Patterns and Projects

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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.

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

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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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.

SPRING window Bedited(1)

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?

TG bread wrap

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.

TG table runner

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.

TG place mat

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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