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Happy Year of New!

January 1st, 2009

It’s been another wonderful year for me here in this happy, crafty and creative blogland.   Old friendships grew stronger, and new friendships continue to grow.  Thank you to all that have showered me with their friendship, kindness and generosity.   Every little thing… every big thing - means the world to me.    I mean that from the top, bottom, sides and center of my heart.

Christmas at Casa de Zombie

We had a white Christmas - and it was magical. I was already getting tired of snow and hoping for rain instead… but on Christmas morning it snowed again.  And it snowed, and snowed and snowed… and at one point the snow was the size of silver dollar pancakes.  Now all is melted, and we’re back to normal North Oregon coast weather… rain, wind, rain and more rain.  No more s-word. Done.
Christmas at Casa de Zombie

A year of new.  No resolutions for me.   Just a fresh start for 2009.  The year 2008 was a wild ride for me.  I’ve had some peas and carrots cookin’ in a pot - which takes a long, long, long time to simmer.  Even though it’s scary and the wait is long and secretive… it feels fantastic to start the new year and to be taking risks!   Of course, my New Year’s Day had me in my jammies at close to 1pm while in the garage sharpening pencils.  Getting things done that I’ve been meaning to do forever.  My in-box is next!

Wii it's me
All the hub-bub and hoo-haa before Christmas and our Wii bowling tournament on Christmas day, I needed to rinse, repeat and untangle for a few days.  Best place I can do that is in my hideaway - my sewing room.  My bliss.  I had treated myself to some Woodland Bloom charms by Lila Tueller for Moda that Anina was selling in her wonderful Twiddletales Store. Moda’s charms are my absolute weakness.  Not that I will, but if I ever commit a crime and I’m being interrogated by a good cop/bad cop… I will sing like a bird if charms are flashed in front of me.
My bliss

My favorite most relaxing thing is hand stitching binding down on a quilt.   So I played with a way that I could use the same method for appliqué.  The no fuss no muss method, which I’m all about. I don’t like pinching, or pinning, or snipping… just fast, easy and fun.   My method is the same as the fusable stuff you sew on, but EVERY time I’ve tried it, I ALWAYS end up pressing and fusing in the wrong places.  Like to my iron.

I take my background fabric (my beloved Kona Snow) and my Woodland Blooms print - right sides together, an Ikea saucer, a pencil and I trace around it.
Happy Circles

Stitch on the lines.   Backstitch to lock.   Slit the background, trim edges and turn inside-out.
Happy Circles

With my favorite chop-stick I “finger press” the seams.  Round n round I go.
Happy Circles

A quick basting to the background fabric of the block.  Slit-b-gone.
Happy Circles

I stitch as if I’m stitching binding.   I just love doing this.  Nothing to hold down.  Nothing to turn under.  Nothing to pinch or squeeze.
Happy Circles

Nothing but relaxing fun.
Happy Circles

It’ll be a while before all the blocks will be put together.  For now… I’m enjoying the bliss of appliqueing 37 happy little circles.
Happy Circles

Wishing everyone a happy non scary year of new!   xoxo-m

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53 Responses

  1. The fabulous georgiapeachez allegedly said:

    Best wishes and Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to following your blog for another wonderful year! xo, suzy

  2. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I’m looking forward to a new year, too, even though it does seems a little scary to me. I’m trying not to think of it all. I retreat to my sewing room, too!

    I am thankful, too, for my quilting, my quilting friends, and the friends that I have in blogland. I, too, have been blessed by all of them, and that includes you! :)

    I love to hand applique like you do! All of the other methods don’t work for me. That one seems the easiest and the most relaxing.

    Happy New Year to you, too! I, too, look forward to another year of blogging with you.

  3. The fabulous Lemon Tree Tami allegedly said:

    Fresh starts are just one of the best magics of the new year. Here’s to a fantastic 2009! Happy New Years!!!! :-)

  4. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Happy New Year! I love to hand applique too, but I don’t mind the fussy kind. I do love your circles and the fabric. Can’t wait to see what it looks like finished.

    Happy Stewing!

  5. The fabulous Carla F. allegedly said:

    Hope your new year is blissfully happy.

  6. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Love those applique’ circles…and what a great method for stitching them!

  7. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica! I am so happy that you had snow, and lots of it! I know this makes you happy. However, I have had enough already. But it does give me time to do what I like to do best. I just love the Woodland Bloom and also bought them from Anina! I love what you are doing with them. Your method is also my method. But one difference, I use a light weight fusible interfacing then once you turn them you can fuse them to your background, no basting or pinning. Are you going to publish this pattern???

  8. The fabulous Marsha allegedly said:

    Happy New Year


  9. The fabulous Sandy allegedly said:

    What a upbeat wonderful blog. I’ll come play with you…even if my mommy said no…LOL

    I too love doing the hand binding of my quilts and love your applique approach. What a great idea.

    I will be following you…hehehehe

  10. The fabulous LauraJ allegedly said:

    Happy New Year!! Such pretty fabrics you have used!!

  11. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    Happy New Year! 2008 was a shake-it-up, stir-it-up year for me too.

