Time Flips: March Calendar

Sister, are you ready for the March calendar? Here’s what I’m thinking – we need to get these patterns posted a week or two BEFORE the month really gets started so that our stitching sisters can have them in place when it’s time to flip to a new calendar page.

Sister?!?! I think she fainted – it was too much of a shock for me to be early on a project.

Here, have a hot cup of tea and let’s celebrate that the Irish pay no attention to what the ground hogs do in February – they bring out the green in March either way!

She’s nodding in agreement, even though she has suffered such a big shock. “I don’t know about anyone else, but I say it’s time to see something green – even if it’s only wool!”

 

The top ‘o the morning to you!

 

 

This one goes so fast. And uses just a few green wool scraps!

Here’s what you need for your March FLIP calendar:

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ cream

Embroidery thread: Green and black

Embroidery stitches: blanket stitch and stem stitch

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Sew, Sew, Sew to the end…

For whatever reason, the tune is STUCK in my head! “Lou, Lou, skip to my Lou”  You’re welcome, now it’s stuck in yours, too!  I decided to change the words to fit this blog post AND what needs to be happening in my sewing room.

During 2017’s challenge to Fight the Chaos  I cut an awful lot of strips & squares, but now my cutting table is clear.  So now what to do, Lou?  “Sew, Sew, Sew to the end.”

Greens cut and ready to sew

 

Print out of cutting measurements HERE

Throughout 2018 we will present several projects (not all quilts) that will deal with some of the scraps from last year’s cutting spree. At least start to deal with them.

A few tips before we begin:

  • Not all strips are on the straight of grain, square up as needed
  • It is about color value, not color matching
  • Use one neutral to draw it all together
  • Use it up, wear it out, or give it away (If you are looking for a place to donate beautiful, small quilts, type “YES quilts” into the search box. Sisters At Heart donates these to a pregnancy resource center for women in the middle of difficult circumstances.)
  • Patterns and ideas will be free to download for a limited time

2018 Sew Along #1

We begin with some 1930s reproduction strips.  I had some left over from the PS Project we did called “Pocket Place Mat“. I think they might be multiplying under my table in the basket where I have them stored.

Pocket place mat from vintage linens

My daughter had requested some when she saw that idea so I got busy and did a few more.  After I did her six mats, I began to wonder why didn’t I have my own!

She chose all round vintage pieces

So I did a couple for hubby and me.  Mine are all in blues to go with the kitchen and my crocheted pieces.  I left the pockets off as hubby said he didn’t want his silverware hidden.  He doesn’t have much design style.  🙂

Two for Tea

So, get out those strips and let’s get sewin’. Next month we’ll do 10″ squares.

Sew, Sew, sew to the end

Sew, Sew, sew to the end

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

Lost my thread

Now what’ll I do

Lost my thread

Now what’ll I do

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

I’ll find a prettier piece

Better than stripes

I’ll find a prettier piece

Better than dots

Sew to the end, my Darlin’

 

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Time Flips: February Calendar

My heart just flips over this little sweetheart of a wool calendar! I know that is WAAAY too much Valentine talk for one sentence!

But, seriously, Sister. I’m excited to show you that this calendar actually flips! And it’s really quick and easy to make it work!

Just use pearl cotton or 6 strands of embroidery thread to make loops on the back side of the calendar.

 

The loops fit through the opening between the wires of the flip hanger.

 

The trick is to make sure the loops are the correct distance apart.

 

Put the January calendar in place first so that it will flip to the back of the February calendar.

 

And February is ready to set next to a box of chocolates!

 

Here’s what you need for your February FLIP calendar:

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ Pink, scraps of pink

Embroidery thread: white, pink, burgundy

Embroidery stitches: outline, running stitch, adapted daisy (put two close together and then stitch them together to form a heart.

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Pattern is available here for FREE for a limited time. The entire collection will be available soon in one pattern on our Etsy store

It case it helps, here are a few close ups of the stitches.

Here’s a close up of the adapted daisy stitch that makes our Sisters Heart stitch.

 

The little falling hearts are attached with the adapted daisy stitch (i.e. Sisters Heart stitch).

