Walk On The Wool Side

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.   

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

CHRISTMAS CAROL SEW ALONG - BLOCK 3




BLOCK 3 - cheery!
This one is from Shawn of Rusty Crow Quilt Shop.   For her free pattern download go to 
Each week a new free pattern with kits for each available for purchase from that week's designer.
You can also follow along with everyone on the group FB Page, Mystery Quilt Sew Along.
It is inspiring to watch all of the blossoming creativity in the group.
Come have some stitching fun!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY - 2ND BLOCK ARRIVES



The second 2020 Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Block is here.  
A beauty from
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.
To download her free pattern,

There you will also find all of the additional Mystery Quilt Sew Along information.

Have some fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2020 CHRISTMAS CAROL MYSTERY QUILT SEW A LONG BEGINS

Follow 12 designers as weekly each of us offers a free pattern download.  Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads released her wonderful I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas block today.  Visit her website, and go to NEW ITEMS, for the free download.   You will also find a schedule of the other 11 pattern releases.  Optionally, kits for purchase will be offered by each designer.
For extra fun join the FB group Mystery Quilt Sew A Long.  Many of the groups members (over 5,000) post their progress.  Fun to follow along and be a part of a wonderful stitching group.  
Hope you are all breathing light into each day.  I'm so thankful for my stitching friends and stitching groups such as this . . . especially so during this time of physical distancing.
Stitch On my friends . . . Reets

Thursday, March 26, 2020

FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD - BUNNY ORNAMENT


Whip up this cute little 5 inch bunny ornament in a jiffy.  It is made from wool but you can also use cotton or flannel.  The pattern is a FREE DOWNLOAD.  When you click on the link below it takes you to our website.  You do not have to add it to your cart . . simply click on the brown box that says "Click here for FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD.  

You've got time to make up a few of these in different colors!

H A P P Y   S T I T C H I N G !

Friday, March 20, 2020

CREAMY BALM - FOR THOSE WASHED AND REWASHED HANDS

It seemed like a great time to repost this recipe from 2011 !!
With all of the hand washing in today's times, you may want to have a jar of this handy.
I have used it all over but some prefer not to use much of it on their face.
Makes a wonderful gift...toss into a lovely drawstring bag, add a card.  Get real with the Big Jars. . . and make plenty for yourself.  You will be Happy!

Just a note.  Have heat will melt.  Be not like me who at first did not add enough beeswax to the Lip Balm Version, and walked around with the tube in my pocket.  Well Melt Me Messy. . .
I adjusted the recipe with more beeswax and all was well.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

CRAZY SEASONS MYSTERY QUILT - REETS WOOLY WINTER BLOCK

It is beyond 90 degrees so i had to bring back this neighborhood photo to get in the mood for . . 

CRAZY SEASONS MYSTERY QUILT BLOCK #11 - WOOLY WINTER
FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD - 16 inch Crazy Quilt Block
This is the 11th Block that is part of Farmhouse Threads Crazy Seasons Sew Along.
I was so happy to be a part of this wonderful project.  Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads did an incredible job organizing this group of 12 designers.
I learned a lot.  Had never done a crazy quilt.  I dug out my old embroidery book also, and learned several new fun stitches.
On our website you will find
  1. Free Pattern Download
  2. A Kit available for purchase - All Flannels and Hand Dyed Wools shown.
  3. A Printed Pattern available for purchase  - for those who do not want to print the 12 page free download.
A NOTE for those of you who choose to purchase a Kit:  Most of the wool pieces are very small .. there is no extra.  For your convenience we have folded each Flannel Background section around the wool pieces for that section.  This was a huge effort but we feel good knowing that there will be no confusion knowing what goes where.  A few of the flannel pieces are brushed flannel meaning they are fuzzy on only one side . . the other side is smooth homespun.  Be sure to note this when cutting out your sections.
I hope you enjoy this pattern . . and the other 11 free patterns.  And of course you do not have to make the entire 12 block quilt . . this would be a great 16 inch pillow or wall hanging.
All three of the above items are found on the home page of our website.  CLICK HERE to head on over to Reets Site for your free pattern and more.

