I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but we just went form the 90’s to the 30’s in less than 48 hours. What a shock. No transition season, just hot summer and BAM, freezing temps. Whoever pissed off Mother Nature, PLEASE apologize!
In spite of the sudden temperature changes, the sewing room is cozy. (mine is so jammed packed with projects and supplies, it can’t help but be cozy 🤪) It’s the perfect weather for making quilts, warm Cuddle throws and flannel jammies. All that luscious fabric wrapped around you as you work is so comforting. Not to mention the creative fulfillment I experience at the completion of each project.
So, cozy up in your sewing room with your favorite hot beverage and sew up a storm of a pleasant kind. Christmas is just about 7 weeks away. Plenty of time to put together some fabulous gifts and decorations. We have lots of ideas and supplies in store here for you. And we are happy to help in any way we can. New products arrive weekly. We just got a new quilt pattern book for using those luscious Ombre’ fabrics. So exciting.
Also newly arrived are these darling, soft and oh-so-irresistible embossed Spa Cuddle fabrics. These are 60” wide and plush on BOTH sides of the fabric. Perfect for jackets, bathrobes or quick and easy throws, just add a binding to the edges and instant cozy. With freezing winds outside, that’s perfect. ❤️ Plus, we have more new Shannon Cuddle digital prints, revealed at the Houston Quilt Show, arriving this month. They are amazing.
When you are making out your gift lists, consider the relaxing gift of a jig saw puzzle. We have a large variety of quilt related puzzles in various sizes, (300 pc, 500 pc, 1000 pc.), and styles. These are great for those gatherings or just chillin’ by oneself. Puzzles challenge the brain and keep us sharp.
I’ve been having some fun at my embroidery machine, experimenting with some Medina, Texas souvenir tea towels. I’ve even had a few special orders. The possibilities are endless! Now if I just had more time………………………….
Creative Stitcher’s Club meeting Friday Nov 8th. Continuing to focus on new stitches in Black work, Turkey work stitch, cast on stitch & Palestrina stitch. We will be viewing Mary Corbet’s tutorials on each stitch. Please bring your basic embroidery supplies and floss. (needles, scissors, needle threader, thimble, hoop, and if needed a desk type light and magnifying glasses.) ☺️
Remember, anything you purchase during the meeting that pertains to your project is 20% off, including books.
Warriors Heart Quilt project
If you are looking for a project with meaning, feel free to contribute to our Warriors Heart Quilt Project. (Please remember these quilts and pillowcases are for adults) We have kits available for your convenience at wholesale prices or you can use up your stash if you choose. If you need the instruction sheet, let me know and I will email you a copy. You can check out Warriors Heart on their website. www.WarriorsHeart.com
We are also a drop off point if you are participating in the Million Pillowcase Challenge.
The Many Wonders of Aprons
As the Holiday season kicks off, our thoughts turn to family and friends gathering together for celebrations. Lots of fun and laughter and food! What better time to gift an apron to ourselves or someone we love. I love aprons, I wear them quite often. They are so handy for many reasons. This time of year, aprons make wonderful gifts and are always great at fundraiser boutiques. They can be simple, made from a panel or fancy made from a pattern. Whichever you choose, they are fun to make and embellish. Even for those who say they never wear an apron, hang one in the kitchen and watch it get used. Make it festive, make it fun. Years ago, a dear friend gave me this ode to aprons. I thought it would be a nice time to share it with y’all. (author unknown) Enjoy!
The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath. Along with that, it served many functions throughout the day;
It served as an emergency potholder for removing hot pans from the oven or stove top. It was a convenient towel for drying wet hands.
It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning dirty faces.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, the apron was an ideal hiding place for shy children.
And when the weather turned chilly, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were carried into the kitchen in an apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls to the chickens.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
It’s pockets held practical tools handy and was the custodian of found treasures.
When unexpected company was spotted coming up the road, it was surprising how much furniture the apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It might be a long time before someone invents something that will replace the “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.
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