Friday, December 21, 2012

Latest and Greatest Items

A couple of our latest more sleepless nights trying to remember all the reindeer names, these festive pillow cases can do the work for me!

reindeer names pillowcases

And this fun little project may be perfect if you have a little one on the way or a small one that needs an extra quilt to snuggle up with! 

ric rac bunny panel and quilt kit
We have some new books in time for the gift-giving and receiving season...Jo Morton has a new book "For All Seasons", and we also have Barbara Brackman's new "Civil War Sampler" book that includes 50 quilt blocks and stories from history.  

Jo Morton For All Seasons
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Quick Gifts and Fabric Wrapping

More fun with felted wool balls, this is just a 10 inch styrofoam cone, covered in colorful wool!  We also created a festive garland that includes wooden spools, peppermint candy and of course bits of fabric all tied on a string.. if you look closely at our tree below - there's a wreath for our partridge to wear or hang on the tree, and an acorn ornament...we also have a fabric yo-yo garland...stuffed yo-yo tree ornament, etc.
...lots of fun stuff to get the creative process underway!

Giant Ric Rac trim
We are also thinking of gift wrapping - reusable fabric gift bags, snowflakes and ric rac stitched and glued onto brown paper bags....and fabric scraps create colorful gift tags.   A box of wool pennies stitched into a row would look festive draped across the mantel as well!

If you are still in need of some unique and quick gifts...we have fun ruffle fabric for a festive scarf (10 minutes tops!), and pillowcases are great for anyone, pick a theme or personalize your creation to suit any decor...fabric napkins are easy to stitch up and so are these fabric shoe bags!  We think a shoe bag is perfect for anyone who travels, heads to the gym, or carries their dress shoes to work!  These are fun to personalize too, and only take about 3/8 of a yard of fabric (maybe something from your stash will do?).  Here is the quick tutorial - I modified our version a bit to create a small ruffle at the top edge, and the opening for the drawstring is enclosed in the side seam.  Stop by and we can show you the details.  P.S. Fancy red shoes don't come with the bag!

Shoe Bag

We have tag-its to add a special touch to your creations!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Projects to start, Projects to finish

We are busy playing catch up and wanted to share our pin cushion for December...something bright and wooly, featuring some of our latest Sue Spargo ribbon trim.  This pillow style pin cushion measures about 4 x 6 finished size.  We have kits ready to go and of course, you could create something similar if you have treasures in your sewing room!  These are fun easy projects to accomplish for yourself or a sewing buddy if you still need some gift ideas!   

Finishing up ...or is it wrapping things up?  Here are the final products from the diligent efforts for a few of our Farmers wives....We had a great show and tell for the reunion that met last week, and here are just a couple of the quilts that were shared.

The crazy continues with the efforts to race to the finish with the civil war sampler is a sneak peek at a couple of recent submissions...we have one or two completed tops out there, and a handful of participants have finished ALL their blocks...Congratulations everyone on their progress to date!!!  Just a reminder that the quilt show for finished quilts will be in March, and the last monthly deadline for blocks in order to receive the last fabric allocation is January 15th.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December is here!

We have some fun new products to play with!  These wool felt balls and wool squares are great for garlands, door bell hangers, tree ornaments, package decorations...or even better, double-duty and a package decoration that can be re-purposed on the tree!  We have some fun colors and sizes, and even some options for pin cushion kits and festive bracelets...we've got some fun ideas planned for future projects - let us know what inspires you!

More colors and sizes...
Wool Felt balls for fun projects!

We have a few new smaller projects - simple and the theme, and versatile enough to transition for an easy gift, or fresh winter look for your holiday decorating....

Bella's Bird Quilt - kits available!
Vintage Christmas Quilts - kits and center panel available!

And we have some fun new ribbons...a few by Sue Spargo in brights and a floral one designed by Anna Maria Horner...we are working on our December pin cushion, and it just may feature a new ribbon trim...a work in progress that will come together quickly I hope!

Happy Stitching!