Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Holiday Lane projects

HOLIDAY LANE Pillow Blog Hop 
Jill Finley of Jillilly Studios created this cute pillow pattern to share called Holiday LaneMadam Samm at Sew We Quilt, Blog Hop Events Queen, fell in love with it and so did I.  It so cute, and I had a lot fun making it.  Thank you Jill for sharing such a cute holiday pattern, I'm sure everyone had a great time making them turning then into all sorts of things.  I would have like to put it in a quilt, but not this year....maybe next.  A big THANK YOU to Madam Samm, of Sew We Quilt ,our cute blog hop events coordinator, the most organized, crafty person ever for choosing all these fun hop ideas.  And an even bigger Thank you to the ever cheerful Pauline of Quilt 'N' Queen  fame, our Holiday Lane blog hop cheerleader who literally battled her way through, sick with the flu and a computer that bit the dust and people....well there are some everytime, who are no shows, but I think she had more than her fair share of those not honoring their commitments this time. I am trying to making extras for those who did not.   I hear from Pauline that she, along with some other hoppers, caught the flu.... I really do hope all of you feel better soon, big germ free cyber hugs to you :). 

Okay sooooo although I am in love with of all the colors.......... a few colors really appeal to me,  lime green is tops , but red is one of my favorites too.  I think that is why I fell in love with redwork and the red & white quilt collections.  I also love candy canes and peppermints, always have, probably always will... have a few of my grand kids that like them too.  So when I thought about doing a version of Holiday Lane I kept thinking about the holidays and candy canes and peppermint candies ( NO, no not the new-fangled jolly rancher versions of candy canes that my kids like either ).  And I pulled a bunch of Christmas fabrics and a few non-Christmas blenders and put them in a visible pile to simmer and hopefully come together in a great selection.   And they sat there simmering as I occasionally stirred the pot, (i.e.-stacked and re-stacked the pieces), patiently waiting, until I was done with a few other things... and one of those things was to stitch up a sample block from my licorice twist pattern....I mailed that off last Monday, until then I hadn't done redwork in over a year and this got my itchin' to stitch fires kindled and last Wednesday while I was grocery shopping for Thanksgiving I decided that that's what I wanted my Holiday Lane pillow to be.....a stitched one..........well why not, a couple of times over the years I have appliqued embroidery designs, why not embroider an applique design?? And for some crazy reason I thought I had to have it done by Monday so I could put a post together for Tuesday................checked this Monday morning (it's the 26 as I write this post).........I have the 29th oops......I'm done early.....mark that on your calendars people, it may be the first and last time I was ready two days in advance.
Anyway I 've been wanting to do a red & white Christmas for several years and I am collecting things here and there including "pinspirations" so that one of these years I can have a red & white Christmas.  Red & white ribbons, paper, dishes, tree and table decs, candy canes, peppermints.............etc  until I collect all that here is my version of Jill's cute Holiday Lane pillow.  I kept to her original dimensions, applique pieces and layout but I did add a few bits like extra windows, starlight mint stars and some simple patterns stitched on the houses so it would give the general  illusion of fabric houses, adds a little fun to red stitching.  It took almost 3 (2.75) skeins of floss.  I drew it up Thanksgiving night after we got home.  But after making food for two places and about 70 miles of window time, stitching was not going to happen that night. So I started stitching it Friday on my lunch hour.  I stitched Friday night when I got home from work 6 pm -12:30 am, all day Saturday 7 am to 9 pm and about 4-5 hours off and on Sunday finishing it up, flanges and all, about 5:30 Sunday afternoon.... soooooooo since I'm done, NOW what do I do, I know make more??

I'm going home and see if I can make another one in a different style or maybe two ?? but different........you'll have to wait and see.  There may be more later????
in the meantime ...... just keep reading.....

Below is a picture of some of the owls Carrie stuffed. ( I think there's 13 here).  These are the ones I mentioned that I was making for my friend, who doesn't sew, but loves cute things.   I sewed them and she stuffed them.  And just like always, I didn't count as I was cutting and had way too many in progress before I counted........she ended up with 21 (plus some extra parts ;)) instead of 17, lol... and now I'm making more.  They are so cute.  I found some polka dotted cuddle fabric to make some out of for grand kids.... and another friend...
Christmas is coming soon you know      :D


Another thing I am going to make is from a prize.....


 Yea I actually won something, out of the clear blue sky ( actually drawn from a pile of comments, lol) THANK YOU to Madam Samm and Connecting Threads, queen of Blog hops and marketing,  had a giveaway.  It was from Connecting Threads, and was for a stack of Big Sky Flannel FQ's.......aren't they pretty?  I am going to make a Zigzag/chevron/rickrack quilt out of large HST's  I was going to do it last weekend but things happen and I lost my window of opportunity to cut the pieces.  Now I'll have to post it next time. 

