Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Holiday Sewing

This time of year gets pretty crazy in a lot of households.  Getting kids ready to go back to school (college in our case), taking end of summer vacations and enjoying the outside weather on the cooler of August days. 

Then September hits and we start thinking towards fall and the holidays and realizing we better get going on those holiday projects if they are going to get done THIS year. 

If you are ready to start on your holiday projects we have three different holiday pre-cut offerings from Moda in our etsy store, Olde Towne Stitchery

We have the Moda Jingle Jelly Roll by Kate Spain,  Winterberry Jelly Roll by Kate & Birdie and Let It Glow Layer Cake (etched in gold) by Sentimental Studios, along with several other holiday-themed precuts and yardage. 

We also have one coordinating fabric for each of these groupings in the shop.

Current holiday project I am working on is making a couple of tree skirts.  As I have never made one before it is new and different and having fun doing it. 


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pine and Poinsettias

Do you ever buy panels and then years later they are still sitting there waiting to be incorporated into a project?  I must admit I am guilty of that.  I have one with beautiful spring tulips on it that I have planned on making into a spring wall hanging for what, maybe five years!!  Or, perhaps you have shied away from panels because the scale is too large and the finished wall hangings will not work in your decorating scheme.

Here is a Timeless Treasures Pine and Poinsettia  panel that can be used in many ways to make quick gifts or decorations for your home and won’t end up in the “what to do with it” stack. 

Here is what I have done with one panel.  I cut apart the separate graphics and added some borders in coordinating fabric.  So far, I have made two small wall hangings and still have a sufficient number of pieces to make two more wall hangings or another wall hanging and a small table runner. 

This is a quick, easy, and economical way to make holiday decorations for your own home or as gifts.  I could even imagine combining several of these panels into a lap quilt or even a small bed quilt, putting the larger graphics in the center and the smaller ones around them.  Some generous sashing and borders would complete the look.

If you are interested in this panel or other holiday theme fabrics, please visit Olde Towne Stitchery on Etsy


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Olde Towne Stitchery Back On Line

I can’t believe how long I have let this blog sit without adding anything new.  I could say I have been busy (which I have been, when in the world did I have time to work full time) or that I forgot my password (which I did) but I think I just have not taken the time.   The last year I have been focusing on myself, losing weight and trying to get fit.  Now it is time to bring some focus back to our business. 

A reminder that just because we don’t have a store front anymore, Olde Towne Stitchery does still exist.    We sell on Etsy at Olde Towne Stitchery for pre-cuts, threads and some notions.  We also have a second shop,  Old Sewing Machines , for needles, featherweight items and sewing machine parts for vintage machines. 

For my local guild friends I can still special order Quilters Dream batting and can also special order notions and patterns (with my next order as there is a minimum order required).

As part of refocusing more time and energy on the business Ed and I have been doing some “housekeeping” of the Olde Towne Stitchery Etsy store.  Several items that we had only one left of we have reduced the pricing to clear them out  (example of some of these items below) so please be sure and check out our store Olde Towne Stitchery


Monday, November 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday - November 10, 2014

Awhile ago  I got out a Timeless Treasures, I recently decided to do something with it.  I love how all the motifs are etched in gold.

This is what the panel looked like.

With some simple piecing adding borders and decorating with some crystals I ended up with three wall hangings from this one panel.

I like the way they turned out and think they will sell easily at my craft shows.

Other than trying to finish up craft show items I have been working hard at staying on track with Weight Watchers (down 26 pounds) and several trips back and forth to the eye specialist.  Tomorrow is another appointment, hoping this will be the last one.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Robert Kaufman Half Jelly Rolls

Ordered two types of Robert Kaufman half jelly rolls (20 strips) and they have been received and are posted on etsy.

The first on is called Spot On and is polka dots in pinks and purples from pin dot size all the way up to dots about 5/8 of an inch wide.   What a cute addition to a little girls quilt.

The second half jelly roll was designed by Valori Wells and is a rainbow of colors.

These are the perfect size roll to use for sashings, inner borders, strippy quilts or those smaller projects like handbags or placemats or if you really love them buy two and make a whole quilt.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Timeless Treasures Pinecones and Poinsettias

Love this panel I now have in.   Timeless Treasures makes their panels look elegant by etching them in gold.

I think this would look pretty with just a border added for a nice wall hanging but I can also picture it cut apart and the larger blocks being used for holiday pillows or smaller wall hangings and the small squares being incorporated into table runners or made into mug rugs.

What other ideas can you come up with?   Be sure and click on the picture to see a larger version.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Starry Night 2 Christmas Panel

After Northcott's success last year with the Christmas Tree Starry Night panels they decided to make a second line for this year with beautiful wreaths.  They do come in three colors, blue, red and green but I selected the red (Cranberry) one to purchase a bolt of.  

If you didn't see the tree panels last year, many people quilted them and then put twinkle lights through button holes they had made in the wall hanging.  Very pretty and different.  Others quilted and used as is or my favorite added hot fix crystals to it.   Any of those options can also be done with this panel.  If I was making it I think I would cut the large snowflakes off top and bottom and make it more of a square wall hanging and then use larger snowflakes in a future project, maybe a table runner to match. 

I also have a coordinating cranberry fabric for backing, binding or whatever.