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Glorious Hummingbirds Fabric and Pattern

Glorious Hummingbirds Fabrics & Patterns

Benartex’s Glorious Hummingbirds fabrics are now available at

Little Cottage Quilt Shop !!

For those of you who have been waiting for this fabric,  it’s now out in the showroom for you !!  We have finished our Glorious Hummingbirds quilt Block of the Month class.

This quilt is a beauty, but it was a big challenge for all of us.  We made it though !!!  We have all learned A LOT !!  If you are up for a challenge” quilt project to stretch your skills, this is the one for you 🙂  The complete pattern set is now available to anyone for $59.99 a set.  The remaining beautiful fabrics are also available for $11.99 a yard.  This has been a heavily sought after fabric and from all reports, it’s sold out everywhere.  Because I had it held back for the B.O.M. group, we have it available now !! 🙂

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We have  all the fabrics for both the black color way and the cream color way, except for 3 fabrics.  We have sold out of 1 of the blue fabrics and 1 of the cream background fabrics and the black backing fabric.

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Isn’t this quilt breathtaking !!!!!

I love the stunning colors and the fabric toooooooooooo much 😉

Row by Row Experience 2015

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Row by Row H2O  2015 Experience

June 21st thru Sept. 8th  2015

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“The Four Stages of Drought”

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Wine Charm Coasters

Wine Charm Coasters

I thought I had posted these pictures and info.  Apparently not, OOPPS !!

(Thanks Joann T. for bringing it to my attention)

Here is the fun and handy Charm Coasters.  They work as a coaster, a drink charm, great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and last minute gift ideas.

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I made these out of Northcott’s  Artisan Spirit Shimmer charm pack.  It takes 5 charms plus 1 charm (5″ square) of Roclon’s Waffle Muslin per coaster.

Here are the directions I wrote up:

This is a free pattern for you.  We also have them here at the shop for you to pick up along with all the supplies you will need to make these.

Wine Charm Coaster

For each Charm Coaster you will need:

5 Charms (5 x 5 in square) of fabrics

{these can be all the same or coordinating}

1 charm (5″ square) of the Waffle Muslin

matching thread

Lay the Waffle Muslin square on your work surface. Place the first charm square that you want to be the backside of your Coaster on top of the Waffle Muslin square, right side up. Line up all the edges.

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Fold the remaining 4 charm squares in half, wrong side together.  Start laying the folded charms on top of the backside charm, one at a time, along each side of the square, matching all the raw edges. When you line up the 4th folded charm, tuck it under the 1st folded charm.

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(please note that the jarring none coordinating fabrics are to make it easy for you to see how it goes together)

At this point you can cut the 5 inch square into a 5” circle if desired or just round the corners.  If you leave it square, be sure to clip the corners after stitching to remove as much bulk as possible.

Stitch a ¼” seam all around the 4 outside raw edges or circle. Stitch a second seam between the raw edge and the 1/4” seam.

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Turn the Charm Coaster right side out. The Waffle muslin should now be completely concealed inside the Charm Coaster. Push out the corners if you have left it as a square. Roll the seams between your thumb and fingers to pull the seams out all the way. Iron it smooth and PRESTO !! You have a wonderful gift for any occasion, even yourself 😉 in just minutes.

Nestle the pedestal of the glass inside the opening of the Charm Coaster. Now the coaster stays with the glass.

CHEERS

Stormy Night in Medina

Stormy Night in Medina

It’s Monday night, after Mother’s Day weekend.  I hope ya’ll had a nice Mother’s Day.  Mother Nature is kicking up her heels tonight !!!  It got quite dark early.  The wind is howling, it’s been pouring rain off and on for about two hour so far.  Constant lightening strikes across the dark sky and the thunder rolls across the sound waves.  In a way it’s cozy, safe here in the little farm house out of the weather, while the wind pounds the rain against the windows.  I’m so glad to be in here and not out there. 🙂

So tonight, I thought I would share with you some more  things to do with fabrics.  Fabric is such a versatile medium.  It can be the clothes on our back.  It can be a quilt to keep us warm, a kitchen helper, curtains for privacy & decorating.  It can be an art piece, a gift or a flag/banner.  The uses of fabrics are limited only by your imagination.  I love to see others creativity and imagination.

