Caroline – Almost Four

I’m so glad the Lord chooses to grow children up whether we want them to or not. I so love each stage that I’m afraid if I could choose, I’d keep our nieces exactly as they are. Woe to me if I’d have my way! I’d never know the joys that are around the corner waiting for us as they continue to mature, grow, and become dearer and dearer to our hearts.

And so it’s starting. The wonderful little things that children say to make our days brighter and our lives so much more fun.

Like walking into Michael and Jacquie’s house and having Caroline look at us with her bright eyes and say, “Let’s have a snack!” She’s learning that it’s fun to feed people. Fun to do nice things for people. She said it with such cheer in her voice. She runs over to the counter, pulls up her stool, hops ONTO the counter, and promptly pulls down her gummy snacks and passes them around for all to enjoy. The adults all smiles and enjoy – not the snacks, but the pleasures of a child.

Or how about singing “God Is Great And God Is Good” before meal time? The last line says, “Give us, Lord, our daily bread.” To which Caroline says, “Mom? Why do we have to say ‘Give us, Lord, our DAILY BREAD?’ Can’t we say ‘Give us, Lord, our MAC AND CHEESE’?” She definitely loves her mac and cheese!

Caroline 2013

Phoebe Quilt – A Work Of Art

We were soooo privileged to be allowed to do this quilt! One of our favorite, “memory-making” (you know what you mean to us!) customers brought it to us. It was truly a work of art and we felt the responsibility of such an undertaking. This quilter had spent hours upon hours doing detailed little blocks, borders, and applique. She had picked out PERFECT fabrics. The quilt was stunning. And we had the joy of quilting it!

I hope you find it as enjoyable as we did!

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***Like the quilting? Own a computerized machine? Watch our blog and website for the release of the quilting patterns we used!***

Even More Wide Backings – Batiks This Time!

Hi there! We’ve added even more 108″ wide backing fabrics. And we’re excited that this time they are BATIKS! The colors are simply incredible and the fabric has that wonderful “batik feel”. These will definitely add some interest to the back of your quilt. Check them all out here: Wide Backing Fabrics at Three Sisters Fabric

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“Blue” – Best Of Show Winn

I did this quilt for Kathy Lyon in December of 2012.  While it was cold and snowy outside this was a beautiful, tropical quilt to work on in the warmth of my studio.  It was Kathy’s first appliqué and a joy to work on.  The center was all free hand and borders were patterns that were placed using the Statler Stitcher.  Kathy just received the call that the quilt won Best of Show at the Elkhart County Fair.  We are thrilled!

Blue

 

Blue

 

Blue

 

Blue

Even More Backing Choices – We Hit 100!!

We’ve been working on expanding our backing selection around here. Today we hit 100 bots of wide backing fabrics! We’re really excited about that cause it is nice for all of us. You have plenty to choose from and neither of us have to piece backings! 🙂

Here are the newest additions, but keep looking for more as we continually expand.

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Wintergreen by 3 Sisters for Moda is here!

The latest fabric collection by 3 Sisters for Moda has arrived!  Announcing… Wintergreen by 3 Sistesrs!  We love the black that was added to this warm and wintery collection.  It makes for a classy collection that still has the traditional feeling 3 Sisters is known for.  Hope you like it too!

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Feathers!

We just love feathers around here and this quilt has them!  The kite shape was somewhat unique, so I designed a custom feather for it…And called it… Feathered Kite.  It fell right into place and complimented Emily’s Feathers Border & Corner  just as I wanted it to.  As another quilter told me once, “Feathers have personality!  They HAVE to match.”  Well said!

Feather patterns by Allison Payette

Emily's Feather and Feathered Kite by Allison Payette

Border is Emily’s Feather Border and Corner and blocks are Feathered Kite

Feathered Kite by Allison Payette

Feathered Kite by Allison Payette

Ugly Flower Pots Made Beautiful

My biggest goof with this project was that I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture.  Suffice it to say, this was NOT a cute flower pot before.  It was so ugly that tho we put it in our garage sale – it didn’t sell.

Then we got a brain storm.  Why not spray paint it?  So we did.  Painted it white.  And the thing was as ugly and lifeless as ever before.

And then we got smart.  We decided to use fabric to dress it up.  We used Moda’s Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille to Mod Podge the fabric onto the pot.  Then we coated it with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint.  It has held up wonderfully through the entire season.  It looked sooo cute on our front porch!  And the chenille plant in the pot was such a happy, cute little thing creeping and fluffing it’s way down the pot.  Great conversation piece.

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

Flower pot with Vintage Modern fabric 55031 15

 

Here’s how we did it:

We started with an ugly, lonely, boring flower pot.

Plain white flower pot

Then we selected the fabric:  Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda SKU 55041 15

Fabric for the flower pot's new "dress"

Doing a dry test to make sure the fabric was long enough.  This dry test also showed us that we’d need to cut the fabric in two pieces because of the contour of the flower pot – and even then we knew we were going to need to snip the fabric in some places.  More on this later…

Testing the fabric

First thing we did was coat the wrong side of the fabric thoroughly with Mod Podge.  Then we let it dry for 24 hours.  This made it feel like oil cloth and kept the fabric from fraying or becoming too relaxed when we worked with it later.

Ready to Mod Podge

This is a picture after the first side of the pot was done.  Just to give you a glimpse of where we are going with this.  🙂

Preview - the pot half covered

Apply more Mod Podge to your fabric.  (Which has dried since the original coat yesterday.)  And also apply a good coat of Mod Podge to your flower pot.  Get it on quickly, you don’t want to take too long.  Although you don’t want to use globs and globs of extra Mod Podge, if you do apply too much don’t worry because it will be spread out in the next steps.

Applying Mod Podge

Getting the bottom of the pot where the fabric will also be glued down.

Applying Mod Podge to the bottom

Also apply Mod Podge where the fabric will over lap.

Applying Mod Podge where the fabric will overlap

After applying the Mod Podge, begin laying the fabric on the pot.

Laying the fabric on the final side

Start smoothing the fabric onto the pot.  Notice how the contour of the pot is making for too much fabric?  I’ll have to cut a snip into the fabric to help it lie flat.  I also had to cut quite a few snips along the top edge to get the fabric to fold over and into the pot.

Carefully smoothing into place

See the ripples?  These need to be worked out through smoothing and also with some snips.

See the ripples? These need to be worked out.

Smoothing.  They have special tools you can buy for this, but I just used a spatula like thing we had around the house.

Smoothing the fabric

More smoothing – carefully, carefully to get ALL the air bubbles worked out to the edge.

Smoothing the fabric

Snipping the bottom edge of the fabric.

Snipping

Here’s where I had a couple of choices.  I could have let the fabric go crooked, but that messed up how much fabric wrapped around the bottom.  So I opted to cut a slit up the fabric and overlap it.  Because my fabric choice was geometric the slit shows more than it might have otherwise, but it’s not bad enough to bother me.

Dealing with the excess fabric

Here you can see where I option to cut the slit and am in the process of smoothing it down.

Cut and overlap the fabric to allow for the contour of the pot

All smoothed!  Once the Mod Podge finishes drying you will no longer see the whitish film.  Then I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat of acrylic spray paint because Mod Podge is water soluble and I knew I’d be watering my plants.  😉  The clear coat gave the it a really nice glazed finish and it has definitely held up to watering well.

Flower pot covered in Vintage Modern fabric by Moda

Later with a cute Chenille plant….  Enjoy!

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