Patterns and Projects

spotlight patterns and projects we are working on and introducing

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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#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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Fresh Start for the New Year

Yes, I know the new year of 2017 isn’t here yet.  Goodness, we haven’t even had Christmas!  But while you are finishing that last minute shopping, you might look ahead and see what’s coming.

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It’s coming.

I’m going to make a fresh start of it… but not

  • diet
  • exercise
  • recycling
  • reading
  • closet cleaning

or anything harder that “changing my pillow wraps” every month.

This year, since I don’t have to pack them up for the shows, I can be on time, every time with a fresh monthly pillow wrap.  Seasons do change and winter will fade so I want to be ready.

December is on my chair as we speak…er, write.

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December pillow wrap

I’ll be ready for the “passing of time” with the January hourglass wrap.  All the wraps have the darling “deconstructed” patches in some way.

Dec. Pillow Wrap

January Pillow Wrap

And of course, the month of love has to have a heart somewhere!

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February Pillow wrap

I’m on a roll but if you really are “pillow-less” on your couch you can turn your hand to the other projects from the same collection.  The Spring Window puts it all together by the season.  Great wall hanging and you don’t have to worry about changing it every month.

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Ready for March, April, May.

Last but not least, there are 3 different projects altogether which you can do individually or send to a friend as a post card.  Winter Post Cards come in sets of three.  Each set has a table mat, a towel, and a tea cozy.

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3 in 1 post card patterns

Enjoy your holidays and the coming seasons in any and every room of the house.

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Thanks for the Memories

CO Sister id tagOver and over I hear the best way to be happy is to be thankful.  Let’s just say I’m very happy this month as we take a specific look at what we are thankful for.  Sisters are VERY near the top.  Fabric is in the first paragraph.  And those two things brought me back to one of our first pattern lines that is still a best seller.  The Thank You, God series brings back so many memories.

We were learning to write (and read) each others directions like in the Pilgrim apron pattern, which I still tie on wrong.

final TG apron photo for printing

Can you see the back in the mirror?

We were learning to “blend” our color choices and terms, like in the bread wrap pattern. What did you really mean as reddish-brown?  Which green is leaf green?  Yellow or Gold?

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Love that this idea is double sided.

We were learning to photograph, like on the table runner.  How many times did we go to this table and still not have any food there?!  Ok, so we are still learning this one, but we are quilters not photographers.

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Thankfully, this is not the photo we ended up using!

We were learning to use our computers & technology, like posting these table mats to our etsy store.

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Almost too cute to use.

We were learning how to do two for one sizes, like the casserole carrier, and get both in the same pattern (later this was the concept for our topsy-turvey patterns that have two in one from the Linens and Old Lace collection).

TG casserole carrier

Both 9 x 13 and 8 x 8

We were learning which ideas to keep, like enlarging the figure for a papoose cuddle quilt, and which ideas to let go, like making a whole pilgrim village!

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Cuddle up cozy in flannel.

So, sister, not just this month but all year long.  Thanks for the memories that we have and those that we are making during this business process and life in general.

What quilting memories are you thankful for?

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End of an Era…New Beginnings

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The end of an era is approaching.  I’m not talking about the political scene.  (Ugh!) I’m talking the quilt show scene.  For most of my life I’ve done trade shows of one kind or another.  I started packing boxes with my husband the first year we were married and it has continued with my sister since the beginning of our business.  Sometimes we did both kinds shows at the same time.

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Antiques in the front, patterns in the back

When we started Sisters At Heart, Miles Apart it was a necessity to do shows to get our name and product out there, so we did shows.  We met vendors, distributors, and wonderful customers.  The technology of today has made that less vital. So we are behind a keyboard more often than in a show booth.

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Sisters at work a LONG distance from either home.

Back then I only had one grandchild, now I have 10 and another one due in February. I want to spend more time with the kids than I do at the shows. I want to take the laptop with me when I go to visit and not take a box of samples or product to hang.

