New ideas, New quilt pattern, Quick Little Projects

New Pattern, Santa’s Gift Bags #177

I’m a bit stuck on Christmas and you’re about to see in the upcoming days just how stuck I am.  I don’t know why, but I love the colors red & green together.  I could put combinations of the colors together all-day-long! 

So, show me some Christmas fabrics and I can go overboard for sure.  This next pattern, “Santa’s Gift Bags” was created with my wanting projects of every size for this quilt market. 

Voila, small:

The pattern consists of bags in two sizes; large for wine bottles & small for other treats.  They’re fun and easy, so easy in fact that you won’t hesitate to make one for each of your best friends at Christmas time! 

 Check back tomorrow for more show & tell of my new patterns.

Until next time,

Susan

Hot Tips, new fabric collection, Quick Little Projects, Quilt Market

Hot Tip Tuesday #15, Civil War Block of the Week- quick little project

At my guild meeting this morning a group of us were chatting about Barbara Brackman and how I’ve been following her Civil War Quilts blog this year.  This being the 150 anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Barbara has started a special blog to showcase an 8″ block each week.  The pattern is on the blog as well as links to some of its history. 

By clicking this photo you too can be drawn into her love of history,and FABRIC!  I own several of Barbara’s fabric collections and books. As a matter of fact I have a new quilt being quilted right now that will hang in my booth at Salt Lake City in May at Spring International Quilt Market made from one of her fabric collections!  Come to think of it, I have a second quilt in progress with another of her collections.

I’d be the first one to tell you I never did like history, but with the introduction of all of the lovely civil war era reproduction fabrics and all the quilting books being written I’m hooked!

No, I’ve not started the blocks. With all the sewing I’m doing to get ready for market I don’t feel I have the time, but I’ve sure been tempted many times. 

Perhaps it’s a quick little weekly project that you would be interested in?

Until next time,

Susan

 

Quick Little Projects

Mr. Owlsy

Now that all the kids are back in school, full swing, I’m finally getting back to my sewing machine and actually designing new projects too.  However, I had a bit of a detour after seeing this cute little project on a blog last week. I had to stop what I was doing, grab a couple of pieces of fabric and start sewing.  OK, it took longer to remember how to enlarge the pattern 200% than it did to make the entire owl, I’m just sayin’!

Isn’t he cute?  It’s just two triangles of fabric, two buttons for eyes and a bit of polyfil.  Please note the original pattern finishes the size of a golf ball, so I enlarged the pattern 200% to make him about 3″ tall.  You could make one for each of your friends without a lot of time invested.

He looks cute sitting on my kitchen counter!

Until next time,

Susan

Quick Little Projects

Some wool stitching fun!

Last week at guild, our guest speaker was Christy Starr, owner of Helen’s Hen House in Florissant, MO.  I’ve loved that shop since first finding it.  I can remember going there pretty much every time I “got leave” from my two babies on a Saturday. I wished back then that I could live there. It’s home, historic Meyers House, is a beautiful old home with very tall ceilings, perfect for a quilt shop! Christy has owned the shop for three years now and I’m happy to say has kept the original charm and feel that made me love it when Joan & Helen had the shop originally!

Christy brought samples and spoke of wool applique.  Although I love and do a lot of fusible applique, I’ve done very little wool applique.  Christy brought along beautiful samples and of course plenty to buy! I fell for these!

 And, thinking ahead to the rest of the week, I bought enough wool that Clare and my niece could make one also.  Two weeks prior to school starting, 1 to 3 of my sister’s kids spent the day with us.  I thought it would be a fun little project for a couple of teenie boppers.  Clare & Elyse got their’s cut out and assembled, starting the stitching, but I cheated used the button hole stitch on my machine and finished mine!

Isn’t it adorable?  The wool is very easy to work with and it will be cute set out at Easter time every year.  Question now is should it be stored in my cedar chest to keep the pesky moths from liking it too?

Until next time,

Susan