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December 2017

Christmas just keeps on coming!

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On this super cold -14 degree day in Minnesota, it's such a pleasure to have the mailman ring the door bell with an unexpected package! As soon as I saw the return address from Cordova Alaska, I felt all warm inside because I knew it was going to be something great!

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That beautiful card! It was signed by my friend Terri ... many of you know her as Mrs Dilly Dally from her blog or her Facebook page. Anything wrapped in craft paper and tied with yarn and jute makes me happy ... but doesn't keep me from ripping into the package!

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How cool that it's a gift inside a gift! This pretty tin will be put to lots of use! But wait ... there's more!

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I've always been jealous of Terri's knitting skills ... she designs her own knitting patterns! Throughout December, she's been showing sneak peeks of what she terms her '007 projects' that she doesn't want anyone to see until Christmas. Because she has to ship her things from a remote part of Alaska, she doesn't like to talk about them until they are in the right hands. I sort of remember seeing her knitting some socks ... not knowing that one day they'd be mine! They are the softest wool in gorgeous shades of blueberry ... just like they grow in the forest near her home. I truly do not know how I'll be able to wear them because I want to keep them just as they are. But I know eventually they'll go on my feet because Terri makes her things to be worn. The other Alaska trinkets will find a home where I can see them and smile at my memories of Cordova.

A Minnesota girl, Terri and I became friends following one of the Minnesota Quilt Shop Hop bus tours in 2008. Our paths have crossed so frequently since then that it's scary ... seeing how we are thousands of miles apart and all. Once again, we'll be together in July when we'll meet up at Quiltstock in Dallas. But my favorite get together with her was when she invited me to teach at her quilt guild in Cordova. I found the town so enchanting that I often dream about returning ... and can't wait until I do! Because I will. In the meantime, I'll look back on my photos of the harbor and imagine Terri seeing the same view as she works on another 007 project for some lucky recipient!

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A Little Something for Christmas ~ Jewelry Keeper

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I like to get a lot of use out of my quilting and crafting books so when I was flipping through A Little Somethingmy book published through Martingale , I started thinking about other projects that could be made when you combine pieces from many pages. And then the wheels started turning! Here's one ...  Jewelry Keeper ... but remember ... you need to have a copy of A Little Something to make it. 

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To make the Jewelry Keeper, you'll need a 9" square of wool for the outside, a 4 1/2" square for the inside, scraps for flowers and leaves, and a long strip for the ties. Of course, don't forget floss ... matching or contrasting is fine ... sharp scissors, Roxanne's Glue Baste, and #9 embroidery needles.

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Use freezer paper to make templates and cut the wool for the scallop and circle. The patterns are on pages 30-31 or a larger circle on page 27. You can find info on how to cut wool shapes on page 78.

On the scalloped piece, use two strands of floss to blanket stitch the edge. I worked from the front so my stitches looked best there, and I hid my knots on the inside as much as I could. You're only working with one layer of wool so it's a bit tricky. Just make it look nice.

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Press the circle in half, then in half again ... use steam or mist with a spray bottle because you want the folds to stay.

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Center the circle on the scallop. Use a running stitch and two strands of floss to stitch along the folds, going through all of the layers. Hide the knots under the circle. This makes the pockets for your jewels.

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So next you have to make templates for the flowers and leaves. I used the large and small flowers on page 23, the leaf on page 31, the flower and small and medium and large circles on page 33, and the leaf on page 53. Look at the photos to see what you need to cut. I used scraps from my stash.

Fold the scallop in half and then use glue baste to hold the flowers and leaves in place. Notice that the rounded ends of the leaves are facing out. The shapes are only placed on half of the scallop. If it makes it easier to lay them out, lightly press the scallop into quarters.

To stitch the flowers and leaves, use one strand of floss. Try your best to keep the stitches under the inside circle if you can ... but if you can't, make them neat on the back. If you don't know how to make the stitches, we've included photos on page 79.

Make one long stitch down the center of the leaves.

The larger flower is anchored by large X stitches in each petal.  The smaller flower and center circle are anchored with a star stitch over the top of the center circle, going through all of the layers. The small flower is loose.

Whipstitch the larger circle flower along the edges. Make a star stitch over the center of the small circle to hold it in place.

Cut two strips for ties ... a scant 3/8" wide x 10" or so long. Layer a small flower and circle, then glue baste about 1" or so from the end of each tie. Anchor with a star stitch over the center circle. On the back, cover the stitches with a circle, then stitch a large X through the center, hiding the knots underneath. Notch the ends of the ties about 1/2" beyond the flowers. Look at the photos above to see how they should look.

Fold the jewelry keeper into four and press lightly. The flowers will show on the front and the back when it's tied.

Make a mark 1/2" from the scalloped edge along the fold on both folds. Cut a slit a scant 1/4" long along the fold. Push the other end of each tie through the slit to the inside. Tie a knot in the ends and trim the excess.

Tuck necklaces, earrings, and rings into the segments of the inside circle. Fold the jewelry keeper into four and tie it to close.

If you don't have a copy of A Little Something yet, you can order an autographed copy here!

Happy stitching! Enjoy making 'a little something'!!

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