Walk On The Wool Side

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

WEEK 9 - WOOLEN WILLOW DESIGNS PROJECT


 12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 9.  From Jenifer Gaston of Woolen Willow Designs.  Her darling mini quilt is a very versatile project which she explains on her website.  Go there to order the $1 download pattern or printed pattern and kit.  If you order the quilt kit you will receive a FREE pattern and kit for the Village School House Block.  Hurry on over to her website, WOOLEN WILLOW DESIGNS

I'll see you next week with my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects!


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

SPELLBOUND AND 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SEW-A-LONGS CONTINUE

 

BLOCK 12 - SPELLBOUND SEW-A-LONG.  Traci from Woolin Rouge gave this little batty guy some personality!  Get the free pattern download on Woolin Rouge blog,  From there you can go to her Etsy shop and order the kits . . she also has those buttons and a thread kit as well.

Next week is the finishishing block from Holly Hill Designs.  Don't miss it!



FARMHOUSE THREADS 

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS PROJECTS

A gorgeous 12 Weeks Project from Gloria of the Olde Green Cupboard. I can't imagine anyone not wanting this on their Christmas table.  For the pattern download, $1, or printed pattern plus the kit just go to her website below.  If you do purchase her kit you will get a FREE Village block pattern AND kit for this adorable little Coffee Shop.  Free!

Just go to Gloria's website Olde Green Cupboard.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

WEEK 7 - 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SEW ALONG

This is a wonderful and versatile pattern from Bits and Pieces by Joan.  Make either the pillow or wall hanging . . or both!  For the $1 download pattern and Joan's kit offerings just visit her website.  If you choose to order either of her kits you will also receive a FREE pattern AND kit for the little Village Flower Shop Quilt Block.  Can't beat that.




 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

SPELLBOUND BLOCK #11 FROM BIRDBRAIN DESIGNS - JACK'S RIDE


When you hear the name Birdbrain you know it is going to be a fun pattern.  This one is super cute.  I love his smile.  Loving the button hubcaps too.  Just go to Robin's website Birdbrain Designs for the free pattern download and to purchase  the kit for this adorable block. 

Getting close the the last block in Spellbound Mystery Quilt Sew-A-Long.  Then comes the finishing block which you will not want to miss.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS WEEK 6 PROJECT

 So simple and adorable . . . these 3 different needle keepers are all in one pattern download for only $1.  Kit and printed pattern are also available.  When purchasing Simply Put Plus kit, Lori will also include a FREE Village kit AND pattern.

Just visit Simply Put Plus for all of the above.



  

Monday, October 5, 2020

ZELDA FEATHERWEIGHT - SPELLBOUND BLOCK 10

 Witch Zelda Featherweight on her way to the Trick-R-Treat Retreat. Spellbound Block 10 from Pearl Krush. To get this creative block pattern free, and an option to purchase kits, go to Pearl's website, Peal Louise Designs.




Friday, October 2, 2020

STITCHING FUN FROM 2 SEW ALONGS

 WEEK 5 of Farmhouse Threads Sew Along - Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings offers this wonderful appliquéd Christmas pillow.  Her own flannel background fabric with wool appliqué.  Get the pattern download for only $1 and purchase her kits on her website.  The purchase of the Pillow Kit also gets you a FREE Village Quilt Shoppe Block pattern AND kit.  Just hop on over to her fantasticwebPrimitive Gatherings,  and get your pattern and kits.

You can also find the schedule of the 12 designers projects on our website Home Page.  ReetsRagsToStitches.com



This week's SPELLBOUND BLOCK lures you right into the eerie graveyard. Kaye Moore's creative playfulness.  Visit her website for the free pattern download plus kits.  You will not want to miss out on her fabulous button kit.  Visit Kaye Moore's website for Halloween fun!

