Monday, August 19, 2019

Whispering Leaves ~ Patchwork Beauty ...

Hello my dear friends,

I think I have mentioned before that I used to hand quilt a lot years ago, something I that I should really start doing again.

A little while ago I was decluttering my linen closet and I found a wall hanging that I had made years ago. Back then when I had my country and primitive phase, it was perfect for our house, but these days it just doesn't suit our decor anymore. I decided to gift it to someone that would once again use and display it which I did a few days ago. My wall hanging went to a lovely lady named Kassy. She lives in a small town called Arva here in Ontario, just outside of the city of London in midst of farmers fields as far as the eye can see.

She has converted the top of her barn into a shop/classroom which is called "The Wagon Shed". This is where she teaches weaving and quilting and she also sells all sorts of neat things. It is such a lovely place to be and this is where my quilt now lives.

The Wagon Shed

Unfortunately I never took pictures of my wall hanging when I made it. I also forgot almost take one with my camera before I gave it away but fortunately I did take a few on my phone.

And this is my wall hanging ...

The pattern is called "Whispering Leaves".

I had found it in a quilting magazine years and years ago and just loved it so much that I had to make it. I hand pieced and hand quilted it, like all my other quilts. It is such a easy way to create a lovely quilt. I had shared this on my Instagram page a week or so ago and I was asked about the pattern for it and where I got it from. I had no idea if I still had it but went on the search for it.

Back in the days this was your storage for anything when there was no computer in the house. A simple binder to hold all of the quilt patterns that I wanted to one day make and that is where I actually found the pattern again!

And this is it!

I am sharing the 'how~to' of this neat pattern today because it would be a such a shame for this beautiful design not to be made anymore. It was published in August 1997 (22 years ago) by "American Patchwork and Quilting" and the design itself is by Susan Miller of  Pella, Iowa.

(Instructions and photos courtesy of American Patchwork and Quilting and Susan Miller.
 All rights reserved by American Patchwork and Quilting and Susan Miller)

Like I said, it is an easy design and perfect for beginners. If you like quilting or want to start it, you should so try this out. I loved making my wall hanging all those year ago and you never know, I might just make a new one, one day.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and visit me. It is always so nice when you do. I am hoping to share a few new creation in the near future so do come back from time to time and see what I have been up too.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My "Christmas To Come" Winner ...

Hello my dear friends,

finally ... I have picked a winner for this year's "Christmas To Come" giveaway!

Just as in the years previous, everything has stayed the same.

I made a list and gave everyone a number.

 Every number got a little 'ticket' ...

... and every ticket ended up in my old biscuit tin and then one was picked!

And ... the number that was picked was number ...

... number 27!

And number 27 belongs to  ...

... Sue Kosec!

Congratulations Sue!
Please email me your mailing address.

Thank you everyone that took part and made this giveaway so much fun.
I hope you will all take part in next years "Christmas To come" giveaway again.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Winter Pears In July ...

Hello my dear friends,

this year I might just skip Autumn and go straight to Winter and Christmas creating.

I am sure most of you know the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days Of Christmas".  
Recently I was having a day inside when it was really hot outside and was thinking of what I could make, when for some reason the thought came to my about the Christmas song and it's words. One particular part stood out to me which was "a partridge in a pear tree". My thoughts then went to Christmas trees and Wintertime. And to why not a pear in a Christmas tree? A Winter pear or rather pears. I had made fabric pears years ago but back then they were primitive pears, all stained and baked. I made a template for them but who knew if I still had it. Well, I did and work started right away.  It was all about my favorite thing, trail and error and using neat bits and pieces. I need to decide which fabric I would use, which size I wanted my pears to be and how to embellished them.

I made my first pear but it was too big (this sounds familiar!). I made it from thick wool felt but I wasn't happy with it because it was too stiff. The next one I made from bleached cotton batting. It was still too big but I liked the look of it much better. Still not the right size though, so I made another one this time a bit smaller. It turned out neat but it was still a little too fat. So I then made my third pear and it was just right and that in every way.

The little stalk was something I didn't even have to think about, it would be a piece of a little branch. My friend Lise was the perfect one to got to for that. She has some big branches in her garden and I found exactly what I needed. The next step was to work on the leaf and now I really had a lot of options to choose from. To my mind came book pages that have been painted green or left original, sari silk ribbon, green or white felt or pale green velvet with singed edges. And now which one to choose? Again decisions, decisions.

Well, I made my decisions and today I am sharing my Winter pears with all of you.
I actually made three types of pears and not just one. My bowl fillers, my clip-on ornaments and my traditional hanging ornaments.

And here they all are ...

First are my blow fillers.

There are five pears in a set. 

One large, two medium sized and two smaller ones. Some of the pears have one leaf and some two. Placed into a bowl with a few evergreen twigs or pine cones, they look so festive and wintry.

Second are my traditional hanging ornaments.

The come in a set of 4.

These neat pears can be hung from a length of hemp twine and look so lovely.
Again some pears have one leaf and others have two.

And last but not least, my clip on ornaments.

These also come in a set of four.

