Walk On The Wool Side

Sunday, December 10, 2017

JANET'S LITTLE SANTA

Which is cuter . . . Janet's Little Santa . . .or her adorable son?
This is from the pattern Little Santa Things.
Love the Sue Spargo ribbon down the front.  What a wonderful piece of art and such a beautiful setting . . perfect!   Thanks Janet.


Friday, December 1, 2017

STITCHIN' FRIENDS






Renee made this adorable Little Drummer Girl Tag in a recent class at Bunny Hop Quilt Shop.

Love her style.

The pattern is



Sally's Holiday Ornament
Made from this pattern . . 
Holiday Tags and Ornaments Pattern

And some more wonderful wool art from June Cornell
June's Festive Wool Stockings



Monday, November 27, 2017

LAST DAY OF REETS PATTERN SALE - MON. NOV. 27

TODAY, 11.27.17, IS THE LAST DAY OF
REETS 1ST EVER WEBSITE PATTERN SALE!
If you follow this link .  and this link ONLY,


you can choose ANY pattern on our website and receive 20% off.
Discount appears only at CHECKOUT. NOV. 24-27.
Kits and Accessories not included - Patterns Only.

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL OF YOUR STITCHING FRIENDS.

Let the Stitchin' Parties Begin!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4-H STITCHERS

4-H Leader guiding young hands towards stitching the world back together.
Photo from Made Local Magazine,
picked up in Santa Rosa area at one of my favorite bookstores.
With today's news feeds of devastating fires, frequent shootings, increasing poverty, a seemingly stagnant congress and so on . . it makes complaining an easy task . . a feeling of hopelessness soon to follow. 
As i read this article i was reminded that there are many people in our complex society, like these 4-H leaders, who choose to turn their back on hopelessness and lament and instead turn to tasks that create good in the world. 
I'm keeping this image in the forefront as often as possible.


And then there was this, perhaps the most inspiring part of the entire article. 

The 4-H PLEDGE 
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
And my health to better living.
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

It should be called
The Universal Pledge

Monday, September 18, 2017

Loving the new colors of Linen/Rayon from my talented hand dyer.  Easy fusible raw edge appliqué.  Not a method i usually do but oh so easy.  Will be a new table runner and placemat pattern.  Gotta hurry . . NW Quilting Expo in Portland is almost here.  
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NEW DESIGNS

Three Posey Projects RR185
Christmas Tags & Bags RR186
Three new designs on our website. 
Loved working with our hand dyeds and combining them with wool.  You can use either or all in any one of these new patterns.
There is a kit available for the 3 Tags in Christmas Tags & Bags.
Find them at
Happy Stitching to you all! 
My Heart & My Garden
(are very old friends)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

STYLIN' IN THE KITCHEN

I like to make aprons for the grandchildren that are two or older.
Never dreamed that they would invite such stylish accessories.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

HAND DYED OSNABURGS & WOVEN COTTONS





Loving the new muted shades of hand dyed osnaburg.  They were just what was needed to partner with all of the yarn dyed woven cottons used in so many of our projects and patterns.
The new quilt is off to the quilters and will be waiting for you on the website soon!
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NEW YARN DYED WOVEN FABRICS ON OUR WEBSITE

I know that many of you love all of the hand dyed woven cottons that you find whenever you visit our booth at quilt shows.  I've uploaded a small assortment of a new line to the website.  These have not been seen at shows.  They combine beautifully with the hand dyed wools and osnaburgs.
Hop to our website and click on "Shop" > "Fabrics".

Sunday, April 30, 2017

THE SUN BROUGHT TULIPS



 At last . . the sun has arrived and so it was time to finish this little block. Love mixing hand dyed osnaburgs and the yarn dyed wovens.
Soon "My Heart & My Garden" (are very old friends) Quilt will be on the website.
If you love the yarn dyeds you are in luck.   I have just added a new line to the website.   Look for "Fabrics" in the Menu.
Cheers!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

AUNT BERNIE'S CHARITY QUILTS

My Aunt Bernie, 87, is visiting her family in southern California.  She has given us so many wonderful stories but this has to be the best.  She is still making blankets and quilts for charities.

Here is the tale from My Stuff Bags Foundation in So. Cal. ...

