Monday, September 1, 2014

Mother's Sewing Challenge

I know this is the first day of September, and we're technically a day late for our August challenge.  We're ok with that.  We've had alot going on this year.

Our August challenge is very special to us, because our projects were made in honor of our Mom. She would have turned 84 in August. Yes, we called her Mother.  Seems a bit formal, but she wasn't formal at all.  She lived a very simple fulfilling life raising 7 kids.  Mother didn't work outside the home.  She was a stay-at-home mom.  Every day, she cooked 3 meals and did multiple loads of laundry.  She always said our house had a "lived in" look, meaning things weren't always in their place.  She was ok with that.  I take that same approach with my house, too.

When we were trying to decide what to make to honor our mom, we tried to think of things that Mother loved.  We each chose a different memory of her to be represented in our projects.

Marigolds and Word Search Puzzles
Mother always planted marigolds in front of the house, and they always looked beautiful.  We each planted some marigolds in our flower beds this summer to honor her love of those simple flowers.

Mother loved doing word search puzzles and would sit for hours working on them.  Even in her later years when Alzheimer's had robbed her of many memories, she still would sit with a puzzle in her hand searching for words.

Last weekend, our family gathered at the family farm one last time to honor our parents.  We celebrated our parents' lives out in the yard with a wiener roast, complete with s'mores and watermelon.  We all had a great time in spite of the sweltering heat and humidity.

Our first project represents Mother's love of marigolds and puzzles.  At the wiener roast, each of the women and girls received a wristlet made of fabric with marigolds, word search puzzles or marigold colored fabric.  They are so cute and useful.  My wristlet is in my purse holding secret notes.  :)

Marigolds and Word Search Puzzles

When we were young, our mom taught us to embroider.  She would buy pillowcases with pre-stamped embroidery patterns on them for us to complete.  I have several sets of those pillowcases in my home now.  Each time I look at them, I remember working on them as a child.

This embroidered wall hanging represents the craft we learned and now use in our sewing projects.  It's a simple rendering of a great Bible verse surrounded by flowers.

The joy of the LORD is your strength
We hope you will vote for your favorite project.  We have enjoyed making these last 2 projects that represented our parents lives.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daddy's Sewing Challenge

As you may know, we lost both of our parents 3 months ago.  This has been a tough summer for our family.  Our dad would have celebrated his 86th birthday in July, so our challenge is in memory of him.  We called him Daddy.  That's who he was to us.  He was a hardworking farmer, who loved his family.

We have used our dad's shirts, jeans and bed sheets for this month's challenge.  Yes, one of us took the sheets off our dad's bed.  Why?  Because it was cool fabric.  Who knew that such great things could be made from repurposed menswear and used sheets.  It's a very masculine theme.

The first item is a market bag made from the sheets and shirts.  This cool tote is great to take to the farmer's market on Saturday to pick up your favorite fresh veggies.  It's easy to make and doesn't take alot of fabric.  Can you guess which fabric is the sheets?

Market Tote

The second item is a quilted throw.  It's made from our dad's jeans and shirts (cotton and flannel).  The throw is backed with red organic Herringbone by Monaluna.  The herringbone fabric looks like the imprint of tractor tires in the dirt, which seem very farm-like.

Quilted Throw
We would like to challenge you to make something out of some recycled fabric.  But, before you start your sewing project, remember to vote in this challenge.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Whole Cloth Baby Quilt Contest

We love quilts.  We want to love making quilts.  So we're trying our hand at making different kinds of quilts.  This month is a simple one.  A whole cloth baby quilt.  2 pieces of fabric - one on each side with some batting stuck in the middle.  Make a sandwich and then quilt it.  How simple is that?  Anyone can do it.  Right?

Well, what we need for you to do is look at them and then vote on your favorite one.  We've used some of our favorite fabrics and we hope you can find at least one that you like.  You can always vote for both of them.  We won't be offended.  :)  You never know when they may show up at a craft show near you.

Liberty of London/Alexander Henry Countdown
We're not sure which side of this quilt is the top, because both sides are so cute.  One side features a soft pink floral Liberty of London.  Who doesn't love a beautiful Liberty fabric for your baby girl?  The reverse side is the colorful Countdown by Alexander Henry.  It is bound with a black & white floral print.

