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Monday, December 27, 2021

Surprise Fabric Sale!!!

Surprise!!  All of my fabric on the bolt, sold in 1/2 yard increments, is 20% off!!  

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Glad Tidings ~ Part Three

 Another week has passed and I hope you found a little time for yourself to sew this past week.  I did! I spent quite a bit of time last Saturday, and snuck in some time here and there during the week to sew.  It just feels so fulfilling to me.

Let's get started on finishing our sweet little quilt!

Arrange your six blocks like the photo above.  Sew the blocks into rows; press.  Sew the rows together; press. Check your pattern for the quilt center measurements as we need to know them for the next step. 

Sew the side borders to the quilt; press.  Sew the cornerpost squares to the top/bottom borders; press to the border.  Then, sew the top/bottom borders to the quilt top.  It's so cute already!
Add the Aged Muslin border and your Glad Tidings quilt top is complete!  Yay!!
These little quilts don't really need a whole lot of quilting, but I chose to hand quilt mine because I really need the practice.  
I just chose to quilt a few simple designs because, quite frankly, that's all I know how to do. 
It never ceases to amaze me how textiles warm a vignette.  There's just nothing like it. This charming quilt is just perfect for my kitchen display.  I love it!  (In case you're wondering, the wool Tree Farm pillow was a free pattern on my blog many years ago, and the "And To All A Good Night" cross stitch is by Blackbird Designs.) 

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed making Glad Tidings with me.  It's a pleasure to sew along with all of you and bring these old quilts to a new life.  Please post photos of your quilt on social media with the #QuiltArchaeology hashtag.  We would all enjoy seeing each other's quilts!

I wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season, and most of all, a healthy New Year.  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content!  

Friday, December 10, 2021

Glad Tidings ~ Part Two

 Gee...is it just me, or are the weeks flying by even faster this time of year?  So much to do and not enough time.  That said, it's good for us to take a little 'me time' to sew after all we're doing for our family and friends.

Knowing how busy you are, our task this week will be another quick one.  Let's get started!

Sew (2) Two Patch units together into a Four Patch.  Make a total of (12) of them.  Check measurements stated in the pattern.  

Note:  There is an error in the pattern where it says to make (24) Four Patch units.  Change that to (12) please!  

Sew (12) red Half Square Triangles to (12) Four Patch units exactly as shown.  Check your measurements.

Sew (2) of the previous units together to make a block.  Make (6) blocks and check you measurements.  That's it!  All of the blocks are done, and next week we will assemble the quilt top.  I hope you feel this sewing has been do-able as you prepare for the holiday.  

I'm happy to find a few minutes each day to sew for myself.  Ya know, when I was making the Circa 1880 Nine Patch quilt a few years ago, I started early in the morning each day in my sewing room sewing strips or blocks.  Gotta say, that was a wonderful way to start each day.  No matter what else happen that day, I had already clocked some 'me time' and it felt great.  Somehow, that habit faded away, and I'm thinking I need to make time for me in the morning again.  Maybe your best time is at the end of the day, or during a lunch break?  Whenever it is, we owe it to ourselves to do what makes us happy and fulfilled!  Even if it's only for 15 minutes.  

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.  Stay safe out there, my friends, and be well.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Glad Tidings ~ Part One

 Hi Dear Quilting Friend,

Such a super busy time of year!  I hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving with family and friends.  So much better than this time last year, although it seems we must still be vigilant in protecting ourselves from the Covid menace.  

After Thanksgiving, my family and I go right into Christmas decorating mode.  At last, the house is all decked out, and I feel better with all those boxes put away.  Still a lot left to do, and while we all prepare for our holiday, I hope we can steal a few minutes for ourselves, and sew something special, which brings me to our Glad Tidings Sew-along.

I really like this project because it will be super quick to piece.  If you find more time, and want to sew ahead...please do!  Better to get it done, relax and enjoy than not get it done.  If you need a little reminder and a bit of motivation, follow along with me as we make Glad Tidings in three weeks.

Follow along in your Glad Tidings pattern to make a total of (6) Half Square Triangles.
Next step is to sew the Aged Muslin strip to your green strip.  Then, subcut (24) Two Patches as directed in the Glad Tidings pattern.  That's it for this week!  

If you're hearing about the sew-along now, it's not too late to join us.  You can get the Glad Tidings pattern here.


I am preparing for my brand new Pinks of the Past sample yardage to arrive any day now.  The Love & Hope basket quilt pattern is being written now, and then we will begin piecing this very pretty quilt.

I'll try to post some pictures on Instagram and Facebook.  The fabrics are oh so different, and really very old.  I have several that I can share what the vintage fabric looks like and how I had it reproduced.  Yummy stuff!  

Plans are also in the works for another Monday's With Marcus event coming in January,  more sew-alongs from me, and of course, new fabric lines to keep our creative hearts happy. 

Keep your needle busy and your heart content.....and please!  Be safe, and be well....