Show and tell…

I’m still on vacation with Elanor in Portland, but I want to share this from Susan Sharp…

In her email, she says ‘I used your pattern to make tree skirts for gifts this Christmas.  They are beautiful.’

I agree with Susan, this is a beautiful tree skirt! And she made more than one!

It’s almost sad to cover it up with presents!

Thank you, Susan, for sharing these with us 🙂

Show and tell…

Emily Krysanick emailed this photo of her finished Sampling of Santas. Isn’t it wonderful!!!

She wrote that it took just a little over a year to complete. It is all hand appliqued and hand quilted, with a tad of embroidery and trapunto. She made an amazing quilt! Thank you, Emily, for sharing it with us.

This pattern is in our ebook, A Slice of Christmas. In it you will find other classic Christmas patterns. Now is the time to get started on your next Christmas quilt masterpiece!

Wednesday Giveaway

Could you use a point guard for your Blackwing pencil, or for your white chalk pencil? If so, this Wednesday Giveaway is for you! And, to celebrate the season, I’m including a holiday scissor charm with the point guard. Ho, ho, ho!

Leave a comment/reply on this blog post to enter the drawing. A winner will be chosen by the random number generator tomorrow.

You are here….

I love this spot that’s is painted on the sidewalk in front of the shop, Tessuti Zoo, in Pacific Grove, CA.

The last time I posted this, one of you said that it could be painted on a round paver. I didn’t forget and this weekend I got the paver.

I painted it with exterior paint and used the Essential Circle tool to draw rings on the painted paver.

I pencilled in the letters and painted them in with small brushes. Pavers are not smooth which made it harder but not impossible.

I should have painted the light blue behind the letters first but I had thought I would leave it white. There was touching up of the dark blue later.

Isn’t this fun! Now it’s your turn :-).

Wednesday Giveaway

Wonder Clips are wonderfully handy! I use them for all sorts of clipping jobs. They are designed to hold binding in place for hand or machine sewing and I love them for that job. I also use them when I am English paper piecing. Sometimes I use them like a paper clip.

This week’s giveaway is a pack of 10 rainbow-colored Wonder Clips. And, because Christmas is coming, I’m adding a holiday scissor charm!

Leave a comment/reply on this blog post to enter the drawing. A winner will be chosen by the random number generator tomorrow.

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You can find these and other handy sewing notions at pieceocake.com.

Make it be gray…

My phone just notified me that my screen time last week was down 28%. I only looked at my phone for an average of 1 hour and 3 minutes a day. That makes my head hurt! What exactly was I looking at?! Even weather kitty is not worthy of that much time.

Today’s Doonesbury hit home for me. It’s a reminder that taking the color out of your phone screen makes it much less attractive/addictive. I’ve done it before and I’m doing it again.

On an iPhone with a home button, click it quickly 3 times and the color goes away. On an iPhone X, click the side button 3 times quickly. Repeat to go back to a color screen. (If you have a different kind of phone, do a quick google search to find how to make it be gray.)

Even if the screen is gray, the photos and screenshots you take will be in color.

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Thanksgiving is upon us and I plan to be present in the world, looking up at real people, rather than down into my phone. The boring gray screen will be a visual reminder to do just that.

That said, I will post color photos this week. When you do look at your screens, I hope you enjoy them!