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Saturday, July 26, 2014

!!!!Christmas in July - AGAIN, Please!!!! AND A GIVE-AWAY

Patriotic Sunbonnet Sue has Arrived.....along with Christmas Sue.....

Joan, over at Moose-Stash Quilting has done it again....and again (see below). It truly is Christmas in July around here because our July and Christmas banner samples arrived just this past week Here's Sue with her patriotic banner, all decked out in red, white and blue.


I AM late with these, I admit it. But do you understand the CREATIVE PROCESS? Artists are famous for statements about the creative process, i.e., it can't be forced; it only happens late at night; it can't be interrupted; it can't be....this and that. Really great artists, however, MUST be disciplined. Yes, yes, all that is true. Truth to tell, though, I just DIDN'T FEEL LIKE finishing the July pattern until the end of June, see?




And, now, it's finished and available on our Etsy page as a physical pattern or a PDF Download.

My partner, Erin, and I design and write the patterns for Prairie Cottage Corner. We've been doing this since 2003. When the pattern is ready, we send it to one of our pattern testers, along with fabric, etc., and they make a sample of it, suggesting corrections and changes along the way.


Joan does our samples for us in ALL machine applique'. (Our instructions, in our patterns, include fusible web applique', hand stitched. If you want to do machine applique', use the instructions that come with your machine. I suggest using the button hole stitch, about 1/8" to 1/4" wide for the edges of the fusible. You could also make any of our applique' patterns using Needle Turn and Freezer Paper techniques.)

Here's the pattern cover for July's patriotic Sue.

When finished, the first sample belongs to the pattern tester, but we take it back for a while to photograph it and show it, where possible, in the first year after it's done. After that, the pattern testers get the samples to keep. That's how it works with pattern testers. If you would like to try pattern testing, please write to me, Kathie, direct: prairiestitcher at centurytel dot net and ask about it.

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And here's the sample for our December Christmas Sue, below.



Stars abound!



The block is easy (as are ALL of our blocks in these banner patterns)....Guaranteed no "Y" seams!


Here's the pattern cover.....


....and our Christmas Eve Pooch!



You can add lace and eyelet to our Sue's dresses easy as pie....

TO ENTER THE GIVE-AWAY TO   WIN THE PATTERN OF YOUR CHOICE    FROM PRAIRIE COTTAGE CORNER:

Just write a comment before Wednesday, July 30th 2014, at 5 PM PDT, answering this question: 

What's your favorite summer fun?

Thanks for stopping by. See you again, soon, I hope.

36 comments:

  1. Going to Alaska this year. Awesome, usually I just hang around the pool in the summer

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  2. Now my favorite summer fun is going with family to a minor league baseball game. I am fortunate to live in a town with a minor league. Before I had severe health issues my favorite summer fun was going to the lake and water skiing. Thanks for the giveaway. Joan did an awesome job.

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    1. I loved water skiing too but the shoes on the skiis were always too big for me so I didn't get to do it often. I love baseball, too. That's all SO SUMMER.

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    1. You can find the darndest things, can't you?

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  4. My favorite summer fun is visiting family, especially when I have a quilt to deliver! Love your patterns. They are so stinking cute!

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Yes, a quilt delivery is a great addition to a visit.

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  5. Those are super cute. My favorite summer fun is sewing with the grandchildren while they are out of school.

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    1. My mom taught me to sew when I was young. It's a great memory.

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  6. My favorite summer fun is camping up in the Mountains, but it must be somewhere by a small running creek. Love the sound of running water!!

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    1. Yes, I can smell the stream and the forest and the aroma of trout in a frying pan over a fire by the rippling water. Wish I were there, too.

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  7. Just relaxing outside with family and friends, enjoying the sun and warmth. Thanks so much for sharing

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    1. Summer is certainly the time for that. I love the sound of the sprinklers going in the evening and the smell of BBQ, especially if it's my own!

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  8. This year is just relaxing in the pool .

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    1. Yes, it's just the best, funnest, way to stay cool.

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  9. Flowers in the garden are my favourite thing, they add so much to a home :D

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    1. Yes, flowers in the garden AND on the dining room table. Something so lovely about a fresh bouquet, eh?

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    1. Yes, we love a reunion, large and small.

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  11. Very cute patterns!!!! I love to spend time outside and at the pool with my grands!!!!! Also helping and watching them catch lightening bugs!!!!

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    1. We don't have lightning bugs here. I've always wanted to see one up close.

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  12. Sitting outside, under the trees, and hand stitching! Love the new July Sue.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. We love her too. Funny how a hot day can become so pleasant when we get in the shade with our needles and threads....

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  13. didn't post first time...my flower garden

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    1. Yup, there's nothing like a flower garden......thanks for coming by.

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  14. When we were teachers, summer was when we traveled. We have been in 47 states so far. The 3 we have not visited are in the far NE of our country. Our children and grandchildren live in California, Alabama, and Virginia. We moved to Alabama a year ago, and if we are going to see the other two, we are the ones that have the time to travel. Hopefully we will go to Virginia in August and California in December. We travel by car, so I am already planning the hand sewing projects that I can work on while traveling. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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    1. A worthy goal, Nancy. Thanks for taking time to visit. I love traveling, too.

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  15. So darling or should I sew darling. Great pattern, neat fabrics too. Just stitching!

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  16. These are so adorable! Visiting our kids and grands has been the best part of the summer. They are growing so fast! I have a new grand daughter on the way and what sweet quilts I can make with Sunbonnet Sue. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  17. Yes, grand daughters all should have Sunbonnet Sue quilts. My grandmother made one for me years ago. It was a beauty. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Your patterns are adorable! My summer fun is all about visiting family and enjoying the beach, lobster, mussels, and all that good stuff!

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    1. Lobsters and mussells and crabs, oh my! I could stand a little of that myself. So glad you're enjoying yourself. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Both of those patterns are absolutely adorable. I will need to get them but at the moment my purse is in the 5th wheel and it will have to wait dog gone it!! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy. We're having a great time designing, writing, printing, blogging.....sometimes we even get a few weeds pulled.

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Welcome to Prairie Cottage Corner. Please come in and stay a while. We are here to help you with your love of quilting, quilt design and embroidery. We especially like Sunbonnet Sue and her friends.

You can see a complete list of our Sunbonnet Sue designs at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrairieCottageCorner

Happy Stitching! Prairie Stitcher