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Sweet Pine Christmas

Sweet Pine Quilt – A Mock-torial!

I think I’ve always loved pinecones.  In California we would drive up into the San Gabriel Mountains and breathe in the sweet smell of pine and the pinecones they sported.  Even here in Kansas there were pine trees in the park across from our historic 3-story house on Ft Leavenworth where we gathered pinecones for decorating. Isn’t it fun to see their different shapes and sizes. I haven’t had much time this fall for finishing quilts, but I’m loaded with ideas.  One is this great little Sweet Pine Quilt. 

It measures 74 x 78 using 2” squares (2 1/2 cut).  This is the measure by which I’ll give all my directions.   But you could resize it in any way you wanted from 37 x 39 with 1” sq. and 55.5 x 58.5 with 1 1/2” squares.

I first sketched out this quilt when I was drawing the Ponderosa Pine Spray and Pinecone patterns—yes that was long ago!  But now I have “Rustic Santas” just itchin’ to ride around my “Sweet Pine’s” borders.  For this quilt I’m showing the “Rustic Yosemite Santa” (9” wide) with his sleigh pulled by California Grizzlies.

“Yosemite Santa” this is the Santa I grew up with in California! The 9″ size fit better on my quilt.
“Northwoods Santa” is part of the same Rustic Santas pattern. 2 for 1 – great, huh? This one would need a wider border for its 11″ width. But everyone is enamored with big, hunkin’ Moose, right?

Chuckle!  I’ve been including recipes, but just can’t think of a pinecone one.  I found some on Pinterest and will include the links here. Gingersnap Pinecone cookies and Chai Spiced Pinecones.

Is Wild Moose good to EAT? I don’t know about that, but my Wild Moose Antler Dip is something you’ll want to try. Be sure to serve it with pretzel twists so they’ll look like antlers! I just can’t stay away from this. I keep sneaking into the kitchen to get another nibble!

BACK TO THE QUILT! Are you curious about the circle inset?  I really imagined an Ombré fabric with a bright area in the middle fading to dark as it progressed outward.  The circle was how I “suggested” it, but in the end I liked the circle.  I’d also like to try it with a plaid border.  In fact, I bought a lot of plaids this year for a new “Rustic” quilt and also 2 new plaid shirts!

Northwoods Santa sporting his plaids. You know, of course, it’s best etiquette to wear a plaid flannel shirt out in the woods.

The Inner border could be pieced with different browns in a special design if you’re into beauty and have plenty of time.  An easier option is actually a Seminole Patchwork braid in 2 colors or in 1 color. OR even easier, it could be a solid border stitched with my “Toga Trim” or “Greek Braid” designs that come with the “Mosaic” Panto #2493. So you’ve got some wiggle-room depending on your time and expertise. I’m include the “Greek Braid” in the PDF so you’ll have it. (As I was developing the design I lost the “mock-up” so was unable to make changes on the corners of the brown border. )

As I plotted out the design I added lines to show the piecing.  Each small square is 2” so you can figure out the sizes of all the sections.  For example, the finished strips in the pinecones are all 2” wide (remember cut 2 1/2”).  Therefore the small pinecones finish at 8” square.   If you actually cut the center into a circle you don’t need to “piece” the large brown square at all.  Just inset the circle, or applique it into the square.  (Even though the circle is quite big you can still use the insetting method described in the T-shirt quilt tutorial.)

But what about the Mock-torial! And what is that anyway?

Since I didn’t actually make the quilt it is just a “Mock-up.” So I’m calling it a “Mock-torial.” Download it here: Sweet Pine Quilt.

MERRY CHRISTMAS – FELIZ NAVIDAD

But more is going on at my house. Here are some pictures of what I’ve been working on.  This Pictogram pattern is called “Las Posadas.”  The name refers to a Nativity play, of sorts, that is acted out in the towns of Mexico and Guatemala. 

Light the World is our church’s theme for this Christmas Season. As part of the “kick off” we had a huge Nativity Festival. A Mexican Nativity Set seems appropriate for Las Posadas. Are you celebrating? Send me some pictures!

Don’t forget the new Christmas patterns! On SALE this month!

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SNOWBIRDS QUILT & RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT ANTIQUE SEWING MACHINES

IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS YET – IS IT??!! Don’t miss the SALE!

I haven’t had time to start any new Christmas projects but I did manage to get one beautiful UFO done last month.  I started it too long ago to make a “tutorial” but I can give you the count and directions.  (see below) I absolutely love the “Snowbirds” Pantograph and “Snowbird Borders” designs!  Don’t you?

Before I forget, here’s a special announcement. ALL our Christmas themed pantos are on sale for the coming 2 weeks. See them all on the HOME PAGE!

Including the NEW MISTLETOE PANTO. There’s a FREE Poinsettia quilt pdf too! Tout Suite! So don’t miss them!

Don’t miss this sale.! You’ll find all your favorite Christmas designs, including our new “Mistletoe” pantograph. Everything is pictured on the “Home Page.”

Every year I’m too busy to start Christmas projects ahead of time. And every year I’m scrambling to get presents ready for my family and friends. I have a LOOOng list of projects to work on. Just take a look at my UFOs. I know a lot of you plan well ahead, like even making Christmas Projects in the summer. But are there any of you who are either too busy or procrastinate like me?