 

You can use a running stitch or a blanket stitch on the leaning hearts.

 

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Time Flips – Calendar Tips

Yes, my friends, the wool calendar really can flip. Right now it doesn’t need to flip because there is only one month on it. But, it can flip! Because WE found a flipping stand! [insert happy dance!]

Excuse me a minute while I have a little celebration with Colorado Sister via Skype.

It’s a real flip stand!

I discovered Bless My Stitches, a wonderful quilt shop in Murphy, North Carolina. And Karen, the shop owner, was so helpful when I asked about stands. She pointed me toward her source, Ackfeld Handcrafted Wire. Their website is HERE.

Ackfeld Handcrafted Wire

 

Takes up much less room than the red stand I first started with

 

The web site recommended this second little clip piece. I’m not sure that it is entirely necessary. But for some pieces it will be good to have.

 

Magic stock number: 31522 Magic stock number: 30702

Now when we post the February calendar pattern I’ll show you how to make it flip!  Can’t show you the flipping without showing you the new pattern. So, patience, my dears.

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Time Flies (or in this case it flips) January Calendar

When I saw the cutest flip calendar on an old Teresa Collins scrapbook advertisement I was inspired!

 

January Flip Calendar

 

The Skype call to the Colorado Sister went like this – “We should do a flip calendar in wool!”

She immediately agreed. “Yes, WE should! You get right on that, dearie.”

So WE did get right on that. Out came the sketch pad. The first letters of each month have to be the focal point and represent the seasons. Then we will use lots of different embroidery stitches – even some new ones so that our skill level increases. And we might even add buttons if it strikes our fancy.

One flip calendar coming up: January – snowman and …

Pencil Sketch for January

February – hearts, then August – honey bees … I’m the random sister remember … July – the ideas came quickly.

And then I got stuck a few times – so back to phone conference with Colorado Sister … and I even got some suggestions from Dietz. That’s a sweet little May flowerpot. Thanks, Mr!

Those are little white buttons! and some silver threac

 

Skype call from the Colorado Sister – “Loving the progress. Did you find a flipping hanger for the flip calendar?”

*****”Oh, you are going to love it! I found a perfect stand.”

“Great! We should include the source for that stand when we post the project.”

*****”Well, that may be a problem since I found it at an estate sale. I’ll send you a picture.”

“WE may need to keep looking.” (I deserved that eye roll.)

*****”Did you see the picture? The stand is red!”

“It’s a very cute red stand, sister. Can the calendars flip on it?”

*****”Well,no. But they can hang on it if we use a little clothesline.”

“WE might need to keep looking. I’m thinking if we are doing a flip calendar, we need to have a flip stand for it. A flip calendar needs to FLIP!”

Have you noticed that life is harder for detail people?

A red stand – from an estate sale.

 

*****”I have an idea… If they can’t find a red stand at an estate sale, they can use a hanger to display it.”

“Cute idea! But, we still need a flip stand!”

Option 2: a hanger

Here’s what you need for your January FLIP calendar:

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ Navy blue felted wool

Embroidery thread: white, black, light blue, orange, silver

Embroidery stitches: blanket stitch, French knots, outline stitch

PATTERN DOWNLOAD

 

Pattern is available here for FREE for a limited time. The entire collection will be available soon in one pattern on our Etsy store

Now, I know some of you (just like the Colorado Sister) are starting to wonder when this Flip Calendar is going to start flipping. Patience, my dear, patience.

Because, just between you and me, I did find a wonderful source for a flipping holder! And the next post I will give you that. In the meantime, you can start choosing and cutting and stitching that delightful wool.

Better get started. Time is flying – I mean flipping!

 

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Fight the Chaos Friday – December edition

Can you believe it? We are at our last month of this year-long challenge!

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You can get your December print-out HERE.

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Making our list and you’re on it!

 

The waiting is over
the bundle is here
Full of ideas
to bring us good cheer!

We are loving this bundle! And our Christmas gift list looks a little something like this:

Sister #1: She loves color as long as it’s black and white, so….  “Color In Quilting” is the perfect fit

For Sister #2

Mother-in-law: She already has our Mother’s Medallion  book  so I’ll be ordering another pattern instead.

