Putting the Pieces Together

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Blade Pinwheel Quilt on the Flannel Board

This is a Teddy Bear Pattern with a cute quilt pattern added:

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The Dream Spinners Teddy Bear Magic Pattern

I made one of the Teddy Bears and with the scrap fabrics around my sewing studio, I decided to make the Blade Quilt in the background.  Well, I had good intentions of finishing this quilt when I started it… only like 10 years ago. –Ha

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The pieces I’m working with.

All of the pieces and materials are here!  The funny thing is when projects are packaged well, they have a time release experience to them.

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I liked the colors of this quilt ten years ago…and I still like how they look  today!

 I love walking into the quilt room and seeing such a fun and playful pattern on the flannel wall all ready to go!  It’s the right time to work on this quilt and to see how far I can go with it.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress! I have another four rows to go!

I hope you are well!

~Molly

 

Starry Charming Coins Doll Quilt

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Latest Charming Coins Doll Quilt Is Finished!

I’ve enjoyed piecing this doll quilt and playing with the color arrangement.

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This is what the top looked like after it was sewn together and before it was marked.

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This is the quilt marked with a star pattern and ready for quilting!

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A close up of the hand quilting and color arrangement.

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What the stars on the back look like hand quilted with silver metallic thread.

This has been a fun project and will make a special gift for a young one!

O Happy Day!

~Molly

Boring Goat Products

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There really is a city in Oregon USA called Boring!  It’s a little over an hour away from my home.  A fun fact about this area is Boring, Oregon in the US has a sister city found in Dull, Scotland in the UK.

I have met some of the nicest people in Boring. This summer, I enjoyed meeting the owner of Boring Goats.  I have come to like their goats (Lilly is my favorite) and their goat milk products.

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These products and others can be found on line by going to their website:  http://www.boringgoats.com/

There is just something light, fun, all natural, and locally made to these products, and I thought you might like to learn about them too!

Love,

~Molly

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from the heart of my creative work to yours!

This is a picture of the cabin sitting on our property before it was moved closer to our house and turned into a sewing studio.

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

From my house to yours,

Molly

 

1977: My Favorite Holiday Drink as a Child

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This is a craft I made in Mr. Pisulas’s 6th Grade Class at St. Patrick’s School in what was once an easy going steel city suburb called Moxham and from what I have heard is today one of the roughest parts of town.  It would not be cool to say you are from ‘Moxham’ these days…but there I said it.  I am from Moxham…back in the 60’s and 70’s.

The year I made this craft I was eleven years old.  I was energetic.  I could tell you all of my teacher’s names from 1st grade through 6th grade… (and today, all my homeroom teacher’s names through high school)  I loved walking to school on my own; I even loved wearing our school uniform.  I loved going to school, my teacher’s, and learning!  I played outside with my neighborhood friends until the street lights came on at night, captured lightening bugs in a jar, and sat on the front porch with a blanket during thunderstorms.

The Following is the Recipe for My favorite Holiday Drink as a Child:

1 two liter bottle of Ginger ale or 7 Up

I can of frozen fruit punch mixed with water in a pitcher

1 quart – a half gallon of Orange Sherbert

Directions:  Using a large punch bowl, mix the Ginger Ale and the fruit punch together.  Add the Sherbert just before guests arrive.  The Sherbert will float on top of the liquid.  Add more Sherbert as needed to refresh.  Serve with a touch of the Sherbert floating  on top of the drink in each glass.   Enjoy!

Hope you’re having a great day!

~Molly, named for my paternal grandmother…Elizabeth S.

Playing with Stars

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Flannel Star Baby Quilt

I’ve been playing around with my flannel fabric when I came up with this combination of aqua marine blues with a mix of corn maize yellows made up of fat quarters of fabric.

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A Close Up

I love when eclectic fabrics come together to create a charming quilt top!

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A Navy Star Baby Quilt

This is the second flannel star baby quilt I’ve been playing around with lately.  I plan on quilting this top with silver metallic quilting thread!

