Seasonal Stitches

Projects that celebrate special seasons of the year.

#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

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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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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!

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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.

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

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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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Freedom Flags: “sew” quick and easy

The Let Freedom Ring Flag is just the touch you need to put some dazzle to your 4th of July celebrations!

Freedom Ring yard flag

 

You can finish it in an afternoon and it takes very little from your patriotic fabric stash. The only down side is that your friends and neighbors will be requesting them to decorate their yards, too!

 

Here’s a little confession/ warning, though: they can be habit-forming.

Some design ideas are like that. Like an invasive vine. You know how it goes – all you need is a little, bitty starter and before you know it, the idea spreads to the far corners of your imagination.

That’s the way the yard flag house flag/ table flag idea has been in my mind. Once I made the first Let Freedom Ring flag as a companion piece to the Autograph Table Cloth  …

table cloth cropped for web

… the ideas for flags were creeping in just about every corner of our design notebook. The Colorado Sister was about to call in the noxious weed control folks.

The little yard flags are so quick to make:

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two blocks, some borders, and a casing to hang them on the flag hanger and you’re finished! Be sure of this: the machine applique for the applique figure is E.A.S.Y. (Promise!) And in the process, you’ll get tips on stitching a Y-seam and prairie points. These 18″ x 24″ flags can be secured in your lawn or on the edge of your deck or on a table.

The next project bubbling in my brain is to go BIGGER so we will have a house flag version. Please don’t tell Sister I said that because she will think that the crop dusters need to be called again.

You can get the Let Freedom Ring flag pattern at our etsy store, 2SistersAtHeart.

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Springtime in the Rockies

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“When it’s Springtime in the Rockies” is a favorite golden oldie song of my dad’s.  But I’m not sure that the Rockies really have a spring season.  About a month ago my Florida sister sent pictures of the daffodils that were blooming in her area.  Now I finally have one lone tulip blooming in ColoradoTulip-web-2
and IT doesn’t seem to really believe that is is spring anywhere, possibly because it is still snowing.  The day after this tulip photo was taken we woke up to snow again.  We were trying to load for the show in Pueblo amidst the weather challenges of spring.snow-webAfter about 2″ of snow that day, we awoke to 70 degrees less than 48 hours later.  DH says that is his favorite kind of storm.  We also had about a dozen calves join our herd in that crazy climate change.

So we are loaded for the show (I’m taking patterns for the Tulip Trio from the Mother’s Medallion Collection) tulip sm for weband I just bought a bouquet of spring flowers to prove it really is springtime in the Rockies. 

I’m setting them right next to my Spring Window (pattern available HERE). SPRING window Bedited(1)

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