Her favorite gift so far!

This sweet Christmas dinner set is one she can have completed by next year.

Christmas 2018

 

Make that five copies!

Guild Sisters:  Patchwork Planner  X 5 ;

maybe I can use the “DIY Block Design” for the next guild class I teach.  Wait, that’s shopping for me again isn’t it?!

Next guild class???

Sister, another idea is to share with non-quilters. There are some amazing gifts to share with friends who have other fiber preferences: crocheters and cross stitchers and knitters – and weavers! You know, those who use other kinds of needles and threads like…

Applique Helen: Lovely Liberty Cushion: A Needleturn Applique Project

Improving her skills.

Seamstress Mavis : Art Caddy Tote  and also 10 Simple Sewing Projects for the Home: Even If You Only Know How to Sew a Straight Line

Seamstress Heaven!

Embroidery Anne: 23 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments: Three eBooks in One!

One for each grandchild.

We will soon complete our Christmas gift list.  And you know you’re on it because we’re giving YOU the best gift of all–a link to help you with your own gift list all in one place.

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Bundle Up…Winter’s on its way!

We have discussed the differences of the sisters (climate, travel, locations, etc.) but we truly try to focus on the “sameness” we share.  Sister #1 is now pointing out to me the “differences” in our language usage and insisting that “sameness” is probably not a real word.  Sister #2 keeps typing.

 

One of our primary sameness-es is our love of family

“They are the crazy ones!”

Plus a few more!

and the next sameness is to our love of quilts, textiles and handmade items.

Handmade laces add dimension to this pieced Round Robin quilt.

Another sameness is our love of holidays because it brings those two loves together in a quilt for the family!

Ready for holiday company.

Our next Sisters at Heart adventure brings LOTS of our sameness-es (by now you think it is a real word, too, right?)  together in a holiday bundle of gifts for everyone.  We’re happy to included in an “Ultimate Bundle” of gift giving ideas which we’ll share from our family to yours on Cyber Monday! (Our Mother’s Medallion e-book is included in this “Handmade with Love” super bundle!)  And for the early bird….check out our FB page for a link to the pre-launch giveaways which start today, November 17!

We’re making our family Christmas list (and checking it twice!) and it appears to all be in one place!  Super savings! Super gifts! One stop shopping?  Now that’s an idea both sisters can really bundle up with.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall in the Country (and out of the Country) – Part 2

Just as my sister shared a couple of weeks ago, I also love the colors, textures, sights and even smells of fall.

And this fall I was introduced to some new colors, textures, sights and smells of fall as I traveled to El Salvador with KidZ at Heart International.

 

The team I was with trained teachers and teacher trainers,

Anticipating the last of eight training modules.

 

Answering questions after a forum for education students

 

Sharing results and encouraging one another.

visited the fishing pier,

The bounty from the sea!

 

enjoyed new friends and their delicious beverages,

The mighty coconut and my new friend!

met with university officials to discuss future partnerships,

Finding common goals and sharing resources!

indulged in delicious, unique food,

Delicious – and the hospitality was incredible!

 

Papusas are truly addictive!

found beautiful artistry at the national market,

The bright colors and wonderful woven cottons make this a happy place!

laughed at the local humor,

You couldn’t help but laugh out loud!

and were inspired by the creativity we found in unusual places.

She earns extra money making beautiful flowers from plastic bags.

Because I traveled home through South Florida, I had time with some of my grandchildren when we celebrated an El Salvador day – complete with wooden toys,

Big brother became an expert with the top.

art projects,

Painting El Salvador style

making horchata (the national drink) and papusas.

Papusas can be from corn flour or rice flour and are filled with delicious wonders.

And then I had some special stitching time with someone who needed a pillow for her dolls. What could be better for that project that some brightly colored wool?

 

So many ideas and so little time!

 

And the best travel companion of all!

Whether you are in the country or out of the country, we hope that you celebrate Fall in memorable, stitch-able ways.

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Fight the Chaos Friday – November edition

Here is the list for November.

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You can get your free print-out HERE.

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