Using an old wooden clothes peg, these pears will sit neatly on a branch. Just like the others, some pears have one leaf and some have two.

I am so pleased with the way these wintry fruit have turned out. 
I love the less is more look I have chosen and because of that, they would look so neat in a farmhouse style decor or in a Winter white one or anywhere really.

I have just listed all of my pears my Etsy shop. 
For the first time, these are made to order and they are also limited because I only have a certain amount of my vintage pale green velvet left over for the leaves. As of right now there will be only 5 sets of each style available.

In my next post about Christmas in the summer, I have another Christmas making to share with all of you in the next few days so do stop by again. And ... tonight I will be picking the winner of my "Christmas To Come" 2019 giveaway and I will share who it is tomorrow here on Todolwen, so if you haven't entered yet, there is still a little time left.

Thank you so much for not forgetting me and stopping by here at Todolwen even though I have been absent a lot. I hope you have enjoy your visit and my newest creations.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Last Call ...

Hello my dear friends,

I know I have been missing in action lately but I am still here and working on new posts to share hopefully soon.

One thing that I am not going to miss, is to remind you to enter my this year's "Christmas To Come" giveaway! I will be picking a winner this month some time.

Click on the link below if you wish to enter ...

... or click on the link on my right side bar.
Both will take you to my original page that tells you all about my giveaway.

Oh, one last thing ... several of the entries are "no reply bloggers" which will make it difficult to contact if chosen, so PLEASE leave your email address with your entry!

Good luck to you all!

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

More Hydrangeas ...

Hello my dear friends,

I can't believe that it has been quite a while again since I have posted here on Todolwen.
I must admit that I have taken a liking to Instagram a little to much lately and neglected my blog way too much. It is all to do with being able to snap a picture on my phone, write a few words and post it. But I am finally posting again today, here on Todolwen and I hope you will like what I am sharing with all of you. 

I have been busy working on some custom orders lately. I have made several new needle books embellished with my little square fabric Hydrangeas. Unfortunately my camera seems to not want to play very well lately, so my photos are not that focused but I hope that you will still be able to see how lovely they turned out.

Just like the first ones I made, I again used my favorite drop cloth, hand dyed cotton batting, seam binding and of course sari silk ribbon for the flowers.

This is the first needle book that I am sharing. 

It has a two tone pink Hydrangea on it's cover and the inner pages are in two shades of a green that is a little vibrant.

The second one, is a needle book with another two tone flower.

 This one has a blue and lilac Hydrangea on it's cover. 
The inside pages of this needle book are in two shades of a subtle green color and different to the first needle book's pages.

And last but not least, the third needle book.

This one is all about pink, a pink Hydrangea and pink inner pages. 
Unfortunately I wrapped this one up and mailed it before I thought of taking photos with my camera but thankfully I had taken a few on my phone so I can share it with you after all.

I just love making these beautiful flowers!
I actually enjoy cutting the little squares and then stitching them onto cloth and seeing the lovely blooms grow. I also enjoy making these neat needle books. Hand sewing is just my thing and has been for many years. In my next post I will have more of them to share with all of you and not just another needle book but a few new creations too that are embellished with my Hydrangeas. 

If I am not making things, I am busy otherwise these days. I have renovated my younger daughters bedroom last month and I have started a container garden again this year. I am growing three types of tomatoes. Purple brussel sprouts, squash, bush beans and peppers are also now living in large pots in our back yard. I am trying to grow all of these and hopefully it will work out. My dear friend and neighbor Lise has been such a great help to me with doing this. She was the sweetest and gifted me all of the plants and she did all of prep work too. I will take some photos and share them soon with you of my little veggie garden.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by here at Todolwen and visit me. It is always so nice when you do and I hope you will find the time some time again to do so.

And before I go ... don't forget to follow me and enter your name to my 'Christmas To Come' giveaway. I will be picking a winner this month some time. If you wish to take part, just go the my right sidebar and click on the button for the giveaway. There you can read why I do this and leave your comment to be entered.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Little More From My Kitchen Sink ...

Hello my dear friends,

I really enjoyed my recent kitchen sink dying sessions and that is why I just had to do a little more of it last week.

 This time I wanted to see if I could dye some of my uncolored and unbleached sari silk ribbon and so I tried it out and ...

  ... it worked!

I also used unbleached cotton batting instead of bleached and both took different to the dye. The unbleached batting didn't take the color as well as the bleached one did and the silk took much longer to dye than either of the batting but in the end, I think that I got a great result.

I couldn't wait to use some of both so I was very busy and now my newest little needle book is done and that is what I am sharing with all of you today. My new Hydrangea needle books of a another color.

My "Blue Hydrangea" needle book.

I just love this shade of blue!

My newest creation is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone might be interested.

I have a little more of the sari silk ribbon and batting in this lovely shade of blue leftover so I might just make another little needle book with it. I also have something else on my worktable right now but I will share that in a different post in the future. All I will tell you that it has something to do with my little dandelions. So ... do visit me sometime again and see what I have been up too.

Thank you for stopping by here today and I hope you enjoy your short stay.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.