I've been pretty quiet on here lately due to some of my materials being backordered so I haven't been doing much kit packing. On top of that, my shop is being remodeled, and on top of that, I started another small business! I had been taking Plexus supplements for a couple of months, and have felt so much better I decided to become a distributor for them. If you haven't heard of it yet, you will soon! It works by targeting blood sugar and gut health, which are foundational for so many things, and are greatly affected by our unhealthy American lifestyle... So if you or anyone you know has blood sugar issues, or wants to lose some weight, this stuff is great! It is helping with many of my Lyme disease symptoms, and I have heard several testimonials of other people saying the same thing, along with other chronic illnesses, so that's why I started it. It is all natural, and generally can be done along with anything else you are already doing. The Triplex combo is the best place to start. And if you try it and love it, it's a great business that is so easy to start. If you have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Here is a link to my website: (click the image)
So, I have had tons more energy lately, which means I have been exercising more. I got an app for my phone to track my walking, so then I had to make a belt with a pocket to put my phone in! It's mostly lycra, with some batik for the pocket, then it attaches with Velcro.
At a recent class, a student was frustrated with how wobbly her free motion stitching was, so she asked for help. It turned out she had the machine set on zig zag, it wasn't her shaky hands! But it actually looked kind of cool, so when I got home I had to try it!
We are finally getting some rain, at least here, which is a welcome relief. It seems the whole state is on fire, lots of smoke this week. Luckily the basement of our new shop, where we pack kits, is cool and smoke free, we have spent a lot of time there!
Getting lots done at the shop, we're almost ready to start packing kits there! Today my daughter was opening a first aid kit to put in there, and found this rather startling page in the little booklet that came in it. Step by step amputation??? :-) (not really, of course, but that's what it looked like!)
It's been very hot and dry here, and there are lots of forest fires around the state, I heard 130 NEW ones over the weekend, praying we get rain soon!
This is a card I made for some friends who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this week. Karen is also a quilter, and has been supporting me since pretty much the beginning of my sewing career! I tried to match the binding on this one, to make the picture a little bigger, I didn't get it exactly right, but ran out of time to fix it! It is a 1/3 sheet of paper size.
Our sale is still going, through tomorrow: buy any of the 6 new kits, (the ones pictured below plus the leaf table runner) and receive any paper pattern free, up to $12 value. To get your free kit, email me at email@example.com with the pattern you would like, after you place your order for the kit.
Class today, and more moving into the new shop!
Well, big news in our world anyway! We are very excited to be moving the cardboard boxes and piles of stuff OUT of our house, and into this cute little shop. It is conveniently located right next to the Material Girls Quilt Shop (on College Road, for local people. I meant to take a photo with both shops, I'll have to do that tomorrow...) We will have space for kit packing, probably a retail area (with limited hours for now), classroom space, and space for our sewing group from church, Friends With Purpose, to meet as well! We're just starting to get moved in, I will post when we have an open house!
And it's even walking distance to the Farmer's Market and our favorite falafel place, what more could we want? :-)
Remember, we are having a sale through Sunday, buy one kit, get a printed pattern free!
In honor of our new 'pattern only' versions of the 6 newest designs, we are having a Buy one, Get one sale. If you buy any of these kits, you can have a pattern only one (of any design) free, a $12 value. To receive your free pattern, order your kit, then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which pattern you would like and we will include it with your order. Or, contact us through the contact form page, either way works.
The patterns include all of the pattern pieces and instructions, including a little help with choosing fabrics, since there are so many in each design. You can use this offer as many times as you want, now through Sunday, June 14.
I've missed a few days on here thanks to another trip to Anchorage. It's always such a pretty drive, (and thanks to LOTS of road construction I had plenty of chances to take pictures...) I have to put in a photo of that too! Happy Sewing!
I had an idea for another free motion practice project today, but I ran out of time to make it, so it's back to the archives again! This was an online challenge through Quilting Arts Magazine a few years ago, a swan quilt based on a photo they posted. This one got me a Grand Champion ribbon at the fair one year too, it was a fun little project. The nest is part applique, part free motion, and a little bit of colored pencils to add shadows. The feathers are free motion stitched. I made the swan separately with brocade and wool batting, then added to the quilt for more dimension.
The new Keepsake quilting catalog is out, this time with 6 of our kits! Here is a link to an online 'flip through' version, we are on page 21!
Keepsake Quilting catalog
I've been wanting to make a new sample quilt for my free motion quilting classes for awhile, and I finally got an idea for a pretty quick and easy, but still fun one! I just made several shapes and filled in each one with a different color and design. I designed mine on the computer, but you could even go around your house and look for different sizes of plates and boxes to trace to make the shapes. I went around the outlines twice so they would show up better. I never got a great photo, that's something I still need to learn more about. If I could get the quilting to show up, the fabric looks blue...if the fabric looks white, which it is, the thread started to disappear...
"Free Motion Fun!" page for more quick or advanced free motion ideas!
And, a reminder that our wall hangings and table runners are now available in 'pattern only' form, as well as kits! (link below)
Personally, I think the Starr Fabrics are what make these designs. :-) But, I know there are quilters out there with stashes to use, or who would like these in different colors. so they are finally now available in pattern only versions, they are $12 each. I'd love to see what you do with these with different fabrics! If you make one, send a photo to me at email@example.com, or put one up on the
On The Trail Creations facebook page.
Click a photo to go to the home page with all of the designs, or hover over the kits-patterns-home tab above to go to individual ones.
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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