If you have not been following the Sew Along,  just go to our previous posts to see all of the preceding blocks.  Or Click Here to go to the Crazy Seasons Sew Along FaceBook Group page.
And Click Here to see the schedule of designers and links to their free pattern.  They are only free until August so don't wait!
Happy Stitching!


Monday, June 10, 2019

CRAZY QUILT BLOCK #11 - COMING SOON!

Hope you have been able to follow the Crazy Seasons Mystery Quilt sew-along.  Reets Block #11 is coming up this Saturday, June 15.  The free pattern download will be available on our website along with a KIT that you can purchase.   And if you do not want to print out the free downloadable 12 page pattern, you can purchase a printed pattern on our website at a discounted price.
All of the previous 10 designers still have the Free Downloadable Pattern available on their websites.  Some still may have kits available.  After August the Free Downloads are no longer available so go get your free patterns now.  Click on Crazy Seasons above for the 12 designer schedule.
Love last weeks Block #10 from Debbie at Wooden Spool Designs.  She never fails us with her simple, sweet and creative designs.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

CRAZY SEASONS MYSTERY QUILT CONTINUES

Here are some more blocks in the online sew along called Crazy Seasons Mystery Quilt.  12 designers, 4 seasons, and a free downloadable pattern every 2 weeks.  Each designer provides a kit available for purchase and also a printed pattern if you do not want to print out the free download.  Our block is coming up on June 15.  Here are the additional blocks since our last post.  Blocks 6 through 9.   On June 1st there will be a new block from Wooden Spools.





Thursday, March 21, 2019

SEW-ALONG, FRIENDS STITCH, AND NEW DESIGNS

i hope you have been able to follow the Crazy Seasons Mystery Quilt Sew-Along.  If not, learn more about it at Farmhouse Threads.  You'll see a schedule of all 12 designer blocks and links to the free pattern downloads.   Here are first 5 blocks.  Our block will be released June 15.






 Aren't they Great?!!
You can use your own fabrics or each designer has a kit available with the flannel background and
the wool appliqué pieces.



 Love this creation stitched up by Kathleen.  She chose this whimsical fabric to stitch up the small case that is part of our Nifty Little Pouches pattern.  Love her choice of fabrics.


I'm working on the instructions for these two new patterns.
Box Bottom Slide Clasp Purse
and
Time To Bloom
They'll be on the website soon.
What are you stitching up?










Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FARMHOUSE THREADS CRAZY SEASONS MYSTERY QUILT SEW-ALONG



It is our first time as a designer in the Farmhouse Threads Sew-Along.  It started January 15, 2019 . . plenty of time to still join in.  Read all about it on Farmhouse Threads Website.  You will find it under their New Items.  The patterns every other week, can be downloaded for free and kits are available for purchase.
Lots of stitching fun!  Our Block will come June 15.

We are headed next week to vend at Road To California Quilters Conference and Showcase.  Show dates are Jan. 24-27 at the Ontario Convention Center.   Great show . . . come if you can.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, December 14, 2018

MARILEE'S PRIZE APRON



REVERSIBLE APRON WINNER

Marilee won this wonderful apron at her quilt guilds Pirate Gift Exchange.   Stolen . . . but she stole it back.  Just happens it was from our Reversible No-Hem Apron pattern.
Love their fabric choices for the front and the reverse as well.


Aprons are a great gift anytime.  I had a request from my daughter-in-law to make one for my 2 year old grandson . .  his sister received one last year . . so it was only fair.
That was fun . . Truck fabric . . what else.
Hope you are all having some
HOLIDAY
STITCHIN'
FUN !!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hi . . It's me Reets.  Remember?  2018 has been a bit of a challenge so far.  But it's time to get back to creating.  I needed something to make me laugh.  I can always rely on Halloween and a whimsical witch to do that.  There will be a wall hanging and a little pouch.  I'll let you know when this pattern becomes available . . as soon as i write up the instructions.

Fiber on A Whim now has some wonderful hand dyed velveteens.  I'm just finishing up a small project combining some of their wonderful velveteen colors with our wools.  Velveteen is a dream . .so much easier to work with than velvet and just shmoozes up so nicely with our hand dyed wools.  Perfect match!  This pattern will be soon available also.  Keep an eye on our FB page . . or here for it's release.
Ok
Needle and thread in hand . . 
Onward.

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.