Proof: Santa is a Quilter!

My very dear friend, MJ, cross stitched this wonderful Prairie Schooler Santa and gave it to me as a gift.  What an honor to receive this lovely work of art!

This pattern was released in 2005, as noted on the lower left side.  What makes it even more special?  2005 is the year MJ and I became friends.

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Within such a teeny space, “Santa” created a wall hanging from 6 different, tiny blocks!  I look at each block and am in awe of these tiny little stitches.  Yes, this proves that Santa really is a quilter!

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It looks like Santa is ready to pull an all nighter as he finishes embroidering the Christmas tree nestled in the hoop!  How about that little spool of thread?

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As you can see, MJ even signed (with stitches) the lower right hand corner of this masterpiece.  Friendship, quilting and cross stitch…I think they blend together to make lasting memories!

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As we wind down the 2018 Christmas Season, Sandy and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

Let’s toast to the new quilting journeys that await us in 2019…cheers!

 

 

U.S. Postal Service Fan of the Month

Sandy and I do a lot of mailing back and forth through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  Since she lives in Upstate New York and I live in Central Ohio, it’s really the best (and least expensive!!!) way for us to pass projects back and forth.

Look what she just sent me!  It was a big box of fabric for a project we started in August.  I am a huge fan of all these beautiful grays, yellows, golds and creams.  This box not only made my day, it made me the USPS October Fan of the Month!

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Truth be told, Sandy hit a creative wall while trying to work out a new pattern design.  I jumped at the chance to give it a try because the combination of these colors and fabrics will provide me with a great cold weather project.

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Then, as luck would have it, I was at the Red Rooster Quilt Shop with my dear friend, MJ, when I stumbled across a scrap pack that had the same large floral fabric along with some other gray, black, yellow and cream fabrics.  What a find!

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Sandy, I’m working on it, I promise!

Well, I mean at least the fabric is out of the box and Norma has given it her sniff of approval!

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Modern Piecing for a Cause

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I recently joined the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild and have met some incredibly talented quilters.  This is a very active guild and the monthly meetings are full of inspiration.

Each year the guild chooses a community charity project, and for 2018, the Meals on Wheels program was adopted.  Guild members make quilted placemats that are distributed to Meals on Wheels clients.  These placemats are are great way to use miscellaneous scraps and left over quilt blocks to create small, modern quilt designs.

Below is the label each quilter/creator sews on the back of each placemat:

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I was looking through a large bag of colorful scraps from my dear friend, MJ, AND wondered how I could put them to work.  Then I started thinking about some of the leftover blocks I have from previous quilts.  Hmmmm…the lightbulb in my head turned on.

Left over pieced blocks + lovely scraps = bright, bold placemats!

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I need to practice my machine quilting skills and these placemats are the perfect size to machine quilt.  I’ll add them to my  “must finish” list for October.

I have plenty of leftover blocks to incorporate into some type of placemat design.  Below are just a few random blocks…wouldn’t that cute fox face brighten someone’s day?

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I hope you are still enjoying the sights and sounds of fall!  Here’s another photo I snapped while walking in the park with Norma and Sadie.

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Gasp…my thread broke!

Cindy here, reporting in from New York.   The big GRAY BARN is in view through a misty rain.  Mom, dad and I are just relaxing and hoping the sun will shine sometime today.  Good thing I brought a few quilting projects with me!

A few months ago, Sandy scored big at an antique store…10 antique red and white Ohio Star blocks.  These unfinished blocks measure 11 x 11 inches square.

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I like how the blocks were pieced by hand, very special!

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Sandy and I have created three different projects from these 10 blocks.  You’ll see our feature project and pattern soon…Sandy is putting the finishing touches on it as we speak!

Meanwhile, since the blocks were pieced by hand, I thought I would hand quilt one block.  I found a spool of red quilting cotton and a spool of cream quilting cotton in my vast thread stash and started quilting.

GASP…my thread broke over and over again!

Okay, so it took me awhile to admit my thread was the problem.  Once I realized this…quilting thread stash went into the trash!

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Question for our readers: 

What is your favorite brand of hand quilting thread?

There are so many different threads to choose from, I definitely need some advice!