Day #26 Snowflake Applique Pillow Tutorial

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. I love the anticipation of the holiday, the hustle and bustle and all the preparations. I hate to see it go, but life must move on.
And so today I share with you this cute applique pillow design I found. I figured snowflakes are perfect decor for the home after the Christmas Trees start coming down.  

While I love these pillows just as the designer shows them, I envision them made up in fabrics of blues and whites and silvers. Kind of like the fabrics I show above. Soft, subtle blues, silver snowflakes on white, maybe a few tone on tone fabrics. You get the idea.
Maybe a little more sparkly fabric tossed in here and there if that’s more your style. And maybe even some type of fringe as an accent?? Hmmmm…..

Then probably for my own personal tastes in my bedroom – I could envision making this design using some tiny homespun plaids in blues for the background fabric and a good, pretty off white and tan plaid homespun for the snowflake design.
I’m a homespun, country, primitive, traditional kind of girl at heart. My home is almost always decorated to reflect that. During Christmas and the winter season afterward though, well, I do have older children and their tastes are different than mine. So we mix and match a lot around here because when they come home, I want them to enjoy it here and see some of their favorite things from their childhood! It’s a hodgepodge of tastes and holiday decor but it works for us and everyone enjoys it!

So, today makes day #26 of this Blogging Challenge that I’ve accepted and so far so good. I’ve also done pretty well so far with finding Christmas and Holiday items to share with you on my blog. But the challenge is about to get real folks. Christmas is over, so now I must push harder to find more great projects to share with you. So today that is on my list of items to accomplish as well as typing a few thousand words into my book, and spending time with family. Oh and probably some quilting thrown in there to round out my day!
Have an awesome day!


Day #20 Cute Christmas Gift Tag Tutorial – Blogging Challenge Continues!!!!

I was so tickled to find this little tutorial!  I love handmade gifts. I really love these handmade gift tags!.  All from little scraps!  These are just so stinking cute!

I really love that little gingham ribbon she has used on the top of the gift tags also.  If you have a little homespun fabric in your stash – that will work also!

Polka Dots!  Always such a cute addition! Another little idea – if you are like me and don’t have ribbon laying around – use some fabric from your stash!  Iron some wonder under or Heat and Bond to the back of a piece of fabric. Cut small strips to use for the little ribbon on the package and iron it in place. OR you could simply use fabric glue instead of a fusible product.  Then make a simple little bow out of a slender strip of fabric for the top of the package on this little Christmas tag idea! Easy!

Buttons are always such a cute addition. I have jars of buttons in my home and can always find a button if I need one. But – if you don’t have buttons – make a little fabric yo-yo!
Just a few more days before Santa arrives. I’m ready, are you?


Day #17 Christmas Emoji Ornaments – A few Kids Tutorial

These just added a smile to my face when I found them on the internet.  While it’s a tutorial geared for kids, I envision you sitting with your kids and crafting the day away. Of, if you are lucky enough to be blessed to have someone calling you Grandma or Grandpa – why not have a crafting day with the grandbabies when they come to visit!
These little emoji faces still seem to be all the rage. I know that I am very guilty of using them on Facebook and Instagram because they make me happy. I like them and some of them are quite hilarious. And seriously, can’t we all use a good tummy giggle every now and then?

This little reindeer winking at me and sticking that tongue out.  I may just have to act like a kid myself and sit down and have fun this afternoon playing with emojis.
These cute little ornaments hanging on the Christmas Tree in your local school would sure add a smile to Elementary age children.  And what about a Community Center? Do you have a Community Center in your neighborhood?  I know some of them hold wonderful events for children and families and the little ornaments would be little bits of humor spread on the community Christmas Tree!
Share your love of creativity this season.  And then go one step further and share your creative finished pieces in unexpected ways with others to add a little holiday magic.  Spread the love!


Day #15 Christmas Tree Pillow Pattern Freebie — The Blogging Challenge Continues!

Look at this cute project!  Love it!
The Moda Bake Shop folks shared this delightful free pattern on the blog not too long ago and I think it’s just the cutest, quick project to make up to add a splash of color to any room in your home!

