If I can do blog posts from my phone, maybe it will happen more often! It hasn't let me yet, so if you are reading this, I got it to work!
I always like making book covers, and this was a custom order for a Bible cover. She came in and put a bunch of fabrics and embellishments in a tub to give me a head start!
There is a free tutorial for how to make these under the tutorials tab, or click
Also, don't forget about classes, there are several scheduled, although the page does need updating, hopefully today!
And, our newest card pattern, just in time for Valentine's Day, a Wonky Heart Greeting card! Click the photo to purchase, either download or print form. Click the other photo to see the rest of our kits and patterns!
I'm always in the middle of lots of new designs, but finally several are close to finishing, hopefully there will be more soon! I haven't even done a card pattern in a while, so that was kind of fun! And I had my daughter make a sample, she definitely added a bit of teenager touch to it, ha! (She didn't really want to follow instructions, but it turned out so cool I put it on the cover :-) ) Still hoping for one more Valentine-ish one soon too. This one is available in either download or print form.
And, this Teresa Ascone panel is not exclusive to my shop, it is available at other shops as well, but it is gorgeous, I can't wait to get a chance to make a sample quilt out of one of them!
Click on either photo to order, or go to the 'store' tab to see all of our kits and patterns.
Only time for a quick post, but I always love it when people send me photos of projects they have made using my kits or patterns! I always hope my designs will be a springboard for people to try creating designs of their own. This is quite a bit different from the Moonlight Moose! (Or could be the Autumn Leaves upside down too!) This one was made by Sharon, with quail on it, which is so cute. Great job Sharon!
I'm still working on the pattern and kit for the Teresa Ascone panel, but the first batch I ordered sold out the first week! I have more now though!
And several classes listed on the classes page too!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas season! It was a bit of a whirlwind for me, and several things I was working on were gifts, so I couldn't post about them! Now I can, but first, I have a fun announcement!
I have been a fan of Alaskan artist Teresa Ascone for awhile, so I was very excited when she announced she was having an exclusive panel program for Alaskan shops this year! Our panel is called "Setting Sun', it was very hard to choose! It is available now under our 'store' tab, or click the photo...the pattern and kit for my sample project (photo below) should be coming soon! I have been having fun with panels lately anyway, since a customer ordered 16 little panel quilts for Christmas! They are a great way to practice some free motion quilting. This panel is approximately 13 x 9 inches including a 3/4 inch border.
Also, we finally got a bunch of classes scheduled! Check out the classes page!
Here are a few more projects from before Christmas! The wolf is a copy of a page out of a children's book called Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman. (copyrighted, I'm sure, so not selling it) I knew my mom liked the artwork in the book, so I made a page into a wall quilt. I had a few adventures with that one...I accidentally traced all of the reflection trees in reverse! I hadn't fused the applique parts on yet, so I got a new piece of fabric for the front, put my traced one on the back, (which reversed it) and did the main outlines from the back. Problem solved with no retracing!! :-) I then used some silk screen ink to color them silver.
The ear bud holders are great, they don't get tangled up! Each member of our family got one of those.
The third picture is a panel quilt for my husband's office.
And, last but not least, new leashes for the dogs :-)
I've been keeping an eye on the painting party trend the last few years, and I think that would be fun to do with quilting! These little panels are a great project for something like that because they are pretty quick to do. I know people are busy with holidays right now, but start thinking about booking one for January! (Although if you do it before, you will have a gift made out of the deal!) All you need is 3-4 friends. They will be $35/person, and will include all the materials, and your choice of lots of different panels. Once you have a group, we can work on scheduling a time to do your party. I even have a couple of extra sewing machines if someone doesn't have one. Journal covers would be another good one to do this way, or my quilted cards.
And, remember the sale, last three days!
See the previous post for details, get a wall hanging kit free with purchase of a slightly larger one! And I'm also having a drawing for a free kit...go to my facebook page and either share or comment on the post from Nov. 30 about the sale!
From now through Dec. 7, 2016, for each $59 kit purchase, (pictured below) you will receive your choice of the Moonlight Moose wall hanging, Summer Dragonfly wall hanging, or Autumn Leaves wall hanging free! ($38-45 value) This amounts to about 40% off.
So you can get two gifts at once, or one for you and one for a friend, or keep them both, your choice :-) Just order the $59 kits online, then send me an email letting me know which of the three kits you would like. firstname.lastname@example.org
And, anyone who shares the facebook post with this blog post will be entered into a drawing for a free kit, drawing on Dec. 8. (If you just share the link to this page I won't know...) Go to my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/On-The-Trail-Creations-193362840773724/) Be sure to 'like' my page if you haven't!
Happy sewing, and Merry Christmas!
These are the $59 kits. These photos are not to scale...see each one on the Store page for details on sizes. It's an economical way to work with lots of gorgeous Starr Fabrics colors!
I finally made a project to showcase the fused glass buttons I have in the shop, and then I did so much stitching it kind of competes with the button.... Still a fun project though, I used three colors of thread and went over some parts multiple times. Be sure to check out my 'free motion fun' page for more ideas on free motion stitching!
I finally updated the class schedule, there are a few more before Christmas, then I will take a break until after the holidays!
Click here to see what they are.
And click the photo below to see all of our kits and patterns!
As promised, here are a few pictures of some new items, made by Leanna Shields. There are cute pincushions and coasters, earrings made with fabric yo-yo's, gift tags with yo-yo's, and, my personal favorite, ice dyed fabric! It's so fun, come and check it out! These fabrics would be great for a special book cover.
I was asked to make a contribution to the UAF English department fundraiser auction, Dead Writers Reading and Raffle, (on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Blue Loon for locals). I thought a journal cover would be appropriate, and I even had some fabric with words on it to use. But that ended up on the inside, since I realized one of my new panels would work for a journal cover as well, as long as it's big enough. I only added one other fabric for the outside, then lots of stitching. I used a variegated purple, orange and green thread for the ravens, which was a little scary, but I think it worked!
There is still room in the journal cover class for Saturday if you want to make your own! I have some more panels available, see previous post.
Click here to sign up for classes, there are a couple more coming soon too!
Click the photo below to see all of our kits and patterns!
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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