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We have added two since this but can’t get them all together.

 

So I’m ready to close the curtain on shows. But not on sewing with my sister!

I’m ready for new beginnings….The Linens and Old Lace patterns have set our brains a buzzin’.

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Needs a couple more rows ASAP

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This pattern is ready for sale on the Etsy store.

We are deep in designs for bags, pillows, quilts, and projects to use vintage lace and woven linen.

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Can never have too many cuffs.

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Lace & Bag Idea

 

The Lullaby Line needs to expand with special items for the new baby in February.

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Quilt & bag & changing pad & & &

The Really Big Hat People like our Cowboy & Cowgirl have over populated our brains and need to get onto the fabric with a farmer, quilter, fisherman, sportsman, etc.

New beginnings are just a project away.  So good-by to the show era (still doing classes) and ibuprofen from unpacking boxes. On to the new sewing projects and patterns.  What do you say, Sister?

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When we were kids at the end of the school year we used to chant: No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks. There was no regret in that chant – only anticipation. Now we will chant: No more boxes, no more stacking, no more toting, no more packing!

Well, who could argue with that?!?!

All through life we have learned to rearrange depending on what needed to be done or if a change of seasons had come. Add a leaf in the table when our families were together, take a different vacation route if there were flooded roads, change the living room furniture to make room for the Christmas tree, replace the hot chocolate bar with an ice cream bar, move the wooden snowman to make room for the Easter egg basket…

I see that we are doing that once again.

Rearranging to make room for what needs to be done. Exchanging one thing for something better. It’s time for a new era – a new season. And we have enough shared history to have learned that different seasons of life bring different opportunities and different things need to be given attention.

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Thanks for letting me wear the bonnet for the picture.

My feet thank you, my raspy voice thanks you, and my aching back thanks you for having the wisdom to ask: Isn’t it time to acknowledge the change in eras?

It’s a win-win that we can keep doing what we love – stitching together – and get rid of what isn’t fitting well with this new chapter of life – shows. Especially since this change makes room in our days for things most important – like grandchildren.

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A good reminder every day.

I can imagine that we will still hatch new projects during Jacuzzi brainstorming sessions and still find reasons to celebrate at Texas Roadhouse and still find inspiration and stitching treasures in unlikely places.

And our patterns will still be available. They will be available on our Etsy store, at Sisters’ classes and in select quilt shops. And that is a good thing that we have those outlets because the idea board is full to overflowing.

Doodle birds and

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There are so many just waiting to fly onto a pattern page!

one more seasonal tea cozy and

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The summer mat has been patiently waiting for its companion tea cozy!

ooooh, my the vintage lace and linens!

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Piles of potentiality!

And I’m sure there will be more …

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Enduring sister wisdom.

 

 

 

 

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What’s the Point?

Tutorial Tuesdays headerI’m not trying to be “snippy” or sound uncaring with this title but my least favorite thing to do on a quilt is the binding.  I get so BORED!  You cut and sew and cut and sew and don’t really change the look of the whole thing.   It is like the last blank page of a book.

Ok, sister I hear you saying it has to be done or the batting falls out.  Well, if is has to be done, at least make it pretty.  So I started looking into the trick of using prairie points as a binding.  I had seen it a time or two on old quilts and that it certainly adds interest. Boy! was I in for a surprise.  Prairie points aren’t just for binding and there are a ton of tools and ideas out there.  I started with prairie points at the center of my “Vintage with a Twist” quilt and it began it work its way out from there.

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Traditional with a twist

This Tuesday Tutorial isn’t full of diagrams about how to make those decorative points, but it is a beginning step on where to find the best help about prairie points.

Let’s start with the definition of Prairie Point:  Folded square of fabric (no size limits, color restrictions, or even fold location). Some with center fold, others will side fold. Craftsy gives a clear distinction between the two types, overlapping or side by side.  Each give a unique look for a specific purpose.

