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Time Flips: December Calendar

The last month of the year!

A season of gift giving and the best celebration of all!

Think of all the good gifts we have because our God came down to demonstrate His measureless love for us. The star lead the way to the manger and He still leads us toward good things – especially friendship with Himself!

Memories of this season’s gifts:

family gatherings, decorations & pine trees, church programs, candlelight & carols, hot chocolate, sledding, snowmen & mittens …

 

Mittens hanging to dry tell us there has been a day of fun in the snow.

There is sometimes a great gap between concept and reality. But this time we made the leap!

 

a close up of the bow that anchors the clothes line for the mittens

 

There’s time to finish this before the holiday list gets too long. You can do it!

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ grey, dark green, shades and patterns of red, gold

Embroidery thread: dark green, red, gold

Embroidery stitches: running, blanket, stem

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: November Calendar

We have almost finished the year! Hard to believe it’s gone so fast! So much to be thankful for!

 

Simple sticks and an acorn make this a super quick project

 

I had the idea to use different stitches around the edges of each month but then I didn’t do that. But, the idea is included in this sketch anyway.

 

I’m thinking my little acorn needs a stem! wool? or embroidery?

 

Time to make a fire in the fireplace and make a pot of soup!

 

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ rust, shades and patterns of brown

Embroidery thread: brown

Embroidery stitches: blanket, stem, 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

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Time Flips: October Calendar

The calendar is 3/4 of the way finished! And nothing says fall like the pumpkins of October!

 

I see some “fuzzy” left from the embroidery paper that I need to take care of.

 

and it all starts with a simple sketch

 

I can almost smell the pies baking!

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ tan, shades of orange, green

Embroidery thread: orange, dark green,

Embroidery stitches: blanket, stem

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: September Calendar

At one time you may have sung “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers …” Remember? So, it is kind of crazy that years later we choose to decorate with those things that remind us of school days!

The September calendar starts with this sketch:

The month begins with a ruler twisted into the S. We used an adjusted irregular blanket stitch to make the ruler lines.

I decided at the last minute to add another line of tan to the first letter. You may like it better without it. It’s up to you.

 

Now for the pencil tip – it’s not perfect, I know. But, seriously, if someone is looking that closely to the little pencil, there may be other issues we are dealing with. Know what I mean?

If you think my pencil may be a little warped – you could be right.

 

Everybody know that apples are required in every school room!

I’m thinking we should have added a worm!

 

Happy September!

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ dark green; also tan, yellow, red and brown – with a tiny triangle of white

Embroidery thread: tan, yellow, red

Embroidery stitches: stem, blanket

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: August Calendar

Ready for another month? We hope you’ll love this honey of a project. It was the first inspiration for this collection.

 

A bee hive seemed the perfect shape for the first letter of August.

 

simple lines are easy to embroidery

 

Use a chain stitch to make the stripes on the little bee. And a cross stitch at the tip of the antennae.

 

Summer might almost be over, but the fun continues.

 

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ light blue, gold, scraps of brown, white, yellow 

Embroidery thread: dark brown, gold, black

Embroidery stitches: running, blanket, stem, French knots

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: July Calendar

It’s time to celebrate with flags, fireworks and fire crackers!

 

Let freedom ring! and let’s be noisy about it!

 

It’s so much fun when the sketch comes to life!

 

Here’s an idea for stitching the star and the flag.

 

It only takes a little piece of patriotic fabric to finish the backing!

 

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

Wool background: 8″ x 6″ black, scraps of red, blue, gold, small piece of white

Embroidery thread: metallic gold or silver, red, gold

Embroidery stitches: blanket, satin, 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

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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

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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A “Just Ducky” Quilt for Little Dreams

We were shocked at ourselves. Shocked and appalled.

To think that we had gone on so long without any patterns for little ones. We love little ones. We love being surrounded by our little ones!

 

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Kids seated

Personalities are showing!

Little ones need quilts for cuddling. Well, things couldn’t go on like this any longer – we had to address this great neglect. Sisters at Heart needed a quilt pattern for little ones!

 

The Lullaby Collection was born and the design chart came out:

Size: big crib or child’s bed size – They grow out of the baby quilt size way too soon, we have learned this sad truth!

Quilting level: not too difficult but something we hadn’t used before

Motif: ducklings, little paddling ducklings

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 Color parameters: current, modern colors to please young tastes, and blue of some kind – for water for the little paddling ducklings  

Block: off-set hexagons, using white between the aqua rows – so there would be gentle white caps in the water for the little paddling ducklings

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Borders: wide borders with contrasting flanges, one for the focus fabric and one made of wide diagonal stripes – to give those precious little paddling ducklings secure and fun boundaries

Special touch: a border with a poem – about little paddling ducklings

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Now to fill in the last frame of the design chart – NAME THAT QUILT. That part came pretty easily:

Just Ducky sign

The planning completed, we could move on to fabric for the sample. Since, for once, we were together in the same state for a few days, we could do this together!

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And for the math calculations – this is where the Colorado sister takes the lead. We found some challenges here.

#1 – different people measure hexagons different ways. But most quilters measure the flat side and identify the hexagon with that measurement.

#2 – the offset hexagons produce an unusual finished sized row – not that it really matters because you can make the surrounding borders any size you want them. But you might notice that the measurements for the borders are a little unusual. Or you might not notice – the Florida sister hardly thought it worth mentioning.

#3 – the diagonal stripes could be made with half-square triangles or with strips with a bias one way or the other – each of us were inclined to proceed with a different method and that would change the math —- decisions, decisions …

 

Time to write the instructions – what will we call the fabric color we use for the water?

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Web research on color and design and dictionary sites produced:  Aquamarine, ultra marine, blue-green, green-blue, teal, turquoise, aqua, pool blue, peacock, surfer — surfer is a color? Okay, this isn’t helping..

What about cutting all those hexagons …. Fortunately, right at the start of the sewing process we found these wonderful templates for cutting the hexagons and the little paddling ducks. (More on those templates in a future post.)

ducky template

The quilt for the little ones just might move from concept to reality!

We soon realized that we needed a new poem for the embroidery border because what we could find in nursery rhyme books had very little to say about little paddling ducklings. So we wrote:

Three little ducks all in a row

Paddle in the water, smooth and slow

Three little ducks …..

well now, I can’t tell you everything in this post.

But, you can get the pattern HERE.

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