Warm Winter Wishes

CO Sister id tagOne of the things I enjoy most about Colorado winters is “warmth”.  Or maybe I should say the need to stay warm.  I love that it gets truly cold in the winter (unlike Sister’s home in Florida, regardless of her claim that she wears “sweaters”).  One of the best things my DH has done for me was to put in a fireplace and antique mantel.fireNot really this one, but you’ve seen mine on the Starry Night Stockings photo.  I LOVE a fire going.  It adds light and warmth and just says: HOME.  The next best thing to a full fire is a candle.  candlewindow1600At this time of year they come out all over my house. Some are scented, some are not. Some are real, some are not.  I even put one on my sofa.  OK, so it is really the pillow wrap from the Seasons At My Window collection. Once I get the pillow wraps going I use them each month. Add a little warmth to your favorite chair with this one:

web-dec-wrapThen let the warmth continue into January with the “time sensitive” wrap of an hourglass:

web-jan-wrapFinally, for February, you can warm up with a cup of tea:

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As you can see, I plan to stay warm all winter long.  I’m settling in for a long winter’s nap.  With Pa in his kerchief and I in my cap. Oh, wait, that’s back to Christmas.

So, wherever you are, snuggle in next to your kind of fire with a little hand work and enjoy the winter.

 

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The Stockings Were Hung…

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And STOCKINGS they are!  You may need to make only one or you could double your efforts and make a bunch.

SN stocking printable

The monochromatic star blocks make a perfect background for the Really Big Hat folk.  I think I’ll do a couple in dark green and maybe 2 more in blue.  We have 8 grandchildren (well 7.5 for another 2 weeks) so I’ll need some red ones, too.

I’m not looking for “coal” this year so I’d better have one for everybody.  (In-laws included!)  You can fill mine with Martelli tools! Hint!

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Next on the list – time to get the greeting cards out.  I think I’ll be sending some Post Card greetings from Sisters At Heart web store.  The projects on the post cards include a pattern for those snow days in January.  But, for today I’m signing off again to go enjoy a cup of Christmas Tea.

Christmas Tea:

1/2 cup of instant tea mix

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups orange drink mix (Tang)

1 1/2 teaspoons cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Stir a cup of tablespoons of the mix in with a cup of HOT water.  Enjoy!

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Hark! The Ideas Keep Coming!

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I’ve been singing carols since I put my Starry Night Quilt on the bed. (You can get the pattern HERE.) The count down to Christmas marches on and I think I’m ready to start thinking about the tree.  We have options at our house because we always have more than one tree.  So what do you think?

ideas-to-decorate-christmas-tree-3Option #1  –  or maybe it is a bit much with the grand kids

 

 

 

Option #2?

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I’m thinking something in between – maybe with some more garland

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and of course the ornaments in red work.  Love the picture story that anyone can tell with these.

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The whole thing wouldn’t be complete without the tree skirt.  So toss out the old sheet you were using and use the Starry Night Tree Skirt.

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It will be so pretty that no one will notice the gifts that are NOT there yet.

Yikes! Better get shoppin’.

 

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On the first day of …

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Since the count down has begun, so has the count up until the 12 Days of Christmas  PATTERNS.

Let’s begin before I start mixing the metaphors or carols or whatever!  This first day we are excited to bring you the Starry Night Quilt Pattern in our newest format: PDF. (Complete with colorful diagrams and links to quilting resources.)SN quilt photo printable In celebration of the Night of Nights this brings color and warmth to any room or wall.  The first room I’m decorating this year is the bedroom.  Along with the quilt, I’ll use the pillowcase (a free PS Pattern available on our web store HERE.) from the same collection.

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I’ll be set for vision of sugarplums and all that.


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Maybe I’ll add some garland to the curtain rod.

 

Ok, so I’m getting carried away with more than one idea per day.  This will count as three days and hope that makes the time go by quickly until family comes, cooking begins, snow falls.  Check back in a couple days to see if I got anything checked off the Holiday To Do list.

 

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Love the old … and loving the new …

It’s pretty easy to tell that we like vintage things – classic things – okay, we like old things:

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old scissors,

old machine

and old machines

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and old spools

old buttons

and old buttons

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and, yes, even old patterns.

But we know that there are advantages to new things, too. Advantages to being in the current century.