Next think about where to use Prairie Points: Of course, I would recommend our Let Freedom Ring patterns that use them.  Even the free pattern for the BBQ mitt has added style with patriotic points. Check out the PS patterns under the Brag Book tab.

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PS Pattern BBQ mitt

Back to quilts and points:  Don’t leave them on the outside edge.  Try using them in the sashing as well.

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Prairie Point sashing

My personal favorite is the dimensional use in a block like these:

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Inner block points

But don’t stop with quilts, add them to the pillows too.  I remember making one with ombre shades net! (Yes, it was green even back then.)

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Pillow points

Cute as a hot pad as well. Our guild used the same steps to cover Styrofoam balls for ornaments.

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Padded points

Another Ornament Idea

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Ornamental points

So many ideas and so little time so use the following links to find the:

Complete pdf

Formula

Video of continuous points

The point is….go out and enjoy the prairie!

 

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Show Stoppers!

CO Sister id tag FL Sister id tag                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A rare opportunity indeed! Both sisters are in the same place at the same time and stitching on the same project!  All this fun (work) leads to a brand new pattern — just in time for the Colorado Quilt Show.   (Guess which sister had to fly in? ) So here it is for your viewing pleasure, the next project in the Linens and Old Lace Collection…..(drum roll) Legacy of Lace! It is a show stopper!

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Just in case you want the whole back story,  or not, I’ll give it to you.  We thought it would be fun to do a round robin quilt together that incorporated our love of old linens and lace.  The post office was kept busy with our shipping back and forth until the end result of Sister 1’s quilt was transported to Colorado via airplane.  No, she didn’t put it in her checked bag.  She carried it as her “personal item”.   It arrived safely in Colorado just in time for the show!  Now that’s special delivery.

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That blank space is where it will hang.

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A blended booth space with the Colorado antique shop.

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Mother’s Medallion Quilt & all 12 projects

Sister 1 has a presentation on the Mother’s Medallion e-book and extra projects on day one.  Sister 2 has a talk on the old linens using the new quilt (and taking full credit for it) on the second day of the show.

We see old friends and get new ideas at the quilt shows we do.  We would love to see you there as well.  Stay tuned as Sister 2’s round robin quilt will be ready before the next show.  Spoiler alert–sneak peek is below.

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Legacy of Lace

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Legacy of Linen

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Topsy-Turvy Patterns: double the fun

The same yet different – that’s the way we roll.

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And that is definitely the approach we took when we tackled this Bloomin’ Wool, Bloomin’ Fall runner project.

We started with a basic runner layout featuring a large square in the middle and two side rectangles. One sister put a vintage block in the middle square and a wool pot filled with bloomin’ flowers on each side.

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The other sister divided an antique block for the two side panels and filled the center square with the blooms of fall – wool acorns and autumn leaves.

Bloomin Fall Wool Runner

Our goal is to give you options – lots of options – for using the vintage linens and lace that you find at estate sales, uncover in boxes at the top of your attic or rescue from unwitting purging friends and relatives.

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Any block can be used in the center of the runner

So, to give you a double dose of options we have packed these two patterns together.

Blooming Fall runner for printing

Most blocks can be made in two sections for the side panels

Think of it like you would the old topsy-turvy dolls. If you hold them one way you will have this …

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Little prairie Miss

Or if you turn them over you will have this …

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and her friend…

The same, yet different. And double the fun!

 

The patterns for the Bloomin’ Wool runner and the Bloomin’ Fall runner include the instructions for making both the vintage blocks as well as the template drawings for cutting all of the wool pieces.

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We are not sure of the name for the vintage block we rescued from an estate sale box for the Bloomin’ Fall runner – we are calling it Falling Star. But, any block that divides up the middle will work just great in those side panels.

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And the center block for the Bloomin’ Wool runner, made up of half square triangles and flying geese units, is quick to make. Or you can substitute in whatever you find in your own stash of vintage blocks.

