A New Beginning

This “Old Dog” is having to learn some new tricks! I have had my website and blog reconfigured so I can have more immediate access and flexibility. But with all new situations there is a learning curve. Ugh! So I am creating this post with my nose in the manual and my fingers crossed.

Please pass the word that my blog address has changed and bookmark this page. You can also find it easily through my website. We have also expanded the web store with some new items, including the Folk Art Flag Kit and some fabric bundles.

In the studio we have been working on some colorful ornaments for the Christmas tree. We started with a half yard of the Strawberry Serenade fabric in the Strawberry colorway, backed it with fusible web and cut out individual characters.

Then we fused each shape to a piece of felt and cut it so there was a slim outline of color left. Next we determined where the ribbon hanger should be placed and tacked it with some glue.


Then we fused or glued a second contrasting layer of felt and trimmed it with pinking shears. The pinked edge gives them a folk art look. And then we couldn’t resist adding a few sparkles.

They turned out so cute and happy that my helper, Susan, suggested a white tree would enhance the feminine feeling. Luckily she already had the tree in her Christmas closet.

The rainbow garland has been a traditional ornament on my family tree for years and it works beautifully in this tree, too. The tree skirt also adds to the optimistic pastel atmosphere. It was designed and made by the Marvelous Melissa Peda with some more fabric from the Early Birds collection, Prairie Poppies and Curlicues.

Melissa fussy cut the poppy fabric for a wonderful kaleidoscopic effect. She also added a bit of wave around the edge and an assortment of buttons for a fancy finish.

This week we will be tackling a holiday table setting, so stay tuned.

10 Responses to “A New Beginning”

  1. Awesome new digs!

    When I’m not quilting, I actually work with WordPress full time and even contribute to the software. 😉

  2. Diane says:

    A beautiful new beginning, indeed, Jane! Wish I had the time to create this lovely tree for this holiday season — it shall be filed away for next year’s Christmas projects. I think you handled the move perfectly — great blog post.

    Happy Holidays and a joyously creative New Year.


  3. Lovin the new look! The tree’s pretty darn cute too!

    I’m missing all of you at the CSoF annual holiday lunch this year ;-(
    Happy holidays my dear Jane.
    xo Judy

  4. Juanita says:

    Love the new beginning! Ornaments are so cheerful and creative. Love them,
    now all we need is snow. Merry Christmas Jane.

  5. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Congratulations on your new website. Your tree is my favourite that I’ve seen this year. How wonderful is the tree skirt with it’s fussy cutting and buttons. Fabulous!!

  6. Kathleen S says:

    How exciting for you! Can’t wait to see what else you will be posting here. Love what you are showing now, great ideas. Have a merry Christmas and look forward to your next post.

  7. What a beautiful tree! I usually am a huge proponent of real trees, but this one is STUNNING and now I’m wondering how my mod house ornaments would look on one…hmmm, I’ll have to pay attention to after Christmas sales and perhaps snag a white tree!

  8. KateUK says:

    Absolutely stunning! Great start to the new enterprise.Have a lovely Christmas.

  9. jennifer fraunfelder says:

    what a gorgeous tree Jane. I wish I wouldve seen this before today as we couldnt find our ornaments this year (thinking they were all accidentally donated to Goodwill back in the spring) and I thought of what I could do for easy, fast but super stunning ornaments and this is just spectacular. Love the colors and love the Cardinal on top. Very creative and festive.
    Hugs and Happy New Year.

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