Look at that sparkly fabric!  I love the added glitz to this project.  I was thinking though —there I go again thinking, it gets me in trouble sometimes….. Anyhow – this could easily be done as a wool applique project also. Use some of the wool fabrics you may have and add some fancy stitching around the edges of the Christmas tree in a stand out color of embroidery floss to add a little bling!
 Here’s the backside view of the pillow.  I love pillows like this because you can easily make a pillow form that will fit this size pillow. Then easily switch out this Christmas themed pillow for maybe a Snowman you could make later on, or an Easter Bunny for Spring, Pumpkins, and Leaves for the Fall Season.  Oh, the ideas are just endless.  Let your mind wander for just a little bit with this. 
Be creative. Sit down and enjoy making this pillow. Then pull out a good old pencil and paper and draw out some other shapes and make up a few more pillows to change for the seasons!

Day #13 Christmas Gift Bag Pattern and Tutorial Freebie – It’s a Cute one!!!

I just love this adorable little bag I found the pattern for over on the Moda Bake Shop Blog!  It’s another great pattern to use up small bits of fabric and embroidery floss.  What a cute gift giving idea!

Front of the Bag

Back of the bag.
I hope all of you are enjoying the patterns I’ve been finding and sharing with you during the holiday season. I’ve gotten quite lucky so far in finding some very unique and cute ideas for decorating and/or gift giving. As we get closer to Christmas, I’ll try to change it up a little and shift into some Snowmen themed ideas to hold us through the winter season after Christmas is over!
Now, on my list today I have the following fun things to do:
3,000 words need to be typed for my book to keep on track for my personal goal – oh and I’ll drop a little hint here – yes it’s a real book – a fiction book – Nope, not a quilting pattern book this time. When will it be out – I have no clue because I don’t even have a publisher!  (Insert me giggling at that last comment!)  Just doing this on my own and once I’m finished, then it’s full speed ahead to get it in the right hands. Oh – and another hint – yes it does involve a little bit of quilting here and there thrown in, of course, would you expect any less from me????? I’ll tell ya more later but for now  — Mum’s the word, I enjoy the suspense! 
I have a lovely stack of fabric that I stamped with the most wonderful quilt stamps that need to be cut out and then will be ready for hand piecing.
I have a pot of soup I want to make for today and the next few days that I’ve had a taste for. Italian Wedding Ring soup – and it is so good!
Above is a picture of the Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread I made this past weekend as a special treat for my daughter who is now home and on break from college. Visit the link below if you would like a copy of this recipe!
More firewood needs to be brought in for my woodstove and fireplace. I love the warmth and ambiance of a wood burning stove and a fireplace. It truly makes my cabin an even more wonderful place to be on a cold winters day.


Day #10 Sewing Machine Christmas Decor Tutorial

I have always decorated my home for Christmas. I’ll be honest. I have never, in a million years thought to decorate my sewing machine for Christmas but when I saw this tutorial — well it just changed my thinking and I about tripped trying to make way to my sewing machine fast enough to get ready to make the little Christmas Tree! 
 Is this not the cutest!!!!
If anyone else makes these. Please – post them to Instagram or your Facebook page and be sure to tag me in your post. I think these are just darling!  Tag me at @quiltersridge or @tarabaisden  either will do!


Day #9 Snowman Ornament Tutorial – Blogging Challenge

Little Snowmen to decorate your Christmas Tree this season!!!! How adorable.  These would be a cute added little gift to hang from your Christmas packages also!
I found this pattern by accident and really enjoyed this little blog, so take a minute and search around and read her blog. She has some cute things! I found several of her quilts I loved also!
It’s fun to search around and read different blogs. I’ve found several new internet friends that way. I’ve found a lot of great tutorials and learned many clever new tips and tricks!
Today in my neck of the woods it’s a relaxing Sunday. I like to keep Sundays to myself and minimize my work if I can or make it a day for family and friends but today, I need some me time. It’s a slow stitching Sunday here in by warm cabin. I’ll be nestled up on my comfy sofa, drinking my coffee and hand piecing several quilt blocks while enjoying the Hallmark Channel.
I hope you have an awesome and relaxing day also!


Day #8 Christmas and Holiday Challenge and Blog Writing Challenge Too! – Tablerunner Freebie Pattern!

