Jingle Bell posts

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Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and

wake up with a purpose. -unknown

Well it is apparent that my post last month was  derailed. I seem to find myself in family and other obligations getting derailed on a regular basis. The truth is my husband and I have both had some medical issues which are fine now but we both got knocked down in July and are finally get are wings straped on again. We have also had grandchildren here and I was with them for a week in Savannah, during the time of my planned last post. My grandson had some minor eye duct surgery and then about a week or so later they were evacutated from Savannah because of hurricane Matthew. Holey Cow it has been super crazy around here. 3 babies under two years old is a hurricane in itself…OF THE BEST KIND I MIGHT ADD!  All of this brings me to my blog and getting the time at the computer to write.

I looked at the site traffic and made a decision to ask you if you are interested in the 25th of the month tutorials and topic..Handwork and other projects  related to Christmas. Send me a comment either on this blog or via email through my website and I will let you know if I see enough interest to continue on. I have tons of other stuff I want to share in my quilty life and and beyond.

Let me know how you feel…Your comments are most beneficial. I will check and get back to you ASAP..Here is a project I am still working on..lots to say about this!

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Oh the wool. How I love thee!

Jingle Bell August 25!

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We sometimes underestimate the value of little things.

Charles W. Chesnutt

LONG POST GET A BEVERAGE AND A SNACK

I am so glad and grateful to be sitting here writing this post. If I told you the details of my last 6 weeks you would be bored to tears and shocked that I am even writing this blog, We have had a run of major health issues and other stuff, all is very well and I am anxious to get this Christmas tutorial going! As promised last month we will talk about embroidery today. Christmas is coming can you hear those bells? Let’s sew. Embroidery, for me, equals relaxation, peace, kind of return to the womb thing! Here we go let’s break it down.

FABRIC

Embroidery is not limited to specific fabrics, cotton, linen, batiste,wool, textured, hand dyed you name it you can stitch on it. In my book Handmade Christmas Cheer I used a bed sheet, wool, tea towels, pre-made linen napkins and cottons. The sky is the limit! If I know I am going to embroider a fabric I generally will prewash the fabric (not wool). I cut my fabric 1″ larger on all sides which is just a precaution against the fabric shrinking in as I stitch.

In most cases, I like to use a very fine WOVEN fusible inner facing on the backside of my fabric. It adds a tiny bit of body to the piece and can help to hide any errant threads. The product that I like the most is by Staple Sewing Aids. I like this product because it is so very light and it comes in 45″ wide sections so I can use it on large embroidery projects. Not expensive either. Simply press to the wrong side of your fabric and you are good to go. I will be adding this product on to the shopping section of my website in the next few days (if the sky stops falling)

MARKING THE DESIGN

I use a light box. If you do a lot of embroidery I would recommend upgrading to an LED light pad. You can see the light on the surface of the moon. It is the 25th of August time to write Santa a wish list..right? They have them in most big craft stores and here. They also come in different sizes and brands mine is by Artograph. After I have prepped my fabric I fold the piece in half vertically and press, then I fold it horizontally and press again. This will give me the exact center of my fabric. I will mark the center with a small stitched X or with a pen that washes out or disappears with the heat of an iron. In my book the centers of the motifs are marked with a red + . I trace my designs with different pens, I most commonly use a .o5 pigma pen. I like the light brown color. Sometimes I will use a FriXion pen which disappear with the heat of ironing, a blue Clover marker which disappears with water, and a White Clover marker that works great on dark fabrics and disappears with an iron. Whichever choice you make your line should be very thin. This is true especially if you know you will be embroidering with 1 strand of thread.Transfer-Eze-Transfer-Paper-30-8-1-2-x-11

If you will be embroidering on a dark fabric and are unable use your light box, you may need to use a water-soluble product for tracing the motifs by hand or print from a computer. I use Transfer Eze. There are others on the market that work fine in this category. Follow manufacturers directions for tracing and ironing to the front of your work. Stitch, Dunk finished product in water and…Voilá all gone!