Dear Stella Petalpusher/Gingham
This cute baby quilt uses the beautiful Petalpusher Impressionist fabric by Dear Stella.  The reverse is an authentic lilac gingham fabric.  It is bound with Ta Dot in Gray.

Enjoy the quilts and vote for your favorite!!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Custom Orders

Hi!  We've taken a short break from our sewing challenges, but we're back.  As you may know, we recently lost both of our parents within 11 days of each other.  We are planning a couple of sewing challenges to honor our parents in the near future.  We're pretty excited about them.

We both recently had custom orders to make, and we thought we would share those with you.  Who knew that the orders would be pretty similar.  One of us had an order for some wristlets and coin purses.  The other one had an order for a bunch of coin purses.

Check out what we made.

Wristlets and Coin Purses

80 Coin Purses

Both orders have been safely delivered to our customers.  We hope our customers are happy with them, because we know we are.  You can keep us happy by voting for your favorite.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Apron Challenge

All good cooks need a new apron every once in a while.  Who wants to get all flour-y when baking your favorite cupcakes in the kitchen?  No need to get your new t-shirt all chocolatey when making your favorite batch of brownies.

With that in mind, we decided to make ourselves a new apron this month.  After all, can you have too many aprons?

The full apron has a halter style neckline, and is made of a cute cherry print.  What retro cook wouldn't love wearing this apron while making their family's favorite meal?

The half apron has 2 pockets and is made with Lotta Jansdotter's Echo fabric.  It is trimmed in a pink mini gingham.  This apron is for the modern cook who wants to stand out in the crowd.

Please vote for your favorite apron!  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Quilt Challenge

It's the middle of a big, bad winter.  We've had so much snow, freezing rain, subzero weather and a couple of polar vortexes.  So, what better contest to have for January than to make a quilt.  We know it's no longer January, but we're only a few days behind schedule.  Please forgive us.

We both have been working  hard on a quilt.  We had no idea what fabric or quilt pattern the other twin had chosen.  It was no surprise when the reveal happened that we made two totally different quilts.  One is a bold log cabin block quilt made from solids.  The other quilt is made of low volume prints with a giant clam shell quilt pattern.

Now, you get to decide which quilt you would choose to stay warm under during this unending winter.  Just for the record, we're supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow.  So a new quilt is in order for some unsuspecting person(s).

Log Cabin Quilt

Clam Shell Quilt

P.S.  We don't claim to be professional quilters.  Don't judge us too harshly.  Just vote!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

November Challenge

We had a great time at the Chris Cringle craft show earlier this month.  We sold alot of our goods and made a little money.  That's always nice.  Our first customers this year were 3 sisters.  These 3 sisters love animal prints.  Dogs.  Cats.  Elephants.  Anything with animals.  They each bought a new coin purse and maybe a coaster or two.  They were our first customers at the show last year, too.  They made a point of visiting our booth first this year before any other booth, because they wanted to buy some of our products.  That made us feel good.  This was our 4th year to have a booth at Chris Cringle, and one of the sisters has bought from us every year.  For some odd reason, I always remember her.  She has always bought animal prints.

A week or so after that show, we received invitations to 2 or 3 other shows this year.  We aren't able to make commitments to them, because we are already booked.  We don't do many craft shows, because sewing is a hobby for us.  We don't want it to feel like work, and it's not how we earn a living.  It's just a fun thing that earns us a little money.  No harm in that.

But...we do have other events on our calendars.  Joy is holding her annual Crafty Christmas Open House on Dec. 7th.  Jan is busy getting ready for two more shows.  The first one is this Saturday, Nov. 30th at Not Your Mama's Craft Market at the YMCA at Marysville, OH.  Her next show is less than a week later at her workplace.

We both decided to make new and different items that we didn't have available at Chris Cringle.  And that is what we decided to share as our challenge for this month.  Never before seen stuff.

Here's what we've come up with this month.

Framed embroidery
These are simple inspirational framed embroidery pieces that would look great on your desk, dresser, or kitchen counter.  Fill your hearts and minds with uplifting words and you'll be more inclined to treat others in a positive way.

Liberty of London totes
These totes are made from the luxurious Liberty of London fabrics.  Beautiful is the only word to describe them. for your favorite.  and have a great Thanksgiving!!!