Monday

Something to Hang Onto

The past couple of months I have designed a little girls bedroom set with a dresser, bed and bookshelf all with birdhouses....and we needed a quilt holder to hang the new "Love Grows" quilt from.  We couldn't find anything that I was in love with so pencils, saws and paint guns came off vacation and got to work! 

Tweet Quilt Hanger

It comes in bright white, antique white, robin egg blue, bubble gum pink and sweet corn yellow.  I am painting one right now with robin egg blue posts and white fence posts.  The cost is $85.00  and is available on Etsy at www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.




I needed one for my bedroom that matches the style of my French provincial bed and decided to experiment with a new silver gray color finish.  I loved it!!!  I hope you do do.  It has a shelf and a three and a half foot rod for hanging my large king size quilt.  It is available in antique white, silver gray, espresso brown, black, and barn red.  


 French Provincial Quilt Holder

I wiped over it with a stain to bring out the carvings in the moldings and to age it to look as if it was built a hundred years ago!  The cost for the French Provincial Quilt Hanger is $125.00 and is available at www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.



Last but certainly not least...it is my favorite and hangs in my sewing room with my first quilt on it is the Pembrook Quilt Hanger....


 Pembrook Quilt Hanger

I love the carving on this quilt hanger!  It is available in black, antique white, barn red, espresso brown, silver gray, and robin egg blue.  It sells for $85.00 and can be found at my etsy store www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.  

All of these quilt hangers can be finished in your choice of color with antique or satin finish and are ready to ship in seven to fourteen day from date of order.  I hope you fall in love them as much as I did and find a favorite quilt to hang onto!







Thursday

Celebrate Dream Create Applique Tutorial

I have had several requests to show you how to do the quick Applique technique that I use to create my patterns.  It is super simple and quick because of course I need instant gratification.  I bought my Bliss fabric last fall and have saved it to make my Celebrate Dream Create pattern in bright reds and turquoise blues.  




Last Saturday I finally had a quiet afternoon to get it all out and as I made my pattern I took pictures of each step and thought it would be fun to show you how easily these come together.


The first step is to get your pattern and materials out.  In addition to your pattern and fabrics, you will want an iron, a pencil, and a good pair of scissors.




I use medium weight Heat N Bond to adhere the pieces of fabric to each other.  When you purchase your Heat N Bond it comes with instructions, but the instructions are a little tricky ...it took me awhile to figure it out...so maybe this visual will help.




I look at the piece I need to trace out....in this case it was a bunch of flowers about three inches across.  So I cut out a square or piece of fabric a little larger than item I need to trace.  Then I lay that piece of fabric on the Heat N Bond and cut  apiece of Heat N Bond slightly smaller than the fabric.  The reason you do this is so that you never get sticky Heat N Bond on your iron or board.


Heat your iron to high.  Pull off the paper (loose) side of the Heat N Bond and place it to the wrong side of the fabric.  Press it onto the wrong side of the fabric using high heat for a few minutes.  Let cool.




Once you have all of the fabric "squares" ironed onto the fabric, cut out the template pieces to trace onto the paper side of the Heat N Bond.




Trace onto the paper side of the Heat N Bond.  Place the template on the paper side of the Heat N Bond "backyards" so that when you trace it out,  and cut your piece...the shape will be accurate to the drawing.  If you are adhering a shape that can be either front or reversed...it won't matter how you trace it.




After you have traced your templates to the paper side of the Heat N Bond, cut around your tracing lines and cut your pieces out.  Arrange them on your background where you want them ironed on...according to the pattern.  Note - I always make sure that my background piece is slightly larger than my frame to allow enough fabric to stretch around the frame backing.


After you have them all placed, peel off the paper back and place on background.  Take the iron and with high heat, press down slightly rubbing back and forth and adhere the fabric pieces to the background.




After you have adhered or ironed all of your pieces, let the fabric cool.  If there are lines or words that need to be traced onto the fabric, place the pattern behind the background piece and using a light box or a window, and a water soluble marker, trace out the lines and words.  Note - If you apply heat or if your fabric is hot the water soluble marker will permanently set into the fabric and won't come out.


