As usual, I'm working on holiday projects WAAAAAAAAY out of season! It's not easy to think of things like Halloween when we just wrapped up Christmas and we're still in winter, but I've gotta do what I've gotta do! Just got my Boppity Boo fabric yesterday, so I'm starting work on the master panel projects. After I complete them, photograph them, and get the pics sent off to Red Rooster, I'll start work on the projects for the book so I can fill in all of the holes! I have the projects all designed, and the book written, I just have to actually MAKE the projects, photograph them, and get them in their proper place. Getting closer to wrapping it up!
Here's the tablemat that you simply cut out of the master panel, layer with backing and batting, and sew together! Can't get any easier than that! You can see I still need to hand-sew the opening closed... that will be tonight's sit-down-with-a-blanket-and-work "work". Hard stuff :o)
Here's the candle mat- also work for tonight.
I'll post the other master panel projects as I get them sewn together!
Okay, I took a little time to enjoy Christmas, and now it's time to get back to the design room. But, I thought I would show you a little of our cozy Christmas and what I've been a-craftin'! I made some recipe books of recipes that can be mixed in, baked in, or store in mason jars. I have a little mason jar love lately.
I made them with the binding at the top so you can set them up while you are working through the recipe.
Here are some of the jar recipes. They make lovely gifts, but they are also handy and delicious! I had to try every one to make sure they were good... it was a hard job :o)
The jars on the right have lids that are recycled from parmesan containers. I like the looks of the mason jar tops, but the snap lids sure make them easy to get into.
The pancake recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of the mix, so I measure that much into each jar so I can just dump when it's time to make breakfast for the kids. No measuring!
I store mine on this handy chicken coop-style shelf. The green pottery bowl on the bottom holds a ball of twine for decorating my jars :o)
Most of the recipes I used are pinned on my Pinterest boards, if you would like to find some ideas. Here are the two boards...
We went down to Kansas City to visit my side of the family. I was playing around with my camera, and took pictures of neat things around my crafty mom's home :o)
She made these 2 or 3 Christmases ago, to go with her western-style decor. Too cute!
Back at my house... I tooked some pics of some of the gifts Mom made.
This was one of the cute, little gifts she made for the girls in our family. She used recycled cans and sprayed a rusty textured paint on each. Looks so country! I also loved the burlap and homespun mix :o)
Mom made these for each of my boys. It's half-eaten, but before we destroyed her crafty masterpiece, she had a cardboard toilet paper roll in the center, surrounded by the M&M's around the outer edge of the jar, and she inserted money with a pull tag on the inside of the cardboard roll. Clever! The money was long-gone by the time I stuck my hand in the jar, but chocolate is almost as good. And the stamped wood slices- love that!
This is the snowman that looks up at our tree from the fireplace at my house. I just love his face. Makes me smile, especially when the Christmas lights are twinkling next to him :o)
Enjoy your last day of 2013, and I wish you many blessings in 2014!
(Giving Credit: I came up with the recipe book idea about 10 days before Christmas! I got the following items at Archiver's to use in making my books:
Chipboard images are called Reflections Christmas, by Lori Whitlock
Some of the sticker images are called Chalkboard Christmas, by Reminisce
Brown star paper is #64935 Textured Leather by Karen Foster Design
Striped Christmas paper is So This is Christmas, by Carina Gardner for Carta Bella
Wood paper is #1596 Barn Door, by Jodi Sanford, Country Boutique, for Fancy Pants Designs
As the snow comes down outside, on this cold Iowa day, we're inside trying to stay warm and toasty. The dogs were really looking forward to going outside and running around for a bit in the snow, but they sure didn't last long. I think it's even too cold for them! I wasn't able to snap a shot quick enough of Sadie with her nose full of snow... she shook it off before I could press the button. But she looked cute anyway, so...
I'm still plugging away on my Boppity Boo! book. This is the last project I have to add to the book. As I'm still waiting for the fabric to arrive, I was able to pull out some of the homespuns I have been dying to try, and did a little test bag with it. The Halloween bags will have cut little jack-o-lantern appliques to liven them up a bit, but I will also show them this way, with just some of the cute character-filled Boppity fabrics for a super quick bag. I kept it really easy, so you don't have to spend too much time whipping them up for the little ones.
I loved the addition of the rickrack, especially for the simpler version. I usually use Warm & Natural batting for quilting, but for this one I used a fusible fleece interfacing. It seemed just perfect, as it gave enough firmness to keep the bag standing upright on its own, but it's not too rigid.
The only quilting I did was to stitch in the ditch between the borders. Can't wait to see the final version with Boppity Boo! fabric and the cute, little jacks in the middle!
It may not look like I'm working on my new Halloween book for next year, but I am! I don't have my fabric yet, but I have to get all of the projects designed, the book written, and everything ready so that when I do get my fabric, I can hurry up and make everything, photograph it all, and get the book to the printer! Phew! How twisted is that?
