New Quilt Formats

Inspired by @AngieQuilts :)
Once upon a first FB friend sent me this WOW! thread painted postcard!!
I had never seen anything like it! I believe Angie pioneered thread-painting in this new medium.

[No worries, you too can get one of Angie's amazing creations in Angie's Textile Art Etsy Shop]
While I still haven't quite got the hang of thread painting and fabric printing like Angie does,
I have been playing with the magic postcard interfacing
its perfect for quilted jewelry!
It took many tries to work out the finishing details over the years since I received Angie's lovely Sunflower Postcard all the way from Cheadle, UK,
but here at last is Hexagon Cuff
Thank you, Angela:)

Halloween in July

First - a shoutout to @SandyFowler, who always has super ideas for celebrating, but here she has achieved seriously clever status in this Christmas in July Party podcast.  Congrats Sandy! And thanks for sharing the fun :)
I so want to do this! Trouble is, here in the desert, our regular Christmas already looks like your Midwestern July Christmas. So....nevermind:P
But your post has inspired us to celebrate
Halloween in July in our RHQEtsy shop

Coupon Code:  AUNTVICKI1 -10%
that's "Aunt Vicki 1"

I love Autumn! The first craft boutiques of the season, smell of chilis roasting at the grocery store, no longer 100 degrees after dark, and the eerie quiet in the backyard as the golf course gets reseeded.
Must be the reason why we have more Autumn themed projects in our Etsy shop compared to all the other great holidays.

Quilted witch hats are fun - for décor and for costume!

Alex's blue witch hat has some satin patches and giant blue ric-rac hat band.

2 of these are quilted with glow-in-the-dark thread!! Haven't figured out how to get glow-in-the-dark pictures yet, sorry.

Alex likes this mourning wreath best.

Please checkout our shop for more fall stitchery and appliques.
Happy Holidays!

Minions Here

The Minion craze has struck our home. No, it's not Alex. It's not even Kitty Pearl.
It's Grandpa who is our Minion fan!

So I was glad to score this adorable fan fabric from the last yard available at LQS!
LUV the orange here. Had to have it. Now what?

Grandpa already has a new Walker Pocket.
Help me think, please, what can we make of Minion fabric for Grandpa???
Bet you keep an awesome go-to pattern for a quick quilty gift, am I right?

Italian Roast Soap

Alex said we should plant she could make me soap:)

More on Lavender later. I only bring it up because that's what led to our experiment with
coffee soap....which turned out awesome!

After studying several Pinterest (Alex's Board) recipes for soap, I decided on the extremely simple combination of 3oz of my fave Italian Roast, grounds included, mixed with 1/2 container goat's milk soap blocks from Michael's Crafts.
Melt the soap in the microwave and stir in the coffee, just like making fudge.

 @ddrquilter says it looks like chocolate ice cream. It does!
Which is cool, but, any idea how I can get more coffee color in my soap?

And @Scooquilt is right, it does the trick for a nice scrubby soap to exfoliate, which is exactly what I wished for:)

Thanks, Alex, for finding a new craft for us to try!

Pocket Triage


Alex wanted a skirt with pockets.
No point shopping for anything like that, right?
So I added lining and pockets to Butterick 4686.
(Its the yellow one, View D, except ours is BLUE, of course;)
Butterick 7686-D
I hurried to get the skirt done so she could wear it to last day of school. And I did!
cut pockets in half, close to hand opening, leaving generous seam allowance.
Open seams 5/8".

Except, I should of had her try it on in stages. Alex is right, my made-up pockets are too small.
And lining fabric, while a good choice for dress-pant pockets,
is not strong enough to carry a smart-phone in a skirt. 
What to do?
cut larger pocket "patches" from fashion fabric
I needed to remake the pockets, larger and with stronger fabric,
hopefully without having to take apart the entire new skirt.
Here is how I did it:
Insert patches inside of pockets, right sides together, aligning with cut edge.
Seam and edgestitch pocket patch to original pocket.
With right sides together, stitch outside edge of pocket patches.
Turn over and edge stitch in the other direction- fastest way to make sure you haven't missed anything.
Finish with pinking shears.
Have you done this before?
If you have a better plan, please let me know below- I'm sure there will be a next time;)
Pearl supervises Pocket Triage

Home on the Range

Alex Golf Coach/School Librarian has been so wonderful - to our whole family.

 So I especially wanted to do something extra to remember her this Teacher Appreciation Week.

Where I come from, that means something homemade. Found a yard of cowgirl fabric in a vintage shop, and as I was musing about "Home on the Range..."
I decided QUILT MY GOLF CLUBS was a good idea.
You know, create something quilty,
like those ridiculous stuffed animal head golf club covers you've seen?

 It started out well enough.
Alex did some stitchery, of course:)
Decided homespun was the best choice for lining.

I quilted the cowgirl fabric.
1/8" zig-zag edge to make sure all layers got covered in seams.

All done! Early!! But it doesn't fit. Fun, but not functional. So...

Recut, refit, redesigned.....I lost track of how many times.
Only one "D" shaped seam, you wouldn't have thunk it so complicated.

Velcro Dot closure.
Far from the corset stay ties I had originally planned.

This adorable crochet edged bias binding is from Etsy,

Done. Wrapped at 5:00AM.
Will leave it to Coach to tell us if it is functional or fail:)

Remember this? Rainbow on the Ninth Hole.
Thanks my Twitter friends who always stayed with me
while driving the golf cart at Alex's matches.
Was fun chatting with you!

Quilters Gone Wild

Quilters Gone Wild
by Kitty Pearl
When stars are seven
And patches make nine
This is the time
The Wild Quilters ride.
On overcast Harleys
They fly like wild geese
 To the LQS
At the end of Main Street.
Then in a back room
Of bars on all borders
With jelly-roll cuts
They play strip poker.
By flames on their sew machines,
glue basting and faux trapunto,
In reckless embellishment
With buttons all over,
Living along
The edge of the block
A quarter-inch rule
Is the only law.
While snacking on layer cakes,
Bobbins and stash,
Cheating at scraps
The Wild Quilters laugh.
Then what do you know
As soon as they're done
They give 'em away!
Every last one!
Each masterpiece, mug-rug,
Tote and crib blanket,
The binding is set, so
"Let's make another!"
Three layers of fun
 Can't be undone.
Maybe a Wild Quilter
Has made you one?
Happy National Poetry Day,  ---Kitty Pearl
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