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 #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 #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 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!

Day #3 Redwork Stitchery Ornament & Lollipop Ornaments Tutorial

I love these little ornaments! So cute and quick to stitch up! The tutorial is a nice full-color download for you.
and then I also found another cute ornament tutorial for you today…..
Don’t these look fun and so clever!  Easy enough to whip up in no time at all to decorate your Christmas Tree!

I love the buttons in the center as added dimension and the ribbon tied around the lollipop stick!  What’s that – no ribbon on hand you say?  Never fear – just use some of the fabrics you do have on hand a cut a small strip of fabric!

I really like the idea of some bright and cheery fabric lollipops added to a Christmas tree, especially if you have little girls and boys in your household that would delight in seeing the added pop of color on the tree.  But if you are a bit more traditional…..

The fabric combinations are endless.

Look at that aqua and red fabric combination in the bottom row, center photo. I love aqua and red together – such a cheery fabric combination! 



Oh and don’t get me started on how cute these little lollipops would be in my favorite civil war reproduction fabrics!  Oh, be still my heart, I may have to go dig into my collection of Pam Buda’s luscious greens and reds and creams from her lovely fabrics! (an awesome fabric designer for Marcus Fabrics, which I’m sure you already knew that!)
And speaking of Miss Pam, have you seen her new book? It’s called “Vintage Patchwork” and it’s the most delightful and lovely book.
 Packed with the loveliest projects and clever????  This whole book is organized around the thought that you can create the projects within using just one of her 10″ square bundles of fabric. She designed this fabric called Prairie Basics And Shirtings and it is just luscious!

And above is a little look at the projects in the book! Earlier, I shared the link to her website which will lead you directly to her page where you can order the book only.  This link just below will show you the “Grand-daddy” present for yourself – go order the book and the fabric bundle because you are worth it my friend!
Have fun with this tutorial I shared today and I hope you can dig into your own fabric stash and find some treasures to make a couple or three lollipops for your Christmas tree this year!


Day #2 Peppermint Swirl Christmas Tree Skirt Free Pattern and Blog Writing Challenge continues….

Oh My Gosh – I found this freebie pattern over on the Moda Bake Shop blog and I knew I had to share this one today on my 31 Day self-imposed blog challenge for Christmas and Holiday Fun!
Ladies (and gents if you follow) I love this. If you start now I’m sure you could have one made in time for your Christmas tree this season. Plus – I like the idea in the photo also – it could be used on your table also – imagine that – beautiful!!
Those Moda Bake Shop gals never cease to amaze me and if you don’t follow their blog – go over and follow this link also because they started the annual Countdown To Christmas yesterday and the block pattern called Country Winter looks super cute! (block is shown below and the link to the first day of the Countdown To Christmas for 2018 is just below the photo!!!)
I am off to enjoy some hand piecing this afternoon and enjoy some movies on the Hallmark channel.  Yes – I am one of those girls and love me some Christmas Hallmark movies.  I don’t indulge in much TV time, but I do make time when the new movies appear for the season!
I’ve got some special hand piecing projects I’ve started working on as I’ve been recovering from my surgery last week. I’ll try and take some good photos soon to share with you! Promise!