This is perfect for a project to be completed in a weekend. Literally – you could sit down and have one of these completed for your own home decor and probably make another to give as a gift this Christmas season.
The ideas and color patterns are unlimited with this easy to follow pattern that is provided by those wonderful gals over on the Moda Bake Shop Blog. A Jelly roll, 1/2 yard of backing fabric, little bit of batting and a small amount of fabric for the binding and you are on your way.
This is another one of those great things you can make and could be given as a gift this holiday season and it won’t break the bank.  Teachers would love this. Your co-worker would be thrilled.  And remember me bringing up a community member that might need his or her spirits perked up a bit – this may do the trick.
It’s ok to play Secret Santa and brighten someone else’s day every now and then. I am a firm believer that no good deed goes unseen and does come full circle eventually.
I saw a quote months ago on Facebook that has stuck with me and been in my mind ever since I first saw it.  I fell in love with it instantly and I remind myself of it constantly when I go about playing Secret Santa or if maybe I might do something out of the ordinary for another person.  I love this little ditty…
It’s ok to do something for another person for no reason at all and expect nothing from them in return and the world doesn’t need to know about it.  Not one thing.

Day #6 Christmas and Holiday Challenge and Blog Writing also! Christmas Ornament Pattern

Day #6 of my Challenge!!!
Are these ornaments not the cutest! (Just click on the link above!)
I can literally dive into my own personal stash basket of scraps and be able to make a bunch of these ornaments up in no time at all!  The gals over at the Moda Bake Shop posted this pattern a while back and I’m glad I found this little treasure!
Just think – you could make these for ornaments for your own tree. Or give them as gifts to a couple that is newly married and might want a few keepsake type ornaments for their new Christmas Tree. Or – the other idea I had for these – Christmas Gift Tag hangers – You could easily make these ornaments as a gift also and use them as a Christmas Gift Tag by using a Pigma pen to write on the back of the ornament. For Example:
From: Grammie with Love
See – wouldn’t that be cute!
Or – If you know of someone in your community that might need a little bit of a “pick me up” in their spirits this holiday season. Well, here ya go. Make up a few of these cute little ornaments.  Drop them down in a gift bag with a sweet little note of encouragement stuck in a Christmas Card and play Secret Santa and leave it hanging on their front door or in a special place they will be surprised to find a treasure awaiting them!  A co-worker – leave them a surprise on their desk.  Need a teacher’s gift….. here ya go!  I could go on and on when I get on a roll….just ask my kids.
I’m off to spend my day sewing. I have a million pieces awaiting me at the sewing machine and my fingers are itching to be off this blasted computer and sitting at my sewing machine, with my puppies laying on their blanket next to me as I sew, the woodstove with a good fire burning in it, a pot of coffee and some soft country music playing in the background! I’ve typed my self-imposed goal of 3,000 words for today in the book I am writing and now the rest of the day is mine to enjoy!
Have an awesome day!

Day 4 Christmas & Holiday Quilting Fun and the Blog Challenge!!

It’s day 4 of my Christmas & Holiday Quilting Fun, self-imposed challenge and the Blog Writing Challenge that I joined.
I’m super excited about this free pattern I’m sharing with you that I found on the Moda Bake Shop Blog today.  Personally – I love giving homemade gifts for Christmas and for Birthdays and just because.  I think any teen girl, a college girl or even us Moms would love this!  And it looks super easy to make.
With all those cute Moda Charm packs and the fabulous prints I’ve seen them produce this year alone – I just bet you could make up a few of these in a Christmas theme, then make up a few in the gift receivers favorite colors. Then if the receiver of these adorable curling iron pockets goes to college —go for the college colors – or her high school colors for that matter if she’s still in high school!

Here is another treat I have to share with you today.  I found this amazing sew-a-long a couple days ago on the AQS Blog.  Isn’t this quilt gorgeous!

Visit the AQS Blog for all the details and be sure you go back and visit daily to print out or save each PDF file of the new pattern introduced daily through and including on Christmas Day!
This past weekend I enjoyed some nice quiet hand stitching time.  I worked on quite a few different things, testing out some quilt stamps and some other templates I drew out.  I’ve enjoyed using some of the fabrics I recently received in a fabric exchange I was part of.  I loved playing with the new prints that I didn’t already have in my stash!
Have a good one ya’ll!
And remember – Be Fierce, Be Strong because YOU are worth it!