I'm so excited to be writing this post for Connecting Threads! I work in
the same building, just down the hall from all the sewing machines and
fabric, but I generally stick to knitting and yarn as Catalog Director
for Knit Picks. However, when my coworked Heidi walked through the office with a stack of fabric from the new Indigo Patchwork fabric collection, I did an almost cartoonish double take. All that blue in one place was irrisistable!
Many of you may know my whimsical characters, FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY from my past fabric collections. My ladies have been my voice and image for creating uplifting messages for many years now. Whether it be content for my Country Register column, Girlfriend Wisdom, or gifts products for Sisters, Girlfriends, or Quilters, the message is always positive. How could characters with names honored by these great virtues, be anything but for the greater good? Partner that concept with my love of color, and warm smiles usually appear!
Handmade from the Heart was inspired by YOU, all the quilters I have met at quilt guilds, at quilt shows, quilt shop owners, quilt retreats, quilt camp at sea, many quilting friends and family and my own childhood joy when my Mom let me make doll clothes on her treadle sewing machine. I have loved making projects with my hands my whole life. The quilting world has a great common passion; the love of making something, for someone, with their hands from the joy in their hearts.
I hope you enjoy the panel and all the pieces to take apart or keep together. Connecting Threads has done the best job to match all the coordinates. The palette is full and gives you lots of creative choices. Have fun, let us know what you are making, I love Show & Tell. The website has lots of kits and projects.
Joy & Blessings ~ JODY
Five cheery tulips standing in a row,
waiting for any one to sew.
scraps together to help them grow,
make a nice gift for someone I know.
WHO, WHO, WHO doesn’t just love a whimsical owl? I know I do, and from the moment I started making it, there was an argument about who was going to get it when I was finished-me, my sister, my daughter, Miss Sue, or as a gift. The Jury is still out on that one.
I chose to make the owl pillow from Curiosities & Mischief by Nancy Halvorsen because it’s super cute and I thought that it would make a great baby gift should a baby shower arise on the calendar. As for the adorable fabrics, they are from one of our newest collections, Home Front, that will be available September 11th (tomorrow online!). I wish I could take credit for them, but Miss Mari picked them out for me and she did a fabulous job!
The pattern was pretty easy and straight forward, however, I did have a little trouble with the instructions on the wings, but Miss Judy set me straight on those. I used my own instructions on those, but had I followed Nancy’s, all would have been hunky-dory.
Isn't he the cutest?
Travel in style - your style! That's what you'll do when you stitch up The Quilted Traveler's Tote.
To make this sturdy, roomy bag, reminiscent of ready-made quilted bags,
you get to choose two fabrics you love—and then quilt your own fabric.