To see what the group is doing with the 12 designer blocks JOIN THE SPELLBOUND GROUP



Friday, September 25, 2020

SPELLBOUND BLOCK & WEEK 4 OF FARMHOUSE SEW ALONG

Project for Week 4. You know that you have to make Kathi's happy little Snowman Pennyrug. The pattern download is $1 and kits are available. If you purchase the Snowman Kit you will receive for FREE, the Village Church Quilt Block PATTERN AND KIT. To get the download and kit options visit Heart To Hand's website
Spellbound Block from Glenda at Liberty Homestead. I'm in the mood for this clever little Mardi gras spider. Are you. Visit Glenda's website for the free pattern download and her fabric and embellishment kits.
Glenda's website: LIBEERTY HOMESTEAD.



 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

PROJECT 3 FROM KATHY AT CARDIFF FARMS

Well even in the midst of summer these little treasures put me in a Christmasy mood.  Three Card Holders . . all in one pattern.    This is Week 3 in Farmhouse Threads 12 Weeks of Christmas.  The pattern download is only $1.  If you purchase the kit you also get this tasty little Candy Shop Block Kit FREE.  To get the download and purchase a kit just go to The Cottage At Cardiff Farms Blog.

I'll see you next Tuesday with Week 4 Project 4 . . . and another little village store.








Monday, September 14, 2020

HAPPY JACK - SPELLBOUND BLOCK 7

I just love this SPELLBOUND MYSTERY SEW-A-LONG Block from Janet of One Sister Designs.  It is so simple and happy and well done.  Visit One Sister Designs website for the free pattern download and the opportunity to purchase her kit.

For the previous 6 Blocks see previous posts.   The free download and kit available for my Smirky Witch Block is available on my website.  ReetsRagsToStitches.com


 

Friday, September 11, 2020

PROJECT 2 FROM DEBBIE OF WOODEN SPOOL DESIGNS

Aren't these darling.  What else would you expect from Debbie.   This is Week 2 in Farmhouse Threads 12 Weeks of Christmas.  The pattern download is only $1.  If you purchase the kit you also get this sweet Post Office Block Kit FREE.  Visit Wooden Spools Designs website for all details.  Be ready next Tuesday for Project 3.




 

Monday, September 7, 2020

SPELLBOUND BLOCK 6 - CRAZY CAT

 Well check out this very creative Spellbound Block from Maria of Pinwheels.  Just love the clever use of crazy quilt embroidery on this not so spooky kitty.  She has a free pattern download and numerous embellishment and thread kits available on her website.

PINWHEELS WEBSITE



Saturday, September 5, 2020

NEW - TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS HAS BEGUN!

 

FARMHOUSE THREADS TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS STITCH ALONG HAS BEGUN.

This year one of 12 talented designers will present a small Christmas Project each week. This could be anything from a Christmas ornament to a wall hanging and everything in between for your holiday decorating and gift giving needs. Each designer will have kits for sale on their websites and the patterns are just $1.00 to download! And . . . . . to entice you even more, there will be a free gift with each kit purchased.

The free gift is a block KIT and PATTERN

Collect all 12 and at the end of the Stitch a long Rhonda will offer a finishing kit to put them together into a special little quilt. The only way to get the free block kit is to purchase a KIT for the weekly project.

SEE BOTTOM FOR SCHEDULE AND LINKS TO ALL 12 DESIGNERS.
Below is Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads WEEK ONE PROJECT.  Link below.



2020 “12 Weeks of Christmas” schedule with links

September 1 Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

September 8 Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

September 15 Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

September 22 Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

September 29 Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

October 6 Laural Arestad, Simply Put Plus

October 13 Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

October 20 Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard Designs

October 27 Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

November 3 Rita Carl, Reets Rags to Stitches

November 10 Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

November 17 Dawn Shuck, Sew Cherished

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SPELLBOUND BLOCK #5

 This block is from Teri and Linda of Back Door Quilts.  Who doesn't love simplicity and sweetness.  For the free pattern download and kits available for purchase just CLICK HERE to go to their website.



Saturday, August 22, 2020

SPELLBOUND MYSTERY QUILT SEW-A-LONG - BLOCKS 1-4

Each of the 12 designers in Spellbound provides a free pattern download and kits for sale on each website.  Printed patterns are also available.

