Thursday, June 13, 2024

Twinkling Tree Farm - NEW Pattern

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Greetings friends - happy Thursday! I am back today with a brand new quilt pattern release. If you read my post yesterday, then you had a sneak peek of this new holiday quilt, created with a brand new fabric collection from Poppie Cotton called "Prairie Christmas."

Twinkling Tree Farm" is machine appliqué, along with traditional piecing and assembly. It measures 24.5" x 24.5" and works perfectly for a wall hanging or table topper. The pattern contains basic machine appliqué instructions, appliqué templates, and comprehensive/detailed instructions with color diagrams...AND is super quick and easy to create. This 12-page pattern is designed to use pre-cuts or scraps and small pieces of fabric...or would work great with your favorite fabric collection. This project is suitable for beginners or those wanting to dabble in appliqué....and is perfect for seasonal sewing and gift giving! It is easily adaptable to a larger size by adding borders or additional fabric squares.

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The cover model was created with Prairie Christmas by Amanda Cocoron for Poppie Cotton along with Country Confetti (also from Poppie Cotton) for the appliqué background and binding. It uses HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive (paper backed fusible web) and HeatnBond Fusible Fleece (you could use batting, but fusible fleece makes it easier).  The stars above the large trees are cut from Wool Blend Felt from Benzie Design (Bronze). I also added a couple hanging tabs, so I could use a wrought iron quilt hanger for display. 

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Paper Pattern: https://blueribbondesigns.etsy.com/listing/1732456348

Digital Pattern: https://blueribbondesigns.etsy.com/listing/1746647893

I hope you will spend a little time in your sewing space making a "Twinkling Tree Farm" quilt that fits your personality and decor...just think, if you start now, it will be ready WAY before Christmas! I am thinking it would be fun to make this quilt in woodland fabrics (without the stars) for year-round use.

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For now, I am back to my design table and sewing studio - I am working on my "Halloween Stars" quilt pattern that was so highly requested...plus I have a new cross stitch model in the works in my stitching nest. So many projects and so little time...🪡🧵✀❌❌❌

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Prairie Christmas Fabric Tour

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Happy Wednesday - welcome to my stop on the Prairie Christmas Fabric Tour - thank you so much for dropping by for a visit. I am thrilled to be sharing these wonderful holiday fabrics from Poppie Cotton! I have some very special projects lined up, created with the new Prairie Christmas fabric collection designed by Amanda Cocoron for Poppie Cotton. I enjoyed putting on my quilt designer hat and playing with these farm village Christmas prints. This brand new fabric collection (shipping to quilt shops this month) has a truly wonderful country vintage feel. The entire collection is filled with perfect details and the sweetest little motifs! These charming holiday farm prints feature a village spruced up with Christmas decor - there are scenes of people ice skating, a red tractor and a red barn with farm animals...there are pine boughs, pine cones, Christmas trees, holiday ornaments, snowflakes and stars…all done in a combination of greens, teals, reds, pinks and cream. The tiny details in this collection truly inspired me! 

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To start, I created a wall hanging that doubles as a table topper with pine tree appliqué blocks. I am calling this new design "Twinkling Tree Farm." The trees are machine appliqué, using a blanket stitch and I used all of the prints in this wonderful collection. This small quilt measures 24" x 24" and works perfectly as a small wall hanging or a table topper for my kitchen table. I used a fat quarter stack with each of the prints from this collection (a 5" precut pack would be suitable for the variety, plus a couple fat quarters)...and I used Country Confetti for the background and binding. The stars appliquéd above the large trees are Wool Blend Felt from Benzie Design in the color Bronze. I created this design while playing around in my studio and I am in the process of writing the pattern (it is almost complete).

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Next, I made the cutest patchwork project bags - one small and one with a boxed bottom. I used each of the prints, cutting 2" squares (1.5" finished). I added color coordinated zipper pulls...I also added a fun selvage tag to the boxed pouch. I have a pile of fabric squares left on my studio table, so I plan to make a few more of these sweet little bags...

