Post Card Projects

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.

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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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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.

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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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Winter Windows

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Winter windows look really different at my house than they do at my sister’s house. Look out her window and you will see windmills and snowflakes – maybe enough for a snowman; look out my windows and you will see palm trees and blooming azaleas. And the snowman at my house this year looked like this:

 

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Our Olaf only shared his hat with very special people!

When our families gathered for the holidays one of us had Christmas fun like this …

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I’m sure there is a sled somewhere close by.

and the other one had Christmas fun that looked like this …

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Digging in the sand instead of a snowball fight.

and this …

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Family hike to supper – through the sand.

 

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But our Seasons at my Window wall hanging highlights some winter things we have in common, things we both love …. Christmas candles in the window,

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I want to make it with wool next time!

celebrations to welcome a new year and

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Celebrating the passage of time is good at a lot of levels.

a steaming pot of heart-warming tea.

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If you have followed us for a while, you know that we have used designed those appliques so that they can be used on pillow wraps. Those seasonal patterns are available HERE.

Now we are in the process of taking those same motifs and transferring them to smaller post card projects:

a table mat, a guest towel and a tea cozy (here’s a sneak peak at this set).

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And a sneak peak at Sister’s subway tile in her new kitchen!

They will be up on our store soon, available in a 3 postcard bundle. If you have enjoyed our fall post card bundle, available HERE, then this is a great way to expand your seasonal Windows collection.

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The Stockings Were Hung…

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And STOCKINGS they are!  You may need to make only one or you could double your efforts and make a bunch.

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The monochromatic star blocks make a perfect background for the Really Big Hat folk.  I think I’ll do a couple in dark green and maybe 2 more in blue.  We have 8 grandchildren (well 7.5 for another 2 weeks) so I’ll need some red ones, too.

I’m not looking for “coal” this year so I’d better have one for everybody.  (In-laws included!)  You can fill mine with Martelli tools! Hint!

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Next on the list – time to get the greeting cards out.  I think I’ll be sending some Post Card greetings from Sisters At Heart Etsy store.  The projects on the post cards include a pattern for those snow days in January.  But, for today I’m signing off again to go enjoy a cup of Christmas Tea.

Christmas Tea:

1/2 cup of instant tea mix

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups orange drink mix (Tang)

1 1/2 teaspoons cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Stir a cup of tablespoons of the mix in with a cup of HOT water.  Enjoy!

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Terminology–Tomato vs. Tomahto

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“No—Stop—Wait! Don’t put that on my refinished wood table/counter/desk.  Put something under it.”  So the something is highly debated around our house.  It might be the closest magazine, letter, napkin, bib, or whatever. (Yes, I’ve seen it be fresh laundry!) Something slides under the offensively dripping glass and is supposed to make everything alright.  Oh cont-rare!

Sister and I are actually selling a pattern to make such a something-that-goes-under-device but the point is — what do you call it?

cup thingCup thingy=hubby’s words

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Crocheted Coaster = Granny’s words

Saucer=Queen Mum’s term

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So the reader poll begins…what do YOU call it?  What is the strangest one you’ve seen used?  Is it really necessary? (Guess who added the last question…he shall remain nameless to protect his identity.) But please protect my table!

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Saucy Chef towel & a recipe

As we post another Post Card pattern for our Saucy Chef collection (Purchase Kitchen Towel post card by sending an email to SistersAtHeartMilesApart@gmail.com), it’s undeniable how much of our sister connection is kitchen related.

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We both love pretty kitchen linens (new and vintage),

we both like to try new recipes,

and we both have family favorites that we can make from memory.

One favorite recipe that is the exception to that “from memory” rule is the Fresh Veggie Pizza recipe.

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At least once a year, one of us calls the other one to say …

“HELP!!! I can’t find my recipe card and I need you to remind me how to make that.”

(Okay, maybe one of us tends to call the other one more often.

But, let’s keep the guilty party un-identified for harmony’s sake.)

In memory of those phone calls, and our Kitchen Sister connection, here is that recipe:

2 pkg (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls.

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese

1 C mayo

1 oz dry Ranch dressing

3 C chopped or shredded veggies (broccoli, tomato, green bell pepper, cauliflower, shredded carrots) I added onion once and the result was legendary – not so good

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Roll out the crescent roll dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet. Pinch together edges to form the pizza crust.

Bake crust for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Let the crust cool 15 minutes without removing it from the baking sheet.

Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and dry Ranch dressing. Or use cream cheese and bottled dressing. Spread the mixture over the cooled crust.

Arrange chopped veggies (broccoli, tomato, green bell pepper, cauliflower, shredded carrots) and shredded cheese (Cheddar, Provolone, or a mixture) over the cream cheese layer.

Chill for one hour, slice and serve.

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More Saucy Chef … Apron & Mini Mitt

A Saucy Chef collection just wouldn’t be complete without an apron.

Matter of fact, the apron is the first piece of the collection that was actually stitched.

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This pattern is full of options: lots of mustaches to choose from …

and you can choose to stitch your own apron or use a pre-made apron as the base for your Saucy Chef. Once the apron is in place, you add sassy ric-rac trim and pockets across the front.

The pattern includes a Mini Mitt that is so Quick and Easy to stitch!

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The Martelli Apple Core no-slip template “grips” through multiple layers of fabric and allows you to cut all the Apple Core pieces at once.

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And we’ve made the Mini Mitt available as a Post Card pattern, too.

(A Post Card pattern is the size and look of a vintage post card, and it unfolds to reveal instructions and line drawings.)

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And there’s more coming so stop by again soon.

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