Seasonal Stitches

Projects that celebrate special seasons of the year.

Time Flips: June Calendar

Remember back in April when the weather report was like a bad horror movie? And we wondered if the time for  sunshine and warmth would ever come – and stay? Well, it’s time!

 

Stitch quickly, beach time beckons!

simple sketch lines are easy to follow

 

maybe you will make your straw reeeeeally long or add a lemon slice

 

Rays of sunshine and warm sand – that’s summer!

 

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ tan, small piece of white, small piece of yellow, scraps of turquoise and brown

Embroidery thread: dark brown, turquoise, yellow

Embroidery stitches: blanket, stem

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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

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Time Flips: May Calendar

 

Ready for some May flowers?

Have I mentioned how excited I am by my little calendar hanger? AND it flips!

 

You start with this …

How about a trellis, too? And a little vine …

The French knots really bring the vine to life!

And add a flower pot — with some flowers!

 

Dietz suggested that the Y became a flower pot. My creativity was blanked out for a minute and he came to the rescue.

 

The flowers combine a few straight stitches in between the daisy stitches and a French knot in the middle.

When you get this far, all you need is a backing brought around to the front to make a border.

When all your gardening efforts are finished, you will have this:

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ cream, scraps of brown, rust, green

Embroidery thread: brown, green, rust, pink, lavender

Embroidery stitches: blanket, daisy, stem, French knots, running

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

Better get to stitching, we are almost finished with April! May is around the corner!

 

PS – Happy May birthday, Sister!

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Time Flips: April Calendar

Springtime and wool might not seem to go together. But I think this little April calendar page will convince you otherwise.

Butterflies and tulips – now, that says SPRING!

This little butterfly and tulip calendar page will go together so quickly! You can count on having a dose of springtime inside even though the weather is still very fickle outside.

I had the backing on the project when I realized it was missing the details on the tulip. It’s never too late to add a couple more stitches!

 

There are French knots at the end of the antennae.

 

At my house every season has it’s own tea pot!

 

Do you remember that little wire piece on the flip hanger that I thought might be unnecessary? I’ve discovered that it helps keep the calendar “pages” hanging straight – especially if the wool background is from a lighter weight wool.

Now I figure it out!

 

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ yellow, scraps of lavender, purple, pink, black

Embroidery thread: lavender, yellow, dark green, pink, black

Embroidery stitches: blanket, stem, daisy, French knot

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

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

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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, shades of green

Embroidery thread: Green and black

Embroidery stitches: blanket stitch and stem 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

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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 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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#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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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!

papoose1 for FB

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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Winter Windows

FL Sister id tag

 

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 …

colorado snow

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 …

family

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).

cozy front

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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A Holly Jolly Santa Quilt & the Never, Ever Again Sister

We are Christmas lovers. We admit it. We embrace it.

We love all things Christmas –

Ornaments 3x4

These red work ornaments are from the Starry Night collection.

mangers and angels;

SN stocking printable

These are from our Starry Night collection

trees full of lights and stockings hung on the fireplace;

figgy pudding

Yummy!

wassail and figgy pudding –

okay, so neither of us has ever even smelled figgy pudding-but you get the idea.

 

You would think that the design and production of a Christmas quilt would be pure joy. Bliss. Easy peasey pie.

We thought so too.

 

Such was not the case. Without going into a lot of gory details about miscalculated changes

and mis-measured squares

and mis-cut sashings

and ill-filled Santa appliqué suits,

let’s just say that even the sister who has a whole collection of old Santas reached her frustration limit and called a halt to the process until sanity could be restored. At that point the half-finished Santa quilt was banished to the southern division of the company via USPS with an enclosed note that read in part: never to be seen or heard about again. Ever. I mean never, ever. Never, ever again! Fiddle de de! I mean bah humbug!

bah humbug

So the partial Santa quilts were nestled away for a long, long, long winter’s nap -for a few years. Then one night when the luster of moon light on the new fallen … actually it was one hot summer day during a move when the other sister stumbled across this half-finished treasure. So she wheedled out an agreement whereby the never, ever again sister would give one more Christmas try to the project — IF all the parts were sorted out and pre-calculated and pre-cut before they were granted re-entry into the Colorado sewing studio.

The old adage “Begun is half done” was quoted several times in the negotiating process.

So the pieces were re-assessed and the whole plan re-evaluated and some extra touches were added and Holly Jolly Santa was added to our pattern collection. We think he is better for the wait – he matured along the way.

santa line drawing

And we are delighted to welcome Holly, Jolly Santa to the Sisters at Heart collections! He was worth the trouble!  Okay, to be completely honest, the never, ever sister may still be “reserving judgement.”

 

The Holly Jolly Santa appliqué figure from our Really Big Hat collection sits in the center of the quilt on a large Christmas Star block framed with gold sashing. The blocks surrounding the center are an echoing explosion of the Christmas Star.

 Christmas Star with Santa

If you can make half square triangles and split quarter square triangles, this quilt will come together quicker than Santa can lay his finger to the side of his nose and give a nod…  And the outer borders will give you lots of room for wonderful holly quilting lines.

The final touch for this holiday quilt are the felted wool holly sprigs that Santa holds, along with the holly leaves and berries scattered out to the border of the quilt.

holly

Working with the wool is such a pleasure that I cut out more holly leaves than we needed!

holly close up

The pearl cotton stitching really makes these a great embellishments as finishing touches to the quilt.

A note about the felted wool: Some quilters will prefer to quilt the quilt before they applique the felted holly leaves. That could make appliqueing the leaves and berries a little tricky. So we’d suggest that you do the stitching around the edges of the holly leaves and berries before they are attached – much like you would do the pieces for a wool penny rug. Then once the decorative stitching is done, you can attach the felted wool to the quilt with fabric or applique glue and a few hidden stitches that go through the entire quilt. We would offer the same advice for putting the felted wool “fur” on the Santa suit.

Holly Jolly close up

He’s holding on tight to those sprigs of holly! We think that is what makes him jolly!

Making this quilt can give you an extra special holiday memory if you make it together with a stitching sister. As you know, every one of our quilt patterns has a Trading Hearts Plan in it so that, if you wish, you can stitch a quilt (trading parts) with someone else even if they live far away from you. Just think of the lingering “fa-la-la-la-las” and “ho-ho-hos” that would be part of your holidays every time you unwrap a Holly Jolly made with shared stitches.

Holly Jolly for printing

I really need to add some twinkle lights above this bed!

Holly Jolly Santa is available as an instant PDF downloadable pattern or in the regular printed paper pattern format though our Etsy store.

The really good news is that by Christmas you might just find the aforementioned never ever again sister cuddled under her Holly Jolly quilt with a good book and a cup of hot cider-having no memory of the initial hurtles and challenges of making this quilt.

It could happen! We true Christmas lovers believe in Christmas miracles!

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