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Finally, I created my usual pincushion. I knew I wanted to use little triangle scraps to make a mini tree. This pincushion measures 5" x 7.5" and is stuffed with fiberfill and sawdust shavings. I appliquéd 1" squares and 1" finished half-square triangles to create the tree. It is topped with a wool blend felt star, cut from the color Pampas from Benzie Design. I trimmed it with Hand Dyed Rick Rack from Lady Dot Creates and added a bunch of color coordinated decorative pins. This made the sweetest pincushion/bowl filler to add to my growing collection!

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I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the fabric tour and are feeling inspired - thank you for visiting with me today. For more creative projects using the Prairie Christmas fabric collection, visit the Poppie Cotton Blog. If you love this fabric collection, be sure to check out your favorite quilt shop and request it - Prairie Christmas is shipping this month.

Twinkling Tree Farm ©Copyright 2024 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

Twinkling Tree Farm ©Copyright 2024 Belinda Karls-Nace/Blue Ribbon Designs, LLC http://www.blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com

I am already have my projects completed for the next Poppie Cotton Fabric Tour in July - it is using the fabric collection "Cottage Charm" (this is a wonderful collection - click to see a preview). Plus, I will have a new project tutorial posted on the Therm O Web Blog on June 18th - it is a summer-themed stitching portfolio…so, be sure to stop back here on June 19th for more details...

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Needlework Finishing - Ornament Edition

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Hello friends! Just a quick post this early morning (yes, our household is still on a night schedule, so it is almost 3:30 AM). I have been cutting project bags for a special order this late night and decided to stop by for a visit before I start sewing. I am back today to share some of my recent needlework finishing with you - this is just a sampling (I have way too many photos to share them all). These pieces were all for a client - not my stitching or designs, just my finishing work. I will post designer details with corresponding images for those who are interested (if I have them). Fabrics that are in the images were used for backing...and all the perfectly matched trims and rayon ribbons are from the incredible Lady Dot Creates (she has the very best finishing supplies!). As you can see, I have been doing quite a few Christmas ornaments this week....with my super full schedule the next few months, I am trying to get everything I have on hand completed. Enjoy the creative eye candy and I will be back to visit with you again soon!

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Santa Angel by Teresa Kogut

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2022 Fragments in time No. 2
by Summer House Stitche Workes

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Santa's Sleigh Ride by Dames of the Needle

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Glitter House 9 by Country Cottage Needleworks

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Hometown Holiday #15 The Needlework Shop
by Little House Needleworks

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Gingerbread House 8 from Country Cottage Needleworks

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I Believe In Santa by The Primitive Hare

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All Dolled Up - He's a Flake by
Little  House Needleworks

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Hometown Holiday #24 Ice Cream Shop
by Little House Needleworks

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Hometown Holiday #23 The Music Store
by Little House Needleworks

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Start of Summer

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Greetings friends! I have returned from my trip to northern Illinois and survived a Memorial Day neighborhood gathering at our house (the day I returned) and I am ready to get back to work. To say my lists are long would be an understatement - I have one more needlework finishing order to complete (I started it before my trip...and left my studio in shambles) and another special order, then I will be working on my Poppie Cotton projects for June (think Christmas!) and my latest Therm O Web tutorial. I also have a pile of "one-of-a-kind" pieces I would like to list in my Etsy Shop this week. There are several patterns to write that are calling my name and some model stitching that I am itching to get to, as well. With all that on my mind, I will keep this post short and let the photos "talk" for me...here are some of my favorite photos from visiting my parents at their incredible lake house property...as you will be able to see, my momma has a very green thumb (she planted everything and does all the gardening). I hope these photos will showcase their very special lakefront property - spending time with my family in such a breathtaking, nature-filled setting is quite good my my creative soul...

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