    Doing something with circles is on my list this year. I like the way your circle has that bit of poof that makes it stand out more.

    Oregon, huh? Near Portland? I’m headed there in 2 weeks. Any quilt shop recommendations?

  12. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    Happy 2009! What happy looking circles. Can’t wait to see what they turn out to be. I just can’t get into applique. I don’t understand the technique. Seems like every time I try, they come out all wonky looking.

    Your’s look terrific!

    Jen :)

  13. The fabulous Bren allegedly said:

    Happy new year Monica! I am just getting ready to do some applique & your photos are making my mouth water! I waited so many years before I did any applique & now I just love it! Can’t wait to see what lovely your pretty circles turn out to be a part of!
    xo, Bren

  14. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Happy New Year. Love your Wii.. we didn’t get much bowling in but its super fun. Miss you. xop

  15. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    happy new year to you!!!
    your applique pics are great.

  16. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    What cute blocks to start the new year Miss Zombie. Love them.
    I hope you have a wonderful 2009!!! Nothing but the best!!!

  17. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    Kid + pets + quilt + shreds of wrapping paper and ribbon + pets wearing shreds of wrapping paper and ribbon = wild and crazy fun Christmas morning …..(I’m familiar!)

    ….Wii bowling …. FUN ! My favorite is boxing… Boxing the crap out of my sister …. our kids think we’ve totally lost it (more than usual)

    ….I’m with you on that applique method … but I cheat and use the fusible interfacing as the backing (because I’m too darn lazy to baste anything …. although it probably doesn’t take any longer than waiting for the iron to heat up and dragging my butt out of the chair and walking over to the ironing board….)

    P.S. hope the “new stew” is a winner!

  18. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Hey, did you say pancakes?

    As a mater of fact… I did (and I said that just for you)! It was snowing pigs and pancakes. You SHOULD have been here. MISS YOU! xoxoxo-m

  19. The fabulous Joyce allegedly said:

    I love to do binding too. I’m not sure about the cirles tho. I have to do 13 .. 7-1/2″ circles appliqued to a background and I think that’s why I haven’t started the quilt yet. Bad thing is, the quilt is for my daughter, and she has asked me about it twice during Christmas break from college. Have fun binding, I know I do!

  20. The fabulous Karen S allegedly said:

    Ah, the stew. As usual, you always use the best ingredients. Too bad someone was messing with the heat settings on your stove. A little upgrade and you’ll be cookin!

    Great applique tips. I have to do similar but with fusible. I tried a needle turn flower once and it looked just like a fried egg when I was done!

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what fun things lie ahead for both of us!

  21. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    I’m with you, no resolutions, just be me and bee happy! :) Your kids look so cute on Christmas. Your boy (I mean, man) is so handsome! I’m glad your weather is back to normal. Ours is normal…snow! :) Reminds me of you. :) :) Happy New Year friend. boobie hugs to everyone! love and kisses…cindy :)

  22. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Happy New Year to you, too, my friend!

  23. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Happy New Year to you my friend. I know the new dish you are cooking up will be the best!
    I am so happy that you got to experience all that white stuff! I know it gives you great joy!

    hugs and miss you,

  24. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    I LOVE the circles!!! You’ve actually inspired me to try some of my own. Miss S asked me to comment “the dog is so cute and so furry”:):)

  25. The fabulous Lallee allegedly said:

    Happy New Year. No resolutions for me either except more whimsy in 2009. Your delightful blog will help me keep this one ;-) Thank you for such a great tutorial too!

  26. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    Ah the stew. Why don’t you try adding celery and zucchini….hypothetically speaking. I’ve had alot of good luck with that. Always gives it a good flavor and a great change of taste. Hope you weren’t affected too badly by last nights storm. We had horrible winds.

  27. The fabulous donna allegedly said:

    What a wonderful idea! I love it!! No thinking, just sewing!! You are my hero!!!

  28. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Happy New Year Monica! You are always a ray of light out here in blogland.
    I’m so glad you like the charm squares. Your project looks very very cute!

  29. The fabulous csleh allegedly said:

    I’m just getting acquainted here but had to post. Your sewing room is so cheerful, it makes me smile to see. Can’t wait to see the finished piece you’re working on, really great colors!

  30. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Great new year to you and that stew. Love your blocks you are working on ((hugs))!

  31. The fabulous Carrie S. allegedly said:

    Happy New Year sweetie! That quilt is looking gorgeous!

  32. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    I’m so jealous of your white Christmas! As the ‘Arctic Blast’ kept on dropping the white stuff just a couple of hours north of us, we had 48 degree weather. As my father would say, it was “enough to make a preacher cuss”… or a quilter. We got jipped. But, seeing your beautiful applique is making everything better! It’s gorgeous! It’s no yellow leotard mind you…but it’s gorgeous! I love seeing your whole sewing room. It’s a big inspiration for me as I’m getting my own ready as we speak. We’re finishing up our girls converted attic room and so their old room will be my new retreat. Have a very Happy New Year. I will look forward to each new and inspiring post! x

  33. The fabulous hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Happy New Year! I love the colors of this post, everything is pretty. I’ve never played bowling on the Wii, now Wii stepping my chubby little Mi gets down.

