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12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Days 7 & 8

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Snack time is over and it is time to go back to work. In one corner of the kitchen I notice a small table with a seesaw underneath it. The old woman sits in a chair in front of the table and starts to raise the lid! Some type of black machine rises up from within the table and comes to rest. The table top is now twice the size!  This room made me feel as if I had journeyed to a magical playground! All around me are new things to explore.

She sat down at the table, puts two pieces of fabric together and lowers a lever to hold the fabric in place. Next, she puts her feet on the seesaw and starts to rock them back and forth. As she does, the black machine starts to make a quiet noise and the fabric starts to move all by itself! When she is done the two pieces of fabric are joined together. Next she unfolds the fabspinning-mat-and-cutterric along the edge that has been joined and it now looks like a square with two colors and pointy ears.

I watch as she moves the square to the board on the table, pick up a tool and trims the pointy ears off of one side of the square. Then she spins the surface around and cuts the point ears off of the other side. I’d like to go for a ride on the spinning mat! But I definitely don’t want to have my ears trimmed.

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This is interesting to watch, but I think it is time for a rest. I see a nicely padded perch off of the floor and decide that it would be a great place to watch from. I will be able to see more and stay off of the drafty floor. It is just the right size and I won’t have to share! Time for a little cat nap!

For the 7th Day of Christmas indulge yourself with a 12″ Olfa Spinning Rotary Mat and a 5-pack of 45mm Replacement Rotary Blades. This small mat is incredibly handy to have set up close to your sewing machine for trimming and squaring blocks as you sew. The rotating mat eliminates the need to move your body or project around. Make your cut, rotate the mat and cut again keeping your ruler in place for safe, accurate cutting. Get a set of 5 Replacement Rotary Blades and stop fighting the little burrs and nicks that inevitably make cutting more challenging. You deserve to have the best tools available to keep your sewing efficient and fun. These two items together retail for $81.49. Today, December 8th, through 11:59 pm December 9th, purchase the pair for $48.89 and save 40% off normal retail!

That’s not enough you say? For the 8th Day of Christmas it is time to join in and create one of the year’s hottest projects. Be prepared to put your feet up when you select a complete Tuffet Finishing Kit! The kit includes a wood base with pre-beveled quality foam attached and t-nuts installed, upholstery batting, button, cording and high quality furniture legs. This partially assembled kit normally retails for $165, but you can stuff your stocking  and save $30. If you don’t already have the pattern, add that in as well for $12.00 and save 25% off of the normal $16.00 retail price. These items may be added to your stocking through 11:59 pm December 9th.

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 6

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All this work this morning! Time for a snack. I follow the woman through the hallway to the kitchen. It is hard not to notice that we are in a very old building, so I start looking to see if there are any signs of mice. So far, no luck. Maybe I will find some hiding in corners in the kitchen!

When we arrive I jump up on the table to get a better view of my surroundings. The old woman puts a kettle on the wood stove and gets two mugs out of the cupboard. It must be tea time.

She looks at me asks “Did you know that we are artists and builders? What do you think of our new mugs? They are in production now and should be ready to go soon. Maybe you were one of the models the potters used to create the design.”

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Gato’s Mug by Laurel Burch
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Canine Friends Mug by Laurel Burch

I looked at the mugs and thought that the felines looked particularly handsome. I suppose that the canines are nice, too. But, I don’t drink tea. Maybe she would fill a mug for me with some nice warm milk. In the meantime, I should keep looking for some mice to go with my drink.

chocolate-miceI glanced around the rest of the items on the table and there they were! It was as if she had laid a plate of cookies and mice just for us! But it was kind of funny that the mice didn’t move or seem frightened of me at all. This definitely required closer inspection!

Moving in slowly to take a closer look I could tell that there was something very strange about the mice. They certainly didn’t smell like most of the mice I had smelled before. In fact, they smelled like chocolate! This was definitely a strange and wondrous place!mice-close-up

 

 

 

“I see you stalking my mice, little friend,” said the woman. “Unfortunately, those are not for you. They are treats that I make for my husband, Kris. He loves sweets, especially chocolate, almonds and cherries! The cherries remind me of the rosy glow of his cheeks when he comes in after a sleigh ride.”

Drat! Looks like I am not going to be getting any mice without trying harder!

For the 6th Day of Christmas let the world know if you are a cat person or a dog person with one of these great new mugs from Laurel Burch! These items are so new that we will not have them in stock until after the 1st of the new year. Preorder one now for $10.00 and save &2.00 off of the regular $12.00 purchase price. Order a pair (you can mix and match) for $19.00 and save $5.00 of the $24.00 total. As a bonus, each order will include a recipe card for the Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice autographed by Remy!

Just a reminder, the mugs will be available to pick up or have us ship in early January, 2017, but will not be in stock before the holidays. Order one or both of these fun Laurel Burch mugs to Stuff Your Stocking! 