THREAD

To open this topic is like jumping down a rabbit hole! There are so many wonderful threads out there I could write a whole blog post on just this subject. For the purpose of getting us ready for Christmas I will stick to the basics of what I used for my book. Today is embroidery day so I will keep it simple. More on the subject in a later Jingle Bell post.

For the most part, I use floss when I embroider. Aurifil, DMC, Cosmo, are a few of the top choices for me. I would say, in ALMOST EVERY CASE my choices are determined by COLOR. I mix brands all the time but I find the best color for what I am stitching. It is as simple as that! Here is an example. In my Long Winters Nap sheet header I had a very long very detailed pine bough to stitch. I knew I wanted to use a variegated thread. I went straight to COSMO Seasons Thread. The colors/shades change in ssheet Close 3horter increments so I knew I would get lots of changes in the greens. It was perfect! I used DMC and Aurfil for some of the colors in the typography and lights. Number of strands? Most of the time I will use 1 or 2 strands. There are cases when I will use all 3-6 strands but that is primarily in the case of embellishing or highlighting in  special stitches and projects.01-96_B1313_3rds.indd

Several projects in my book I used metallic threads I used Kreinik, DMC, Cosmo, Anchor and others, again the choice was made by color. These threads have a mind of their own! You MUST work with very small sections of thread or you will lose your mind. Ask me how I know this. I also find stab stitching from top to underside and back up works best too. One stitch at a time. Metallic threads add so much to the look of a project especially for holiday projects. Don’t be afraid..jump in there.

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TO HOOP OR NOT

To use a hoop or not is purely a matter of choice. There are people who love a hoop and there are a zillion different hoops on the market. Then there are those who do not use a hoop at all. I fall in the no hoop category with exceptions. The times I reach for my hoop are when I am working with metallic threads or when I know I will be stab stitching, meaning not stitching from the top. I like to use it when making French or Colonial knots as well. I like to say the fabric and the design talks to me and tells me when to get out the hoop. 

TOYS 

We love our toys for sewing right? Come on you can admit it I won’t tell anyone! Here are a few more to add to the above mentioned.

I love the Clover Embroidery Threader! I think I have one in every room of the house and in my purse! It is so great for embroidery floss, wool threads and specialty threads. A must have in my opinion.Embroidery Tools Collage

In the needle category I like Richard Hemming Chenille and Clover Gold Eye Embroidery Needles. I probably use chenille needles the most #18 #20 and #24 (smallest). Nice sharp points and easily threaded.

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Scissors. I love my Karen K Buckley scissors but I don’t cut metallic thread or anything sticky with them. They are micro serrated and can get ruined.

Organization! I like to keep my sewing and threads organized. My floss is wound on cards and stored by color not by number I do mark the number as a future reference.

 STITCHING 

Whew! I thought I would never get here. As I said above, for the purpose of this blog we are covering just basic embroidery stitches. More later when we take our stitching up a notch or 10! 

Don’t limit yourself to ONE stitch type..learn and use others you will surprise yourself how much fun it is! Don’t let anyone tell you THAT YOU MUST…DO THIS OR THAT. no no no. Your project… your learning…. and your fun. Use the technics that work best for you.  

For the most part I don’t knot my thread when I begin stitching I use a waste knot or I hold the end of the thread and catch the end in the first inch or sew inwaste-knot-6 my sewing thus weaving the thread into the back of the piece. As I end a piece of thread, I weave the end back through the stitches on the back side making it very secure. Cut the end of the thread very close to the stitches. See waste knot diagram.     There are very detailed stitch instructions in Handmade Christmas Cheer. 

Start with two basic stitches. The easiest and most basic stitch is the Back Stitch. practice making small even stitches and you will be fine. This stitch gives a nice result very quickly. Backstitch

In most cases, I love to use a Stem Stitch. It takes a tiny bit of practice but brings the most 3343486623_57f86a698c_obeautiful results. Honestly it is not that hard.