Here is my smirky little Witch and her skeleton buddy, BLOCK #4.  Eight more blocks to come.

SPELLBOUND MASQUERADERS    "Eyeing The Competition"

https://reetsragstostitches.com/


Below:  BLOCK #3 https://www.PurpleMooseDesigns.com/


Below:  BLOCK #2  https://www.hearttohand.com/


Below:  BLOCK #1  http://www.hollyhillquiltdesigns.com

  

Sunday, July 26, 2020

LAST DAY FOR CHRISTMAS IN JULY - AND HARLOW'S TOOTA OREOL FOR KIDS

All of our specials can still be found, ending tomorrow, on our special
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Page at ReetsRagsToStitches.com   Just click on the CIJ Banner.
And for our very entertaining finale, Harlow has a fun Toota Oreol on how to make Snowguy Ornament.  CLICK HERE to go to her PDF Pattern Link.
Hope that you have all enjoyed Christmas in July as much as we have.
Thank you so much for all of the support we have received during this event.
Cheers!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

WEEK TWO OF FARMHOUSE THREADS CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - ONE MORE WEEK!
 Each day during these final week,  any one or all of these 12 designers will be posting new designs, free PDFs, videos, etc. They will first be posted on the Farmhouse Mystery Quilt Group FB Page with links to each of our websites.
You can visit all of these websites and check out their offerings for
CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads http://farmhousethreads.com
Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings  https://lisabongean.com
Shawn York, Rusty Crow  https://www.rustycrow.com
Gloria Parsons, Olde Green Cupboard https://www.oldegreencupboard.com
Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand  https://www.hearttohand.com
Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs https://woodenspooldesigns.com
Laurel Arestad, Simply Put Plus  http://www.simplyputplus.com
Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms https://www.thecottageatcardifffarms.com
Dawn Shuck, Sew Cherished  https://www.sewcherished.com
Reets Carl, Reets Rags to Stitches  https://reetsragstostitches.com
Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs https://woolenwillowdesigns.com
Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan https://www.bitsandpiecesbyjoan.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

SPELLBOUND - HALLOWEEN MYSTERY SEW ALONG!

Love Halloween? . . come JOIN THE GROUP!
A Holly Hill Quilt Designs group. Myself and 11 other designers lead you down the Mystery Halls of Halloween . .scary every stitch of the way! Each week one of us will present a free pattern download. At the end the blocks will be wrapped up into a quilt. Or you can make any or all of them into wall hangings. JOIN THE FB GROUP here.
And join the fun! The name says it all.
SPELLBOUND !!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - 12 DESIGNERS SHOPPING SPREE

CHRISTMAS IN JULY HAS BEGUN
From July 12-26 the twelve designers below will be posting their offerings for each or any one of these days on our FB group page Mystery Quilt Sew Along.  The offerings can also be found on each website.
or if you haven't already . . the easiest way to see the posts immediately is to
Have Fun!


Sunday, July 5, 2020

CHRISTMAS IN JULY


2 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
This is an extension of our Mystery Quilt Sew Along. Our 12 designers will be bringing their shops directly to you . . new designs, specials, and more. JOIN THE GROUP. Just go to Mystery Quilt Sew Along - Farmhouse Threads. All year long in between our sew alongs we share tips, videos, free downloads. Members post their progress, ask questions and share with each other. Come join this fun group and get ready for
JULY 12TH
CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
12 DESIGNERS
MYSTERY QUILT SEW ALONG

Friday, June 26, 2020

FINISHING BLOCK FROM FARMHOUSE THREADS.

What a fabulous finish to the Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Sew Along.  Rhonda's genius never seems to run out.  Go to her website, Farmhouse Threads,  for the free pattern download and available kits.  All of the designers will have their patterns free until the end of July.
Can't wait until our next venture together.  Keep an eye out!

Friday, June 19, 2020

BLOCK 12 !!!!

