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Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Stars and Stripes
Week two

Winners of Give Away
Mary's Grab Bag
Christmas Challenge


Bridget Wilson for our  USA follower
Mouse from England for our International follower

We are thrilled to have such a great response to our giveaway and to meet so many new stitching friends, please keep coming back because we will be having more fun giveaways in the future.

Mary's Grab Bag/Quilt Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending two quilt shows.  The first show was held in early May and hosted by The Northern Star Quilters Guild in Danbury, Connecticut.  This was a large show with over 300 quilts displayed which included bed quilts, traditional quilts, hand and machine quilted, and art quilts.  I was in quilting heaven!

I attended the show with my friend, Grace, who displayed a quilt of her own design called "October Sky".   Her quilt was entered in the Art-Small category. They all measured less than 20 inches on each side.  Autumn is my favorite season and I loved her entry.

The show also had a wonderful boutique with over 30 vendors.  It was a great place for cross stitchers to shop for fabrics as many of the vendors sell the fabric in fat quarters.  One can never have too many fabrics in their stash and lovely Moda fabrics came home with me.

This past weekend I attended another show presented by The Milford Valley Quilters in Milford, Pennsylvania.  I brought my husband to the show and he enjoyed it as much as I did.

Please be sure to read the descriptions for the quilts that I posted.  These quilts were extremely beautiful but the story behind them is what pulled at my heartstrings.

The quilts that follow are just a small sampling of the talent that was displayed at both of these shows.  If you have the opportunity to attend a quilt show, please go and support these talented men and women.  You will be in awe at the talent and originality of these artists.

  Northern Star Quilters Guild Show
Grace's beautiful quilt

The photo does not do this quilt justice.

The detail on this quilt was amazing

Lovely sentiment on this block

Brilliant colors

close up of quilting

Such a cute fox

A quilters shopping paradise!

The Milford Valley Quilter's Show

            Made and quilted by Dorothy Decker, designed by Barbara Adams of Blackbird Designs                  

A Single Bud

The raffle prize for 2018 from the Milford Guild.  I will be taking chances on this beauty.

Gorgeous applique work

Christmas Challenges

RJ - I stitched another Prairie Schooler Santa.   This one is patriotic and from 2002.   I used my own choices of over dyed threads and stitched it on 35 ct. cocoa linen.  I'm enjoying all of these Santas and can't wait until I finish them and have a completed set.   I've got my dough bowl ready for that day.

Such fun patterns to stitch.

I used over dyed threads instead of the called for thread colors

Prairie Schooler Patriotic Santa
35 ct. Weeks Cocoa linen
over dyed threads of my choice


Mary -  North Pole Express is a sweet, though unrealistic, stitch from Little House Needleworks. A polar beer pulling a sled???  I still think it's adorable and I really enjoyed stitching this pattern.  I'm so glad RJ suggested this challenge.  Now, my tree will be adorned with pretty new ornaments.

North Pole Express
by Little House Needleworks
complimentary chart when you buy the selected threads
mystery linen
Next week will be our old ornaments made new.   Hope to see you.  Mary and RJ

  One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore 
                                                 Oliver Wendell Holmes

Friday, July 7, 2017

July Stars and Stripes
Week one

July is a special month because we celebrate our country’s birthday.   Our flag is very dear to our hearts and we really enjoy making patriotic stitches.  We hope you all had a very Happy Fourth of July! 


We chose two different projects to make this month.  One is a patriotic flower bag and the other is a paperweight.  The flower bag pattern will be part of our give away.   The paperweight is also included to be used with any stitch you wish to put in it.  Both of these projects were fun to stitch.   The only hard part was choosing from all the great patriotic patterns that are offered.

RJ’s flower bag:   This pattern is called Liberty House by Homespun Elegance.  It called for hand stitching the seams on the outside, but I decided to add seam allowances and stitch it by machine and then turn it inside out.   I also added plaid fabric at the bottom, a coordinating plaid with stars above the stitch and a coffee dyed ticking fabric cuff at the top. After turning the cuff down,  I attached one of my favorite USA charms to it.  Then I added some plaid straps stitched on with buttons.   It makes a cute flower bag to hang on your door and greet your visitors. 

Love the sweet little flag!

Closeup of USA charm stitched to cuff 

I was thinking it would make a great housewarming gift if you changed the ABC to the monogram of the family and change the 1776 to the year they moved into their home.

I hung it on a bookcase but it would look great on your front door

Closeup of blue wood buttons added to the plaid strap 

Liberty House
by Homespun Elegance
22 ct. over two Ariosa fabric
mostly called for over dyed threads

cute flag made by a friend



Mary's paperweight:  I used  "Patriotic Scissor Pocket" by The Scarlet House to display under my paperweight.  The little flag, bird and flower stitch was the perfect size using 40 count linen to fit in the paperweight.  This was a Thank You gift for a friend that served our country in the Air Force as a career officer.  I hope he likes my small token of appreciation.

This is the paperweight that will be in the give away that you can put your own stitch in.

Patriotic Scissor Pocket
by The Scarlett House
40 ct. flax Newcastle linen
called for DMC threads

Next week we will be showing our old ornaments made new.   We hope you will join us.
                                                              RJ and Mary

 This nation will remain in the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave
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