So we are launching our patterns in a new format – PDF downloadable patterns.

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We’ve talked about it for quite a while and agreed about it and thought about the process and now the concept is becoming reality. The idea behind making our patterns available in PDF form, as well as in paper, is that it would give you quicker access to the patterns and allow you to skip the shipping charges.

Now, after a few extra hours at the computer, we are ready to launch our first PDF collection -

Thank you, God, for Everything.

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Seems appropriate for a lot of reasons.

This first PDF collection includes the patterns for:

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Pilgrim Apron

TG bread wrap

Bread Wrap

TG casserole carrier

Casserole Carrier

TG place mat

Place Mats and Napkins

TG table runner

and the Table Runner.

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Oh, wait! I almost forgot — the Papoose Cuddle Quilt is available, too.

This collection features three of our Really Big Hat folks and a timeless poem:

(Yes, we love old poetry, too.)

Thank you for the world so sweet

Thank you for the food we eat

Thank you for the birds that sing

Thank you, God, for everything!

You can get these PDF patterns for your very own HERE on our web store and HERE on our etsy store.

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Mother’s Medallion e-book is ready for you!

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We are still reveling in the fun of one of our favorite weeks of the whole year!

Every fall, the last weekend of September means our annual “Company Business Meeting”  (a flight from Florida for so we can work and play together during Quilt A Fair at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.) Key to that is celebrating the patterns that have grown from concept to reality in the past year.

This year we are celebrating the unveiling of our first book: Mother’s Medallion Quilt!

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An e-book with instructions, templates and diagrams, we put it in the PDF downloadable pattern format so that we can give you live links to YouTube “how-to” videos and connections to other helpful sites. You can purchase it HERE.

Mother’s Medallion is filled with a variety of techniques and blocks that span a wide range of difficulty.

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Stained Glass

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Paper Piecing

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Log Cabin

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English Paper Piecing

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Dimensional Flowers

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Crazy Quilting and Ribbon Embroidery

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The Mother’s Medallion collection also includes simpler projects drawn from each of the different rows of the quilt. You can find them on our store site HERE.

Now we promise: as soon as we are finished reveling we will be back at work on the new To Do list to get ready for next fall’s “Company Business Meeting”.

 

PS – We will be making a special effort to connect with shop owners and guild program committees regarding wholesale pricing so that Mother’s Medallion can be used as a teaching quilt.

 

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It’s a wrap…on summer!

CO Sister id tagMy favorite time of year is fast approaching.  FALL! I love everything about it.  Colors, sights, sounds, temperatures, smells and of course FAMILY.  We celebrate four birthdays in the month of September alone and then six more in October and yes, even three more in November!  (None of them are mine, thank goodness.)

 

Speaking of sights & smells brought to mind the bounty that fall brings.  My little apple tree in the back yard has gone from this

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to this…. apple-tree-2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to this…Apple_pie

 

 

 

Dear DIL and I will be making applesauce tomorrow as well as Grandma Evelyn’s apple butter for muffins this winter.  It only gets better as you can see by the produce DH brought home (sorry, no garden here as I’m too busy quilting).

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I’m not trying to make your mouth water but if you are feeling like I am, it is time to wrap up summer and get out the fall decor. We recommend that you begin with the Sisters At Heart Miles Apart pillow wraps for fall. Get ready to cozy up with a cup of cider and quilt on the last of the 4 seasonal segments of the Seasons at My Window collection.

The patterns are individual wraps so you’ll have time to do one before the month is ready to change.    Seasons-autumn-wrap-

 

Or stitch them all together in the Seasons at My Window wall hanging.Seasons-autumn-window-

 

 

 

 

 

 

You probably got the hint that I’m so ready to wrap up summer and ready to get into fall -

ready to work with wool (as in the text of the wall hanging)

ready to do some handwork

ready to do a show in Colorado at the end of September ( Hope to see you at Quilt-a-Fair in Longmont in September.)

AND I’m really ready for some birthday cake.  (Did I mention that sister’s birthday is in the fall?)

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Inspirational Wishes

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While doing DEEP research (shopping) at the local quilt store, Insprirations (which is 35 miles one way from my home), I was thrilled to see what the new owner has accomplished in one short month.  Check out her FB page and if you’re in Colorado, make her shop a stop!