Okay look what I got done last night....
 Holiday Lane Extras
here's version # 2


It measures about 7" across and 3" tall. :D.
And I have the pieces semi done for yet another version............if I get it done before post time it'll be at the bottom because that's where my iphone puts them, if I knew html or something maybe I could put it where i want , but sadly no!?

A giveaway? Instead of a contest where only one or two win, I prefer to give away something to everyone.....today's freebie is an old pattern but it's a quick and easy one to stitch or applique and seasonal.  I have done it both  ways.  I wish I had some pictures but I don't think so.  I gave it to you so please do not re-sell it in pattern form.  You can find it underneath the hop schedule below.  Happy Stitching!


There are about 80 participants that made their own versions some of them quite unique and different yet all reminiscent of Jill's design and are sharing pictures for all to see on the Holiday Lane hop.   I have the schedule listed below from Pauline of all the remaining participants for the last two days (only today and tomorrow ) of their showing..... Some will have giveaways, or tutorials, or freebies, you just never know, but lots of blog happiness for you to check out!!  If you missed the first of the hop Madam Samm has a link to a pinterest page with all of the entries.

Thursday November 29
Elaine - that other blog

Friday November 30
Linda - that other blog
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt : the best for last!
it is she who makes all this creative blog hop inspiration possible!



If you would like to join one of Samm's hops, the next one is in January, it's  
Nancy Drew Get a CLUE anything made with the Nancy Drew Fabric and she has a whole year's worth of fun events coming up so you can jump in on if you keep an eye out on her blog.  Next month she's having a book event all month, reviews of books by women for women and all sorts of subjects. 

I am having a font issue today and it's driving me crazy!!!!
Hopefully, one more Holiday lane pic will show up below here, if not, rest assured I am still stitching it!!!!

so :) see you soon  or :D  I got it done !?! But I cannot crop & edit the photo from my phone sorry! I will fix it tomorrow from a computer with Internet access. It is a free standing Holiday Lane for daughters fireplace mantel, Yea! The houses are the exact same sizes as the pattern.
Thanks for hopping by.  Come back when you can stitch awhile, Cyndi



 

62 comments:

  1. Love your pillow in redwork! Thank you for sharing and the free pattern.

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  2. Hi!!! I love them all!!! The redwork is beautiful!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  3. Amazing! Love all of them and the ornament is soooo cute!

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  4. Wow your pillow is wonderful - looks so different in redwork doesnt it. I also love your ornament -what a nice idea, might try one of those myself! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. oh wow your redwork pillow is absolutely stunning and I love your cute little ornament too, what a great idea.

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  6. I love the red pillow, it is fantastic. I would love to make something like that... maybe I can finish some embroidery in time for Christmas... hmm not sure but anyway thanks for sharing and the lovely inspiration!

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  7. Gorgeous!! Love your Redwork Holiday Lane Pillow. It turned out so nice. I love doing embroidery as well. Thank you for sharing with us your projects and giving us a copy of the Snowflake. Great job!

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  8. Wowfantastic.Love all your version but the redwork one caught my eyes!

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  9. Wow!! You are awesome!! Love the redwork and the ornament is to die for!!

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  10. Good heavens, your pillow is just beautiful!! You did an amazing job.

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  11. You are brilliant! To make the pillow in redwork! So awesome...and so are your ornaments....and your mantle piece...you are such a creative soul! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Congrats on TOP 3!! Your redwork version is fabulous!! and so are those mini's!!!!!!

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  13. I am so loving your Redwork Holiday Lane - what a swell idea! Your Holiday Lane extras are delightful and what a swell idea for the fireplace mantle. Thanks for the snowflake freebie.

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  14. Good Morning Cindy...adore your pillow..all the details, stitching...just birilliant...what will you be doing in Nancy Drew hop is anyone's guess..you are such an asset..your stitching awes me...and congrats.you made it somewhere else today too wink

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    1. and that is Cyndi...again my mac has its own spelling..love the snowflake...

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  15. Fabulous idea that redwork is. What a beautiful pillow it made! And the adorable ornie!! Whoo-ee!
    Thanks for the cute little snowflake. Guess I will be busy stitchin tonight! :-)

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  16. You are so creative! I love all your variations -- brilliant!

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  17. Your pillow, ornament, and your last project are all just beautiful! for someone who started on them after Thanksgiving, you have certainly accomplished a lot! Great job!

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  18. If you ever sell this pattern, let me know- have never done redwork but I will now- this is simply awe inspiring! Words fail me for once (and I am originally born and raised in NY so that is quite an accomplishment)

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  19. I love your redwork cushion - fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing and for the freebie too!

