Thursday, August 22, 2013

How the Sewcation went . . .

I think I am slowly recovering from my sewcation! It was lots of fun and lots of  WORK!!!!

Sister Diane and I had very specific plans and specific projects to work on.  The first was the party slippers pattern out of Christmas fabric for the HoHoHo blog hop. Cute pattern, but it wasn't until slipper #3 that I figured out the best way to make them! (See previous post for photos).

Diane and I had planned to complete a quilt made out of the Jason Yenter - Winter Wonderland fabric we purchased for our online store (In the Beginning Fabrics).  The name of the online store is CadiCorners.  (More on that later).

On Monday evening, I started cutting it out. We had decided to do a triple Irish Chain pattern. Of course, being the gals we are, we couldn't use a pattern with the math already done, Nooooo! We had to  change it up and go through the (hassle) of figuring out the master block size with all the other sizes involved! Trust me, it is so much smarter to use a standard size quilt block. Cutting fabric at 10pm and continuing on into the wee hours of the next day is NOT smart when you have to cut 1 3/4" strips. It would have been so much easier if they were 1 1/2" or 2" strips!

Having the strips for block A all cut out, we finally decided to call it a day (night) and head to bed. Early on Tuesday morning, I started sewing. I sewed, and sewed, and sewed and (well, you get the picture!)

Here's what things looked like:

I sewed the strip sets together, then cut those into 1 3/4" strips. There are 7 fabrics in a strip, 7 strips in a block.  Notice I had containers with the sewn together strip sets. They were labeled
A, B, C, and D.
There are a total of 32 blocks of the above combination.
Block B has a total of 31. I don't have a photo of those in progress but here's a close up of one taken after the whole quilt was quilted:

Diane and I took the completed quilt top to the local Gammil Dealer up in St. Albans. Both my sister and I have had long arming classes but this was a first using a Statler. This machine is computerized and we chose two different snowflake patterns for the two different blocks.
Here is a photo of putting the quilt on the frame:

Here's a photo of the screen up on the wall. This is how we were able to lay out what the machine would do for us:

This is Julie (with her back to us in the photo). She and her husband run Cowles Sewing and Quilting up in St. Albans. Julie was wonderful and worked with us to help us get this quilt totally quilted on Saturday. Diane is in the photo too! She was pretty pooped when it was done! I was there to help put the quilt on the frame, get started with choosing the snowflake patterns, run through setting up the first two rows to be quilted, and then I took Mom back to Diane's house.  I returned a couple of hours later to find Diane almost done! She had two final rows to set up and quilt, then we had to turn the quilt on the frame to quilt the remaining two borders.  This took from 10am until just after 6pm to do. Basically, Diane and I were taught how to use this machine.

So, here are the photos that I have of the quilt. I left Vermont to go home to Phoenix on Sunday, August 11th. On Sunday evening, my sister had completed the quilt -She sewed the binding on. I do not have a photo of the completed quilt - but this will give you an idea of what it looks like:


Diane made a gorgeous Christmas tree skirt - she just needs to get it quilted and photographed. Then I will post that!
I will be working on a Christmas stocking here at home.
Well, so long for now!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Where to find the pattern for Party Slippers . .

Many who visited during the blog hop asked where they can obtain a pattern for the slippers. Well, I am pleased to let you all know - my sister and I are opening an on-line shop. Please understand that we have very few products at this time BUT, we invite you to check back often as we plan on growing. You may visit: 
Go to the online area, and voila, you may purchase the pattern (and some fabric to make the slippers with). We will include our sheet of tips and hints for making these slippers with every purchase.
Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, August 15, 2013



OK, so I didn't draw yesterday - I was traveling for work and when I got home I was pretty pooped!
So, (I like to do things the hard way), I printed off all the comments, had my daughter cut them up, put them in a big bowl, mix them all up, and draw a name.

Fiesta will receive:
3 Fat quarters from Jason Yenter's line Winter Wonderland - In the Beginning Fabrics
gripper fabric for the sole of the slipper
The pattern  -  Party Slippers by Aunties Two
My hints and suggestions on how to make these easier (better).

Thank you all for your sweet comments and cheering on!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . Ho Ho Ho

Wow, it is August 9th already! So hard to believe. Today is the last day of the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop and I want to thank you all for hopping by! Greatest of Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, our Cheerleader for this hop, and to Mdme. Samm, for all her inspiration and well wishing!

I had to travel to Colorado in June (and July) for work and visited a quilt shop in Golden (Golden Quilt Company). While there, I saw the cutest little Party Slippers made up and decided this was what I would make for the Blog Hop.

When I was young (I know, that was a very long time ago, but it seems like yesterday), my Aunt and Uncle  would buy all of my brothers and sisters and I (there were 6 of us) a pair of flannel pajamas for Christmas. Mom and Dad would let us open up their gift to us on Christmas Eve so that we could wear them to bed - while we dreamed of dancing sugar plums. (Trust me, we didn't ever sleep much on Christmas Eve!)

My kids like to have "new" things to wear on Christmas Eve also, but we have gotten lazy and usually end up doing toe socks or fuzzy socks.
Because we live in Phoenix, this is the PERFECT Christmas Slipper:

 This is the underside with the non-slip base

The pattern I used is called "Party Slippers" by Aunties Two. When I showed my first slipper to my sister, she decided to pull rank (she is older) and let me know she could give me suggestions to make it better. By the time I made a third slipper, I knew the improvements were perfect. If I can do this, anyone can!

NOW for the GIVE-AWAY!!!
I have made up a kit for one lucky winner to make a pair of their own Christmas Slippers. It will have the Jason Yenter - In The Beginning - Winter Wonderland fabrics shown in the top pair (one fat quarter of each fabric), the slipper gripper stuff on the bottom, and the pattern. I will also include the little tips that were helpful to make these slippers great.

Just leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite Christmas Tradition. If you follow me, you may enter a second time and let me know you are a follower. On August 14th, I will randomly choose a winner so those who are behind in their hopping will have a chance to win.
Good Luck All!

Now, don't stop here, hop on over to check out what these other ladies have made!

August 9