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Here are some close-ups of both the projects:

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Flannel will also work well for parts of the acorn.

 

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This is the perfect project for using the smallest of wool pieces.

 

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The final touch is the embroidery stitching to accent the wool.

 

And, if you would rather, you can get them in the PDF version. You will find them HERE in our Etsy store.

Blooming Fall Wool PDF front

 

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Plan Ahead!

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The best intentions pave the way to …  well in my case they lead to panic!  I know I’m not the only one who does it (because even my sister does).  I’m not alone in my procrastination.  They even make a sign to tell you to plan ahead.  It didn’t really print so well but gets the idea across.  I’m putting away the unfinished 4th of July project (until June of 2017) and I AM planning ahead for fall.  Maybe because it reminds me of cooler temps!

tempI got out fabrics for the whole color palette and just feel cooler touching fabric of the yellow-orange-gold to brown color family.  OK, so they really aren’t in the same color family but it all says fall to me.  If you are looking for inspiration to begin  a project, check out our Etsy store here.  I’m going to start with the smaller items first (casserole cover and bread wrap) and work toward dressing up the table.

TG bread wrap

Don’t you love those pilgrim figures?  They are the cutest!  I just wanna put on that hat and buckles on my shoes.  Guess I’ll settle for the apron.  I’m not sure I’m ready for the whole primitive life style thing.  final TG apron photo for printing

If I’m ready and the bread is ready to eat, let’s take a look at the table.  The cutest combo would be a runner in the middle and mats along the edge.  Oh wait, we have that too.TG table runner

TG place mat

The thermometer isn’t going the direction I recommend yet but I’m feeling “thankful” that it is coming soon and I’ll be better prepared.  Besides I heard that this heat wave should be treated like a blizzard.  You just bury yourself in the sewing room and don’t come out.  While you’re in there, you might want to start on a wool project that won’t make you overheat-like this fall runner.  Use those vintage orphan blocks or make a new one on your own.  Blooming Fall runner for printing

Last but not least, if you only have a moment between swim lessons and mowing, then check out the free coaster pattern under the brag book tab in our PS Projects.  Happy Fall, Ya’ll.

 

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A Centerpiece for all Seasons

A centerpiece for all seasons — that’s where we have been headed as we have added to our Seasons at My Window collection!

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We love celebrating as each season passes.

AND

We are partial to applique.

AND

We love quick projects.  Sometimes all the fabric therapy we need is a little project. Not a whole quilt. Not a major wall hanging. Not a complicated, multi-block challenge.  

Given those Sisters Facts, the Seasons at my Window Post Card collection is no surprise. We love finding new ways to use the seasonal appliques which originated in the wall hangings and pillow wraps of our Seasons at my Window collection.

 

We have been pursuing our goal to have a different centerpiece, and tea cozy, and towel for each of the seasons. And the appliques for each of the months can be used interchangeably on any of these pieces. It will be the ultimate mix and match project assortment.

This month we want to point you to the Spring Centerpiece part of that collection.

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Filled with tulips and a pile of green grass patches, the circular design leaves you lots of room for a variety of quilting stitches.

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We couldn’t resist adding a little sunshine via yellow rick rack.

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These happy tulips have been sized so that they can also be placed on our spring towel or the spring tea cozy as well as in this center piece. We are bundling these three little Post Card patterns because you can transfer the three spring designs (March sailboat, April umbrella, May tulips) from one project to the other. You can find the entire spring set of post cards HERE – including the umbrella on a tea cozy.

Spring hand towels

We are finding that the designs are adaptable to different genres of fabric, too. As the seasons pass, you will find some samples in bright fabrics, some with appliqued wool, and  – come summer – the deep colors found in Civil War reproduction fabric. We hope you have fun mixing and matching these quick and easy Post Card Projects!

 

P.S. We’d love to see your versions. Just send a photo to us at SistersAtHeartMilesApart@gmail.com.

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