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December 28, 2019
Post-Christmas Report from From the Strawberry Patch...

All of the super-secret stitching that went on around here before Christmas can finally be revealed. The family in the Capital City (3 out of 4 of them) wanted weighted blankets this year. In fact, Mason has been asking for one for MONTHS! He was very specific about what he wanted: snow camo (I didn't even know that this was a thing until I looked it up!), and he wanted his to be twin-sized (12

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Post-Christmas Report from From the Strawberry Patch...

All of the super-secret stitching that went on around here before Christmas can finally be revealed. The family in the Capital City (3 out of 4 of them) wanted weighted blankets this year. In fact, Mason has been asking for one for MONTHS! He was very specific about what he wanted: snow camo (I didn't even know that this was a thing until I looked it up!), and he wanted his to be twin-sized (12

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December 18, 2019
Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village from Mama Spark's World

Last Friday hubby and I went up to Crossroads Village and  rode the Huckleberry Railroad Christmas train.   The village wasn't open when we arrived but we got a few photos on the train depot.  The train ride lasted about 40 minutes and went by lots of light displays.   There was a conductor to punch our tickets (like on Polar Express) as we boarded the train too.   A live Santa waved to us

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December 17, 2019
CHRISTMAS SEWING from Q-BITS

Not a lot of Christmas sewing this year.  I did make a wool lap throw that turned out to be more work than I planned.  More on that after Christmas.

BUT,  Pinterest inspired me to try a simple Christmas sewing craft.  I didn't have a pattern so I made my own in the size I wanted.  It is basically a paper-pieced log cabin block, that is then cut diagonally to make into halves forming two bodies.  By adding hat fabrics to each diagonal cut forms two 7" squares.  Next, add batting and a backing; embellish with buttons; and fold ...

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December 14, 2019
Christmas 2019: A TREE from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I have not been doing much crafting. Or sewing. Or quilting. However, before leaving for Disney I made a couple of decorations for the tree. They are simply strings of large beads on a very thin wire. I added skinny ribbon to hang them on the branches. 

I really like them. They aren't showy like most ornaments, but they are pretty. I hung each one on a branch so that it dangles freely any time the tree moves, which is when the tykes are here. That's been a few days in the last two weeks.


At nap time ...

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December 11, 2019
Let Your Light So Shine — Santa Paper Piecing design process from Wisonsin Quilting

Paper piecing lets me make sure that the quilts I produce have personal meaning. I love this paper pieced Santa $9 pattern (makes a 15″ x 15″ square, or if you add a bit more background, a quilted lined bag) because it started long ago with a “mid-century” candlestick that my mom brought out during the Christmas season.

My designs start with a sketch, playing with light and angles.

The pattern comes as a PDF download for you to print: 4 pages for the Santa and 4 more pages to cover the straps and wider belly of the bag if ...

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December 6, 2019
Three Santas – Paper Piecing from Wisonsin Quilting

Here is a stack of three Santas each holding a candle. This paper-pieced pattern builds on the previous single Santa, ” Let Your Light So Shine.”

Click to download this $8 wall hanging pattern finishing at 15″ x 27″ . Make it with either a dark or a light background… it’s sure to bring smiles to everyone.

The top Santa alone make a great place mat, pillow, or framed hanging. You can modify this pattern, or order just the single Santa with the purse instructions.

Single Santa with purse option $9
Three Santa wall hanging $8

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October 3, 2019
Let Your Light So Shine — Santa Paper Piecing pattern from Wisonsin Quilting

What a great little Santa project to finish as a pillow or purse or wall hanging. This paper piecing $9 pattern makes a 15″ x 15″ square, or if you add a bit more background, a quilted lined bag. Full instructions and pattern for the bag are included. So either way, Let Your Light So Shine with this delightful Santa. There’s more to say about this project, with some photos on its construction to add, but I’ll save that for later and just get this into your hands so you can get started. The pattern comes as a ...

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