French Knots areillustration-1 lovely as are colonia knots They have different looks and can be used to create different looks.

 

 

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Long and Short stitches are great for filling in areas of your projects too. Beautiful when you mix shades and colors too!

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Here are some of the embroidery projects in my book Handmade Christmas Cheer. Enjoy

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I know this blog post is long but you waited a whole month for it! I hope you found it helpful! Next post glorious wool and embellishing. OH WOW! as my grandsons say. See you on my blog and for sure on September 25th.

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Just Spendid

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When you do things from your soul, 

you feel a river moving in you, a joy. -Rumi

Hello Splendids!

  Today is my day to celebrate with you the half way milestone of our journey together. Your visit to my little corner of cyberspace gives me the opportunity to introduce myself and get to know you too! Family   I am a wife to Andy (the Earl de Schlep as he is know among quilters), Mother to two amazing young women, Emily married to Russ (my Son in Love) and parents to my grands! Twin boys who will turn 2 next week, and Jane who will be 10 months old tomorrow. My youngest daughter Mary Beth and soon to be Son in Love Louis make us a family. We are in full-blown wedding plans around here, and enjoying every minute. These are the most important parts of my life.

As for our Spledid journey, my journey has been derailed because of new designs and patterns coming soon and a very busy family life.  I have appointed my self the official Caboose of the group. I will cheer for those who are chugging along with their blocks and celebrate our progress. I am just beginning. Yes there I said it..I have many blocks cut and ready to sew…but that is IT! My name is Pat, I am one of the designers and am just getting on the Splendid sewing train and not ashamed to admit it! WHEWW that made me feel so much better. 

My quilting universe revolves around my company Silver Thimble QuiltCo. Everything about quilting is joyful to me and I hope you will join me by following my blog. Aside from working on catching up with all the splendid quilters and the blocks, I am also working on somenew designs for my company.  I am a Martingale author with a new book out Baby Bliss celebrating snuggly babies with my good friend and coauthor Kim Diehl.My books

I am currently celebrating my love of handwork and Christmas through my snoopy_happy_dancebook Handmade Christmas Cheer. I have tutorials on the 25th of each month until December on my blog  Come join the fun.

Put a message on this blog post and leave me some love!  I am giving away 3 pairs of Karen K. Buckley scissors to commentors! I adore these scissors and I hope you will too. I am leaving this blog give away open until June 15th and will announce the big winners on the 16th. 

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xoxoxoxo The Caboose!

PS. Did I mention the babies and family are coming for 2 weeks! I bet I will be all caught up by then! hahahahahaha

Jingle Bell Stitch Along

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Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!  unknown

Come join my Jingle Bell stitch along which begins today and will continue on the 25th of each month through November. I will be showing and talking about techniques which are found in the projects throughout my book, Handmade Christmas Cheer, use this link if you wish to get the book. I will sign and deliver it to you. (not in person). I will not talk so much about the construction of the projects, you can use the book for that. Attention will be focused on techniques and inside tips for these and other projects you may wish to work on. Let’s get started.

CRAYON TINTING EMBROIDERY 

Crayon tinting has been around for decades. I remember my Grandmother had some embroidered tea towels that were crayon tinted. I love the work of Meg Hawkey/Crabapple Hill Studios and her artistry using this technique. It’s east, cheap and works up quickly. Here are two projects in my book that use color tinting for embroidery. 

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 Supplies

Box of Crayons (I still love a new box of crayons..I’m childish like that!) A sharpener is a good idea too.

Templates for the design you wish to embroider.

Pencil or .05 Pigma Pen (I like the cinnamon brown color)

Embroidery needles or Milliners Needles

Fabric for stitching your project. Tip: cut the fabric slightly larger (about an inch all the way around) to allow for the fabric to draw up a bin while stitching.