This story just came to us from Jenn, and it was just too precious not to share! Jenn’s mother Bernice Knecht, lives in Westerville, Ohio and has been making blankets for My Stuff Bags for years. Bernice came out here to visit her grandchildren and wanted to personally deliver some of her blankets. Unfortunately, she arrived at My Stuff Bags on a Friday and we were closed, and returned on Sunday, but we were still closed. Bernice was determined to leave her blankets, so she ingeniously stuffed them through our tiny mail slot! This is her story in pictures.  Be sure to read the captions. 
We're here!
Uh oh . . closed
What do we do? . . Mail Slot??
Hey Grandma . . I think we are breaking the law!
"Well these people are really nice .  I think we'll be okay.
Great job everyone.  God Bless My Stuff Bags!!"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SNOWMAN DANCE ON A STOCKING!

My SIL from North Carolina has added four more stockings to her long list of Reets projects.  She is putting me to shame . . . she has made a stocking for almost everyone in her extended family!  I love how she changes the patterns.   Snowman Dance looks warm and wonderful . . he doesn't have to be a Bellringer.  Why didn't I think of that.  Love the neutral background and plaid toe and heel.   She made two pink Santa Brings The Tree stockings as well.  Beautiful appliqué job Antoinette.


 Never too early to get going on Christmas projects!

But whatever you are stitching up . . 
I hope it is adding joy to your day.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

QUILTMANIA AT SEWING AND STITCHERY EXPO

Just back from a very good Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington.  I was so happy to see my Quiltmania friends Carol and Claire.  They had a wonderful booth.  Look for their beautiful magazines at your next show.  
Carol and Claire - Quiltmania!
Many of you ask what our best selling patterns are and of course that changes a bit from show to show.   But this little pattern, even though it has been around awhile, ranks right at the top almost every show.   Love those "little mighties".   Thank you Mini Scissors Case.  Best selling kit right now seems to be Wickedy Jig.  Will try to get the kit back on the website as soon as we can get them restocked.
Wickedy Jig Pattern
Sewing and Stitchery Expo is always the first weekend in March.  Try and make it next year.  A show robust with demos, classes, lectures and lots of vendors.
Mini Scissors & Needle Case Pattern


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CINDY'S I CAN FLY QUILT


















I love how Cindy created her own version of our I Can Fly Quilt.   She replaced one block with a little singing bird from our Sing A Little Song pattern . . perfect!  You will see more from Cindy at a later date . . I think she stitches in her sleep.   Thank you Cindy for sharing the photos.
Now it's back to preparing for Sewing And Stitchery Expo, Puyallup!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

INSERTING SLIDE CLASP WITH MAGNETIC SNAP VIDEO





For those of you that have purchased our Nifty Little Pouches pattern and the even "niftier" Slide Clasp,  here is a video which very clearly demonstrates inserting the Clasp into a pouch.   Very well done video from Michelle Watson. 





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

OH MY STARS PATTERN

Our "Oh My Stars" pattern is now available on the website.  This is a 12" Stitchery Pillow that was originally found in an out of print book we did quite a few years ago.   We have added little Star Girl to a new Wall Hanging.   Both are included in the new pattern.
Stitch it up!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ROAD TO CALIFORNIA SHOW

JANUARY 19-22    ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA

We will be in the Ballroom, Booths 1206-1208.
Lots of new textured hand dyed wools.
Hand dyed osnaburgs, velvets, linens and wool flosses.
Fun New Accessories!
See you there.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

(had to share the daughter and sil's video card - costumes compliment of hot glue gun.)
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 19, 2016

JUST THE RIGHT SPARKLE

Things light up with these teeny copper wire led lights.   Like this strand because it is very long, it plugs in, is dimple, and has a remote.  OxyLED Dimmable LED String Lights.
Gotta get some more of these.





LULU MOONWOOD MURAKAMI CLASS

Lulu Moonwood Murakami. of lulumoonart.com held a class in her studio.  I see some Vancouver friends there working away.  Lulu is an incredible mixed media artist and doll instructor in the Portland area.  I love how she added a Mrs. Claus to go with Santa.  Her faces alone justify taking her class.  This is from Little Santa Things pattern.   Love every one of these.  Click on the photo for an enlarged view.  I would love to be in that studio wouldn't you?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

ANTOINETTE'S LITTLE SANTAS

Antoinette never seem to do just one.  Here are three wonderful santas from the Little Santa Things pattern.  And i love the setting too.  Thanks Antoinette for these festive treasures.
Lucky Somebodies!




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

STOCKINGS WERE HUNG

Just look at these. . .  Jean used one of our stocking patterns and created a mantels worth of gorgeous stockings.  I love ALL of the color changes and the pieced multi colored backgrounds. 























More stockings from Antoinette.  I think she has stitched up almost every one of our stocking patterns multiple times.  I love how she put Santa On The Way on two different sized stockings.
Time to stitch!