And here it is from Bits and Pieces by Joan.
The final Block in our Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Sew Along.
We Three Kings
Do you adore that little camel.  I do!
For the free pattern download and available kits go to Joans website.
Next week we wind it up with Rhonda, Farmhouse Threads, finishing block.
All of the patterns are still free from each designer.  After July they will need to be purchased.
What fun this sew along has been.
If new to you go to Farmhouse Threads for links to all of the designers free patterns.

Friday, June 12, 2020

CHRISTMAS CAROL SEW ALONG BLOCK #11

O CHRISTMAS TREE!
We are getting near the end of this sew along.  This is Block #11 from Jenifer Gaston of Woolen Willow Designs.   I just love this.  What is happier than wool, a whimsical Christmas tree . . and sheep!
You can get this free pattern on her Woolen Willow website and also purchase a kit if you like.
Next week Block #12 from Bits and Pieces by Joan,  and then the Finishing Block from Farmhouse Threads.
Keep It Stitchy!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY FACE TUTORIAL

The Little Drummer Boy Pattern, Block 10.  From the 2020 Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Sew Along.
Many have asked for some help in appliquéing this sweet little face. 
To follow the helpful hints below you will have to print out the actual size of his image which can be found in the PDF file I have created.  
For the printable PDF file and instruction

Below is duplicate information of what you can print out on the PDF link above. 
Hope you find this helpful.



The Little Drummer Boy's face is actually quite simple. The pattern covers most of this info but here are some helping hints.
The positioning of the Cap and facial features can make a big difference.  The distance between the eyes and how far down or up you locate them render completely different expressions.  The pattern shows positioning but here i have scanned his head.  If you print this out the image should measure 2.75w x 2.56h.  It will match up with your pattern templates.
You may have seen the tutorial i posted here on this Blog,  and also on my FB Page and the Mystery Quilt FB Page about using vinyl or a sheet protector, and a dry or wet erase marker.  This works perfectly for the Face.

  • Place your vinyl over this face image and trace the shapes and details.  
  • Once you have your appliqué pieces cut out, position as directed on pattern.  Place this traced vinyl over the head,  carefully lift one end and then line up the Cap & Scarf in line with your traced vinyl.
  • Get your head and Cap stitched in place as directed in the pattern.
  • Reposition the vinyl over head.  Position Eye Circles and stitch them on with the large dark blue French knots.  With a disappearing ink marker, lightly mark nose, mouth and a bit of the hair using the traced vinyl as your guide.   Stitch as directed in pattern

Here are some additional hints:

  • Fabric:  I like to use cotton for appliquéd faces rather than wool.   Stitches are better defined on cotton for a face.  For The Little Drummer Boy i used medium weight Monks Cloth in the color Nut Shell.  I carry this on my website.  This color is a nice golden skin tone.  You can use any cotton skin tone that you might have.  Fuse it well.
  • Eye Circles:  Bluish/Grey wool was used.  Cut out the Eye Circles with your fusible webbing, pressing the webbing to the back of the wool a bit longer than usual.  
  • Mouth:  You can stitch with floss or cut out a tiny rectangle of fused wool and round it on the ends.   Hold in place with a few slip stitches in a matching color sewing thread.
  • Nose is stitched with thin black quilting thread, one stitch down and one short stitch over.
  • And the powder rouge for his cheeks is a must.  It is the finishing touch.  Apply lightly a little at a time and blend. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

BLOCK 10 - THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Well it is finally my turn in the Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Sew Along.  My Christmas carol is
The Little Drummer Boy.
When i finished him i realized he looks just like an older version of my grandson Maverick.
This fun 12 inch block is wool appliqué and there are two cotton backgrounds, the Black Plaid and the wonderful Lite Grey with embroidered white +.  Doesn't it look like snow?  Perfect background for so many yuletide creations.  It is available on our website by the way.
For your FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD simply go to our website,
On the website, click on the Christmas Carol Free Pattern Download.  DO NOT add to cart but simply click on the brown rectangle box that says "CLICK HERE FOR FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.
A KIT ONLY is also available for sale on our website - the background fabrics and the hand dyed and mill dyed wools.
If you do not wish to download the free pattern you can order a PRINTED PATTERN.
Please see my previous post for some appliqué tips.
This is such a fun sew along and brilliantly created by Rhonda of Farmhouse Threads.
Here is a most wonderful version of the song The Little Drummer Boy,  by Josh Groban.
Play and Stitch! 🎵

