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

Something tells me that “the times they are a changin’.” Trees are changing colors and the temperature is changing as well.  Sister 2 (me) likes to spend her fall out IN the country as much as possible.  I love the colors, textures, sights and even smells of fall.  The fall colors are my kind of colors so that’s why one of my favorite collections is the Thank you, God.

Thank You, God Bread Wrap

Every season has its texture, but fall lets you bring out the wool work.  Check out the free pattern section under the brag book tab for the Holly Jolly candle mat.  Then you’ll be ready for the next season.

Holly, Jolly Candle Mat

The smell of the country usually includes roasting pumpkin seeds from the jack-o-laterns.  First I have to convince this little doll (#12) to share her pumpkin.  Maybe I’ll have to settle for a pumpkin spice latte instead.

How does something grow sweeter every day?

The sights range from snow in September (yes, we had some) to leaves in October and family in November (they’re coming to our house).  Just can’t get enough of those grand-kids.  Little man from down the road saw the “Old McDonald’s Farm” embroidery blocks that someone had given me.  He is quite taken with animals and wanted to know what was I going to do with those blocks.  I suggested a quilt for someone who likes animals and he let me know that he didn’t have a quilt “like everyone else”.  All he had was an “old brown blanket”.  So, of course, we  got busy.

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Made from left over fabric from his room so we pieced the pieces in order to have enough.

Because I really have been keeping up with the Fight the Chaos Fridays each month I have a huge pile of 2.5″ square.  Little man from ACROSS the country (California) says he wants a “Minecraft” quilt.  That really will be a change for me!

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Apparently, Sister 1 took a different look at fall and the changing times and seasons. She went OUT of the country instead.  Her travels included other colors, textures, sights and smells. Part II of this blog post coming soon. (as soon as she unpacks)

So where has the fall season taken you? Hopefully to the sewing room where you can include some wonderful fall colors and textures.

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Fight the Chaos Friday – October edition

We are almost to the end of the Fight the Chaos Challenge  – stay the course! We are going to make it!

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You can print your copy HERE!

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#reboot

We are so glad that you are still stitching with us through these restructuring days! After a few months of shifting gears – and grinding them a few times – we think we’ve found a way to make the pieces and parts of life run more smoothly.

 

It used to be that we posted every week – we even had a schedule!

But now we shun those schedules and post as the spirit moves! #reboot

It used to be that we traveled to quilt shows to introduce our new patterns.

                                            But now we rely on our Facebook page and this blog to communicate with our quilting friends.

It used to be that we had just a few grand kids to stitch for.

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Summer fun at the ranch!

                                             But now we have multiplied that many times – Cindy has a happy dozen filling her days and Becky is also devoting time to kids in far away places through work with KidZ at Heart.

It used to be that we sold our patterns through our Etsy store.

And we still do! [2Sistersatheart]

It used to be that we met each fall to brain storm and stir up our creativity.

And we still do!

In fact, just this week while we were together we worked on a FREE fun project to work on this fall: Seasonal Stitches: Holly Jolly Hexagon ……  You can get your downloadable pattern HERE.

This version is for a candle mat.

But, your imagination will let you

… put three in a row for a table runner

… add insulated batting for a hot pad or trivet

… hang it on a door instead of a wreath

… use it for a tea time place mat

 

And just in case you think Cindy is the only one with cute grand babies – meet our new superhero, Captain Cuteness!

or maybe Captain Snuggle Buns.

 

 

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Fight the Chaos Friday – September edition

The fight continues!

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You’ve come to the right place! Print your free list HERE!

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do SOMETHING: YES! Quilts

A few months ago I realized again that I can’t fix the world. I know, it shocked me too.

And at the same time I realized again that I can influence my corner of the world. And after a conversation with a quilting teacher/lecturer/designer who held a common secret dream for influencing a specific part of our culture, we plotted and schemed about how to do SOMETHING, even though it would not be everything that needs to be done.

I had held an idea in my heart to make small cuddle sized quilts to encourage women who were experiencing the stress of unplanned pregnancy. Just something soft and beautiful to remind them that they aren’t alone – that there are resources and people to help them. My friend’s face lit up when I mentioned my secret dream and she told me she had thought the same thing — and even had a name for such quilts – YES! Quilts. You’re Each Special.

I’m SO thankful for my graphic artist friend, Gail Wilty, who worked on this logo for us to use on this first batch of quilts!

So, we sought advice and counsel from some folks who work everyday in that area of our culture – and also from Him who knows all things. And we made some preliminary plans. Then I announced this opportunity to the quilters in my guild. I was delighted at the gracious, generous response! The result (so far) is that I delivered ten small quilts this week to Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center to be gifted to a select number of their clients – women who need an extra reminder that there are resources available to them and their babies. 

Let me introduce you to Dion who is the director at Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center.  I also met one of the client advocates who will be distributing these quilts.

The quilts are each uniquely beautiful…

one holds words of grace – literally,

another the calm of deep blue,

the beauty of a whole cloth design with the soft touch of a wool blossom,

the sweetness of hearts and accented quilting designs,

the soft touch of pastels,

 

the happy delight of daisies,

the sparkling whimsy of flower fairies,

the fun of two quilts which started with the same happy floral and ended up very distinctly different

– this one features vintage buttons!

It may be that you, too, want to change the world and realize that you cannot. But, maybe there is SOMETHING you can do to make this world more beautiful, more caring, more safe … Take fabric in hand and make it happen. We are cheering for you!

Learn more about Safe Harbor HERE.

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