A light source. I love me some light box. I recently got an led pad..Holey Moley you can see it glow from the surface of the moon!

Optional: Woven fusible inner facing. I like the brand from Staple Sewing Arts. Watch my website I will be adding this to my favorite products in the next few days. This is ironed on the backside of your embroidery. It adds an element of stability and also helps hide stray thread ends. 

Floss I used Cosmo variegated  green #CSV8024, two strands. This can also be purchased from Crabapple Hill studios. I used a lot too! For the remainder of the embroidery I used 2 strands of whatever floss I had in my stash red, yellow, blue green and gray for the sockets. 

Color Tinting

1. If you choose to use a woven fusible inner facing iron the glue/shinny side to the backside of the embroidery fabric. 

2. Using a light source, trace your embroidery motifs on to the front of the embroidery fabric.

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3. Color the areas to be color tinted with a very heavy coat of white crayon be careful to stay inside the lines of the bulbs and sockets. Coloring in a white heavy coat will fill in the tiny holes from the woven fabric you are embroidering. Then color with your colored crayons over the white making areas of darker color and lighter color to give a softer blended, shadowy and highlighted appearance. SPECIAL NOTE: When I made the Jolly Holly small table tree skirt I decided to NOT color the base of the designs in white. I went straight to the green and colored that very heavily. This gave me a bolder look for my holly. I really liked it too!

After all areas have been colored, take pieceTinting Collage 3s of clean paper towels and place it over each motif. Press with a hot iron. Then move the paper towel to a clean spot on the towel and press again. Do this several times (you would be surprised at how fast this goes) until no more color is showing on the towel. Your project is heat set!

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4. Embroider away! I will talk in depth about Embroidery  next month. If you are familiar with embroidery I like to use a stem stitch (see diagram). The smaller the stitches the better your project will look.

5. Complete your project according to directions in the pattern. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section of this post I will answer so that the whole group can see! Let me hear from you anyway. LOVE ME SOME COMMENTS.

See you on August 25.  

 

 

 

Sharing

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That was the day she promised herself to live more from intention and less from habit.

A. Rubin

I am turning a new page in my personal, professional and life in general. This includes blogging and all forms of social media. I used to love my blog, facebook and Instagram (I have a Twitter account which remains tweetless), I loved sharing the many twists and turns of life with cyber friends. It became a conflict in my cyber life that I could never share projects that I was working on. I always felt a self imposed pressure to hide my sewing and make my cyber stuff such a business thing! I don’t know when that happened but it did.  I am done with that. I want to write and share  all things I enjoy. If, in the process of sharing  new designs someone decides to duplicate my work (that is nice talk for getting knocked off, copied, etc.) then SO BE IT. It is probably going to happen anyway (and has)! 

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As for my personal life changes. I am slowing down a bit and not over scheduling myself. My eldest daughter has 3 precious children and I want to be present in their lives. My youngest daughter recently got engaged and we are in full wedding planning mode. OH LAWDY!!!  We are all so excited to have a new Son in Love! Get ready for some sharing on that front. My husband is still working but is slowing that down a bit. So we get more time together as well. It’s all gooood.

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I am still loving travel and teaching at guilds and shops. This works out because we can schedule ahead and make plans. The husband, AKA Earl de Schlep travels with me.  My love of teaching and being in the classroom began with teaching children and now teaching quilting! I am sooo blessed. The title TEACHER is a title I most adore. (after wife, mother and Grandy).

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So here I am. Loving my life, family, sewing, designing, reading, cooking and people! Come join me. Leave me a comment now and again. That sure does keep a blogger motivated to share and write.On Friday I have an announcement about a special event on the 25th of each month..hmm may have something to do with a Holiday..