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 5

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After finishing my ornament the woman in the red dress picked up another piece of fabric from her work basket. It was square shaped and there were so many different colors and shapes sewn together. Each square remy-on-scratching-bedmade a pattern. When I looked in the basket I saw a stack of the same big squares. There were also little pieces of fabric that hadn’t been sewn together. Just when I started thinking that the basket could be a fun place to play the woman looked at the piece in her hands and frowned.

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“It is so disappointing every time I have to take one of these blocks apart to correct a mistake,” she said. “But if it must be done, it must be done.” Then she picked up a tool with a sharp end on it and started to cut bits of thread that were holding the pieces together.

That was it! I knew one way to repay her kindness! I have little rippers on my feet and I just sharpened them! Perhaps I could help!

Time to get to work!

For the 5th Day of Christmas we have a bundle of sewing room must
have items. First, use some of your scrap fabrics to make this humorous ‘Rippity Doo Dah’ wall hanging from Amy Bradley Designs. Use the 12″ embroidery hoop to frame your wall hanging and add a new seam ripper. Purchase the pattern for
$15.00 and save $4.68 when you receive both the hoop and seam ripper for FREE! Call or email today
, December 6th through 11:59 AM December 7th, order this great bundle and Stuff Your Stocking! 

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th or later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

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12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 3 and Day 4

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Looking out of the window, I saw a world transformed. There was snow coming down, and the ground was covered with fluffy mounds of glistening white snowballs! Everywhere I saw little people with  pointy caps throwing the snowballs at each other and laughing and laughinremy-at-the-windowg! It looked like lots of fun, but I did enjoy being inside and nice and warm.

Suddenly, one of the snowballs hit the window. Splat! I was startled and ran to the hide under the tree. When I looked up I saw something that looked very much like the snowballs outside. I batted at it and instead of breaking it swung back and forth. So I batted at it again. This time it fell off the lower branch of the tree and rolled across the floor! I pounced on the ball and batted it again. The ball came to rest right at the feet of a kindly old woman clad in a red dress. She benround-fold-n-stitch-ornamentt down to pick up the ornament and put it back on the tree. The she looked at me and smiled and said “Where did you come from?”

I knew I wasn’t in any trouble when she picked me up, softly stroked my fur and murmured “Let’s make you an ornament of your own to play with.”

Soon I was resting on the back of the sofa, watching, as the woman’s nimble fingers stitched the finishing touches on my very own ornament! The needle and thread flew as these funny little clippy things tightly held the pieces together for her to sew. It was fascinating to watch. If only I had opposable thumbs. Those clips could really come in handy. Until my next report . . .

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For our 3rd and 4th Days of Christmas we have Remy’s Snowball Ornament kits and a package of 50 Mini Wonder Clips available. Each kit includes an Heirloom Ornament pattern,  fabric, batting and beads to create this fun ornament. The Mini Wonder Clip Assortment has 50 clips, perfect for precision work and miniature projects. The regular price of the ornament kit  is $30.00 and the Mini Wonder Clip assortment is $29.95. Today, December 5th through 11:59 AM December 6th, order either or both of these items to Stuff Your Stocking! Save 40% on the Ornament Kit and pay only $18.00.  Save $10 off of the price of the Wonder Clips and stuff them in your stocking for $19.95!

wonder-clips-miniHow do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th or later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy Day 2

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When I awoke, I peeked out of the bag and, in the morning glow, saw bright, twinkling lights. Slowly, I emerged, stretching to loosen my muscles as I crept into the room. There I saw the most unusual trees. I saw skinny ones, and fat ones and even baby trees! The trees were covremy-under-a-christmas-treeered in lights, bright shiny balls, ribbons and glittering strings! I wondered if there were any birds in them. I was hungry and ready to eat. I didn’t smell any birds or squirrels and there was no sign of anything moving. Since the trees were inside I came to the conclusion that they must be some new, fantastic cat toys!

To be continued . . .

 

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christmas-trees-sampleFor our 2nd Day of Christmas we have a Remy’s Kitty Christmas Trees available. The pair of battery powered trees are great for small areas such as apartments and nursing home rooms to add a little holiday cheer and a lot less work that a standard Christmas tree. Each set includes a Christmas Trees pattern,  precut fabric, batting and lights to create a matching pair of trees. The regular price of all the supplies to make these fun decorations is $day-2-offer64.49, but today, December 2nd, order these items to Stuff Your Stocking and receive the Moon Lights (a $20 value) for FREE!

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say Stuff My Stocking! We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th or later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas Stuff My Stocking -The Adventures of Remy

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My name is Carol Ann Remington, but everyone calls me Remy. I am a street cat from Chicago with an inquisitive nature, big green eyes, and a satiny grey coat. I love to play and climb and explore small spaces, like boxes and bags. I feel safe and protected
in those snug places. It makes it easy to curl up and rest when I am tired. But life is tough for a street cat and not all humans appreciate homeless kitties. After two years of fending for myself, I was captured and taken to a shelter.

The humans at the shelter did their best to provide for me. I had a safe, warm, place to stay and enough food to eat. There were lots of other kitties, too, all of them trying to catch the eye of adoptive parents. I knew I would be happy in a new home but I missed the excitement of life on my own. I was ready for one more adventure before being adopted.