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This particular visit included a trunk show and lecture from fellow quilt designer, Karla Eisenach of Sweetwater.  We have known her for….well, never mind how long.  That would reveal too much.Karla-webShe gave an” inspirational” trunk show and encouraged us in our design journey.   What really made the connection was how much we are drawn to Karla’s fabric for our designs without intending to be.  We had chosen some random fabrics months ago to use in the last project from Mother’s Medallion Line. Behold it turns out to be a lot of  “Wishes” from Sweetwater. idea-board-fabricSo make your wishes come true (and your sister’s) by completing a simple project using Sister’s Choice quilt block.  This newest pattern will hopefully keep your ideas coming.

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A Stitch In Time

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As the saying goes, “A stitch in time, saves nine.”  So if you get the right stitch, in the right place, at the right time, it is supposed to make things easier.  That was certainly true as we stitched the crazy quilting on our Parlor Pillow (from the Mother’s Medallion Line).for printing

And shortly after the first of the year, I thought that was what I was doing – getting the right stitch at the right time.  But the Doctor was obviously NOT a quilter.  He did an excellent job with the double knee replacement, but let’s just say his stitches were a bit off.  Life certainly wasn’t immediately easier because of his work.  The only thing that helped was that Sister 1 came to the rescue.  She put aside her sewing needle, put on her nursing cap and flew to the rescue.  nurses

 

I wouldn’t be back on my feet now without her tender loving care.  Thanks, Sister!  Proof that I am making progress: I actually picked up a needle to sew this week!  I want you to know that though we have slowed down a bit, we have been working on some new (HINT) IDEAS that are soon to follow.  Everything will be (HINT)  JUST DUCKY very soon. So stay tuned….rubber-ducky

 

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INSPIRATION: Myrtle’s Pansy Apron

Evelyn Graham 1942 Middletown IllWe love aprons. There is probably some deep psychoanalysis behind that, but for now we’ll just say it’s because they remind us of some special women in our family history.

 

Two women have inspired the design of our new pansy apron: Grandmother Myrtle Elmore Graham (That’s her at the right in her bonnet and apron. There are more vintage apron pictures coming at the end of the post.) and Great Grandmother Myrtle Susanna Clea Perrine (That’s our mother with her in the picture below as she pats her sister, Nellie, on the shoulder.).

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Both of the Myrtles loved flowers and both were known for something special from their kitchens. (Grandma Graham: French cookies and the Tom Brownfield candy. Grandma Perrine: applesauce) 

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We’ve had the Pansy Apron pattern finished and for sale at shows and now it’s time to launch it on the web store! You can get your pattern HERE.

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Design inspiration for the apron skirt came from vintage patterns we got from our Grandmother Graham and the center panel is a precious piece of her fabric.

MM Pansy Apron vintage fabric

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The bib gives you an opportunity to do some paper piecing.

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We’ve added some chenille around the pockets (also inspired by a vintage pattern of Grandma’s.)

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And the one-piece neck adjustable strap is held in place with a loop and a button.

 

 

Because we love aprons, we were delighted to find a great video showing amazing vintage aprons along with the poem “Grandmother’s Apron” by Tina Trivet.

We’d like to add this picture to the collection:

our Great-grandmother Eliza McCubbin Graham and her sons. Of course, she has on her apron.

GGrandma Elisa Graham and sons

Then, when we found this well-loved poem entitled “Mother’s Apron” (author unknown) which explains the importance of an apron, we were delighted and inspired. We hope you find inspiration, too!

Mother’s Apron

My mother wore an apron, a clean one every day.

A part of daily living, it served in many ways.

When she hung the wash to dry, her pockets held the pins.

The apron was a washcloth that cleaned our dirty chins.

When days were hot and humid, ’twas used to mop her brow.

When hands were wet from laundry, the apron was a towel.

Her pocket hid a needle to sew the rips we’d get.

In Mother and her apron our many needs were met.

Sometimes it was a basket for eggs or baby chicks,

A bag for garden bounty, and apples that she picked.

At suppertime, the apron protected Mother’s hands,

When taking bread from oven or lifting lids from pans.

It was a fan in evening to shoo away the flies,

But the apron’s greatest use: to wipe tears from childish eyes.

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