Busy Hands are Happy Hands

Where has the time gone!? I started this missive last week but didn’t get it finished. Here it is a week later and I am just now getting around to trying again to let you know of some of the new things that have come into the shop. Of course, since I told you about getting a few new patterns several other things have arrived that I thought you might like to know about. It’s never ending…

18 Stitch Sampler

So many of our ladies like redwork. It’s easy, it keeps their hands busy while they watch TV, it’s portable, etc., etc. One of the two new ones I’ll tell you about (the second one has already come and gone so I’ll have to order more) is A Redwork Stitch Sampler by Bird Brain Designs. Once you stitch this sampler you will have a handy reference of 18 of the most popular stitches used in embroidery work. The finished wall hanging measures 13″x20″, that includes the borders. There’s also a pattern for a 7″ square pincushion included.

Beautiful Baskets

Then there’s Picnic Baskets by Jan Patek and Jenny Doan. This 80″x80″ quilt uses a Turnover pack from the Lilac Hill fabrics but would also make a good scrap quilt. The design includes both piecing and applique work. The blocks are big, almost 30″ square, and the half-square triangles are about 4″ square. If you wanted to use up some of those half-square triangles that you have been so frugally making this would be a good time to do so (Pam), provided you have any that large. I would classify this at an intermediate level because the instructions are pretty short and sweet.

While I hate rain, I know I’ve told you that before, I love umbrellas for some reason and just fell in love with this pattern from Joined at the Hip. Rainy Day Welcome measures 18″x38″ and will brighten any day, especially the rainy ones. Whether you pull bright scraps from your stash or purchase new fabrics you will have fun making this project. Looking for a great gift for a new couple? This banner would be a most welcomed gift.

Gear up for Christmas!

Now for the new book by Art to Heart, Jingle all the Way. This is the latest in a host of wonderful books by Nancy Halvorsen. Projects include a “candy” garland for your mantel, a fireplace screen, several pillows, gift bags, a stitched banner, and more. It uses her new line of fabric from Benartex. I’ve not seen it up close and in person yet but will try to do so soon.

We received three new magazines this week. First, there was Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 3 from today’s top designers. In addition to 100 great blocks, there’s a contest for you to enter. You could be one of 25 to win four of the blocks shown in the magazine. There is a good mix of block styles from which to choose. If you prefer traditional blocks, they’re in there. If you like applique, they’re in there too. If you like easy blocks or if you’re ready for more challenging ones you’ll find something that’s just right for your next project.

Our second new magazine was McCall’s America Quilts for the Home. This magazine contains 23 quilts which includes a sampler quilt that would be great for a guild project or sewing circle. Along with patterns there are several decorating ideas for living with quilts. So far, the favorite quilt has been the one with appliqued chickens, three of them, and one rooster.

Lastly, we received Quilts for Kids by Fon’s & Porter. There are 19 quilts that should fit any need you might have for a special child’s quilt. Not only are there options for young children, but there are quilts that would work for the older child on your quilt making list.

Last fall I bought a pattern by Bloomin’ Minds. Then I got a new fabric catalog from Moda with their Trick or Treat fabric. Once I saw the fabric I knew I had to buy it to make that pattern for my sister. Now all I have to do is decide if I want to use the black background or the green background. Which one do you think I should use?

I’ll leave it at that for the time being. If I don’t it might be another week before I get this posted for you. What will next week bring? Wait and see…

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