So, I thought I would give you a sneak peek at one of the projects for the book. It's for my new Halloween fabric line for 2014, called Boppity Boo! I need to make sure the design is going to work, so I test all of them on fabric I just have stashed in the corners, in closets, wherever they magically appear from. I think the majority of these fabrics are from Whimsical's line, called Buttons & Blooms. How could my design NOT look good in those fabrics. Too cute!
I am really liking this apron. I wanted to make one that would be useful for Halloween night, like when you're piddling around the house, but then there's a knock on the door every 30 seconds from another cute, little monster. So, the brown fabric, with the rickrack at the top, is actually three different pockets. I made sure they were just the right size for a notepad (a good place to write down your spells), or a magic wand. Then the three pleated pockets on the front are just right for all of the eye of newt, toad warts, and all of that disgusting stuff, OR all of that yummy chocolate candy you will be handing out that evening... one for you, one for me. One for you, one for me. I think that's how it works :o) So watch for this apron to be in fun Halloween colors soon!
Now, seeing as how my magic wand will not magically make the finished book appear, I better get back to work!
It's that time of year again. Pretty soon you will be hearing Christmas songs in every store, and seeing Christmas trees and lights popping up everywhere! So, we thought we would get things started with a Wooden Bear Christmas sale! We also have a page of stocking stuffers all under $5.
We returned home around 5 pm yesterday from our big trip to Houston to attend the wholesale International Quilt Market. We had a wonderful market! We were showing our 6 new patternlets, as well as our new Li'l Woolies block-of-the-month series, and we had such a great response! At most markets, the first day is fair, as people stop by, pick up information, and take everything back to the hotel to look over. The second day, people usually return, having looked over all of the information they gathered, and place orders. Then the third day is usually networking day, as many customers are on planes, trains, and automobiles heading home, so vendors get to wander a little and talk to other folks in the industry, place orders, etc. This market, I had about two hours at the very end of the last day when I thought I could get away, as we were SOOOO busy! Phew! Then it was two days of driving to get home. Ugh. But, my mother-in-law, Karol, and I are so glad to be home. Today we are reorganizing, sending out orders, and just trying to catch up.
Here are a few pictures I thought I would share from market...
Here's our booth. We got many compliments saying it was so cozy and homey. Exactly what we were going for!
Now, these are two of our favorite market friends. Jennifer is the daughter of Desiree Habicht, of Desiree's Designs. Jennifer trained her cute little companion, Chloe, to be her service dog! Aren't they both adorable! Jennifer trained Chloe to do so many amazing things, I'm thinking I must send my two dogs to her for a few months!
On the last day of market, Chloe dressed up for Halloween, with a saddle and a knight on her back. She was quite the hit!
She always amazes me with her incredible applique designs.
Her latest creation, that she just showed at quilt market for the first time, is her Happy Trails quilt. Incredible! You should see the detail on this thing. I should have taken some close-ups to share.
You'll have to go to her website and check it out! Always nice to see Pearl and get to talk shop!
This is June. She owns a quilt shop in Thailand called June Quilt.
She came by my booth, and discovered I am the designer of some fabric
that she has been selling and creating with in her shop! She was
excited to meet me, and I was just as excited, as she showed me pictures
on her facebook page of her customers creations using the Kelly's Sweet
Treats and the Farmers Market fabrics! I LOVE to see how the fabrics
are used. Here's a link to some pictures on her facebook page...
WB Large Pieced Quilt in Love of Quilting! Check out my Peppermint Pals quilt in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Nov/Dec 2012! Visit their website for kits using my Hugs & Holly fabric I designed for Red Rooster Fabrics!
Happy Harvest Book Get our Happy Harvest book at local quilt shops or on our website! Click link above to see projects from book!
Happy Harvest Fabric This fabric line is now available in quilt shops and on our website! Click on the link to get the info!
Farmers Market Fabric & Book
Farmers Market Book Get our Farmers Market book at local quilt shops or on our website! Click link above to see projects from book!
Farmers Market Fabric This fabric line is now available in quilt shops and on our website! Click on the link to get the info!
Hugs and Holly
Hugs and Holly Master Panel Projects (11 Total!) Click on the link above to see the two-page printable .pdf that shows you all ELEVEN of the master panel projects! The directions for all eleven projects are right there on the same cut of fabric! Do we make it easy, or what!?
Hugs and Holly Fabric This fabric line is now available in quilt shops and on our website! Click on the link to get the info!
Kelly's Sweet Treats Fabrics!
Sweet Treats Master Panel Projects (12 Total!) Click on the link above to see the two-page printable .pdf that shows you all TWELVE of the master panel projects! The directions for all twelve projects are right there on the same cut of fabric! SEW EASY :o)