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  20. I love the redwork pillow...really, I love it! You are so creative and managed to even come up with ornaments. Amazing! Thanks for sharing. :O)

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  21. Your redwork pillow is amazing! Your stitching is beautiful and what a fun idea to make a mini version ornament and a free standing version. Thanks for the snowflake freebie!

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  22. Cyndi-I love your embroidered version of the Holiday Lane pattern but must confess that I didn't read all that you wrote because for some reason this AM my eyes are "smarting" probably due to allergies. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  23. Your redwork pillow is phenomenal!! Thank you for the pattern :)

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  24. I can't believe that you did this beautiful pillow in one weekend! It's amazing! Your work is stunning! The ornaments are so precious! Great job!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  25. What a great pillow! I love the embroidery. What a cute idea. I might try something like that. I really like embroidery in pillows and quilts. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. What a wonderful Snowflake you are sharing with us Thank you
    the snow is falling here as I type away.
    Your pillow and mini pillow are sew great thank u for show them to us to.
    in stitches

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  27. love the snowflake, Cindy....and enjoyed your post!!thank you

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  28. I love your embroidered pillow--so bright and cheery. Of course, your other work is lovely, too. Thanks for the free pattern.

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  29. Your pillow is gorgeous and so creative! And that little ornament has my brain ticking!

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  30. Love your pillow. Congratulations for being in the top 3 today. The Holiday Lane ornament is adorable. Thank you for sharing all of your goodies today.

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  31. Your pillows are gorgeous. I especially like the Red work one. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  32. Cyndi I loved reading your post! I think you must write like you're having a conversation because I feel like we've just had a nice visit. :) I looooove redwork and have several of your patterns. The pillow is gorgeous and what a wonderful idea to make the ornaments - thanks for showing those because I would never thought of it and now I must make them! blessings, marlene

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  33. Love your pillow and the ornaments, so happy you shared them. Thank you for gifting us with the free pattern.

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  34. Wow you are really creative! That pillow is beautiful. The ornament is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Love your redwork Lane! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. The green is so nice I am a big fan of that shade. Love your pillows.Thanks

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  37. very nice project - i love that you did it in redwork. thanks for the free snowflake.

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  38. Wow the red work is fantastic. Lots of work but it really paid off, because it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I love anything done in red and white and this redwork pillow is outstanding. Good job. Judy C

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  40. Oh my goodness!! Oh my goodness!! This is just so imaginative and inspiring!!!!! I really love this so very much. You are an amazing stitcher!

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  41. Your redwork pillow is outstanding I love it. Thanks for sharing

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  42. Cyndi, I just don't know where to start first. OK first, I love your designs and of course red work is one of my favorites to stitch. You are just so creative, inspiring and so dang talented. I wish I had just a teeny weeny bit of your talent in my baby finger. After seeing your ingenious red work pillow...I have to make one too. You are just like the energizing bunny...do you every stop?? A fantastic job Cyndi, love your enthusiastic energy, I want you on my team!! Thank you for sharing your time and inspiration with us today. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  43. That is just gorgeous and deserving of the top three recognition. Thank you for the pattern.

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  44. Your red and white pillow is beautiful. I love the redwork and those ornaments and owls are really cute.

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  45. Fantastic job! The redwork is just totally lovely. That was quite a committment in terms of stitching hours but well worth the outcome! Doing the extras was amazing.

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  46. Rosemary B here:
    WOWIE your creations are amazing and I love them all.
    The tiny one 7 x 3 is just too cute. I want to make a tiny one too! so adorable.
    I love the red one very very much.
    You are a very inspiring lady. Thank you for sharing
    and the snowflake. Yay. I love it thank you

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    1. oh yeah, love the owls too. Do you have patterns for those.
      ADORE them

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  47. Wow, about covers it. Great job, wonderful interpretation.

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  48. Incredible! LOVE LOVE LOVE! What else can I say.

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  49. I Love your pillow in redwork! Thank you for sharing!

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  50. Holiday Lane looks wonderful in redwork! The ornaments are very cute and the version for your daughter's mantle is super! Thanks for the snowflake download.

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  51. Love the R&W pillow, and that TINY PILLOW ORNAMENT! EEP!

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  52. Lovely redwork. Of your pieces I especially love the tiny ornament. Great job. Thanks for the snowflake.

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  53. I love redwork... hate mine but love everyone elses..

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  54. Cyndi, I just love your redwork pillow. You have such a creative mind and all the extras you added to the houses are just so great. Congrats on being one of Mdm Samms's picks. Your pillow is definitely one of my favorites.

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  55. I love all of your projects but especially the embroidered one! Wish you had given us that pattern....greedy ain't I! Thanks for the free snowflake pattern and for sharing with us!

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  56. Adorable projects, the redwork stitched one is the most surprising. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Wow you did so well, the redwork is beautiful!

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Thanks for leaving me a message. I always read them and hopefully answer as many as possible. Cyndi