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Monday, June 27, 2016

Share your pictures!


Come on over to our facebook page
and post your cottage pictures!
We are looking for all cottage styles home and or garden to feature here on the website!
click HERE to go to facebook to post!

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Also an update on our June give away
the winner is
Deborah Rupert
she has 48 hrs to respond or another winner will be drawn

Stay tuned for July's give away coming next week!

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Tutorial: Strip Quilted American Flag Pillow

This is an awesome tutorial by Pamela Kellogg that graciously allowed us to share here:
Strip Quilted American Flag Pillow

Last week, I saw the cutest American Flag pillow on Facebook.  It was really screaming at me so I decided to make one.  It took me all day yesterday but it's all finished:

When I started on it, I decided to take photos of each step and post it on Facebook.  Everyone seemed to enjoy that so for today, I'm going to put the tutorial together here.

To start, the finished pillow is 14 inches wide X 10 inches high.  Using a ruler, I marked out the pattern on muslin.  I always work on a foundation when I do strip quilting.

My stripes are 1 inch.  I didn't measure the blue patch.  I just eye-balled it.

Using my 1930's reproduction prints, I cut strips 1 1/2 inches high by however long I needed them to fit the flag pattern.

When I mark my foundation fabric, I use a black permanent market.  The point of this is so I can see it through the back of the foundation.

I started at the bottom, sewed down the first strip and then worked my way up.  I should have taken more photos.  I actually line my strips up and then sew on the line on the back.  Then I flip the strip, pressed it and sewed down the next strip until I got to the top.

The next step was to top stitch narrow lace over the seams.  This gave the "flag" a softer, more vintage look.


Here, I cut a piece of blue fabric.  Added fusible web to the back and ironed it in place.  Then I top stitched that on the edges.

Over the edges of the blue fabric, I top stitched some lace and then a row of blue ric rack.

For the "stars", I hand sewed on some vintage Mother Of Pearl Buttons.

Now for finishing.  I trimmed my edges making sure the flag was squared up.

I always cut my backing fabric larger than my actual stitched or quilted piece.


With right sides together and starting at the bottom, sew the front to the back leaving about 6 inches open at the bottom for turning right side out.  Trim the excess fabric.

Turn right side out and press the seams so that the pillow is flat.  Stuff firmly with polyester fiberfill and blind stitch the opening closed by hand.

And that's all there is too it!

You can see more of Pamela's blog at
http://kittyandmedesigns.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June Give Away


Welcome to our monthly give away! 
Every month one of our readers graciously donates a lovely treasure to give away. This give away is open to anyone who resides within the USA.

Our June hostess is
Celeste from

Celeste is offering this lovely hand painted 
 9" wooden French Keepsake box

$25 retail value!


Visit Celeste's Etsy shop
for more lovely hand made treasures!


Sign ups end June 25th at midnight
You must reside within the USA to enter

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Market Monday June

 SHOP TILL YA DROP!

MARKET MONDAY for June
LINK UP RUNS THRU June 15th


Market Monday is open to all sellers that sell the following categories:
Cottage style, Vintage and collectible items, handmade arts and crafts, supplies, etc.
No drop shipping sites such as Zazzle are allowed. Any links deemed unrelated will be deleted.