One cold night I awoke to the strange sound of bells ringing and a human chuckling.

“Ho, ho, ho”, he said.

I didn’t know what to think, but I was frightened. Looking around, Isnowflake-grids-and-grommets-bag saw a big bag lying on the floor. The bag looked like a great place to hide, so I scampered over to it quickly and crawled inside. It was so soft and toasty warm, not like the cardboard boxes and paper bags I hid in when I was on the street. The
bag was so lovely that I curled up and before I knew it I was gently rocked to sleep. I dreamt I was flying through the air chasing so
me very strange looking birds with four legs. The wind was rushing past and the bag was swaying. Occasionally I would hear the bells and the voice chuckling, but I stayed in the bottom of the bag, curled up, safe and warm. When I awoke and poked my head out, I was certain I wasn’t in Chicago anymore!

To be continued . . .

Enjoying the story? Want to play along? For our 1st Day of Christmas we have a limited number of Remij8051y’s great Snowflake Bag kits available. Each bag kit includes a Grids and Grommets pattern, fabric and notions to create this large, quilted, easy, fun 14”H x 13”W x 8”D bag. The regular price of the kit is $65.00, but today, December 1st, you can save over 30% and Stuff Your Stocking with this great kit for $45.00!

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say Stuff My Stocking! We will start a stocking for you that will be ready to pick up December 17th or later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

Attitude

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I have been working on a project for some months now and have come up with most of the excuses in the book for avoiding it. You’ve heard them all (and probably used some of them yourself):

  • “I am so busy right now.”
  • “I have no room to leave my sewing set up. It’s disruptive to have to keep putting it away and getting it out when I want to sew. I have to figure out where I left off and have to start again.”
  • “There are so many pieces! What was I thinking?”
  • “This is boring! It is just the same thing over and over and over and . . .”
  • “I hate this type of piecing!”
  • “My blocks aren’t square. What is the point of continuing? This quilt will just be a mess!”
  • “Maybe if I start a new project I’ll feel better about sewing.”

attitudeBelieve it or not, a lot of this just boils down to attitude. Sewing (and I am using that term to include the many different types of sewing, be it piecing, applique, quilting, or garments) is a matter of efficiency and priority. Make an active choice, not excuses. If sewing is not a priority, if you truly can’t find even 30 minutes a day, then own the choice. Is there a way of streamlining your project and breaking it down into manageable segments? Have you organized your project and workspace for maximum efficiency? Do you use methods that may speed up the process, or do you prefer to focus on precision? Avoiding the situation won’t make it better, but a positive attitude and some perspective will.

Let’s tackle these head-on and start at the beginning. Yes, I am busy, and so are you. That doesn’t mean I can’t find the time if it is truly important to me. It may mean getting up a little earlier, or less time just browsing or playing games on the computer, or even saying “no” to some other activity that you feel obligated to do but are not looking forward to (like cleaning!). If I’m honest with myself, I have to admit that I am able to do a better job of using my time wisely. Scratch that excuse.

As to room, well, that may be the toughest situation. Having had my sewing area disrupted a number of times to accommodate family living needs, I am very familiar with having to pack up my work area and struggling to find my supplies. But, I can focus on smaller projects, do more handwork, or plan and cut pieces for my next project. These activities don’t require as much space and may aid in efficiency when my machine is finally out and I’m ready to sew.

criss-cross-applesauceNow, down to the heart of the situation and my current project, Criss Cross Applesauce by V and Co. The first time I saw this quilt, I thought it was fantastic. It reminded me of an updated scrap quilt that my grandmother might have made and I was excited at the prospect of having a good use for ombre fabrics. I have found ombres to be a challenge for me to visualize what the finished product will look like, so a good pattern that shows off the fabric effectively was intriguing to me.

Clearly there were many parts to this project that I didn’t properly pay attention to, like hundreds of blocks to sew and trim and sew again into bigger blocks. For someone who likes novelty, that can be a challenge. This brings me back to “There are so many pieces! What was I thinking?” Yep, there are lots of pieces, lots of colors, and lots of block sets. I am finding that instead of doing the math and thinking about the total, it is much easier and more encouraging to break the process down into groups. Bite-size pieces go down more easily.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been working on (or ignoring) this project for months now. But I need to be disciplined and get some things finished. This project has been completely cut and organized, and a number of blocks have been made. I really want to find a way to complete it without going crazy, so I have looked at attitude adjustments as a means of breaking the inertia and getting back to work on it. For example, this morning I got up early and spent one hour sewing. During that time, I focused on sewing two sets of half square triangles to blocks from two color sets. I could do that and it wasn’t very difficult. Instead of thinking about hundreds of seams, I committed to a smaller amount. Yes, there is still pressing and trimming to do, but that is a different small step that can be done during my next free hour.

Step 1 of the plan is underway. Check back as I continue to describe how I have managed to divide and conquer this challenge. The next step is to tackle the boredom of very repetitive piecing.