Thursday, May 28, 2020

APPLIQUE & LETTERING PLACEMENT TUTORIAL

This is an extremely simplified version of how to use vinyl or a sheet protector and a wet or dry erase marker to help you position appliqué pieces onto your backgrounds.  I also use it for lettering placement when embroidering words onto a project.  
I do a lot of character appliqué . . characters with attitude.  The attitude is usually conveyed in a facial expression, position of eyes or mouth for example . . . or with a certain position of the body, tilt of the head, or a raised foot (see Witchie in the wall hanging).  Most patterns show a Layout of how the pieces fit together.  My very simplified example is from this Witchie Portrait pattern.




 I'll use the pouch design as a quick example.
Take a piece of vinyl, or more simply, a sheet protector and place it over the pattern layout.
With a wet or dry erase marker, trace the position of the design, including facial features.







 Below you can see I have traced the pattern and moved the sheet protector to the side so that you see the tracing.  Now simply position the vinyl on top of your project background fabric.  Lift the vinyl and position your appliqué pieces in line with the tracing.  With a disappearing ink marker draw the facial expressions in line with your tracing.   This works wonderfully with any appliqué project whether it's character, flowers, houses etc.

There are many methods for transferring Lettering.  I am usually in a rush so I use this vinyl method for first of all, figuring out how and where i want lettering to appear when i'm creating a design.  It's easy to erase!  When i am satisfied, i lay it over my project, lift and draw it onto the fabric with a disappearing ink marker and then stitch.  
I hope you find this useful.  Try it out . . . and happy stitching everyone!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

BLOCK 9 - CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN!





Dawn Shuck from Sew Cherished has given us this beautiful Block 9.  The First Noel.
As with the preceding 8 Blocks, there is a free pattern download and available kits for purchase.
You can go to her website for an easy download.
Next week is our turn.  I'm really looking forward to that.  This has been such fun.
Happy Stitching all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

SILENT NIGHT - BLOCK 8 FROM KATHY AT CARDIFF FARMS


It's a lovely Silent Night.  A beautiful Block 8 in our Christmas Carol Mystery Sew Along.  Simple yet filled with wonderful little details.  This is from Kathy at Cardiff Farms.   Just go to her website for links to the free pattern download and available kits.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CHRISTMAS CAROL SEW ALONG - BLOCK 7



AWAY IN A MANGER
This serene and simple Block comes from Laural at Simply Put.  Love its peacefulness.
For a Free Pattern Download go to 
She also has kits available for purchase.
I am working away and almost done with my block which will come out June 3 . . . 
I know . . . "Hurry Up Reets!"

Saturday, May 9, 2020

WOODEN SPOOLS BLOCK 6 - JINGLE ALL THE WAY!

Always love Debbie's "detailed simplicity".  The free pattern download can be found on her website.  Kits are available there also.  Just go to Wooden Spool Designs for this wonderfully festive block.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

BLOCK 5 - HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING




Well Heart to Hand never disappoints.  I love the colors the motion and the peace this design imparts.
Go to Kathi's website for the FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.  She has kits and a printed pattern available for purchase also.
You can also follow along with
What a beauty!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

BLOCK 4 FROM GLORIA PARSONS . . A BEAUTY!

From the Ole Green Cupboard, designer Gloria Parsons.  Bringing Block 4 to our Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Sew Along in a wonderful way.   Oh Rudolph . . you are looking grand.
This free pattern download (and kits available for purchase)  can be found on Gloria's website, The Ole Green Cupboard.