Today I have for you Sue & Sam in Nebraska and Idaho. I know it seems like it’s been a while, but 12 Days kept me very busy as did the rest of December and January. Because I’m also trying to finish up Twas the Night I have held off doing these and at the same time, I do expect to have at least two releases per month over the next few months of 2 states per release. I need to finish Twas The Night which is just two more blocks and then it’s done and we’ll be zooming on Sue/Sam in the USA… I won’t finish by my March deadline, but I do think we can finish by June 2020 if all goes well.
We are finally at the halfway point for Sunbonnet Sue/Sam… doing 50 states is a big undertaking, Nebraska is the 25th state, and Sue/Sam USA is now 50 blocks large. Idaho makes it the 26th state, so we are now more than halfway done… LOL!! and there are 52 blocks. In the end, you’ll have 100 blocks for this botm.
You’ll notice some changes in the pdf patterns. Continue reading
I really wanted to get these done in December, but block 22 has so much detail it has literally taken me the last 3 weeks to write this pattern. By itself, it has 158 pages in the pdf. It’s mainly the embroidery section, the block just has a lot of detail. With it being 2020, I’ve also made a small change to my patterns for the new year and I hope you’ll like the change… You’ll see it in every 2020 pattern this year.
If you were here yesterday, you saw the free pattern I’m giving away till Monday. I am releasing the full set of animals today also.
We’ll have a Sunbonnet Sue/Sam release Continue reading
I am definitely blue if there is no snow on the ground during Winter… I love love love snow as some of you know from my postings on my Facebook personal page. I often post pictures when we get snow and we’ve now been weeks without some snow, even a hint of it…. nada… We had such a good start to Winter with 4 or 5 snow storms between October and November but then.. BOOM, they just went away…
I’ve never been a fan of the color blue, it does remind me of being down and sad… However, blue is probably the one color I have the most of in my fabric stash next to greens.
Well, somehow I managed to go and lose the pdf files that I’d created for these last patterns. I did these last summer for this event, so thought they were just sitting in the folder waiting to be released… I have no idea what happened to the pdfs, but I can’t release a pattern without a pdf, so, unfortunately, I had to set about re-creating all of the pdfs again. I had the patterns proofed last night by my testers to be sure we caught any mistakes as I’ve never written so many patterns all at once before and in such a short amount of time. I know making you wait three days for the last pattern isn’t fair either, but I wouldn’t have been able to release on Tuesday as it was so I am releasing them today.
Today is all about Continuous Lines. I’d mentioned on the first day of this event I’d release a continuous line pattern and a nativity, Today is the day. As this is my 5th year I really went all out on doing nativities this year since it’s my very favorite thing about Christmas.
I’ve had such a fun time this year releasing a series of gnomes and still have more patterns to go, but for Christmas, I created 9 gnome patterns. At first, this was to be the only release for the gnomes themselves, but then some matching homes came out for the gnomes and I decided to add them last minute to the pattern. I made this decision last week, and my testers have been busy stitching ever since. Houses 2 and 4 are not quite ready yet so they haven’t been released today, but you can get a lovely idea from this post what they’ll all look like. I expect them to be released later this week. There is a special deal for the houses, so stay tuned….
Please note, tomorrow’s post will also be late in the day. I’m at a quilting class all day and will not have time to post prior to leaving in the morning.
Some of you are still having problems with my image links. While they themselves have not been an issue for me I have had problems in the last month with my media gallery and creating a “row” of images. Thus I turned to an actual WordPress plugin gallery to re-create the very effect that I was having trying to create a simple WordPress gallery. The odd thing is I have these all over my site, but it’s simple to see what part of the problem is simply having a look at this page on my blog.. Where they use to be a row of images (well many rows, but they at least looked like a row), they now look like disjointed rows and I’m still trying to figure out why. The effect happens no matter which browser I am using. However, the links still work just fine. So because the new plugin gallery may need to fully load first the only thing I can think of is those links won’t open until the gallery post is fully loaded. I try in the first place to keep my images small just for faster page loading time, but once in a while one or two will escape and be larger than they should be.
So, let’s get on with today’s pattern… Continue reading
Woooo, day 10 already … where has the time gone?? Just two more days and we’ll be done. Please remember, no patterns will be posted this weekend. You can download this pattern today tho all weekend long for those of you who can’t get around daily to download them.
Today’s patterns are influenced by another memory of my childhood. When I was very young and wondered about the great Santa Claus and how he was going to get into our house because we didn’t have a fireplace, my dad would tell me that the Santa poster on our door would let Santa know he was free to walk right in… I remember that poster so well, it was HUGE!!! and a big jolly Santa with his big bag of toys swung over his shoulder. It had a vinyl-like surface that would keep it free from getting weathered and we had that poster on our door for many years. It’s little traditions like that, that keep my memories of Christmas in my heart.
So, I have created a series of patterns that are aimed specifically at going on the door in any part of your house. While today’s pattern is not a full door pattern, it gives you the same technique used for those door patterns and will help you down the road should you decide to create one of the full door patterns. Today’s pattern is the “pieced” pattern I mentioned on the first day of 12 Days that you’ll be getting. All the Door Knockers are pieced patterns. Continue reading
I do hope you’re enjoying the patterns. From some of the comments, I’ve received this week I can see that a few of you are. I don’t just read comments here on my blog, but those in Facebook also.
I definitely appreciate those of you who take the time to comment. It makes me feel happy that you take the time to say thank you or to just say you like them. With my internet issues this past week I’ve been just crazy about how to get the patterns online, but I also know those of you who know me know they will show up. I have the internet on my cell phone, but it’s very limited as to how much I can use and I don’t know my passwords to even get into my own website to write a post if I needed to, plus that small typewriter is very difficult to write a post with. I’d admire those of you who can do it. As a funny part of this story as to my cell phone usage know how… this week we decided to try the local pick up from the grocery store instead of dealing with holiday crowds, so I ordered my groceries online, went to pick them up on Sunday, and we sat there for 40 minutes waiting for someone to come to the car to bring our groceries. It wasn’t until I decided to call the store to see where they were that we finally understood we needed to download a cell phone app, then let them know we’d arrived. LOLOLOL!! Can you believe that? I’ll be honest when I say that it is a sheer convenience to be able to order online and just pick up and not have to deal with the shopping itself, but I am a little picky also, they had to make 3 substitutes to my list, 2 I didn’t accept, 1 I did accept and I do enjoy picking out my own fruits and veggies, even my meat as my dad taught me how to make the best picks when we used to go grocery shopping with him in my young adult years. So while I may go in for those few things I do like the grocery pickup, even tho I may be taking someone’s job by using it. I still won’t use self-checkout when I do go into the grocery store.
These last few days will offer some of the ones I have been working on all year. The pet series artwork only came out about 2 weeks ago and I set aside what I was planning to do these instead because I just fell in love with each pet, thus the reason each day this week has been a different pet.
So, on Friday, we’ll start with and finish those up next Tuesday….
Here’s is today’s free pattern as promised the Santa Bear pet pattern. Continue reading