Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May you have a Blessed Christmas Day with Family and Friends...

Merry Christmas from The Carpenter Family!
We had just returned from Christmas Eve Services and took the chance for a family photo. My parents are here from Missouri through Christmas and we will enjoy our time together. From the left is my SIL Chase, DD#1 Trisha, Me, My Sweet Hubs, DD#2 Melanie and DD#3 Katie!
I have not had much time for sewing recently and look forward to being able to accomplish a little something very soon! I think I will choose to do a little Punchneedle since I can start and stop so easily during this. Use time. Will share some pictures when I get started!
Be sure to let someone know how much you love them today! We've lost my husband's father in the last few weeks and his family is forever changed. We gathered and shared so many memories about him. This Christmas will be tough emotionally, but we will make it through together, building new memories in the future. Enjoy your loved ones this Holiday Season!
Take Care,



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sharp Points Part 2

Have any of you tried the hints for sharp points that I posted last time? I hope something will click and help you make your points sharper. Today I'm going to show you another way. First trace the shape onto the appliqué piece with a fine line chalk pencil. Appliqué the right side of the shape using the needleturn method of appliqué.

I sew from the right side of any appliqué. You can see above that I've sewn the right side of the point and taken it all the way to the end. Take an extra stitch just like any other appliqué point.


Next cut a slit in the background fabric underneath the appliqué piece. Cut all the way to the point, which is at the bottom in the picture above). I've also cut at about a 90* angle out towards the left, still underneath the appliqué shape. This will give us some flexibility.

If you look closely at the picture above you can see the slit reaches the point, but does not cut past the point or cut through threads.

Next, flip the appliqué shape down I to the background and the background is then on top. So what you are looking at is the right side of the appliqué piece on top of the background and the left side of the appliqué is underneath the background.


Next drag the needle from the bottom up towards the point, turning under the background seam allowance right to the chalk line on the background. This seam will be revers appliquéd. Take an extra stitch just like you would an inverse point on appliqué to catch all the tiny fabric threads at the point.

This part might feel a little backwards, but after a time or two, it gets easier. Continue to reverse appliqué the left seam allowance.

This isn't a very good picture but you can see the point is sharp if you look closely. You can try this on the elongated stars in the appliqué border of The Gardens Of A King, my version of the King George III Coverlet. It works pretty good once you get the hang of it! Give this a try and see what you think! I'd love to hear back from you!

Take care, and don't forget to tell someone you love how much you care about them today!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Gardens Of A King, The King George III Coverlet Special Tab

Since many of you are beginning to receive your patterns for The Gardens Of A King, I thought I would do a quick post about the Gardens Of A King Tab, found above in the blog.  These links are from posts that I have already made.

For those of you who requested to be on the first notice list and you did not get an email, know that I've tried to reach you and you are a no reply blogger.  This means I don't have your address to email you.  This can be fixed from your profile settings page.  The pattern is now available on the website if you are ready to purchase.  HERE  is the website page where you can find The Gardens Of A King. 

Thank you to all of you who have already purchased the pattern!  You have kept me VERY busy in the recent days!

OK>>>here are the links for the hints and info that are ready for you now.

Also, pretty much the entire month of November is all about this version of the King George III Coverlet, but the only post with helpful stitching hints is :
See you soon!
Be sure to tell your loved ones how much you love them today!
Take care,