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