You Say Jack-O-Lantern, I Say Harvest Pumpkin!


You have heard us often talk about the many uses for our applique blocks... that's why we create so many of them. We've talked about enlarging them, reducing them, turning them into wood, stuffies, stencils or cross stitch. What we really haven't talked about, though, is how colors can dramatically change the look of the design.

I designed a pumpkin pattern, and through the use of color, (and a bit of "flair") gave our pumpkin design two completely different looks.

Our Jack-O-Lantern almost jumps off the screen, with it's vibrant oranges set against the drastic black. It "screams" Halloween night! Then, work the same design out of rust, browns and golds, and our pumpkin is warm and inviting... like a Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones! Rather a fun experiment in color, don't you think?

As always, the pumpkin was designed for a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The Pumpkin Applique Block can be found HERE or in our FREE Applique Patterns. Enjoy!

We included several sets of Jack-O-Lantern mouths, noses and eyes in our directions, but if the "spirit"...Read more

Apple Applique Block

I was going to start this post talking about how much I love fall, but I've already said that... many times. Instead, I'm just going to introduce our Apple Applique Block, tell you I made it to fit a 6" x 6" block, and remind you that you can enlarge or reduce the pattern to meet your needs. As usual, I'll tell you that you can find the pattern for the Apple Applique Block HERE or in our FREE Applique Patterns. I will also give my ubiquitous "Enjoy"!

Having fulfilled the status quo... I'm going to share our family's "mostest" favorite recipe for using apples... Apple Crisp. This recipe originally came from an early 70s Betty Crocker cookbook, but since my family LOVES the crispy top, over time I wound up doubling and even tripling the top. So, here is the double topping version of our Apple Crisp. We usually serve it with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, and a shot of whipped cream. Enjoy!

APPLE CRISP
4 cups pared tart apples (about 4 medium)
1 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 cup Gold Medal Flour
1 cup...Read more

Woven Spider Wheel Stitch


The Woven Spider Wheel Stitch is a versatile stitch that I use often. It makes a circular, raised stitch appropriate for flowers, apples, polka dots, etc. It winds up being raised, giving it a wonderful 3-D effect. Obviously, I love this stitch, and although it might seem difficult, with a couple of tricks, you'll be creating perfect Woven Spider Wheel Stitches in no time... and having a blast doing it!

Woven Spider Wheel Stitch


We got a question from one of our readers about the Woven Spider Wheel Stitch. And although the diagram we have in the glossary is the "textbook" picture, I have found a few tricks that make this stitch not only a breeze, but fun! And since this has become one of my all time favorite stitches, and one I use often, I thought I'd take a few minutes and write up instructions of how to successfully make this stitch. So, if you're interested in getting the down and dirty on the Woven Spider Wheel Stitch, check it out HERE. Enjoy!Read more

Koala Bear Bookmark


A couple of weeks ago we featured our Mouse Bookmark. At that time we asked for other animal suggestions. Our first responder was Harley and she said her favorite animal was the koala. Well, we took that suggestion and made a Koala Bookmark. Although we often see pictures of koalas hanging onto tree trunks, we took a little creative license and had this little cutey hug a vine. Hmmm... wonder if there is a variety of eucalyptus vine... Anyway... the vine lends itself well to a bookmark. If you'd like to make one of these little guys for yourself, get your directions for the Koala Bookmark HERE or in our FREE Open Pattern Section. BTW... Although the book our koala is reading is NOT a book about Down Under, I thought A Year Down Yonder, was way too tempting to pass up! Enjoy!

NOTE: As hard as this may be to believe, I did not have any light gray wool felt so I used acrylic felt for this project. I haven't worked with acrylic felt in a long time... and with good reason! To be very honest I'm not sure how...Read more

Koala Bookmark


A sweet little koala from Down Under is busy reading A Year Down Yonder! Make your own koala bookmark as a reading pal!

Materials:
wool felt
embroidery floss
yarn
pattern

1] Make copy of pattern.

Pages