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Letter Stitch Stool

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So many projects and events over the last six months has been beyond challenging. All were wonderful opportunities but most likely, we (I) took on too much, given the time frame. However, I’m happy to say the end is close at hand and we can re-adjust our (my) focus.  We’ll post the work, the fun and some exciting news, throughout the remainder of the year.
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One small project I wanted to share now is, our Letter Stitch Stool. We used this in our display at Spring Quilt Market last month and it received much attention. The large antique typography, which I love, is the pattern we chose.

Quilting Treasures offers this print in three soft colors, ecru, lime and orange.

Letters are a generous 4 – 4.5 inches, perfect for any celebration bunting, personalization in a child’s room or studio/office space!

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The vintage footstool was purchased from a yard sale many years ago and was shelved. One of those good intentions projects that we all have, right? I thought it was a small upholstered item that even I could tackle. It was quickly discovered, that having all of the necessary tools and supplies, would have been helpful. I did own a magnetic tack hammer and tacks but also opted to use a staple gun.

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The photos may appear that this was a nice neat job but I want to warn any of you re-upholstery novices like me. Within the layers of the little old stool, lurked at least a pound (seemingly) of fine dust and icky dirt! Oh my. I wanted to reuse the horsehair stuffing so I took the piece outside to pull the rusted tacks/nails, disassemble, shake out and clean. Blacht!LetterStitchStool5LetterStitchStool6LetterStitchStool7

Since this was my first attempt at a stuffed item, I am not the one to offer an adequate how to although, if pictures truly are worth a thousand words, then perhaps these visual steps will help. I simply tried to put it back together, the same way it came apart. I had to replace the batting and some stiff cardboard used on the frame. I used mat board scraps and quilt batting supplies that I already had on hand.

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Not a bad first attempt, and not my last. Lots more stools and numerous seats, still to cover.

And I plan to use Letter Stitch!

Available in quilt shops July, 2015

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OH MY!

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It’s been a month since our last post.

Just after our CP (play) D, the work started, and we haven’t looked up since.

Here’s some, of what we’ve been up to in the studio:

Spring sprucing . . .

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Quilt Market

planning, making, staging!

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More on the studio cabinet reveal, forthcoming,

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for our complete “Letter Stitch” album at the

Minneapolis International Quilt Market, friend me or view on Facebook.

The collection delivers to quilt shops July, 2015

Also, details on the Letter Stitch upholstered project, next post.

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CPD #4

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Officially, Create Play Date #3 however, we posted an unofficial 3rd a year ago Feb., that I did as a solo.

None the less, it has been w-a-y too long between creative play dates with friend,

Ann(ie) Regal.

Together, we enjoyed a little play, with applique.

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Designs we’ve had on the table for some time now, finally made it, to the cutting table.

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And, the ironing board.

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Ann showed me the ins and outs on applique building using one of my recent designs from

Letter Stitch, showing next month at the International Quilt Market in Minneapolis.

It was a fun collaborative effort.

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Featured fabrics are from Quilting Treasures Draw Near & Sewing Seeds collections.

More on this pattern and additional designs, coming soon.

Digging It

S P R I N G

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Time to try, taming the terrain.

Following winter our wooded lot is always wild and wooly.

Lots of weeds, invasive vines

and forgotten friendly faces, needed digging up.

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Much mulch to be moved.

Three truck beds so far and more to come.

Ouch.

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After the first couple days,

starting to notice, some surprising sprouts.

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Including . . .

post planting poison ivy rash, picked up in the process!

Ahhh!

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These hands & body, are ready to return to my desk/drawing table job.

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Speaking of wooded lots . . .

Posted This Week,

WOODSY WONDER artist fabric samples on Our Etsy Shop!

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Our first three Handmaids® Collections,

SHE WHO SEWS

DRAW NEAR

& ANGEL BAND

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Are now available in fat quarter bundles!

On our

HANDMAIDS® ETSY SHOP

for a limited time.

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Following our recent Handmaids® Challenge 2015, we decided to offer the extra 11 piece bundles.

Sew, get ’em while they last.

Also:

Tidings Classic Collections

On ETSY

Drum Roll Please

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Without further ado,

here are the Handmaids® Challenge 2015

Fat Quarter Stacks & Panels – Giveaway Recipients

from the drawing:

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1. Melanie

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2. Robin

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3. Letha

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As for the post cards entered here for the additional SURPRISE prize,

based on creativity, artistry and technique chosen by a panel of three?

We simply, could not choose one.

So, we chose three!

To also receive the Fat Quarter Stacks & Panels!

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2. Terry

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3. Barbara

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& the additional surprise prize to:

1. Rosemary

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There were SO MANY beautiful post card Valentines, we also decided that everyone who participated by sharing their works with us, should have a prize!

Additionally – We are pleased to be sending all of you, 2 fat quarters from one of the three Handmaids® collections.

All day yesterday was spent preparing & packaging your prizes which will be on their way to all of you,

amazingly talented women.

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T H A N K   Y O U

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, for playing in the 2015 challenge.

We are excited to be working on additional Handmaids® images in 2015 for new product so please keep following.

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Last but not least,

our donation to Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child for 23 signed ups,

Tidings of Great Joy, LLC is nearly, doubling to $200 toward the effort.

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See all of your cards on Handmaids® Challenge Pinterest board,

And the Handmaids® Facebook Album.

Third Charming Group

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. . of Handmaids® Challenge Post Cards!

It’s easy to see that everyone put a lot of heart into these charming entries.

And

Clever Creativity,

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Vintage Notions

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Sparkles

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Skill!

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Handwork

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Embroidery

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& Time

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A visual treat!

Although we are still receiving cards I wanted to say, we have enjoyed & appreciated them all.

T H A N K   Y O U !

Giveaway prizes announced here, this weekend!

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