Walk On The Wool Side

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Part of Saltbox Angel - Class Project
Hope you had some stitching fun today.  I did.  Finishing up this little Saltbox Angel.
I'm part way thru my 3 year plan to reduce vending at so many shows and increase time for design . . .  and to get back to teaching wool appliqué classes occasionally.   Working on some simple projects that can be completed in a one day class.  
This is part of Saltbox Angel, almost done.  At a later date there will also be an expanded version of the pattern and i will put it on the website.  
I used to love to teach classes and lately have been missing it.  I often learn more than i teach . . not to mention the fun.   Possibly i'll announce a class in Northern CA. Santa Rosa area in August but that has not yet been confirmed . . have lost my touch at scheduling things ahead.    

Also finishing up those instructions for Wickedy Jig. 
Make sure you visit us on Facebook.  Link in our side bar.
Have also recently started an Instagram board . . not sure why . . but it's all fun.
Stitch On!

Monday, July 11, 2016

W i c k e d y   J i g
Coming Soon - Wool Appliqué Wall Hanging
Jiggity Jack and the Little Witch that thinks she's a Queen!
A little sneak peek portion of the wall hanging is shown below.

Since the last free giveaway was on our Facebook Page
We'll have this pattern drawing here on the Blog.
Still have to write up the pattern.  This one is guaranteed FUN.

Just a little sneak peek portion of the upcoming pattern Wickedy Jig.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Pincushion Duo Pattern - WIN IT + THE KIT!
If you would like a chance to win this new PATTERN PLUS a KIT for the Mini Flower Pincushion (shown bottom left in photo),  please visit Reets Facebook Page and look for the Drawing Post.  You will see this same photo in the post.  Instructions to enter drawing will be listed there.   We will still be having drawings here on the blog in the future . .  just in case you do not follow Facebook.
Random drawing winner will be announced Friday morning, 7.8.16 on FB.

Please be so kind as to give our FB Page a "like" if you haven't already.   Just look for the "like" button on our cover photo at the top of the Page.
Click on our FB Badge to the right to get there.

New things have been added to our "Fun Accessories" page on Reets Website  . . as well as some Hand-Dyed Linens.  

Website Shipping  - I have changed our shipping charges to be calculated by weight.  Most of our items are light weight so this should help a great deal . . especially when ordering multiples of small items.  Patterns remain Free Shipping as always.

You can now shop on our Facebook Page.  Order items from our website and Checkout without leaving Facebook.

New pattern coming soon . . Wickedy Jig . . . can you guess?
Sign up to Follow this blog as we usually show new designs here first.

Good luck in the Facebook drawing!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Oh lovely little minute timer
sitting on my shelf
when i get a case of Busy Brain

just flip . . . shut up . . .

and journey back to self.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Some very artsy friends from Portland and Vancouver WA.  Hand made birthday crowns.
They meet every week to create beautiful art for our world.
Fun and inspiring group of women.
I cannot pick a favorite crown . . . but i think we all need to make one.
Will they be wearing them at the Sisters Quilting Event . . watch for them if you are there.
See you all at NW Quilt Expo in September girls!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Helen Anderson was the Featured Quilt Artist at the Wine Country Quilt Show this year.
Incredible Beautiful Quilts . . could have been the title of her exhibit.

And then a few more wonderful quilts by various guild members.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

QUILT MARKET READY . . not quite

Well we leave Monday for Salt Lake City.  Still things to do but isn't there always.  I hope that i'm not wrong thinking that it will be a fun trip.  I'll try to do some postings on our Facebook Page.
Unlike me . . Big Brown Bear and his friends are totally ready.
They are very excited about their first Quilt Market.
Wave goodbye!

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Because linen does ravel a good bit you might be hesitant to try turn under appliqué with it.    I use the freezer paper/starch method with all appliqué but it works especially well with linen.  In case you are unfamiliar i'll briefly describe.
Flip your pattern over on a light box and trace the appliqué piece in reverse onto the dull side of freezer paper.   Cut out on the traced line.   Iron the paper to the backside of your fabric.  NOTE:  On most fabrics you would use an eighth inch measurement but with linen make it almost a quarter inch.
Cut out fabric piece a scant quarter inch beyond the paper edge.  Spray some starch into a small plastic cup and with a paint brush (I use my finger) brush the starch onto the wrong side of the extended quarter inch of fabric.   With your fingers press the starched edge to the back, over the edge of the paper all the way around.   Press with hot iron.  Remove paper and press.   For more detailed information and photos check the internet.  Best appliqué method i have found.

This little bear is part of a new pattern design.  He has a few friends I think you are going to like.  More soon!  

Saturday, March 12, 2016


I'm in love with linen are you?  These two little pouches combine our new hand-dyed linens  and yarn-dyed woven cottons.   Nifty Little Pouches pattern can be found on our website as well as the Slide Clasp w/Magnetic Snap fixture.  Whenever using fabrics for projects of this sort,  i like to give them that slightly crinkled look so i lightly quilted the linen before cutting out the larger 9" pouch.  This step is optional but included in the instructions.
If you make TEN of these . . it won't be enough.   Fun little bag.

Friday, March 11, 2016


At last . . 100% hand-dyed Linen.
Looking forward to using it in designs and mixing it with the hand-dyed wools.

Have you seen our updated website?
I hope that you find it fresh and  easy to navigate.
Still have to correct some images and there is product to add like wools, fabrics and floss.  Working on it!

Also . . Facebook.   After doing it wrong twice last weekend, there is now a Reets' Facebook page.  Please use the badge on the right to visit and "Like" us . . never thought i would be saying that.

Hope you are having some stitching fun this week.