Here are two local ladies who ventured out of their “norm” for sewing and made these fun and easy jackets.  The pattern is “A Little Somethin’ Jacket”, by Karen Nye of CNT Pattern Co..  It’s a great pattern, quick and easy  to make.  One of these ladies has made it at least 3 times.  Once in flannel (great for cool spring evenings)long sleeved, once in a beautiful batik and the one in this picture.  Thanks for sharing ladies 🙂  I have one cut out of a grey flannel for myself, can’t wait to get it sewn up and wear it !!

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Another basic but useful thing to do with all the beautiful fabrics out there are table runners.  They can be just decorative, or you can add insulation (like Insul-Brite, or a couple of layers of cotton batting) to the inside to use as a big hot pad for the hot dishes you serve your meals in.  This fun and attractive table runner is perfect to grace your breakfast table or coffee table.  Easy to do !!!  I took the panel, hemmed all the sides and did a pretty decorative machine stitch around the hem.  Voila !!  Instant style !!  Makes a great hostess gift too.

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I am a Tea lover.  Anything tea !!  I love the ritual of sipping soothing tea while visiting with friends or family.  I love curling up with a nice cup of tea and reading or sewing on something.  I love tea pots, I have a collection of about 200 (some them displayed at Little Cottage Quilt Shop).  I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers.  I love all the paraphernalia that accompanies tea.  I love tea books and tea cook books.  So when I got this darling tea fabric, I just had to make a table runner out of it.  The table runner is a modified “10 Minute Table Runner”The pattern is free for the asking at the Cottage.

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This table runner is an insulated one for those hot dishes you set on the table filled with your deliciously prepared foods for those you love.  I pieced the top together, sandwiched Insul-Brite between that and a coordinating print.  I quilted it on my machine, a quick “stitch in the ditch” and around the saying blocks.   I still have to put the red binding on it tonight.  Then it’s being dropped in the mail tomorrow for  my daughter. 🙂

I hope I have inspired you a little to use your imagination and explore many avenues of discovery with fabrics !!!

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More Things To Do With Fabrics

More Things To So With Fabrics

As I said in another post, I have sewn almost all my life.  I constructed clothing, home decor of all kinds,  crafts and anything else you can think of made out of fabrics, GLORIOUS FABRICS !!  I made my first quilt when I was 17.  Then when my kids were very young, I made custom order quilts for a bedding store.  Over the years I made many more quilts, but most of them were made because we needed it, quick and easy,  not necessarily works of art.  But, I think I have made many “works of art” out of fabric beyond quilts over the years.  Here are a few fun projects to inspire you to step outside the quilted box and do something more with fabrics 🙂

Tea Cozy

I Love Tea !!  I enjoy the nice hot liquid, but I love the companionship that usually comes along with the tea.  I enjoy the ambiance tea evokes.  I love the paraphernalia that accompanies tea.  (I have a very large tea pot collection)  But I think most of all, I love the feelings that I get when I can sit down with a loved one and enjoy time together over tea.

This is a cute little tea cozy I redesigned, from an old one I have had for decades, and made here for the shop.  It’s easy to use and cute to look at.  Kind of goes along with that wonderful Tea culture. 🙂  Come on and ask for your free copy of the pattern.  We’ll even make you a cup of tea if you like 🙂

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Giant Pin Cushion/Gadget Caddy

I’m all about gadgets that make life easier and more efficient.  I found this nifty pin cushion on a post on FB and down loaded the free pattern.  I really liked the idea.  I decided that we needed to make one for the Cottage to share with everyone.  (not to mention corralling all the  tools scattered around the sewing table)  Ann and I both worked on it.  She took all the Fossil Fern scraps left over from a display quilt we made and did all the patchwork piecing and put it together.  Then I finished it with the stuffing.  But I added a couple of additions to the original pattern.  I wanted to use the ground walnut shells some how at the top because they sharpen the pins.  I made a pouch the same size as the top of the pin cushion and filled it with the crushed walnut shells.  Then I turned the pin cushion upside down and put the shell pouch right in next to the top surface.  Then I filled it as tightly as I could with poly fill.   As I was stuffing it tightly, it occurred to me that it’s going to be very top heavy and flip over with the ground walnut shells weight at the top.  Hmmmmm……..that’s not going to work…… IDEA…..  I made another pouch just like the ground walnut shell pouch and filled it with rice.  BINGO !!  Ballast !!  We have achieved equilibrium 🙂    It’s great, a little bit heavy, but it stays put where ever you need it.  Very handy.  Another free pattern to share, just ask for it.

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