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A Close Up

I still need to add the final grey edging to this quilt top before it is ready to be quilted.  I have been having fun working with the flannel fabrics I’ve accumulated over the years.

Hope you’re having a good weekend!

~Molly

Peruvian Christmas Stockings

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Three Handmade Peruvian Christmas Stockings…One for Each of My Children

I found these unique stockings in Pennsylvania shortly before we moved to Oregon.  Hayley, Ben, and Wes each can claim one as their own.

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I am attracted to the 3 dimensional people, the animals, the skilled hand work, and most of all the colors used in each stocking!

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Each Manger Scene Is Uniquely Designed!

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I like the playfulness and vibrant sense of life depicted on each stocking!

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The Blue Stocking’s Manager Scene Up Close!

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The third stocking!

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The Top of The Third Stocking

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The Manger Scene of the Third Stocking!

The rain has stopped for a little bit today, enough for me to nab these pictures!  I hope all is going well for you wherever you may be!

~Molly

What’s New In The Quilt Frame?

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One More Charming Coins Doll Quilt

I’ve been playing around with the leftover scraps of the doll quilts I’ve been working on lately, and this is the next top I made.

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Using The Star Stencil

I’m using the star stencil to mark this quilt to see how easy it is to quilt by hand.  If the quilting goes quickly, then I want to do a whole baby quilt using this pattern.

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This is what the quilt looks like marked using a Crayola Washable Marker.

There is something very soothing to putting a quilt in the frame.  I enjoy having a project ready to go…and the course (or the quilt design) ready to go.

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Light Green and Silver Metallic Quilting Thread

These are the two thread colors I will be using to hand quilt this top.

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A Wide Shot of the Quilt

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A Close Up of the Quilting with the Silver Metallic Thread

I’ve been working on a few other projects involving stars I want to show you.

It’s been raining for about two weeks in the part of Marion County, Oregon where I live!  I haven’t been able to take pictures of quilts hanging on the shed for a while, and I haven’t figured out another place to hang my quilts to get a good picture.  Maybe the weather will clear up for a day or two, and I can take a few pictures!

Hope life is going well in your area!

~Molly

While Shopping Tonight, I Was Asked…

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I ran out to Target tonight for paper to wrap a package I want to mail.

While shopping, a mom and her two elementary age children were milling around where I was looking at not wrapping paper…but a container to use in my sewing cabin.  The mom was tired of her little ones fussing with each other…too old to be in a shopping cart…she was trying to engage them with the thought that you never know when Santa Claus or his helpers might be watching how you’re behaving.

I was minding my own business when the mom stopped in the main aisle and looked down the row I was shopping and asked me, “Are you an Elf?”

A bit stunned, because these folks were complete strangers to me, I said the first thing that came to mind, which was, “I could be.”

To which the mom verified and agreed with, “Yes, she could be. You never know.  She’s shorter than me.  I think she could be an elf.  She probably is.”

Now the two little girls were looking me over from head to toe with a curious look.

In wonderment, yet again, I was shaking my head, because, for the life of me, I can’t seem to figure out how I get involved in these kinds of dramas when I am doing everything I can to NOT add any drama to my life.

The two girls ran down a the house ware aisle giving a tit-for-a-tat with each other.  When the mom said, “I can’t believe you two are still going at it when you know there is an elf standing right here,” while pointing at me.

The little girls froze in their tracks, and came back to take one more look to see if I was for real.  Looking at the two little girls I said,  “I think it would be good for you to work with your mom.”

And the mom said, “See!  You never know who is watching what you’re doing!  She reports to the Big Man”

And with that the young family was on their way, the merry chatter fading away as they moved on to another part of the store.

It was a totally unexpected moment, and in its own way, I found it joyful…to be asked, “Are you an elf?”

Hope you’re having a good day!

~Molly

The picture above was found at:  The guardian.com