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Sunday, November 23, 2014

ARE YOU IN A DOLL MAKING MOOD?

 I love Altoids and have collected these tins for years.  Today I decided to use some of these tins for Christmas gifts.  I would make little dolls to go inside them.  My great granddaughters could put them in their pockets and take them wherever they go.  I searched the web for a pattern.  I could swear I had seen a picture of someone else putting a doll inside a tin.  But I only found patterns for animals and I wanted a doll for my little grand girls.  So, I decided to make my own pattern.
 Let me tell you the most difficult part about making that doll was not designing the pattern, it was turning those tiny pieces inside out and stuffing them!  Ugh!  I wanted a doll with arms, and almost gave up on that idea, but then finally got them turned and stuffed and attached to the doll body.  Above, I placed the pieces beside my snippers to give you an idea of how small these pieces are.
 Here she is all put together, even with a little skirt!
 And here she is in her little tin.
 I made some bedding for her.  But thought something was missing.
 So I found some beads and made her a pair of earrings!
 Well, I knew I could not make another doll like this.  In fact, I felt this doll not appropriate for my very young grand girls and decided to make a doll out of felt.  I sewed the sides by hand and stuffed the doll as I went along, so there was no need for turning.
 However, because it was felt, I had a difficult time creating her face.  When I went to the hospital today to see my 90-year-old friend, I took my dolls along in their tins so she could see what I had been doing.  When I showed her the above doll, she said, "But it has no arms."  I agree.  It needs arms.
Here she is in her little tin.  I'll think about adding those arms later.  Ugh!  I don't feel I accomplished a thing today.  How about you?  What did you do this weekend?

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
  • The Jingle Bell Hop has been decided to EXTEND through Tuesday November 25; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
DON’T FORGET:
  • There are two Craft Days scheduled this year at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  This has always been a popular event and in order to accommodate everyone, Chris added a Craft Day to the calendar.  You can attend on Saturday, November 29th, or Friday, December 5th.  Just call the shop and let Chris know which you would like to attend. 
ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Sew Simple Gifts has a tutorial for a hanging potholder dish towel.  This would make a great hostess gift!
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JINGLE BELL HOP EXTENDED

 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
  • The Jingle Bell Hop scheduled for Nov 14 through 22 has been EXTENDED.  Due to all the snow we have received these past few days, it has been decided to EXTEND the "Jingle Bell Hop" a couple days.  The Attic Window, Pressing Matters, Queen Bee and Quilted Memories will be open for you on Monday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday November 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Hope to see you there!
Since the weather has kept me inside too, I thought I’d show you some of what I did at retreat and during the long lonely snowy days in my sewing room.  Above, is what I’ve been doing.

 These are bookmarks.  I had started out wanting to make the bookmarks with magnets.  I got a package of magnets that you can put business cards on.  I followed directions, made a bookmark, and used it for about a week.  When I dropped the book, and the bookmark flew across the floor, I realized the magnet was not strong enough.  I looked for stronger magnets, but they were thicker and I didn’t think that would work, so I finally decided to just make these with the little ribbons on the end.  I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think these will fly across the room if I drop the book.
 These are those Little Wallets, a Valori Wells pattern.  I love making these.
 Above are pillowcases.  The older grandchildren of course want the Michigan State ones.  The one with the monkeys goes to my great grandson.  These are so fun to make.  Chris has kits at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
 These are pot holders made from various left over blocks.  I like making these because it makes use of those blocks and also gives me a chance to try out some new quilting.
 These are Market bags.  I don’t know where the pattern came from as I got it a long time ago and there is no information on it.  They are reversible and my daughter loves them.
This bag is the Runaround Bag by Lazy Girl Designs.  I love how this pattern goes together.

Well, I’m off to shovel more snow.  There are advantages to being snowed-in, but  I hope I can get out of the house and to the grocery tomorrow.  I may be getting a lot of sewing done, but I’m going stir crazy!  Hope you have a great weekend!

NEW CLASS

  • Vickie S. will have a One Block Wonder class on Monday, December 15th from 10:00-4:00.
DON’T FORGET:
  • There are two Craft Days scheduled this year at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  This has always been a popular event and in order to accommodate everyone, Chris added a Craft Day to the calendar.  I'm so glad she cancelled the one scheduled for this Friday.  Craft Day is now scheduled for Saturday, November 29 and Friday, December 5th.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sunny In Cal has a tutorial for a wonky braid.  Great way to use scraps.
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THE REST OF THE STORY

 We had show-n-tell the last day of the the retreat.  Above Rosa shows us the Minni Quilt she made for her granddaughter.
 Rosa also made this darling Micky quilt for her grandson. 
 I never did get a picture of the quilt Glenys was working on.  Sorry Glenys.
 Sue put together these bow tie blocks that she had previously made.
 Sue also put together these Whimsical Garden blocks.  I love that sashing fabric.
 Kathy Boomgard was busy during retreat.  Above she shows us a wall hanging and table topper.
 Kathy also made a table runner.
 Kathy also made two identical table toppers.  Above she shows us one.
 Jill worked on this lovely king size quilt. 
 Jill also finished attaching the borders and the binding for this bright quilt.
 Jame shows us this beautiful quilt. 
 Jane also made a table runner.
 Mary Ellen shows us this lovely table runner.  She showed us a smaller/shorter version yesterday.
Yvonne was busy making pillow cases to give away at Christmas.

As you can see, this was a very productive group.  Lots of fun.  Great food.  Great time.  Be sure to call Quilt N Go if you would like to sign up for next year's retreat.

NEW CLASS
  • Vickie S. will have a One Block Wonder class on Monday, December 15th from 10:00-4:00.
DON’T FORGET:
  • The Jingle Bell Hop is Nov 14 through 22.  Mark your calendar now.  With the purchase of your $5 passport you will receive a free pattern.  Each participating shop has designed an exclusive ornament that you may purchase as well as a table topper kit designed to compliment the free pattern.  Participating shops will have extended evening shopping hours for your convenience.
ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Elsie's Girl has a tutorial for a sunburst baby quilt.  I've always wanted to make this one.
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.