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do SOMETHING: YES! Quilts

A few months ago I realized again that I can’t fix the world. I know, it shocked me too.

And at the same time I realized again that I can influence my corner of the world. And after a conversation with a quilting teacher/lecturer/designer who held a common secret dream for influencing a specific part of our culture, we plotted and schemed about how to do SOMETHING, even though it would not be everything that needs to be done.

I had held an idea in my heart to make small cuddle sized quilts to encourage women who were experiencing the stress of unplanned pregnancy. Just something soft and beautiful to remind them that they aren’t alone – that there are resources and people to help them. My friend’s face lit up when I mentioned my secret dream and she told me she had thought the same thing — and even had a name for such quilts – YES! Quilts. You’re Each Special.

I’m SO thankful for my graphic artist friend, Gail Wilty, who worked on this logo for us to use on this first batch of quilts!

So, we sought advice and counsel from some folks who work everyday in that area of our culture – and also from Him who knows all things. And we made some preliminary plans. Then I announced this opportunity to the quilters in my guild. I was delighted at the gracious, generous response! The result (so far) is that I delivered ten small quilts this week to Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center to be gifted to a select number of their clients – women who need an extra reminder that there are resources available to them and their babies. 

Let me introduce you to Dion who is the director at Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center.  I also met one of the client advocates who will be distributing these quilts.

The quilts are each uniquely beautiful…

one holds words of grace – literally,

another the calm of deep blue,

the beauty of a whole cloth design with the soft touch of a wool blossom,

the sweetness of hearts and accented quilting designs,

the soft touch of pastels,

 

the happy delight of daisies,

the sparkling whimsy of flower fairies,

the fun of two quilts which started with the same happy floral and ended up very distinctly different

– this one features vintage buttons!

It may be that you, too, want to change the world and realize that you cannot. But, maybe there is SOMETHING you can do to make this world more beautiful, more caring, more safe … Take fabric in hand and make it happen. We are cheering for you!

Learn more about Safe Harbor HERE.

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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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Completed Quilting! as good as …

FL Sister id tagThe morning phone call was as good as …    How good was it, sister?   … as good as having an extra birthday – with an additional party but without additional years!

The morning call was from my long-arm quilter friend, Nancy Troyer. “Just calling to let you know that I’m finished with your quilt.” Woot! Woot! Dancing in the fountain! Parade starts at the corner!

I should mention that the Colorado Sister already had her parade for this accomplishment. She is often ahead of me when we come to Finishing the Project.

This IS a celebration moment! Since the planning and piecing for Mother’s Medallion started several years ago and then, when we added the responsibility of producing the pattern and instructions a little more recently, the To Do list got longer instead of shorter. So, to hear the news that the actual quilting was done was like a marching band playing a song called “Hail! Hail! The Quilting’s done! We’re almost finished!” (Not sure there is such a song, but there should be!)

rose sm

And what could be better than seeing the ideas we talked about finally, actually in the flesh, I mean in the fabric! Even the back side is pretty!

And the big blossoms at the top are just the right touch!

And the big blossoms at the top are just the right touch!

Planning the quilting with Nancy is so much fun. Because this quilt has something different on each row, we needed a different stitching strategy for each row. She lays out a clear plexiglass piece on top of the quilt and then we brain storm together. She is a wealth of good ideas and is open to trying new things. She draws on the plexiglass with a dry erase pen, we adjust and adapt and then she takes a picture to keep the agreement clear in mind.

back of quilt 8 - basket

The medallion center has a basket of flowers.

basket sm

Nancy used a basket weave quilting on the basket.

Even as I’m teasing you with these sneak (close up) peeks at the quilting, I promise, the whole quilt pattern will be available before summer over!

front edge sm

The quilting on the edge leaves room for a scalloped edge.

AN OFFICIAL THANK YOU to everyone who let the dancing and parading before bringing up the task of the …. BINDING! I know, I know. I’m on it … I’m all over it … really …

NOTE: We realize that there may not be time or inclination to make the whole entire quilt so we are offering individual projects based on each of the different techniques or blocks from the rows that surround the center medallion where flowers are showcased.

The options for that center medallion spot are as varied as the stitching sister who makes the quilt. One of us chose to do a posy of ribbon embroidery (You can find the individual project for that Pillowcase Posy HERE.)

and her corner squares around the on-point center offer the opportunity to add crazy quilting. (You can find the individual project for Mother’s Parlor Pillow HERE.)

The other Sister chose to use a Dresden Plate basket with yoyos and other dimensional flowers. (You can find the individual project for that Mother’s Flower Basket Centerpiece HERE.)

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