• Rita Nau

Little Gifts

I have been working on a quilt inspired by Kaffe Fassett's Berry Ice Cream from the book Quilts in the Cotswolds . I only have one more row to go before it's finished!

I don’t know who is throwing this stuff all over, but my studio has become a huge mess because of this quilt! This weekend I looked around and found a pile of strips I had used in the Kaffe quilt. They were just too wonderful to put in the basket soI went looking for a quick project and found a free pattern.

I went to the Noodle-head.com site and used the pattern Zippy Wallet by Anna Graham. She has some great projects that I will be making this next year. I loved her name and tried to find an anagram in it, but no luck. It would have been so perfect. At any rate, I chose t this wallet to make as gifts the year. It measures 4" long and 3" wide. Just perfect to fit on a key chain. I like making small useful items and this wallet fits the bill.

Not only did I have the left over fabric from my project but then I remembered I had just purchased some Charley Harper with raccoons that I had no idea what I could use it for and realized they would be perfect.

I found some colored snaps in my stash. I like using this tool. It works every time. For some reason when I use the metal ones I screw them up all the time. The colored plastic snaps are simple to use. I have used them on all sorts of things. Even heavy paper. They add a nice touch.

I went through my drawers and found the zippers I needed! I never seem to have interfacing on hand, but there it was tucked in a drawer! So, without spending a dime I had some pretty cool Christmas presents.

It's December in Minnesota. You never know what the weather will be like. We have about 8 inches of snow on the ground and currently it is -8° degrees (yes, that is minus). It may be -8° but the sun is shining like nobody's business here. An excellent time to stay in the house and the perfect time to sit and sew.

As usual, there were some starts and stops with the first bag but after I got going it was pretty quick and easy. My favorite so far is the raccoons.

I just remembered! I have have some Charlie Harper fabric with chickadees that someone is going to really love! I guess it's time to start stash digging. I have to get busy. So.......

I give you my Irish goodbye.



Check this out:

If you use Instagram you should check out @suzyreno. She purchased an Advent Calendar from Stitch Supply. Each day Suzy publishes a story as she opens another door and pulls out the neatest sewing notions. After seeing these it makes me sad I missed out on this. I will definitely sign up for this next year.


Christmas Special

If you haven't seen our Lumi Wands you might want to check them out. They are great when you are at a class and the lighting is poor when you need to look inside your machine or when you just need light. They attach to a power bank or any power source through a USB. Just keep one of these in your purse and voila!. Light when you need it.

The Lumi wand is usually $18.00 and the Sewlite Power Bank is $35.00. Purchase the Lumi Special and pay $45.00. That is an $8.00 saving and free shipping. You are going to love these lights! I do.



Forgotten Kisses

My mother made these cookies at Christmas time only. We looked forward to them every year.

2 egg whites pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cream of tartar 3/4 c sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla 1 12 oz pkg of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 for 15 minutes. Turn off oven water 15 minutes. Grease a cookie sheet. Beat egg whites until frothy. Ad salt and cream of tartar beating stiff. Add sugar slowly, beating at all times until glossy. Add vanilla and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Place cookies in oven. (The oven is off when cookies go in.) Do not open the oven door for five hours.



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