  34. The fabulous auntiepami allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, I agree, the snow has it’s time and place. But that’s over with. Also, anything precut esp. from Moda, oy, what can I say!? Looking forward to a happy and crafty new year.

  35. The fabulous tammyCA allegedly said:

    I like that easy applique method…I just learned how to hand piece & applique and man those curves were a bear…I think I may enjoy it more with this method. Your studio is just so cheerful - I love cherries, too and have the same cherry pencils. :)

  36. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Looks like a perfect New Years day. I’m extremely curious about your 2009 peas and carrots!
    Happy New Year my friend!

  37. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    I am so glad you had a wonderful holiday!! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves so much. My favorite part of quilting is binding too, it just gets me into the “Zen” spot…I love it. Your new project is so cute! Wonderful fabrics, and I like the way you applique your circles in place. Happy New Year!!

  38. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    And a VERY Happy Year of New to you, too! Upward and onward with all things brand spankin’ new.
    Those circles are just too cute - I’m lookin’ forward to seeing the finished quilt top.
    Are you having snow? We are…..it’s never ending, I swear. @#$#@#$%^&**&@# See? Told ya!

  39. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    I’m so glad I met you in blog land this year! You have so much energy and are so creative. Just look what you are up to now!!! Can’t wait to see the finished product. That reminds me, I have a quilt to bind…

  40. The fabulous Betty @ She's Sew Pretty allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe how easy you made those circles look! I will have to plan a quilt with circles.
    Have a happy, happy, new year! I look forward to seeing lots more projects from you!!

  41. The fabulous Rachel allegedly said:

    Great idea for applique. I love to applique, but I usually use Heat ‘n Bond, which can be stiff. I’m going to try this technique. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve tried to download the Pennie Pockets pattern, but I’m told the “file has a virus”. Hmmm. Any chance you can email the pattern to me? I’d love to make these for my students and fill them with treats for Valentine’s Day!

    Happy New Year!

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having a problem with the file. I use a Mac as well as have virus protection… so I’m pretty confident there’s no virus on my file. There have been rumblings on the internet that some PDF readers are facing this problem - and are flagging PDFs as infected. I’d be happy to email you the file… but it would be the exact file that’s online. You could always open the PDF inside your browser and view it that way. I hope that helps you, and anyone else who may have/had the same issue. - M

  42. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    You’ve got me going in circles,
    (round and round)
    Wohoo-ooh, around and and around I go!

    Yeah, I stole Luther V’s lyrics just for you.

    Love your charm quilt. Thanks for the tut!
    Happy New Year to you,too, crazy wahine! Love you lots!

  43. The fabulous Emilie allegedly said:

    a very happy new year to you !!!
    i love the colors that you picked for those appliqué blocks !
    hey ! how can you be hoping for rain ! we have been snowed in for a while here too, but im simply hoping for sun and heath. i want to jump over feb-march and go straight to april. i hate rain…

  44. The fabulous Shnoodle allegedly said:

    What a nifty technique! I like your Mii.

  45. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your technique. I have trouble with appliqueing. With practice it is getting easier, however, it is still trouble for me. I will have to try your technique. I look forward to seeing what you will be working on this year!!

  46. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Do you know how to start the new year off right or what? Beautiful new applique — the ONLY way to go! Can’t wait to see the finished project. Happy, Happy New Year!

  47. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Hmm interesting method Monica. I want to see where this is going. I love the fabric and Kona Snow is my fav too.

  48. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    i LOVE moda charm packs. their marketing people are genius!

  49. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    Hi Monica! I was thinking of you today, after seeing all the flooding Oregon is getting. Are you ok?

    Love your applique method. It looks non-stressful, gotta like that!

    –Jen in NY

  50. The fabulous Jennifer Paganelli allegedly said:

    Your attitude is inspiring….2008 was a wild ride for me also and I just want to look forward with a new fresh vision and have tons of faith.xoxoxme

  51. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    Dammit. It took me long enough to hike to the bottom of these comments once, leave a clever enough comment, and then I had to do it all over again! If this was a marathon I’d be passed out.

    I love circles on a quilt! I fear doing the pressing and turning of round shapes and yet I love quilts with cherries and/or giant polka dots. You have all the tricks in your bag and I’m stealing this one!

    Happy new year my friend!

  52. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    Oh, and I almost got offended that you got TIRED of the snow. How could this be? But I forgive you because of your all around awesomeness.

    Now I’m going to take the dog out and try to get int better shape so next time I’m here I won’t get so tired.

  53. The fabulous robin-bird allegedly said:

    hello! i cam here via laurie (a view from the coop) after we had coffee and talked about local bloggers we admire. she told me you live in astoria and that she loved your blog :) laurie and i live close and met through other blogging friends. a surprisingly small, small world that is this blogging life. anyway i am off to visit her at the quilt shop and wanted to tell her i stopped by to meet you. i am completely in love with your colorful studio! i should be more generous with myself with my own art… i tend to give it away but i see i should make two and keep one for myself :)

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