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ANOTHER PROUD MOMENT!
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:02

As I continue to upload the many Quilts and Projects I have done over the last few days, weeks, months and even years I am amazed just how many are sitting in my Phoca Gallery just waiting to be blogged about.

Anyone else out there a little behind on the blog posting of important pictures?

I know...it's just ME!

Here's one my life's Proudest Moments as it's a Comfort Quilt for a Cancer Patient.

His name was John...a Special Man who lost his short battle to Cancer.  He was a major Penn State Fan, so most of the fabrics used were of a Penn State print. I worked quickly so I could get the quilt delivered to him during his treatments...I was assured he loved it dearly.

Just like the many quilts I have made over the years for seriously ill adults and children...this quilt was an absolute pleasure to make.  I quilted it with repetitive lines from top to bottom and it was so simply using my Walking Foot!

Kathleen

 

 
PATCHWORK STOCKINGS!
Sunday, 26 January 2014 11:19

Christmas Presents are still being revealed here at The Quilted Story Studio...and this pair of Patchwork Stockings is no exception.

However...I must confess...

These adorable Stockings, complete with Machine Embroidery Appliqued names were made about 3 years ago for my in-laws  and I just realized I did NOT post or blog about them.

It's OK...because they are still CUTE!

The Pattern I used to make the Stocking Fronts (the patchwork part only) was actually a Paper Piecing Pattern by Cindi Edgerton...I really love her collection of patterns.  It's NO secret that I LOVE to Paper Piece...

I really think most people like to see their names on the cuff top of their stocking so I just eliminated the portion of the pattern that included a Paper Pieced Cuff and replaced it with a plain background piece so I could Embroider Applique the names onto that area.

I made the two stockings using an identical placement of scrappy Reds and Greens so that they would match each other...except for the actual names.

How do you all like them?

Let's see what else I can dig up from the Phoco Gallery of un-blogged about Christmas Gifts!

Kathleen

 

 
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS PRESENT!
Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:00

As I upload this picture of the "Next Christmas Gift" I made this year, I realize that I did NOT take a picture of the other two presents I made to go along with this particular gift!

Good Grief...what was I thinking?

I digress...

This adorable iPhone/Smart Phone Wallet Clutch with Matching Wristlet was made for my Daughter in Law...Kellie.  I have already made one similar to it for Little Miss Pink and Lime Green.  If you have not noticed by now we are a family of Clemson Fans...and Graduates too!  Kellie is no exception...she loves her some CLEMSON!  This was the PERFECT Clemson Print to make her a new iPhone Wallet with!

Some people would ask...

"How do you wear Orange and Purple"?

However...I would ask...

"How can you NOT wear Orange and Purple"?

Go Clemson!

Kathleen

 
CHRISTMAS GIFT REVEAL!
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:16

It's January you say?  Christmas is over, the decorations are packed up and put away already!

Good Grief...I had to wait to upload some of my Handmade Christmas Gifts for 2013 until AFTER the actual Holiday...there are website and facebook stalkers out there hoping I would reveal a special gift or two ahead of time.

Silly Rabbit...tricks are for kids!

I am certain I have mentioned before that I started a "Sister Christmas Drawing" for my family years ago...I think its getting close to 20 years now!  I know Nicole was little when we began this fun tradition.

Actually...I cannot take all the credit for coming up with this little idea...

I seen it on a "Golden Girls" rerun and thought...lets do that!  There is really only a few rules to the Drawing...

-You must MAKE the gift for the name you draw...you have plenty of time...a whole YEAR to be exact!

-You must be ONE of the 6 sisters, 2 sister in laws, daughters or daughter in laws (that must be 18 years old).

-If your gift has not reached it's recipient by January 31 of the year AFTER the drawing year (do the math...it gives you a one years time to get it done...since we draw names on February 1st) you CANNOT be in the drawing for the following year or years to come until you are completely caught up.

-You can MAKE anything your little heart desires...cross stitch, crochet, quilting, stitchery, crafts, purses (wallets) and/or card making.  The ideas are really endless!

This year...like EVERY year...my Gift was done on time.  OK...before you give me a pat on the back I must confess I have an unfair advantage!

I'm a Quilter.

I'm a Pattern Designer.

I'm a Professional Quilt Instructor.

and last but not least...

I sew just about EVERY...SINGLE...DAY!

~Chime in the music for "the OCD Queen"!

The name I was given just so happened to be my Little Miss Pink and Lime Green...aka...Nicole!  What else could I possibly do but make a Pink and Lime Green Quilt, complete with a soft Flannel Back!

Here she is opening her Present on Christmas Morning and the first thing out of her mouth is...

"OH!  I LOVE the Flannel Backing"!

Yeah...I'm smart that way!

PS...I will try to get a FULL picture of the quilt when I can pry it from her little hands long enough to take a few snapshots!

PSS...who's name is next?

Kathleen

 
BUBBLE GUM BUTTONS!
Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:14

I'm taking a well deserved break from my little Hexagon Insanity Project and hopefully that little break will allow me to "do better" with the whole dang thing when I open that adorable little Lime Green case once again!

That day won't be today...and it won't be tomorrow either!

I thought I would share with you all my FAVORITE Christmas Present that I received last month!  What else would one do with an Old Worn out Vintage Bubble Gum Machine...except what my Houston did...

This little Gem used to be a nasty combination of Rust and Peeling Red Paint...including a really gross Center Cylinder where Gumballs use to be housed.  I am married to a Handy Man!

I actually saw a Gumball Machine similar to this on Pinterest and showed it to my Houston and this is what he did to that ugly looking thing I previously described above! I am so glad I did not see this in it's work in progress as I may have been sick to my stomach...

YEAH...that's the OCD rearing her Ugly Head there!

I am filling the (new replacement) cylinder with Cream and White Buttons...and a few a little very light Tan ones too!  This is what it looked like when I dumped all of the appropriate colored buttons I actually had in my stash of buttons here in The Quilted Story Studio!

Adorableness at it's finest!

Thank You Houston...I absolutely LOVE this Christmas Present!

Kathleen

 
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