it and she worked on it for an afternoon and finished it right up!









The winner gift for me has to be the one Greg picked up on a whim and thought I might like for stitching at night in the living room…an LED headlamp!!! Of course I had to put it on and be goofy with it but it is amazing for embroidery and knitting in a room that is not well lit…like every room on my first floor!









So that was the Christmas haul! Not too bad at all. It should keep me busy for quite a while.

Tuesday I’m back to work teaching and long arming. I have a few quilts in line for the long arm and I’m eager to get started on them.

What are your crafty goals for 2018? Did you receive some crafty gifts for the holidays? I’d love for you to share them here in the comments.
Happy New Year!


Fresh Start Monday And Updates

Fresh Start Monday

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and fun New Year’s celebration. I know many of you were sewing with the Twilters on the New Year’s Day Sew In over on Twitter and Facebook. I didn’t get a chance to join in on that fun but I did follow along throughout the day. Today was the first day back in my sewing room and boy, that felt good! I started two projects and did some major planning.

Let’s start with the 2016 word of the year. Did you all choose one? My word for this year is Faith. You can read how I chose this word over on my other blog, by clicking here.

Today I was itching to get into the Accuquilt dies. I decided to make a version of this 1930’s sampler.









I think my version will be a bit larger as it is going to be a quilt for the beach. The girls have asked me a few times to make a big quilt to take to the beach in the summer and I think this will be perfect. I went ahead and made the first block today, it’s a Broken Sash block…


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And tonight I ripped the whole block apart…why, you ask? Well, it seems that when using Accuquilt, your seams have to be a very scant 1/4″ or the block comes out too small. I read up on it today and some quilters are using an 1/8″ seam…yikes. I’ll resew it with an 1/8″ and see what happens. My 1/4″ foot is way to generous. I’m going to have to play around with it.

My second project was getting this redwork embroidery pattern traced onto some white cotton…









I used my light box and a mechanical pencil. I left off the frilly design around the heart because I know I’ll get tired of stitching that so I’m going to see how it looks without it. This will be the center panel of a throw pillow.









I don’t have much for Fresh Start Monday as I’ve not been diligent this week collecting articles. I was super busy with the family and that seemed to be right where I needed to be. I do have this one article though with 25 recipes you can make with shredded chicken. This will come in handy for quick and healthy dinners this month. Click Here.



Quilty Christmas Loot

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I enjoyed every minute of mine and now I’m lazing around for a day or so while it all sinks in. It was a busy week with several events to attend and host. It was all fun and now I’m looking at the awesome quilty loot I was lucky enough to acquire over Christmas. I have looked at the loot but not started working on anything….yet. Here goes….









My mom gave me this wonderful book on Redwork Embroidery. I’m excited to try something from this book. I’ll have to look through my stash and see what I have for Perle Cotton to begin with.









My sister in law completely surprised my mom and I both with layer cakes and charm packs of Keepsake Quilting’s 1930’s Collection. We spent some serious time petting these. I was hoping my mom would ‘forget’ hers here at the house but she didn’t. LOL!









I also received this red and white Nordic pattern and all the fabric to make it! I kept eyeing it in the Connecting Threads catalog and I’m thrilled to start this soon. I’ll be washing fabric today.









My mom also gave me the Accuquilt GOQube for 8″ squares along with the companion Eleanor Burns book on how to make the most of it and a bunch of patterns and blocks to make. So with this set of dies, I can make all of these blocks:









So cool.

Santa also dropped a few fat quarters in my stocking…


It was a pretty quilty Christmas around here! Next week I’ll be back with regular blogging.

Have you all thought of your word for 2016? I’m leaning toward ‘Faith’.


A Finish!

I had a finish yesterday! I completed my six redwork embroidery mitten ornaments!!

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I received this kit for Christmas and I was so looking forward to having a new hand project to work on over the vacation. I spent each night working on the stitching while I watched tv or chatted away with my family as they worked on their own projects (mostly Lego!).

I knew I didn’t want my first redwork project to be something huge. These little mitten ornaments seemed like just the ticket and they were! The kit is by Rachel Pellman of Rachel’s of Greenfield. The instructions were great and I only had one issue with the kit. The kit provided just enough and I mean just enough of the cream felt to cut out 12 mittens (6 fronts and 6 backs). The instructions warned to be careful laying them out so that you could get 12 mittens out of the piece. I was VERY careful about it and almost didn’t have enough for the last mitten. The same goes for the embroidery floss. I am not a thread waster and I finished with about a half piece left over. Instead of gleefully crossing the finish line with this project, I was nervous the whole time that I would run out.

As a pattern designer, I understand not having people waste money on extra fabric and supplies but I am a firm believer in giving people enough leeway with material amounts to make a mistake or cut something wrong.

That being said, I enjoyed working on these red work mittens so much! I can’t wait to tackle another red work project!

Don’t forget the Seasonal Trio patterns are on sale until midnight in the online store.


Friday Progress

The week has been fairly productive. I finished up the quilting on this pretty angel wall hanging for my aunt’s friend. My aunt pieced it and then I basted it, stitched down all the gold leading and background quilted the whole thing. My aunt will finish it up with a binding! I’m happy to have had a chance to work on this as it is really quite stunning. I hope her friend is pleased with it.

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My redwork embroidered mitten ornaments are coming along. I spent an evening tracing and cutting the mitten backs and cuffs so they will be ready for the blanket stitching around them. I’ll post a picture when they are finished.

Yesterday I started making a softie fish from Abby Glassenberg’s softie book. I got about this far…

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I also purchased a Craftsy class and started it this week. I am taking Jacquie Gering’s Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot. I’m just a little bit into it at this point but it looks like a great class.

Don’t forget the Seasonal Trio patterns are all 20% off in the store until the 18th of January.

How has your progress been this week?