You know these UFOs are old because Pizza Hut doesn’t even use that kind of box any more!! I used to go down to the corner and buy them for 25 cents each! On this subject I thought I’d check my UFO list: I have 1 Tif (top finished) , 8 SNWTY (Snooty-SQUARES NOT SEWN TOGETHER YET) , 19 WIPs (work in progress), 1 WOMBAT (waste of money, batting+ time), 5 HSYs (haven’t started yet), & 15 Brazen HSYs (bought the fabric). Honestly all the fabric I buy “IS” intended for a particular quilt. I’ve just forgotten which.

So you see why I’m so happy to finally have the Snowbirds quilt done!

Now back to the Snowbirds quilt. I like to give you tutorials, but I started this too long ago to have pictures. I do have a few left over pieces so you can see what I’ll be talking about.

Here are the requirements if you want to make one like it. Be sure to get the Snowbirds pantograph on the Christmas Sale!

Do you collect Antique Sewing Machines? Do you have a back-up sewing machine? What if your tension spring breaks? or you lose your bobbin case? Or there’s no ELECTRICITY!

Someone was asking whether I had a “back up” sewing machine. Very definitely! My first machine was a Kenmore that I received for a High School Graduation present! It was one of the best I’ve ever had!  I’ve had a couple more over the years and don’t even remember their names.  Of course, when I went to Thailand on a mission I couldn’t live without a machine so I bought one from a friend.  It was a Juki converted from treadle with a little electric motor. See it in the far left corner.

I’ve always thought it would be a good idea to have a treadle machine—just in case the electricity goes out!  So I currently have 2!  My brother has my Grandmother’s old one (boohoo)  but when we were first married I bought a REALLY old one from a little friend in Lawton OK.  It’s not much to look at, but it has the long “spindle” type bobbins!  It’s that old!

Next, my friend in Kansas gave me her mother’s machine.  It’s much more beautiful.  I use it as a base for my “holiday Tree” in the family room.

I do have my mother’s machine—a Wilcox and Gibbs factory power machine. (When she had little kids at home the factory she had sewn for in LA sent the machine home with her!)  That’s the machine I learned to sew on!  FAST & POWERFUL!!! That “attachment” on the left is a Tucking Arm.

Another friend gave me an old power (?) Machine (sitting on a shelf in my storage room.)  It’s really beautiful, isn’t it?

And, Oh yes—there’s the “once top of the line” Elna that I bought at the thrift shop for $7.00. (Did you notice that gray case at the bottom of the shelf in the last picture?)

Now I have my Pfaff that I use almost exclusively.  I think that makes 6 sewing machines that I still own!? Isn’t collecting fun!

Do you have a “back-up” machine? I’d love to hear about it!

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By for now! Hurry and get busy on your Christmas projects. Next time -some quick Halloween ideas.

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Santa Blowout Sale 25% OFF – 3 Weeks Only

Let’s get a head start on our Christmas projects.  At 25% OFF, it’s a great time to stock up on Christmas patterns.

Choose from:

Jingle Bell Dance 11″   E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50

Jingle Bell Dance 8″  E2E reg. $14.00 now $10.50

Sugarplums 10″ E2E $14.00 now $10.50 
Sugarplums PDF now$6.75
Trendy Trees 11″ Interlocking $16.00 now $12.00
Jingle Bell Swag  5.5”  Border  now $9.00
Santa’s Flight 11″  Pictogram  reg $18.00  now $13.50
Toyland Blocks    now $9.00
Holly Horse  8″   Border now $10.50
Holly Express 9″    Border/E2E  now $10.50
Holly Express 4.5″   Border reg $12.00  now $9.00
Holly Berries 11″  (2 rows of 6) reg $16.00 now $12.00
Snowscape 11″ E2E  now $10.50
Snowscape PDF E2E  now $7.50
Silly Snowmen 11″ Pictogram reg $18.00  now $13.50
Snowbirds 11″   E2E  now $10.50
Snowbird borders 6″   now $10.50 
Holly Medallion Quilt   now $9.00
Poinsettia  2 rows of 6″   Interlocking reg $16.00  now $12.00
Poinsettia Fantasia PDF Interlocking  now $7.50
Holly and Ivy E2E  9″    now $10.50
The Holly & The Ivy PDF E2E  now $7.50
Nutcracker Woods reg. $14.00 now $10.50
Joyful Birth  11″  Pictogram  reg $18.00  now $13.50
Joyful Birth 15″ Pictogram reg $25.00  now $18.75
Camel Train 8”   Border now $10.50
Palm Trees  10″  Border  now $10.50
Joyful Birth Blocks  reg $12.00  now $9.00
Joyful Birth PDF Blocks now FREE Our Christmas Present to you
Santa’s Flight 11″ Pictogram  now $13.50
Rustic Santa Borders: Yosemite Santa w/Bears 8″ & Northwoods Santa w/Moose 11″  now $13.50
Potpourri 10″ E2E  now $10.50
Potpourri PDF E2E  now $7.50
santa books quarter pg ad
12 Days of Christmas 11″ Pictogram now $15.00 see info for new panels 4+5
Santa Around The World Blocks: Bk 2 The Distant Lands 12″  reg $25.00 now $18.75