Monday, January 11, 2016


It is almost here.  And I hope that you are lucky enough to be going.
Come see us in the Ball Room.
Booths 1208 and 1210
We will have some new hand-dyed items that you are going to LOVE.
See you there!

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Nettie Needles has never looked better.
This is Barbara Roy's version of our beloved Nettie pattern.  I love everything about her don't you?
Especially her banner . . "Bewildered Quilter"!
Beautiful work Barbara.  Thank you.

Monday, December 7, 2015


Barbara has done it again.  Love her version of Father Christmas.

Just a note on our website renovation. . . Our new site should be up in a day or two.  Sorry it has taken so long.  If you are signed up to receive our occasional newsletter, you will receive an email as soon as it launches.
Happy Holiday Stitching !

Friday, September 11, 2015

Natural Fiber Fair, Arcata CA.

My friend Carin Engen did an incredible job gathering up an artistic group of quality vendors for the Natural Fiber Fair this year.  Best ever.  All of us know what work is involved in organizing such an event but look what she made the day after she returned home from the fair. 
Wool and Silk!  Can't beat that.

She is an extraordinary felting teacher.  You can find her schedule - AND class sign ups -  on her blog Artfully Felt.  It is made with the mosaic technique where you sandwich wool between layers of silk fabric.  This will likely be a class next June at the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon.

All of these garments use the same template.  These two are botanically printed.
Carin will be teaching botancial printing and felting at the
Gualala Art Center.
January 15-17, 2016.
Gualala is a heavenly California coastal town and what a wonderful weekend that will be.

John Marshall demonstrating fresh leaf indigo dyeing.  He grows the indigo himself.   This was a very simple and rewarding process.
John is "A brilliant American
fiber artist specializing in the traditional Japanese techniques of Katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing)."
A most interesting and knowledgable man.  Highlight of the show for me.

Have to love these images.

This festival continues to flourish.  The vendors and the classes just keep on getting better every year.  To read more about the fair and to save the date visit their website.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Love doing our local quilt show which is every other year.   What an amazing job the guild does preparing and executing this show.  From the scrumptious food from a local caterer, Dolores and Daughter, to the variety of quilts on display .  .this show is full up with interest and creativity.   It was a busy show but i managed to snap a few pictures which you can view by clicking on the Slideshow at the bottom of this post.

Nothing warms my stitching heart more than young stitchers carrying on the  sewing traditions.  
Melina, 16, who was helping in Grandma Joan''s sewing machine booth made good use of one of the crank Singers and stitched herself up a blouse in just a couple of hours.  She makes up patterns for many of her own clothes.

The top was even cuter.

The Junior Quilters had a good showing - Love that.
Just one of the many styles on display.

And maybe at a local show . . . a little family member might drop by.
My Little Pixie Cup!
Gave her a lesson on the cash register.  One can't have too many helpers you know.

Please enjoy the Slideshow below.
Unfortunately there were many in cubicles that i could not get a good distance from to snap a shot . . but here is a sampling of some of this shows wonderful quilts.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


This Fall issue is really a gem.  If you haven't been introduced to Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine now would be the time.  Sue Spargo quilt on the cover . . pattern included.  More projects by  other great designers you are probably familiar with . . Kathy Schmitz, Maggie B,  Stacey West,  just to name a few.   You can go to Primitive Quilts website and get a subscription or order this issue on our website.  LOTS of woolie things to make you happy and content.  

Keep it Stitchy!

Monday, June 1, 2015


Have a new tablecloth pattern just finished and almost ready for next weekends quilt show . . we'll have it on the website in a week or so.  The pattern includes some fun napkins made with Hand-Dyed Osnaburg . . one of my favorite ever fabrics.  Works so nicely with wool too.

 You can use either side of the Osnaburg so it is ideal for making napkins.
Add just a touch of embellishment in one corner and they become giftworthy!

They are all tidy with their mitered corners and hemstitching.
Two years ago i purchased a wing needle at the most wonderful fabric store in Ashland Oregon.
Fabric of Vision 

 This special needle is made in Germany by Klasse.
I used it with a simple decorative stitch.  The wings on the side actually cut tiny holes as it stitches giving the appearance of hemstitching.  Woven fabrics like Osnaburg and linens are ideal for using the Wing Needle.
Can't quite see those tiny holes in the photo below 
but I love that little decorative stitch.
Aren't they nifty napkins?
Lots of wing needle information on-line.  Get one and have some stitching fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Our last guild meeting was a special one with Debbie and Lisa from The Fat Quail Quilt Shop displaying some very doable and interesting quilts and wall hangings.
A few posts ago you may have seen my baby panel quilt.  Simple and fun.  But Debbie's shop models, which she is so good at keeping up with,  showed us a number of ways to create panel quilts of interest.  Most of the borders she created herself.

Then Nancy a guild member put together these panels for her little grandson.   Adding a variety of pieced sections.
Very striking.  Very artful.

 Lisa who has her own beautiful pattern line also teaches printing and painting on fabric.  Gelatin plate printing is her most recent fascination.  She is available for classes.
Just contact The Fat Quail Quilt Shop.   Her work is incredible.

This she created from a photo.

And then there is the Home Quilt.
She did a complete history on this and incorporated even the couples' marriage license in text.   It has appeared here before but can't resist showing you again.

Cheryl presented a challenge to the guild . . "Reflections of Water".
Hers has not been quilted yet but she showed us what that phrase means to her.
Rippling water with different shades of blue.  The half square triangles assembled to appear like rings in the water.  Just click on the photo to see how incredible this really is.
 A smaller challenge quilt was also shown. 
So what would your "Reflections of Water" quilt look like?