May 2, 2017 @ 6:31 PM
I just checked and realized it has been 6 months since there have been any 'mad ramblings' posted. Not that there haven't been any, I just didn't get them on 'paper'.
Seems I owe you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Lovely Valentine's Day and Happy Easter--not to mention St Patrick's Day and the Vernal Equinox!
On a weekend off I visited the 'Junior Partners' in Philly where they both are currently living. Tried to see the Liberty Bell but the line was out the door, down the street, and around the corner. Maybe next time.
We did visit the Zoo on a great day.
This month it is back to work and because we have only one show the weekend of the 20th we should ............
November 23, 2016 @ 1:51 AM
I am not sure how this happened but all the leaves of autumn have blown down and we are in the last week of November!
The fruitcake is baked.
The shows are now all completed for the year so except for a Christmas trip back to Eastern PA and the Florida Quilt Fest mid January we should be around the shop trying to stitch up more projects to tempt you.
We have been receiving lots of new fabrics to play with.
Wilmington Prints Sew Curious panel and Coordinates
Sew Sew from Kanvas for Benartex
And Sounds of Music and the Music in Me from Benartex and Blank Quilting.
The wall hanging below if from The Music in Me by Benartex
Almost finished is this throw with Cherry Blossom Love by ............
October 1, 2016 @ 12:31 AM
As you may have guessed writing this blog is NOT my forte. It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say—that could be true—but there are so many other things that seem to take up my time.
Like Checking out Historic Roscoe Village in Coshoction, Ohio after a day at the quilt show.
I realize I haven’t posted anything since February, not sure where the time goes. I have seen many of you at the shows and it was great to talk to you.
In May the junior partners and I got together in LA to celebrate the closing of the first quarter century for the oldest. That was an exciting trip and within days of our return we were at another show.
August brought a trip............
February 19, 2016 @ 1:03 PM
This weekend, in the middle of the 'spring' semester, PSU STUDENTS will raise millions for Childhood Cancer research. 94% of the amount raised goes to Research and only 4% for administrative costs--unlike so many charities that are the exact opposite.
Throughout the year 10% of the sales from PSU merchandise is donated to special Olympics and THON. This weekend 10% of any purchase from our Penn State Proud Page will go exclusively to THON. Donations can be made at www.thon.org
Let's make the total $16 million in 2016!
After years, we finally took the plunge and had some blue and white fabric printed. The license process is still in the works so the paw print is not ............
December 13, 2015 @ 1:54 PM
I know this is a day late but as Bob Cratchett said to Scrooge the day after Christmas, "I am sorry I am late but I was making Merry Yesterday." A good belated birthday lunch with the youngest Junior Partner, her boyfriend, and cousin.
For the last project we are making a 'money stocking or mitten'. We have two different ways to construct them. One for the night before Christmas when you need a creative package for a monetary gift and the second just a tad more involved.
These are really simple but you can embellish them with names or spray glitter to look like melting snow.
Cut the shapes out, remember it isn't imperative they be perfect as the pieces will be stitched ............
December 11, 2015 @ 10:46 PM
Day 11 and I have thought of one more project--can't say that will happen on day 12 though.
This is a very easy ornament to make but does take quite a few buttons!
You will need an assortment of 3/4" wool squares cut with pinking shears. The number of squares depends upon the thickness of the wool. The completed ornament shown had 33 fabric squares and 22 buttons. The ornament I have shown partially already has that number of squares but needs probably another 33 squares. You will also need 2 to 3 feet of wire.
Use a thin wire and thread through the wool and buttons. Three pieces of wool, 2 buttons
Continue in this manner until you can make a ............
December 10, 2015 @ 3:48 PM
Day 10 and amazingly have thought of another project. This one can be one of two ways using either the instructions for the flannel ornaments from Day 1 or using the fused fabric from the last two days.
The pictures are from the fused fabric from yesterday.
These are made from cookie cutters or simple Christmas Shapes.
Trace a cookie cutter and use it as the pattern. Cut three shapes from the fused fabric or Cut 6 shapes and make 3 as in Day 1 Project.
Place the shapes one on top of another matching sides.
Stitch down the center of the shape.
Press the ornament so the six sides fan out.
Decorate with ribbons, bells, or ............
December 9, 2015 @ 10:29 PM
I'm beginning to think I needed to think this thing through a bit more. 3 more days and I am definitely running out of time each day!
Today's project is somewhat of a continuation of yesterday's chains. Using two pieces of fused Christmas fabric you can make just about any paper decoration out of the fabric.
You can get ideas from those paper foldings your kids do when they are bored but can't use the phone!
This fan starts with an 8" x 9" piece of fused Christmas fabric.
Be sure the edges are pinked or cut with some decorative pattern.
Fan fold the fabric along the 8" side. You will need to have an odd number of folds. I used about 5/8&............
December 8, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Today we are taking a trip down memory lane to elementary school when we made paper chains.
Start with two quarter yards of Christmas fabric.
Using a fusible webbing fuse them together, right sides showing.
With pinking shears or a pinking rotary cutter trim the four sides of the fused calico.
If you are using fat quarters cut them into 9" x 22" pieces with the pinking shears.
Cut as many 1 1/2" x 9" strips as possible from the prepared pieces
There are two ways to finish the chains--as we did in elementary school just making loops and using fusible web to 'glue' in place or by twisting the strips before gluing.
Slip the second inside the first ring and ............
December 7, 2015 @ 11:10 PM
I may have been real organized yesterday but as it is now after 7 p.m. I guess today that is not the case. There are however many new stamped embroidery patterns on the site as well as new panels and a new quilt top from the pansy panel.
Today's project is a real quick one, if you have the right type of lace!
These lace wreaths are quite easy to make, just takes a pipe cleaner and 1/2 yard of ruffled lace.
I could only find the craft pipe cleaners--I know there are some regular ones here but I have no idea where! They were 12" long so I cut one in half for a 6" piece
Be sure they are not real thick and be sure the binding on the lace is stitched on with a straight stitch and not a zig-zag ............