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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lavender Festival & Free Shipping

It's that time again! I will be working on Lavender Festival items for the next several weeks. In the meantime, I want to give you FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. on any and all items in my shops!

Use code FREESHIP when you use checkout in the following shops:

If you want something from my little shop blog:
just email me your list and remind me you get FREE SHIPPING, and I'll send an invoice. There are a few pages to scroll through on that site, so don't miss anything! :)
This offer ends May 1st.

I'll share some in-progress photos as I make new items for the festival.

Take care & God bless,

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bringing Back an Old Paper Whimsy Favorite

Back in 2008 (or maybe a few years earlier) I started making May Dew Gathering Baskets. They were based on an old custom and an 1800s paper basket idea I found in a 19th century book for young girls. You can see my first post here.

Throughout the years I have made them a few times more to offer to my customers. So, once again, I have decided to make a limited number of them. I only have a certain amount of little apothecary bottles left.

If you are interested in adding one to your collection of paper whimsies, visit my page at Early Work Mercantile where you may read the history and inspiration behind them.

Have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Machine Quilted Lap Quilt

After one of my sisters saw the little quilt I made for Jolee, she asked if I'd machine quilt and bind a lap quilt she had pieced.

I placed everything on the floor, taping the bottom piece so it wouldn't move around as I layered the batting and the top.

And then I pin basted everything... those curved pins by Dritz are so much easier to use!

I actually enjoy doing wavy machine quilting... when my sewing machine cooperates. I had a few problems about half-way through the quilt. For some reason tension got out of whack, and I didn't realize it until I'd sewn several rows and flipped it over to check the back. So, I ripped out several lines of quilting, re-quilted, and then got it ready for the binding.

I made the binding from the same pinky/coral fabric that was used in the quilt top.

{ I always do handwork under an OttLite --- I have a few different styles and have more on my wish list! }

I always sew the double-fold (or French-fold) binding on the front by machine, and then finish by hand-sewing it to the back.

Call me crazy but I love hand-stitching the binding!

My sister was very happy with her quilt! I think she's ordered an even feed walking foot so she can try machine quilting, too! :)

I have another quilt to start soon. It will be a queen size and in shades of blue, gray, and white. I'll share in-progress photos when I start on it.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Take care and God Bless,

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Punch Needle Patterns Available!

Finally! I have finally started listing punch needle patterns in my shop. Several years ago when I had needlework and craft designs published in craft magazines (see list in sidebar at right under "Published") and sold patterns in shops, I loved designing and writing instructions. Now, I enjoy making finished items, but to be honest, I miss pattern-making!

I decided if I was ever going to start offering patterns again, I'd just have to jump in and get started! I wanted to have an entire collection ready at once, all nice and pretty and organized by color or theme, but I always have so much going on here at home that I am not that organized anymore. So... I'm jumping and hoping this gets the ball rolling again. :)

To kick-start this part of my work again, I'm offering 3 patterns for $20 which includes free shipping in the US. Come on over to my Honeysuckle Lane shop and read more about them.
{ http://honeysucklelane.bigcartel.com/products }

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hand-Tufted Mattresses --- A Growing Obsession?

I've recently become enamored with making miniature hand-tufted ticking mattresses using old French ticking. Mine are little pincushions... or pin pillows.

You may purchase these three pin pillows made from French ticking at Honeysuckle Lane

I made the first one as a tuffet for a mohair bird and then another for a lop-eared bunny. And I just kept making them.

Now I have ideas of making a hand-tufted mattress / cushion for a bench that I want to make from an old bed I bought at a Habitat for Humanity Resale Store. It's the same concept, just on a bigger scale, right?

Here's one example, although the bench is made from more than a bed:

via Refresh Restyle

I've started pinning any and all ticking / mattress / cushion ideas that strike my fancy... thank you Pinterest! I don't know what we'd do if that website ever shut down and we lost all our pins... probably riot!

via French Garden House - you will LOVE Lidy's shop!

via One Kings Lane

I've also found loads of youtube videos about mattress making. Here are a couple to get you started:
Block printed, hand stitched quilt video:
Making a hand-tufted mattress video: