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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Advent Angel

An angel announced the birth of Christ. This adorable advent angel has a unique way of announcing the coming of Christmas Day. Her skirt cleverly offers 24 pockets to fill with tiny treats or advent scriptures. Enjoy a treat or read a scripture each day of advent (the kids will love it). For day 25, Angel holds a great little bag in her hands. Put in something special for the special day.

I really enjoyed making Advent Angel from a panel of the Choir of Angels collection by Robin Betterley for Wilmington Prints. She is so different from my usual projects! The excellent instructions are printed right on the panel.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Garden Patch Cats

Hey, all you cat and/or veggie lovers out there. We now have all 13 "Garden Patch Cats" patterns on our website. Cats and veggie are good for everyone.

Helene Knott, fiber artist extraordinare, has created the cutest litter of cat characters, each with a veggie name and great recipe included in the pattern.
Easy applique and great instructions make each 18" x 18" quilt block a pleasure to make.
Use them to make individual wall hangings or combine them to make an awesome quilt!

Gourdo Gato shown here was made and quilted by our friend, Lee Franklin. Kits are available for Gourdo Gato.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Make Life Fun with Bucket Totes!

Sweetwater has designed a fab, fun tote shaped like a bucket. It is just too cool! And sooooo easy to make. There are even iron-on labels included in the pattern. I used the canvas fabric and coordinates from the Make Life fabric collection by Moda to make a couple of totes. That just sparked my imagination. These totes are great for gifts, teens, toys, decorating, holidays, parties.....

But.... the pattern calls for canvas. I wanted to use some of the new fabrics that we are receiving every week and they aren't canvas. So I just did what we all do; I adapted.

My solution was to fuse Decor Bond onto the back of both the main fabric and the lining fabric and substitute them for the canvas. I chose an awesome print from and got started. I think the results are funtastic! (Thanks to Carol Jones for helping me choose the fabrics.) See other Halloween fabrics

Next, I am going to look for some gold cord for handles and see how some of our great Christmas fabrics work as bucket totes.

People on my Christmas gift list will not be getting the ordinary gift bags this year! (Don't spoil my secret.)

Holiday Apron

I am so excited about the new collection from Wilmington Prints - Cookie Jar Treats! Remember your childhood tradition of setting out milk and cookies for Santa? This beautifully colorful fabric brings it all back. I especially like the apron and know just what I plan to do with the one that I made. I am going to give it to my good friend who has been bringing Chrismas Cookies to my family for the past 20 years.

I decided to make her apron reversible so I chose an autumn apple print for the other side. I wanted pockets on that side, too.

This is what I did:

1. Cut out the panel according the printed instructions on it.

2. Skip the step of hemming the panel edges, but follow the pockets and ties instructions.

3. Baste the ties onto the apron and pin them flat to the front of the apron.

4. Cut the apple print to a 30" wide strip. Trim the selvage off one edge.

5. Cut a 7" x 30" strip. Fold one long edge under 1/4" to make the bottom hem.
Hem (stitch) the other with a 1.5" top hem to make a "pocket sleeve."

6. With both fabrics right side up, place the pocket sleeve onto the 30" strip, 4" from the bottom (without selvage) edge. Stitch along the bottom of the pocket sleeve.

7. Stitch a verticle seam at the center of the pocket sleeve to divide it into two pockets. Stitch vertical seams 6" from both sides of the center seam to make more pockets. Then baste the side edges together.

8. Lay the 30" strip (pocket sleeve at bottom) right side up on your cutting table.

9. Fold the apron panel at the center, wrong sides together.

10 Place the center fold of the panel along the center of the 30" strip and line up the bottom edges. Open the apron panel and pin together along edges.

11. Leaving a small opening at the bottom, stitch with 1/4" around the apron panel. Clip curves.

12. Turn inside out. Press and top-stitch along the edge.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adorable Advent Calendar

I love Christmas and all the decorations of the season. This advent calendar, by LeAnne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle, is absolutely adorable. LeAnne's style is a little bit country and a lot cute.

I fell in love with the Nativity scene on the Advent Calendar and just had to make one. It takes one panel and 4 other fabrics from LeAnne's "Let Us Adore Him" collection. The panel includes the nativity scene plus rows of little squares for the calender pockets. One fabric has the cute little characters nicely spaced apart, so you can fussy cut them to make the tiny ornaments. Hang the ornaments on buttons along the side of the quilt as you count the days until Christmas. The instructions are on the bottom of the panel.

I followed the instructions exactly except for hand stitching the ribbon loop to the back of the ornament. Instead, I clipped a tiny hole in the felt about an inch down from the top. I threaded the ribbon through the hole and tied it. Then I positioned the knot in the hole. When I fused the character fabric over the knot it was completely covered and I had a nice smooth loop on my ornament. Wow, these would also make great tree decorations!