Monday, March 21, 2022

C&T Publishing Spring Fling!

Are you itching for inspiration?

Or is that the poison ivy you got into, starting your springtime yard work? (Grin)

Here's your remedy: and I'm not talking about that old bottle of pink Calamine lotion! Hey, am I the only one old enough to remember that?

Head over to our buds at C&T Publishing and enjoy 50% off on fabulous books!

Click on this link and buckle up for a ride across the interwebs!

(Yep, it's an affiliate link, so I might get a small commission, but your price will not change!)

Look at just a small sample of what you will find there:


So much fun!

Enjoy the Spring Fling Sale!

Love,



Monday, January 31, 2022

Do you love a party?

 


What could be better?

Fabrics!

Accuquilt!

Party prizes!


Join us at the Accuquilt Farm to Sewing Table party tomorrow!

You can register for the party RIGHT HERE!!

The folks at Michael Miller fabrics and the team at Accuquilt will have surprises for kids and adults, and the chance to win a giveaway!

Be sure to join in the fun at noon Central time!

See you there!



Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A finish! Actually, several of 'em!

In an earlier post, I pointed all of you awesome, talented, shining stars to Jacquelynne Steves' web site, where she offered a discounted price on some adorable embroidery patterns, to benefit the "Convoy of Hope" effort to provide food for folks across the globe.  

These particular patterns are still available on her web site at this link: CLICK HERE!  And no, I don't get a single penny for your clicking through to see the digital patterns and goodies on her site, just the satisfaction of pointing you in the right direction to see all that creative fun!

Those "holiday sweaters" are so cute that I was determined to turn them into a project. Actually, I turned them into FIVE different projects!

Mug rugs!

These were destined to be Christmas presents, so I patted and talked to the Christmas-themed fabrics in my stash. Lo and behold, I found some old nine patch blocks I had made years ago when making several table runners.

I got out my trusty seam ripper and had a project to work on whilst watching the tv one night with Mr. Snoodles. Don't look at me like that; I know you do that, too!

Once I had piles of white squares and piles of Christmas squares, I drew lines on the wrong side of the white and then slapped those puppies right-sides together with the Christmas squares. I stitched on either side of the line I had drawn and then carefully cut them apart. Some pressing and squaring up with my trusty "Blok-Lok" ruler, and VOILA!!! Gorgeous little half-square triangles!

I stitched these together into blocks, as you can see here (polishing fingernails on shirt - how do you like 'dem points?):

I was able to make five of these to accompany my embroideries of the holiday sweaters. I put borders on the embroideries and on the HST blocks, and then chose one Christmas fabric to back all of them. No binding this time; I simply stitched all the way around and left a space for turning them right-side out.

Once turned, a line of top-stitching around the edge made them lie nice and flat.


Now, in a blatant display of shameless self-promotion (grin) here are some photos of the completed mug rugs!






Each one received a small tag that was secured in the last portion of stitching around the edge of each mug rug. "Handmade with Love!"


And yes, I know that some of the triangles point in one direction, while on another mug rug, they point in the opposite direction. Yep. I'm just squirrely that way!

I received word that these little guys were put to use right away!



I hope you enjoyed this miniature trunk show of embroidered and quilted mug rugs. I had a blast making these, and there just might be another batch of Holiday Sweater embroideries in the works as we speak. Maybe destined for a table topper. Maybe. Just sayin'. 

Here's hoping that each and every one of you enjoyed a blessed and restful New Year's holiday, and that 2022 will be a year in which we all find time to sew, be creative, and be at peace.

Much love to all of you!



Thursday, December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 



In the midst of the wrapping paper, the thread and fabric, the tinsel, and the sugar cookies, can we stop a minute, you and I?

I won't keep you long.

I want to wish you a blessed, peaceful, and yes, a merry Christmas. Why?

Because this is a time of year when so many people are sad. Some are depressed because they won't get many presents. Some are sad because they can't afford to give many presents. Some are sad because there is someone special in their life who won't be around this Christmas -- perhaps because they are estranged, or perhaps that person has passed away.

They look around at the merriment and the mayhem and they sigh. It is for you, dear friend, that I want to pause and give you a virtual hug. If I could, I would wrap you in my softest quilt, and tell you that you are not alone; you are loved. Because that is what Christmas is really all about. It's about pure, unconditional, irrepressible, unbelievably awesome, self-denying love. The love that brought God to man.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I hope that I have not offended you, gentle reader. I hope that you will have a merry Christmas. He knows what is in your heart today, and He's ready to fill your heart with the peace that passes all understanding. My Christmas wish for you is that you know Him, and that you know that He loves you, and me, and everyone.

Because His love is what makes my Christmas merry.

Love to all, and a very merry Christmas!



Monday, November 29, 2021

Cyber Monday Part II!!

 Our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop are in the "let's have a sale" mood, too!



Be sure to follow these links and see all the great savings!!

Love,