4 more left to go to finish the year! That means only 3 more weeks before Christmas! Yikes!!
Jeannie looks totally different than the one in the book THE NEW HEXAGON!
I think it kind of looks like a "star flower". If you are interested in the book click on the image below:
Happy Wednesday, Enjoy the last day of November!
We are at it again with rick rack, doesn't it make the stems cute?
Can you see rick rack used on other projects with flowers?
This is a simple bib lined with white flannel ( sewn up real quick), a snap added at the back of the neck. I added purchased floral embroideries appliquéd (with monofilament thread) to the bib and rick rack sewn down to make some fun stems!
If you would like the pattern for the bib, feel free to use our contact tab at the top of this blog post to ask for it via email and we will be happy to send it out to you. Another great use of rick rack!
ALSO........Check out the blog post about "Sniffle Monsters" entitled FREE TUTORIAL - Tissue Holder Stocking Stuffers for Young and ahem..... not so old! from November 21. 2015 here and see images below.
It is a great time of the year to make these little guys for stocking stuffers or craft show items.
The ideas for rick rack are limitless!
Happy Tuesday ❤️
I'm intrigued by the above baby quilt kit which reminds me of the rick rack series I have been doing for the past few weeks. But even more interesting is that it is on sale for ONLY $14.28 US with 2.5 yards of fabric included. Now that is a very reasonable price!
It is described this way: " Zig Zag Sew up a colorful new quilt for the little one - it will be a vibrant and playful addition to any nursery "
Kit includes: pattern, 2-1/2 yards fabric
Techniques: piecing | Skill Level: easy
32" x 40"
These are black friday sale prices and they won't last long, check out the website here
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Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends!
We hope you have a happy, family and delicious food filled holiday!
Can you believe it? I am finally caught up with these pretty hexie blocks!!! We are already 47 weeks into this year! Time has certainly flown. You can see by block 47 (Janet), I am inspired by Christmas colours!
5 Blocks left to go... we are definitely on the count down.
If you wish to have a look at the book or purchase it, click on the image below:
The above is a graphic I recently designed on a cool, sunny, fall day. I was apparently feeling happy!
A sunny day in November kinda makes you feel that way!
I have included it as a free graphic in our shop. Download it by clicking here: Oh Happy Day! Tea Towel
This pattern continues my theme of using ric rac on sewing/quilting projects. The ric rac above provides a fun horizon line for Mr. Sunshine.
I was at a local fabric store recently and someone mentioned that the always sew their "trims" including ric rac by hand?
I am here to tell you, you can sew ric rac by machine easily and it will stay on your project more firmly if you do sew it by machine. It is especially good to sew on by machine with a frequent use item such as a tea towel which will be washed often.
How to make "Oh Happy Day":
The other most important products used with this project?
Happy Tuesday, have a great day!
This is a wonderful recipe courtesy of an aunt of mine who made this when I was a child and I have loved it forever it seems. This is my classic stew recipe that I use all the time. It just happens to be that it was always made gluten free even before I discovered I needed to be gluten free! The "secret" ingredient makes the gravy surrounding the vegetables, silky smooth and thickened. It is even better the second day ❤️
Stew is a simple dish with readily available vegetables and I add my own additions (turnip) to make it tasty. This recipe takes 5 hours in the oven at 275 degrees, a wonderful recipe to use on a very cold day like today when it is windy with frigid temperatures.
You will need:
Carrots 2-3 large ones (mine were almost 3" in diameter in my garden! Huge)
Celery 4-5 stocks
rutabaga (or turnip) 1 cup roughly chopped
2-3 large onions quartered
6-8 medium potatoes
4-6 whole garlic cloves
2 lbs of stewing beef or steak (on sale)
2 1/2 cups of gluten free or regular beef broth
1-680 ml can or 2 3/4 cup of tomato sauce or juice (Gluten free or regular)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon celery seed
4 rounded tablespoons of Minute Tapioca * secret ingredient for thickening* (this is gluten free)
How to make it:
Enjoy this savoury dish on a cold winter day!
It is comfort food at it's best ..mmmmm
Happy Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week.
The count down has begun and it is time to decide on settings for these hexies now with 45 completed blocks. I am going to have to start working on the connector pieces very soon.
The book below also has a great gallery of projects and layout suggestions. So if you are working on the blocks I recommend you also look at pages 16-18 to see layout suggestions.
Click on the image below to see where to get The New Hexagon book.
6 Blocks to go!
Have a Great Wednesday! ❤️
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you projects which are oriented to gift giving, getting ready for the holiday season and utilizing ric rac as a trim.
You are probably thinking, ric rac is a bit too retro?
I think it's fun to incorporate this trim on projects! That's my story and I am sticking to it!! It is a trim that can appear modern and fun or vintage... you choose.
The story of ric rac (also spelled rickrack & ricrac) goes back to the 1800's.
Ric rac has been described as a flat narrow zig zag shaped braided trim used for clothing and curtains. Before the popularity and availability of sewing machines and sergers it was used to conveniently finish the edges of fabric.
This trim became popular and peaked in use in the 1970's, at the time of "Little House in the Prairie" and likely as I surmise, along with the increased use of the home sewing machine.
Any way I cut it, ha ha pardon the pun! I like it for the following reasons:
Now on to the project at hand......
Double Ended Oven Mitts, so handy to hang conveniently on your oven. No need to hide these beauties away!
A great gift for the chef/baker in your family or keep to use for your kitchen!
I am keeping mine, I need it for upcoming Christmas decor and baking.
What you will need:
How to make your double ended oven mitts:
mitten front rounded areas.
5. Baste at the edge of 2 of the mitten fronts, the 2 pieces of ric rac to the
straight edge of the mitten. See below:
6. Attach the trim piece (3 x7") right side down to the ric rac and sew
with a 1/8" seam allowance
7. Repeat for the other pocket as in 6 above.
8. Sew the back of the front pocket to the other side of the trim (green) as
shown below (right sides together). Make 2 of these
9. Applique or embellish if you wish now on the ric rac side of the front
pocket. See below:
I cut out some owls, fused them with fusible web
and used invisible thread to appliqué them.
10. Fold your mitten fronts over the 7 x 8 1/4" pieces of batting. (Batting
sandwiched on the inside of the mitten) Trim if necessary.
Stitch in the seam ditch between the trim and the ric rac and sew all
around the outside edge of the pocket to hold together- 1/8" in from
the edge. Repeat for the second pocket.
12. Bind with pre-prepared bias, 2 1/2 double fold binding using a 1/4" seam allowance. Bind as you would a quilt! See below:
You are now ready to put your double sided oven mitts to great use or save them for someone special this Christmas.
Doesn't that ric rac look adorable!!
Happy Baking and Happy Tuesday!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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