Now it is time to stitch.  I will be working on this pattern this weekend and will post stitching guides for each of the stitches I use in my patterns.  I hope this helps you and inspires you to try something new!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I love this holiday and especially our Irish family feast...which is cooking right now...smells delish!  I finally finished not one...but two Irish blessing patterns to celebrate the month of March,  May God Send You and Luck of the Irish.
May God Send You

"May God Send You 
For every storm
a rainbow...
For every tear a smile
For every care 
a promise...
and a blessing 
in each trial.
For every problem life sends
a faithful friend
to share.
For every sigh a sweet song
and an answer for
each prayer"

An Irish Blessing

I loves this blessing and have thought about it all month while was stitching, and especially wondering who wrote this and why.  I watched the program that I posted about from Who Do You Think You Are when Rosie O'Donell went to the poor house in Ireland to see where her ancestors had lived during the potato harvest.  

After watching that show I understand a little more why these blessings were written.  Full of hope and faith that something better would come their way, and an ever watchful eye to see the blessings amid trials.  

Luck Of The Irish

The second pattern I stitched this month was Luck of the Irish.  "Wherever you go and whatever you do May the luck of the Irish be there with you."  You can find both patterns and frames at www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.

We have had a challenging month in March with severe illness, a son leaving on a mission, moving my studio, tight budgets, a new grandson with some health problems, and just the everyday normal things that life throws at us all....but I have enjoyed stitching these blessings and thinking of what inspired the Irish Blessing....and how blessed we are with all that we do have.

Baby Nick

Just another blessing...baby Nick is eating and breathing on his own and should be able to leave NICU in a week or two.  I wanted to post this pic with his festive St. Patty's Day green.   I can't wait till next year when we can have all of our grand babies here for an Irish Feast.

Wishing you a pot of gold and the luck of the Irish!


Sunday

Irish Roots

As you know I love geneology and LOVE Ancestry.com!!! Ancestry.com has produced a television show in it's second season called Who Do You Think You Are. A month or so ago they aired a show featuring Rosie O'Donell . 




Rosie O'Donnell

 Her ancestors came from Ireland, so the show took her back to Ireland to see where her family came from and to show her where her family stayed before immigrating to Canada and then to America.  


Her Search For Answers....

This trip for her touched her heart and mine too. It is amazing what the people of Ireland suffered during the Potato Famine and helped me to understand some of my family history and roots. If you think you have struggles watch what these poor Irish families went through and you will feel blessed.  So in honor of St. Patrick's week I thought I would share this clip for your enjoyment.


An Irish Poor House


Who Do You Think You Are - Ep 203: History That Needs to Be Told - Video - NBC.com

I have been finishing my Irish Blessing sampler and will have it finished and framed tomorrow night. Stitching the shamrocks was so sweet... I love the green! Enjoy this clip and check out the Ancestry.com site and the Who Do You Think You Are site to see other clips of celebrities who discover a little bit more about where they came from.


It is the best hour on television!


Friday

March Blessings

This week our family was blessed with new grand baby....a miracle in our lives.  A little sweet baby was born on Wednesday morning to our daughter Brandy and her husband Tom.  We have spent the week with them at the hospital and have been praying hard.




Nickolas Tientum Nakphouminh

He was born with two holes in his lungs and was not able to breathe, lost oxygen and is now receiving HIE treatment.  This is when they cool the baby's core body temperature and slow their heart and other organs to keep their brain from swelling.


We are so happy with the hospital and the wonderful doctors and nurses at Timpanoogos Regional.  They have been a great support to our new mommy.  We feel that all will be well and hope that when they warm his body up this weekend he will do well and that we can hold and love him.


Brandy's husband is from Laos and in their culture the grandfather presents the new grandchildren with their name.  Tom's father gave him his middle name... Tientum which translates to "genuine heart".  Which so fits his sweet spirit.  With the hours we have spent in the NICU we have felt his sweet spirit and pray for his quick recovery.  


Thanks to all for the support and love shown to Brandy.  Her husband Tom is stationed in the Army and was not able to be there for his birth...but we have felt his strength and know that his son Nick will be ok.  I will keep you posted as the days go forward.



 
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