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Baby Bliss

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Congrats

I drew the numbers from the Random Number Generator this morning. Forgot how to transfer the proof to my blog. (Lawdy I am rusty). You will have to trust me on this one. Her are the Five Winners. Kim is signing Book Plates for me to stick in your books so I will delay mailing them until I receive the book plates from Kimmy Poo. I will keep in touch to let you know they have shipped by putting a reply to your entry on this blog post.

Winners…come on down!!!!

#28 Julie B.

#26 Debbie F.

#14 Sue K.

#15 Kristie McK

#12 Susan

Congratulations to our winners. I will be back with new blogs and all kinds of goodies.

Cheers!

Pat

Baby Bliss = Joy Rising!

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This post is dedicated to Kim Diehl

1 Universe, 9 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas and I had the privilege of meeting YOU. 

It’s time to celebrate my newest book on my blog. The blog that has been quiet for some time now. I hope you will join me and celebrate this book that has so much meaning for me. The biggest of course is the joint celebration and writing of the book. Kim and I became Grandmothers together. As if that wasn’t spectacular enough Martingale is publishing our collaboration of projects in one fantastic book! This book and the fun we had together has given me a friend for life… Miz Diehl, I will remain forever grateful.

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Our book is fun and packed  full of projects for ANYONE who wants to make a special gift for baby. The opportunities for gift giving and nursery decorating are endless. Plus Kim and I get to show off our GRANDS!

 I will keep this post short because after all  it IS a give a way and that is the gift from me to those of you reading my post.

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Give a way rules. Put a comment on THIS POST. I will count the comments on Wednesday, June 29th and post the winners on Thursday June 30th 10 am EST.  So what am I giving away? In honor of Kim’s Grands Miss Norah and Miss Ruby and my Grands Master Owen, Walker and Miss Jane I will give away 5 books! I will sign the books and forge Kim’s signature but don’t tell her. I am in Atalanta and she is in Idaho, the books are in this office.

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What a wonderful LIFE!

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Blessings are everywhere. Take time to enjoy them. Daily Dose

Joyfully blogging and sewing with much to share. Let me show you what is going on in my sewing life. 

THE SPLENDID SAMPLER! If you are a quilter and haven’t heard about or are considering jumping in to get started with the sampler let me help you out. It is MOST DEFINATELY  want to be a part of this group. Get started and join over 17,000 other quilters on facebook and The Splendid Sampler web site. Use my links to get you there..Hold on before you go. I want to show you how neat my fabric is that I am using on my blocks.

Reds from deep red to pinks with a shirting or small print as a background. I may use some tan as well. I love that when people post their fabrics they fold them all neat and pretty. Here are mine friends. I hope you will welcome me back to blog land and know that I will alwasy be……..

“KEEPIN IT REAL!”

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Cheers! Pat

A Bit of a problem!

Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers not thunder. -Rumi

My third tutorial was supposed to be yesterday..a bit of an issue arose. I took a fall and broke my wrist. The right hand! Needless to say, other than the pain and firm knowledge that my left hand is worthless..I am ok.

Doing a good tutorial will have to wait. I can’t photograph the sewing and typing is a bit of a problem. I will post as I can and hopefully figure this out. The cast will be on my arm for 4-6 weeks. I feel like the pain will ease up a bit and maybe I can get back to my tutorials.

Hang on friends I will be back. #this is awful

Pat

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Be thankful and contentment will follow. -unknown

WE HAVE A WINNER NUMBER 31!!!!

Diana Salmon

Now for my story….I am typing this post with my brand new lovely blue cast on my right arm! I took a tumble in the kitchen protecting my grandson from reaching to touch a hot oven door. Broken wrist…pain…found out my left hand is good for NUTHIN!

I enjoyed reviewing Jackie’s book, I hope you will all come back for a visit to my blog. Great things are happening here. Well there needs to be 6 weeks of cast wearing going on first. Ouch!

Pat (I can’t type with one hand either)

PS Diana get in touch with me and I will make sure your e-book is sent to you!